Het zou zo maar vannacht kunnen zijn!

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Vandaag, dinsdag 19 mei, breekt met zonsondergang de 27e nacht van de Ramadan aan. Het is niet zeker dat vannacht Lailatoelqadr is, wel is het de nacht met de meeste kans van alle nachten. Zelfs zo dat één van de metgezellen zwoer bij Allah dat het deze nacht is. 

Wat een enorme verdienste heeft Lailatoelqadr! De aanbidding in één nacht is beter dan de aanbidding van duizend maanden! Beter dan 83 jaar, meer dan een heel leven aanbidding! Allah zegt: 
Voorwaar, Wij hebben hem (de Koran) neergezonden in de Waardevolle nacht (Lailatoelqadr). En wat doet jullie weten wat de Waardevolle Nacht is? De Waardevolle nacht is beter dan duizend maanden. [97:1-3]
De nacht breekt islamitisch gezien aan met zonsondergang en niet, zoals we dat gewend zijn, na twaalven. 

Wat tips om deze nacht door te brengen:

De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: “Wie Lailatoelqadr staat (in gebed), diens voorgaande zonden worden vergeven.” [Bukhari]
Gedenken van Allah
 ‘Aicha radia Allaho ‘anhaa vroeg de profeet vrede zij met hem: “Als ik wist welke nacht Lailatoelqadr zou zijn, wat dien ik dan te zeggen?” De profeet antwoordde: Zeg: “O Allah U bent Vergevensgezind en houdt van vergeven, vergeef mij.” [Ibn Maajah]
De smeekbede in het Arabisch:
 اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي(Allaahomma Innaka ‘Afowwon Tohibbo Al-‘afwa Fa’fo ‘Annie)

Wij dienen deze smeekbede vaak te herhalen in navolging van het advies van onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem en hopend op de vergiffenis van Allah. 
Andere smeekbeden waarmee de moslim Allah kan gedenken:
 سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ العَظِيم

(SubhaanAllaah Wa Bihamdih, SubhaanAllaah Al-‘adhiem)

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَر

(SubhaanAllaah Walhamdolillaah Wa Laa Ilaaha Illallaah Wallaaho Akbar)

لاحَوْلَ وَلاَقُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّه

(Laa Hawla Wa Laa Qowwata Illa Billaah)

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه

(Astagfirollaah Wa Atoebo Ilaih)

Deze smeekbedes kan je herhalen zo vaak als je wil en je hoeft daarvoor niet in staat van (rituele) reinheid te zijn. Ook de menstruerende vrouw kan dus haar tijd hiermee goed benutten.

Zo mag de menstruerende vrouw ook de Koran reciteren vanuit haar memorisatie of vanuit de moshaf, maar wel zonder direct contact te hebben met de moshaf. Ze kan de moshaf aanraken met de tussenkomst van een handschoen, doekje e.d. Of in plaats daarvan reciteert zij de Koran vanaf een scherm, zoals de smartphone, waarbij direct contact wel is toegestaan.  
Beste broeders en zusters

Het is niet zeker dat vannacht lailatoelqadr is, maar aangezien de kans groter is dan in de overige nachten wil je deze nacht extra goed benutten.

Het woordje nacht doet je denken dat het vele uren zijn. Werkelijkheid is dat er niet veel tijd zit tussen de iftaar en suhoor. Des te meer reden om geen tijd te verspillen deze nacht.

Reciteer de Koran, verricht de Taraweeh, verricht smeekbedes bij Allah, gedenk Hem en verheug je op Zijn Genade en Barmhartigheid.

Moge Allah ons allen bijstaan in het goed benutten van deze gezegende nacht.

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

Israeli bulldozers destroy agricultural lands southeast of Tulkarm

Occupation bulldozers began at dawn today, Monday, bulldozing agricultural lands, located between the villages of Kafa and Shufa, southeast of Tulkarm.

