Category Archives: Holy sites

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 […]

04 Jan
3:08

Lehava Leader Again Calls for Torching Jerusalem Churches

January 4, 2016 3:08 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

The leader of the extremist anti-assimilation group, Lehava, recently renewed his calls to torch churches in occupied Jerusalem, Israeli media sources revealed.Lehava’s leader, Bentzi Gopstein, told the Israeli TV Channel II that Israeli Jews practically prevent Christians from entering Jerusalem, saying that Christian presence in Jerusalem was not welcome. He […]

01 Jan
6:32

Gopstein: Christians Not Welcome in Jerusalem

January 1, 2016 6:32 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

An Israeli Rabbi said, Wednesday, that Christians are not welcome in Jerusalem, and that he does not mind burning mosques and churches.Bentzi Gopstein told Israeli TV Channel 2 that Israeli Jews practically prevent Christians from entering Jerusalem. He also called for making obstacles towards the expansion of Christianity and Islam […]

06 Dec
3:29

Right-wing Israeli group protests Christmas tree event in Jerusalem

December 6, 2015 3:29 PM IMEMC News Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The right-wing Jewish group ‘Lehava’ held a protest outside of the YMCA in Jerusalem, shouting at Palestinian Christian children and families as they were entering and leaving the annual Christmas-tree decoration party.Lehava is a group that calls for the expulsion of the indigenous Palestinian population from their homes in what […]

11 Nov
2:47

Palestinians Warn of Plan to ‘Partition’ Al-Aqsa Mosque

November 11, 2015 2:47 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Although tensions have recently subsided at East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, many Palestinians fear that ‘partition’ of the site between Muslims and Jews remains a long-term Israeli objective.The current round of violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank — in which scores of Palestinians have been killed so far — was […]

02 Nov
5:00

Settlers Resume Provocative Visits to al-Aqsa

November 2, 2015 5:00 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli settlers Sunday resumed their provocative tours into al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, despite of recent remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, by which he vowed that ‘his’ government will not change the status quo at the compound, according to local sources.WAFA correspondence reports that groups of Jewish […]

30 Sep
9:45

166 Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa

September 30, 2015 9:45 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli forces have continued the tight siege and restrictions imposed on Al-Aqsa Mosque and banned Palestinian worshippers from entering the mosque, for the third day in a row.For the third day in a row, Israeli occupation police have been heavily deployed near Al-Aqsa gates, the Old City and near Al-Buraq […]

30 Sep
9:30

Priests Call on Abbas to Address Cremisan Issue at UN

September 30, 2015 9:30 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, International, News Report 0

Delivered by Fr. Ibrahim Shomali:Thank you, Mr. President, The CCIA of the World Council of Churches would like to express its deep concern on the building of the Israeli annexation and separation wall in the Cremisan valley, near Bethlehem, in occupied Palestine. As a priest of the Latin Patriarchate in […]

29 Sep
1:10

Muslim Entry into Ibrahimi Mosque to be Banned for Jewish Holidays

September 29, 2015 1:10 AM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Holy sites, News Report 0

The Israeli authorities announced that the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as Cave of the Patriarchs, will be closed to Muslim worshippers on Tuesday and Wednesday, for the Jewish holidays, the Ministry of Islamic Waqf,said on Monday.The mosque will be open only to Jews who will be celebrating the Jewish holidays, […]

28 Sep
12:56

Soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque, Many Plaestinians Injured

September 28, 2015 12:56 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, police officers and undercover forces, invaded on Monday morning, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, fired gas bombs and concussion grenades causing many injuries, before forcibly removing the worshipers, and surrounded dozens in the Al-Qibli MosqueEyewitnesses said around 150 soldiers and officers invaded the holy site, […]

28 Sep
1:07

Clashes at Al Aqsa on Last Day of Eid

September 28, 2015 1:07 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Clashes broke out in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound when Israeli forces stormed the holy site on Sunday morning, the last day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, witnesses said.Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that special Israeli forces stormed the holy site via the Moroccan and Chain gatest, firing rubber-coated steel […]

