Extremist Israelis tear their clothes inside the al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli extremist settlers tore their clothes right as they broke into the holy al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning. Over 70 Israeli fanatic settlers stormed the al-Aqsa in three groups and tore their clothes at one of the al-Aqsa gates before they performed sacrilegious rituals.  Over recent days, Muslim worshipers and activists called for intensifying vigil at the al-Aqsa place of worship so as to defend the site against projected Israeli mass-break-ins to mark the so-called Destruction of the Temple Mount anniversary.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

More than 300,000 children going hungry in Yemen: UN

At least 14 million Yemenis are going hungry, with at least 370,000 children suffering from malnutrition, UN says.


More than 370,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, the United Nations has said, 15 months into a devastating war.

According to new UN figures, more than 14 million people, about half of the population, are going hungry and are in urgent need of food and medical aid.

Some 500,000 children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, with two thirds of them so sick they could die if they don’t receive immediate assistance, the UN said.

“At least 370,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition,” Mohammed al-Asaadi, a spokesman for the UN children’s agency in Yemen told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

“We’re talking about a 50 percent increase compared to the number we had earlier this year.”

Severe acute malnutrition is a major cause of death for children under the age of five, and is apparent when a child has a very low weight for their height and becomes visibly frail and skeletal.

Yemen has been torn apart by conflict since 2014, when Houthi rebels, allied with troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, captured large swaths of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign against the rebels in March 2015. Since then, more than 9,000 people have been killed and 2.8 million driven from their homes.

The cost of food has skyrocketed since the start of the war, Asaadi said, with dramatic inflation in food and fuel prices leaving the poor vulnerable.

“The people are unable to buy food. Good crops could help the situation, but millions are out of work and countless more displaced. Until inflation is addressed the situation will continue to deteriorate.”

Taqwa Mohammad, a resident of Hodeidah, a Houthi-occupied city in west Yemen told Al Jazeera, that the hike in food prices was having a devastating impact on her children.

“I can’t afford milk or medicine for the children. If one of them gets sick, I can’t take him to the doctor, I borrow fever and cough medicines from the neighbours.”

READ MORE: 200,000 suffer under Houthi siege in Yemen’s Taiz

Humanitarian groups have struggled to deliver aid to large parts of the country due to the fighting and air strikes, with the medical aid charity Doctors Without Borders, calling the situation  “extremely challenging.”

Several medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed , with Houthi fighters repeatedly accused by aid groups of exacerbating the crisis by preventing the delivery of medical supplies to cities under their control.

On Sunday, the  Houthis rejected a UN-brokered peace deal  in Kuwait that would have required them to w ithdraw from the capital Sanaa, as well as the cities of Taiz and Hodeida and  concede power to an exiled government.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

Bilal Kayed’s court date set 2 months ahead despite urgent condition on 58th day of hunger strike


On his 58th day of hunger strike, Bilal Kayed was set an appeal date 2 months in the future by the Israeli high court. Imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention since 13 June, when his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison expired, Kayed has been on hunger strike demanding his freedom since 15 June. He is currently shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed in Barzilai hospital.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Kayed’s legal team, reported that “he continues to refuse medical examinations and treatment, as well as vitamin supplements and is only consuming water, along with salts, sugar, and vitamin B1 only when needed.” Sahar Francis, Addameer’s Executive Director, visited Kayed today in Barzilai Hospital. “Mr. Kayed also reported to Addameer’s attorney that following the stand of solidarity in front of Barzilai hospital on Tuesday, 9 August 2016, that the Israeli Prison Service has been intimidating him; for example, he was surrounded by 25 armed police officers even though he is shackled with his right hand and left foot to his bed. Additional shackles have also been added to his feet, chaining him to the bed, despite the appeal submitted to the High Court by Physicians for Human to remove the shackling of his hand and legs. The IPS has also held him responsible for the mass hunger strikes inside the prisons, and the escalation taking place outside the prisons.”

He stated that he will refuse to take Vitamin B1 following his 60th day of hunger strike and that doctors have informed him that he will be treated against his will in the intensive care unit should he lose consciousness. He has been denied access to an independent doctor and is currently suffering from “chest pain, kidney, jaw, eyes, ears, legs, as well as severe headache. He also suffers from blurred vision, numbness throughout the body, hair loss, as well as yellowness and peeling of the skin.”

