An Israeli missile hits a house in the southern Gaza Strip without exploding

An Israeli artillery shell hit, at dawn today, Monday, a house belonging to Khaled Abu Youssef in the large town of Abasan, east of Khan Yunis, without exploding.

Citizen Abu Youssef noticed the shell inside his house after the shelling stopped at dawn, as the shell hit the guest room.

Abu Yusef told a number of journalists that he and his five children miraculously escaped, pointing out that the failure of the shell had saved them from certain death.

He indicated that he had contacted the relevant security authorities that had the shell sufficient for you.

Gaza Police Explosives Engineering Unit said the shell was heavy caliber, did not explode, and was safely neutralized.

(Source / 24.08.2020)

18 thousand houses are threatened with demolition in occupied Jerusalem

The Deputy Governor of Jerusalem, Abdullah Siyam, said today, Monday, that 18,000 homes in occupied Jerusalem are threatened with demolition.

Speaking to Voice of Palestine Radio, Siyam added that the files of these Palestinian homes that are threatened with demolition are in the drawers of the occupation courts, although there is a need for more than 15,000 housing units for Jerusalemites, especially the young generation.

He pointed out that the occupation’s policy of demolishing the homes of citizens in occupied Jerusalem comes in the context of punitive action, forced displacement, ethnic cleansing of citizens, and judaization and alienation of the occupied city.

The occupation authorities deliberately implement a policy of demolishing homes in Jerusalem in order to silently implement their settlement plans and get rid of the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.

It is noteworthy that, since the beginning of this year, the occupation authorities have issued about 650 administrative and judicial demolition orders for homes and facilities for Jerusalemites, some of which are fixed-term for demolition and another unspecified.

(Source / 24.08.2020)

PM: Morocco rejects normalising ties with Israel

Prime Minister of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani makes a speech during monthly ordinary congress meeting in Rabat, Morocco on 15 May, 2018 [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]
Prime Minister of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani makes a speech during monthly ordinary congress meeting in Rabat, Morocco on 15 May, 2018

Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani on Sunday rejected any normalisation of relations with Israel, Reuters reports.

“We refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people,” El Otmani told his Islamist PJD party.

The remarks came ahead of a visit to the region by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, and after the UAE and Israel struck a deal to normalise ties.

Morocco’s official position has been in support of the two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state.

Morocco and Israel began low-level ties in 1993 after an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was reached. But Rabat suspended relations with the Jewish state after the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

READ: The UAE’s perfidious normalisation plan with Israel 

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Palestinian prisoner with amputated hand completes 18 years in Israel prison

Israeli police officers stand guard on February 15, 2016 outside Maasiyahu Prison in the central Israeli city of Ramle [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli police officers stand guard on February 15, 2016 outside Maasiyahu Prison in the central Israeli city of Ramle

Palestinian prisoner with amputee, Jamal Abul-Hijaa, has now spent 18 consecutive years in Israeli prisons, including ten years spent in solitary confinement, Al-Watan Voice reported yesterday.

Abul-Haijaa, 61, was arrested on 26 August 2002, interrogated and harshly tortured for two months and then accused of leading Al-Qassam Brigades in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

He was also accused of planning attacks that caused the death of several Israelis and sentenced to nine life terms plus 20 years.

Israeli occupation forces hit him with an explosive bullet in his left hand in March 2002 during the notorious Israeli siege of Jenin. His hand had to be amputated as a result. He was ordered to turn himself in to the Israeli occupation authorities during the siege, but he refused.

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Later in 2002, he was arrested and immediately sent to solitary confinement and subject to harsh interrogation and torture.

He was released from his solitary confinement after a 28-day hunger strike carried out by prisoners.

Following his detention, the Israeli occupation arrested his two sons Asem and Abdul-Salam along with his wife, who remained under administrative detention for nine months.

In March 2003, Israeli occupation forces killed his son Hamza.

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Fatah criticises Arab League’s neglect of its request to hold emergency meeting

A general view from Arab League Foreign Ministers' extraordinary meeting on U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East peace plan in Cairo, Egypt on February 1, 2020 [Thaer Ghanaim/Palestinian Presidency/Handout - Anadolu Agency]
A general view from Arab League Foreign Ministers’ extraordinary meeting on U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East peace plan in Cairo, Egypt on February 1, 2020 

A prominent Fatah leader spoke of the Arab League’s neglect of the Palestinian leadership’s request to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the UAE’s decision to normalise relations with Israel.

Ahmed Aboul GheitSecretaryGeneral of the League of Arab States, said on Saturday that the League will hold a regular meeting on 9 September at the ministerial level, ignoring the Palestinian leadership’s request for an emergency meeting.

On 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.

Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, however, opponents believe normalisation efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.

READ: Arafat widow apologises to UAE for Palestine protests

Netanyahu repeated last week that annexation is not off the table, but has simply been delayed.

The Palestinian government has recalled its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in protest over the country’s agreement to normalise ties with Israel.

The PA president’s official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the deal was a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause.”

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Israeli settlers set up outpost near Hebron to expand illegal settlement

Near the synagogue in the illegal outpost Amona which was evacuated by Israeli forces on 2 February 2017 [Twitter/AmonaEn]
Near the synagogue in the illegal outpost Amona which was evacuated by Israeli forces on 2 February 2017


Illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories have set up an illegal outpost in the village of Birin, east of Hebron, in order to “expand” an illegal settlement, Wafa news agency has reported.

According to a representative of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the West Bank, Rateb Jabour, the settlers have placed a caravan on land belonging to a local Palestinian as the first step towards seizing hundreds of acres of land, despite it being owned by Palestinians who have proof of their ownership. He added that Israeli occupation forces stormed into the village and handed five residents notices ordering them to stop work on their land.

The villagers voiced their concerns that the planned land seizure is part of the wider Israeli measures designed to displace them and grab their land to make room for the expansion of the nearby illegal colonial settlement of Bani Haiver. Located to the southwest of Bani Na‘im, Birin has a population of 160 and is hemmed in by Bani Haiver to the east and the settler-only bypass Road No. 60 to the west.

According to Wafa, Birin’s residents were originally expelled from the Naqab Desert in southern occupied Palestine and now depend on agriculture and livestock as their main source of livelihood. Settlers regularly attack Palestinian property and agricultural land across the occupied territories, but they are rarely held accountable by the Israeli authorities.

Roughly 650,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967. All of the settlements are in breach of international law.

READ: Israel approves mega settlements projects

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Palestinian Family Refuses to Demolish its own Home in East Jerusalem

A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem refuses to demolish their homes, despite orders issued by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, and is facing heavy costs if the municipality demolishes it, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Residents of Silwan neighborhood, in East Jerusalem held a public prayer at a solidarity tent, where residents agreed to stop yielding to pressure from the Israeli municipality to demolish their own homes.

“Demolishing houses with their bulldozers or self-demolition has become one of the weapons they use to fight us,” they added, calling on Palestinians to refuse to self-demolish their homes, and to support others who have their homes demolished.

The latest example of this determination is the Abdo family from Jabal al-Mokabber, in occupied East Jerusalem.

“The demolition of homes is a crime we cannot commit against ourselves. If the occupation insists on that, it may do it itself and expose itself before the whole world,” the family said in a statement.

The Palestinian Information Center quoted the family as saying, “At any moment, the occupation can demolish the house, and our children live in constant fear of the moment when the demolition is carried out. Our life is very difficult and the situation is very tragic.”

One of the children asked, “Where will we live if our house is demolished while the coronavirus epidemic is still there. Can the world stop these crimes against the residents of Jerusalem.”

Fawaz Abdo is photographed sleeping outside his home in order to protect his family, as Israeli demolition orders against his home come into effect.

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🇵🇸#Palestine || Palestinian Fawaz Abdo is sleeping in the yard of the house guarding his family after the order to demolish his house came into effect by the occupation authorities, as he refused to demolish his house by his own hand. [ Via @palestine.pixel ]

المواطن فواز عبده نائم في فناء المنزل يحرس عائلته بعد أن دخل أمر هدم منزله حيز التنفيذ من قبل سلطات الاحتلال حيث رفض هدم منزله بيده

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Israeli Navy Attacks Fishermen, Army Opens Fire at Shepherds

The Israeli navy, on Sunday, attacked Palestinian fishermen and their boats as they sailed within one nautical mile off the Gaza shore, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local Coordinator of the fishermen’s union, Zakariya Bakr said the Israeli total closure of the Gaza sea, which has continued for the seventh consecutive day, deprives Gaza fishermen of their daily sustenance and increases their families’ suffering.

Even prior to the recent escalations in Gaza, the Israeli navy was attacking and harassing fishermen on a daily basis, for no specific reason.

The 1993 Oslo accords allowed fishing up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but the Israeli authorities have reduced the fishing zone to between three and six nautical miles.

The Israeli army, on Saturday morning, opened machine-gun fire towards cultivated land and shepherds in the besieged Gaza Strip, PIC further reported.

According to local media sources, Israeli soldiers opened fire at a group of shepherds in the east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, which forced them to leave their work.

Farmlands to the east of al-Qarara town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, also came under similar gunfire attack by soldiers.

No casualties were reported.