24 Sep
3:43

Al-Aqsa Stormed by Settlers Wearing Priestly Garments

September 24, 2015 3:43 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

As Israeli police continued to severely restrict Palestinian access into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, groups of extremist Jewish settlers wearing priestly garments, Wednesday morning ,forced their way into the flashpoint holy site.Protected by heavily-guarded police officers, dozens of extremist settlers wearing priestly garments forced their way into the mosque compound […]

21 Sep
11:22

Heads of Churches in Jerusalem Condemn Recent Attacks on Al Aqsa

September 21, 2015 11:22 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, on Monday, have released statement expressing serious concerns regarding recent violent development on Haram al Sharif (Al Aqsa Mosque).“We condemn all threats of change to the historical (Status Quo) situation in the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Haram Asharif) and its courtyard, all buildings, and in the […]

20 Sep
9:18

Settlers Continue to Storm Al Aqsa

September 20, 2015 9:18 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

About 43 Israeli settlers and intelligence members barged into the yards of Al-Aqsa mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, heavily guarded by Israeli police units.Israeli forces abducted one Palestinian near one of the mosque gates. According to the PNN, the violations come as the Yeshivat Makor Chaim rightist orthodox school called […]

17 Sep
1:10

Israeli Police Assault Women and Guards at Al Aqsa

September 17, 2015 1:10 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police, on Wednesday, assaulted two Islamic Waqf guards and a number of women, with their clubs, at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, according to local sources.Omar Keswani, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said the police assaulted the guards and women while they were attempting to confront Jewish fanatics who broke […]

16 Sep
4:14

VIDEO: Soldiers Storm Al Aqsa on Day 3 of Fierce Clashes

September 16, 2015 4:14 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound’s southern mosque on Tuesday sparking the third straight day of violent clashes at the third holiest site in Islam.Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the clashes, during which Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian worshipers. […]

14 Sep
3:31

Attacks Against Al-Aqsa Continue; Many Palestinians Kidnapped And Injured

September 14, 2015 3:31 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Groups of Israeli extremists, accompanied by dozens of soldiers and police officers, continued their invasions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, through the al-Magharba Gate, after the army forcibly removed most of the Palestinian worshipers, and assaulted dozens. The soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, including women, near the […]

14 Sep
1:23

Seven Palestinians Kidnapped In Al-Aqsa, Elderly Man Shot In The Eye

September 14, 2015 1:23 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Dozens of undercover soldiers of the Israeli army, and police officers, invaded on Monday morning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, assaulted many Palestinians, kidnapped seven, and wounded several others, including seniors, with rubber-coated steel bullets, while an elderly man who was shot in the eye.Eyewitnesses said the soldiers and […]

14 Sep
11:39

Eleven Injured Sunday; Journalists Syndicate Denounces Israeli Targeting Of Reporters

September 14, 2015 11:39 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate issued a statement strongly denouncing the serious Israeli escalation against the worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, Sunday, leading to dozens of injuries, including eleven journalists, deliberately targeted by the soldiers.The Syndicate said the army, and police, deliberately assaulted the journalists, […]

13 Sep
2:06

Clashes Continue As Israeli Minister Participates In Al-Aqsa Mosque Invasion

September 13, 2015 2:06 PM IMEMC News Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, joined dozens of Israeli extremists who stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, Sunday, under extensive military and police presence, leading to clashes and dozens of injuries among the worshipers.The soldiers attacked the guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and dozens of worshipers and […]

13 Sep
10:24

Video: Dozens Of Soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque

September 13, 2015 10:24 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, earlier on Sunday, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and fired dozens of concussion grenades on local worshipers, and attacked dozens.Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, including undercover officers, surrounded local Muslim worshipers in the Al-Qibli Mosque, and fired dozens of […]

13 Sep
6:12

Israel Rejects Compensation For Burnt Historic Christian Church

September 13, 2015 6:12 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli Tax Authority has rejected a claim for compensation by officials of the Catholic Church demanding compensation for the burnt Church of Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, which was burnt which was burnt in an Israeli terrorist arson attack, last June.Israeli Channel 2 has reported, Wednesday, that tax officials, […]

06 Sep
10:49

45 Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque, Conduct ‘Tour’

September 6, 2015 10:49 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from Mughrabi gate, on Sunday morning, amid tight security protection from Israeli police.Al Ray reports that, according to media, the coordinator for the Foundation of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem Feras al-Desbes said that around Israeli 45 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa courtyards, and […]

