Category Archives: Holy sites

18 Jan
7:06

Israeli Special Forces Raid Al-Aqsa Compound

Israeli special forces and police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, via the Moroccan Gate, on Thursday morning. Forces also stormed the Marawani and Dome of the Rock mosques, inside the compound. An Israeli policeman also attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock mosque wearing a kippah; Israeli forces then […]

18 Jan
6:49

Palestinians Protest Israeli Police Activity at Al-Aqsa (VIDEO)

A Palestinian woman protests Israeli police activity at al-Aqsa Mosque, January 14, 2019. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JANUARY 18, 2019 Palestinians refuse an attempt by Israeli police to enter a mosque in al-Aqsa Compound. Israeli police besieged the mosque for six hours and arrested four Palestinians. […]

15 Jan
6:22

Jerusalem Mosque Employees Detained By Israeli Police

The Dome of the Rock Mosque, situated next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s 3rd holiest site, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. Muslim religious officials told WAFA that Israeli police imposed a siege on the place of worship for several hours, Monday. The Waqf employees reportedly refused to […]

13 Jan
8:54

VIDEO: Jerusalem in 2018

A recap on the events of the past year. Originally published by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, occupied East Jerusalem. (English subtitles.) (photo: BDS National Committee) Human Interest 12/28/18 Remembering the Israeli 2008 Offensive on Gaza (VIDEO) 

13 Jan
3:53

Islamic-Christian Committee Denounces Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

January 13, 2019 3:53 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israel, News Report, Palestine 0

The Islamic-Christian Committee for Supporting Jerusalem and Holy Sites issued, Saturday, a strong condemnation of a provocative Israeli art exhibit, in Haifa, mocking Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The Committee said that the so-called art exhibit depicted Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary in a mocking and racist manner […]

12 Jan
7:37

Israeli Police Fire Tear Gas at Palestinian Christians Protesting Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and their supporters gathered Friday in Haifa, in northern Israel, to protest an Israeli exhibit that featured Ronald McDonald taking the place of Jesus on the cross. The so-called “McJesus” exhibit was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinon, and has been on display at a gallery […]

08 Jan
12:59

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Waqf Official In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, Firas ad-Dibs, the head of the Media and Public Relations office of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in occupied Jerusalem. The WAFA Palestinian News agency has reported that the soldiers stopped ad-Dibs, near Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate), and abducted him. WAFA added that […]

06 Jan
9:24

Orthodox Churches Begin Christmas Celebrations

Patriarchs of the various Orthodox churches in Jerusalem led processions to Bethlehem on Sunday, for the Midnight Mass at the Church of Nativity, WAFA reported. In anticipation of Christmas Eve, police are on high alert and deployed around the city in the main streets and junctions to ensure security. Palestinian […]

04 Jan
7:26

Over 100 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque with Israeli Police

Dozens of extremist settlers and Israeli occupation authorities stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, on Wednesday morning. Israeli police provided full protection to the settlers, who began their entry and tour through various parts of the mosque, until they left. 39 settlers, 67 Jewish students and an intelligence officer, accompanied […]

03 Jan
8:31

Archbishop Hanna: Palestinian Christians Are Not Communities In Their Homeland

The Archbishop of Sebastia, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, stated that the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land weren’t communities in their lands.   During his receive to the journalists on Tuesday, Hanna added, “We are not communities, neither minorities, in our holy land.”   Hanna […]

02 Jan
6:29

Israel & US Formally Ditch UNESCO

More than a year after announcing their withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Israel and the United States’ decision officially went into effect at the last second of December 31, 2018. UNESCO was the first UN body to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011, which […]

31 Dec
5:30

Hamas Chief Visits Latin Church in Gaza

A Hamas delegation visited the Church of the Latin Monastery in Gaza, on Saturday, to express the movement’s congratulations to the Christian Palestinians. Senior Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh reiterated the close relationship between the Muslims and the Christians in Palestine and reaffirmed his complete solidarity with Palestinian Christians who confront the […]

