Category Archives: Holy sites

24 Jan
11:25

2,500 Houses Approved for Illegal West Bank Settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved plans for the construction of 2,500 housing units in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli media reported. According to The Times of Israel, the vast majority of the new housing will be built in […]

24 Jan
11:08

Israeli Settler Performs Wedding Rituals in Al-Aqsa Courtyards

Groups of Israeli settlers, on Tuesday , stormed into Al-Aqsa  Mosque from Al-Maghariba gate, heavily guarded by Israeli special forces. Jerusalemite sources reported. according to Al Ray, that about 11 settlers stormed into the holy site and carried out provocative tours in its yards, while Palestinian worshipers confronted with Takbeer chants […]

24 Jan
2:48

Al-Quds: ‘The Key to Peace, The Key to War’

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate, in the West Bank, against relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Written by Ahmad Jaradat, Senior Project Coordinator at the Alternative Information Center (AIC). Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org. Under the slogan “al-Quds is the key to peace and the […]

Netanyahu (image from wikimedia)
23 Jan
12:37

Netanyahu Chats with Trump, Then Declares Unrestricted Settlement Construction

A day after being inaugurated as U.S. President, Donald Trump called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and invited him to come to the White House in February. Following the phone call, Netanyahu told his security cabinet that he will lift all restrictions on settlement construction in East Jerusalem, according to […]

21 Jan
8:50

Bethlehem: Palestinians Burn Trump Pictures over Renewed US Support to Israel (VIDEO)

A group of Palestinian activists in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem burned, on Friday, 20/1/2017, pictures of  new US President Donald Trump in his first day of taking office because of his support to Israel, and especially his promises to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel […]

16 Jan
8:57

Israeli Statistics: Settler Raids at Al-Aqsa Up by 250%

The year 2016 reportedly witnessed the highest amount of Israeli raids at Al-Aqsa Mosque since East Jerusalem was occupied 50 years ago, Israeli statistics revealed on Sunday. The figures showed, according to Days of Palestine, that such raids increased by at least 250 per cent over the past seven years; 5,658 Israelis […]

02 Jan
8:51

Settlements, Demolitions Continue Unabated, Following US Abstention at UN

Palestinian sources warned, Monday, of Israeli intents to establish an illegal settlement outpost on Palestinian land located in eastern Nablus. Head of Deir al-Hatab village council, Abdul Kareem Hussein, said Israeli settlers, on Sunday, started the construction of abodes, water reserves and mobile home lots in Ras al-Ein area, to […]

30 Dec
6:06

Ashrawi: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Well Informed on Israeli Religious Violations

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Thursday, expressed concerns regarding the statement of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, who recently praised Israel for being a “democracy” that “respects freedom of worship.” In an official statement, Ashrawi said that “Theophilos III is very well informed of […]

28 Dec
6:45

Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Groups of extremist Israeli settlers stormed, early on Wednesday, Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards from Al-Magariba gate. Jerusalemite sources reported that 176 Israeli settlers stormed the compound, accompanied by tight protection of Israeli police. Palestinian worshippers and students confronted the provocative tours with the chanting of protest slogans and Takbeer (“Allahu Akhbar — God is […]

Settlers in Joseph's Tomb in 2013 (image from The Iran Project)
27 Dec
1:02

Israeli Soldiers and Hundreds of Settlers Invade Nablus Area, Wounding Palestinian Youth

Fifteen buses of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers in armored vehicles and jeeps, invaded the Nablus area in the northern part of the West Bank Sunday night to hold a religious ceremony at the site known as “Joseph’s Tomb”. The soldiers fired tear gas and live ammunition at the […]

25 Dec
7:59

Rabbis Launch War on Christmas Tree

‘Israeli leaders expect the US to be religiously inclusive, but then they refuse to practise the same at home,’ Hanna Swaid told Al Jazeera. ~Jonathan Cook/Days of Palestine As tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on the Holy Land, this week, to celebrate the birth of Jesus, senior Israeli […]

22 Dec
5:21

Israeli Authorities Consider Fine on Muslim Prayer

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation Affairs is scheduled to discuss, next Sunday, a new proposal to lift the ban on the Azan (prayer call) in Palestinian mosques, made by a member of the Knesset, Moti Yogev and David Bitan. The new proposal that been developed in the wake of […]

