WAFA: “For the second night in a row, Israeli police ban Ramadan Iftar at Al-Aqsa Mosque, attack Palestinians”

JERUSALEM, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (WAFA) – For the second night in a row, Israeli police banned the entry of Ramadan Iftar meals to Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city, and then attacked Palestinians as they were leaving the night prayers at the Mosque, according to witnesses.

They said that the police refused to allow food into the walled holy compound, which houses Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, for the worshippers who were observing the Ramadan fast in order to break their fast at sunset.

This is the second night in a row that the police would not allow meals to the people fasting at the Mosque, a tradition of the Ramadan days in Jerusalem.

Police also banned the call for night prayers at the Mosque for the second night in a row.

At the same time, as hundreds of people were leaving the Mosque following the special Ramadan night prayers and as they reached Damascus Gate, one of the main gates to the old city of Jerusalem, police attacked the Palestinians and prevented them from sitting on the stairs outside Damascus Gate.

The police fired stun grenades at the Palestinians and detained five people, said the witnesses.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at night, a young Palestinian man in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Shaweesh from Al-Aqsa, after dozens of soldiers and police officers stormed the holy site and its courtyards.

They added that Israeli intelligence officers accompanied the soldiers and the police in their invasion into the holy site.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, another young man, identified as Mohannad Bashiti.

In related news, the soldiers attacked many young men while leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army and the police have increased their violations against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, especially in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

These violations include preventing the calls for prayers in the holy site’s four minarets, in addition to preventing the entry of meals to the worshippers in the evening hours after a long day of fasting without food or water.

|Jordan condemns Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque|

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Israeli Colonists Attempt To Invade School Near Tubas

On Thursday, a group of Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, attempted to invade a Palestinian school near Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, causing anxiety attacks among the schoolchildren.

Saed Kabaha, the head of the Directorate of Education in Tubas, said the colonists invaded Khirbat Ibziq village, northeast of Tubas, and attempted to break into the Tahadi 10 school.

He added that several children suffered anxiety attacks before the teachers, and staff, managed to repel the invasion attempt of the school.

It is worth mentioning that the village, and several surrounding areas, are subject to repeated invasions and violations carried out by the colonists and the army.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Dozens Of Colonists Invade The Ibrahimi Mosque In Hebron

Dozens of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, late on Thursday at night and on Friday at dawn, the yards of the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Eyewitnesses said the colonists were accompanied by soldiers, who were extensively deployed around the holy site and its surrounding Palestinian area.

They added that the colonists used loudspeakers to play music and were singing and dancing while the Muslims were holding prayers in the holy site and its courtyards.

It is worth mentioning that, last month, the Israeli army prevented the Sheikhs from using the speakers of the mosque to call for prayers more than 59 times, allegedly for “annoying the colonists” who live in nearby illegal colonies and outposts.

On Wednesday night, Israeli soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to attacking many young men while leaving the holy site, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army and the police have increased their violations against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, especially in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

These violations include preventing the calls for prayers in the holy site’s four minarets, in addition to preventing the entry of meals to the worshippers in the evening hours after a long day of fasting without food or water.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Army Abducts Two Palestinian Siblings Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, two Palestinian siblings while driving from Jericho, in northeastern West Bank, to their homes near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Walid Ismael, 30, and his brother Odai, 25, from Ein Arik village, west of Ramallah.

WAFA added that Odai is a Customs Officer with the Palestinian Authority.

The soldiers also stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Israel Delaying Medical Treatment Of Ailing Palestinian Detainee

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has reported, Thursday, that Israeli is constantly delaying the urgently needed medical treatment of an ailing Palestinian detainee with serious health conditions, including in his heart and kidneys.

The Commission said the detainee, Sharhabeel Abu Threa’, 49, from the al-‘Ezariya town, near Jerusalem, is held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

It added that the detainee suffers from several chronic conditions, including Cardiomyopathy, and is in urgent need of a pacemaker, in addition to high blood pressure, Pulmonary edema, Gout (a common and complex form of inflammatory arthritis), Renal indolence, disc issues in the back and neck, in addition to high cholesterol levels.

