A number of civilians suffocated as a result of inhaling tear gas, fired by the Israeli occupation army, during its suppression of the weekly march of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah.
The participants in the march, which commemorated the burning of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, performed Friday prayers in the field south of the village, then went towards the gate of the Annexation Wall and the expansion on its lands, where the occupation soldiers suppressed them with sound bombs and tear gas towards them, which resulted in the injury of a number of them. Suffocated.
The participants in the march carried the Palestinian flag and raised slogans condemning the crime of burning Al-Aqsa and the continuing crimes of the occupation against our people, expressing their rejection of the treacherous normalization agreement between the UAE and the occupation.
The Israeli occupation forces attacked, today, Friday, the participants in an anti-settlement activity in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, and prevented them from holding prayers on their lands threatened with appropriation.
The Coordinator of the National and Popular Committees for Resisting the Wall and Settlement, Ratib Jabour, said that this activity comes as a rejection of the settlement policy, annexation of lands in favor of expanding settlements, and confronting the plan of the occupation government, which approved the seizure of 3,600 dunums in the “Al-Tha`la” area, on whose lands the settlements of “Karmiel” and Ma’on, east of Yatta.
Jabour added that a settler attacked the citizens and the landowners, threatened them with shooting, and prevented them from approaching a “caravan” and “baraks” that he had established on the citizens’ lands.
The occupation forces also attacked the participants and journalists who were present at the scene to cover the event called for by the Fatah movement, with the participation of the National Action factions, and prevented them from holding Friday prayers on lands threatened by seizure and owned by the families of Abu Tabikh, Malash, Abu Subuha and Shanaran.
The landowners and the participants in the stand called on our people to confront the settlement policy and the seizure of land, raising slogans calling on the international community to assume responsibility and stop the crimes of the occupation and its settlers.
On special days and functions, Hanady Halawani heads to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem with her husband and children to pray, Anadolu Agency reports.
While her family enters the mosque, Hanady remains outside, instead of having to pray near the northwestern Lions Gate, as she is restricted by Israeli authorities from entering it.
“My house lies a few meters away from the mosque, the Muslims flock in front of it on their way to the prayers but I can’t set foot inside [Al-Aqsa] because of the continuous expulsion orders with very restricted mandatory requirements,” says Hanady, a 40-year-old teacher who has been mired in a trial since 2012.
That year, Israeli authorities initiated a systemic drive targeting dozens of Palestinian women activists who stood up to Israeli settlers storming Jerusalem’s Old City and the Aqsa Mosque compound in an effort to supplant its native Palestinian population.
These activists were arrested, deprived of national health insurance despite the illnesses some of them suffered from, and were slapped with a travel ban, continuous restrictions and threats.
“I couldn’t remember the number of assaults, the last one was a decision made by the Israeli Interior Minister two weeks ago that barred me from traveling for six months, which may be extended,” said Hanady, who was threatened directly by the Israeli intelligence to deport her as punishment for her political activities.
On May 31, 2020, the Al-Aqsa Mosque reopened after two months of closure as a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since then, the measures have become even more restricting against Palestinian prayers.
“Palestinian journalists are prohibited from covering Israeli incursions. Meanwhile, a specialist journalist escorts the extremist settler Yahoda Glik to cover his provocative activities in the mosque,” Halawni told Anadolu Agency.
Sondos Ewies, a Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem who was arrested on the day of the reopening of the Al-Aqsa Mosque because of her reporting on the compound, was expelled a week later by the Israeli intelligence for a minimum of three months.
In 2015, the Israeli police named 50 blacklisted Palestinian women considered by Tel Aviv to be dangerous activists. Most are still prohibited from entering the mosque since that date.
“Between 2016 and 2020, I was allowed to pray in my holy mosque for only 60 days in four years. The current expulsion order lasts more than 18 months,” said Hanady.
Dozens of times, Israeli forces stormed Hanady’s house, with most raids conducted in the middle of the night. Police and intelligence officers knowingly destroyed furniture and confiscated property like laptops, smartphones and any storage devices, she told Anadolu Agency.
“I was quarantined last July. Despite this, the forces stormed my house at dawn and arrested me. The next day at trial, a policeman entered the hall and wrote a violation against me. They accused me of not abiding by quarantine,” said Hanady, who was also subject to financial strain due to the monthly assaults on her home.
“Tens of soldiers stormed my home to threaten me to stop my activity on social media. I said to the officer, you can call me and say this on the phone, there’s no need for these forces. He replied: ‘You’re the most dangerous woman in Jerusalem, you deserve these forces to scare you.’”
Unable to count how many times she was arrested, Hanady said this systematic targeting was abnormal and harmful for her children, who no longer felt secure.
Despite 51 years having passed since Australian tourist Denis Michael Rohan set fire to East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians say the flames were still engulfing the flashpoint site, with assaults and restrictions continuing in various forms.
The arson attack was one of several assaults on the flashpoint site since Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa Mosque represents their third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Chief of Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh announced on Friday his movement’s opposition to Egyptian support for the UAE-Israel normalisation deal.
