Israeli soldiers detained, Sunday, a Palestinian woman near Bab al-Asbat (Lions’ Gate), one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and invaded a home in Bab Hotta in the Old City.
Local sources said the soldiers abducted Khadija Khweiss, 43, while she was walking near Bab al-Asbat, and took her to an interrogation facility in Jerusalem.
Khadija was interrogated for several hours and was released after the soldiers handed her an order denying her access to Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding areas for one week.
She is one of many Palestinian women who have been frequently abducted, detained, and interrogated by the Israeli army and the police for nonviolently protesting the ongoing invasions and violations by the soldiers and the colonialist settlers into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
During these invasions, the army and the police assault the Palestinian worshipers and force them away from the holy site, and its courtyards, to facilitate the provocative tours carried out by illegal colonialists.
In related news, the soldiers invaded a home, owned by members of the Seder family in Bab Hotta, and interrogated the family while searching the property.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem and demolished a Palestinian building, housing seventeen members of Oleyyan family.
Resident Fadi Oleyyan, who works as a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, said his family’s building did not violate the zoning laws, and is included in the Structural Map of the town.
Oleyyan added the family constructed the building ten years ago, and said the destruction is part of Israel’s illegal policies targeting the indigenous Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem to replace them with colonialist settlers.
The army said the building was constructed without a permit from the City Council, in occupied Jerusalem.
The family filed numerous applications and paid large sums to the City Council to obtain all needed permits, but the appeals were all denied.
“The attack is politically motivated, especially since Israel froze the destruction of homes to allow the advancement of the structure zoning of the town,” he said, “However, Israel’s laws regarding Palestinian constructions in occupied Jerusalem, are unjust and only aim at removing the Palestinians to replace them with illegal colonialist settlers.”
“I have received lately many threatening calls by Israeli security officers who clearly said that they would demolish my home if I don’t stop working as a guard in Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially since my colleagues, and I frequently intercept and try to stop the colonists from invading and desecrating the holy site,” he said.
It is worth mentioning that Oleyyan spent more than a year in Israeli prisons, in addition to being repeatedly detained and interrogated, in addition to receiving many orders barring him from entering Al-Aqsa and its surrounding areas for various periods of time, although he works as a guard at the holy site.
His father stood in front of the soldiers who surrounded the building before demolishing it, and said that the ongoing destruction and displacement are the “fruits of the poisonous tree of the extreme Israeli right-wing occupation government.”
“They want us out of our lands,” he added, “We have no other place to go to anyway, and here we will stay.”
The demolished building contains four flats, housing seventeen family members, who were all rendered homeless.
It is worth mentioning that the family was only informed of the final decision to demolish the building, on Sunday, and had to rush to remove their furniture and belongings before the soldiers started the destruction.
Israeli navy ships fired, on Monday morning, two shells at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore in the central part of the Gaza Strip.
The navy fired the two shells at the boats while sailing less than six nautical miles in Palestinian territorial waters, a fisherman who witnessed the attack said.
He added that the shells did not hit the fishing boats but exploded near them, forcing the fishermen back to the shore without being able to fish to provide for their families.
The attack is part of the numerous Israeli violations targeting the Palestinians in Gaza territorial waters, in addition to farmers, workers, and shepherds on lands close to the perimeter fence in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.
Israel repeatedly expands and reduces the fishing zone in Gaza, from three to six then to nine, and back to three or six, while the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization clearly set the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip to twenty nautical miles.
Earlier Monday, the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers on their lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces, accompanied by bulldozers, demolished the house of the chief guard of Al Aqsa mosque compound Fadi Olayyan in Issawiyyeh in occupied Jerusalem this morning.
The family of Olayyan said that the Israeli municipality of the occupied city decided to demolish the house at the end of this month but the family was shocked this morning seeing bulldozers starting the demotion.
The demolition was carried out under the pretext that the house has been built without permission.
The family said it has appealed for an Israeli court, which in return rejected the appeal last week.
The Olayyans built the house ten years ago. The Israeli authorities imposed fines on the family before they decided to demolish it.
The building has two stories, including four apartments. It is a house for Ali Hasan Olayyan and his sons.
The demolition of the building has left over 30 members of the Olayyan family homeless.
