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Banned worshippers pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque gates in defiance of Israeli policy

Palestinian Muslims pray during the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli authorities allowed Palestinians only those who above 40 years of age men and all women, in Jerusalem on 18 May, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Muslims pray during the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli authorities allowed Palestinians only those who above 40 years of age men and all women, in Jerusalem on 18 May, 2018

In an attempt to counter Israel’s policy of depriving them of their right to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians banned from doing so by the occupation authorities are resorting to standing at the nearest access points to the Noble Sanctuary gates, Quds Press has revealed. The Israelis want to keep Palestinian visitors away from the Sanctuary as part of their Judaisation plan for the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Those prevented from having access to Al-Aqsa include not only Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, but also natives of Jerusalem itself. Men and women alike are affected.

Hanadi Halawani — Umm Mahmood — recalled to Quds Press the atmosphere in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan in previous years with great pain and sorrow. “This year,” she explained, “the occupation has spoiled the most important ritual of the holy month of Ramadan, which is spending time with my family and friends in Al-Aqsa Mosque.” She lives in Wadi Al-Joz neighbourhood, which is the nearest point to the mosque after the Old City. “Painfully, I have to watch buses which pass in front of my house every day loaded with hundreds of worshippers coming to Al-Aqsa, while I am deprived of that opportunity because of an order by the Israeli occupation.”

Umm Mahmood used to accompany her family to the mosque in Ramadan every year to break the fast with a meal which she prepared at home. She would then pray with her companions who stay in Al-Aqsa. However, this year, she is being deprived of her right to enter the mosque and even the Old City for three months by an Israeli police order received last Monday. The order was handed to her at the Qashla Police Station after an interrogation that lasted for hours and was full of threats and intimidation.

This did not deter her, though, and on the first night of Ramadan she went to the nearest point possible to Al-Aqsa Mosque and performed her Tarawih prayers there. These are the special prayers said at night only during Ramadan. Umm Mahmood identified the specific point using the map attached by the police to the banning order. She has to take a roundabout route in order not to violate the order and face further sanctions.

“I prayed the sunset, night and Tarawih prayers with my children,” Umm Mahmood pointed out. “Some of them entered Al-Aqsa with their father, and some stayed with me. I will not abandon my stay at the nearest point of the mosque, and occupation orders will never deprive us of our rights.”

When asked why she thinks the Israel authorities have issued the banning order, the Jerusalemite mentor said that they are trying to silence the voices of those who stay in Al-Aqsa. “The banning orders,” she added, “are issued under false pretences.”

(Source / 21.05.2018)

IOA bans 12 Palestinians from traveling at Karama crossing

Karama crossing 12 passengers

The Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) prevented last week 12 Palestinian passengers from traveling through Karama (King Hussein) border crossing with Jordan for unexplained security reasons.

According to the Palestinian Authority (PA) police on Sunday, over 32,000 Palestinian and foreign passengers were able to travel through the crossing during the week.

During the same period, 48 passengers were also apprehended for legal reasons by the PA police as they were trying to leave the West Bank through the crossing or upon their arrival.

Most of the detainees have unsettled cases still dealt with by the PA legal authorities in the West Bank, according to the police.

Karama crossing also known as Allenby is a bridge that spans the Jordan River and connects the West Bank with Jordan.

The bridge is the sole designated exit and entry point for West Bank Palestinians traveling in and out of the Israeli occupied territories.

(Source / 21.05.2018)

Prisoners declare 3-day mourning following Oweisat’s death

Aziz Oweisat

The Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have announced a three-day mourning over the death of prisoner Aziz Oweisat, 53.

Head of the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, Isa Qaraqe, on Sunday said that tension has prevailed in most Israeli prisons after Oweisat was pronounced dead.

Qaraqe said that the prisoners, when they learned about the death of Oweisat, who died after his health deteriorated after he was assaulted by Israeli guards, started to bang on prison doors in protest at the “heinous crime”.

He called on the UN to immediately send an international commission of inquiry to the Israeli prisons to find out the real causes of this crime and make recommendations to the competent authorities to hold the perpetrators accountable.

