Israeli forces detain Palestinian young woman from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained late on Wednesday a Palestinian young woman from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said that the Israeli forces attacked 28-year-old woman Nadine Al-Sa’u, before detaining and transferring her to the al-Maskubiyya detention center in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The sources added that the Israeli forces brutally attacked Nadine’s mother and the Jerusalemite activist Muhammad Abu al-Hummus.

The sources indicated that the attack took place during an Iftar event organized by residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

It’s noteworthy to mention that the Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood face the threat of forced eviction from their homes under false pretenses.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

For fifth consecutive day, Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa Mosque, attack worshipers in its courtyards

Occupied Palestine (QNN) – Israeli occupation forces on Thursday broke into al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, attacked the worshipers and forced them out of the compound, so as to make room for the settlers’ stormings into the compound.

Local sources reported that a large numbers of heavily armed Israeli occupation forces stormed the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque and fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets towards the worshipers.

The forces besieged the worshipers inside the Qibli prayer hall and fired tear gas and rubber bullets towards them. There were many suffocation cases.

In addition, the Israeli forces attacked the women in the mosque and besieged them inside the Dome of the Rock.

The sources reported that the Israeli forces evicted the worshipers from the mosque and banned the journalists from covering the incidents.

Moreover, the Israeli forces provided cover for the settlers’ stormings into the courtyards of the mosque, after quelling the worshipers, one youth was reported detained.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Al-Aqsa: Why Palestinians fear Israeli raids will erode their rights to the mosque

Observers warn Israeli measures will lead to the Jerusalem site being divided between Muslim and Jews in breach of decades-old ‘status quo’

Palestinians fear the recent escalation of Israeli raids on al-Aqsa Mosque is part of a push to change the “status quo” inside the occupied East Jerusalem site, and could lead to it being divided between Muslims and Jews.

Since its military occupation of East Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel has accepted that a Palestinian-Jordanian institution, the Islamic Waqf, will administer the site, including tours for non-Muslims, refurbishments and maintenance, and appointing guards.

However, Israel has been adamant since 2015, according to Palestinian observers, that it will curb the control of the Waqf, emboldening Israeli settlers’ tours and giving the green light to “silent” Jewish prayers being held on the site.

Khalil Assali, a member of the Waqf council, told Middle East Eye that Palestinians fear Israel will allocate specific times for Palestinians to enter al-Aqsa to pray in designated areas and assign other times for Israelis and dedicate areas for them to pray.

Al-Aqsa would end up being similar to the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, divided in time and space between Muslims and Jews since the 1990s.

“We refuse this Israeli policy,” Assali told MEE. “In the past days, when Israeli forces emptied al-Aqsa of Palestinian worshippers in the morning, the time Israeli settlers enter the area, this was an action to divide the time slots for visiting the site.”

In the past five days, Israeli forces violently raided al-Aqsa four times, assaulting Palestinians observing Ramadan and emptying the mosque to allow settlers to storm the site.

Facts on the ground
Assali said the Israeli government is implementing a slow-burning approach to impose facts on the ground in al-Aqsa. He referred to a shift in 2015 within the Israeli government regarding the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, where they believe two ancient Jewish temples once stood.

“[Former prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu succeeded in making the site as part of the Israeli national identity, even for someone who is leftist. So the policy became that: to control Jerusalem, you need to control al-Aqsa first,” Assali said.

The Prime Minister’s Office under Netanyahu became directly involved in al-Aqsa by controlling the permits given to parliament members who wished to enter the site.

The Waqf’s control has increasingly seen an Israeli clampdown since then, by preventing it from appointing guards without the approval of Shin Bet and cutting the electric wires for the speakers in the site.

“The situation is terrible. Even if a Palestinian Waqf guard wants to take a lunchbox inside the site, he needs an Israeli’s permission. They prevent Waqf from fixing wobbly tiles which could cause injury to people, or from tending trees, or fixing a water pipe or sewerage,” Assali said.

Changes after the Second Intifada
All the while, Israeli settlers and far-right activists have been allowed to storm the al-Aqsa in growing numbers, especially during Jewish holidays.

On regular days, they are allocated two times at which they enter the mosque almost daily, gaurded by heavily armed forces.

The number of visitors has grown steadily over the years. In 2009, 5,658 settlers entered the mosque in such stormings. In 2019, just before the Covid pandemic, the number rose to 30,000, according to some estimates.

Recently, an Israeli court ruled that only “silent” Jewish prayers are allowed in the area, which violates the terms of a delicate arrangement between Israel and Jordan, often referred to as the “status quo,” which bans non-Muslim prayer inside the mosque.

