60,000 worshipers perform prays at Al Aqsa mosque on Ramadan’s 3rd Friday

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Nearly 60,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers at Al Aqsa mosque on the 3rd Friday of Ramadan.

The manager of Waqf in Jerusalem, Azzam Khatib, said that despite the Israeli restrictions, our people in the 1948-occupied territories and the West Bank succeeded in visiting Al Aqsa mosque.

After the prayers, thousands of worshipets took to the streets in a demonstration, stressing the importance of protecting Al Aqsa mosque and the holy city from the Israeli violations. The protesters raised Palestinian flags.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

Israeli forces open gunfire at Palestinian man near Bethlehem

Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces injured a Palestinian man today, after opening gunfire at him, near the village of al-Nashash, south of the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The forces reportedly opened fire at the man, who is not identified yet near the village of al-Nashash and injured him.

However, no further details were reported.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

OCHA: In two weeks, Israeli forces carried out 66 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 43 Palestinians

In two weeks only, the Israeli occupation forces carried out 66 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 43 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank.

In its biweekly Protection of Civilians report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said that between 13-26 April, the Israeli forces carried out 66 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 43 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank. Of those,14 operations were in Hebron and 12 in Nablus governorates.

OCHA also said that in occupied Jerusalem, 208 Palestinians, including seven children, were arrested by the Israeli forces.

The events started on the first night of Ramadan, 13 April, after the Israeli occupation authorities installed metal barriers outside the Damascus Gate, blocking access to a public area, where Palestinians traditionally gather during the month in the evenings after breaking the fast. Calm was restored on 25 April, when the Israeli authorities removed the metal barriers.

“In Gaza, on at least 18 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence or off the coast, reportedly to enforce access restrictions. On another three occasions, Israeli forces conducted land levelling near the fence. No injuries were reported,” it said.

OCHA also said that the Israeli authorities confiscated two structures in the community of Susiya (Hebron) for lack of building permits, undermining the livelihood of a family of eight.

It said that the decline in demolitions and confiscations witnessed in recent weeks is consistent with the practice in previous years during the month of Ramadan (with the exception of 2020, where about 40 structures were targeted).

Israeli forces bulldozed 120 Palestinian-owned olive and almond trees as well as terraces in Al Walaja (Bethlehem), on the grounds that the area had been declared ‘state land’.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

Video| ‘Israel’ arrests two Palestinians during Holy Saturday celebrations in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested two young men, who were among hundreds of Christian Palestinians celebrating the Holy Saturday celebrations near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied Jerusalem today.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces brutally attacked one of the young men and handcuffed the other after they tried to perform prayers at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Both young men were taken to Al Qashlah interrogation center in the old city.

Israeli forces have deployed and placed barriers throughout the city early this morning, ruining the celebrations on the holy day. They also carried out a mass ID check campaign, using COVID 19 as an excuse.

Israeli forces also attacked several Palestinian Christians in the streets leading to the Church, including priests, according to WAFA.

Hundreds of Orthodox Christians have flocked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied Jerusalem to celebrate the Holy Saturday amid Israeli restrictions imposed on Palestinians.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

PA postpones elections; Hamas refuses

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Israel refused to give them an answer regarding holding the elections in the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the pretext of “the absence of an Israeli government.”

In a meeting held in Ramallah Thursday evening, Abbas stressed that the elections will not take place without the participation of Jerusalemites.

Read More: Al-Tawil: Hamas determines to hold elections in Jerusalem

The spokesman for the “Al Quds is our Destination” list, Muhammad Sabha, said that Hamas refused to attend the meeting and its position is clear and they refused to postpone, and they will not give any coverage for PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision.

In a statement that reached Days of Palestine, Sabha explained that a late invitation had been sent to them to attend a meeting of the Palestinian factions at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, stressing that they had decided not to accept the invitation.

Read More: Qazzaz: Palestinian elections to held in Jerusalem by challenging the occupation

He added that the reason for not attending; Firstly because we are against postponing the elections, and secondly, we will not be a cover for anyone to issue this decision.

On the repercussions of the decision to postpone the elections, Sabha said that the repercussions relate to two aspects; The first: What is related to stopping the wheel of what was agreed upon in the Cairo meeting and saving the Palestinian reality and creating legitimacy, and the second: repercussions on the ground.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

Mass rejection in Ramallah and Gaza of postponing the election

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Palestinian electoral lists, factions, and activists Thursday evening, organized a demonstration in the Gaza Strip and Ramallah refusing to postpone the legislative elections.

Hundreds of citizens participated in the Ramallah march in a demonstration that roamed the streets of the city amid chants calling for the elections to be held on time and not to be postponed.

Read More: Haniyeh: Postponing the elections means confiscating political right of the Palestinians

The demonstration came after a speech by the President of the Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in which he said that the holding of elections depends on the approval of Israel to hold them in Jerusalem.

The participants chanted phrases calling on the president of the authority to approve the elections, “We want elections … the people want the ballot box.”

Read More: Electoral lists reject Abbas’s postponing the Palestinian elections

The demonstrators called to go out in all squares and all governorates, and to challenge the occupation’s decision to prevent elections from taking place in Jerusalem.

Candidates for lists during the demonstration considered that postponing the elections is the biggest danger that the march of national reconciliation will face and rebuilding the political system, stressing that rejecting the elections is delegitimizing.

Hundreds of Palestinians also took to the streets, tonight, in mass rallies in several areas in the Gaza Strip refusing to postpone the elections.

