Category Archives: Holy sites

27 Mar
9:08

Army Abducts Two Guards Of Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem, One Palestinian Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers invaded, On Monday morning, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted two local guards after they prevented the soldiers from confiscating some of its ancient stones to send them to an Israeli archeologist. The soldiers also abducted one Palestinian, near Jenin, in the […]

25 Mar
1:44

Empire Files Rewind: The Distortion & Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage

First published on November 6, 2015. A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to the killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust? Abby Martin takes a look at how the so-called “Israeli-Palestine […]

22 Mar
6:54

National Bureau: Israel Continues Settlement Activities, Further Establishing Apartheid Regime (Report)

  In its weekly report, the Palestinian National Bureau noted a number of colonial schemes carried out by the Israeli government in an attempt to seize more Palestinian lands, as well as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor ¬†Lieberman‚Äôs approval of the completion of the Apartheid Wall around the Beit Eil settlement […]

20 Mar
7:19

Israeli Settlers Continue to Violate Palestinian Rights under State Protection

Around 131 of extremist Israeli settlers, on Sunday morning, stormed the¬†courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Magharba gate. The settlers were escorted, as usual, by¬†special police forces to protect them. Local sources said, according to Al Ray, that 44 Israeli settlers, 70 Jewish students and 16 members of Israeli intelligence […]

15 Mar
8:51

Netanyahu Defies International Law by Holding Official Meeting in Occupied Zone

~ Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for Defending of Land and Resisting Settlements/PNN The¬† National Bureau for Defending of Land and Resisting Settlements has warned against Israeli PM Netanyahu‚Äôs maneuvers to hold a celebratory cabinet meetings in the illegal settlements built in the West Bank, on the occasion of what he […]

14 Mar
10:56

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Groups of extremist Israeli settlers, on Tuesday morning, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Magharba gate. The settlers were escorted, as usual, with special police forces to protect them as they toured the courtyards and took photos of several places. Palestinian worshippers ¬†confronted the settlers and forces¬†to discourage […]

08 Mar
11:21

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, three workers of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, for refusing to stop maintenance work on the main gate of the al-Qibli mosque, in Al-Aqsa Compound. The workers, identified as Kayed Jaber, Issa Dabbagh, and the head of Al-Aqsa […]

05 Mar
10:42

Palestinian Beaten and Detained at Al Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation police beat and abducted, on Sunday morning, a Palestinian citizen after he was beaten by Jewish settlers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. An eyewitness said, according to Days of Palestine, that Jewish Israeli settlers attacked a¬†Palestinian man while he was entering through the Lion’s Gate. Then, Israeli police interfered and, […]

02 Mar
6:17

Adeis: Magistrate Decision on Al-Aqsa Leads Toward Religious War

The Israeli Magistrates Court in Jerusalem has issued a decision regarding the future of Al-Aqsa Mosque, considering it to be a holy place for Jews and that they have the right to pray in it. The Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Yusuf Adeis, stressed that such a decision only […]

28 Feb
7:32

Extremist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards

Escorted by Israeli police, a group of extremist settlers have again stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque. According to Jerusalemite sources, the settlers, accompanied by rabbis, have provocatively re-stormed the courtyards of the mosque and taken photos of several places there. Prayers and students who were present try¬†to prevent the […]

Dismantle the Ghetto campaign
27 Feb
12:12

Palestinians commemorate 23rd anniversary of Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre by launching #DismantleTheGhetto campaign

A newly formed organization the National Campaign to Lift the Closure in Hebron, marked the anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre with a campaign to #DismantleTheGhetto¬†on February 25th. This year‚Äôs commemoration coincides with Israel‚Äôs unprecedented escalation in seizing Palestinian land in the West Bank for Settlement expansion. This has been […]

25 Feb
9:56

Remembering the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

02/25/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine   Today, February 25th marks the 23rd commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre in Hebron. ‚Äú On February 25, 1994, a US-born Israeli military physician walked into the¬†Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron armed with a Galil assault rifle. It was early morning, during […]