But this was not always the situation. Assali said that, until 2000, prominent rabbis had issued an order prohibiting Jews from visiting the site until another temple was brought down from heaven.

Only tourists were allowed to visit the site, supervised by the Waqf under the “status quo” understandings.

“The Israeli flag was ordered to be taken down from atop the Dome of the Rock mosque in 1967 when Israel occupied the city. Menachim Begin, then the leader of the national unity government, had ruled against visiting the site for fear it would anger Muslims and Arabs,” Assali said.

Israel then kept the “status quo” as it is, except for taking the key of the Morrocan Gate, which gave access to the Western Wall plaza.

All that changed after the 2000-2005 Second Intifada, when Israel changed it’s policy to let settlers visit the site more frequently and revoked the Waqf’s control over tourist visits.

With specific times now solidified for Israeli tours, Palestinians fear that what will come next is setting up prayer rooms for settlers within the walls of the mosque.

“They consider the eastern part of the complex as Jewish, around the al-Rahmh Gate area. The fear is they will set up a Jewish synagogue in al-Aqsa,” Assali said.

Political battle
Amid all this, the mosque complex looms like a chessboard, where the opposition leader Netanyahu appears to be on offence to push Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government into a zugzwang.

Netanyahu’s allies, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, from the extremist Religious Zionism alliance, had spurred the calls to break into al-Aqsa during Ramadan and Passover.

With the same number of seats in parliament as the opposition, 60 for each, Bennett’s government is one defection away from collapsing, and the tensions around al-Aqsa don’t serve his alliance.

“Bennett has a weak government,” Naser al-Hidmi, head of the Jerusalem Authority Against Judaisation, told MEE.

“He knows that if his government collapsed, he would have little chance to be prime minister again after another round of elections.”

On Tuesday, Bennett criticised Netanyahu in a tweet, telling him: “Your legacy: Hamas rockets on Jerusalem. Lynches in Acre and Lod. Israel in flames. Fails against Hamas. We are repairing,” in reference to violence in May last year.

Hidmi added that Bennett will do anything to remain in power.

“For now, this means pleasing the settlers and showing himself more radical than Netanyhau and that he would allow them to perform Jewish sacrifices, rituals and prayers in al-Aqsa, something Netanyahu did not do.”

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque In Occupied Jerusalem, Injure 21 Palestinians

Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, Thursday morning, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, in the West Bank, just before hundreds of Israeli colonizers stormed the courtyards of the holy site. As a result, at least 21 Palestinians, including an elderly man, have been injured.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers attacked many Palestinians, including several women, and forced them to leave the Mosque.

They added that the soldiers also surrounded dozens of Palestinians in the al-Qibli Mosque and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.

Medical sources said an elderly man was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Three of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening wounds after the soldiers shot them with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head and back.

The sources added that the soldiers also attacked many Palestinian journalists and forced them to leave the courtyards of the holy site before allowing dozens of colonizers in several groups to invade the courtyard of the holy site.

The soldiers also attacked many medics, causing injuries, and prevented them from providing the needed medical treatment for wounded Palestinians before forcing them to leave the courtyards of the holy site and abducting at least three young men.

The attacks against Al-Aqsa escalated starting Friday morning and have led to hundreds of injuries and dozens of abductions.

On Thursday dawn, the soldiers installed many roadblocks in the Old City and all streets and alleys leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates before preventing hundreds of Palestinians, especially young men, from entering the holy site.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Nablus And Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians in Nablus and Ramallah in the northern and central parts of the occupied West Bank on Thursday dawn.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Beit Furik town, east of Nablus, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked a few homes and abducted a former political prisoner Yazan Mahmoud Hanafi.

The soldiers also invaded Silwad town, northeast of Ramallah, and abducted two young men, Malek Hamed and Mohammad Atsha, from their homes.

Also, Palestinian fighters exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers near the Ofer military base, south of Ramallah.

In related news, the Israeli navy fired several shells into areas close to the Sudaniyya shore, northwest of Gaza city.

The attack came just of few hours after the Israeli army, and Air Force fired, Thursday dawn, many missiles targeting several areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, causing severe damage.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Israeli Army Bombards Several Areas In Gaza

The Israeli army and Air Force fired, Thursday dawn, many missiles targeting several areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, causing severe damage.

Media sources said the soldiers fired at least two missiles into a building in the Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza city, destroying it and causing damage to surrounding homes.

The sources added that the army fired at least two missiles into a site in the Nusseirat refugee camp, destroying it and causing damage to surrounding property.