06 Sep
2:03

Video: Soldiers Attack Palestinian Women, Prevent Them From Entering Al-Aqsa Mosque

September 6, 2015 2:03 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers and police officers attacked, Sunday, many Palestinian women, and prevented more than 40 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and accompanied dozens of Israeli extremists during their provocative tours in the mosque compound.The soldiers distributed a list of names of the 40 Palestinian women, who are […]

05 Sep
1:04

Muslims Barred from Ibrahimi Mosque for Six Days

September 5, 2015 1:04 AM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Holy sites, News Report 0

Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, announced that they will close the Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron’s old city, to Muslim worshipers, for six days during September, under the pretext of ‘Jewish occasions’, PNN reports.Head of the mosque, Munther Abul-Feelat in a press release said that Israeli authorities decided to close down the […]

03 Sep
8:25

400 Israelis Pray Under Armed Guard at Joseph’s Tomb

September 3, 2015 8:25 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Nablus, News Report 0

Hundreds of right-wing Israelis and Israeli settlers performed Jewish prayers at the site of Joseph’s Tomb, east of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, under armed protection at dawn on Thursday, according to Palestinian security sources.The security sources told Ma’an News Agency that about 400 Israelis arrived in eight […]

28 Aug
11:10

East Jerusalem: Demonstrators March at Al-Aqsa

August 28, 2015 11:10 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Protesters marched following Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in condemnation of “dangerous Israeli escalations’ at the holy site, locals said.Protesters held signs reading “Al-Aqsa is a symbol of our religion,’ and ‘We support Al-Aqsa with our souls and blood,” witnesses said, according to Ma’an News Agency. Demonstrators condemned ongoing […]

27 Aug
10:32

Settlers Continue to Raid Al-Aqsa, 2 Female Students Detained

August 27, 2015 10:32 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police took into custody, early on Wednesday, a photojournalist and two female students from Al-Aqsa Islamic School at Al-Silsila gate.Police deployed forces in the early morning hours, in the vicinity of the mosque, erected military checkpoints and barred all women and Islamic school students from entering the mosque for […]

27 Aug
12:54

Four Palestinians, Including Two Girls, Kidnapped Near Al-Aqsa

August 27, 2015 12:54 PM IMEMC News Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Thursday, two Palestinian teenager girls, tenth grade students of the Al-Aqsa School, and also kidnapped two young men near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Army also imposed more restrictions on the entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.Head of the Al-Aqsa School ‘Ehad Sabri said the soldiers kidnapped two tenth grade […]

23 Aug
8:29

20 Palestinian Women Barred from Entering Al Aqsa

August 23, 2015 8:29 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police, on Sunday, prevented around 20 Palestinian women from entering al-Aqsa mosque, while allowing Israeli settlers into the mosque’s compound, according to WAFA correspondence.Special Israeli police units erected metal barricades near al-Aqsa mosque, imposing restrictions on the entry of Palestinians and preventing around 20 women from entering for attempting […]

12 Aug
1:02

Israeli Police Deny Access to Al Aqsa for Women and Children

August 12, 2015 1:02 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police has denied women and children access to al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem, provoking resentment among the crowds, according to local sources.WAFA correspondence said that a scuffle broke out when the police denied a crowd of women and children access to the Mosque. The worshipers, women and children, […]

10 Aug
11:21

Al Aqsa Mosque: Soldiers Assault Children, Guards

August 10, 2015 11:21 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli occupation forces assaulted and injured guards at the Al Aqsa Mosque, Monday morning, at the door of al-Asbat, while detaining one other.The media coordinator of the Foundation of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, Firas al-Debs, told Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency that Israeli forces pepper-sprayed a group of children […]

09 Aug
7:30

‘Bet Lahem Live’ Festival Celebrates Cultural and Religious Diversity

August 9, 2015 7:30 PM IMEMC Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, Human interest 0

At the end of Star Street in the Old City of Bethlehem, turquoise metal doors that are usually locked have been set wide open. In a cave-like interior, a group of women sits in the dim light on brightly colored pillows and sofas, discussing what it means to live as […]

