15,000 Jews visit Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque ahead of Yom Kippur

Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, also known as the Cave of Patriarchs [File Photo]

Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron [File Photo]

Fifteen-thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews visited Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque yesterday ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

The thousands of Haredim were accompanied by Israeli occupation forces, with occupation forces saying they “provided increased security for the event, guarded the prayer and allowed it to take place safely, with no irregular incidents,” the Times of Israel reported. The number marked an increase on 2017 figures, with an additional 5,000 Haredim in attendance.

Situated in Hebron, in the south of the occupied West Bank, the Ibrahimi Mosque is believed to be the burial place of the Prophet Abraham. It is known by Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs. In August, Israeli forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim worshippers in preparation for the upcoming Jewish holidays, banning the call to prayer for 24 hours. Fatah called the closure a crime against the Palestinian people and their right to access their holy places, as well as a violation of international conventions.

READ: UN: Israel’s demolition of Khan al-Ahmar violation of international law

This was not the first time that Israel restricted Muslim worship at the Ibrahimi Mosque. In July it emerged that Israel prohibited the Muslim call to prayer 298 times in the first half of 2018. Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister, Yousef Adais, said that “the immorality and violations of Jewish settlers have also crossed the line – so much so that they organised parties with music until midnight inside the Ibrahimi Mosque”.

Israel regularly works to increase its Jewish presence in Hebron. In September it emerged that Israel plans to spend 3.5 million shekels ($1 million) of unpaid UNESCO money to develop Jewish heritage sites in the city. The decision was seen as a “direct response to a 2017 UNESCO decision to inscribe Hebron’s Old Town and the Cave of the Patriarchs [the Ibrahimi Mosque] onto the list of endangered World Heritage sites under the State of Palestine”.

In addition to those Haredim visiting Hebron yesterday, thousands of Jews travelled to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, in the north of the occupied West Bank. At least ten Palestinians were injured by Israeli occupation forces who accompanied the worshippers today, according to Wafa. The Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas at Palestinians and three were taken to Nablus’ Rafidya hospital for treatment.

Yom Kippur, otherwise known as the Day of Atonement, is an annual Jewish holiday that follows the Jewish Rosh Hashana (New Year) celebrations. In 1973, the Yom Kippur War broke out between Israel, Syria and Egypt and has since come to be seen as a defeat within Israeli domestic circles. The war led to the 1978 Camp David Accords and the signing of a peace deal between Israel and Egypt, as well as Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula which it had occupied since 1967.

READ: Israeli settler stabbed near illegal settlement: Media reports

(Source / 17.09.2018)

Israel sent detainee Khader Adnan to solitary confinement

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) isolated on Sunday the Palestinian prisoner Sheikh Khader Adnan as he enters his 15th day of hunger strike.

Muhjat al-Quds prisoners group affirmed that Sheikh Adnan, 40, from the northern West Bank district of Jenin, who is currently held in the Israeli Raymond prison, was sent to solitary confinement for seven days after he started an open hunger strike 15 days ago.

In an attempt to break his strike, IPS denied Sheikh Adnan from his basic human needs and personnel belonging. He was also subjected to night raids.

(Source / 17.09.2018)

Army Injures Eight Palestinians, Including Two Medics, In Nablus

17 SEP
10:29 AM

Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Sunday at night, at least eight Palestinians, including two medics, near Joseph Tomb area, east of Nablus city, in northern West Bank.

The soldiers attacked many Palestinian protesters with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, in addition to firing live rounds at a Palestinian ambulance.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers shot six Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, before they were rushed to local hospitals for further treatment.

It added that the medics also provided the needed treatment to many Palestinians, who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also fired live rounds at a Palestinian ambulance, belonging to the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), smashing its windshield, and mildly wounding two medics, identified as Jareer Qandil and Amir al-Bizra.

The incident took place after dozens of soldiers accompanied many buses, carrying Israeli colonialist settlers to visit “Joseph’s Tomb,” in Nablus.

The colonialist settlers started dancing and chanting provocatively near the shrine.

Joseph’s Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians and Samaritans, but Israel prevents the Palestinians from entering the site, although the shrine is located in an area under control by the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinians generally hold that the tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yusef Dweikat, a local religious figure.

(Source / 17.09.2018)

Army Prepares For Demolishing Family Home Of Palestinian Who Killed A Settler

17 SEP
9:33 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the home of a Palestinian who, just a day earlier, carried a stabbing attack in Gush Etzion illegal colony, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, and took measurements of the property in preparation for demolishing it, Maan News Agency has reported.

