Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Muslim worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque, especially at the Mercy prayer room, were shocked on Friday with an entire patrol that was sent to remove decorations from the Mercy prayer room.
The prayer room was decorated by worshipers celebrating the first anniversary of opening it after years of closure by the Israeli authorities.
The armed patrol removed balloons and decorations before popping them out using knives in a very weird and surrealistic scene, amid the shock and bewilderment of the worshipers.
Thousands of worshipers on Friday had flocked to the holy mosque and performed Friday prayers. Meanwhile, Israeli special forces broke into the Mercy room and started removing decorations, celebrating the first anniversary of opening the prayer room after a 16-year-long closure.
Quds News Network@Qudsn_en
Israeli forces remove decorations placed by Muslim worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, today.
Hebron (QNN) – Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian herders on Saturday while grazing sheep in open pastures near Tuwaneh village, in the south of the occupied West Bank, forcing them to leave the area, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Fouad al-Amour, a Palestinian official in charge of monitoring Israeli settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, attacked herders with stones and chased them out of the pastures.
He said Israeli soldiers in the area did not intervene to stop the settlers, rather they provided them protection.
Shepherds in the area, mainly nomadic Bedouins, make a living from raising livestock and they often take their sheep to the open pastures for their food.
Meanwhile, settlers fenced a large area of pastures in the north of the West Bank in an effort to keep herders off that land, according to Aref Daraghmeh, an activist.
He said the settlers fenced land east of Killet Makhoul and north of Khirbet Samra, both in Area C in the northern Jordan Valley, to prevent the Palestinian herders from reaching it.
Attacks against herders and residents aim to force them to leave their homes and land, located in what is known as Area C, which makes over 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank and which Israel is trying to fill with settlers and settlements and later annex it after displacing its indigenous Palestinian population.
Ten years ago… That was the last time I visited my father in Negev desert jail when I finally had one-visit permission after many trials that were rejected under the pretext of being “rejected for security reasons”. That pretext had haunted me as soon as I turned 16 and got an ID.
Today, we’re back to jail visits and their long journies, but we are visiting you this time! You, the young girl who used to accompany us in the countless jail visits, we are visiting you today after getting a permission stamped with the phrase “despite security ban”.
We reached the bus that would take us to the checkpoint. My mom, Shahed, and me. It is still the same place that I’ve last seen on my last visit. We got on the bus and started chatting with other families of female and children prisoners. Everyone knew that it was our first time to visit you as they have already met in previous visits.
We reached Ni’lin checkpoint, or perhaps we should say the small jail, my dear sister! We had our visit tickets from the Red Cross. We entered and waited in long lines. All the doors were suddenly closed and we found ourselves in a small yard with wires over our heads and a soldier, pointing his rifle at us. “Women go to the right and men go to the left”, a female soldier shouted with a disturbing accent.
A thorough search of our bags, identity and cell phone checks, and permissions checks once again. Any airport will have fewer and less complicated procedures that this checkpoint!
The bus started leaving the checkpoint. It drove us to places that we knew and others that we did not. Long silence while the eyes were wandering around. We reached the top of Mount Carmel, where the Damon jail is located, and where you are jailed, Shatha.
In the worn-out yard, the families waited. Some of them were organizing stuff that they brought while others were greeting each other. They told us that we will be divided into two groups: the first, which will go first, is for families of imprisoned children, while the next will be for the families of female prisoners. After they registered our names, My mon, Shahed and I walked outside, trying to see a glimpse of the sea. Shahed picked up some red windflowers. We wished that we could bring it to you but it was impossible, having those too mean jailers.
The long waiting hours were too heavy, dear Shatha. Silence haunted us most of the time. Perhaps we were fantasizing the moment when we see you and the first thing that we would say, or perhaps it was only one thing that occupied our minds: how could our beautiful Shatha be in such a vile place!
The gate was opened. A jailer shouted for people to get in. The families started lining up in front of two windows: one for those, who brought food with them, while the other for those, who brought books, pictures, or clothes. Another search line then after it we will reach the visit place.
A rectangular room split by soundproof glass and divided to include 15 prisoners. Each of us sat and waited…
The room had windows that were overlooking a long corridor. The families told us that we will see the prisoners when they come. We stood, dear Shatha, waiting for you near the window. Before seeing anything, we heard sounds of handcuffs and doors. Locks and doors were opened then we heard handcuffs clanging while the prisoners were moving in pairs.
When the sound finally was very close you appeared, dear Shatha! You were smiling, as always. We started calling your name and you tried to respond waving to us although of the handcuffs. You had that very same smile, which we knew. As soon as the jailer removed your cuffs, you ran to us. Forgive us as we couldn’t hold back our tears. They were our tears of longing to you, Shatha.