The marches that roamed different areas of the Gaza Strip, despite the ban decision in the context of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, called for elections to be held on time and not to accept that the occupation prevented them from taking place in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The participants, who waved Palestinian flags, chanted slogans demanding that the elections be held on time and that the elections are a right that cannot be postponed or canceled.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

Israeli forces obstruct worshipers’ access to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – On Friday morning, the Israeli occupation forces obstructed Palestinian Muslim worshipers’ access to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on the third Friday of Ramadan.

Local sources reported that the occupation forces closed the checkpoints surrounding occupied Jerusalem since the early hours of the morning and allowed a limited number of our people to enter occupied Jerusalem.

Read More: Euro-Med Monitor: Israeli measures to obstruct elections in Jerusalem

In the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, according to witnesses, the occupation forces set up iron barriers and checked the identities of passers-by in the lanes and alleys of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and detained a number of them.

Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which includes the Dome of the Rock and other mosques, is the third holiest site in Islam.

Read More: The occupation attacks Muslim worshipers in Jerusalem

(Source / 01.05.2021)

Electoral lists reject Abbas’s postponing the Palestinian elections

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Speakers and representatives of a number of Palestinian electoral lists nominated for the legislative elections rejected the statements and speech of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening, Thursday.

“We agree that the elections should be in Jerusalem, but our Jerusalemites are able to impose elections there,” said the candidate on the “Al Quds is our Destination” list.

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Al-Taweel stressed that postponing the elections under the pretext of taking permission from the Israeli occupation, is a submission to the will of the occupation and its sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem, and means a robbery of the will of the Palestinian people, and a trampling of their natural right.

He indicated that half of the Palestinian people did not exercise their right to vote and change, because of the delay in conducting elections throughout the past years.

Read More: Conflicting expectations in Palestine amid registration of dozens of electoral lists

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Israel refused to give them an answer regarding holding the elections in the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the pretext of “the absence of an Israeli government.”

In a meeting held in Ramallah Thursday evening, Abbas stressed that the elections will not take place without the participation of Jerusalemites.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

PFLP refuses to postpone the elections

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) renewed its position, “refusing to postpone the elections, which it expressed in the meeting of the Abbas’s President of PA, and adhering to national agreements to hold elections in its three rounds, which gave our people the hope for ending the division and for the possibility of democratic change, and rebuilding national institutions in accordance with the national will.”

PFLP indicated in a statement, on Friday, that it was keen to participate in the “leadership” meeting that was held to discuss this matter; Out of national responsibility, and on the basis of exerting all efforts to complete the requirements of holding elections.

Read More: PA postpones elections; Hamas refuses

The statement added that the Palestinian arena has lived in recent days in a state of suspense over the possibility of postponing the legislative elections after their conduct was linked to the occupation’s stance towards them in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

It stressed that the PFLP will seek by all means to reverse the decision to postpone the elections through the broadest national and popular alignment that imposes on the PA to implement this national entitlement.

Read More: Haniyeh: Postponing the elections means confiscating political right of the Palestinians

The statement continued that PFLP sees the elections as one of the mechanisms for self-determination for Palestinian people, so it called for elections to be a means of clashing with the Israeli occupation, and in their outcome aimed at ridding our people and the institutions of power from the agreements signed with it, and from the political, economic and security restrictions that were created by them.

(Source / 01.05.2021)

HRW calls Abbas’s PA to cease security coordination with Israel

Days of Palestine – Gaza – In a dramatic escalation representative of global outrage against Israel’s tsunami of crimes against the people of occupied Palestine, New York-based Human Rights Watch has released a detailed legal report declaring that the Israeli government is committing crimes of apartheid.

Comprehensive and extremely well researched, the 213-page report titled A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution makes damning allegations of decades of persecution of the Palestinians.

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It cites Israel’s “intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians” and dismisses the oft-repeated “security” propaganda used by Israel to justify its repressive policies.

Appropriately, it singles out the use of military rule to ensure a Jewish majority across the combined territories of Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Read More: Electoral lists reject Abbas’s postponing the Palestinian elections

Expected to unnerve and unsettle the regime even beyond the charge of apartheid, are the recommendations made by HRW. Among these, one is directed to the Palestinian Authority (PA), calling on it to end its security cooperation with Israel.

The report called Mahmoud Abbas’s PA to cease all security coordination with the Israeli army that contributes to facilitating the crimes of apartheid and persecution in the OPT.

It called Abbas to incorporate crimes against humanity, including the crimes of persecution and apartheid, into national criminal law as well.

Meanwhile, the report called Palestinian Liberation Organization to adopt an advocacy strategy centered on the immediate attainment of the full human rights of Palestinians, rather than one that puts off attainment of human rights in favor of a particular political outcome.

Mahmoud Abbas will obviously not be pleased to have a small, albeit hugely significant, part of the HRW report focusing on a matter which remains the subject of much discontent among Palestinians. 

The PA-Israel security pact has for some time been criticized severely by leading members of Palestine’s various factions, but to date, Abbas has not yielded to calls for it to be scrapped.

In 2020, The Palestinian Authority represented by Mahmoud Abbas announced that it was renewing security and civil ties with Israel, which were severed a while amid Israel’s plans for unilateral West Bank annexation.

If the PA finally abandons collaboration with Israel’s genocidal security agencies in response to the HRW recommendation it will not only grant legitimacy to the report but also break the back of Israel’s illegal and immoral security dragnet in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 01.05.2021)