Maan stated that the soldiers surrounded and invaded Yatta town, south of Hebron, before storming the family home of Khalil Yousef al-Jabarin, 17, and ransacking the property, causing excessive damage.

The soldiers, from the Combat Engineering Corps, took measurements of the property to prepare for demolishing it, as part of Israel’s illegal collective punishment policies targeting families of Palestinians who carried out, or are accused of carrying out attacks, against Israelis.

It is worth mentioning that Jabarin was shot after he reportedly stabbed an armed Israeli colonialist settler who is also a U.S. citizen, identified as Ari Fuld, 40, inflicting a serious injury, before he later died from his wounds, at an Israeli hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian was shot and injured by Fuld, before the soldiers detained him; he is currently in a moderate condition at an Israeli hospital.

(Source / 17.09.2018)

Israel to seize Palestinian lands for settlement expansion

Expansion Plan near Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Israeli Civil Administration announced an expansion plan of the illegal Israeli settlement of Tina Omarim in the town of Dahriyeh, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.A Palestinian research center, Land Research Center, released a report on Monday showing that the Israeli Civil Administration have published a detailed plan that would change the classification of the Palestinian-owned land from agricultural into urban, in order to justify expanding the illegal Israeli settlement.The report said that the plan would lead to the seizure of 260 dunums (64 acres) of Palestinian-owned land in the al-Thahriyeh town.

The data shows that in the second quarter of 2018, Israel began the construction of  794 new settlement housing units, compared to 279 in the first quarter of the year.In the first half of 2018, the construction of 1,073 housing units was launched in the settlements, compared to 818 in the second half of 2017.The report added that the plan would include the construction of around 150 housing units, the establishment of public institutions, public parks, streets and parking lots.

Israel’s policy of expanding settlements and outposts has been escalating recently due to the United States President Donald Trump approving three times more the amount of settlement units than that which was approved in the year and half before his inauguration.
Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.
(Source / 17.09.2018)

Israeli forces open fire at farmers, raze lands in Gaza

Forces stealing land Khan Younis

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire, on Monday morning, towards Palestinian farmers east of Khan Younis in southern besieged Gaza Strip.

A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli military observation towers opened fire as Palestinian farmers were working in their lands.
Farmers were forced to evacuate the area in fear for their lives.
Meanwhile, several Israeli bulldozers entered into the “buffer zone” alongside the southern Gaza border and razed lands.
Witnesses said that four D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into lands near the “return camps” and razed and leveled lands as drones flew overhead.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for nearly 12 years.
(Source / 17.09.2018)

Hamas: Sabra and Shatila massacre perpetrators must be punished

Sabra and Shatila massacre

Hamas on Saturday, on the 36th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre, called for prosecuting Israeli leaders responsible for the crime at international courts.

In a statement released by Hamas’s Office for Refugees Affairs, the movement said that Sabra and Shatila massacre is part of an endless series of atrocities committed by the Israeli occupation against Palestinians.

Hamas affirmed that the heinous massacre will never be forgotten with the passing of time, and that the international community has responsibility for bringing Israeli leaders to international courts.

Hamas called on the Lebanese government to show solidarity with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by granting them civil, economic, and social rights.

It also urged friends of Palestinian people all over the world to support them against US attack on the refugees issue by cutting aid to UNRWA.

Saturday marks the 36th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre at the hands of the Israeli occupation army, a militia close to Lebanon’s Kataeb party and the South Lebanon Army.

The number of victims in this appalling massacre ranges between 750 and 3,500, most of whom are unarmed civilians, including women, children, and elderly people.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Israel files 2nd lawsuit against Haneyya at ICC

2nd lawsuit Haneyya

Israel’s Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) last week filed a second complaint with the International Criminal Court in the Hague (ICC) against the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haneyya.

According to the Israel Hayom daily, the case relates to the alleged recruitment of about 17,000 Gazan children for the struggle against Israel since 2016.

Israel’s JIJ also accuses Haneyya of committing two major war crimes: the actual exploitation of children under the age of 15 for military purposes, using them as child soldiers and as perpetrators of terror attacks; and the ongoing use of children as human shields and military targets in order to disrupt Israel’s war activity.

In addition, Haneyya is also accused of a widespread and systematic use of torture and unlawful killing by Hamas’ internal security forces in the Gaza Strip.

“The entire procedure was very efficient and orderly, and we felt that we were trusted by the recipients of our complaint,” JIJ’s director Uri Morad told Israel Hayom on Sunday.

“I believe that the complaint submitted by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice will be handled in a faithful and impartial manner,” he claimed.