Our 45 minutes started…
45 minutes were all that we had to see you. They allow prisoners to talk to their families in 45 minutes.
– How are you Shatha?
* How are you?
– Are you ok?
* Are you ok?
And many other questions that you were answering with a question, dear Shatha, as if we were the ones in jail, not you.
We had no idea how those minutes passed by in a flash. Neither our talk was finished nor our questions were over. However, I will always remember your long glances to our mom’s face while she was talking to you. I will always remember your eyes and how they were shining while you were listening to our news, the way how you were examining the details of our faces while we were examining yours.
I will always remember how you laughed, how you were moving your hands, how you talked, how you moved, and how you described your life in jail. I will also remember how we touched hands through the glass and sent kisses in the air as if we were kids.
I will always remember how they closed the door while you were waving behind the glass.
Time doesn’t matter anymore now, sis!
It was a heavy visit, dear Shatha! We left you in the old cold jail and went back home praying for God to have you among us very soon and to leave the days of separation behind, so that this visit becomes a memory, just like all the heavy visits that we’ve been through.
Until God relieves our distress, we leave you in his care, dear Shatha. God is the most merciful to our hearts and yours, sis..
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Friday arrested a Palestinian lady under the pretext of trying to stab settlers in the illegal settlement of Armon ha-Natsiv, which is built on land stolen from Jabal Al Mukabbir in southern Jerusalem.
According to the Israeli claims, the young lady is from occupied Jerusalem. She tried to stab settlers using a knife before being arrested.
Israeli media said that an illegal settler and an Israeli cop attacked the lady and arrested her.
The Israelis, however, did not report any casualties among settlers or soldiers.
Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli media reported that the so-called “Israeli planning and construction committee” will approve to build over 1900 new illegal settlement units in the West Bank as directed by the Israeli minister of war, Naftali Bennet.
The Israeli newspaper “Israel Hayom” reported that the committee will approve next week the construction of over 1900 settlement units in West Bank illegal settlements as directed by Bennet.
The newspaper added that the committee will have a meeting on Wednesday to approve the plans before the elections on March 2nd.
In the same vein, Bennet said “we will never hand over even a single inch of the land to the Arabs. In order to do that, we need to continue settlement because it is a pillar of Zionism. We have to expand and accelerate it.”
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli army on Wednesday arrested a Palestinian teenager near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron and held two journalists in northern Ramallah.
The Prisoners Information bureau stated that Israeli forces arrested Yazan Jabari (17 years old) near the Ibrahimi mosque and sent him on a military jeep to an interrogation center.
Journalist Alaa Rimawi stated that the Israeli army held him along with journalist Muhammad Awad while they were working in the village of Turmus Ayya in northern Ramallah. They were both released after an hour, he added.
Israeli forces had arrested seven Palestinians as well from the West Bank and Jerusalem, including the Director of Education in Qalqilya, Saleh Yaseen (57 years old), from the village of Bedya in Salfit. Yaseer=n is also a father of a martyr.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli authorities closed a Palestinian traditional well-known bakery in the old city in occupied Jerusalem last night after distributing its famous Ka’ek to worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque.
Crews from the Israeli municipality and police stormed the bakery, owned by Abu Naser Abu Sneineh, in the neighborhood of Bab Hittah last night and arrested the son of the owner for several hours.
The Israelis closed the bakery claiming that it did not commit to conditions, of which they were previously informed.
The Israeli municipality had stormed the bakery on February 9th and threatened to close it unless Abu Sneineh fulfills the terms in one week.
The municipality accused the bakery, which has been working for over 60 years so far, of distributing its famous Palestinian Ka’ek to worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque during the “Great Dawn” campaign.
The bakery was previously targeted by several Israeli search and raid campaigns.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli ministry of housing has recently put a plan for a new large settlement on land that used to be a Palestinian airport in northern Jerusalem, reported Israeli Haaretz.
The Israeli newspaper stated that the ministry has started putting the plan 10 days ago. The settlement project will be constructed on the land of Qalandiya airport all the way to the apartheid wall.
The project, which will include 6,000 to 9,000 settlement units in addition to malls, will be built on nearly 1200 dunums.
Trump’s plan has suggested that the area in question would be specialized for tourism projects after the creation of a Palestinian state. It would include hotels and markets that would “support Muslims’ tourism in Jerusalem and the holy places”. The plan, however, does not define the area, dedicated to that.
Israeli organizations stated that the new settlement “will disconnect the urbanization between Ramallah and Jerusalem, which would prevent the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”