27 Dec
7:28

VIDEO: Tourism in Palestine “Booming” during Christmas

On the annual Christmas Eve celebration in Manger Square, thousands of Palestinians and internationals showed up to spread a spirit of joy and happiness on the religious occasion, which has become a national holiday and one of the most important, festive events of the year. The celebrations included scouts parades […]

26 Dec
5:36

VIDEO: Kairos Palestine Assures that “Christian Palestinians are also Palestinians”

The Kairos Palestine initiative, in its 9th annual statement, has called on the Christian community, in Palestine and in the world, to recognize Israel as an apartheid state, and to end the occupation and end attempts to shift the identity of Jerusalem towards a “Jewish only” policy. PNN reports that, […]

25 Dec
5:06

Thousands Gather in Bethlehem for Christmas (VIDEO)

December 25, 2018 5:06 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Christmas Eve celebrations, among Palestinians of the occupied West Bank, began on Monday, by scout marches at the Nativity Church in the Manger Square of Bethlehem City, southern occupied West Bank, welcoming the Latin Patriarch of Palestine, Jordan, and the Holy Land Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is also the Apostolic […]

25 Dec
4:42

Israeli Forces Assault Mourners At Funeral of Slain Teen

December 25, 2018 4:42 AM Ali Salam Holy sites, Human rights, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The funeral of Qassem al-Abbassi, the teen killed by Israeli forces, on December 20, 2018, was held Monday night, in the town of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian men were carrying the teen’s body on their shoulders, from the Silwan mosque, and many of the mourners shouted criticism […]

24 Dec
4:53

Gaza Christians Obstructed from Travelling to Bethlehem

Annually, Israeli authorities file travel permits for only a small percentage of Palestinian Christians in the besieged Gaza Strip, dividing families during the holiday season and preventing them from pilgrimage to Bethlehem. According to local sources, the Christians, who form a minority in Gaza, annually apply for “holiday permits” to […]

23 Dec
11:57

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian From Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation and detention facility. The Palestinian, Nitham Abu Rammouz, was detained when dozens of soldiers, officers and groups of illegal colonialist settlers stormed the courtyards of the […]

21 Dec
2:49

Christmas Tree Lit in Khan Al-Ahmar

Palestinians, on Wednesday evening, lit the Christmas tree in Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village, to the east of Jerusalem, which is threatened with Israeli demolition by Israeli court order. The tree lighting ceremony was attended by the citizens of Khan al-Ahmar, in addition to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials and local […]

18 Dec
1:53

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Invade The Area Surrounding St. Saba Monastery In Bethlehem

Hundreds of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Monday evening, the vicinity of the historic Christian Mar Saba (St. Saba) Monastery, near the al-‘Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. Locals said the heavily armed illegal colonists invaded the area in many cars and buses, while Israeli […]

16 Dec
4:05

68-year-old Palestinian Woman Dies when Israeli Forces Block Ambulance

An elderly Palestinian woman died Saturday in Jerusalem when she suffered a heart attack while praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque. She was identified as Sumayya Mahmoud Nasser, 68, from the Jit area in the land that is now Israel. Israeli forces stationed outside the mosque prevented an ambulance from reaching […]

11 Dec
5:40

Many Palestinians Injured as Settlers Storm Joseph’s Tomb

Dozens of Palestinian youth suffered from tear-gas inhalation, predawn Monday, during violent confrontations which broke out after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb, in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Ma’an reported that confrontations were triggered when Israeli settlers began performing Jewish religious rituals in Joseph’s Tomb, […]

10 Dec
7:06

Israeli Settlers, Led by the Minister of Agriculture, Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, accompanied by military reinforcement security from the Israeli occupation army. According to the sources of the Islamic Endowments Department, Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, was leading a group of Israeli extremist settlers who entered through the Mugrabi […]

04 Dec
8:23

American Born Israeli MK, Settlers Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound for Hanukkah (VIDEO)