The activist in the field of land defense in Shufa Tahsin Hamid told the official agency, “More than 10 occupation bulldozers guarding the occupation forces and a group of armed settlers have bulldozed these lands and destroyed and uprooted olive trees and all the crops in them, which are owned by the Hamid family and the people of Kafa and for the citizen Aref Yaqoub Pointing out that these lands are located to the west of the Avni Haivets settlement, which is built on the lands of the villages of Chouf, Kafa, Kafr El-Lebad, and Hafas

He added, “These actions are a continuation of the repeated attacks on the lands of the citizens in this region to achieve their settlement goals and protect the settlers on the pretext that they are close to the Avni Hefetz settlement,” pointing out that the occupation bulldozers closed a month and a half ago the roads leading to these lands with dirt berms and prevented farmers From accessing and working on their lands.

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

West Bank: Occupation forces launch massive arrest campaign

Image of Israeli soldiers arresting a Palestinian youth in West Bank on 31 May 2014 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]
Israeli soldiers arresting a Palestinian youth in West Bank on 31 May, 2014

The occupation forces launched raids on many areas of the West Bank and arrested a number of citizens, including a prominent Hamas leader, amid an extensive campaign which started a week ago. The raids targeted the town of Ya`bad, in Jenin, after an Israeli soldier was killed during clashes with Palestinians, who protested against a massive campaign of incursions that had taken place earlier.

The Israeli forces continue to impose severe restrictions on Ya`bad, such as closing many of the town’s main roads, launching arrest campaigns and raids on a regular basis, while intimidating the locals with police dogs, intentionally assaulting them and destroying their personal belongings.

The Israeli security campaign started at dawn last Tuesday after an Israeli soldier was killed during a military operation in the town. The soldier was hit on the head by a stone that was thrown from one of the town’s buildings. Consequently, the residence was raided dozens of times and a number of its inhabitants were arrested, including women and children.

READ: Israeli forces detain 2 Palestinians in West Bank raid

Hundreds of residents of neighbouring towns participated in a march with vehicles launched from the nearby town of Araba towards Ya`bad, to express their rejection of the security measures imposed by the occupation in the area.

The march was organised by Fatah under the title “End the siege on the town of Ya`bad.” A number of the movement’s field officials participated in the demonstration to reach Al-Salamah neighbourhood, where the occupation forces continue to raid after announcing the death of one of its soldiers there.

Fatah official in the Jenin region, Atta Abu Irmaila, affirmed the movement’s solidarity with the residents of Ya`bad, who are still subjected to fierce and continuous aggressive attacks, stating: “Ya’bad, the stronghold of Al-Qassam Brigades, will not be broken and will continue to struggle as it always did since Al-Qassam’s revolution.”

Jenin governor, Major General Akram Rajoub, confirmed that the conditions of the wounded people, who were assaulted by the occupation forces in the town of Ya’bad, are stable while condemning the continuous aggression against Palestinians.

During his visit to the town, Rajoub stressed that President Mahmoud Abbas is closely following events in Ya`bad, and emphasised that the victims will receive the necessary support and supervision.

The governor of Jenin visited Adnan Hamarsheh, who is disabled and was assaulted by the occupation soldiers during a raid on his house.

Rajoub also visited the freed prisoner Suhaila Abu Bakr and her daughter Iman, as well as Attia Asfour, after the Israeli security forces detained his three sons, and listened to the locals’ testimonies about the attacks and violations they have been subjected to.

READ: Israel wants to buy Palestinians’ silence ahead of annexation

The occupation forces continued their raids and arrest campaigns against a number of citizens, unconcerned about the emergency state declared in the West Bank to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Israeli forces arrested a citizen from the town of Musliya, south of Jenin after he was severely beaten. They also destroyed his personal belongings and furniture.

The occupation soldiers also stormed the nearby town of Qabatiya, and arrested four young men on Al-Badhan road, east of Nablus, after stopping the vehicle they were travelling in.

