Israeli settlers gather next to their flag on a rooftop of a house in the West Bank on 12 June 2018
Israeli settlers carried out 13 attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank over a two-week period 23 April-6 May, reported United Nations OCHA.
According to the monitoring body, the attacks “resulted in the injury of three Palestinians” as well as in “damage to Palestinian property across the West Bank”.
In one incident, “a group of Israeli settlers, some of whom were armed, physically assaulted and injured three Palestinian men, who were surveying land” in Kafr Ni’ma village near Ramallah.
Meanwhile, “Israeli settlers accompanied by the Israeli army, vandalized Palestinian property in Ein Harrasheh water spring and a public park in Area B of Al Mazra’a Al Qibliya village” near Ramallah on five separate occasions over the two-week reporting period in question.
OCHA added that, “according to local community sources, Israeli settlers threw stones at two houses, harassed Palestinians, and vandalized water pipes and park infrastructure.”
In ‘Urif village near Nabuls, settlers stoned the boys’ school and surrounding houses, leading to confrontations with local residents, the settlers, and “the Israeli forces accompanying them”.
Israeli settlers also vandalised 51 olive trees, punctured the tyres of 12 Palestinian vehicles, sprayed so-called “price tag” graffiti on four Palestinian houses and caused damage to a shop in Burqa (Ramallah), Isla (Qalqiliya), Huwwara (Nablus), Al-Ganoub (Hebron) and in the H2 area of Hebron.
OCHA noted that “since the beginning of 2019, the bi-weekly average of settler attacks resulting in Palestinian casualties or property damage has witnessed a 40 and 133 per cent increase, compared to the biweekly average of 2018 and 2017.”
Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday evening, several Palestinian fishing boats with live fire, in Gaza territorial waters, forcing the fishermen to return to the shore in fear of further violations.
Eyewitnesses said the navy ships attacked the fishing boats near the shore of the Sudaniyya area, northwest of Gaza city.
The attack is part of ongoing violations against the Palestinian fishermen, in addition to the farmers and workers on their lands near the perimeter fence across the eastern parts of the coastal region.
Also on Friday, Israeli soldiers killed one Palestinian, identified as Abdullah Jom’a Abdul-‘Al, 24, and injured thirty others, including four children, and one medic, who suffered a head injury, during the Great Return March processions in the Gaza Strip.
Eén van de sterk aanbevolen daden in deze gezegende maand is het verrichten van de Taraweeh (nachtgebed) gezamenlijk in de moskee. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
“Wie het nachtgebed in Ramadan verricht met geloof en hoop op de beloning, van diegene worden zijn voorgaande zonden vergeven.” [Bukhari]
Ook is het aanbevolen om het gebed volledig te bidden, totdat de imam klaar is. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
“Wie met de imam staat (in gebed) totdat hij klaar is, krijgt de beloning van het bidden van de hele nacht.” [Tirmidhi]
Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door vroegtijdig de moskee te verlaten. Kijk niet naar de mensen die vroegtijdig weggaan, maar naar die blijven.
Gedenk dat onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem stond in het nachtgebed totdat zijn voeten opzwollen! Aicha – moge Allah tevreden met haar zijn-, vrouw van de profeet, verbaasde zich hierover en zei: “Allah heeft jouw voorgaande en komende zonden vergeven, waarom doe jij dit?” Hij antwoordde: “Mag ik geen dankbare dienaar zijn?!”
Dankbaarheid aan Allah uit zich in daden en niet slechts in het zeggen van ‘alhamdolilah’.
Het luisteren naar de recitatie van het boek van Allah, gezamenlijk in de moskee met jouw medemoslims, is rust en ontspanning. Wie heeft daar vandaag de dag geen behoefte aan?
Één van onze vrome voorgangers moest huilen toen hij op zijn sterfbed lag. Daarop zeiden de mensen om hem heen: “Wat doet jou huilen?” Hij antwoordde: “Ik huil niet uit angst voor de dood en ook niet omdat ik in deze wereld wil blijven, maar ik huil omdat ik de dorst van de hete dagen (tijdens het vasten) en het nachtgebed zal missen.”
Zo beste broeders en zusters, houden de vrome mensen van het aanbidden van Allah. Zij ervaren het niet als een last, maar als verlichting.
Tip Misschien dat het een idee is om vóór het bijwonen van de Taraweeh het gedeelte van de Koran dat zal worden gereciteerd in de avond, door te nemen middels bijvoorbeeld de Nederlandse vertaling van de Koran. Dit kan je doen door naar een opgenomen recitatie te luisteren van het deel van de Koran dat aan bod zal komen in de Taraweeh, en vervolgens lees je tegelijkertijd de vertaling. Door deze voorbereiding te treffen, kan je de imam redelijk volgen tijdens het gebed en raak je minder snel afgeleid. Tevens is dit heel goed voor het versterken van jouw Arabische taal.
