Saudi accused of ‘Judaising’ the Quran

A copy of the Qur’an that was translated to Hebrew and approved by Saudi authorities has more than 300 errors

A translation of the Holy Quran into Hebrew, approved by the Saudi authorities, has been found to contain more than 300 errors, a number of which appearing to support Israel’s narrative over its claim to Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Amongst the most serious errors, discovered by the Palestinian news agency Shehab, is the omission of the name of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), who is mentioned at least four times in the Muslim holy text. Equally serious is the translation of Al-Aqsa Mosque to “The Temple” which is the Jewish name for the Muslim holy site.

The website of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran, which produces about ten million copies of the Quran every year in 74 different languages, displayed the error strewn copy on its website.

In response to queries about the mistakes, the King Fahd Complex said that the concerns had been presented to “competent authority in the complex, and is awaiting the appropriate procedure by the complex management after verification and study.”

A copy of the translation was made available to the public in a PDF format until last Saturday evening, before Shehab’s publication of a video alerting to the errors.

In the video, researcher on Israeli affairs, Aladdin Ahmed, is shown raising alarm over the mistranslation, many of which contain doctrinal implications. The name Al-Aqsa Mosque was replaced in the seventh verse of Surah Al-Isra (17th Surah) which tells of the miraculous event in which Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) is transported from Mecca to Jerusalem.

The Hebrew translation contains a parenthesis alongside the translation of Al-Aqsa Mosque to “The Temple” in which it is stated that it is the same place as where the temple of Prophet Suleiman (pbuh) is located.

Muslims are very likely to see this as a dangerous mistranslation, giving the impression that the Islamic holy text itself endorses a fundamentalist Jewish reading of history while at the same time justifying Israel’s attempt to demolish the holy site in order to rebuild the ancient temple.

Many are unlikely to see, what is thought to be a “Judaised” reading of the Quran, as being a mere coincidence. Saudi-Israel relations are at a crossroads at this current moment. Under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the kingdom appears to have turned its back on the Palestinians by signalling that he is ready for political normalisation with Tel-Aviv even if it means complete abandonment of the Palestinians.

READ: No peace in Middle East without recognising Palestinian rights, says Qatar Emir

It was the Saudis, in fact, that led the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002 which offered full normalisation with Israel in exchange for a full withdrawal from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a “just settlement” of the Palestinian refugee problem based on UN Resolution 194.

Israel’s ability to forge new relations with the Saudis despite not conceding to any of the demands in the Arab initiative has been presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a victory for him and a demonstration of Israel’s strength in the region.

Israel has been accused of removing the connection of Islam and Christianity to Jerusalem in an attempt to cement its exclusive claim to the occupied territory. In addition to passing laws reducing non-Jews to second class status by declaring Israel to be a Jewish state, lawmakers in Tel-Aviv have also banned the Muslim call to prayer, and regularly blocks and abuses worshippers in the holy sites.

(Source / 28.01.2020) 

Israel to seize $1.2m in assets from the Palestinian Authority

Israel’s Justice Minister Amir Ohana [Facebook]

Israel’s Justice Minister Amir Ohana

Israel’s acting Justice Minister Amir Ohana last night issued an order to seize 4.2 million shekels ($1.2 million) in assets from the Palestinian Authority (PA) “as compensation for terror victims”.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli government has “made such moves in the past, especially by temporarily freezing the transfer of money to the PA or deducting funds from its customs tax revenues”.

However, the paper added, this development marks “the first time that a justice minister has taken things into his own hands” in such a way.

Given the lack of precedent, the Jerusalem Post continued, “it was unclear whether Ohana’s authority was sufficient and what the ultimate outcome would be of his order”, especially “given the unique diplomatic circumstances.”

A further report noted that eight Palestinians convicted by Israeli occupation authorities between the period 2014 and 2017 were specifically “named in the decision”.

When the eight Palestinians were convicted, they were “ordered to pay compensation in addition to [receiving] prison sentences”.

“This legal-financial measure is important for the war on terror. The state of Israel has a paramount obligation to stand by the victims of terrorism, and it will do so,” the report quoted Ohana as saying.

“As long as the Palestinian Authority continues to pay compensation to terrorists and their families, we will continue to collect from them money to compensate the victims.”

