Tens of thousands pray at al-Aqsa on second Friday of Ramadan

2 Friday Ramadan

Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

Around 200,000 people attended the Friday prayers amid very tight military restrictions throughout the occupied city.

During the Friday prayers sermon, Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Youssef Abu Sneineh stressed the urgent need to lift the siege on the people of Gaza.
“Gaza’s patience has run out,” he said.

He strongly denounced the Arab and Islamic countries’ continued silence over the Israeli escalated Judaization policy in occupied Jerusalem and settlers’ provocative break-ins into al-Aqsa Mosque under police protection.

He also called for activating Palestinian national unity, hailing in the same time the Jerusalemites’ strong steadfastness in face of Israeli brutal measures.

Masses of worshippers made their way to the holy city from the occupied Palestinian territories despite the many restrictions imposed by Israeli police and forces, especially on the entry of young men below the age of 40, many of whom were banned from entering the occupied city by the Israeli forces.

Worshippers had to pass into occupied Jerusalem via military checkpoints as Israeli police beefed up presence around and in the city amid heightened tensions.

(Source / 25.05.2018)

President Mustafa Meets with Turkey’s FM & Emphasizes Continued Mutual Relations

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa met with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday and discussed with him the latest political and field developments in Syria.

Mustafa emphasized the strong, strategic relationship with Turkey that is based on continued support for the Syrian Coalition and its institutions, particularly the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) as he stressed the importance of empowering SIG in the liberated areas.

Mustafa also stressed the need to consolidate the ceasefire and reinvigorate the negotiating process in Geneva in order to achieve a comprehensive political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. He also called for urging Russia to force the Assad regime to seriously engage in the political process.

Moreover, Mustapha stressed the need to hold accountable perpetrators of war crimes in Syria, chief among them is Bashar al-Assad and his clique especially after it has been found responsible for the repeated use of chemical weapons and other internationally prohibited weapons as well as the mass killings and displacement of millions of Syrians.

President Mustafa thanked the government and people of Turkey for their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people which has been ongoing since 2011 as a result of the crimes the Assad regime is committing to cling to power and its refusal of a peaceful transition in the country and the insistence on pursuing a bloody military solution.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 25.05.2018)

Jerusalemite prisoner detained again after release from Israeli jail

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The Israeli occupation police on Thursday redetained a Jerusalemite prisoner shortly after his release from the Negev jail.

According to the family committee of Jerusalemite prisoners, the Israeli police in Occupied Jerusalem detained 48-year-old Mousa Hamada immediately after his release and completion of his jail term.

After his release from the Negev jail, Hamada was transferred to al-Maskubiya detention center in Jerusalem, where he will be in custody until Friday, May 25, the committee noted.

The detainee, a resident of Sur Baher village in Jerusalem, was arrested on November 23, 2010 on allegations of being a member of an armed group affiliated with Hamas.

The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence, sometimes rearrests prisoners after completing their prison terms in order to dissuade their relatives from celebrating their release or to take certain measures against them such as forcing them to pay financial penalties or ordering them to stay away from their native city for a period of time.

(Source / 25.05.2018)

Two protesters injured at Friday Gaza border protests

Friday Gaza protests

At least two Palestinian protesters were injured by Israeli gunfire while dozens others suffocated from teargas after Israeli soldiers attacked them while they were partaking in the continuing Great March of Return protests along the Gaza border.

Two protesters were reportedly hit by live bullets in their feet. The two were later moved to hospital suffering moderate wounds.

Many others also suffocated when the Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at the protesters.

Earlier afternoon, thousands of Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip have converged on the Gaza-Israel border fence for the ninth consecutive Friday to take part in ongoing rallies against the Israeli occupation.

Since March 30, Palestinians have been staging mass rallies along the border fence to demand the right of return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Since the rallies began, at least 120 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli army gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

(Source / 25.05.2018)

Palestinian shot, injured in Qalqilia

Injured Kafer Qadum

A Palestinian youngster was injured on Friday afternoon as clashes broke out in Kafer Qadum town east of Qalqilia, to the north of occupied Jerusalem.

Local activist Murad Shteiwi affirmed that a 26-year-old young man suffered head injuries after being hit with a rubber bullet during the clashes.

The clashes erupted when Israeli forces stormed the town amid heavy fire of live and rubber bullets, and violently suppressed the anti-occupation weekly march.

