Several Palestinians kidnaped by police in O. Jerusalem

IOF assaults Palestinian

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation police on Monday kidnaped several Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem.

According to local sources, police forces yesterday evening assaulted and kidnaped three young men during their presence in Bab al-Amud area near the Aqsa Mosque.

The police also assaulted other young men and women in Bab al-Amud and chased others in different streets of the holy city.

Another citizen identified as Mohamed Jabareen from Umm al-Fahm City in the 1948 occupied territory was kidnaped by police officers from the Aqsa Mosque.

The police also kidnaped a young man identified as Nadeem as-Safdi from the east Jerusalem district of Issawiya.

Meanwhile, an Israeli court postponed the trial of three Jerusalemite minors from the family of Simrin until next Wednesday. The minors were kidnaped by police forces from their homes in Silwan district at dawn Monday.

On Sunday, police forces kidnaped about 30 Palestinian citizens, including women, from Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied territory during their presence at the Aqsa Mosque and its vicinity.

(Source / 20.07.2021)

Israeli bulldozers infiltrate southern Gaza border

iof on Gaza border

GAZA, (PIC) – Several Israeli military bulldozers on Tuesday morning infiltrated limitedly into a southeastern border area in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, several armored bulldozers advanced from a military post behind the security fence into a border area in the east of Rafah, south of Gaza, and embarked on digging and leveling swaths of land.

The eastern border areas of Gaza are repeatedly exposed to Israeli military incursions and gunfire attacks, which prevents hundreds of farmers from working their lands near the security fence.

(Source / 20.07.2021)

IOF blocks roads, traffic in western Jenin


JENIN, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning prevented Palestinian citizens from entering or leaving Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin.

According to local sources, the IOF set up barriers on the main roads leading to the town and at the main entrance to the nearby village of Kufeirat and blocked the movement of Palestinian citizens and their vehicles on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli soldiers stopped Palestinian vehicles at the roadblocks and embarked on sarching them and checking the IDs of drivers and passengers.

Meanwhile, infantry troops were also seen walking in nearby olive groves in the area.

Local sources said that such road closures prompted many drivers to use alternative routes to go to their destinations.

Road closures in the West Bank have long been a routine method of oppression used by Israel, the occupying power, against the local residents.

(Source / 20.07.2021)

Hamas: Vicious cycle of Palestinian situation ‘must be broken’

Senior Hamas official Musa Abu-Marzouq [Palestine & The Revolutions/Facebook]
Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu-Marzouq 

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said today that the “vicious cycle” experienced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation “must be broken”.

In a tweet member of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouq, commented on the regional and international interest in bolstering the Palestinian Authority (PA) in order to save it from collapsing and easing the siege on Gaza so the situation does not erupt into war.

“Regional and international parties are moving around Gaza, fearing an explosion of the situation,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that they are discussing the “reconstruction and easing siege.”

Meanwhile, in the West Bank, they seek “to improve the economy, fearing the fall of the PA,” he said.

“This vicious cycle must be broken,” he added, stressing that the whole situation in the occupied territories must be resolved, not simply pacified.

READ: Hamas slams Israeli provocations ahead of Al-Aqsa settler incursions

(Source / 20.07.2021)

Palestine’s first Olympic weightlifter to compete in Tokyo Games

Palestinian weightlifter from Gaza, Mohammad Hamada [@nelly_sport/Twitter]
Palestinian weightlifter from Gaza, Mohammad Hamada 

Palestinian weightlifter from Gaza, Mohammad Hamada, will be making history by being the first such athlete to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this month.

Hamada secured his place after participating in six international qualifying contests since 2019. Reuters reported today that the 19-year-old left Gaza several weeks ago for Doha, Qatar, in order to avoid any travelling issues as both entry and exit from Gaza is controlled by Israel and Egypt.

Speaking from Doha where he trains five hours daily, he was quoted by the news agency as saying: “When I get to Tokyo, I will do the impossible, and I will exert every effort to be distinctive.”