04 Aug
2:22

Soldiers Kidnap Eight Palestinians, Including Two Children, In Al-Aqsa

August 4, 2015 2:22 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Tuesday morning, dozens of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards, in occupied East Jerusalem, and kidnapped eight Palestinians, including two children. At least two were injured, and hospitalized.The assaults took place after dozens of Israeli fanatics stormed the courtyards of the mosque, under heavy police and […]

30 Jul
8:00

Yehuda Glick Enters Al Aqsa under Armed Guard

July 30, 2015 8:00 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Controversial Israeli right-wing rabbi activist Yehuda Glick was escorted, under armed protection, into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Wednesday, as groups of right-wing Israelis entered the area for the third time this week.The raid came despite the UN’s condemnation earlier this week of ‘religious provocations’ in and around holy sites in […]

27 Jul
3:30

VIDEO: Clashes in Jerusalem

July 27, 2015 3:30 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli forces invaded the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya, Sunday afternoon, continuing attacks begun last night against the city’s Palestinian population.Israeli police have blocked off entrances to Issawiya while forces patrol through the area, spraying skunk water and shooting tear gas at residents protesting the invasion. Mohammad Abu Humus of […]

26 Jul
2:18

Many Palestinians Injured In Al-Aqsa Mosque

July 26, 2015 2:18 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured, Sunday, after a large military force, and fanatic groups, stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, before storming the mosque itself, and clashing with scores of residents.The invasions largely took place through the al-Magharba Gate, especially after the army sealed the entire mosque compound, […]

21 Jul
9:54

Settlers Resume Raids on Al-Aqsa as Ramadan Ends

July 21, 2015 9:54 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Unable to organize provocative visits to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan, when Palestinian Muslims maintain a permanent presence in the holy site, Jewish settlers resumed their regular daily visits to the holy site, on Monday.WAFA correspondence reports that groups of settlers entered the site gradually in […]

15 Jul
8:56

Over 450 Thousand Worshippers Mark Al-Qadr Night at Al-Aqsa

July 15, 2015 8:56 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

About 450 thousand Muslim worshippers flocked, Monday, to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City to mark Laylat al-Qadr.Laylat Al-Qadr, meaning the Night of Power, takes place toward the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is largely believed to be on the 27th, WAFA reports. According to […]

14 Jul
5:54

Israeli Authorities to Build over Historic Muslim Cemetery

July 14, 2015 5:54 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Q-Press media center for Jerusalem and al-Aqsa affairs today said that the planning and construction committee in occupied Jerusalem, last week, has approved the construction of a huge project on land for the Ma’man Allah historic Islamic cemetery, on which an Israeli school was already built. The land will also […]

13 Jul
5:56

Israel arrests 3 Jewish Extremists on Suspicion of Burning the Church of Loaves and Fishes

July 13, 2015 5:56 AM Celine Hagbard Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli secret service (Shin Bet) reported Sunday that they had arrested three men for questioning for the burning of the Chruch of the Loaves and Fishes, where Christians believe that Jesus performed the miracle of multiplying loaves and fishes. The perpetrators of the anti-Christian attack also wrote graffiti on […]

06 Jul
2:29

Army Closes Al Mughrabi Bridge

July 6, 2015 2:29 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli forces closed have the Mughrabi Bridge for hundreds of worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.The army closed the Mughrabi Bridge, Sunday morning, in front of a solemn assembly of hundreds of Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque . PNN reports that a large number of settlers waiting behind the Mughrabi Bridge […]

01 Jul
2:35

Israeli Police Invades Church, Confiscates Furniture

July 1, 2015 2:35 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

The Israeli police and personnel of the “Israel Land Administration” invaded, on June 29, the local church in the depopulated Christian village of Eqreth, in ‘Akka (Acre), and confiscated all of its furniture and belongings.“We will never give up. We will remain here no matter what,” Father Suheil Khoury said. […]

30 Jun
2:31

Israel and Jordan Renegotiate Al Aqsa Access to Non-Muslims

June 30, 2015 2:31 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Hebrew newspaper Haaretz, today, revealed that Israel and Jordan have been involved in negotiations for a number of months concerning reopening Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount to non-Muslim visitors.According to the PNN, Haaretz further clarified that there would be procedures put in place in […]

