“This is the decision of the Defence Minister Naftali Bennett,” the newspaper confirmed. “Based on his orders, the committee will convene on Wednesday in order to approve the plans before the elections,” it added.
Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village.
An Israeli army bulldozer was filmed pushing large rocks towards the protesters in the village, injuring a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Shtewi, 9, who was treated at the scene.
Photojournalist for Palestine TV, Mohammad Enaya, 28, was also injured during the attack, and was transferred to nearby Darwish Nazzal hospital for treatment, where his condition was described as moderate, according to the Palestinian News Info Agency (WAFA).
Israeli soldiers also shot at the protesters with rubber-coated steal rounds and tear-gas canisters to force them to leave the area, causing many cases of suffocation from toxic tear-gas inhalation.
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.
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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.
Israeli occupation police shot the boy in his face from very close distance while he was back home from his school
The nine-year-old Palestinian boy Malik Issa, who was shot in his face by Israeli occupation police occupied Jerusalem last week, lost vision in his left eye, sources revealed on Tiursday.
Issa was hospitalised after being shot by an Israeli policeman when he had just gotten off his school bus in Al Issawiya neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.
Mohammed abu al Hummus, a community leader, who has been regularly visiting Issa’s family at the hospital, said that the boy lost vision in the left eye following surgeries on Wednesday.
He said that his doctors will operate again in the coming days to try and preserve the eye itself.
Israeli Police claimed that the policeman shot at “rioters” in the neighbourhood and used what they describe as non-lethal weapons, which usually refers to rubber-tipped bullets and sponge rounds that can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
However, such rounds are lethal when they are shot from very close distance and have killed tens of Palestinians across the occupied territories.
Israeli occupation police have been carrying out daily raids in Al Issawiya neighbourhood for several months that frequently ignite demonstrations.
The Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem today condemned Israeli settlers’ violations of its property in the northern Jordan Valley village of Tayasir.
It said in a statement that yesterday “thousands of Israeli settlers entered with no permission and gathered on the land lot belonging to the Latin Patriarchate in Tayasir, near Tubas in northern West Bank, in clear violation of private property.”
The armed settlers were demonstrating in the area under Israeli army protection. Tayasir was only one of several Palestinian villages in that region the settlers broke into in a provocative step to the local Palestinian civilian population.
The Latin Patriarchate said that few days ago the settlers brought their cows to the patriarchate lands and caused considerable damage there.
It protested these and other violations of church property to the Israeli authorities “but – so far – violations to our property continues to take place while the authorities are practically not prohibiting them,” it said.
The Patriarchate said that it is “very concerned not only from the settlers’ violations of its properties, but also from the lack of action by the Israeli authorities to put an end to such offenses.”
It urged the Israeli authorities, “once again, to make sure that law to be respected by all people under their control and to ban further illegal breaking into our properties.”
Israeli occupation forces opened a barrage of gunfire at a Palestinian youth at Lions’ Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City reportedly after attempting a stabbing attack.
Witnesses said the youth, who was not immediately identified and who most likely was killed despite no official confirmation of this yet, was shot several times and left on the ground bleeding before Israeli paramedics arrived at the scene.
Israeli reports claimed the youth was shot and “neutralized” after he attempted to stab police.
Video clips showed the youth lying motionless on the ground outside Bab al-Asbat, one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque. They also showed a large police force at the scene and inside the Old City streets.
As in all similar incidents in the holy city, police shut down all gates of the Old City, particularly the gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque, before reopening them shortly after.
Israel’s occupation forces shot and killed a young man near one of the gates of the the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem late on the morning of Saturday February 22nd.
The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Maher Yusef Zaatara from the al-Salaa neighbourhood of Jabal al-Mukaber in the occupied East Jerusalem. He leaves behind three children aged 3, 4 and 6.
Palestinian eye-witnesses have denied the standard Israeli occupation forces’ claim that he would have ‘tried to stab’ Israel’s occupation forces’ members.
Israeli occupation claimed that Zaatara would have approached Israeli occupation forces’ members “rapidly” and “raised a knife to stab”. According to contradictory eye-witness claims, he was jogging beside a wall when shot.
Videos capture only the immediate aftermath of his shooting, with Israeli occupation police officer closest to him with a hand-gun in his hands, and Israeli occupation paramilitary border guards approaching from another direction.
No effort to check on the Maher Zaatara and give him first aid is shown in the videos and photographs that show him slumped on the ground beside a wall after he was shot.
Later photographs show his body being removed from the scene of the incident. Israeli occupation has so far published no photographs of the alleged knife.
Maher Zaatara’s home in Jabal al-Mukaber was raided by Israeli occupation forces after he was killed. At least one person was seen as being kidnapped by Israel occupation troops.
A female illegal Israeli settler is said to have been slightly wounded from the shrapnel of bullets that Israeli occupation troops shot at Zaatara.