Children visit Bethlehem (image from HCEF)
17 Dec
8:38

Hundreds of Children Arrive in Bethlehem as part of “Bethlehem Heart of Christmas”

December 17, 2016 8:38 AM IMEMC News Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

On Friday, December 16th, 350 children from around Palestine visited Bethlehem’s holy sites to learn first-hand about Palestine’s living Christian heritage. The event was part of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s 12th Annual “Journey to Bethlehem.” For the majority of these children, this represents the first time they have […]

14 Dec
5:38

Israeli Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, Joseph’s Tomb

Israeli extremist settlers and archaeologists, backed by special troops, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday.  Jerusalemite sources said, according to Al Ray, that 70 Jewish Israeli settlers and 48 archaeologists broke into Al-Aqsa’s courtyards via the Maghariba gate, and tried to perform Talmudic rituals.  The sources said that guards and […]

13 Dec
6:54

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

08 Dec
6:27

New Checkpoints, Access Control-buildings and Street-signs in the Historical Center of Hebron

12/06/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team As for colonial Israel, nothing happens without a reason. Periods of extreme violence are followed by relative calm periods with more intense colonial construction activities and preparations for the next facts on the ground. Palestinian  daily life is inhumanly restricted by the […]

08 Dec
2:16

Bethlehem Lights Christmas Tree With Message Of Peace And Justice (Video)

The Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera George Baboun, delivered this years’ Christmas message of peace and justice during the annual official Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held on December 4th, at the Manger Square in front of the Church of Nativity in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. The ceremony was carried out […]

01 Dec
2:03

Economic Collapse in East Jerusalem: Strategies for Recovery

Nur Arafeh , November 30, 2016 Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network In an unusual move, and after years of neglect, American and European delegations and development agencies have recently been visiting East Jerusalem and showing an increased interest in “doing something” about its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, […]

22 Nov
3:36

Historic Names of Palestinian Landmarks in Jerusalem to be Changed by Israeli Authorities

The Israeli government reportedly intends to change the historic names of Jerusalem landmarks into Israeli ones, Hebrew channel 7 reported. According to the site, the  government will change the name of Damascus Gate, one of the most ancient gates of Jerusalem, to “Heroes Square”, in honor of Israeli settlers and soldiers. […]

20 Nov
8:17

Extremist Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli colonial settlers stormed, on Sunday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from Mughrabi Gate, under protection of Israeli occupation police. Local sources said that the settlers carried out provocative tours in the courtyards, and took pictures of various locations, according to Al Ray. The sources added that the presence […]

17 Nov
3:57

Video: “Israeli Colonists Cause Damage To The Church of Holy Sepulcher, Attempt To Occupy It”

Many extremist illegal Israeli colonists, living in an outpost above the Church of Holy Sepulcher, in occupied Jerusalem, attacked the church property, causing damage, and attempted to occupy a room belonging to the church. The attack caused excessive damage to the church property, while priests and church officials called the […]

14 Nov
5:58

Palestinian Leadership to Approach UN Security Council over New Israeli Laws

Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina warned of the danger of Israel’s latest procedures of establishing legislation outposts and preventing prayer call through mosque loudspeakers, which is said will drag the region into a disaster. Abu Rudeina , on Sunday evening, said that these measures are completely unacceptable, adding that […]

10 Nov
7:11

VIDEO: Quizzed About Israel’s Crimes, US Tries to Change Subject

by Michael F. Brown John Kirby, US State Department spokesperson and self-described “lover of history,” knows “the media pivot.” He can ably transition from uncomfortable political terrain – Israeli wrongdoing – to the preferred territory of criticizing Palestinians living under military occupation. Last week provided Kirby just such an opportunity. […]

10 Nov
6:52

Israelis Continue to Tour Al Aqsa Despite Status Quo Challenge

(Al Ray archive image) At least 100 Jewish Israelis, including students, toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday, escorted by Israeli police, while the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) condemned recent attempts by Israeli politicians to challenge the status quo at the holy site. Israeli settlers entered through the Moroccan Gate and […]

10 Nov
6:26

Israeli Politicians Enthusiastically Ally with the Temple Movement

A conference of Israelis seeking to change al-Aqsa’s status quo takes place in parliament. A Temple Mount Lobby is born. The tenth annual the Seekers of Zion conference was held in Israeli parliament on Monday, Haaretz reports. Israeli citizens and politicians gathered at the event to discuss and organize around […]