The Commission said the detainee needs urgent specialized medical care, as further delays could pose serious complications that could turn fatal.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

UN experts warn of rising levels of Israeli settler violence in a climate of impunity

Geneva (QNN)- Violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank has risen markedly in recent months, with assaults and property destruction occurring in an atmosphere of impunity, UN human rights experts said yesterday.

Violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied #WestBank has risen recently within an atmosphere of impunity. UN experts call on Israeli military & police to investigate and prosecute these violent acts with vigor and resolve.


“We note that, in 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented 771 incidents of settler violence causing injury to 133 Palestinians and damaging 9,646 trees and 184 vehicles mostly in the areas of Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah,” the experts said.

“Already, during the first three months of 2021, more than 210 settler violent incidents were recorded, with one Palestinian fatality. We call upon the Israeli military and police to investigate and prosecute these violent acts with vigor and resolve.”

The experts said settler violence was predominantly ideologically motivated and primarily designed to take over land but also to intimidate and terrorize Palestinians. The violence and intimidation often prevents Palestinians from accessing and cultivating their land, and creates a coercive environment pressuring Palestinians to stay away from certain areas or even move.

“They primarily target the livelihoods of rural Palestinians, vandalizing livestock, agricultural lands, trees and homes. Besides the presence and expansion of Israeli settlements, which are intended to establish illegal claims for Israeli sovereignty, settler violence is meant to make the daily lives of Palestinians untenable,” they said.

“Similarly worrying are reports that over 70 families living in the Karm al-Ja’uni area of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem are under threat of forced eviction to make place for new settlements. Seven households have already received eviction orders and asked to vacate their homes by 2 May 2021. Such forced evictions leading to population transfers are strictly prohibited under international law,” the experts said.

The UN experts noted that settler violence continues to target pregnant women, young children and older persons. “The pattern of attacks, particularly by violent and ideologically motivated settlers consistently confirms that the boundaries of attacks on all categories of Palestinians are being erased.”

They said in one incident in southern Hebron on 13 March, a Palestinian family — parents and their eight children – were attacked by 10 Israeli settlers, some of them armed. The injured parents were treated at a medical facility in Hebron, and the children left traumatized.

“We are deeply worried by the atmosphere of impunity in which these attacks are taking place,” the experts said. “In many cases, the Israeli military has been present, or nearby, and has not taken sufficient steps to protect the Palestinians from this violence. This amounts to a discriminatory two-tier approach to military protection and policing in the West Bank.”

The situation is particularly dire in the H2 area in Hebron, where a long-standing pattern of protracted Israeli settler violence, heavy Israeli occupation forces’ presence and undue movement restrictions to the benefit of settlers, has been inflicted on the Palestinian residents in the city.

The UN experts noted that, according to Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization, in the period between 2005-2019, 91 percent of the investigations in cases filed by Palestinians for ideologically motivated crimes, have been closed without indictments by the Israeli military.

“This number is abysmal when compared to the number and nature of crimes committed by Israeli settlers and it testifies more than anything to the institutional and systematic impunity that prevails in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

The experts pointed out that international law requires the occupying power, in all circumstances, to protect the population under occupation. Article 27 of the Fourth Geneva Convention stipulates the protected population “shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats…”

“We call upon the international community to impose meaningful costs on Israel’s protracted occupation, and to demand that the occupying power halt its settlement enterprise immediately,” they said. “Palestinians must be protected from settler violence and the perpetrators must be held to account for their actions.”

The experts included Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967. Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, and Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.

This statement was also endorsed by Jelena Aparac (Chair-Rapporteur), Lilian Bobea, Ravindran Daniel, Chris Kwaja, Sorcha MacLeod, Working Group on the use of mercenaries.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Israeli settlers parade near a Palestinian school causing panic among children

Tubas (QNN)- Dozens of Israeli settlers in about 15 cars paraded near a school in Khirbet Ibziq community, northeast of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, causing panic among the children.

Saed Qabaha, head of Challenge 10 School, said the settlers accompanied by armed guards, paraded near the schools while the children were inside it.

He also said the settlers attempted to break into the school, causing panic among the children as they were very scared.

He said the teachers confronted the settlers and prevented them from entering the school.

The community is located in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control.

Palestinian residents in the Jordan Valley region are continuously subjected to demolition of their homes, and seizure of their property by the Israeli occupation forced.