“I can’t describe my feeling to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics,” he added.

“I hope to achieve a new personal record … and come in the first top 10 places,” said Hamada, who heads to Japan on July 20, three days before the Games are scheduled to start.

READ: Syria swimmer to compete for Refugee Olympic Team in Tokyo

Hamada’s brother Hussam, who is also the Palestinian national weightlifting team coach said: “This is the first Palestinian participation in history in weightlifting.”

“Training is a complicated process, and the athlete being my brother made it easier for me.”

He also said that Palestinian athletes suffered from inadequately equipped clubs and training facilities and lack experience in participating in international contests outside their territories.

Palestine has been competing at the Olympics since 1996 following the formation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994 as part of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).

Hamada will be joined by four other Palestinian athletes; Hanna Barakat who will be competing in the Women’s 100 metres event, judo practitioner Wesam Abu Rmilah and swimmers Yazan Al-Bawwab and Dania Nour.

READ: Liverpool refuse Mo Salah’s request to join Egypt in Tokyo Olympics

(Source / 20.07.2021)

Al-Aqsa Mosque is exclusively for Muslims, insists Greek Orthodox Patriarch

Orthodox Christmas service held by The Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III in Church of the Nativity in Ramallah, West Bank on January 6, 2021 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Orthodox Christmas service held by The Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III in Church of the Nativity in Ramallah, West Bank on January 6, 2021

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, reiterated on Sunday that access to and the use of Al-Aqsa Mosque “is an exclusive right” for Muslims.

“Any aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque or on the Muslims who pray in it is considered aggression against the freedom of worship guaranteed by international conventions and humanitarian ethics,” said the Patriarch. A copy of his statement was sent to MEMO.

The senior Greek Orthodox official condemned the attempts of “extremist settlers to provoke Muslims and Christians through continuous aggression and incitement against Al-Haram Al-Sharif [the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa].

READ: Orthodox Church rejects Israel court over Jerusalem property sales

Any incursion at Al-Aqsa Mosque without reference to and the agreement of the Department of Religious Endowments “is a raid that must be stopped,” he added. This was a clear reference to the daily raids made by illegal Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli police and soldiers.

In closing, Patriarch Theophilos III hailed the Jordanian and Palestinian efforts, along with the efforts of the High Committee for Church Affairs in Palestine, in defence of Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 20.07.2021)

PA denounces Israel PM’s remarks on Jewish worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on May 12, 2021 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on May 12, 2021

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas categorically rejected statements by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in which he said Israel will preserve freedom of worship for Jews at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Abbas stated that Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Islam’s holiest sites located in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City which has been occupied since 1967.

The PA president considered Bennett’s remarks as an escalation that would lead to a dangerous religious conflict for which the Israeli government bears full responsibility.

Abbas considered Bennett’s remarks as a defiance of the international community, including the official US position that was conveyed to the Palestinian presidency and which calls for preserving the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

READ: Israel officially supports ‘orderly and safe’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque

He reiterated that he is taking all the required and necessary measures to preserve the Palestinian people’s inalienable historical rights to Jerusalem and the Islamic and Christian holy sites.

This morning Bennett backpedaled on his statement, saying: “There is no change in the status quo.” The intention of his initial message, a statement said, was to facilitate the right of Jews to visit – rather than to pray at – the Muslim holy site.

(Source / 20.07.2021)

German journalist groups demand action against Israeli spy software

An Israeli woman walks in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
An Israeli woman walks in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv

German journalist associations on Monday demanded clarification and counter-measures in the wake of revelations about the use of an Israeli-made spying software against activists and reporters, says Anadolu Agency.

Speaking of the “unprecedented surveillance scandal,” Frank Ueberall, the chairman of the Berlin-based German Federation of Journalists (DJV), in a statement said authorities would have to clarify if the notorious Pegasus software from the Israeli company NSO has also been used against German journalists.

The Israeli firm accused of supplying spyware to governments has been linked to a list of tens of thousands of smartphone numbers, including those of activists, journalists, business executives, and politicians around the world.