06 Nov
5:03

Muslim Call to Morning Prayer Banned from 3 Mosques in Jerusalem District

(PNN archive image) Israeli authorities reportedly banned the Muslim call to dawn prayer, from being projected over loudspeakers, in three different mosques in the Jerusalem district town of Abu Dis, on Friday, according to local sources. Lawyer Bassam Bahr, head of a local committee in Abu Dis, said that Israeli forces […]

04 Nov
5:20

Jerusalem Mayor Wants to Ban Muslim Call to Prayer

Hebrew Radio, on Thursday, announced that the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Brakhat, has issued a resolution to Israeli officials and police, calling for halting the Azan (Muslim call to prayer) in Jerusalem, because it is “noisy.” According to the PNN, Brakhat sent a letter to the head of the Israeli […]

03 Nov
7:00

Looting Palestinian Cultural Heritage

Israel illegally transfers rare archaeological artifacts from East Jerusalem into a new Israeli museum. Where is the international community? by Sergio Yahni The construction of Israel’s National Archaeology Campus (NAC), designed by architects Moshe Safdie and Irit Kohavi, has slowly but steadily progressed since 2012. NAC will sit next to […]

03 Nov
6:48

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 October – 02 November 2016)

Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (27 October – 02 November 2016). (photo: On Wednesday, Israeli bulldozers demolished a 2-storey building belonging to the family of Thalji Soliman, in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, located at the center of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext […]

02 Nov
12:01

Israeli Forces Demolish Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

November 2, 2016 12:01 PM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Following a number of controversial excavations in recent weeks to Islamic holy sites, a new violation took place Tuesday by Israeli troops who accompanied Israeli government officials to demolish a Muslim cemetery. The destruction took place at the historic Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery, near the al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. Parts […]

01 Nov
4:45

Israelis Raise Flag at Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  The Higher Presidential Committee of Church Affairs in Palestine has condemned the raising of an Israeli flag at the eastern entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, in occupied Jerusalem. The committee asserted, in a press release, that this constitutes a […]

24 Oct
9:30

As Jewish Extremists Provoke Residents of Old City Jerusalem, Palestinians Prepare to Mark 100 Years since Balfour Declaration

Hardline Jewish Israeli extremists marched on Monday, through annexed East Jerusalem’s Old City area, provoking the city’s Palestinian residents and, in some instances, holding religious rituals at the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque, residents said. The extremists, who held their activities under heavy police protection, were marking the last day of […]

19 Oct
8:04

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Celebrate Sukkot at Buraq Plaza

Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered, Wednesday morning, at Buraq plaza, to the west of Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate what is called Sukkot, the “Feast of Tabernacles”. By celebrating their rituals, the celebrants ignored a recent UNESCO resolution declaring the Al-Aqsa shrine an Islamic site, and nullifying a Jewish connection to it. As […]

18 Oct
6:45

Israeli Extremists Storm Al Aqsa, Ibrahimi Mosques

Around 200 Israeli extremists, on Tuesday, held provocative tours of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in annexed East Jerusalem’s Old City district, heeding calls by parent organizations to increase Jewish presence on the holy site during the Jewish holidays, according to mosque officials. The Islamic Waqf, which runs the al-Haram al-Sharif (holy sanctuary) […]

18 Oct
6:27

Mexico Seeks to Withdraw UNESCO Vote, New Session Refused

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that it will not hold the new vote on the Jewishness of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, proclaimed Israeli “Temple Mount”, despite Mexico changing its stance. Mexico, who voted Thursday in favor of the resolution that denies Israeli ties to the […]

17 Oct
6:45

Israelis Exert Pressure to Cancel UNESCO Vote

Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, says that communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to al-Aqsa Mosque, in annexed East Jerusalem. Worbs said, according to the PNN, that more time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed […]

15 Oct
6:34

PA Welcomes Passing of UNESCO Resolution

Photo: The Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of East Jerusalem during a regional dust storm, September 8, 2015. (AFP) Following a controversial UNESCO vote which saw the adoption of a draft resolution sharply criticizing Israeli policies around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while supposedly rejecting Jewish ties to the holy […]

13 Oct
4:32

UNESCO to Vote on Resolution Refuting “Jewishness” of Al Aqsa Mosque

October 13, 2016 4:32 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is expected to vote on a resolution proposal that ‘denies Jewish connections to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound & the Dome of the Rock, which is called the Temple Mount and Western Wall by Israelis,  in Jerusalem, the Ha’aretz daily reported. The […]