(Source / 25.05.2018)

Charlie Hebdo joins media campaign against Muslim girl in France

Student Union Leader at Paris’ Sorbonne University, Maryam Pougetoux, stirred controversy in France after she appeared on TV wearing a headscarf

Student Union Leader at Paris’ Sorbonne University, Maryam Pougetoux, stirred controversy in France after she appeared on TV wearing a headscarf

atirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has joined a campaign of hatred waged by politicians and media circles in against Student Union Leader at Paris’ Sorbonne University, Maryam Pougetoux, who appeared on television wearing a headscarf.

The magazine published a provocative cartoon depicting Pougetoux as monkey wearing the Muslim headscarf with the caption “they chose me to head the UNEF” (French National Student Union).

Commentators said the cartoon is the latest in the magazine’s long history of abuse against Islam and Muslims.

French Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, stirred controversy when he criticised Pougetoux’s attire saying he was shocked to see the 19- year-old girl appear on French television, saying it is clear that young Muslims are planning to fight a cultural battle.

Meanwhile, Pougetoux defended herself in an interview, saying her headscarf has nothing to do with politics and stems from personal faith.

Maryam appeared in a documentary on French television to discuss student protests over education reforms proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

France: Jewish deputy mayor complains of ‘too many Arabs’

(Source / 25.05.2018)

Mustafa Barghouti: New settlements what “Deal of the Century” looks like

Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Mustafa al-Barghouti

Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Mustafa al-Barghouti

The Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Mustafa Barghouti, has said that the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman support for of thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank is an “actual implementation” of the “Deal of the Century” (The Trump administration’s plan to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict).

“This is part of the actual implementation of the so-called Deal of the Century and a blatant violation of all international laws and charters and the criminal court,” Barghouti asserted in a statement on Thursday.

He considered that “without the cover of Trump’s administration, Israel would not have dared to do such action, which confirms its rejection of any solution and its attempt to impose a fait accompli on the ground that prevents the establishment of a Palestinian State and perpetuates the racial segregation regime.”

Read: Palestinian film festival in Paris confronts the Nakba head on

He stressed that “Israel will not be deterred except by changing the balance of powers, through uniting the Palestinian ranks and escalating the boycott and popular resistance against the occupation and the discrimination and racial segregation regime, which is forced upon the Palestinian people.

“We will be planning to establish 2,500 settlement units during the meeting of the Supreme Planning Council in the West Bank, in addition to other 1,400 units that will be immediately established,” Lieberman claimed via his Twitter account on Thursday.

He continued: “We will push forward the construction projects in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) from the north to the south, including large and small settlements. We will continue to settle and develop Judea and Samaria (West Bank) by our actions.”

אביגדור ליברמן


בשבוע הבא, נביא לאישור מועצת התכנון העליונה ביהודה ושומרון 2500 יחידות דיור חדשות, מתוכן 1,400 לבנייה מיידית. אנו נקדם בניה בכל רחבי יהודה ושומרון, מצפון עד דרום, בישובים קטנים וגדולים. נמשיך ליישב ולפתח את יהודה ושומרון, במעשים.

On 23 December, 2016, the UN Security Council had overwhelmingly endorsed the resolution which considered the Israeli settlement in the 1967 occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, as an “illegitimate settlement” and called to completely and immediately halt it.

(Source / 25.05.2018)

Israel bill seeks to criminalise documentation of soldiers’ actions

Israeli forces disrupted a Palestinian protest which demonstrated against the Israeli occupation over Palestinian lands in Bethlehem, West Bank on March 30, 2017. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )

Israeli forces disrupted a Palestinian protest which demonstrated against the Israeli occupation over Palestinian lands in Bethlehem, West Bank on March 30, 2017

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss, Sunday, a bill that would prohibit the documentation of Israeli soldiers’ human rights violations against Palestinian citizens.

On Thursday, Israel Hayom explained that the chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu bloc in the Knesset, Robert Ilatov, proposed the bill with the support of his party’s leader, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The bill states, “anyone who shoots a video or a photo, or records soldiers while they are doing their job, with the aim of disturbing the morale of soldiers and citizens, will be sentenced to five years imprisonment. In case this is done with the aim of destabilising the state’s security, the perpetrator will be sentenced to ten years imprisonment.”

In addition, the bill prohibits the sharing of photographs or recorded content on social media or in the media.

Read: Student societies ask Britain to end arms sales to Israel

Israeli MP Ilatov asserted that his proposal comes as part of an attempt to respond to the movement of left-wing activists in exposing Israeli practices against Palestinian citizens in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

He justified his proposal by saying,

Israel has long been facing a disturbing phenomenon; that of the documentation of Israeli army soldiers, by video shooting or audio recordings by organisations that are hostile to Israel and supportive of the Palestinians, such as B’Tselem, Machsom Watch, Breaking the Silence, BDS and other organisations

He claimed that “the majority of these organisations receive support from associations and governments with anti-Israel agenda, and that they are using these contents to jeopardise Israel and its security.”