He expressed his appreciation for all of the local and international solidarity actions in support of his struggle and that of the many Palestinian prisoners engaging in a solidarity hunger strike to support his battle.

Kayed’s brother and sister, Mahmoud and Suha, issued a letter recogniing the international solidarity actions in support of Kayed’s strike. “You can help us, when you tell the story of Bilal Kayed to your family and friends, let the world see what is happening to my brother and to my homeland. If International Organisations, do ignore Human rights, we shouldn’t. Let’s make the world a better place on our own and not to wait for anyone else to make it better. Freedom to Bilal Kayed, and Freedom to the whole world.”

The statement came as Joe Catron published a new article in MintPress News, highlighting the growing international campaign for Kayed’s freedom. Activists highlighted the importance of solidarity with the prisoners in interviews, especially amid the silence of large human rights institutions on the case. They also urged the expansion of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

The Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) issued a statement urging an intensified campaign to stop G4S in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.  “As Palestinian political prisoners endure hunger in their quest for dignity and freedom, they have exposed Israel’s brutality in denying them their basic rights. To express effective solidarity with their heroic strike, we call for intensifying the Stop G4S campaign to ensure G4S does indeed end all forms of its complicity with Israel’s regime of oppression,” said the BNC.

Among a series of upcoming events in support of Kayed in the coming days in Sydney, Dublin, Derry, Copenhagen, Vienna and Berlin among other cities is a march and rally in New York City on Friday, 12 August, in which supporters of Palestinian freedom will march from the G4S office at 19 W. 44th St to another G4S office, demanding G4S get out of the business of profiting from the oppression of Palestinians.


Participants in the World Social Forum also declared their support for Kayed in a photo campaign, while Montreal activists held a protest outside a G4S office on Wednesday, 10 August, demanding freedom for Kayed and fellow Palestinian prisoners and an end to the security corporation’s profiteering from oppression.

montreal1In Beirut, marchers took the streets on Thursday, 11 August one day after Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the Lebanese Arab Communist supporter of Palestine imprisoned in France for 32 years addressed a crowd in a solidarity tent mounted in the Lebanese city in support of Kayed and his fellow prisoners. In the night march on Thursday, protesters carried torches and banged on a tank, demanding that Lebanese companies stop doing business with G4S as it is involved in the war on Palestine.

dublin11augIreland has been a center of protest in support of Kayed and his fellow hunger strikers. A large number of organizations, including Irish republican socialist group eirigi, the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association, the Dublin Anarchist Black Cross, and the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign have engaged in significant events and actions in support of Kayed’s strike while currently imprisoned Irish republicans have expressed their solidarity. The Irish anti-colonial tradition of hunger strikes and resistance to imprisonment is reflected in this broad support. On 11 August, an emergency protest convened in Dublin outside the Israeli embassy to demand Kayed’s freedom, eliciting wide support and honks from rush-hour drivers. Donegal county council member Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig urged Kayed’s release, calling for more political pressure to support his strike. “I have been in contact with supporters of Bilal Kayed and they tell me the Israelis intend force-feeding him if he slips into unconsciousness. I am calling on the Irish people to protest about the inhumane treatment of Bilal Kayed and to support this man who should have been released from prison weeks ago. Write to your local councillor and TD and demand they raise it at the highest authority possible. Bilal Kayed could have days left to live,” said Mac Giolla Easbuig.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the transparent efforts on the part of the Israeli occupation military, intelligence and judicial system to threaten the life of Bilal Kayed while attempting to force him to end his hunger strike and accept his administrative detention without charge or trial. Kayed has made his position clear as has the entire prisoners’ movement: the imposition of administrative detention, especially after the completion of a prisoner’s sentence, will never be accepted. He is committed to continue his strike until freedom. As Bilal Kayed enters his 60th day of hunger strike, international solidarity and support for Bilal Kayed and the prisoners’ movement is more urgent than ever. It is critical to redouble efforts now to free Bilal Kayed and all Palestinian prisoners with demonstrations, events and actions to support their struggle for liberation and justice.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

