Israel bars Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayer

Palestinians gather to perform Friday prayer at Masjid al-Aqsa complex in East Jerusalem’s Old City on November 6, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians gather to perform Friday prayer at Masjid al-Aqsa complex in East Jerusalem’s Old City on November 6, 2020

For the fourth consecutive Friday, Israeli occupation police have prevented hundreds of Palestinian worshippers in the occupied West Bank from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayer, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to Anadolu Agency, Israeli police stopped West Bank worshippers at checkpoints at the entrances to the Old City in Jerusalem and allowed only a very small number to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque following identity checks.

The Israeli police erected checkpoints at the entrances to the Old City in the morning. The Palestinians who were prevented from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque performed Friday prayer on the streets near the Old City.

The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Yusuf Abu Sneina denounced in the Friday sermon: “The repeated prevention of worshippers from reaching the mosque.”

READ: Settlers place candelabrum on Ibrahimi Mosque roof

“It is not permissible under any circumstances to continue preventing worshippers from reaching the mosque to perform prayer,” Abu Sneina expressed.

About 12,000 residents of East Jerusalem and Palestinians living in Israel perform Friday prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to local estimates.

Israel requires residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to obtain special permits in order to reach Jerusalem to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. ​​​​​​​

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(Source / 22.11.2020)

Israeli army bombs western, southern Gaza

Flames and smoke are seen after an Israeli air strike hit Hamas targets in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 22 November 2020. [Abed Rahim Khatib - Anadolu Agency]
Flames and smoke are seen after an Israeli air strike hit Hamas targets in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 22 November 2020

The Israeli military bombed western and southern Gaza early Sunday after it said a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip, Anadolu reports.

Israeli army combat helicopters bombed Khan Yunus, according to data received by Anadolu Agency.

No information was released on casualties.

Gaza has not released a statement on the bombing.

READ: There’s no childhood in occupied Palestine 

(Source / 22.11.2020)

One Palestinian Injured as Israeli Settlers Storm Village in Masafer Yatta

Israeli forces, Saturday, provided cover for dozens of extremist Israeli colonists, who invaded Palestinian property in al-Tuwana village, south of Hebron in southern West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local activist, Fouad al-Amour, stated that illegal Israeli settlers from the Havat Ma’on settlement outpost, yelled profanities at the Palestinian residents, and attempted to storm homes of the Bedouin community.

Al-Amour added that residents challenged the settlers, which led to a physical altercation, resulting in one injury among the villagers.

The Israeli occupation authorities, and colonialist settlers have both intensified their efforts to harass and expel indigenous Palestinian civilians from their land, throughout the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Israeli Forces Injure Four Palestinian, Detain Many Others

Several Palestinians, on Saturday at dawn, were detained from various West Bank locations, and a number of them were injured by Israeli soldiers, the Palestinian Information Center reported

Local sources said that Israeli soldiers detained a wounded young man, identified as Wael Abdullah, and Qais Abdul Rahman from the occupied West Bank.

No further information about the youth’s location or the nature of his injury was available at the time of this report.

At the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained two residents of the Qalandia Refugee Camp, namely, Khaled Salim and Ismail Abu Zaidiya.

Near Hebron, in the southern West Bank, the Israeli army detained Hamdi Hussein Zuhour.

Also in the southern West Bank, an unidentified Palestinian youth was detained from the Aida Refugee Camp, north of Bethlehem, and taken by Israeli forces to an undisclosed location.

Local sources said that the Israeli soldiers, on Friday evening, erected a flying military roadblock at the main entrance to Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem where they detained, and brutally beat Ali Issa Taqatqa, Ibrahim Ayed Derya, and Qusay Bagis before releasing them.

On Saturday, the three youths were reported to be admitted to Beit Jala Government Hospital for their injuries.

Furthermore, Israeli forces invaded several homes in the Jabriya neighborhood in Jenin, northern West Bank, and detained Ibrahim Jamil Al-Saadi.

Many Palestinian youths resisted the military invasion, soldiers opened fire with live rounds, rubber-coated steel round, tear-gas, and sound bombs.

One young man was shot in the abdomen with a rubber-coated steel round, while many others choked on tear-gas.

The young man was transferred to a nearby hospital, no further information was available at the time of this report.

In related news, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society in Tulkarem stated that an undercover force abducted a former prisoner, identified as Khaled Bassam Al-Hamshari, 26, from his home in Izbat Al-Jarrad, east of Tulkarem, north of the West Bank.

The PPS added that the army caused damage to the young man’s vehicle.

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Video| The story behind a video of a Lebanese soldier pointing an RBG launcher at an Israeli tank

Lebanon-Palestine borders (QNN)- A video, published by the Israeli channel 13, trended showing Lebanese soldiers pointing an RPG launcher at an Israeli armored tank.