The NSO Group and its Pegasus malware – capable of switching on a phone’s camera or microphone, and harvesting its data – have been in the headlines since 2016, when researchers accused it of helping spy on a dissident in the UAE.

Meanwhile, Monique Hofmann, the chairwoman of the German Union of Journalists (dju), called for restrictions on the export of surveillance technology.

READ: Khashoggi’s friends, family targeted by Saudi, UAE using Israel spyware, data leak reveals

“Authoritarian states use Pegasus to silence critical and opposition voices. Spy software must not be supplied to countries in which human rights are repeatedly violated,” she said.

Working with new data from the journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and human rights group Amnesty International, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and 16 media partners around the world worked to uncover who might have fallen victim to Pegasus, and tell their stories.

The NSO claims the software was “only sold to law enforcement agencies and secret services of audited governments with the sole aim of saving human lives by preventing crimes and acts of terrorism.”

(Source / 20.07.2021)

Israel imposed tight restrictions on Palestinians in Hebron to secure settler raids

A Palestinian man argues with Israeli border guards blocking a street for a procession of religious Jews on Tisha B'Av marching towards the shrine of Atnaeil Ben Kinaz in the flashpoint city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on June 18, 2021 [MOSAB SHAWER/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian man argues with Israeli border guards blocking a street for a procession of religious Jews on Tisha B’Av marching towards the shrine of Atnaeil Ben Kinaz in the flashpoint city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on June 18, 2021

Israeli occupation forces yesterday imposed tight restrictions, closed Palestinian shops, and stopped Palestinians at checkpoints to secure raids by illegal Jewish settlers to an archaeological site in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Anadolu reported.

A local activist told the news wire that the Israeli occupation forces accompanied groups of Jewish settlers who arrived in the archaeological area.

Wafa news agency reported that the Israeli occupation forces closed the Bab Al-Zawyeh area in central Hebron, in addition to a road leading to Al-Shuhada Street.

According to Wafa, large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the Bab Al-Zawyeh area, forcing local Palestinian residents out of it and shop owners to close their stores to provide protection for extremist settlers’ incursions into the archaeological site to perfume Talmudic rituals.

Israeli settlers regularly carry out raids in this area under the claims of performing religious rituals despite the fact that this area is under the sovereignty of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

READ: Israel settlers, soldiers unite to kill 4 Palestinians in one day, probe reveals

(Source / 20.07.2021)

Grandson of Palestine immigrant not elected as Chile’s presidential hopeful

Chile Communist presidential candidate Daniel Jadue leaves after votes during primary presidential elections on July 18, 2021 in Santiago, Chile [Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images]
Chile Communist presidential candidate Daniel Jadue leaves after votes during primary presidential elections on July 18, 2021 in Santiago, Chile

Daniel Jadue, mayor of Recoleta in Chile’s capital Santiago and grandson of a Palestinian immigrant, yesterday lost in his bid to be a major contender in November’s presidential election.

Presidential primaries left 35-year-old leftist former student leader Gabriel Boric with 60 per cent of the vote pushing Jadue out of the running.

On the right, 43-year-old independent Sebastian Sichel, a former Cabinet minister and president of Chile’s Banco del Estado who sports a tattoo of a trout on his forearm and began the race as an underdog, bested conservative mayor and two-time presidential candidate Joaquin Lavin, taking 49 per cent of the vote in a four-way primary, Reuters reports.

Nearly 97 per cent of the vote had been counted by 9 pm (01.00 GMT).

The May vote for delegates to rewrite the constitution likewise bucked expectations, with a majority of seats going to independent candidates largely from the left, many from coalitions of social groups that emerged out of protests over inequality that exploded in 2019.

The turbulent time in Chile, the world’s top copper producer, has market watchers and industry on edge, as mining, environmental and social policies play out as key issues in both the presidential race and the constitutional convention.

OPINION: Chile’s Club Deportivo Palestino stands in solidarity with Jerusalem

(Source / 20.07.2021)