He added, “It is unreasonable for an activist or leftist organisation, supported by a foreign entity, to be granted the freedom to document soldiers while doing their duties. The best conditions must be provided for the soldiers to do their duty without worrying about any activist or organisation publishing their photos to intimidate them.”

B’Tselem בצלם بتسيلم@btselem

Checkpoints on their way to school: just another afternoon for minors in Hebron. Watch local students return from school to find the main entrance to their neighborhood closed.

(Source / 25.05.2018)

PA threatens to cut security ties with Israel if Gaza blockade lifted

Palestinians stage a demonstration demanding the lift of the blockade in Gaza on 1 April 2018

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has threatened to severe security cooperation with Israel if the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted, according to the Palestine Information Centre.

Quoting Hebrew media sources, the news site reported that the PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart Nadav Argaman warning him against any action that would help alleviate the suffering of the population in Gaza.

The warning allegedly came after reports surfaced that Egypt and Qatar would help mediate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas that would relax the blockade, now in its eleventh year.

Such a plan is thought to be detrimental to the interests of the PA, which seeks to pressure Hamas into handing over control of the Strip, following failed reconciliation talks at the end of last year.

A possible deal, according to Israeli media, would see Tel Aviv demand a complete cessation of rocket fire and tunnel building, in addition to respecting the security perimeter at the Gaza border and a solution regarding the Israeli prisoners of war held in Gaza.

In return, Israel will substantially reduce restrictions at Gaza’s border crossings, including permitting the entry of goods and services to the impoverished enclave, on the condition that they will not be used to boost Hamas’ armed wing. Egypt will also lessen restrictions at its Rafah crossing with Gaza and open the border more frequently.

Read: PA intercepts 40% of resistance attacks against Israel

Talks between the Palestinian factions have stalled in recent months. Although Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement in Cairo in October in an attempt to advance reconciliation efforts and restore the PA’s governing authority in Gaza, they failed to make progress in the aftermath of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Relations declined further following the attempted assassination of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during a trip to Gaza in March for which the PA blamed Hamas, who in turn denied any involvement. The three men identified by Hamas as suspects involved in the bombing were later killed in a shootout with its forces in Gaza on 22 March.

Earlier this month, the PA cut salaries of its civil servants in the Strip by a further 20 per cent, causing widespread protest. An issue of longstanding contention, last year Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slashed Gaza salaries by 30 per cent. He has also reduced PA staff numbers in Gaza from 60,000 last year, by ordering early retirement for nearly a third of employees.

PA officials said at time that those moves were meant to pressure Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza. However, following news that Palestinian prisoners were also facing cuts in their remittances, the PA blamed the hold-up on technical issues.

Read: Hamas blames Palestinian Authority men for PM assassination attempt

(Source / 25.05.2018)

15 vragen over het vasten!


Hieronder tref je een aantal veelgestelde vragen over het vasten, ontleend aan het Fatawaboek van de nobele geleerde shaych al-‘Uthaimeen – moge Allah hem genadig zijn –

1. Wat zijn de zaken die het toestaan voor een persoon om niet te vasten?

– Wanneer een persoon ziek of op reis is, hoeft hij niet te vasten.

– De zwangere vrouw die vreest voor haar eigen gezondheid of die van haar kind.

– De vrouw die borstvoeding geeft en vreest voor haar eigen gezondheid of die van haar kind.

– Iemand die een persoon in nood wil redden van bijvoorbeeld brand of verdrinking en het voor hem nodig is om zijn vasten te verbreken.

N.B. De menstruerende vrouw en de vrouw met kraambloeding komen niet voor in het antwoord omdat het voor hen verboden is om te vasten.

2. Wat is het oordeel omtrent mascara, oog-, oor- en neusdruppels voor de vastende?

Wat betreft mascara, oog- en oordruppels, dat is toegestaan voor de vastende, ook al proeft hij de smaak daarvan in zijn keel. Wat echter neusdruppels betreft; als de neusdruppels de maag bereiken, verbreekt dat het vasten. Het is dus niet toegestaan deze druppels te gebruiken alleen wanneer deze de maag niet bereiken.

3. Wat is het oordeel omtrent de vastende die parfum gebruikt?

Dat is toegestaan en hij mag het ook ruiken. Alleen wierook mag niet worden geïnhaleerd omdat het deeltjes bevat die de maag kunnen bereiken.

4. Verbreekt het doorslikken van speeksel het vasten?

Het doorslikken van speeksel verbreekt het vasten niet.

