Jordan slams Israel over aggression at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Demonstrators and Organization of Muslim Brotherhood members hold a banner as they attend a protest against the closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque, that Israeli policemen closed to worship, in capital Amman, Jordan on 15 July, 2017 [Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency]

Demonstrators and Organization of Muslim Brotherhood members hold a banner as they attend a protest against the closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque, that Israeli policemen closed to worship, in capital Amman, Jordan on 15 July, 2017 

The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on worshippers at Al-Aqsa MosqueQuds Press reported.

In a press brief, the ministry’s spokesman described the aggression on the worshippers as a “condemned and provocative practice”.

The spokesman also stressed that such Israeli practices violate Israel’s obligations under international law, stating that Israel is the occupying power in Jerusalem.

He emphasised that Israel must respect the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the historical and legal status quo and the freedom of worshippers and their safety.

READ: The continued occupation of Palestine is a moral tragedy, says Jordan

(Source / 25.01.2020) 

Sheikh Sabri prays at Al-Aqsa Mosque, ignores Israel deportation order

Image of Ekrema Sabri, the head of Supreme Islamic Commission [Facebook]

Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, ignored the Israeli deportation order and on Friday entered the Islamic compound on the shoulders of worshippers, reported.

The imam arrived on Friday at the Lions Gate, in the northern side of Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by a number of Muslim community leaders and lawyers.

The Israeli police stationed at the gate prevented him from entering the mosque, under the pretext of the deportation order.

Sheikh Sabri insisted on entering, eyewitnesses revealed, arguing that it is his right to have free access to the Islamic holy site. He entered and worshippers put him on their shoulders, chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

READ: To stop Israel settlers storming Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem to close all mosques for Eid

In response to this, the Israeli occupation police handed him a new deportation order for four months and instructed him to be present at the Israeli police station on Saturday.

Last Sunday, the Israeli police issued Sheikh Sabri with a deportation order and asked him to attend the police station on Saturday, in order to decide how long he should be banned from Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli police claim that Sheikh Sabri incites violence in his Friday sermons, a claim which he denies.

The Islamic and national factions in Jerusalem called for the Palestinian people and diplomats to gather in front of the Israeli police station on Saturday, in solidarity with Sheikh Sabri.

Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו urges bill be passed to prevent Muslim call for prayers


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(Source / 25.01.2020) 

PA to take measures against US ‘deal of the century’

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman [File photo]

Nabil Abu-Rudeineh, Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu-Rudeineh

The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Thursday evening that it would take measures to protect the legal rights of Palestinians if the US announces the ‘deal of the century’ without changes, Quds Press reported.

Spokesman of the PA presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, affirmed: “Our stance is firm. We call for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.”

He added: “The Palestinian leadership has a clear and unwavering position, rejecting Trump’s decisions on Jerusalem and other issues, as well as everything that has to do with the so-called deal of the century.”

READ: US’ Kushner heads to Israel to discuss announcing ‘deal of the century’

Abu Rudeineh warned that if the deal is announced in its rejected format, a series of measures to protect Palestinians’ legitimate rights will be announced, and will demand Israel to assume its full responsibilities as an occupying power.

The PA official continued: “We warn Israel and the US administration of crossing the red lines.”

On Thursday, the White House announced that US President Donald Trump had invited both heads of the large Israeli parties – Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party and Benny Gantz of Blue and White Party –  to Washington in order to discuss the deal with them.

Trump's Deal - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 25.01.2020)

US ‘deal of the century’ demilitarises Palestinian resistance

Palestinians stage a protest against the 'Deal of the Century', planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians stage a protest against the ‘Deal of the Century’, planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 

The US ‘deal of the century’, which according to US President Donald Trump, aims to achieve peace in the Middle East, proposes demilitarising Palestinian resistance, reported on Friday.

Reporting Israeli TV Channel revealed that the deal will be presented to leaders of the two largest Israeli parties – the Likud and Blue and White parties –  in Washington.