Beste broeders en zusters
Wellicht dat we overdag druk zijn met allerlei aangelegenheden, zoals het voorzien in ons levensonderhoud. Daar is niks mis mee. Allah zegt:
“En wij hebben de dag gemaakt om levensonderhoud te zoeken.” [78:11]
Maar wat voor excuus hebben wij dan om de nachten van deze gezegende maand niet goed te benutten met o.a. het reciteren van de Koran en het bijwonen van het Taraweeh gebed? Allah zegt:
“Wanneer jij dan klaar bent (met jouw wereldse zaken), streef dan (met de zaken van het Hiernamaals)”. [94:7]
Moge Allah de meest Verhevene ons helpen bij het nuttig besteden van deze gezegende dagen en nachten en ons vergeven voor onze tekortkomingen.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has reported that Israeli soldiers shot, on Thursday evening, six young Palestinian men with rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades, including one who suffered an eye injury.
The PRCS stated that its medics provided treatment to six Palestinians, including four who were rushed to hospitals in the occupied city.
It added that one of the wounded Palestinians was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his eye, another with a similar bullet in his leg, and one in the shoulder, in addition to fourth Palestinian who suffered burns from the concussion grenades.
Two other Palestinians suffered cuts and bruises, and received the needed treatment by Red Crescent medics.
The soldiers also stopped and searched many young men, and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards.
The incidents took place after the soldiers assaulted many Palestinians who were sitting in Bab al-Amoud area following evening prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and forcibly removed them.
According to the deal of the century, the Palestinians “must” accept the existence of Israel on their land and give up their right to resist the occupation or return to their homes
Israel Hayom, a leading Israeli newspaper, leaked on Tuesday details of US President Donald Trump’s deal of the century, pointing that it was circulated among officials in Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The Israeli newspaper said that some of the terms have been mentioned by Trump’s Middle East advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and his advisor on Israel, Jason Greenblatt, in their informal talks with Israeli officials.
Israeli Hayom is close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who maintains an amicable relationship with Trump, Kushner and Greenblatt.
According to the leaked terms, the Deal of the Century will be signed by three parties: Israel, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Hamas movement that governs the besieged Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian state called “New Palestine” would be established on lands in the now-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip after the signing of the agreement. An election would be held after a year and Israel would start releasing Palestinian prisoners gradually over the course of three years.
Regarding the future of the Palestinian holy city of Jerusalem, which Trump’s administration recognised as the Israeli capital in December 2017 and where it moved the US embassy in May 2018, the leaks stated that it would remain undivided but responsibilities would be shared between Israel and “New Palestine” – with Israel maintaining general control.
Palestinian residents in Jerusalem would be citizens of the Palestinian state, but the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem would remain in charge of matters related to land. “New Palestine” would pay taxes to the Israeli municipality and in return be in charge of education for Palestinians in the city.
The Palestinian population in Jerusalem is estimated to number around 435,000. Palestinian Jerusalemites currently hold permanent residency documents – which Israel can revoke if they live outside the city for a certain period of time – and are not qualified for any citizenship rights.
Since 1967, Palestinians have boycotted municipal elections, as they see them as a part and parcel of Israel’s occupation of the city.
The deal would maintain the status quo of holy sites in the city, and Jewish Israelis won’t be allowed to buy Palestinian houses and vice versa.
Meanwhile, Israeli settlements in the West Bank – which are deemed illegal under international law – would formally be recognised as part of Israel.
According to the deal, Egypt will offer lands near the Gaza Strip for the “New Palestine” state to build an airport, factories and serve the commercial and agriculture sectors, without allowing Palestinians to reside on these lands.
The Egyptian lands to be included in the deal would be determined at a later date, with this part of the agreement to be implemented within five years following its signature.
A highway would be built 30 metres above ground across Israel to connect the now-isolated Gaza Strip and West Bank. China would pay 50 per cent of the highway’s cost; South Korea, Australia, Canada, the US and EU would each pay 10 per cent.
The leaked document indicated that the US, EU and unnamed Gulf states would fund and sponsor the deal, spending a total of $30bn – or $6bn per year – over the span of five years to fund projects in “New Palestine”.
According to the document, the US would pay 20 per cent of the cost for such projects, or $1.2bn per year, the EU 10 per cent, while the unnamed Gulf states would fund the lion’s share of 70 per cent.
“New Palestine” wouldn’t be allowed to create an army, only maintaining a police force. A protection treaty would be signed between Israel and “New Palestine” stating that the fledgling state would pay Israel to defend it from eventual foreign attacks.
Arab states would also contribute to payments to Israel in exchange for New Palestine’s protection if needed.
Punishments and money
Once the deal is signed, Hamas – the de facto ruling party in Gaza and the main armed Palestinian resistance movement – would have to hand all its weapons, including personal weapons, to Egyptian authorities.
Hamas figures would be compensated in return for their weapons and paid monthly salaries by Arab states.
The Gaza Strip’s borders would reopen to commerce with the outside world through Israeli terminals and crossings. Until a seaport and an airport are built on Palestinian lands, Palestinians would be able to use Israeli airports and seaports.
The leaked document stated that the PLO and Hamas would face “punishments” if they refused to sign the Deal of the Century – saying that the US would cease to fund any and all projects benefitting Palestinians and would ask other parties to do so.
The US already cut all its funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, last year, and has also halted funding for Palestinian hospitals in Jerusalem.
If the PLO signed the deal but Hamas and Islamic Jihad both refused, a war would be launched on the two Gaza-based organisations, with the US fully supporting Israel in its endeavour, the document reads.
If Israel refused to sign the Deal of the Century, then the US would cease financial support, according to the document.