28 Jun
2:53

Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian Woman Near The Al-Aqsa Mosque

June 28, 2015 2:53 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Sunday, a Palestinian woman while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Chain Gate, in occupied Jerusalem, and took her to an interrogation facility in the Old City.The WAFA News Agency said the woman was kidnapped after a group of Israeli extremists stormed the mosque courtyards, before […]

22 Jun
4:26

Catholic Assembly Condemns Burning Of The Loaves And Fishes Church By Israeli Extremists

June 22, 2015 4:26 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

Following condemnations by other Christian organizations, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries issued a statement condemning the church burning by right-wing Jewish extremists on Thursday night. Father Michel Sabbah, Father Amjad Sabbara, and Dr. Hanan Ashrawi also strongly denounced the assault. According to the statement from the Catholic officials, the arson […]

20 Jun
5:38

Settlers Suspected in Church Arson Released

June 20, 2015 5:38 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

Israeli police detained and have now released 16 young Jewish settlers, Thursday, after an overnight arson attack damaged a revered shrine in northern Israel.The arson attack struck the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 […]

19 Jun
12:17

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Attack On Historic Church

June 19, 2015 12:17 PM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), strongly denounced the burning of an historic church, in Tabgha, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, and said there is a significant increase of organized hate crimes carried out by Jewish fanatics against […]

18 Jun
1:26

Israeli extremists burn the church where Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes

June 18, 2015 1:26 PM Celine Hagbard Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

Early Thursday morning, right-wing Israelis set on fire the Church of the Multiplication, where Christians believe that Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes, and wrote graffiti in Hebrew on the walls that read, ‘False idols will be smashed’ and ‘Pagans’.The fire was set at about 3 am in the early hours […]

16 Jun
3:27

Police Kidnap Two Women, Attack Two Elderly Men In Al-Aqsa

June 16, 2015 3:27 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police officers kidnapped, Tuesday, two Palestinian women while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and assaulted two elderly men.A worker of the Islamic Endowment Department said the police kidnapped the two women while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, through the al-Magharba Gate, and took them to a nearby police […]

13 Jun
11:54

Settlers Fail to Attack Hebron Mosque

June 13, 2015 11:54 PM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Holy sites, News Report 0

Israeli settlers, last week, attempted (but failed) to attack a mosque during dawn prayers in the city of Hebron, local sources recently revealed.WAFA sources said that two masked settlers attempted to carry out an attack against the mosque during the dawn prayers, but that the attempt failed, while settlers fled […]

12 Jun
2:56

Extremists Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa

June 12, 2015 2:56 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Tens of extremist Israeli settlers, again, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy police protection, Thursday morning.The settlers broke into the mosque from Al-Maghareba Gate, while witnesses said that police assaulted two Palestinian children who happened to be near the gate when the settlers passed through. Information Coordinator of Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Affairs […]

03 Jun
12:51

Extremist Jews Ban Christian Prayer in Jerusalem

June 3, 2015 12:51 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli Jews banned, on Monday, Christian prayer at holy site of Jesus’ Last Supper, calling it “pagan ceremony.”Witnesses said that clashes erupted between the Israeli Jews and Christians –Palestinian and Israelis– when the Christians wanted to perform their prayer. The extremists said the Christian worshippers were desecrating their holy site […]

02 Jun
4:05

20 Israeli Settlers Storm Al Aqsa

June 2, 2015 4:05 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Extremist Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al Aqsa Mosque, on Monday morning, from Mughrabi Gate, under heavy guard of Israeli police.Mahmoud Abu Atta, media coordinator of Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency that around 20 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and […]

29 May
1:00

Cover Up: American Millionaire Funded Transfer of WB Church to Settlers

May 29, 2015 1:00 PM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Holy sites, News Report 0

A Swedish company established in 2007 was used to cover up the sale and transfer of a West Bank church compound to settlers funded by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz, Israeli media reports.Spotlight has been held on the church compound, located nearby the Palestinian refugee camp al-‘Arroub, between Bethlehem and Hebron, […]

24 May
11:13

Soldiers Kidnap Six Palestinians from the Al-Aqsa Mosque

May 24, 2015 11:13 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Sunday, six Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, as groups of Israeli fanatics stormed the area while chanting and carrying Israeli flags. The soldiers kidnapped the six Palestinians, and violently beat one of them causing various cuts and bruises, […]