Israeli forces raid, close entrances of Salfit-area town

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SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the town of Kifl Haris in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit late on Wednesday night, closing all entrances to the town.According to Kifl Haris resident Yousef Boziya, Israeli forces stormed the area and shut off all entrances with iron gates and cement blocks, preventing residents from entering or leaving the town.Boziya said Israeli soldiers who raided Kifl Haris told residents that they were searching for suspects who reportedly threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli settler cars in the area.The army searched houses and reportedly detained a number of Palestinian youth while firing sound grenades and live fire, causing panic among residents.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into the reports.The occupied West Bank has seen an increase in military road closures since October when a wave of unrest first erupted across the West Bank and Israel, leading to periodic closures of Palestinian villages, towns, checkpoints, and entire districts, with the southern district of Hebron put under the most extensive closure since 2014 last month.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

Trump Doubles Down On Claim Obama Is Founder Of ISIS

Trump had previously said Clinton founded the militant group, but shifted the blame to Obama on Wednesday during a rally in Florida.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla

MIAMI  — Donald Trump repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group on Thursday, refusing to take back a patently false allegation, despite the urging of some of his allies to do so.

A day after lobbing the attack against the president during a rowdy rally, Trump pressed ahead during a round of interviews. He brushed off conservative radio commentator Hugh Hewitt’s attempt to reframe Trump’s observation as one that said Obama’s foreign policy created the conditions in Iraq and Syria that allowed IS to thrive.

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do,” Trump said, using another acronym for the extremist group that has wreaked havoc from the Middle East to European cities.

Hewitt asked Trump if he would acknowledge that Obama hates the Islamic State, noting that the president is “trying to kill them.” Over the past two years Obama has organized a broad coalition of countries and launched more than 10,000 U.S. airstrikes to defeat IS.

“I don’t care,” Trump replied. “He was the founder. The way he got out of Iraq – that was the founding of ISIS, OK?”

In a later speech to homebuilders in Miami on Thursday, he said Clinton would be given “the most valuable player award” by IS. “Her only competition is Barack Obama,” he said. He later added of Clinton, “Oh boy, is ISIS hoping for her.”

Clinton’s campaign accused Trump of “trash-talking” the U.S. while failing to present any serious counter-terrorism plans of his own. Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s top policy aide, called Trump’s accusation a “false claim” and drew a connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Once again, he’s echoing the talking points of Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests,” Sullivan said.

In the interview with Hewitt, Trump did acknowledge the root of his argument was that if Obama “had done things property, you wouldn’t have had ISIS.” But he then added, “Therefore, he was the founder if ISIS.”

Trump had previously said Clinton founded the militant group, but shifted the blame to Obama on Wednesday during a rally in Florida.

“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Trump said Wednesday during a raucous campaign rally outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “He is the founder of ISIS,” he said, repeating the allegation three more times for emphasis.

Trump also pointedly referred to the president by his full legal name: Barack Hussein Obama. The accusation – and his use of the president’s middle name, Hussein – echoed previous instances where he’s questioned Obama’s religious faith? and loyalties to the country.

In June, when a shooter who claimed allegiance to IS killed 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, Trump seemed to suggest Obama was sympathetic to the group when he said Obama “doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands.”

In the past, Trump has also falsely suggested Obama is a Muslim or was born in Kenya, where Obama’s father was from. The president, a Christian, was born in Hawaii.

As he works to keep his campaign message on track, Trump in recent days has sometimes tried to clarify controversial statements by arguing he was being misinterpreted. But given the opportunity Thursday morning by Hewitt and others to take back the claim that Obama founded the terror group, Trump did the opposite.

“He was the founder, absolutely the founder,” Trump said on CNBC. “In fact he gets the – in sports, they have awards. He gets the most valuable player award.”

Trump has long blamed Obama and his former secretary of state – Clinton – for their Mideast policy. Republicans believe that the U.S. decision to leave Iraq in 2011 created a power vacuum that allowed al-Qaida in Iraq, a subsidiary of the larger terror group al-Qaida, to morph into the 30,000-strong Islamic State group that in 2014 seized a third of Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. has led a coalition of a dozen Western and Arab countries in a sustained airstrike campaign – backed by Iraqi ground forces – that have cut the group in half and cost it 45 percent of its territory. Yet, the group still inspires or backs terror attacks around the world.

The White House declined to comment on Trump’s accusation.

The Islamic State group began as Iraq’s local affiliate of al-Qaida, the group that attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. But the group carried out massive attacks against Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, fueling tensions with al-Qaida’s central leadership, which blames its grievances on the West. The local group’s then-leader, Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in 2006 in a U.S. airstrike but is still seen as the Islamic State group’s founder.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

UK move proves Brotherhood’s peaceful nature

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Headquarters of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. [File photo]

A U.K. Home Office guideline that would allow members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group to seek asylum in Britain represents a “tacit” admission of the group’s peaceful nature, analysts believe.

