Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli settlers today, Monday, stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the side of the Mughrabi Gate, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police.

According to local sources, in the early morning hours, dozens of settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out provocative tours in its courtyards, until they left from the side of Bab al-Silsila.

Read More: Israeli settlers storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa

The endowments said that, for the first time since the beginning of the organized incursions into Al-Aqsa in 2003, a single incursion of settlers under the protection of the Israeli police was recorded.

Israeli authorities allow settler incursions to the compound since 2003, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Read More: Israeli warships fire dozens of shells on Gaza beach

(Source / 07.06.2021)

Israel demolishes 10 residential structures in Jericho

Days of Palestine – Jericho – The Israeli occupation authorities today, Monday, demolished 10 structures in the Al-Maar’at area, north of Jericho.

Activist Fares Kaabneh said that the Israeli occupation forces demolished 10 facilities, including 6 barracks and sheep pens, and 4 houses in the Arab al-Kaabneh area in al-Maarjat. residents, without prior notification of the intention to demolish.

Read More: Israel blows up residential tower in Gaza city sending families fleeing

He added that the Israeli occupation forces seized all the properties of the demolished facilities.

(Source / 07.06.2021)

Power at any cost: how opportunistic Mansour Abbas joined hands with avowed ‘Arab killers’

By Ramzy Baroud

We are led to believe that history is being made in Israel following the formation of an ideologically diverse government coalition which, for the first time, includes an Arab party, Ra’am, or the United Arab List.

If we are to accept this logic, the leader of Ra’am, Mansour Abbas, is a mover and shaker of history, the same way that Naftali Bennett of the far-right Yamina Party, and Yair Lapid, the supposed ‘centrist’ of Yesh Atid, are also history makers. How bizarre!

Sensational media headlines and hyperboles aside, Israel’s new government was a desperate attempt by Israeli politicians to dislodge Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister, from power. While Lapid is fairly new to Israel’s contentious politics, Bennett and Abbas are opportunists, par excellence.

Read More: Israel hands over body of slain Palestinian woman

Lapid is a former TV anchorman. Despite his claims to centrist ideologies, his political views are as ‘right’ as they get. The problem is that such characters as Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, also of Yamina, and Netanyahu, of course, among others, have relocated the center of Israel’s political spectrum further to the right, to the point that the right became the center and the ultra-right became the right. This is how Israel’s neofascist and extremist politicians managed to become kingmakers in Israel’s politics. Bennett, for example, who in 2013 bragged about “killing lots of Arabs” in his life, is set to be the Prime Minister of Israel.

It is in this strange context that we must understand Mansour Abbas’ position. His meager four seats at the Israeli Knesset made his party critical in forming the coalition that has been purposely created to oust Netanyahu. Ra’am does not represent Israel’s Palestinian Arab communities and, by joining the government, Abbas is certainly not making history in terms of finding common ground between Arabs and Jews in a country that is rightly recognised by Israeli and international human rights groups as an apartheid state.

Read More: Haniyeh calls Arab and Islamic countries to firm stand against Israeli aggression

On the contrary, Abbas is moving against the current of history. At a time that Palestinians throughout historic Palestine – the occupied Palestinian territories and today’s Israel – are finally unifying around a common national narrative, Abbas is insisting on redefining the Palestinian agenda merely to secure a position for himself in Israeli politics – thus, supposedly ‘making history.’

Even before Abbas shook hands with Bennett and other Israeli extremists who advocate the killing of Palestinians as a matter of course, he made it clear that he was willing to join a Netanyahu-led government. This is one of the reasons behind the splintering of the once unified Arab political coalition, known as the Joint List.

Following his meeting with Netanyahu in February, Abbas justified his shocking turnabout with unconvincing political platitudes as one “needs to be able to look to the future, and to build a better future for everyone,” and so on.

The fact that Netanyahu was largely responsible for the despairing outlook of Israel’s Palestinian communities seemed entirely irrelevant to Abbas, who was inexplicably keen on joining any future political alliance, even if it included Israel’s most chauvinistic political actors. Sadly, though not surprisingly, this has proved to be the case.

Abbas’ position became impossible to sustain in May during the well-coordinated Israeli war in Gaza and the racist attacks on Palestinian communities in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and throughout Israel. Even then, when Palestinians were finally able to articulate a common narrative linking the occupation, siege, racism, and apartheid in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel together, Abbas insisted on developing a unique position that would allow him to sustain his chances of achieving power at any cost.