The chief guard of Al Aqsa mosque Fadi Olayyan was arrested and expelled from the holy mosque several times for preventing settlers’ raids and trying to prevent Israeli soldiers from entering the prayer rooms at the holy mosque.
Occupied West Bank (QNN)- A PA security force assaulted a young man, beating, kicking, and suffocating him after he was summoned by the Preventative Security in Nablus on Sunday to be interrogated about his support for the jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi.
Lawyers for Justice said Mahmoud Al Ka’bi was summoned by the Preventative Security for interrogation over a Facebook post in which he announced his support for the prisoner Marwan Barghouthi in the next presidential elections.
The NGO called for those responsible to be held accountable and sent for the military court.
It also noted that Al Ka’bi demanded that the interrogators respect the Public Freedoms Decree, announced by President Mahmoud Abbas.
Gaza Strip (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces today opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the east of the city of Khan Younis in the south of the besieged Gaza Strip forcing the farmers to leave their lands, reported WAFA.
WAFA said that the Israeli occupation forces stationed at the border fence east of the city and targeted farmers and their lands with bullets and sound bombs and forced them to leave their lands, fearing to get shot.
Last week, the occupation forces breached Gaza’s borders east of Deir al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip and razed farmlands. In the same day, the forces also flooded farmlands east of Gaza City after it emptied basins collecting rainwater, causing serious damage to their crops.
Palestinians complained that ‘Israel’ every year opens the basins during winter to empty them and allows the water to flood and destroy Palestinian land in the Gaza Strip.
‘Israel’ often infiltrates Gaza borders and levels lands reaching some 300 meters inside the Gaza Strip while shooting at Palestinian farmers who attempt to reach their lands in what ‘Israel’ has declared as a buffer zone.
The occupation forces deliberately target farmers on border areas to the north and east of the besieged Gaza Strip and prevent them from accessing their lands.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army announced that its gunboats attacked a Palestinian boat that posed threat to its naval activities off the coast of Gaza, according to the Israeli claims.
A spokesperson for the Israeli army said Israeli forces detected an activity that may pose a threat to Israeli ships. Israeli gunboats attacked the target.
He added that the Israeli occupation army will continue to work against the risky threats in the waters.
Local sources had said that Israeli gunboats attacked fishing boats using shells off the shore of Gaza.
The protesters shouted angry slogans against UNRWA’s decision to reduce aid to the refugees by canceling poverty classifications and unifying the coupon
Hundreds of Palestinian refugees held simultaneous vigils today outside the supply offices of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the eight camps of the Gaza Strip, in protest of the latter’s decision to cancel poverty classifications and the resulting significant reduction in food aid to people with limited income.
The protests came at the call of the Refugee Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and its popular committees in the refugee camps and were attended by representatives of the national action factions, associations, and effective community institutions and leaders in the refugee camps, who expressed their rejection of UNRWA’s decision to impose cuts on its services.
The protesters shouted angry slogans against UNRWA’s decision to reduce aid to the refugees by canceling poverty classifications and unifying the coupon. Angry protesters carried empty bags of flour and milk and knocked pots at the sit-ins, in a message of frustration over the downsizing in food aid.
The popular committees demanded UNRWA in their unified speech to cancel the unified one-coupon system and reintroduce the two-coupon system, in a move to redress the Palestinian refugees classified under the extreme poverty line, whose number is estimated at 770,000 refugees.
Israeli occupation authorities intend to demolish the house which accommodates 17 individuals of his family, including 12 children
The Israeli occupation authority in Jerusalem, on Sunday, notified the chief guard of the Aqsa Mosque Fadi Elyan of its intent to demolish the two-story house of his family in the Issawiya district on Monday.
Elyan said that the Israeli occupation authorities intend to demolish the house which accommodates 17 individuals of his family, including 12 children.
He affirmed that the house was built in a zoned area of Issawiya where construction is permitted by the Israeli authorities, expressing his belief that such measure is aimed at punishing him for his job and preventing him from working at the Aqsa Mosque.
An Israeli court last August rejected a request asking for freezing a demolition order against the house of Elyan in Issawiya after it had prohibited the family from continuing its efforts to obtain a permit for the house.
Chief guard of the Aqsa Mosque Fadi Elyan had been detained and banished from the Islamic holy site several times after he prevented attempts by Jewish settlers and police officers to desecrate the Mosque’s prayer buildings.