Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces stormed the Palestinian Department of education and the Islamic orphan school on Wednesday under the pretext of organizing a Palestinian activity without permission.
Local sources said Israeli police and intelligence members stormed the department and forced all the employees out before shutting it down for 6 months and preventing any Palestinian activity inside it.
The Israeli order came directly from the Israeli Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan.
In the same vein, dozens of Israeli soldiers deployed today inside the Islamic orphan school and inside its classrooms, spreading horror among students.
International law experts agree that the US administration does not have the legal capacity to legalize settlements, and that the recent announcement by its secretary of state comes in response to the European Court of Justice’s decision to label settlement goods and the international consensus to renew the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that his country no longer considers settlements in the occupied West Bank “inconsistent with international law.”
The lawyer and expert in international law, Salah Mousa, said that the Pompeo declaration is a political statement and does not have any legal impact, noting that the US has no right to change the legal facts.
He said the announcement came in response to the European Court of Justice, which ruled to label the goods from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Mousa said that the US administration’s current position is just another one in its anti-Palestinian decision, namely recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy to it, ending financial support for UNRWA and trying to end its mandate, and closing the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, which affirms that this administration does not give value to international law.
On how to confront these decisions, Mousa explained that the PLO should seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice, open the file of settlements as a war crime, prosecute US companies dealing with settlements, and launch lawsuits by Palestinians holding American citizenship against the Israeli occupation and its companies in the American courts.
He called for continuing the diplomatic battle, in addition to taking unified Arab decisions and positions, and raising the Pompeo declaration and its repercussions in international forums.
For his part, international law expert Hanna Issa said the US is not authorized to act against international law and UN resolutions, especially those on the settlements.
In 1967, the United States recognized that the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, were occupied, and that the Hague and Geneva Conventions were applicable to them, he said.
The United States also voted for UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, which considered the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip as occupied territory, and therefore considered the settlements illegal.
Issa said that what Pompeo announced on the settlements does not reflect the opinion of the international community, pointing out that the countries of the world without exception, even US allies, consider the settlements illegal, not mentioning that the declaration violates international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
Justice Minister Mohammed Shalaldeh said that this declaration, which set a dangerous precedent, encourages violations of international law and UN resolutions, undermines efforts to achieve peace and increases tension, violence and instability in the region to a point that will threaten world peace and security.
He called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor to expedite the settlement complaint filed by the State of Palestine, taking into account the statements of the US Secretary of State and the approval of the US President to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
He recalled the overwhelming adoption by the UN Security Council in 2016 of resolution 2334 condemning settlements and calling for a halt to their construction in the occupied Palestinian territory, and which stressed that all states should not provide any assistance to Israel specifically if used in settlement activities.
The Minister of Justice said that the foreign policy of the United States completely contradicts with international law because of the clear breach of the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and at the same time it involves an encroachment on the UN.
He considered that Pompeo’s declaration is reminiscent of the Balfour Declaration on the 102nd anniversary of the old promise, but this time by an American official.
“With that declaration, the United States becomes an accomplice in the crime of settlements with the occupying Power, and the International Criminal Court has the right to prosecute US officials for this decision, including President Trump and his Secretary of State,” he said.
OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Hordes of Israeli settlers on Tuesday broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem under heavy police guard.
Jerusalem’s Islamic Awqaf Department said that 47 Jewish settlers, led by Israel’s former agriculture minister Uri Ariel and extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick, stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in the early morning hours of Tuesday.
It added that the settlers carried out provocative tours inside the compound and some of them performed Talmudic rituals at Bab al-Rahma prayer area.
Meanwhile, Israeli police tightened restrictions on the Palestinian worshippers entering the holy site and ordered many of them to stay outside the mosque.
The Jerusalem Post stated that the hotel will be built “on property now under the auspices of the IDF’s Custodian of Abandoned Properties”, a legal mechanism used over the decades by Israeli authorities to confiscate and colonise Palestinian land.
Israeli politicians across the spectrum see Ma’ale Adumim as a “consensus” settlement, and one which will remain under Israeli control under any future deal with the Palestinians.
In more recent times, right-wing leaders have urged – and drafted legislation for – the formal annexation of Ma’ale Adumim.
For Palestinians, the location of Ma’ale Adumim – as well as its satellite outposts and associated infrastructure – serves as a critical obstacle for the formation of a sovereign, territorially contiguous and viable state, especially if combined with Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley.
Last night, the US announced that it had abandoning its four-decade position that settlements were “inconsistent with international law”, giving a boost to Israeli calls to annex them.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, 25 Palestinians, including several children, and former political prisoners, in the occupied West Bank, especially in occupied East Jerusalem.
The soldiers invaded and ransacked dozens of homes, causing property damage, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
The army also installed many roadblocks around the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem, and Hebron governorate in southern West Bank, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Fifteen of the abducted Palestinians were taken from their homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, and the soldiers also summoned seven others for interrogation.