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission pointed out that martyr Oweista suffered severe bleeding and a heart attack after being violently beaten by Israeli prison guards in Eshel prison on 2nd May.

According to the Commission, Oweisat entered a coma and was transferred to Ramle prison clinic then to Assaf Harofeh Hospital. His health deteriorated further, so he was taken to Tel Hashomer Hospital.

Oweisat was later returned to Assaf Harofeh, where he died, after the administration of Tel Hashomer refused to allow him to stay there despite his critical condition.

Oweisat, a resident of Jabal al-Mukaber town south of Jerusalem, was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Oweisat’s death brought the number of Palestinians killed while detained by the Israeli authorities since 1967 to 216, 75 of whom were executed, 72 died under interrogation, 62 died as a result of medical negligence, and 7 were deliberately shot by Israeli guards inside prisons.

(Source / 21.05.2018)

112 Palestinians killed by Israeli military on Gaza border in weeks

112 Pal's killed Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry kept record of the murder of 112 Palestinians by Israeli gunfire since the launch of the Great March of Return protests on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel on March 30.

In a Sunday statement, the Health Ministry said 112 Palestinians, including eight minors below 18-years-old, were killed and 13,190 others wounded by the Israeli army since March 30.

The bodies of six more Palestinian protesters have been withheld by the Israeli occupation authorities.

According to the ministry’s data, 2,096 minors and 1,029 women have been left wounded in the protests.

The condition of 332 wounded Palestinians has been identified as critical.

The ministry also said 502 protesters were injured in their heads or necks, 283 in the chests or backs, 938 in their upper limbs, and 325 in their lower limbs.

At the same time, 32 protesters have undergone a limb amputation.

A Palestinian civil defense paramedic was killed and 37 ambulances were damaged, the ministry further pointed out.

(Source / 21.05.2018)

IOF arrests ex-prisoner at checkpoint near Nablus

ex-prisoner Nablus arrested

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday afternoon arrested a Palestinian ex-prisoner a few months following his release from Israeli jails.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the IOF soldiers erected a checkpoint on Tubas-Nablus road, stopped a Palestinian vehicle, arrested one of the passengers, and transferred him to an unknown destination.

The detainee, identified as Tawfiq al-Kharraz, is a resident of Tubas city and an ex-prisoner who was arrested by the IOF several times before.

Meanwhile, according to local sources, the IOF set up a number of temporary checkpoints south of Nablus city hindering the Palestinian citizens’ movement and causing suffocating traffic jams.

The IOF soldiers every now and then install military barriers on the West Bank roads in search for “wanted Palestinians”.

(Source / 21.05.2018)

Bukairat warns of settlers’ desecration of Aqsa Mosque in Ramadan

Sheikh Najeh Bukairat

Sheikh Najeh Bukairat, director of the Islamic Waqf Authority’s Religious Education, has warned of Israeli attempts to impose a new fait accompli at the Aqsa Mosque through increasing Jewish settlers’ tours of its courtyards during the holy month of Ramadan.

“The Zionist occupation has overstepped all red lines and has no regard for Ramadan, Shaaban or Shawwal. It is trying to impose a new fait accompli [at the Aqsa Mosque],” Bukairat told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC).

Previously, he noted, the Jewish settlers had been banned from entering the Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan.

He affirmed that the Aqsa Mosque becomes full of Muslim worshipers during Ramadan and Jewish settlers’ presence in its courtyards nowadays is considered a deliberate provocation to them.

The Palestinian official expressed his belief that “the settlers’ desecration of the Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan is intended to break the Muslims’ feelings and send a message that Israel is the master that controls everything.”

He described such Israeli violations against the Islamic holy site as “very serious” and called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take action to protect the Muslims’ right to worship and put an end to the settlers’ break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque, especially during Ramadan.

(Source / 21.05.2015)

IOF arrests Palestinian injured child

Mohammed Tamimi 15

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) kidnapped late Sunday a Palestinian injured child from his Nabi Salah village, to the north of Ramallah.

Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was detained at the entrance to the village and immediately taken to a police station at Benyamin detention center in the occupied West Bank.

Tamimi was previously detained and held for three months for participating in anti-occupation protests.

Two months after his release, he was shot in the face by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers causing him serious damage to his skull that required multiple surgeries and removal of a part of his skull.

Tamimi is the cousin of Ahed Tamimi, an icon of Palestinian peaceful resistance, who was detained and sentenced in March, along with her mother, Nariman, to eight months in prison for humiliating an Israeli soldier.

(Source / 21.05.2018)

Palestinian female detainees enduring harsh conditions in Israel jails

Female prisoners

The Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners’ Commission raised on Sunday alarm bells over the dire conditions endured by 62 Palestinian women and girls in Israeli jails.

In a Sunday statement the commission quoted lawyer Hiba Ighbariyah as stating that the Israeli prison service at HaSharon jail decided to reduce the number and quantity of meals handed over to the detainees under the guise of new regulations.

The female detainees said the food handed over to them by the Israeli wardens is rotten and unfit for human consumption.

The commission also said Palestinian female detainees in Damon lock-up have been subjected to mistreatment during their transfer to and back from Israeli courts via the “bosta” vehicle, where they are often forced to seat, handcuffed, on metal chairs and prevented from drinking water and going to the toilet.

(Source / 21.05.2015)

Israel forces launch limited incursion, attack fishermen in Gaza

Limited incursion Gaza

Israeli occupation forces on Monday moved into Gaza’s eastern and northern corners and opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza’s seashore.

Israeli military bulldozers launched a limited incursion into the eastern and northern corners of the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The bulldozers leveled Palestinian lands near the border fence, discharging gunfire all the way through.

At the same time, Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire toward Palestinian fishing vessels setting sail off Gaza’s coast.

(Source / 21.05.2018)

Arrests, clashes reported in West Bank campaigns

Child arrested WB

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) over the past few days have arrested five Palestinians during raids into different West Bank provinces.

The Israeli army in a statement Monday announced that its forces since the beginning of the week have arrested five Palestinians who are allegedly involved in popular resistance activities against Israeli targets.

The statement said that the IOF during the same campaign confiscated a sum of money that was used by Palestinian factions for anti-Israel operations.

Violent clashes broke out at dawn in Jenin city during an IOF campaign to arrest a “wanted” Palestinian.

Eyewitnesses told Quds Press that the IOF soldiers surrounded the house of the Palestinian citizen Raed Abu Sorour in the eastern neighborhood of Jenin, adding that armed clashes flared up before Abu Sorour managed to withdraw from the area.

According to medical sources, five Palestinians suffered different injuries during Jenin clashes.

Other confrontations and arrests were witnessed in many areas in Occupied Jerusalem Sunday night.

The Israeli police assaulted a crowd of Palestinian citizens in Bab al-Amud area in an attempt to force them out of the place. As the citizens refused to obey the police orders, the latter responded by heavily firing sound bombs ignoring the presence of women, children and old people.

Bab al-Amud area was later emptied of Palestinians and blocked with iron barriers. Local sources reported that a Palestinian young man was arrested during the confrontations.

The Hebrew website “0404” said that two Israelis, a policeman and a settler, were wounded Sunday night after being thrown with stones by Palestinian youths.

Hebrew media sources revealed that a Palestinian working at Dan Panorama hotel in Jerusalem was arrested after attempting to steal the gun of an Israeli security guard Sunday evening.

The website “0404” reported that the Palestinian worker was taken for interrogation and accused of planning an attack.

Violent confrontations between Palestinian youths and the Israeli police were reported in al-Tour and al-Ram towns , east and north of Jerusalem respectively. The Israeli police heavily fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the youths who responded by throwing stones.

Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian youths attacked an Israeli settlement near Jabal al-Mukabber town, south of Jerusalem, with fireworks.

Local residents said that the Israeli police following the attack raided different neighborhoods of the town, arrested two Palestinian youths and took them for interrogation.

(Source / 21.05.2018)