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Influential Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf denies claims of supporting UAE-Israel normalization deal


“My allegiance is and has always been with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, whether Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. Anyone who says differently is a liar”, Yusuf wrote in a Facebook post

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Abu Dhabi (QNN)- Hamza Yusuf, a prominent Muslim scholar based in the United States, denied claims of supporting or endorsing the UAE-Israel normalization deal and reiterated his position with Palestine and the Palestinian people.

On his Facebook account, Yusuf, who was once dubbed “the most influential Muslim scholar in the western world,” said that the recent reports alleging his political views were “fabricated and erroneous.”

“I do not engage in or endorse geopolitical strategies or treaties”, he wrote. “My allegiance is and has always been with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, whether Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. Anyone who says differently is a liar.”

Hamza Yusuf 12 hours ago

According to Imam al-Shafi‘i, “Words cannot be attributed to one who has not spoken them (لا ينسب الى ساكت قول).”

This is an important juristic principle.

The recent reports alleging my political views were fabricated and erroneous. I do not engage in or endorse geopolitical strategies or treaties. My allegiance is and has always been with the oppressed peoples of Palestine, whether Muslim, Christian, or otherwise. Anyone who says differently is a liar; the Qur’an reminds us, “And the damnation of God is upon liars” (3:61). God is the judge and defender for the believer. I place my complete trust in Him alone.

There have been some articles that have made false attributions about me and fabricated scenarios that never took place. The Qur’an says, “If an ungodly person brings news, ascertain whether or not it is true, for you may end up harming someone out of ignorance and come to regret it” (49:6). I was never contacted by any news or media outlet for a statement or clarification on the recent controversy. Please do not spread lies on the Internet. Suspend judgment and seek clarification.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best servants of God are those who remind you of God when they are seen. The worst servants of God are those who carry gossip, separating between loved ones and seeking misery for the innocent.” (Musnad of Imam Ahmad)

Yusuf stressed that he was never contacted by any news or media outlet for a statement or clarification on the recent controversy.

A statement by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Middle East Societies (FPPMES), an organization led by his Saudi-based teacher, Abdullah bin Bayyah, was published on Thursday, endorsing the normalization deal.

The statement, which begins by heaping praise on Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and the country’s foreign minister, Abdullah bin Zayed, claimed that normalization “stopped Israel from extending its sovereignty over Palestinian lands,” and was a means to “promote peace and stability across the world”.

The statement included names of other scholars, who allegedly endorsed the normalization deal, including Aisha Al-Adawiya, the founder and President of Women in Islam, Inc., who strongly denied her endorsement of the statement as well.

Al-Adawiya stressed that during the latest meeting of the Forum, there were no discussions on Palestine or the UAE normalization deal with ‘Israel’. She also reiterated her position in solidarity with the Palestinian people and resigned in protest against the Forum’s statement.

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The statement of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Middle East Societies (FPPMES), showing Hamza Yusuf and Aisha Al-Adawiya as signatories

(Source / 24.08.2020)

Three children open up about Israeli assaults during arrest

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A new report by the Committee of Prisoners’ and Former Prisoners’ Affairs has documented painful testimonies by three Palestinian children, who opened up about the physical and psychological assaults that they have been subjected to while being arrested and interrogated by the Israelis.

Ahmad Badawi (17 years old) from Al Arroub refugee camp in occupied Hebron was attacked by Israeli soldiers after they broke into his house and vandalized it. the soldiers took him to a military site and started assaulting him.

Badawi said the soldiers threw him down and started beating and kicking him. They also used rifles to beat him on his head before being taken to Etzion interrogation center then to Megiddo jail.

Omar Makharzeh (17 years old) from Abu Deis in East Jerusalem said that Israeli soldiers beat him with their rifles and slapped his face several times while he was held in a military site.

He added that he was humiliated and insulted. He was interrogated at Atarot police station before being sent to Megiddo jail.

Muhammad Sheibani (17 years old) from Arraba in Jenin, who is currently held in the children’s section of Megiddo jail, told QNN that he was assaulted several times during interrogation.

After he was arrested at a military checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Shavei Shomron, the Israeli army interrogated him on site then took him to Ariel police station for further interrogation.

Shortly after that, the teenager was taken to Howwarah interrogation center, where he was held for 18 days, during which he was interrogated three times and prevented from going to the jail’s courtyard or changing his clothes.

According to a report issued in March 2019 by the Palestinian Ministry of Information, 95 per cent of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli authorities were tortured during detention. the Israeli abuses against Palestinian children included beating, kicking, blindfolding and handcuffing them during detention as well as interrogating them without the presence of a lawyer or a family member, in violation of laws that prevent interrogating minors or extracting confessions from them by coercion. Most Israeli violations against Palestinian children took place after midnight.

(Source / 24.08.2020)