25 Sep
11:53

Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

soldiers kidnapped, Sunday, two young Palestinian men near Bab al-Qattanin, leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a third Palestinian near the Sahara Gate, in occupied Jerusalem. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the soldiers stopped the two Palestinians, and interrogated them, before moving them to a detention and center in […]

22 Sep
10:28

Israeli Police Assault Jerusalemite Woman

Israeli police have reportedly beat a Jerusalemite woman named Hanade Halawani, as she was leaving al-Aqsa mosque. Halawani said that one of the officers beat her while she was leaving the holy site after the Maghrib prayer, according to Al Ray. She explained that the period for the expulsion order against her has ended; however, […]

20 Sep
9:42

Fateh Member Deported from Jerusalem by Israeli Authorities

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, served a deportation decision to a Fateh movement secretary from al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. Israeli intelligence summoned Shadi Mtawar to Qashla investigation center, in Jerusalem, and handed him deportation order, claiming that he threatened settlers and Israeli forces. He was told that his […]

19 Sep
9:00

Israeli Forces Order Jerusalemites to Close Shops, Extremist Settlers Raid Al Aqsa

Israeli soldiers forced, on Monday morning, traders from occupied Jerusalem to close their shops. Al Ray sources said that the occupation ordered the traders to close their shops in Salah al-Din, al-Sultan Suleiman, and al-Rashid streets, in the Old City district of Jerusalem. The sources also explained that the soldiers spread […]

05 Sep
1:25

Extremist Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque

Extremist Israeli settlers, under heavy guard of special forces, again stormed Al-Aqsa mosque courtyards via the Maghariba gate, on Sunday morning. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the settlers broke into Al-Aqsa in small groups and carried out provocative tours in the courtyards, adding that photos were taken in several areas of […]

01 Sep
11:05

Update: Extremist Settlers Storm Joseph’s Tomb

Updated from: http://imemc.org/article/one-soldier-injured-by-palestinian-fire-as-israeli-army-invades-nablus/ Hundreds of Israeli settlers, on Thursday at dawn, stormed Joseph’s Tomb under heavy guard of Israeli police, in Nablus. One Israeli soldier was injured in violent clashes which erupted between Palestinian youth and the settlers, Israeli media announced. Eyewitness reported, according to Al Ray, that dozens of Israeli military […]

29 Aug
1:17

Extremist Settlers, Israeli Intelligence Officers Raid Al Aqsa

Israeli settlers and intelligence officers, on Sunday morning, forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, according to local sources. Witnesses told WAFA that a group of hard-line Israeli settlers accompanied by intelligence officers broke into the Islamic holy site. There were no reports of clashes between the entering […]

24 Aug
12:55

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Raid Al Aqsa Mosque

August 24, 2016 12:55 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Settlers, accompanied by 12 Israeli military soldiers, stormed, on Tuesday morning, Al-Aqsa mosque via the Maghariba gate. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Jerusalem sources said that 46 settlers, heavily guarded by Israeli special forces, broke into the courtyards of the mosque, which is exposed, on a near daily basis, to the […]

20 Aug
10:20

Call for Intervention to Prevent Permanent Damage to Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque

August 20, 2016 10:20 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Hebron, Holy sites, News Report 0

For more than one month, Israeli authorities have planned and began the implementation of a new and permanent checkpoint structure, with other permanent buildings, on the historic grounds of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City district. According to the PNN, their plans (as seen below) reveal that vast damage will […]

19 Aug
12:08

Islamic Christian Committee: Israel Planning Jerusalem Entrance Project to Obliterate Muslim Christian Spirit

The Islamic Christian Committee to Defend Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned, on Thursday, against an Israeli project called the “New Face of Modern Jerusalem,” which targets the main western entrance of the city. The committee said, in a press release, that the plan aims to give Jerusalem a Jewish character, obliterate […]

15 Aug
11:38

Israeli Media: Preparations for Construction of 3rd Temple to Begin

August 15, 2016 11:38 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli institutions and organizations are preparing to build the so-called “Third Temple” in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and are waiting for a political decision to start, Israeli channels reported. Israeli TV reported, on the alleged anniversary of the temple’s destruction, that Israeli institutions which seek to build the temple were met with […]