Ultra-Orthodox American-born rabbi and Knesset member Yehuda Glick, along with dozens of Israeli settlers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, on Monday, for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that heavily armed Israeli […]

03 Dec
6:21

VIDEO: Thousands Gather for Christmas Tree Lighting in Bethlehem

Only meters away from where baby Jesus is said to be born, thousands of people made their way to Manger Square and gathered around the gigantic Christmas tree, to welcome in the holiest month of the Christian year – December. Locals and foreigners, wrapped up in their coats and beanies, […]

01 Dec
5:48

Holiday Preparations Well Underway in Bethlehem

Preparations for Christmas 2018 are well underway, according to the Press Conference held at the Bethlehem Peace Center, today. With the world’s spotlight beaming down, this December, on the city – the world celebrated birthplace of Jesus Christ – the municipality of Bethlehem announced that the theme of this Christmas […]

25 Nov
3:48

Bethlehem Prepares to Celebrate Christmas 2018

Preparing the Christmas tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, outside the Church of Nativity, where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. (WAFA Images / Ahmad Mizher)  Preparations are underway, by the City of Bethlehem, to celebrate Christmas 2018, according to Palestinian officials. Fadi Ghattas, head of the municipality’s media […]

20 Nov
2:20

Army Abducts A Woman At Qalandia Terminal, North Of Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday afternoon, a Palestinian woman at the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly for “intending to stab soldiers.” The woman, Afkar Jamal Abdul-Fattah Kamil, 25, is from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Her uncle said […]

18 Nov
8:55

Israeli Minister Storms Al-Aqsa with Dozens of Settlers

November 18, 2018 8:55 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, with dozens of Israeli settlers, on Sunday. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), said that Ariel, along with […]

08 Nov
10:05

Knesset Members, Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Heavily armed Israeli forces escorted an Israeli Knesset member, Shuli Mualem, as she entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, on Thursday. Head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, Firas al-Dibs, said that MK Mualem stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

25 Oct
8:18

Holy Land Churches Denounce Israeli Police Conduct in Jerusalem

Churches in Jerusalem denounced, on Wednesday, Israeli police conduct with Coptic monks, demanding to hold accountable police officers involved in using force against the monks, according to a press release. Contacts were held  since the morning with many local, regional and international entities on the incident involving misconduct by Israeli policemen […]

24 Oct
11:39

Illegal Colonialist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa

Dozens of Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, escorted by a large police and military force. Eyewitnesses said the attack was carried out by at least 59 colonists, in addition to the soldiers and officers, and took place through the al-Magharba Gate. The Waqf and […]

24 Oct
9:31

Israeli Soldiers, Police Attack Coptic Priests, Abduct One, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers and police officers attacked, on Wednesday morning, several Coptic Christian priests in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in occupied Jerusalem and abducted one of them, the Maan News Agency has reported. The attack took place after the Coptic Church in occupied Jerusalem organized a peaceful protest near […]

22 Oct
3:16

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli security forces, forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that dozens of settlers broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy protection from Israeli police. The settlers performed Talmudic rituals and prayers […]

18 Oct
9:12

Christian Cemetery Desecrated, Graves Destroyed in Jerusalem

October 18, 2018 9:12 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Ha’aretz Israeli newspaper, on Thursday, reported that about 30 graves were vandalized two weeks ago, in the cemetery of Beit Jmal monastery, near Jerusalem. The monastery monks discovered the destruction of the tombs yesterday, saying the concrete crosses on the graves were taken down. The old cemetery is located about […]

16 Oct
8:51

Erekat: Netanyahu Uses Christianity to Distort Facts

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, for using Christianity to distort facts. “Israel’s Prime Minister continues to distorting facts even by using Christianity to support his racist and xenophobic claims,” Erekat said in a statement in reference to Netanyahu’s comments on […]