17 May
10:21

First Palestinian Saints Canonized at Vatican Mass

Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood in recent history during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, and attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.The pontiff urged the faithful to follow the ‘luminous example’ of the two 19th-century sisters and two […]

16 May
11:51

Pope Francis Meets with Abbas following Treaty Announcement

Pope Francis met President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, calling him ‘an angel of peace,’ days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, to the anger of Israel.Abbas met the pontiff for about 20 minutes for a private audience, a day before the Pope […]

12 May
8:55

Extremist Settlers, Israeli Intelligence, Continue with Raids on Al Aqsa

May 12, 2015 8:55 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli intelligence teams, along with groups of extremist colonial settlers, Tuesday morning, have renewed raids on Al Aqsa Mosque, entering from the Mughrabi gate.The groups were heavily guarded by private units of the Israeli police throughout today’s provocative tour. Security sources said, according to the PNN, that the Israeli intelligence […]

11 May
5:05

Settlers Continue to Raid Al Aqsa Mosque

May 11, 2015 5:05 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, from Mughrabi Gate and amid tight security protection from private Israeli occupation police.The director of the media department at the Al Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage in Jerusalem, Mahmoud Abu Atta, said that around […]

27 Apr
5:18

Israelis Resume Extremist Raids on Al Aqsa Mosque

April 27, 2015 5:18 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A group of Israeli settlers, early Sunday, stormed Al Aqsa Mosque courtyards from Al Magariba gate, under heavy guard by Israeli police, and attacked students, according to local sources.Director of the mosque, Sheikh Omar Kiswani, told Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency that about 10 settlers stormed Al Aqsa in the […]

24 Apr
4:33

Christian-Islamic Committee Warns of New Al Aqsa Excavations

April 24, 2015 4:33 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Islamic-Christian Committee to Support Occupied Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned,, Thursday, of a new project underway by Israeli authorities which is conducting tunnel excavations beneath the homes in Silwan village, Old City Jerusalem, and heading towards Al Aqsa Mosque.The committee said that the tunnel was a continuation to the […]

23 Apr
12:44

Army Kidnaps Two Palestinians Near Al-Aqsa Mosque, Attack Worshipers

April 23, 2015 12:44 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian worshipers near the Chain Gate, one of the Gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped two young men. Army invades a village near Nablus, while settlers storm area of the former colony near the city.Local sources said the police, and undercover […]

23 Apr
2:26

Palestinian Kidnapped In Al-Aqsa Mosque; Israeli Extremists Storm Mosque Compound

April 23, 2015 2:26 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

As dozens of Israeli extremists stormed the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, chanting and raising Israeli flags, and trying to raise the flags on the mosque, Israeli soldiers kidnapped a young Palestinian man.Media sources said the soldiers kidnapped Omar Odeh, from Qalansawe, in the Southern Triangle Area. […]

22 Apr
7:08

Hundreds of Jewish Extremists Raid Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus

April 22, 2015 7:08 AM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Nablus, News Report 0

Hundreds of extremist Israeli settlers again invaded and performed prayers at Joseph’s Tomb in eastern Nablus, under armed protection, early Tuesday.Locals told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces escorted a number of buses carrying Israeli settlers to the tomb where they performed religious rituals. Witnesses said that several Palestinians threw […]

22 Apr
2:18

Extremists Raise Israeli Flag over Ibrahimi Mosque

April 22, 2015 2:18 AM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Holy sites, News Report 0

Extremist Israeli settlers raised the Israeli flag on the walls and over the rooftop of al-Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, today in Hebron.The reconstruction committee in Hebron condemned, in a press statement, this measure and considered it a continuation of ongoing Israeli attempts to alter […]

21 Apr
1:21

Two Elderly Men, One Guard, Denied Access To The Al-Aqsa Mosque

April 21, 2015 1:21 PM IMEMC Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Israeli Authorities decided, Tuesday, to deny access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, to two elderly men for 30 days, and a mosque guard for ten days. The mosque guard, Hamza Khalaf, 24 years of age, was interrogated, Monday, in a police station in the Hebron Gate […]