Although it was the Palestinian Arab communities that were under systematic attacks carried by Israeli Jewish mobs and police, Abbas called on his community to “be responsible and behave wisely,” and to “maintain public order and keep the law.” He even parroted similar lines used by right-wing Israeli Jewish politicians, as he claimed that “peaceful popular protests” by Palestinian communities inside Israel have turned “confrontational,” thus creating a moral equilibrium where the victims of racism, somehow, became responsible for their own plight.

Abbas’ position has not changed since the signing of the coalition deal on 2 June. His political narrative is almost apolitical as he insists on reducing the national struggle of the Palestinian people to the mere need for economic development – not fundamentally different from Netanyahu’s own ‘economic peace’ proposal in the past. Worse, Abbas intentionally delinks the state of poverty and under-development in Palestinian communities from state-championed racial discrimination, which constantly underfunds Arab communities while spending exuberant amounts of funds on illegal Jewish settlements that are built on ethnically cleansed Palestinian lands.

“We have reached a critical mass of agreements in various fields that serve the interest of Arab society and that provide solutions for the burning issues in Arab society — planning, the housing crisis and, of course, fighting violence and organized crime,” Abbas said triumphantly on 2 June, as if the rooted inequality, including communal violence and organized crime, are not direct results of racism, socio-economic inequality, and political alienation and marginalisation.

No history has been made by Abbas. He is but an example of a self-serving politician and a direct expression of the endemic disunity in the Palestinian Arab body politic inside Israel.

Sadly, the unprecedented success of the Arab Joint List following the March 2020 elections has now culminated in a tragic end, where the likes of Abbas become the unwelcomed ‘representative’ of a politically conscious and awakened community.

In truth, Mansour Abbas, a Palestinian Arab politician who is willing to find common ground with extremists and proud ‘Arab killers’, only represents himself. The future will attest to this claim.

(Source / 07.06.2021)

Extremist Jewish to hold Israeli flag parade, Resistance factions ready to confront them

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation police have approved the Israeli flag parade next Thursday, Israel Hayom reported.

Israel’s Channel 12 also reported that Israel’s Foreign Minister urged Benjamin Netanyahu to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the situation in the occupied Jerusalem, amid warnings by both Israeli politicians and Hamas against allowing the event to take place, especially so shortly after Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip ended on May 21.

Barrage of missiles fired by the resistance in Gaza had forced Israeli settlers to cancel their march on the 28th night of Ramadan. The march is an annual Israeli actively, celebrating the occupation and annexation of the eastern part of Jerusalem.

(Source / 07.06.2021)

Extremist settlers threatened to burn alive Palestinian mother and child in Jaffa

JAFFA, PALESTINOW.COM —  “Close the window.. close the door.. they will burn us”, says Muna Tayaha’s child from occupied Jaffa, who has been traumatized by Israeli settlers, who threatened him and his mother of burning them alive.

“I wrote a Facebook post expressing mu opinion but an Israeli settler sent a threatening message to me and my son”, Muna told Al Jarmaq News.

“The message contained direct threatening of burning us. He wrote: We will burn you like the Daabshehs and we will throw you out”.

She added that the settler also sent to her a photo of her son with a caption that read “we will burn your child”, stressing that the settlers who did that know the place of her house.

Muna says that her child has got into trauma, which pushed her to take him for therapy.

Abed Shihadeh, member of Jaffa’s Emeergency Committee, said that since the start of the tensions, “we have documented 30 assaults, including incitement by Israeli cops and settlers in Jaffa and 50 arrests”.

“Ms. Muna is not the only one [ who got threatened], we documented several cases of incitement, especially against workers, in Jaffa and surrounding areas. Some workers have been even fired from their jobs”, he said.

(Source / 07.06.2021)

Exclusive: Al Qassam publishes voice recording of Israeli captive

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — In an investigative report by Al Jazeera, Al Qassam brigades published, for the first time ever, a voice recording of an Israeli soldier, who was a captured by the resistance movement.

In “The Hidden is More Immense” investigative report, Al Jazeera correspondent Tamer Al Mishar interviewed the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Al Qassam, Marwan Issa, in his first media appearance.

Issa said that in the recent Israeli aggression, the resistance aimed at “increasing yield”.

The report also broadcasted a voice recording by a captured Israeli soldier.

“I’m the Israeli soldier ……. currently captured by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigades”, the captured soldier said.
“I hope that the state of Israel is still working to recover us. Secondly, I wonder if the leaders of the state discriminate between captured soldiers, and if they ever discuss their issue or work to release them. I’m dying everyday and I hope to be soon with my family”.

The report also revealed exclusive footage of the Israeli soldiers Gilad Shalit, who was released in a prisoners’ swap.

(Source / 07.06.2021)