16 Oct
12:48

Israeli Settlers Led by Yehuda Glick Break into Al-Aqsa

Dozens of Israeli settlers, headed by extremist American-born rabbi and member of the Knesset for Likud, Yehuda Glick, on Monday morning, broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Maghriba gate, and under heavy protection by Israeli occupation troops. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that […]

11 Oct
8:12

UNESCO Adopts New Resolutions on Palestine

By consensus, the Program and External Relations Commission (PX), of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Wednesday, adopted two resolutions on Palestine, in the framework of its 205th plenary meeting.   The resolutions, sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and […]

08 Oct
8:47

Palestinians Mark 28th Anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Massacre

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the massacre of the first Al Aqsa Mosque, which was carried out by Israeli occupation forces. On Monday, October 8, 1990, before noon prayers, the settlers of the so-called “Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement” tried to lay the foundation stone for the alleged […]

08 Oct
3:27

PCHR: “Two Fishermen Arrested and One of Them Wounded”

Date: 07 October 2018: Time: 10:30 GMT: Two Fishermen Arrested and One of Them Wounded, Israeli Naval Forces again Reduce Allowed Area for Fishing. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Yesterday, the Israeli naval forces arrested 2 fishermen and wounded one of them as part of the Israeli attacks […]

08 Oct
12:42

Settlers Continue with Break-ins at Al-Aqsa Mosque

More than 100 Jewish settlers, accompanied by Israeli security forces, forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that more than 75 extremist Israeli settlers and about 30 students of Talmudic yeshivas broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy […]

01 Oct
1:02

Israeli Colonists Injure Five Palestinians, Attack Stores And Cars, In Jerusalem’s Old City

A group of extremist illegal colonialist settlers attacked, on Sunday at night, many Palestinians and stores in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, causing damage and wounding five young men. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the Israeli assailants attacked many shops in the al-Misrara area, near Bab al-‘Amoud, […]

27 Sep
8:22

VIDEO: Muslim Worshipers Assaulted by Israeli Forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Tensions increased at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Thursday, as Israeli forces assaulted a number of Muslim worshipers, while Israeli settlers performed prayers in the compound. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that 924 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through […]

25 Sep
8:19

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa over Sukkot Holiday

Heavily armed Israeli soldiers escorted hundreds of Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Tuesday, to celebrate the Jewish  Sukkot holiday, while the Israeli authorities prevented restoration work from being completed in the compound. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), […]

25 Sep
11:50

Army Abducts Six Palestinians In Jerusalem

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers and police officers, abducted six Palestinians, including three from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society “PPS” has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded Silwan and at-Tour towns, searched many homes and abducted three Palestinians. The PPS said the […]

25 Sep
10:44

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Al-Aqsa Mosque

After dozens of Israeli colonialist settlers, accompanied by soldiers and police officers, stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and conducted provocative tours into the holy site, the soldiers abducted two Waqf workers, and one worshiper. The Maan Palestinian News Agency has reported that the soldiers abducted […]

22 Sep
1:05

Army Summons 20 Jerusalemite Palestinians For Interrogation

Israeli soldiers summoned for interrogation, on Friday evening, twenty Palestinians, including the Secretary of Fateh movement, in occupied Jerusalem. The Palestinian New & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers summoned Fateh Secretary in the city, Shadi Mitwer, along with 19 other Palestinians, for interrogation for protesting the repeated […]

20 Sep
3:51

VIDEO: Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa on Yom Kippur

Heavily armed Israeli forces escorted large groups of Israeli settlers as they stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday, for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Spokesman of the Islamic Endowment Department (Waqf), Firas al-Dibs, said that, within half an hour, about 40 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque through […]

18 Sep
9:19

Israeli Colonizers Storm Mosques on Yom Kippur

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews and Israeli settlers entered the Ibrahimi Mosque compound, in the southern occupied district of Hebron, predawn Tuesday, accompanied by dozens of soldiers and police officers, and held celebrations in and outside the mosque. According to local sources, thousands entered the mosque in successive groups and performed […]