5. Degene die gemeenschap met zijn vrouw heeft gehad en pas na fajr de wassing verricht, is het vasten geldig?

Zijn of haar vasten is geldig, maar er moet wel haast worden gemaakt met de wassing zodat fajr tijdig wordt gebeden.

6. Wat is het oordeel omtrent een persoon die de sahoer nuttigt en niet doorheeft dat fajr al is aangebroken?

Wanneer een persoon eet na fajr en niet doorheeft dat fajr is aangebroken, dan is hij daardoor niet zondig en hoeft hij deze dag niet in te halen vanwege de algemene bewijsvoeringen die erop duiden dat een persoon niet wordt afgerekend op onwetendheid en vergeetachtigheid.

7. Is het toegestaan voor de vastende om de astma-inhalator te gebruiken?

Dit is voor hem toegestaan omdat het gaat om iets dat verdampt en niet de maag bereikt.

8. Wat is het oordeel omtrent het gebruiken van crème voor uitgedroogde lippen of neus?

Sommige van de vastende hebben last van uitgedroogde lippen of neus. Het is toegestaan om iets te gebruiken wat de lippen of neus verzacht; zoals een crème of door de lippen of neus te bevochtigen met een nat doekje of iets dergelijks. Maar er moet wel worden opgelet dat niks wordt ingeslikt. Mocht er dan toch wat onopzettelijk worden ingeslikt, dan is dat niet erg. Net zoals degene die zijn mond spoelt en onbedoeld wat doorslikt.

9. Wat is de regelgeving omtrent het gebruiken van zetpillen tijdens het vasten voor degene die ziek is?

Dat is voor diegene toegestaan, omdat het niet onder eten of drinken valt.

10. Moeten de kinderen die nog geen 15 jaar oud zijn, worden opgedragen te vasten?

De kinderen die nog geen puber zijn, worden opgedragen te vasten als zij dat aankunnen. Net zoals de metgezellen van de profeet vrede zij met hem dit met hun kinderen deden, zodat zij eraan wennen en ermee opgroeien. Maar als het te zwaar voor hen is en het hen schaadt, dan worden zij niet gedwongen.

11. Als de menstruatie van de vrouw overdag ophoudt, moet zij dan de rest van de dag vasten?

Nee, zij mag de rest van de dag gewoon eten. Zij zal die dag sowieso moeten inhalen dus heeft het vasten van de rest van de dag niet veel zin voor haar.

12. Als het menstruatiebloed stopt met vloeien voor fajr, maar pas na fajr de wassing wordt verricht?

Zodra ze er zeker van is dat het bloed is gestopt voor fajr (al is het slechts een ogenblik), neemt ze de intentie om te vasten. Haar vasten is dan geldig, maar ze moet wel haast maken bij de wassing zodat ze fajr op tijd bidt.

13. De zwangere vrouw die uit vrees voor haarzelf of haar kind niet vast, en zo ook de vrouw die borstvoeding geeft, wat is het oordeel daarvan?

De zwangere vrouw die fit en gezond is en voor wie het vasten niet zwaar is noch invloed heeft op haar kind, voor haar is het verplicht om te vasten.

En de zwangere vrouw die het vasten niet aankan vanwege zwakte of omdat de zwangerschap zwaar voor haar is, mag het vasten verbreken. Helemaal als het schadelijk is voor het kind, dan kan het verboden voor haar zijn om te vasten. En als zij niet vast dan moet ze na de bevalling, wanneer ze rein is van de kraambloeding, de dagen inhalen.

Ook kan het voor de vrouw die borstvoeding geeft nodig zijn om te eten en drinken als het vasten haar melk vermindert. Helemaal wanneer de dagen lang zijn in de zomer en de hitte hevig is (shaych leefde in Saudi Arabië). Ook zij moet dan later de gemiste dagen inhalen.

14. Verbreekt het proeven van eten het vasten?

Het proeven van eten verbreekt het vasten niet zolang er niks wordt doorgeslikt, maar het proeven is slechts voor wanneer dat nodig is. Mocht er dan iets de maag onopzettelijk bereiken, dan is het vasten geldig. Net zoals degene die zijn mond spoelt en onbedoeld wat doorslikt.

15. Mag de vastende vrouw crème gebruiken?

Daar is niks mis mee, ze mag crème gebruiken voor haar gezicht, rug of andere plaatsen op haar lichaam. Deze crème in al zijn soorten heeft geen effect op het vasten.

Moge Allah ons allen begrip van het geloof schenken.

(Source: Kennisviamail.nl / 25.05.2018)