Shaker Amara, a prominent leader of Hamas in the West Bank, was detained by the Israeli security after storming his house in Aqabat Jabr camp in the city of Jericho, east of the West Bank.

Local sources described that the occupation forces raided the house of Amara and took him to an unknown destination. During the operation, clashes broke out between the residents of the area and the Israeli soldiers.  Hence, the locals threw stones to protest against the raid, while the security forces opened fire and shot sound and gas bombs at the demonstrators.

The Hamas leader was arrested several times in the past, as he was among the movement officials who were deported by Israel in 1992 to Marj Al-Zuhur, Lebanon.

Amara, who spent several years in the occupation prisons, was subjected to torture during investigations when he was previously arrested.

On Monday, the occupation forces arrested the freed prisoner, Abbas Shajada, 22, in the city of Bethlehem, after raiding and searching his parents’ house, in addition to storming the Handaza and Jabal Al-Mawaleh areas without reporting any arrests.

Clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and the occupation soldiers, who fired gas and sound bombs at them, which led to burning trees and plants in the surrounding lands, in addition to several suffocation cases.

In the city of Hebron, south of the West Bank, a number of citizens were suffocated after the occupation forces fired tear gas canisters at the town of Beit Ummar.

Witnesses disclosed that the Israeli soldiers stormed the town, and fired live and metal rubber-coated bullets, as well as sound and tear gas canisters at the citizens, during clashes that broke out there.

During the raid, the occupation forces arrested Mohammed Abu Maryah, 32, a freed prisoner who spent five years in Israeli prisons, and detained Mutaz Al-Owewi, 34, from the city of Hebron, Iyad Ayman Abu Alyan, 18, from the town of Yatta and Walid Hussein Mazin, 44, from Al-Arroub camp, after storming and searching their homes.

More demolitions - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

On Monday, the Israeli forces also arrested a freed prisoner from the town of Abu Dis, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. Local sources confirmed that a special Israeli force wearing civilian clothes surrounded the house of the freed prisoner Hudhayfah Badr Halabiya ​​in the Batin Al-Zeit neighbourhood, then stormed the residence, searched it, and tampered with Halabiya’s personal belongings.

The occupation forces released Halabiya in December after he had entered an open hunger strike for 67 days, which ended with setting a time limit for the period of his administrative detention.

The Israeli security forces also arrested Halabiya on 10 June 2018, and issued three administrative detention orders against him.

In occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli forces arrested brothers Ahmed and Youssef Abu Al-Hawa from the town of Al-Tur, and brothers Mahmoud and Abd Obaid from the town of Al-Issawiya, after severely assaulting them.

It is worth mentioning that on Sunday evening a group of settlers attacked a citizen while passing near Khirbet Abu Falah and the village of Al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah, which resulted in destroying his vehicle.

In light of the ongoing settlement projects, the occupation forces bulldozed around 15 dunams planted with olive trees in the lands between the villages of Kafa and Shufa, southeast of Tulkarm, north of the West Bank, using more than ten bulldozers, tightly guarded by Israeli soldiers, in the presence of a group of armed settlers.

The occupation state claimed that this land was levelled due to its proximity to the Avnei Hefetz settlement. Thus, the bulldozers had blocked the roads leading to the area a month and a half ago, preventing farmers from reaching their land to work.

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(Source / 19.05.2020) 

Hamas: US moves against freed prisoners might damage prisoner swap talks

37-year old Palestinian prisoner, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, who is on FBI’s ‘most wanted' list
37-year old Palestinian prisoner, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, who is on FBI’s ‘most wanted’ list

Member of Hamas Political Bureau Musa Dodeen has warned that American moves against freed Palestinian prisoner Ahlam Al-Tamimi might undermine efforts to reach prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported yesterday.

His remarks came following a letter signed by seven American congressmen sent to the Jordanian embassy in Washington requesting Al-Tamimi be handed over to Israel for retrial.