Speaking to TRT World, Haniyeh criticised the UAE-Israel deal and reiterated that it came about due to fear from Israel, weakness of the Arab leaders, and seeking support from foreign powers to remain on top of their regimes.
“We oppose [Egypt’s] political support for the deal,” Haniyeh announced. “We do not support any deal between Egypt and Israel and we do not agree that there is any support for the normalisation deal with Israel.”
The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas said that it launched several missiles at Israel Friday night in response to daily Israeli strikes in Gaza.
In a press release, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that his movement had launched the missiles to stop the Israeli strikes.
Barhoum said: “[Hamas] is ready to stop any Israeli aggression toward Palestinians.” He stressed: “[Israel] must end its violations, stop the ongoing escalation and end the 14-year-old siege imposed on Gaza.”
The Hamas spokesman blamed the Israeli occupation for ongoing tensions on the eastern border of Gaza, pointing to the Israeli siege and daily bombings of farms and resistance sites.
Barhoum said: “The Israeli occupation will never succeed in breaking the will of the Palestinians or end the Palestinian resistance, which is responding responsibly to ongoing Israeli aggression toward our people.”
Israeli occupation forces have been carrying out strikes in Gaza for over 10 days, claiming that they are in response to flying incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements. Gazans resumed sending the balloons after the Israeli occupation backtracked from its commitments towards Gaza.
The Palestinian resistance in Gaza reached understandings with Israel mediated by the UN, Egypt, and Qatar that included easing of the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza and allowing international donors to carry out vital projects and job-creation programmes.
The Turkish government asked the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to arrest former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan for running an espionage network in Turkey, TRT reported on Friday.
Dahlan is a security advisor for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed, who announced the normalisation of ties with Israel last week.
According to TRT, the Turkish Public Prosecutor added Dahlan to the list of most wanted criminals in Turkey and announced a reward worth ten million Turkish Liras ($385,000) for arresting him.
TRT reported, according to the Turkish Public Prosecutor, that a witness referred to as “Bowraz” said that two Emiratis, Samir Samih Shaaban, and Zakif Yusuf Hassan, spied on Egyptians and Palestinians in Turkey for Dahlan.
In the northern Qalqilia district of the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinians taking part in the weekly anti-settlements demonstration in the village of Kufur Qaddoum.
Two protesters were shot by Israeli soldiers with rubber-coated steel rounds, while others choked on tear-gas, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
This week, villagers came out in commemoration of the fifty-first anniversary of the burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque and in condemnation of the UAE deal with Israel.
Morad Eshteiwi, the popular resistance coordinator in Kufur Qaddoum reported large numbers of occupation soldiers firing sound bombs and rubber-coated steel rounds, two shooting injuries were treated at the scene.
Eshteiwi added that today’s march was launched with the participation of hundreds of locals who sang national slogans, confirmed their intention to resist, and condemned normalization with the occupation state.
Palestinian youths burned tires to obscure the vision of the Israeli soldiers, and hurled rocks at soldiers to force them to stay back from the demonstration.
The villagers of Kufur Qaddoum have actively demonstrated on a weekly basis since 2003, after the Israeli authorities closed the main access road to Nablus, in order to serve the illegal colonial settlers.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinian shepherds, uprooted olive trees in Masafer Yatta, and constructed a mobile house to confiscate Palestinian land in southern Nablus, according to WAFA.
According to Fu’ad Omour, coordinator for the Committees of Protection and Resilience in Masafer Yatta, said settlers from the illegal settlement of Ma’un attacked Palestinian shepherds and prevented them from sheep-herding.
He added that settlers from the illegal settlements of Susya and Mitzpe Yair in eastern Masafer Yatta chopped off and damaged hundreds of olive trees, belonging to Barakat Murr.
In Nablus, the Palestinian official responsible for settlements in the North of the West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said Israeli settlers constructed a mobile house in the village of Beita.
The house has been constructed near the illegal settlement of 777, aiming at expanding it.
Ramallah (QNN)- The PLO’s Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday extended the detention of the Palestinian director and actor Abdurrahman Thaher for another week over the charge of “anti-authority slander”.
Thaher (38 years old) was arrested last Monday by the Palestinian Preventive Security near Al Najah University in Nablus, where he works at the media center. He was charged with anti-authority slander without any further information about the charge.
Thaher was arrested a few days after he criticized the Palestinian Authority in a Facebook post, saying that those, who already normalized relations with the occupation state, including the Palestinian Authority as well as other Arab countries, and those who keep “maintaining the right to respond” (referring to the Syrian regime) should be the last to criticize the UAE’s normalization efforts.
تعليقي بخصوص التطبيع الإماراتي الاسرائيلي أحتفظ به لنفسي، لكن آخر من يحق له التعليق “السلطة الفلسطينية” وأي دولة شقيقة تقيم علاقات سلام أو علاقات تجارية مع الاحتلال، وحتى جماعة “نحتفظ بحق الرد”
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom (MADA) condemned the arrest of Abdurrahman Thaher and called on the PLO to immediately release him and halt its assaults against the freedom of information.