24 Feb
6:55

Israeli Soldier Injured During Raid on Joseph’s Tomb

An¬†Israeli soldier was wounded, Thursday at dawn, when Israeli forces entered¬†Nablus to secure hundreds of settlers in Joseph’s Tomb, in the eastern part of Nablus. Hebrew public radio said, according to Al Ray, ¬†that the soldier was slightly injured ¬†as a result of an explosion, and was taken to a […]

14 Feb
3:08

Revised Version of ‘Azan Bill’ Approved by Knesset

A revised version of the controversial ‚ÄėMuezzin Bill‚Äô, which imposes further restrictions on the Muslim call to prayer, traditionally known as the Azan, in Israel and occupied Jerusalem, was approved for vote in the Knesset by Israel‚Äôs Ministerial Committee for Legislation, on Sunday afternoon. A draft of the bill, which […]

12 Feb
8:54

Colonial Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

A group of extremist Israeli settlers stormed, on Sunday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from Mughrabi gate, ¬†under heavy guard of¬†Israeli police. Police closed the gate at ten o’clock in the morning, after the of settlers stormed the holy site. Public relations and media official in the Islamic Waqf […]

12 Feb
8:28

Knesset Approves Bill Muffling Muslim Call to Prayer

The Israeli Knesset‚Äôs Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Sunday, gave approval for a new draft of the muezzin bill prohibiting mosques from using loudspeakers for the ‘Azan’, or call to prayer, labeling it noise pollution. The draft bill must be voted on at the Knesset, in three readings, in order to […]

10 Feb
8:51

ISM: #DismantleTheGhetto — Start of Campaign in Al-Khalil

10th February 2017 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Israeli forces and colonial settlers on Thursday, the 9th¬†of February, 2017, disrupted a peaceful protest near Qurtuba school on Shuhada Street, in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). Settlers attacked and injured one female student, while preventing Palestinian teachers and students from leaving […]

06 Feb
9:23

Palestinians in Hebron Prepare for Annual Commemoration of Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

  Preparations by Palestinian political parties, civil society groups, local committees, and human rights organizations begin this week for the 23rd annual commemoration of the the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre. The bodies organizing the event this year have united under the slogan ‚ÄúDismantle the Ghetto, Take the Settlers Out of […]

31 Jan
9:18

Israeli Forces Raid Aida Camp, Attack Residents (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers,¬†Monday evening, stormed Aida refugee camp, in northern Bethlehem, and assaulted residents, with clashes erupting with local youth. Eyewitnesses told PNN that the soldiers detained some of the youth and prevented cars from entering the camp, while attacking residents with rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas. Aida refugee camp has […]

30 Jan
7:06

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa

Israeli occupation settlers stormed, on Sunday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, under Israeli police protection. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that Israeli settlers carried out suspicious tours in the courtyards of the mosque, took photos to places in Aqsa, and received explanations on the alleged structure, amid […]

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: ‚ÄėThe Key to Peace, The Key to War‚Äô

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 ‚Äúal-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 ‚Äúdemocracy‚ÄĚ that ‚Äúrespects freedom of worship.‚ÄĚ In an official statement, Ashrawi said that ‚ÄúTheophilos 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 ‚ÄúBethlehem Heart of Christmas‚ÄĚ

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‚Äôs holy sites to learn first-hand about Palestine‚Äôs living Christian heritage. The event was part of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s 12th Annual ‚ÄúJourney to Bethlehem.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äô 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 ‚Äúdoing something‚ÄĚ 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: ‚ÄúIsraeli Colonists Cause Damage To The Church of Holy Sepulcher, Attempt To Occupy It‚ÄĚ

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 ‚Äúlover of history,‚ÄĚ knows ‚Äúthe media pivot.‚ÄĚ He can ably transition from uncomfortable political terrain ‚Äď Israeli wrongdoing ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúnoisy.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 02 November 2016)

Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (27 October ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Old City area, provoking the city‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėdenies 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‚Äôaretz 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¬†‚ÄúNew Face of Modern Jerusalem,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúAllahu 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‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúFraming Current Issues in Palestine,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúa barrier‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôran 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‚ÄĒTwenty 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. ‚ÄúIn 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 ‚ÄúYou Are Evil‚ÄĚ

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 […]