18 Sep
1:16

Army Abducts Five Palestinians, Injures Four, In Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Israeli army abducted, Tuesday, five Palestinians and injured four others, after dozens of soldiers and officers accompanied nearly 300 colonialist settlers in provocative tours into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. Firas al-Dibis, the media coordinator of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department in occupied Jerusalem, […]

18 Sep
2:25

VIDEO: Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, and performed religious Jewish prayers under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces. Spokesman for the Islamic Endowment department (Waqf), Firas al-Dibs, said that dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the compound through the Moroccan Gate in successive groups. Al-Dibs […]

14 Sep
11:10

ICRC: “Israel Must Abide by International Humanitarian Law”

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement, Thursday, calling in Israel to abide by International Humanitarian Law, and expressing concern about Israel’s plan to demolish al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank. David Quesne, the head of the ICRC Mission in occupied Jerusalem, said […]

13 Sep
10:08

Czech Embassy Reports Set Straight

Sign reads (in Czech): Freedom for Palestine By: Jennifer Janineh BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli news media published, on Thursday, a reports about the Czech Republic’s intention to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, however, it contradicts the Czech Republic’s position in the European Union and its commitment to […]

09 Sep
7:00

Extremist Settlers, Police Continue to Storm Al Aqsa

Dozens of Israeli settlers, lead by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, stormed  the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque ,accompanied by heavy guarded of Israeli occupation police, on Sunday morning. Al Ray sources in Jerusalem reported that more than 150 settlers toured the courtyards, and received explanations about the alleged 3rd Temple, […]

03 Sep
9:56

Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

Groups of Jewish extremist settlers, early Monday, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city of Jerusalem, a Palestinian source confirmed, according to Al Ray. The General Director of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, said that today’s raid was carried under heavy protection of Israeli special […]

27 Aug
8:37

Western Wall to be Expanded

The Jerusalem Municipality plans to expand the Western Wall prayer space in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Monday. Haaretz reported, according to Ma’an, that the plan to expand the prayer area came after pressures from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, under the pretext to expand the prayer space to […]

27 Aug
12:50

Palestinian Woman And Her Daughter Denied Entry Into Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Israeli police detained, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian woman and her daughter, and handed them orders preventing them from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. The police summoned Khadija ‘Oweiss for interrogation, and handed her an order preventing her from entering the mosque and its compound for six […]

22 Aug
9:30

Erekat in Response to Trump: There is No Price for Jerusalem

Secretary of the Executive Committee for Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, responded to statements by US President Donald Trump and his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about the removal of  Jerusalem from the negotiating table in the future by saying that there is no price for Jerusalem. Erekat […]

18 Aug
7:57

Israeli Police Ban Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Baraa’ al-Ghazzawi is arrested at al-Aqsa Mosque, August 12, 2018. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT AUGUST 17, 2018 Worshippers report being arrested as they exit the holy compound and then banned from praying there. There has been a marked increase in Israeli police and security forces restricting […]

18 Aug
5:14

Palestinian Killed After Attempted Stabbing of Israeli Police Officer

Local sources in Jerusalem and Israeli sources reported Friday afternoon that a Palestinian was shot dead in occupied Jerusalem, after attempting to stab an Israeli police officer. The Palestinian man, from the town of Umm al-Fahm in Israel, was shot and killed by Israeli police after attempting to stab an […]

16 Aug
9:53

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 August 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 09 – 15 August, 2018. Israeli warplanes fired 60 missiles targeting many areas in the Gaza Strip; a Pregnant woman and her baby were killed, and 25 other civilians, including 4 children and 4 […]

14 Aug
12:58

Israeli Soldiers Attack And Abduct A Palestinian Woman In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers attacked and abducted, on Monday evening, a Palestinian woman from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted the woman, and abducted her, before moving her to a nearby police station. Firas ad-Dibis, the head of the Public Relations Department at the […]