The army also fired many artillery shells into Palestinian lands east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, the soldiers in military sites across the fence fired many live rounds at buildings east of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

Israeli sources said fighters in Gaza fired shells into Sderot in the Negev, causing damage to one home after the shell reportedly detonated near gas canisters.

The Israeli army said it conducted airstrikes in Gaza in retaliation to the shells and claimed to have destroyed a weapons manufacturing workshop.

The army stated that, while the firing from the shells from Gaza was carried by fighters of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, Hamas is responsible for any attack from Gaza.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers March Through Palestinian Areas in Jerusalem

Hundreds of Israeli settlers organized a provocative march in the occupied city of Jerusalem on Wednesday, waving Israeli flags and chanting anti-Palestinian slogans while marching through Palestinian areas.  The march was led by Itamar Ben Gvir, an ultra-nationalist Israeli legislator who is known for staging provocative visits to P lawmaker who frequently stages provocative visits to Palestinian holy sites.

The march was held on the fourth day of the Hebrew Passover, and in the midst of repeated Israeli invasions of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Over 400 Palestinians have been abducted by Israeli forces over the past week while trying to pray at the mosque, and protesting the Israeli aggression.

The march set out from Jaffa Street and marched to the Bab Al-Jadeed (New Gate) of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Itamar Ben Gvir and the other marchers are avowed followers of the late Meir Kahane. A year ago, in 2021, during a similar upsurge of right-wing Israeli attacks on Palestinians and provocations, the Associated Press wrote, “Admirers of Kahane were elected to parliament in March as allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, and one of the most prominent has become a fixture on Israeli TV.

“Their resurgence has injected another element of volatility to the conflict. It’s also part of a broader shift to the right in Israel, where Kahane’s disciples are hardly alone in adopting a hard line toward the Palestinians and trafficking in anti-Arab rhetoric. Right-wing parties that support Jewish settlements and oppose Palestinian independence won a large majority of seats in March, and Netanyahu and other right-wing leaders have often cast Israel’s Arab minority as a fifth column — unless they needed their votes.

“During his lone term in parliament in the mid-1980s, before he was banned, Kahane was shunned by colleagues, including the Likud, and frequently gave speeches to an empty chamber. His racist agenda called for banning intermarriage between Arabs and Jews, stripping Arabs of their Israeli citizenship, and the mass expulsions of Palestinians. At one point, he was suspended for waving a noose at an Arab lawmaker.”

The right-wing march on Wednesday was given support by Israeli police, who blocked roads and established barricades to allow the march to take place.

The marchers claimed they were challenging the loss of “Israeli sovereignty in occupied Jerusalem”. Jerusalem has been under Israeli military control since 1967, but has been the Palestinian capital long before the Israeli military took it over.

In response to the provocative march, dozens of Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem gathered in the Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) area to, chanting slogans and shouting. Israeli forces attacked the Palestinian protesters and abducted one of them after beating him.

The Israeli police closed several streets in occupied Jerusalem, and tried to empty the commercial stalls and evacuate the vendors.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday evening, two Palestinians, including one woman who was taken prisoner after the army assaulted her and her mother, in occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The soldiers invaded the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem and abducted Nadin Saou, 28, after attacking her and her mother.

The soldiers also maced Mohammad Abu al-Hummus with pepper spray and attacked many Palestinians in the same incident.

The attacks took place when the soldiers assaulted dozens of Palestinians during an iftar gathering after a long day of fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In related news, undercover soldiers kidnapped a young man in Bab al-Amoud in Jerusalem during protests that took place after the soldiers assaulted many Palestinians while trying to force them to leave the area.

Furthermore, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a young man at a light rail station in Jerusalem and maced several Palestinians with pepper spray.

(Source / 21.04.2022)

Army Abducts Eight Palestinians In Nablus And Ramallah

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers abducted eight Palestinians in Nablus and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

In Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Balata refugee camp, searched a few homes, and abducted Amir Abu Ryala.

The soldiers also abducted Osama Dweikat and Khal Abu Sa’ud from their homes in Kafr Qalili village, south of Nablus, and former political prisoner, Abdullah Afif Zakarna, after stopping him at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Qibya village, west of the city, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, Mohammad Nidal.

Undercover soldiers also infiltrated the village and kidnapped former political prisoner Ali Gheithan from a street in the village.

Furthermore, the undercover soldiers stopped Palestinian cars near the Atara military roadblock north of Ramallah and kidnapped two young men who remained unidentified.

(Source / 21.04.2022)