Settlers invading al-Aqsa (image by Ma'an news)
15 Aug
11:04

Israeli Soldiers & Settlers invade al-Aqsa Mosque, 18 Palestinians Injured

On Sunday, a group of around 250 armed Israeli settlers, accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers, invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in the world for Muslims. The Israeli settlers, mainly religious Jews, invaded the mosque as part of their celebration of the Jewish holiday of […]

13 Aug
8:51

Jerusalem: Israel Erases Palestine-related Content from School Books

Israeli authorities in occupied Jerusalem have omitted all texts and pictures related to Palestine, and the struggle against the occupation, from Palestinian school books before its distribution. According to the Hebrew newspaper Iroshalim, the Israeli municipality and the ministry of education deleted Quranic verses, poems and other contents from Palestinian curriculums […]

10 Aug
9:25

Israel to Increase Security Measures in East Jerusalem

Israeli occupation police have decided to raise the number of its stations and security cameras in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reports that, according to an official Israeli announcement, five new police stations will be opened in East Jerusalem as part of a development plan aimed at […]

09 Aug
9:44

154 Settlers Storm Al Aqsa

Dozens of extremist settlers, accompanied by Israeli intelligence agents, stormed  Al Aqsa  Mosque on Tuesday morning, via the Mughrabi gate, amid intensive military presence in the Old City district of annexed East Jerusalem.  At 7.30 am, Israeli police opened the gate and spread out special forces and rapid intervention units and individuals […]

07 Aug
9:44

Al Aqsa Mosque: Extremist Raids Continue, One Guard and Six Rehabilitation Committee Members Detained

Extremist settlers, guarded by  Israeli special forces, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque yards on Sunday morning,  via the Mughrabi Gate. The settlers, led by archaeological and historical guides, toured the Al- Aqsa  compound and took some photos for different places, Jerusalemite sources said. Worshipers and religious science circle students defended the mosque with […]

30 Jul
3:50

Soldiers Kidnap A Guard Of The Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and took him to an interrogation center in occupied Jerusalem. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers kidnapped Mohannad Edrees near the Tribes Gate, as he was heading for work in the mosque, before moving him […]

25 Jul
10:05

VIDEO: Settlers Again Storm Al Aqsa Under Heavy Police Protection

Groups of Israeli settlers entered Al Aqsa Mosque, this morning, under tight protection of Israeli police and special forces. PNN reports that, according to the Palestinian Information Center, the extremists aimed at carrying out Talmudic rituals during their tours. As a reaction, Palestinian worshipers started chanting “Allahu Akbar (God is […]

22 Jul
10:43

Israeli Authorities to Erect Stone Checkpoint at Ibrahimi Mosque Entrance

Israeli forces are installing a stone checkpoint at the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque to restrict Palestinians from entering it, to visit and  to pray. As the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee’s General Manager, Imad Hamdan, illustrated, the new checkpoint will be made of stone in a permanent-style, in front of the […]

20 Jul
10:48

Extremist Settlers Continue to Storm Al Aqsa

Dozens of extremist settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, through the Mughrabi Gate. Sources in Jerusalem reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that  17 settlers,  guarded by Israeli special forces,  stormed Al-Aqsa courtyards in the morning. While a number of illegal Israeli settlers tried […]

16 Jul
11:10

Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July […]

14 Jul
10:04

Israel’s Ideological Barrier

In 2002, the Israeli government decided to construct “a barrier” separating the West Bank and Israel with the declared purpose of improving the security of Israel by preventing Palestinians from entering Israel without first being cleared at a checkpoint. [1]Today, the Annexation and Segregation Wall consists partly of concrete slabs […]

12 Jul
8:47

Extremist Settlers Raid Al Aqsa, Joseph’s Tomb

Groups of extremist Israeli settlers led by the radical rabbi, Yehuda Glick, heavily guarded by Israeli special forces broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, early on Tuesday. About 30 Israeli settlers stormed the mosque from Al-Maghariba gate, while the Israeli forces heavily deployed to guard them. Israeli channel 10 […]

11 Jul
8:05

US Churches Advance BDS Initiatives

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition in Palestinian civil society, has offered its congratulation and thanks, to both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, for their respective and powerful votes, in the weeks past, towards advancing solidarity with Palestinian rights under international law within […]