06 Aug
11:48

The Cost of Occupation: Jerusalem

The Old City on the first day of Ramadan, 2017. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT AND AMALYA DUBROVSKY AUGUST 5, 2018 Three Israeli policies target Palestinian economic life in Jerusalem: the expulsion and banning of the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce; the separation barrier; and high municipal taxes. […]

06 Aug
11:22

Settlers Demolish Palestinian Homes Built on Church Grounds Despite Court Order

The Samara home in Beit al-Baraka after it was destroyed by Israel settlers. (WAFA Images / Samar Badr)  Israeli settlers, escorting a bulldozer, on Monday, demolished two Palestinian homes at Beit al-Baraka church compound at the Hebron-Jerusalem road, despite the presence of a court order allowing the owners to stay […]

04 Aug
7:55

Church Leaders Express Concern over Jewish Nation-State Law

Heads of churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reacted with dismay and concern to the Israeli Knesset’s adoption, on 19 July, 2018, of a new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, which specifies that “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State […]

31 Jul
10:16

World Silent as Palestinians Defend Al-Aqsa

POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JULY 30, 2018 Israeli police expelled worshippers and closed al-Aqsa Mosque for four hours on Friday. At least 40 Palestinians were injured and 20 arrested. Fully armed Israeli police officers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City following Friday prayers on July 27, 2018. Israeli forces then forcibly […]

27 Jul
11:38

Israeli Soldiers Attack Worshipers In Al-Aqsa, Injure 40, Abduct 20

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Friday, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and assaulted the Palestinian worshipers, wounding at least forty of them, in addition to abducting twenty others. Medical sources said at least 40 Palestinians suffered various cuts and bruises, in addition to the severe effects […]

23 Jul
7:06

Islamic Waqf Warns against Israeli Digging at Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Islamic Waqf department in Jerusalem, which is in charge of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a recent press release, warned against Israeli digs below the Muslim holy site. Waqf director, Azzam al-Khatib, said that Israel was secretly carrying out digs below the Islamic Museum, on the western side of the […]

22 Jul
7:49

Over 1,000 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards (VIDEO)

More than 1,000 Israeli settlers in consecutive groups, on Sunday morning, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy protection by the Israeli forces, entering it from the Magharba Gate. This follows a night of provocations on the Old City of Jerusalem, by Israeli settlers who raided its streets and carried […]

18 Jul
9:19

(VIDEO) Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, under armed security by the Israeli police, on Wednesday, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av notably commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temple, which Jews believe were located where Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site […]

16 Jul
9:24

Extremist Israelis Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa

Groups of extremist Israeli settlers, early Monday, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied holy city of Jerusalem, a Palestinian source confirmed to Al Ray. The General Director of the Islamic Awqaf and al-Aqsa Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, said that dozens of extremists settlers forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque from […]

16 Jul
2:07

Feminist Israelis Attacked by Right-wing Israelis; Police Fail to Respond Because ‘Attackers Aren’t Arabs’

A group of Israeli Jewish feminists called the ‘Women of the Wall’ held their monthly prayer service at the ‘Western Wall’ in Jerusalem on Friday, and were assaulted by a group of right-wing religious Jewish zealots who threw stones at the women, beat them, and burned their prayer books. The […]

13 Jul
10:05

Episcopal Church Votes To Divest From Companies Involved In Israeli Violation Of Palestinian Human Rights

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, has voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to get to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in […]

09 Jul
8:58

Israeli MKs Carry Out Provocative Tour in Al-Aqsa Coutrtyards

Three Israeli extremist lawmakers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, provoking Muslim devotees, Palestinian media reported.   According to Al Ray, the provocative tour came a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave permission to his legislators to enter the compound. Amir Ohana and Ehud Glick, from the […]

08 Jul
7:55

Israeli Ministers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Two Israeli ministers, on Sunday morning, stormed the court yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s decision to allow the entry of Israeli ministers and Knesset members. Jerusalemite sources said, according to Al Ray, that the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel,  and the Israeli Minister […]