Last week, the Home Office issued an internal guideline on the prospect of granting asylum to Muslim Brotherhood members.

High-profile or politically-active members, especially those who have taken part in protests in Egypt, “may be able to show they are at risk of persecution, including the possibility of detention [by the Egyptian authorities], where they may face ill-treatment, unfair trials and disproportionate punishments,” the guideline read.

“Additionally, high-profile supporters or those perceived to support the Muslim Brotherhood — such as journalists — may also be similarly at risk of persecution. It would be appropriate to grant in such cases,” it added.

The assertions triggered a wave of controversy in Egypt, prompting the British embassy to state that Britain would not consider asylum requests from Brotherhood members resident outside the U.K.

“We are not obliged to consider asylum requests we receive from outside the U.K.,” a Home Office official said in a statement issued by the embassy.

“We will consider asylum requests that are submitted in the U.K.; they will be taken individually, according to the U.K.’s international obligations,” he said.

Last year, a review of the Brotherhood ordered by then Prime Minister David Cameron concluded that membership or links to the Islamist movement represented a “possible indicator of extremism”.

Egypt’s oldest Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood has been the subject of a harsh crackdown by the Egyptian regime since a 2013 military coup removed Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely-elected president and a Brotherhood leader.

The Egyptian authorities accuse the Brotherhood of condoning violence and have designated the group a “terrorist” organization.

Since Morsi’s overthrow, thousands of Brotherhood members have been thrown behind bars and hundreds have been slapped with death sentences.


Zuhair Salim, director of the London-based Arab Orient Center for Cultural and Civilization Studies, said the Home Office guideline constituted proof that the U.K. review of the Brotherhood had been definitively closed.

“It is tantamount to an admission [by the U.K.] of the Brotherhood’s peaceful nature,” he toldAnadolu Agency.

Salim believes the move will have “repercussions on certain Arab countries that use Islamist movements to intimidate the West”.

He went on to accuse some Arab countries of trying to tarnish the image of moderate Islamist groups.

Salim, however, ruled out the notion that the British decision would affect relations between Cairo and London.

“The government of [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi isn’t looking for more problems,” he said. “Egypt’s current situation doesn’t allow it to take on the British government,” he added.

On Tuesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry criticized the British decision to allow Brotherhood members to request asylum.

“Egypt doesn’t see the decision as positive for the two countries’ relations,” he said at a press conference in Cairo.

Policy shift

Tarek Fahmy, a prominent Egyptian political analyst, said the move reflected a U.K. policy shift regarding the Muslim Brotherhood.

“It indicates that the government of [U.K. Prime Minister] Theresa May is changing British policy vis-à-vis the Brotherhood, which could be seen as a positive development for the Islamist group,” he told Anadolu Agency.

Fahmy further believes the perceived policy shift could have a negative impact on Egypt-U.K. relations.

“But we can’t predict the extent of the impact,” he said.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Sweidan, for his part, believes the Home Office guideline has a “political dimension”.

“There has been a change in relations between Egypt and Britain,” he told Anadolu Agency.

“Britain has dealt with the Brotherhood for decades,” he said. “What’s more, it has a powerful intelligence service that can easily determine whether or not the group adopts a peaceful approach to resisting tyrants.”

“The novel thing about the U.K. [Home Office] document is the U.K. government’s recognition of crimes committed by the coup regime [in Egypt] against its opponents,” Sweidan said.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

Storming, demolishing operations reported in Jenin

JENIN, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Thursday morning raided Bartaa village, which is isolated by the Separation Wall in Jenin, and razed industrial and commercial facilities.   Head of Bartaa’s local council Ghassan Qabaha told the PIC reporter that Israeli forces repeatedly raze structures in the area claiming that they are located in the Israeli-controlled Area C in which construction is not permitted. The pace of razing Palestinians’ properties has recently increased especially in both industrial and commercial areas, he said.  Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces besieged a quarry and a pottery workshop then knocked down the quarry and handed a demolition notice to the owner of the pottery workshop.   The inhabitants confronted Israeli troops during the demolition process which led to clashes whereby Israeli soldiers opened their gunfire at Palestinians in addition to tear gas grenades leading to suffocation cases among Palestinians. Some of the inhabitants were questioned in the field by the IOF during the incursion operation.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

Army Kidnaps Four Palestinian Children In Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at night, four Palestinian children in Silwan and the ar-Ram towns, after invading their families’ homes and searching them.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers kidnapped Mohammad Najeeb Zaghal, 16, after storming his family’s home in Silwan, and searching it.

