Jamal Amro: Israel plans to build synagogue in al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian expert and academic Jamal Amro on Thursday said that Israel is planning to build a synagogue inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Amro said that the synagogue will be built at al-Rahma Gate which is currently under complete Israeli control. “Whoever approaches the area immediately gets arrested,” he added.

Amro said that Israel is preparing for a new Maghareba Gate; however, what is happening at al-Rahma Gate is more dangerous.

The Palestinian expert noted that Israel has stepped up its settlement and Judaization projects in Jerusalem in general and near al-Aqsa Mosque in particular. Israel has so far built 190 synagogues around and under al-Aqsa Mosque.

“Bab al-Rahma will be the new synagogue in the heart of al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said, adding that Bab al-Rahma for extremist Israelis is better that al-Buraq Square because it is located near the Dome of the Rock. The Israeli authorities have further taken over the area and built a police station there.

(Source / 18.02.2019)

Israel bombed resistance sites in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — On Sunday evening, Israeli artillery shelled sites belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip.

Quoting eyewitnesses, that the Israeli artillery bombed two observers of the “Qassam Brigades” in the northern Gaza Strip, without reporting any injuries.

According to the same source, the first bombardment targeted the eastern town of Beit Hanoun, while the other targeted the eastern town of Jabalia.

For his part, said the Israeli army in a statement: “The army tanks bombed two sites belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip; in response to the injury of a soldier as a result of a shrapnel of an explosive device thrown at him.”

Nine Palestinian demonstrators were wounded by the Israeli army during the clashes, according to a statement issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

The Israeli army violently suppressed those peaceful marches. Dozens of Palestinians were killed and thousands wounded.

(Source / 18.02.2019)

Palestinian Family to be Evicted, Home Handed to Settlers

18 Feb 5:49 AM

Israeli soldiers and police stormed a Palestinian family home located in the Khalidiya block of Old Jerusalem, near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, threatening to evict it for Jewish settlers.

According to WAFA, Israeli forces broke into a house inhabited by the family of Hatem Abu Assab and spread throughout, while another force surrounded the house from the outside and closed the street leading to it, knowing that Abu Assab received notification of the evacuation of the house and managed, through his lawyer, to postpone the decision to evacuate until the 28th of this month.

The family, which has been living in the house for more than 65 years, has made several appeals, to the residents of Jerusalem and various institutions, to support the family and stand against the evacuation of the house, in favor of the settlers.

In addition, the family, which currently consists of 9 people living in the house, says it paid the house rent continuously to the absentee property guard. The lease was renewed, but, five years ago, it was surprised by the eviction case.

PNN further notes that the family of Hatem Abu Assab fled to the city after being forcibly displaced from the neighborhood of Baqaa, west of Jerusalem, in 1948, after the massacre of Deir Yassin. The grandfather lived in a room, in the neighborhood of Bab al-Amoud, before moving to the current house in 1952, which he shared with the family before moving to another place.

The property, which is located in the neighborhood of al-Qarami, leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, belongs to the Nusseibeh family of Jerusalem, which had been established by Jews before 1948, for 99 years. A decision was issued in late October 2018, to evict the house on the pretext of losing the right to protection, according to the family.

(Source / 18.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Injure 19 Palestinians In Gaza

18 Feb 1:37 AM

Israeli soldiers fired, on Sunday at night, several missiles and artillery shells into areas in northern Gaza and injured 19 Palestinians during protests near the fence; the Israeli army said one soldier was hurt by an explosive.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the 19 young men, were injured during protests near the fence, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza.

It added that the wounded Palestinians were moved to the Indonesian hospital, among them one who suffered life-threatening wounds.

The army claimed that several Palestinian protesters “rolled burning tires at soldiers across the perimeter fence.”

Israeli Ynet News said the protesters also “hurled what appears to have been an explosive,” wounding the soldier.

Furthermore, the Israeli army fired shells at an observation post, east of Jabalia, and at another site, north of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing damage but no injuries.

(Source / 18.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Al-Aqsa

18 Feb 3:02 PM

Israeli soldiers assaulted, Monday, many worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, before abducting four Palestinians, including one woman.

Media sources said the soldiers assaulted several Muslim worshipers while trying to remove them from the holy site, and closed all gates leading to it.

One of the abducted Palestinians has been identified as Sheikh Ra’ed Da’na.

They added that dozens of worshipers held noon prayers in Bab ar-Rahma area, to protest the closure of the Bab al-Rahma Gate, especially after the army closed it with chains, on Sunday at night.

The soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the worshipers, including many women and children.

(Source / 18.02.2019)

Palestinian Authority Suspends Pay for Hundreds in Gaza

18 Feb 6:26 AM

Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated in Gaza City, as protests proceed against the Palestinian Authority’s decision to suspend their salaries, as Abbas’s arbitrary procedures against Gaza continue.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to stop paying salaries and social welfare to hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including many Fateh members, local sources say.

Abbas and senior PA officials recently warned that they would impose severe sanctions on the Gaza Strip unless Hamas agreed to relinquish security and civilian control over the coastal enclave, under his conditions.

The salaries of 400 hundred ex-detainees and 20 detainees being held in Israeli jails were suspended by the PA, in Ramallah, the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission in Gaza said.

The salaries of 262 employees of the Ministry of Health were also slashed by the PA without reason, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported.