This is a second complaint filed by JIJ against Haneyya, after a complaint a year ago regarding Haneyya’s alleged war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war. That initial complaint has passed a preliminary screening and is now under a preliminary examination, as part of the ICC’s overall examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel is not a member of the ICC court in the Hague. Lawsuits against PA and Hamas officials have been filed at the Hague by private organizations.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Israeli minister urges assassination of Palestinian leaders

Palestinian leaders

Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan called for assassinating Hamas leaders in the besieged Gaza Strip to quell anti-occupation protests at the eastern borders.

Israel’s Channel 7 quoted Erdan as stating that Israel might increase secret assassinations in case Hamas continues to fuel anti-occupation protests on borderlands with Gaza.

Erdan vowed that the Israeli army will step up aggressions against Hamas no matter the cost.

Sometime earlier, Israeli lawmaker Haim Jelin called for launching attacks against Hamas resistance fighters so as to force the group to yield in to a long-term ceasefire in response to an alleged incendiary balloon dropped at his home in Kibbutz settler community, near Gaza’s border area.

(Source / 16.09.2018)

Update: “Seriously Injured Israeli Settler Dies From His Wounds”

16 SEP
1:32 PM

Israeli media sources have confirmed that the settler, who was stabbed at the entrance of a mall near Gush Etzion colony, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, has died from his wounds.

The man, identified as Ari Fuld, 40 years of age, died from serious wounds to his upper body at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in occupied Jerusalem.

Fuld was from Efrat illegal colony, near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian, who reportedly stabbed and wounded the settler before he was shot, has been identified as Khalil Jabarin, 17, from Yatta town, south of Hebron.

Israeli daily Haaretz said that, according to a source close to Jabarin’s family, the teen told his patents about his intention to carry out an attack in the Ibrahimi Mosque area in Hebron city.

Haaretz added that the “family informed the security forces, but they were unable to fund him in that area.”

According to the Israeli National News, Arutz Sheva, said the wounded settler shot the Palestinian, who was also shot by a security guard and another settler.

The right-wing Israeli National News Agency quoted Lior Shurka, a friend of Ari, telling Tazpit Press Serve, an international Israeli news agency, that Ari “was active in explaining and defending Israel’s name,” adding that he was close to launching a Hasbara website in English, “defending Israel’s reputation.”

Israeli Ynet News quoted Dr. Alon Schwartz, the head of Shaare Zedek Trauma Units, stating that the man “arrived at the hospital wit  a stab wound in his chest on the right side of his back, without a pulse.”

He added that resuscitation efforts were carried out for fifty minutes, but the man died from his severe wounds, and his family was informed.

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, a Palestinian child, Soheib Abdul-Salam Abu Kashef, 16, died from serious wounds he suffered of August 3rd after Israeli soldiers shot him in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On the day of his serious injury, the Health Ministry said the soldiers engaged in the excessive use of force against the nonviolent “Great Return March” in Gaza, on its nineteenth consecutive week, killing a young man, identified as Ahmad Yahia Atallah Yaghi, 25, and wounding 220 Palestinians, including 90 who were shot with live fire.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, the Israeli army Killed three civilians, including a child, and Injured 148, Including 19 children, five Women and five paramedics, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported.

They have been identified as Hani Ramzi ‘Afana, 21, from Rafah, Mohamed Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah, 20, from al-Maghazi refugee camp, and Shad ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al, 11, from Jabalia.

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Palestinian Teen Injured After Reportedly Stabbing And Wounding An Israeli Settler

Sep 16, 2018 @ 12:54

Israeli sources stated, Sunday, that a colonialist settler was seriously injured, reportedly after being stabbed by a Palestinian teenage boy, at the entrance of a shopping center near Gush Etzion illegal colony, in the southern part of occupied West Bank.

Israeli daily Haaretz, has reported that the wounded Israeli man, 40 years of age, suffered serious wounds to the upper body, before he was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center Medical Center, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian, who carried out the reported attack, has been identified Khalil Yousef Jabarin, 16, from Yatta town, south of Hebron.

Israeli daily Haaretz said the Palestinian was shot by a settler, who was passing by, and suffered a moderate injury, and added that dozens of soldiers initiated searches in the Mall and the surrounding areas.

Israeli Ynet News said the incident took place in Harim Shopping Center, which is visited by both Israelis and Palestinians, and added that the shopping center recently decided to close its parking area to all Palestinian vehicles, due to “a large number of previous attacks.”

The army also closed the southern entrance of Bethlehem city, preventing all Palestinian vehicles from entering or leaving it.

(Source / 16.09.2018)