10 Jul
11:01

Hundreds of Gazans Hospitalized for Food Poisoning

At least 1,000 Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip suffered from food poisoning from eating salted herring on the first on Wednesday and Thursday — the second day of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. After hundreds of residents of Khan Younis and Rafah were hospitalized for food poisoning, Gaza’s Ministry of […]

07 Jul
9:21

Ramadan 2016: Harassment, Collective Punishment and Settlement Expansions in the Occupied West Bank

07/07/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Monday the 6th of June marked the beginning of the Ramadan; the holiest holiday in Islam. The Ramadan is a sacred month in the Islamic calendar, where Muslims celebrate when the Qu’ran was revealed for the first time to the Prophet Muhammad. […]

02 Jul
8:24

Remembering Muhammad Abu Khdeir Two Years After His Brutal Murder

7/2/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Today marks the two year anniversary of the brutal kidnap, torture and eventual murder of 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The teenager was kidnapped in the Shufat neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem by Ben David of the illegal settlement Geva Binyamin and two […]

29 Jun
10:41

Israel Releases A Palestinian Woman, Orders Her Under House Arrest, Denies Her Entry To Al-Aqsa For 60 Days

The Israeli District Court in occupied Jerusalem released a Palestinian woman, who was held for two weeks, after ordering her under house arrest for ten days, in addition to forcing her to pay a 2000 Israeli shekels bail, and preventing her from entering the West Bank for 180 days, and […]

27 Jun
10:22

Jordan Protests Ongoing Israeli Violations Against Al-Aqsa

The Jordanian government denounced the escalating Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, including the Sunday and Monday invasions, and the attacks targeting worshippers and Waqf department employees, in addition to the usage of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs into the mosque courtyards. Jordan Government Spokesperson, Dr. […]

27 Jun
8:02

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Obama to Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

Israeli authorities released Mohammad, 15, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, in April after he served six months in prison. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) New York, June 20, 2016—Twenty members of the United States Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, urging the appointment of […]

27 Jun
7:19

Adalah: Stop Cutting Water Supply to West Bank Palestinians

Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, sent a letter to senior Israeli government, military and water officials demanding that they cease cutting the water supply to Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank. “In violation of int’l treaties, Israel has cut water supply up to 70%, […]

27 Jun
11:40

Israeli Soldiers, Undercover Officers, Invade The Courtyards Of Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, and undercover officers, stormed on Monday morning that courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the al-Magharba Gate, attacked many Palestinian worshipers before closing the Al-Qibli Mosque, in preparation to allow dozens of Israeli extremists to tour the holy site. The soldiers and undercover officers forced all […]

26 Jun
7:33

Clashes at Al-Aqsa, 12 Injured

Twelve Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas during clashes that broke out, between devotees at Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israeli soldiers, on Sunday at dawn. Locals who were at the mosque said, according to the PNN, that Israeli forces broke into the mosque releasing teargas and sound bombs on the people, then […]

23 Jun
9:39

PA Foreign Ministry Condemns Ongoing Excavations at al-Aqsa

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday condemned ongoing excavations by the Israeli government beneath al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. According to the ministry, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “continues to employ all its potential in its war against the annexed East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian presence there, […]

Christians at Pentecost prayer (image by www.pravoslavie.ru)
23 Jun
12:16

Israeli Extremists Attack Palestinian Christians During Pentecost Prayer, Shouting “You Are Evil”

A group of Israeli extremists assaulted the Pentecostal prayer procession in Jerusalem this week, shouting and trying to occupy Mount Zion to keep the Christians out. The Israeli police arrested five demonstrators who locked themselves in the holy site known as King David’s Tomb before the Christian procession arrived. The […]

22 Jun
7:18

Extremist Settlers Continue to Storm Al Aqsa

Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, resumed their provocative visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. WAFA correspondence said that small groups of extremist settlers, accompanied by an Israeli police escort, broke into the site during the morning, to perform rituals. In the meantime, Islamic Waqf guards present at the site expelled […]

20 Jun
7:19

Hundreds of Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa over Ramadan

Some 500 extremist Israeli settlers, under the protection of Israeli police, have broken into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of holy month Ramadan, Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem reported Monday. Feras Al-Debs, the representative of Information Office in the department, said in a press release that the settlers […]

17 Jun
7:52

Ban on Al Aqsa Lifted, 300 Gazans Allowed to Visit Jerusalem for Ramadan

Three hundred Palestinians from besieged Gaza were permitted, on Friday, to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque in annexed East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian officials, following a recent decision to lift a ban implemented last week in response to a deadly shooting in Tel Aviv. The devotees, all of whom were above the […]