02 Jul
9:01

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Scores of Israeli settlers, during the early hours of Monday, broke into courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, via the Mughrabi Gate, under heavy protection of Israeli occupation police.   Jerusalemite sources reported that 51 settlers stormed the mosque’s courtyards in groups and carried out provocative tours.   The sources added […]

30 Jun
4:34

Christian Peacemaker Teams: Occupation Censored

Photo credit: Christian Peacemaker Teams. POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS JUNE 29, 2018 Descriptions of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. Humiliation NOT pictured here: A young adult male on his way for the Ramadan Noon Prayer, is stopped by the Border Police at the Mosque […]

26 Jun
12:08

Israeli Forces Demolish Buildings in Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished Palestinian agricultural and commercial buildings in the Hizma neighborhood of Jerusalem, Monday morning. Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces, escorting staff from the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality, raided Hizma, surrounding agricultural and commercial buildings on the outskirts of the town. Sources added that Israeli forces razed […]

21 Jun
10:01

Extremist Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards

Dozens of extremist Jewish settlers, early Thursday, stormed the compounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in military occupied Jerusalem, Palestinian sources reported.   The General Director of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib said that dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the mosque through al-Magharebah Gate, under heavy protection […]

21 Jun
3:34

King Abdullah: “No Peace Without A Palestinian State With East Jerusalem As Its Capital”

King Abdullah of Jordan stated, Thursday, that there can be no peace or stability in the region without establishing an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace and stability next to Israel. The Jordanian Monarch stated, during a meeting in Amman with the German Chancellor […]

20 Jun
12:28

Israeli Soldiers Install Another Monitoring Tower Near Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers installed, Tuesday, another monitoring post near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The new monitoring tower, in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, overlooks several locations, including the parking lot where Palestinians park their cars outside the walls of the Old City. On Monday, the soldiers installed a […]

19 Jun
11:22

New Israeli Law to Allow Seizure of Christian Properties

The Islamic Christian Commission for the Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites has warned of a draft law for a project which allows the Israeli occupation government to confiscate land sold by the Orthodox Church to private investors. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the organization stressed, in a […]

18 Jun
10:54

Israeli Soldiers Install A Monitoring Post In Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

Israeli soldiers installed, Monday, a monitoring post on the rooftop of Bab ar-Rahma Hall, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied East Jerusalem. Firas ad-Dibis, the head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, said the soldiers installed the monitoring post, after detaining the local guards of the holy site […]

16 Jun
1:06

Settlers Obstruct Palestinian Access to Al-Aqsa on Last Night of Ramadan

Laylat al-Qadr in Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, June 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ayman Nobani for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JUNE 15, 2018 One group of settlers attempted to invade the compound. Another performed religious rituals at a gate to al-Aqsa compound. On Thursday night, June 14, 2018, a group of settlers tried […]

08 Jun
8:23

Israeli Forces Attack Palestinians Traveling to Al-Aqsa through Qalandia Checkpoint

Stun grenades were fired and many Palestinians denied entry as thousands gathered at Qalandia checkpoint, south of Ramallah, on their way to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque today, the last Friday of Ramadan.  Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank have been temporarily allowed to cross the border during Ramadan, an act […]

08 Jun
4:15

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (31 May – 06 June 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 31 May – 06 June, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors. Two Palestinian civilians, including a female volunteer paramedic; and a third one succumbed to wounds in the Gaza […]

08 Jun
3:24

Open-air Prisons in Jerusalem: Shuafat Refugee Camp and Kufr Aqab

Shuafat refugee camp, August 28, 2004. Photo credit: Hozifa Sorour for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JUNE 7, 2018 Israel is cited as maintaining the largest open-air prison in the world in Gaza. Israeli rule over East Jerusalem has created similarly unlivable conditions for Palestinians in the holy city. Since the first day […]