Israel: banks freeze accounts of prisoners’ families 

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Israel ‘has uncovered Hamas spy cell’ in Tel Aviv

Rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on 13 November 2019 [ANAS BABA/AFP/Getty Images]

Rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on 13 November 2019

Israel’s internal security agency, Shin Bet, claimed on Monday to have uncovered and arrested members of a Hamas spy cell operating in Tel Aviv. The group is accused of recording military and Iron Dome missile defence locations, Israeli media reported.

According to Ynet News, the cell was asked to record the sites where Palestinian rockets landed during Israel’s military offensive against the Gaza Strip in November. Shin Bet said that three people were involved, and that two of them hold Israeli identity documents while the third, who was not arrested, does not. The two were named as Rajab Daka, aged 24, and Rami Al-Amudi, 30.

Daka is married and one of five siblings. He is accused of making notes about security sites, including military bases, police facilities, Iron Dome locations, information about Israeli security and the places where Palestinian rockets landed. He was indicted on charges of contacting a foreign agent, aiding the enemy during war, membership of a terrorist organisation and aiding a terrorist organisation.

READ: Hamas ready to take joint steps with Fatah against deal of the century

Al-Amudi lives in Tel Aviv and has a Jewish mother and Palestinian Arab father from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. He moved to Tel Aviv when he obtained Israeli identity documents in 2017, and faces the same charges as Daka.

According to, both men confessed to having links with Mithqal Rasei, 32, from Beit Lahiya in Gaza. Rasei is said to be a member of Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

Hamas did not comment on the allegations. In August 2019, Shin Bet claimed that it had discovered another Hamas cell operating in the West Bank city of Hebron which was said to be planning to carry out “terror” attacks. Such accusations are made frequently by the Israelis, and are usually dismissed by the Palestinian factions as “fake news” because Israel does not provide any proof.

People across occupied Palestine believe that such announcements by the Israelis are intended to justify their detention of Palestinian youths.

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

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Israel Gives Demolition Notices for Ten More Palestinian Wells in Salfit

The Israeli authorities, on Sunday, demolished a water well in the village of al-Zawiyah in Salfit, central occupied West Bank, and delivered demolition notices to others.

The mayor of al-Zawiyah, Mohmoud Muqdadi, told Quds News Network (QNN) that “over 100 Israeli soldiers accompanied by bulldozers demolished a water well owned by Muath Musleh, and notified locals of the occupation state’s plans to demolish 10 other water wells.”

“The villagers gathered in the area, resulting in the prevention of the occupation forces from carrying out the demolitions,” added Muqdadi, stating that soldiers announced their plans to return to demolish the rest of the wells.

Muqdadi also stressed that “the local community will continue to protest, as they have done in the past, to prevent the occupation forces from demolishing water wells.” The villagers have organized protests that prevented the occupation authorities from building the apartheid wall on the village’s land.

“The locals of al-Zawiya, as well as the municipality, are determined to continue construction and cultivation in order to prevent the occupation state from confiscating it”, Muqdadi said.

“If they demolish a water well, we will build another,” he concluded.

Important to note that Resolution 64/292 of the United Nations General Assembly recognizes the human right to water and sanitation, and acknowledges that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights.

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Military Seals Main West Bank Junction

Israeli forces, Tuesday, sealed off the Jeet junction, which connects the Nablus district to the Qalqilia district, according to local sources.

Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers closed the junction, restricting Palestinian movement and causing traffic jam.

Palestinians traveling from the southern and central West Bank to the northern West Bank and vice versa are forced to take alternative longer detours to reach their destinations.

The closure came as Israeli military has reinforced deployments in the occupied West Bank in anticipation of the release of the US-touted Mideast plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century.

Palestinians have slammed the deal for endorsing Israel’s longstanding policy of permanent occupation, colonialism and apartheid over them.

Israeli severely restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 100 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.

Closures besides to other measures, taken under the guise of security, are intended to entrench Israel’s 51-year-old military occupation of the West Bank and its settler colonial project which it enforces with routine and frequently deadly violence against Palestinians.

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Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- On 11 September 2019, Israeli vehicles demolished two buildings owned by Samer Abu Ziyad under the pretext of being built without permission and close to the apartheid wall. Abu Ziyad had paid a fortune to build the buildings.