The soldiers also invaded Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in Silwan, and kidnapped a child, identified as Mosleh Nasser Shehada, 15.

The Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the soldiers also invaded a home in Bab al-Hadeed area, adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Old Jerusalem, and kidnapped Eyad Asaliyya, 17.

The PPS added that the soldiers also invaded the town of ar-Ram, north of Jerusalem, stormed and searched several homes and kidnapped one Palestinian.

Clashes also took place between the invading forces and local youngsters who hurled stones and empty bottles on the military vehicles, while the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers invaded the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and nearby Beit Fajjar town, broke into and searched a few homes and kidnapped two Palestinians.
(Source / 11.08.2016)

VIDEO: Saudi Arabia Sends 10,000 Mercenaries, 95 Tanks to Syria Aleppo


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VIDEO: Saudi Arabia Sends 10,000 Mercenaries, 95 Tanks to Syria Aleppo

“The Syrian army’s victories in Aleppo have made al-Saud to frantically send 10,000 mercenaries along with over 95 tanks to Aleppo province to break the siege and rescue their besieged officers from the Eastern parts of Aleppo,” Mohannad Haaj, a member of the Syrian parliament and commander of al-Mahavir Battalion of the Syrian army, told FNA on Wednesday.

He, meantime, said that the Syrian army, supported by the Russian fighter jets and other allies, could kill over 2,000 Saudi mercenaries and destroyed more than 70 tanks of the terrorists in different parts of the province in the past few days.

Latest reports said on Tuesday that the Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the terrorist groups’ gatherings and concentration centers in the Western neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing 20 and wounding several more.

“20 militants were killed and several others were injured in Syrian and Russian airstrikes on their positions in Qabat al-Assad area in the Northern side of Rashedeen .”

Also a notorious field commander of Ahrar al-Sham was killed in heavy fighting with the resistance forces in the Southern districts of Aleppo.Abu Hassan al-Shami was killed in resistance fighters’ attacks in the Southern battlefields of Aleppo city.

In the meantime, 48 terrorists, originally from Idlib province, were killed in the Syrian missile, artillery and air attacks in Southern Aleppo.

Also, fierce clashes are underway between terrorist groups and Kurdish fighters in Sheikh Maqsoud district in Northern part of Aleppo city.

The US State Department has approved a large sale of weapons to the Saudi Arabia, citing the Persian Gulf nation as a “leading contributor of political stability and economic progress.” Most if these Arms engulfs Syria and Iraq Crisis and Saudi Army will use them for killing Yemeni Civilians.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

Ahmad Dawabsha taken to hospital after health deteriorates

Ahmad Dawabsha

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Ahmad Dawabsha, the five-year-old sole survivor of an arson attack in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus last year, was taken to Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital Wednesday night after his health deteriorated.Naser Dawabsha, a member of the family, told Ma’an that the “child’s health has severely deteriorated,” adding that Ahmad has suffered from “constant vomiting and an increase in body temperature.”Naser said that medical tests were done on Ahmad and he would remain in the hospital until his health condition stabilized.Ahmad was officially released from the hospital last month, returning for weekly checkups and additional surgeries expected over the coming months, most of them plastic surgeries to help reconstruct parts of his body and face which were severely burned in the attack.The young boy was severely injured in the high-profile attack which took place in the town of Duma in the Nablus district in July 2015, and has undergone a series of complex surgeries since.Two Israelis were indicted for murder for the arson in January, five months after suspects belonging to a Jewish terror organization set the home of the Dawabsha family ablaze, burning 18-month-old Ali to death.The infant’s parents, Riham and Saad, later died from severe burns, leaving then four-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha the only surviving member of the family.According to rights group Yesh Din, over 85 percent of investigations into violence committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians are closed without indictments and only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction.Attacks by settlers are often carried out under the armed protection of Israeli forces, who rarely make efforts to protect Palestinians from such attacks.An upwards of 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there were a total of 221 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2015.

(Source / 11.08.2016)