Al-Tamimi, who was convicted over the 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizzeria, was freed ten years later as part of a mass prisoner exchange to secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

READ: MP calls for Jordan not to extradite freed Palestinian prisoner to US

Dodeen described the congressmen’s measure as “racist” and part of a “stray policy”, stressing that Al-Tamimi is a Palestinian freedom fighter who is respected by the Jordanian the Palestinian peoples.

He stressed that the American measure is a “new aggression on the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian people, as well as an aggression on Jordanian sovereignty.”

He added that this move would lead to the resistance teams to change the conditions of prisoner swap talks with the occupation.

(Source / 19.05.2020)

India donates $2m to support Palestine refugees

Healthcare workers are seen at the yard of a school which is turned by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) into a clinic for patients with respiratory system disorders as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gaza City, Gaza on March 18, 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Healthcare workers are seen at the yard of a school which is turned by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) into a clinic for patients with respiratory system disorders as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gaza City, Gaza on March 18, 2020

India has contributed $2 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees in support of its core programmes and services.

The fund comes in response to COVID-19 in the areas of health care, sanitation and hygiene and education.

Since the start of the crisis, the Agency has been working to deliver essential, lifesaving services to Palestine refugees throughout the Middle East.

A large portion of the funding is aimed at covering cash and food assistance to this particularly vulnerable population, as the socio-economic consequences of the public health crisis continue to weigh heavily on Palestinian refugees.

Marc Lassouaoui, chief of the Donor Relations at the agency, said: “On behalf of the agency, I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Government of India for advancing part of its contribution, which will help UNRWA address cash flow challenges.”

READ: UNRWA launches coronavirus emergency appeal for Palestine refugees

UNRWA’s funding comes almost entirely from voluntary donations made by UN member states. The Agency has faced severe financial difficulties ever since the Trump administration stopped US aid donations altogether in 2018.

The contribution was presented to the UN agency by the Representative of India to the State of Palestine, Sunil Kumar.

“The continued determination and commitment of India in support of the Palestine refugees is commendable, in particular under the current circumstances brought on us by Covid-19,” he said.

“On behalf of the Government of India, I would like to express my appreciation for the commendable work and endeavours carried out by the UNRWA. We believe that our contribution will support the agency’s activities in providing the needed assistance to Palestinian refugees, and assist in achieving their full human development potential,” stated Kumar.

After decades of standing behind the Palestinian people, India under Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party tilted in Israel’s favour.

Under the right-wing Modi government, India has struck a special bond with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The past few years has seen the two countries move further to the right and taking positions on domestic and international issues that are at odds with international law.

READ: EU reiterates its political, financial support for UNRWA

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

EU will not recognise unilateral Israel annexation of West Bank

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles holds a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on December 09, 2019 [Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency]
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles holds a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on 9 December, 2019

The EU foreign policy coordinator, Josep Borrell, warned Israel that the body will not recognise any unagreed on changes to the 1967 borders.

Borrell pledged EU support to help reignite the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that included “meaningful negotiations between the two parties”.

“International law is a fundamental pillar of the international rules-based order. In this respect, the EU and its member states recall that they will not recognise any changes to the 1967 borders unless agreed by Israelis and Palestinians,” Borrell said, adding: “The two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital for both states, is the only way to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the region.”Josep Borrell Fontelles @JosepBorrellF  

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Borrell said the EU viewed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to push forward with annexation with “grave concern”.

According to the agreement between Netanyahu and his rival, leader of the Blue and White Party, Benny Gantz, ahead of the formation of a unity government, a proposal to annex parts of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley could be submitted to lawmakers in July.

The EU already warned last week that its Foreign Affairs Commission could impose sanctions on Israel if the latter implements its annexation plan in the occupied Palestinian territories.

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

Israeli Military Court Extends Detention of a Palestinian Teen Boy

The Israeli military court of Salem, near Jenin city in the West Bank, ordered on Monday, the extension of the detention of Palestinian teenager, Qasem Abu Baker, 17, from the Palestinian village of Y’abad, south of Jenin city.