Seventy-one specialized physicians, 59 nurses and other health professionals, 75 administrative and service workers, technicians, engineering and maintenance technicians, and 41 other professions were among the categories covered by the halt of salaries procedures, the Ministry added.

Gazans are calling upon the international community and human rights organizations to immediately intervene in stopping Abbas’s sanctions against the enclave, local sources said, according to Days of Palestine.

(Source / 18.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Bulldoze Palestinian Lands In Nablus And Qalqilia

18 Feb 2:39 PM

Israeli soldiers bulldozed, Monday, large areas of Palestinian lands in the northern West Bank governorates of Nablus and Qalqilia, in order to expand illegal colonies, built on private lands.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded hundreds of Dunams of Palestinian lands, planted with almond trees, and bulldozed them.

Daghlas added that the army is bulldozing the lands to expand the illegal Givat Ronim colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands, east of Burin village southwest of Nablus.

In addition, the soldiers bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands, owned by villages from Sanniriya and Masha villages, south of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Mohammad Sheikh, a member of Sanniriya village council, said the bulldozing of the Palestinian lands aims at linking four illegal colonies, which were built on private lands, in order to expand them by constructing more units and facilities.

He added that the illegal colonies Israel is trying to expand are Etz Efraim, Sha’arei Tikva, Elkana and Oranit.

(Source / 18.02.2019)


Israel’s occupation forces destroyed a house belonging to Mohammad Mousa Zreina and his family in the West Bank town of Beit Jala on the morning of Wednesday February 13th. According to Zreina occupation forces assaulted the family and forced them out of their home, situated in shadow of the illegal Apartheid and Annexation Wall in the Bir Ouna neighbourhood, and demolished it. Israel’s occupation troops claimed that the 80-square-meter house was built without permission from Israeli occupation authorities. This is a second time that Israel has destroyed the family’s house; first time it did so was in 2016.   

  (Source / 16.02.2019)

Hamas’ Haniyeh to conduct international tour

Chairman of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh speaks during the funeral of Palestinian teenagers Louay Kahil and Amir Al-Namara, who were killed in an Israeli air strike at a mosque during their funeral in Gaza City on 15 July, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Chairman of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh speaks during the funeral of Palestinian teenagers Louay Kahil and Amir Al-Namara, who were killed in an Israeli air strike at a mosque during their funeral in Gaza City on 15 July, 2018

Senior Hamas leader Mohammad Nazzal has revealed that his movement is preparing for an international tour for its chief Ismail Haniyeh.

Nazzal pointed to arrangements with Egypt to facilitate this, Al-Ray News Agency reported yesterday, reiterating that Egypt has pledged not to close the Rafah Crossing – the only civilian exit point from the besieged Gaza Strip – because Egypt is keen not to punish the Palestinian people.

He also confirmed previous reports that Hamas is following up on the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Egyptian jails, stating that the issue of four Palestinians kidnapped after while travelling through Rafah Crossing a couple of years ago is on top of Hamas’ agenda.

“There are important promises to release Palestinian prisoners from Egyptian jails and Hamas is following up the issue of all Palestinian prisoners in Egypt, not only those affiliated with Hamas,” he said.

Israel’s Lieberman: Next confrontation with Gaza must be the last

Regarding the truce with Israel, Nazzal said that there have been clear understandings but Israel continues to violate them “due to the internal Israeli conflict”. He noted that Hamas’ efforts to stabilise the truce would not stop until an agreement was reached and enforced.

Nazzal added: “The protests of the Great March of Return and the use of different methods by protesters is linked to the progress of the truce understanding,” noting that Hamas had pressured the UN’s Middle East Envoy Nicolay Mladenov to uphold its responsibility in this regard, given that the UN had promised to lift the Israeli siege on Gaza.

Nazzal stated that his movement is cooperating with several parties, including the UN, Qatar and Egypt in order to lift the suffering inflicted on the Palestinian people in Gaza. He revealed there are certain sides which do not want the siege to be lifted, but rather want Gaza to surrender to the Israeli occupation, though he did not elaborate on which sides thought as such.

Read: Israel preparing major new attack on Gaza

(Source / 16.02.2019)

PA refuses participation in Israel-Arab railway

This picture taken on September 25, 2018 on the outskirts of Jerusalem shows a new high speed train travelling between Jerusalem and Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport with the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa in the background [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]

This picture taken on September 25, 2018 on the outskirts of Jerusalem shows a new high speed train travelling between Jerusalem and Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport with the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa in the background

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has refused to participate in an Israeli project which will see a railway connect Israel to Arab states.

The PA Minister of Civil Affairs and Member of Fatah Central Committee, Hussein Al-Sheikh, said yesterday that the PA has refused to join the project, Al-Wattan Voice reported. “We refused this completely,” Al-Sheikh wrote on his Facebook page. “No to normalising ties with Israel and no to economic solutions which reinforce the occupation,” he added, stressing that a “crumb of bread is not an alternative for a free country”.

Israeli reports have recently noted progress in the project, which became known as the Railway of Peace, after the visit of the Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz to Oman in November.

The railway aims to connect Israel with Jordan and the Gulf States in order to “achieve peace and economic cooperation”, according to Katz, who has called for affording the budget for the project. The Palestinians, however, have lambasted the idea, seeing it as part of the Gulf’s increasing willingness to ignore their cause in order to further normalise ties with Israel.

Bahrain FM: Confronting Iran is more important than Palestine

(Source / 16.02.2019)