08 Jun
3:10

Bethlehem Mayor Meets with Paphos Counterpart to Discuss Future Efforts

On July 6th , Mayor of Bethlehem Anton Salman met with the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonas, in the presence of the Municipal Council Member Shireen Bandak-Mauge, and, from the Mayor’s office, Ikram Juha. For his part, Salman spoke about the general situation in the city of Bethlehem, especially with regard to political and touristic realities, […]

05 Jun
1:55

Army Attacks Many Palestinians, Abduct Fifteen, in Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, assaulted many worshipers and abducted fifteen young men. Eyewitnesses said dozens of Palestinians were siting and walking in the yard of the al-Qibli Mosque, in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, before the soldiers stormed it through the al-Magharba […]

04 Jun
8:35

Digging Resumed at Ancient Palestinian Cemetery in East Jerusalem

Officers of Israel’s Nature And Parks Authority (INPA) reportedly resumed excavation work on Sunday, at the Palestinian Bab-al-Rahma cemetery, just outside the walls of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. WAFA reported, according to Ma’an, that INPA staff began digging up graves and land in the cemetery around 20 […]

03 Jun
9:20

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan

Groups of Israeli settlers, on Sunday morning, stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under heavy protection of Israeli police. The move was seen, by the elders of the mosque, as a provocation and a challenge to the feelings of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. According to local PNN […]

01 Jun
7:51

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24 – 30 May 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 24 – 30 May, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Six Palestinian civilians succumbed to their wounds, 5 of whom […]

01 Jun
7:22

Israel Funnels Millions to Erase Palestinian History

Silwan/City of David. Photo credit: Emek Shaveh. POSTED BY: COREY SHERMAN MAY 31, 2018 The Ministry of Culture earmarks $17 million to expand archeological excavations in East Jerusalem. This month, the Israeli minister of culture Miri Regev (MK Jewish Home) announced plans to funnel $17 million toward archaeological excavations in East Jerusalem. […]

31 May
3:24

Jerusalem Municipality Seizes Historic Islamic Cemetery (VIDEO)

Photo credit: Emek Shaveh. POSTED BY: AMALYA DUBROVSKY MAY 30, 2018 Throughout May, the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority has been hard at work confiscating Bab al-Rahmah Cemetery in East Jerusalem. Following years of unearthing graves, preventing burials, and installing wire fencing there, Israeli construction crews cordoned off the cemetery with a metal fence this month. Bab […]

25 May
5:00

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17 – 23 May 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 17 – 23 May, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against peaceful Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two succumbed to wounds sustained in the Great March of Return, in addition to […]

23 May
2:25

Erekat Says Referral to ICC a National Obligation in Absence of International Accountability

RAMALLAH, May 22, 2018 (By The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) – Referral of the situation in Palestine to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a national obligation in the absence of international accountability that deals with Israel as above the law, said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the […]

18 May
8:09

60,000 Mark the Beginning of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Some 60,000 Muslim worshipers from occupied East Jerusalem and Arab towns across Israel, on Friday, prayed at Al-Aqsa Mosque  in Jerusalem, to mark the start of Ramadan, WAFA correspondence reports. Masses of devotees made their way to the mosque compound, where they performed their first “Taraweeh” prayer to mark the […]

17 May
8:22

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10 – 16 May 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 10 – 16 May, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use appallingly lethal force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip; 46 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and a wheelchair-bound man, were killed; 2024 Palestinian […]

15 May
9:39

70 Years of Nakba: Where Can Palestinians Go from Here?

by Amal Ahmad, Irene Calis, Haidar Eid, Razi Nabulse  May 15, 2018 The Palestinian people have perhaps never been more in need of a forward-looking vision to shape their struggle. In facing the 70thanniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe and the creation of Israel, on May 15, they also face a myriad of circumstances […]

15 May
9:12

Palestinians Mark Nakba Day following Israeli Bloodshed in Gaza

Just a day after mass Israeli bloodshed in Gaza, the Palestinians are marking the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), when the Tel Aviv regime forced them out of their homeland and declared its existence on occupied territory. Palestinians, both in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, are […]