The Israeli TV channel announced that the deal recognises full Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, annexing all Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and cancelling the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

READ: US’ Kushner heads to Israel to discuss announcing ‘deal of the century’

According to the Israeli TV channel, the deal is the most generous proposal that has been offered to Israel, noting that it includes the establishment of a Palestinian state with certain conditions, that no Palestinian leader would accept.

Channel 12 disclosed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) president ,Mahmoud Abbas, is not aware of the details of the deal, as there has been no real contact between the PA and US administration, since the latter’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in December 2017.

(Source / 25.01.2020) 

‘Deal of the century’ threatens Israel’s understandings with Hamas

Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh (4th R) and Leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar (3rd R) attend a demonstration against the U.S.-led conference in Bahrain, on 26 June, 2019 in Gaza City, Gaz [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh (4th R) and Leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar (3rd R) attend a demonstration against the U.S.-led conference in Bahrain, on 26 June, 2019 in Gaza City, Gaza

The US ‘deal of the century’ is to undermine Israel’s understandings with Hamas, and may perpetuate the current situation for years to come, according to Israeli military analyst, Ron Ben Yeshai, an Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth.

The Israeli analyst notes that the deal, which will shortly be presented to Israeli leaders at the White House, will escalate the situation in the Palestinian territories – the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as in Jordan.

Regarding the agreements, he stresses that the deal constitutes a challenge for Hamas, because the Palestinian movement sees it a plan taken by the Christian evangelical current in the US, in cooperation with the Israeli right-wing.

READ: Deal of the century replaced with long-term truce

Hamas, according to Yeshai, considers this plan as targeting Islam and posing a challenge for it, so that all the ongoing measures ahead of reaching a deal with Hamas in Gaza will be scrapped by the announcement of the ‘deal of the century’.

Ben Yeshai added: “Any unilateral measures by Israel would perpetuate the current situation for tens of years so that Israel must not be lured into the US policies because it is in the peak of the electoral process and all of the ongoing discourse is only in favour of Netanyahu and Trump.”

(Source / 25.01.2020) 

Israeli Authorities Ban the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Four Months

On Saturday at 2:00 am, Israeli forces hammered on the door of the head of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, while he was sleeping. When he woke, the troops handed him a notice that he would be banned from entering the mosque that he heads for a period of four months.

The ban comes after Sheikh Ekrema Sabri went to the mosque for Friday prayers on the shoulders of his supporters on Friday January 24th, following a two-week ban placed by Israeli authorities on Muslims wishing to pray at their mosque.

Despite the fact that Israeli authorities have no jurisdiction, and  are supposed to leave the operation and functioning of the Al Aqsa Mosque up to its Islamic leadership, according to signed agreements, Israeli authorities have taken it upon themselves to decide who can and can’t pray at the mosque.

Sheikh Sabri stated, upon receiving the order banning him from the Mosque that he runs for four months, “These are reprisal actions aimed at suppressing speech. Israeli authorities do not want to allow anyone to speak publicly against their actions in the blessed Al-Aqsa, as they attempt to take over Al-Aqsa.”

updated from:

Defying Israeli Ban, Sheikh Sabri Attempts to Enter Al-Aqsa

Jan 24, 2020 at 20:07

The head of the Supreme Islamic Commission and the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, on Friday, defied the Israeli order banning him from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Shehab Agency reported.

Sheikh Ekrema entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayers while being carried on the shoulders of worshipers, challenging the occupation’s attempts to ban worshipers from Al-Aqsa, which during the past two weeks affected more than 50 Palestinians.

The Israeli police intensified their presence and stopped Sheikh Ekrema, then assaulted the worshipers, injuring two.

It is noteworthy that the occupation forces banned Sheikh Sabri last week for one week, ending on Saturday, and require him to come for interrogation, for a possible renewal of his expulsion from Al-Aqsa, under the pretext of “incitement during Friday prayers.”

Video and Image reposted from Shehab News Agency

(Source / 25.01.2020) 

OCHA: Israel demolished 19 Palestinian homes in past two weeks

Since start of 2020, Israeli occupation have demolished 35 Palestinian structures in West Bank and Jerusalem

During the past two weeks alone, Israeli occupation demolished 19 homes in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, displacing 22 people and affecting 130 others.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), so far in 2020, Israeli occupation have demolished 35 Palestinian structures in West Bank and Jerusalem.