On Monday, Abu Ziyad was shocked to see Israeli soldiers and engineers breaking into the village of Al Izariyyeh in eastern Jerusalem. They mapped and took photos of the area before telling Abu Ziyad that they will build a retaining wall because an old building, which was owned by him and was demolished by the Israelis last year, harmed the Israeli apartheid wall.

Abu Ziyad told QNN that last year after the Israelis demolished his building they forced him to pay 388,000 Shekel as demolition costs.

The occupation state started building the apartheid wall in 2002 on West Bank land, swallowing at least 165,000 dunums of the West Bank.

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian buildings under the pretext of being built near the apartheid wall even if the buildings have been built before the wall.

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Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Tuesday arrested five female worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources stated that Nahidah Abu Shaqrah, Islam Manasrah, and Samah Mahamid, who are all from the Green-Line area, were arrested.

Israeli police also arrested two teachers, who were identified as Ma’ali Eid and Nafisah Khweis.

The occupation state has been carrying a vicious attack on native Jerusalemites, expelling them from the holy mosque and the city and demolishing their houses on a daily basis.

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Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian classroom near Nablus

Tag Meir, an Israeli organisation, said that the Israeli settlers of Price Tag group torched 46 mosques and 12 churches during the last decade

Israeli occupation settlers set fire on Tuesday night to classroom in Palestinian school in the village of Einabus, south of occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

A group of settlers sneaked their way to the village, where they smashed one of the windows of the local boys primary school, and hurled inflammable materials, setting the classroom on fire.

They also spray-painted in Hebrew anti-Palestinian graffiti. The graffiti reads: “Death to Arabs.. We will kill you.. We will force you out of this village.”

The settlers came from the illegal colonial settlement of Yitzhar, which is inhabited by hardcore fanatic Jews.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have repeatedly blamed Israel for fostering a “culture of impunity” for Jewish settlers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

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

Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

Tag Meir, an Israeli organisation, said on Monday that the Israeli settlers of Price Tag group torched 46 mosques and 12 churches during the last decade.

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Israeli rights group: Jewish settlers burn 58 Palestinian mosques, churches

Whenever they carry out an attack, the Price Tag settlers spray-paint graffiti such as “Death to Arabs.. We will kill Arabs.. Arabs are our enemies.. We will force you out”

Tag Meir, Israeli organisation, revealed on Monday that extremist Jewish settlers have set fire on 46 mosques and 12 churches in the occupied West Bank and Israel over the past decade.

According to the organisation, which was established 15 years ago to counter settlers’ hate crimes and racism in Israel and the West Bank, the perpetrators of these crimes generally went unpunished.

It pointed out that most of these arson attacks were committed by an extremist settler group called Price Tag.

Whenever they carry out an attack, the Price Tag settlers spray-paint graffiti such as “Death to Arabs.. We will kill Arabs.. Arabs are our enemies.. We will force you out.”

Tag Meir said that the last of these attacks was the on a mosque in the Beir Safafa neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem.

The fire started by the illegal settlers caused severe damage to the building.

(Source / 28.01.2020) 

Nikki Haley: Number One Priority Of Trump Plan Is Israel’s ‘National Security’

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, former US ambassador to the United Nations, claimed yesterday that the “number one priority” of the Trump administration’s peace plan is “the national security of Israel”.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, Haley was speaking at an event in Tel Aviv .

“It is a plan that is doable. You deserve peace,” she added. “I can tell you that Jared Kushner put a lot of time into it. It was very, very thoughtful.”

Appointed by President Donald Trump, Haley earned a reputation during her time as a US envoy as a strong advocate of Israel in international fora.

During her remarks, Haley argued that there is no danger of countries such as Jordan cancelling their peace agreements with Israel.

The reason why I have hope is: Yes, the Palestinians have said they are not going to come to the table…but if the Arab countries don’t run to the Palestinian side, they may see that they don’t have the backing that they had before. Watch what the Arab countries do.

“When the [Palestinian Authority] realises that they don’t have the backing they think they have, I think we might see a shift,” she concluded.

On Sunday, in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12, Haley reiterated her oft-expressed criticism of the United Nations and its supposed “obsession with Israel”.

“I think it’s important that we continue to tell the story of Israel, not just about the plight with the Palestinians,” Haley said. “I think Israel is so much more than the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”

“They don’t hate you as much as they think,” she added.

(Source / 28.01.2020)