The mother of Qasem, told media outlets that Monday’s extension is the 6th to be imposed on the teen in the past 12 months, adding that her son was abducted in April of 2019 and placed under Administrative Detention at the Jalama Israeli prison, with no charges filed against him.

Israeli authorities continue to hold dozens of Palestinian prisoners under Administrative Detention, that Israeli military courts extend from time to time.

Israel holds 400 Administrative Detainees in its prisons, many are minors, under the age of 18.

Administrative detention (AD) is a procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. The secret information or evidence cannot be accessed by the detainee nor his lawyer, and can according to Israeli military orders, an administrative detention order can be renewed for an unlimited time. The court issues an administrative detention order for a maximum period of six months, subject to renewal.

– Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

For third day on a row.. PA security services continue to arrest journalist in Tulkarm

West Bank (QNN)- The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security services on Friday arrested the journalist Anas Hawwari after beating him at a checkpoint near Tulkarm. The Magistrate’s Court has extended the arrest of Hawwari today for fifteen days.

Hawwari’s family stressed that he was beaten and arrested while he was with some relatives.

The police claimed that Hawwari had beaten and insulted a policeman and violated the emergency law. The claims were completely denied by Anas, according to his lawyer Muhannad Karrajeh.

Quoting Hawwari, Karrajeh confirmed that Hawwari suffers from bruises on different parts of his body. He stated that he has medical reports that prove being beaten by the police.

Karrajeh stated that during the first interrogation session, Hawwari had a wound and stitches in his head in addition to bloodstains all over his torn clothes.

During the interrogation, Hawwari denied all charges and restated being beaten by the cops, who used their rifles and boots, wounding him and causing a teeth to fall. He stated, however, that he insulted the cops after they brutally beat him.

Hawwari’s sister, who was accompanying him with her husband when the incident took place, stated that the cops assaulted them without any reason. They also prevented them from entering Tulkarm under the pretext of having no permission. The cops had an argument with Hawwari then they started beating him, she said.

Human rights watchdogs and journalists condemned the PA’s assault against Hawwari, reiterating his narrative and stressing that the PA has to open investigations on similar violations related to the emergency status in the country.

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

Israeli police arrest guard of Al Aqsa mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli police on Tuesday arrested a guard of Al Aqsa mosque while he was on duty.

QNN reporter said that Israeli cops have arrested Hamza Nimir, a guard at the holy mosque, while he was working at the Dome of the Rock.

She added that the Israeli police took Nimir for interrogation.

Hamza Nimir had previously suffered from several Israeli assaults, including beating, arrests, interrogation, and expelling.

Al Aqsa mosque is currently closed for worshipers and open only for workers as part of measures taken by the Ministry of Islamic Waqf to prevent the coronavirus outbreak.

(Source / 19.05.2020) 

Israeli wide-scale arrest campaign in Jerusalem, West bank

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Last night, Israeli forces carried out a wide-scale arrest campaign in the West Bank and Jerusalem, arresting 18 native Palestinians.

Members of the Shin Bet and police broke into Palestinians’ houses in the old city and Silwan in occupied Jerusalem and vandalizing properties.

Local sources said Israeli forces summoned several Palestinian young men for interrogation and arrested others, including Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh, Muhammad Joulani, Adham Za’tari, Abdullah Joulani, Raed Zgheir, Ali Jaber, and Muhammad Daqqaq.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army broke into the house of Noor Manasrah in Izariyyeh and arrested him.

Israeli forces broke into Shu’fat refugee camp and arrested a young man as well.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Association said that Israeli forces arrested 18 Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem last night, most of them are from the capital city.

Other young men and teenagers were arrested in Kobar, Ramallah, Arroub refugee camp, and Ya’bad in Jenin.

Israeli forces also arrested Mousa Khalifah after breaking into his house in Bethlehem to force his son, Qutaiba, turn himself in.

(Source / 19.05.2020)