The abducted Palestinians have been identified as:
Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Tamimi, Deir Nitham – Ramallah.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers on Tuesday demolished several structures in occupied Jerusalem and Hebron, displacing Palestinian families.
Local sources said Israeli forces stormed Jabal Al Mukabbir in southern Jerusalem and demolished a house owned by Fuad Gharrouf under the pretext of construction without permission.
Gharrouf said that the Israeli municipality informed him and his family that their house will be demolished yesterday after midnight, which gave them no time to evacuate the house.
In Hebron, Israeli bulldozers demolished two houses owned by the director of the Ministry of Information office in Hebron Khaled Al Khanna and his brother Nabil in Al Arroub refugee camp.
Although they have appealed the Israeli demolition decision, the family woke up today to find their 200 square meter house being demolished.
The occupation state has demolished nearly 140 structures since the start of thes year, according to B’Tselem.
Other human rights groups documented the demolition of 225 structure in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank in the same period.
Israeli authorities refuse to give Palestinians construction permissions and continue to demolish their houses, while they continue to grab Palestinians land and build more illegal settlements throughout Palestine.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem on Tuesday forced a Palestinian family to demolish its 130-year-old house in Jabal al Mukabbir in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built without permission.
QNN reporter said the municipality forced the Khalaileh family to demolish its house, which was built without permission because it is simply older that the occupation state itself. The family had to demolish their house themselves to avoid paying the extremely high demolition costs, which is estimated of 100,000 Shekels (29,000$).
She stated that the family was planing to restore the house but the municipality did not allow any restoration work and ordered to demolish it.
The owner of the house, Ismail Khalaileh, told QNN that “the house is 130 years old. Our ancestors, fathers, and children were born and live here. We have a lot of memories here. It is a Palestinian heritage”.
“The Israelis claim that it is very old and cannot be restored. So, is leaving it to fall down a good solution?!”, he added.
Khalaileh added that living in the holy city has become very hard. Even the family’s lands were grabbed by the Israelis, who build on them illegal settlements.
“No one would demolish such old house. If it was theirs, they would restore it. We don’t want them in our country”, Khalaileh said.
Mike Pompeo rolls back decades of policy and disregards international law in bombshell statement
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday evening Trump administration believes Israeli Jewish settlements in the occupied are no longer illegal.
The establishment of Israeli settlements “is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” Pompeo said, rolling back decades of policy in Washington.
Pompeo’s move throws out a 1978 State Department legal opinion that stated that Israeli settlements violate international law.
Written by then-State Department legal adviser Herbert Hansell, the 41-year-old legal opinion has long been the basis of US policy towards Israeli settlements.
Hansell said at the time that Israel was “a belligerent occupant” of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and Syrian Golan Heights.
Pompeo’s announcement comes after a series of staunchly pro-Israel measures taken by US President Donald Trump since he came into office, including a contentious decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump also recognised Israel’s hold on the occupied Syrian Golan Heights in March, a move that drew international criticism and raised fears that the US administration would green-light Israel’s annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which the US is a signatory, an occupying power cannot move its civilian population into territory it occupies.
There are approximately 200 official Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, with around 620,000 residents, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.
The group said on Monday that the Trump administration’s “farcical announcement doesn’t just green-light Israel’s illegal settlement project, but also other human rights violations around the world by obliterating the principles of international law”.
The move also pushes “the world over 70 years backwards”, B’Tselem said.
The rabbi said he is ready to spend 50 years in prison for burning a chuch
The Israeli Jewish Rabbi Benzi Gopstein has said that Christian churches in Israel must be burnt because Christians worship idols and idols must be destroyed.
Gopstein, the head of Lehava group, made his remarks at a panel discussion for Jewish yeshiva students when asked by a fellow panellist if he believed burning down churches in Israel was justified.
“Did the Rambam [Maimonides] rule to destroy [idol worship] or not? Idol worship must be destroyed. It’s simply yes – what’s the question?” Gopstein told the panel.
His comment alarmed his questioner Benny Rabinovich, a journalist, who told him: “Benzi, I must say I’m really shocked by what you’re saying here. You are essentially saying we must go out and burn down churches. You’re saying something insane here.”
Told by another panellist, Moshe Klein, that the discussion was being filmed and that his remarks could lead to his arrest, Gopstein answered: “That’s the last thing that concerns me. If this is truth, I’m prepared to sit in jail 50 years for it.”
Gopstein later tried to evade accusations of inciting his followers to fire-raise, saying it was the government’s responsibility to carry out what he presented as a religious teaching of the 12th century Jewish philosopher, Maimonides.
In 2015, Shin Bet – Israel’s domestic intelligence agency – concluded that there are no legal grounds for outlawing Lehava, despite a request from the then Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon to consider doing so.
Lehava – whose name means “flame”- regularly holds open gatherings in Jerusalem’s Zion Square, where members distribute literature warning of the dangers of relationships between Jewish women and Arab men.
The group held a demonstration at which members chanted “death to the Arabs” outside a wedding between a Muslim and Jewish woman who had converted to Islam in 2014.