In three separate incidents in Jabal al Mukabbir neighbourhood of Jerusalem, three Palestinian families were forced to demolish their homes, displacing three households, comprising of 12 people.

Another five of the targeted homes were in the communities of Bir Onah and Al Walaja village, both lying within the Israeli-declared Jerusalem municipal border, but separated from the rest of east Jerusalem by the Segregation Barrier.

Additionally, a residential structure was demolished in Beit Hanina, displacing one family of four, including two children.

On 19 January, an extended Palestinian refugee family, consists of three households, was at heightened risk of forced eviction from its three-apartment home in Silwan neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.

That was following an Israeli court ruling in favour of a settler organisation claiming ownership over the land.

Over 80 Palestinian families in this area have pending eviction cases filed against them by the same settler organisation.

During the same period, eight settler attacks resulted in nine Palestinian injuries and property damage and one international injury.

In Madama village, near Nablus, a group of around 30 Israeli settlers, reportedly from Yitzhar settlement, attacked and threw stones at a house, injuring a pregnant Palestinian woman and causing damage to the house.

In another incident, on Road 60 near Al Khalil, a Palestinian man and a family of seven, including five children and one woman, were injured when Israeli settlers threw stones at their vehicles.

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that on January 14 and 15, Israeli aircrafts sprayed herbicides on Palestinian agricultural land near the fence, for the first time since 2018.

(Source / 25.01.2020) 

In a new terror attack, settlers torch mosque in Jerusalem

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and the settlers are rarely prosecuted by the Israeli occupation authorities

Extremist Jewish settlers last night set mosque on fire and sprayed racist graffiti on its walls in the village of Beit Safafa, southwest of Jerusalem.

A group of Jewish settlers sneaked into the village before predawn, torched Al Badriya Mosque causing partial damages to it. The settlers also spray racist slogans on its walls, such as “death to Arabs” and “death to Palestinians”.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowment, in charge of running mosques affairs, condemned the attack as a “heinous crime which is evidence of the brutality of the Israeli racist incitement machine towards Islamic and Christian sanctities in Palestine.”

In a statement, the ministry added: “This crime is a blatant attack on Muslims and their feelings.”

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have repeatedly blamed Israeli occupation government for fostering a “culture of impunity” for Jewish settlers committing violent acts against Palestinians, mosques and private property.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and the settlers are rarely prosecuted by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Over 800,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in violation of the international law.

(Source / 25.01.2020) 


Israel’s occupation forces killed three teenagers on the evening of Tuesday January 21st in the border between ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 and the besieged Gaza Strip.


The victims Mohammed Hani Abu Mandel, Salem Zuweid al-Naami and Mahmoud Khaled Saed were according to different reports all either 16-, 17- or 18-years-old and residents of the al-Maghazi refugee camp in central part of the tiny coastal enclave. According to officials in Gaza they did not have known connections to any armed resistance groups.


Israeli occupation claimed that the boys would have crossed the border fence east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp and entered 400 meters into ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948, where they would have – according to the most elaborate version – hidden in a thicket and thrown explosives towards either Israeli occupation forces jeep or a military post without causing casualties or damage, after which they would have been shot dead.

According to some Palestinian sources, the boys could have crossed the border to seek work in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948. People doing this are regularly captured at the border by Israeli occupation and those that have made it through are arrested often enough in the surviving non-Jewish communities in the Negev to make the suggestion plausible.

Israeli occupation released both the identity of the victims and a very low quality, pixelated infrared video which it claims to show the boys throwing the explosives before they were killed. There is no possibility to identify any persons on it and interpreting itself is hard because of its low quality and this can result in people interpreting what they see in it based on what they want it to represent: Either ‘terrorist attack’ or the events leading to the ‘execution’ of unarmed youths.

Via @palsawa

The video shows three human figures on the distance lying in a some kind of shallow hollow on the ground. Twice one of them stands up, making himself an easy target, and throws something which, depending on your interpretation, is either an item which is then shot at or appears to explode very close before them.