The video shows a unit from the Lebanese army holding an RPG launcher and pointing it at an Israeli Mark 4 armored tank.

According to channel 13, three Hizbollah RPG units reached the location after other members in civil clothes reported that an Israeli armored tank reached the area.

Israeli soldiers tried to speak with the Lebanese soldiers, who were accompanied by a UNIFIL unit, and asked them if they want peace with ‘Israel’ but the Lebanese soldiers stayed silent and prepared.

The borders between Lebanon and occupied Palestine have been seeing tension since last July after Israeli warplanes bombarded Damascus International Airport, murdering one Hizbollah fighter.

Hizbollah’s Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, has promised on several occasions to respond for the Israeli attack.

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Pompeo: Other Arab countries will normalize relations with Israel

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, December 11, 2019

In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said other Arab countries will also normalize ties with ‘Israel.’

“Washington will continue working for peace in the region, while keeping the threat of Iran in mind,” Pompeo stated.

“I am very confident that other nations will join what the Emiratis, Bahrainis, and Sudanese have done and recognize the rightful place of Israel among nations. They’ll do it because it’s the right thing to do for their nation, because of increased prosperity and security for their country,” said Pompeo.

He added this would not have been possible without the US’ leadership and engagement, and Washington’s role in “laying down the risks in the Middle East from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

He said that while the US seeks to achieve peace in the region, it takes into consideration the danger posed by Iran, which ‘Israel’ and Gulf States recognize as “a common threat.”

“The reality is that now the Gulf states and Israel recognized they have a common threat from Iran,” Pompoe said, adding that the US “would love for the Palestinians to engage with Israel [but] their leadership has rejected President Trump’s vision for peace.”

“Every country that wants a better situation for their own people will come along to recognize Israel.”

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Video| Extremist MK leads raid into Al Aqsa mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The extremist rabbi and former MK, Yehudah Glick, on Sunday led a settlers’ raid into Al Aqsa mosque.

Local sources said Glick was accompanied by dozens of settlers when he stormed the holy mosque under Israeli police protection.

The group carried out a provocative tour throughout the courtyards of the holy mosque and performed rituals.

Israeli settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis and perform Talmudic rituals inside its yards, while the Israeli army limits access to Muslim worshippers during this time.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Middle East War. It formally annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its capital in a move never recognized by the international community.

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Settlers kidnap Palestinian child in Nablus

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Occupied Nablus (QNN)- Local sources said an Israeli settler kidnapped a Palestinian child in the village of Beit Dajan in eastern Nablus today.

The sources told QNN that a settler kidnapped Nuriddin Msh’ati (16 years old) while he was playing with his friends in a land threatened by Israeli settlers.

It added that Nuriddin’s friends rushed back to his family to tell them about the kidnap. Locals rushed to the area of the crime and forced the Israeli army to receive the child from the settlers. The sources noted that the Israeli army promised to hand over the child to his family.

The villages of Nablus suffer from daily settlers’ attacks, worsening the lives of thousands of native Palestinians.

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Israel detains over 400 Palestinian children in 2020

Around 470 Palestinian children have been arrested since the beginning of this year

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As the world community marks International Children’s Day, Israeli authorities have arrested over 400 Palestinian children under 18 both boys and girls in the first 10 months of 2020.

In a statement released by The Palestinian Prison Society (PPS), a nongovernmental organization (NGO):

“The Israeli occupation authorities have arrested 400 Palestinian children under the age of 18 since the beginning of this year, most of them from East Jerusalem.”

“Israel is committing various violations against Palestinian children during their detention, including preventing them from completing their studies, depriving some of them of family visits in prison, and isolating them in individual cells.”

Children are often arrested with no charge or trial, they are often not allowed an attorney or a parent present. The most common charge against Palestinian children is stone-throwing, for which they could spend up to 20 years in prison.

Since 2015, Israel has passed new laws that would legalize the issuance of higher prison sentences for children, in some cases up to life imprisonment.

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Fares Odeh, a 15 year old Palestinian boy who was shot dead while stone throwing at an Israeli tank

(Source / 22.11.2020)

Shut down of Palestinian embassy in Amman until further notice due to Covid-19

The Embassy of Palestine declared that it has been shut down, starting on Sunday, and its inability to process transactions until further notice.

It added that the shut down occurred due to COVID-19 infections of a number of workers in its various departments.

In a press statement, the embassy said the closure comes within its precautionary and preventive measures in place to preserve the safety of workers and people who seek consular services.

The date to resume work will be announced, as reopening will be posted on its website and its online platform to enable completion of transactions, applications, processed by the embassy’s various departments and offices, the statement added.

(Source / 22.11.2020)