Israel bans Palestinians from entering Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Excavations works around and under Ibrahimi Mosque continue on the 28th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, in Hebron, West Bank on February 22, 2022

Israeli occupation authorities have banned Palestinians from entering the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied city of Hebron, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment announced yesterday.

“The occupation authorities will close the Ibrahimi Mosque, starting Friday afternoon until Saturday evening,” the ministry said in a statement, noting that the move had come under the pretext of “celebrating the Jewish Sabbath holiday.”

The ministry added that the Israeli authorities were “taking advantage of the Jewish holidays to harass Palestinians by  imposing collective punishment on them, preventing them from accessing holy sites, and interrogating them at military checkpoints.”

“Every year, the Ibrahimi mosque is completely closed for ten days in conjunction with Jewish religious holidays,” the statement added.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in Hebron’s Old City, it falls under the Israeli occupation’s control. It is believed to have been built over the tomb of the Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him).

On 25 February 1994, the extremist Israeli Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinian worshippers during Fajr (dawn) prayer at the mosque, killing 29 and wounding about 200 others.

During protests following the massacre, the Israeli occupation forces killed 20 Palestinians and wounded over 150.

Since then, the Israeli occupation has closed the main street in the city and divided the mosque into two parts – one for Palestinians and one for Jews. During the Jewish holidays, Israel prevents Palestinians from entering the mosque.

READ: Hamas calls for protecting Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Pictures And Videos: 21 Gazans died after fire broke out in Jabalia

 Fire broke out in a residential building in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, killing 21 Gazans on November 17, 2022

Gaza Strip (QNN)- 21 Gazans died after a fire broke out in a residential building in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening.

Health officials and local sources confirmed that residents and family members of the Abu Raya family were attending a party celebrating their sons homecoming from overseas and getting a PhD.

21 people, including 14 children, five women and two men, were killed in the fire that broke out in the apartment building.

Gaza’s interior ministry said the fire was caused by large amounts of gasoline improperly stored, fuelling the blaze that quickly engulfed the building.

There were no survivors among those present in the apartment, the ministry said.

Footage and pictures circulating on social media show the whole residential building caught fire in, sending huge flames and smoke from the site.

Witnesses said they could hear screaming but they could not reach the people to offer help because of the intensity of the fire.

Following the tragic incident, President Mahmoud Abbas declared mourning for one day today.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Twitter continues bias against Palestinian content, suspends pro-Palestine account

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Twitter has suspended account of Palestine Online, a pro-Palestine team aims to expose Israeli occupation crimes online, without no apparent reason except silencing the Palestinian narrative, activists have said.

On Thursday, managers of the Palestine Online team announced that Twitter suspended the account with 82,000 followers and provided no reasons for such a move.

In a tweet from the team back-up Twitter account, the managers confirmed the suspension with a screenshot of a message from Twitter that read, “Account Suspended. Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter rules.”

Twitter has just suspended our account Palestine Online, one of the most largest and influential accounts on Twitter with over 82,000 followers, without prior notice for exposing Israeli crimes and raising the voices of voiceless Palestinian people. #TwitterCensorsPalestine

The managers told Quds News Network (QNN) that “it is clear that the reason behind the suspension is hiding and silencing the Palestinian narrative which exposes the reality of Israel’s occupation of Palestine,” adding this is an “unjustified move.”

The managers added, “We will continue exposing Israel’s violations to the whole world and the social media giants’ censorship of Palestinian content will not deter us from covering what the Israeli occupation commits in Palestine.”

The Palestine Online managers noted that Pro-Palestine teams and networks are “no strangers to such restrictions on social media,” as “suppressing and fighting the pro-Palestine content has been done in coordination with the Israeli occupation government and security agencies, on the pretext of preventing Palestinian “incitement and hate speech” on its platform.”

“Stifling the Palestinian voices while giving the Israeli narrative complete freedom is what the social media giants, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, have been doing since the past years,” they added.

Sada Social Center, a Palestinian digital rights organization that specializes in protecting Palestinian narratives on social media platforms and monitoring violations, documented more than 1200 violations against Palestinian content during 2020 only. Facebook topped the list with 801 violations, followed by Twitter with 276 violations, Instagram with 25 violations, and 10 violations on YouTube.

In 2021, however, it documented 1593 violations against Palestinian content, including 174 on Instagram, 16 on YouTube, 853 on Facebook, and 445 on Twitter.

In response to the suspension and the “deliberate bias” against Palestinian content, Palestinian and pro-Palestine activists launched an online campagin yesterday, tweeting on the hashtag #TwitterCensorsPalestine, calling the microblogging and social networking company to stop censoring the Palestinian content.

Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian Territory, tweeted, “I trust you can explain the reason behind this suspension. Can you?” while mentioning Twitter Support and Twitter’s official account.

Geoffrey Young, a US Democrat who will be running for Kentucky Governor in 2023, also tweeted, “Twitter has suspended the account of Palestine Online, one of the most influential Palestinian news outlets on Twitter, to prevent them from conveying the truth of Israeli apartheid to over 80,000 followers.”

Twitter has suspended the accounts of two Palestinian news outlets, Palestine Online, which has over 80,000 followers, and Palestine Electronic Forces. Twitter continues its policy to silence Palestinians’ voices. Support and follow

@PO_2023#TwitterCensorsPalestine

Join the movement for justice in/for Palestine to demand immediate reinstatement of the account of

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(Source / 18.11.2022)

Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir agree to legalize illegal West Bank settlement evacuated in 2005

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu and far-right Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir reportedly agreed on Wednesday to legalize settlement of Homesh evacuated in 2005 in the northern West Bank.

Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir agreed to amend the so-called Disengagement Law in order to enable Israeli settlers to settle in the settlement of Homesh, which was one of four illegal Israeli settlements in the northern West Bank that were evacuated as part of the 2005 disengagement, which also saw the evacuation of all Israeli settlements in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported.

During the coalition negotiations, Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir also agreed that within 60 days of the establishment of the government, infrastructures will be provided for a series of illegal settlement outposts (known on the right as “young settlements”) likely through legislation that will legalize them.

In addition, they agreed to create a yeshiva (a religious school) at the outpost of Evyatar, where the illegal settlers were evicted from the location last year.

There are about 280 illegal settlements in the West Bank, which are home to more than 440,000 Israeli settlers.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Palestinian Fighters Exchange Fire With Israeli Soldiers In Nablus

On Thursday dawn, Palestinian resistance fighters exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers who invaded the eastern area of Nablus city in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Various resistance factions, including the Al-Quds Brigades and the Lions’ Den, said their fighters exchanged fire with the army during its invasion of the city.

They said the fighters fired dozens of live rounds at the many Israeli military vehicles invading the city, mainly the eastern part.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion, burnt tires, and hurled stones at the soldiers who fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

Also, Palestinian fighters fired many live rounds at the military base atop Mount Jirzim (Gerizim), south of Nablus.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Guard Of Al-Aqsa In Jerusalem

On Thursday morning, dozens of Israeli soldiers and illegal colonizers invaded the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, attacked worshipers, and abducted a civilian guard.

Media sources said the soldiers accompanied the colonizers on a provocative tour of the holy site after attacking the worshipers and forcing them to leave.

They added that the soldiers abducted a guard, Khalil Tarhouni, and took him to a nearby police center.

The attack is part of constant violations against the holy site and its courtyards, especially since the soldiers and the police attack the worshipers and isolate the area around the holy site to prevent the Muslim worshipers from reaching it.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza

On Thursday morning, Israeli navy ships attacked several Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza, forcing them to leave.

Eyewitnesses said the navy attacked the boats with many live rounds, gas bombs, and water cannons.

They added that the attack occurred near the Al-Waha and As-Sudaniyya areas, northwest of Gaza city, causing damage and forcing the fishermen to leave without being able to fish to provide for their families.

The attack is the second in the two areas since Tuesday,

On Monday, several Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian lands east of Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza and bulldozed them.

On Saturday, Israeli navy ships attacked several Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Gaza city in the besieged coastal region.

Last Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man while crossing the Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded Palestinian lands and fired live rounds in the central and southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli settlers assault two brothers in Hebron”

HEBRON, Thursday, November 17, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today assaulted two brothers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.

They said that the settlers spewed pepper spray in the faces of the brothers as they were standing in front of their family house on al-Sahla Street in the Tal Rumeida neighborhood, causing painful burning of the skin.

The neighborhood has been a target of frequent settler attacks, including forcible entry into houses, shouting profanities and racist slogans at Palestinian residents and threatening to kill them and seize their property.

In February, settlers from the same notorious colonial settlement attempted to torch a house in Tal Rumeida, also written as Tal al-Rumeida .

The Palestinian neighborhood is located in the Israeli-controlled area of the old town, known as H2, where several hundred extremist Jewish settlers are based. Israel heavily restricts movement and activity of Palestinians in H2 area while allowing the settlers free movement and access.

The city of Hebron, which houses the Ibrahimi Mosque, is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers who live in compounds heavily guarded by Israeli troops.

Israel has expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded settlers, one of whom committed the 1994 massacre that triggered their deployment.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Including A Child, Israeli Soldiers Abduct And Injure Many Palestinians In West Bank

Earlier Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted many Palestinians, including a child, injured several others, and confiscated surveillance equipment in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

In Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a child, Ammar Jasser Jaradat, 12, after the army stormed a school and ransacked it in the Zubeidat village north of the city.

The soldiers also attacked several teachers who tried to prevent them from invading the educational facility.

Also, many army vehicles invaded Qusra village, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Yousef, Yousef Rami, Rami Hasan, Zeid Hasan, Ehab Zohdi, Walid Hasan, and Fathi Hasan.

Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers interrogated the abducted Palestinians for several hours before releasing them.

In Asira Ash-Shamaliya town, north of Nablus searched homes and abducted Khaled Shouli before moving him to a nearby military base.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, several army jeeps invaded the Shweika area, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, Rabea’ Mohammad Nayfa.

The soldiers also abducted Sadeel Haitham Abu Hamda, 28, from the Balata refugee camp south of Nablus, after stopping him at the Jabara military roadblock south of Tulkarem.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured many students of Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, west of Tulkarem. 

In related news, the soldiers invaded several areas around the educational facility, leading to protests, and fired dozens of live rounds, gas bombs concussion grenades, causing scores of students to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, the army abducted Mahdi Dirgham Adwan, 19, from his home in the city.

In Jenin, also in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Radwan Abu Ar-Rub, from Jalboun village, east of the city, after breaking into his home and several other homes.

The army also invaded Nazlet Zeid village, southwest of Jenin, stormed the Local Village Council, and confiscated surveillance recordings from many homes owned by Palestinians from the local Zeid family.

Furthermore, several army jeeps invaded Toura and Aneen villages near Jenin and searched many homes.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdullah Mosallam Hreizat from his home in Yatta town, south of the city.

(Source / 18.11.2022)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Northern Gaza

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Former political prisoner and the head of the Studies and Documentation Department at the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, said the Palestinian had been identified as Samed Ibrahim Ashour.

Ferwana added that Ashour, from Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza, carried an Israeli permit and was taken prisoner on his way back to the Gaza Strip.

He also said that Ashour is the eighth Palestinian to be abducted at the Erez terminal this year, although the Palestinians at the crossing carry Israeli-issued permits.

(Source / 18.11.2022)