No jeep or a military outpost appears on the video and it doesn’t show the persons being shot. Assuming that the video was recorded from the supposed military outpost, the supposed explosives could not have traveled even a tenth of the distance to it. Alternative claim is that the boys were forced to throw their clothes away.  What appears

Via @palsawa

to be shots to the left of their position followed by the central figure standing up to throw something (which then is shot at or explodes) without being shot at while standing up could support this interpretation.

Israeli occupation forces refused to give any more information to International Committee of the Red Cross when it asked for and have refused to hand over the bodies it claims it holds, leading some in the boys’ families to doubt that they are dead.

There is no apparent good reason to doubt that the boys are dead – although there is a recent precedent – but the video spread by Israeli occupation raises questions even if we accept that it shows (as we believe it does) the actual events before the boys were killed by Israeli occupation soldiers. Not showing the shooting especially raises doubts that the events followed exactly the Israeli occupation narrative.


Israeli occupation is not leaving out the killing of persons from these kind of videos to spare the victims’ families or the wider audience of its videos. It shows enough to support its own version of events to an extent – and in this case even that is in doubt – but not showing the killings themselves leaves the suspicion that the persons could have been arrested alive and that killing them was not necessary – or that they were actually captured alive and executed.

 (Source / 25.01.2020) 

Samidoun meets with embassy to express Palestinian-Venezuelan solidarity against imperialism

Photo: Samidoun Europe coordinator Mohammed Khatib with Wilhen Nehomar Diaz Lara, Charge d’affaires at the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Netherlands

Samidoun Netherlands visited the Venezuelan embassy in the Netherlands on Tuesday, 14 January, with Mohammed Khatib, European coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The activists met with Wilhen Nehomar Diaz Lara, Charge d’affaires at the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, where they shared information about the current situation in Palestine as well as the imperialist attacks confronting Venezuela.

The Samidoun organizers spoke about the cases of Palestinian political prisoners, including the weeks of action to free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners. They also discussed the escalating use of torture in Israeli interrogation centers, including the prominent cases of prisoners such as Samer Arbeed, Mays Abu Ghosh and Walid Hanatsheh, who were subjected to severe physical torture in an attempt to force coerced confessions.

Khatib focused on the situation of Palestinians and solidarity organizers in Europe, including the difficult circumstances of Palestinian refugees who increasingly face threats of deportation and other repressive mechanisms, as well as the attempts by European governments to criminalize or suppress the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign and growing solidarity with Palestinians. He also spoke about the failure of the Palestinian Authority and its embassies to truly represent the interests of the Palestinian people, especially Palestinian refugees both in Europe and in the camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

The Samidoun organizers noted their strong solidarity with the Venezuelan people in their struggle confronting imperialism, denouncing the role of the United States and the European Union in attempting to impose a right-wing coup, confiscate Venezuelan resources and undermine the Venezuelan people’s right to self-determination. They emphasized the strong support for Venezuela in the Palestinian community, especially as the Bolivarian Republic has consistently taken a strong stand internationally in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people.

Diaz Lara spoke about the current situation in Venezuela, particularly the devastating sanctions (unlawful unilateral coercive measures) directed against the Bolivarian Republic as well as the attempt to foment a right-wing coup. He spoke about the involvement of European banks in confiscating the resources of the Venezuelan people in service of the coup, and the effects on Venezuelans’ access to medicine and other basic needs. He also spoke about the coup in Bolivia and the troubling human rights crisis in Colombia, especially the escalating number of assassinations targeting social movement leaders.

He emphasized that despite the attacks against the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela remains committed to its internationalist vision. He discussed the history and present of Dutch colonialism in Latin America, particularly in Suriname and the Antilles, and urged the importance of global solidarity.

He expressed his solidarity and that of the Bolivarian Republic and the Venezuelan people with Palestine, saying that “Palestinians are always welcome and Palestine is always our priority.” Samidoun Netherlands agreed to join the solidarity committee meetings that take place at the embassy and to work together in the future to build joint struggle against imperialism and for liberation, from Venezuela to Palestine.

(Source / 25.01.2020)