The 1.6 million dunam region currently accommodates around 13,000 Israeli settlers in 38 illegal settlements, and some 65,000 Palestinians scattered across 34 communities.

There has been a spike in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories, however, investigations into them have not been carried out even though some have resulted in fatalities.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

Lama Khater: Insistence on that elections be held in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Lama Khater, the candidate for the “Al-Quds Our Destination” list, confirmed the existence of an intersection between the factions regarding the insistence on holding elections in Jerusalem, pointing out that reaching this stage of Palestinian consensus is very important.

Khater stressed that the idea of ​​”no elections without Jerusalem” needs to be dismantled, describing that the idea of ​​canceling the elections by invoking Jerusalem, by fleeing, and “as if the occupation says there are no elections in Jerusalem, we will resort to the method of rebellion.”

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Khater pointed out that there are proposals from some factions to impose elections in Jerusalem, such as opening boxes in the institutions and headquarters of the Red Cross and the United Nations, and achieving a large public and media presence on election day to expose the violations of the Israeli occupation.

ِAbout the occupation’s opinion on the Palestinian elections in Jerusalem, Khater indicated that the situation is not yet official and is still “foggy.”

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The writer Lama Khater emphasized that when the occupation’s position on holding elections in Jerusalem becomes clear, we will have our position with the factions in cooperation with the Election Commission and the rest of the civil society institutions.

Khater relied on the human capital in the city of Jerusalem, explaining that the proposals do not mean that they will be left to a specific faction to implement them, and there is no doubt that turning the elections into a popular political battle with the Israeli occupation must involve all Palestinians.

Khater said that we are now proceeding from a point where the factions and civil society institutions intersected, for the elections in Jerusalem to be a confrontation with the Israeli occupation, not only for the sake of elections but after the transfer of the American embassy to the city and the intensification of settlements, we must take advantage of any opportunity to confirm the Palestinian will in the city.

She recalled the risk of the occupation’s attempt to impose the gates, and how the Palestinian popular will forced the Israeli occupation to retreat from its policies.

She added that When there is an overwhelming popular will during the elections, it may be an opportunity to revive the national sentiment that has been ruined over the past years, due to the authority’s policies in the occupied West Bank.

Candidate Khater pointed out that, in her assessment, the factions should take one step ahead of the occupation, by specifying the steps they want to implement to hold the elections despite the occupation.

She continued that it is possible that a clash or confrontation will occur, but when it occurs during the elections, the occupation will be embarrassed in front of the international community that is monitoring the process.”

On the idea of ​​postponing the elections, Khater said: “I expect that the issue of postponing the elections is not on the table, and I do not think that Fatah will make the mistake of singling out such a decision after all these preparations and national consensus, and I believe that this option is not on the table within the Fatah movement, and we have passed this stage by steps.

(Source / 15.04.2021)

PA calls on Islamic Cooperation to work to provide protection for Al-Aqsa

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian Authority (PA) today, Wednesday,  called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to work to expose the violations of the Israeli occupation authorities against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and condemn them internationally.

This came in a letter sent by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Al-Maliki, to the Organization’s Secretary-General, Yusef Ahmed Al-Uthaimin, about the violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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In his message, Al-Maliki urged all member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to put pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to stop their continuous aggression against Christian and Islamic holy sites, foremost of which is the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In his message, he reviewed the latest developments related to the occupation measures against Al-Aqsa, especially on the eve of the blessed month of Ramadan.

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Al-Maliki stressed that the Palestinian Authority will continue to coordinate its efforts with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and with Jordan to confront the Israeli incursions, with the aim of providing the greatest degree of protection for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

On Tuesday evening, the Israeli police destroyed the locks of the “Gate of the Chain” and the door leading to the roof of the Islamic Museum and cut the external speaker wires of the Haram al-Sharif.

The police also attacked the employees of the Jerusalem Endowments Administration and the affairs of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and also prevented the distribution of breakfast meals to those fasting near the “Bab Al-Lions” and seized them.

It is noteworthy that the Jerusalem Endowments Department of the Ministry of Endowments, Holy Places and Islamic Affairs in Jordan is the official supervisor of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Endowments of Jerusalem, according to international law, which Jordan is the last local authority to supervise these sanctities before its occupation by “Israel”.

(Source / 15.04.2021)