15 Jun
6:29

Dozens of Extremist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa

Groups of extremist Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the Magharba gate, under heavy protection of Israeli occupation police. An Al Ray reporter said that three groups of around 42 Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque, while Palestinian devotees  confronted them with chants of “Allahu […]

13 Jun
6:55

Key Muslim and Christian Holy Sites Erased from “Old City” Map

The Israeli tourism ministry has published a map of the occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem), which omits significant Muslim and Christian holy sites, as well as entire neighborhoods, from the area. The so-called “Old City” map, which is distributed free of charge at tourist information centers across the city, does […]

12 Jun
8:48

Rabbi Lau: 3rd Temple Can be Built Without Destroying Al Aqsa

In an interview with Israel’s Knesset Channel (the Israeli equivalent of CSPAN), the country’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi advocates building a Third Temple on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, arguing that it can be done without demolishing Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock, according to +972 mag. via the Alternative […]

09 Jun
8:50

83,000 Palestinian Entrance Permits to East Jerusalem Frozen by Israel

The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which implements Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, issued an order freezing more than 83,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, the organization said on Thursday. The freeze comes in the wake of a deadly […]

08 Jun
10:19

Palestinian Security Guard Hit by Israeli Police Vehicle inside Al-Aqsa Compound

A Palestinian security guard was reportedly hit and injured by an Israeli police vehicle inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in annexed East Jerusalem, Wednesday morning, witnesses said. Eyewitnesses explained to Ma’an News Agency that the guard, identified as Luay Abu al-Saad, was standing between the compound’s Chain Gate and the […]

15 May
2:38

Jaffa Mosque Defaced With “Death To Arabs” Graffiti

For the second time, the “Hassan Bek” mosque in Jaffa, was defaced on Saturday at dawn with racist graffiti written in Hebrew, similar to dozens of previous incidents that targeted mosques and churches, with slogans such as “Death to Arabs”, “Revenge,” and “Kahane was right.” The graffiti defaced the western […]

30 Apr
2:31

Israeli Soldiers Detain 42 Palestinians In Al-Aqsa Courtyards

April 30, 2016 2:31 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers and police officers detained, Friday, at least 42 Palestinians from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and released them later except for seven Palestinians, who remained under interrogation. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said dozens of soldiers were deployed at the gates of the Al-Aqsa […]

19 Apr
11:09

Jordan Halts Al Aqsa Surveillance Camera Project

Jordan has decided not to install security cameras at Islam’s third holiest site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in annexed East Jerusalem, because of some Palestinian doubts, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said Monday. “We have been surprised by the reactions of some who have made comments expressing their doubts about the […]

17 Apr
5:09

Settlers, Policewomen Raid al-Aqsa Mosque

A group of Israeli settlers escorted by  policewomen, on Sunday, resumed their provocative tours into annexed East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry, according to witnesses. During the entry of the settlers, Islamic Waqf personnel and worshipers at the […]

14 Apr
7:03

Israeli Army Kidnaps 14 Elderly Men In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, late at night and on Thursday at dawn, many Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem and kidnapped fifteen elderly men,  between the ages of 57 and 72, and one man, 43 years of age. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) in Jerusalem, said the soldiers violently searched many […]

09 Apr
7:12

France Calls for Construction Halt on Cremisan Apartheid Wall

The French Foreign Ministry has called on Israel to halt renewed construction of the Israeli separation wall in the southern occupied West Bank’s Cremisan Valley, according to a statement published Friday. “France is concerned by the Israeli authorities’ resumption of construction of the separation wall in the historical Cremisan Valley, […]

Yehuda Glick (archive image from Al Ray)
04 Apr
6:21

Glick and Entourage Storm Al-Aqsa Compound

A group of extremist Israeli settlers, led by American-Israeli rabbi Yehuda Glick, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound from Al-Magharibah gate, early Monday, according to Al Ray.

Archbishop Sewerios Malki Murad, right, speaks during a graduation ceremony for Syriac Christian students in Bethlehem on July 1, 2015. (MaanImages/ Emily Mulder, File)
04 Apr
5:34

Archbishop of Syrian Orthodox Church Detained by Palestinian Police

April 4, 2016 5:34 AM IMEMC News Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Palestinian police in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem arrested, on Saturday, the spiritual head of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Palestine and Jordan, Palestinian security sources said. Eyewitness and follower of the Syrian Orthodox Church Shamiran Ketlo told Ma’an that she saw Palestinian police obstructing a parade […]

26 Mar
4:43

Christians Celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

March 26, 2016 4:43 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Christian Palestinians and pilgrims from around the world marked Good Friday, today, by holding a procession on Via Dolorosa, in the historic Old City of annexed East Jerusalem. Security was tight as thousands of worshipers, some bearing wooden crosses, walked through the Old City to the Church of the Holy […]

17 Mar
9:37

Israel Cancels Gazans’ Weekly Visit to Al-Aqsa

March 17, 2016 9:37 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli authorities, on Wednesday, cancelled a weekly visit which allows elderly Palestinians, from the Gaza Strip, to travel to annexed East Jerusalem for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Palestinian liaison officials.Sources at the liaison office said that Israel had called off the agreement, which previously allowed 200 Gazans […]

17 Mar
9:06

Bus Crashes During Pilgrimage, 16 Palestinians Dead

March 17, 2016 9:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, International, News Report 0

16 Palestinian pilgrims killed, while 36 others were injured when their bus overturned on Wednesday evening, in Ma’an city, south of Jordan.The Palestine Information Center reported from the Jordanian Civil Defense that, while on their way to perform pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the driver apparently lost control before the bus […]

07 Mar
6:06

Police Quell Rally Condemning Ban on Entry to al-Aqsa

March 7, 2016 6:06 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police, on Sunday, violently suppressed a rally organized by Palestinian women who have been banned, by Israeli authorities, from entering annexed East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, for various periods of time, under ‘security pretexts’.WAFA correspondence reported that Israeli police quelled the rally using stun grenades against female protesters, however, no […]

01 Mar
10:41

Glick Returns to Al-Aqsa after Ban Lifted

March 1, 2016 10:41 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli right-winger Yehuda Glick, head of the ‘Temple Mount Faithful’ group, was escorted – together with other settlers – under Israeli armed protection into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, days after an Israeli court lifted an order barring him entry to the Islamic holy site.A statement by Al-Aqsa Foundation […]

05 Feb
12:55

Settlers Again Storm Al-Aqsa Under Police Protection

February 5, 2016 12:55 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning, from Mughrabi Gate, guarded by special occupation forces.Jerusalemite sources said, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the settlers carried out provocative tours inside the courtyards of the holy site, amid the presence of Palestinian worshipers. Extremist settlers […]

03 Feb
11:30

Settlers Resume Provocative Visits to Al-Aqsa under Police Protection

February 3, 2016 11:30 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Jewish Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, resumed provocative tours inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry, according to witnesses.An Islamic Waqf guard told WAFA that, during the early morning hours, around 130 settlers, accompanied by armed Israeli policemen and […]

20 Jan
8:40

Settlers Continue with Regular Raids on Al-Aqsa

January 20, 2016 8:40 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Extremist Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from Al Mughrabi gate, amid tight security protection from the Israeli occupation police.Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that the settlers broke into the mosque in small groups, while Palestinian worshipers confronted them with chants of ‘Allahu […]

18 Jan
1:39

Extremist Settlers: “Slaughter the Christians”

January 18, 2016 1:39 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A group of extremist, right-wing Israeli settlers, on Sunday at dawn, sprayed slogans calling for the slaughter of Christians, on the walls of an old monastery in Jerusalem.The slogans are thought to have been written by the extremist “PriceTag” group, which has repeatedly attacked Palestinian homes, churches and mosques overnight, […]

09 Jan
7:14

2015: A Dangerous Escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque

January 9, 2016 7:14 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Wadi Hilweh Information Center has issued their 2015 yearly report and monitored the main events in the city of Jerusalem, with special attention given to Israeli violations against Jerusalemites and their properties.The center explained, in its report, that occupation authorities escalated their violations in 2015, a year which witnessed major […]

06 Jan
10:07

01/06/15: Christmas in Bethlehem for Eastern Church Denominations

January 6, 2016 10:07 PM IMEMC Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Eastern Christian denominations following the Orthodox calendar, on Wednesday, welcomed archbishops and patriarchs to celebrate Christmas Eve outside the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Nativity Church, in Bethlehem.Hundreds of Palestinians affiliated to the Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic and Ethiopian churches arrived on Manger Square to mark the occasion. Jiries […]