Search Results for : Excavations

20 Jan

Due To Ongoing Israeli Excavations, Seven Jerusalem Families Ordered To Evict Their Homes

The City Council in occupied Jerusalem issued orders, on Sunday evening, instructing seven Palestinian families in Bab as-Silsila (Chain Gate) neighborhood to leave their homes due to ongoing Israeli excavations under them, rendering the properties unsafe. Jerusalem Governor Adnan Gheith told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that the […]

03 Mar

Playground Collapses in Jerusalem due to Israeli Excavations

Heavy rain caused the ground of a field, in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, to collapse on Saturday morning. Jawad Siyam, from the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said that residents of the neighborhood woke up to a new collapse, this time in the ground of a field (used […]

02 Mar

Israeli Excavations In Silwan Continue To Cause Serious Damage To Palestinian Property

The recent heavy rain fall has, once again, has revealed the serious damage caused by the ongoing illegal Israeli excavations in occupied Jerusalem, especially the tunnels under the Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) […]

14 Dec

Israeli Excavations Damage Palestinian Village

Palestinians in Silwan examine new holes in the landscape next to the City of David, December 8, 2018. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT DECEMBER 14, 2018 Palestinians discover damage to a parking lot next to the settlement-cum-archeological site City of David. Israeli archeological excavations have led to […]

08 Dec

Israeli Excavations in Silwan Cause Palestinian Lands to Collapse

Palestinian lands located in the Silwan town of occupied East Jerusalem, in the central West Bank, have collapsed due to Israeli excavations and digging in the area, on Friday. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that collapses occurred in a land located behind the “Ein Silwan” mosque in Wadi Hilweh, […]

05 Mar

Israeli Excavations Cause Damage To Homes In Silwan

The ongoing Israeli excavations under Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh Neighborhood, in Silwan town south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, have led to further structural damage to several homes. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the excavations are causing serious damage to the homes, especially […]

14 Jan

Excavations Resumed near Al-Aqsa for Construction of Pedestrian Bridge

Israeli authorities, on Sunday, resumed excavations in several areas in Wadi Al-Rababeh area in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan – only a few dozen meters away from al-Aqsa Mosque – in preparation for the construction of a ‘pedestrian bridge’, said Wadi Hilweh Information Center. WAFA reported that, according to […]

06 Apr

Israeli Excavations Damage Three Homes In Al-‘Eesawiyya, Jerusalem

The Jerusalem City Council has ordered the eviction and closure of three Palestinian apartments in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, in Silwan town in the occupied East Jerusalem, due to ongoing excavations carried out by the Israeli authorities under their homes, destroying their foundations. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) […]

23 Jun

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, […]

10 Jan

Israeli Excavations Force Family To Leave Their Home In Silwan

January 10, 2016 4:31 AM Saed Bannoura Human rights, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The ongoing Israeli excavations under Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, forced a Palestinian family to leave their home after it became unsafe due to the excavations.Um Mahmoud Siyam said that she and her family, with the help of relatives, […]

24 Apr

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 […]

15 Feb

Jewish Organization to Begin Further Excavations under Al Aqsa

February 15, 2015 11:13 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A right-wing Jewish organization called the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has circulated an invitation for bids to conduct excavations in tunnels under al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a top Palestinian official said on Sunday. A right-wing Jewish organization called the Western Wall Heritage Foundation has circulated an invitation for bids to conduct […]

28 Dec

Israeli ‘Archaeological’ Excavations Cause Serious Damage at Al Aqsa

December 28, 2014 3:46 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

According to latest reports, constant Israeli excavations underneath Al Aqsa Mosque have caused serious destruction to the foundation of Buraq Square, inside the Dung Gate.According to the PNN, local sources reported a huge collapse of 2 meters in the foundation. No injuries among the group of worshipers and citizens were […]

13 Nov

Jerusalem: Ground Cracks in Wadi Helwe due to Israeli Excavations

November 13, 2012 3:30 AM IMEMC News Israeli Settlement, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Information Center of Wadi Helwe in Silwan reported the presence of cracks on the ground and earth collapses in the main street of the Neighborhood of Wadi Helwe in Silwan due do the Israeli excavations in the area. The Information Center pointed out that these collapses and cracks in […]

22 Apr

Israeli Excavations Continue Under The Al Aqsa Mosque

April 22, 2011 1:13 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Al Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Endowment (Waqf) and Heritage reported Thursday that the Israeli Authorities are ongoing with their excavations under the Al Aqsa Mosque as they are ongoing with creating a network of tunnels under the mosque and around it. In its Thursday press release, the foundation stated […]

18 Feb

New Excavations Under the Walls Of Jerusalem’s Old City

February 18, 2010 5:37 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage reported that the Israeli authorities started new excavations under the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The foundation stated that most of the digging is now concentrated in Bad Al Amoud (Damascus Gate) and Bab Al Sahera (also known as Herod’s Gate), […]

19 Jan

Israeli Excavations Lead To A Collapse Near The Al Aqsa Mosque

January 19, 2010 12:31 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The ongoing illegal Israeli excavations near and under the Al Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding areas, in occupied East Jerusalem, caused on Monday at dawn a collapse in the center of Wad Hilwa Street, in Silwan, south of the Al Aqsa Mosque. Jawad Siyam, head of the Wad Hilwa Information […]

15 Dec

Report: “Excavations Ongoing At The Al Aqsa Mosque Area”

December 15, 2009 1:46 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Aqsa foundation for Waqf and Heritage has revealed large scale Israeli excavations being executed in the area adjacent to the southern wall of Al-Aqsa mosque, the area is also known as the Umayyad Palaces area. The foundation confirmed that some of the excavation works were being carried out at […]

22 Aug

Jordan protests Israel’s excavations in Jerusalem

August 22, 2008 10:54 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli sources reported on Thursday that the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Salah Bashir, met with the Israeli ambassador in Jordan to protest against the Israeli excavations near the Al Aqsa mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem. Jordan said that the digging will lead to a new wave of violence in the […]

19 Mar

Israeli High Court orders an end to excavations in Silwan

On Tuesday, the Israeli High Court of Justice ordered a halt to the excavations in Silwan. This came after several months of excavations, which caused damages to building foundations and resident’s houses in the Palestinian neigborhood of Wadi Hilwa of the town of Silwan, in East Jerusalem.The ruling was considered […]

09 Feb

Residents of Silwan protest against the Israeli excavations under their homes

Dozens of residents of Silwan town, near Jerusalem, protested on Friday against the ongoing Israeli excavations in their town and the damages caused by the digging to their houses, constructions and streets. The protesters held Friday prayers in a protest tent, and held their protest which comes as Israel intensified […]

28 Feb

State Police ban interfaith news conference opposing Al –Aqsa ‘excavations’

February 28, 2007 4:46 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

On Wednesday the Israeli police force entered a hotel in East Jerusalem, where a news conference was to be held by Muslim and Christian figures opposing recent excavation works near Al Aqsa mosque, and canceled the event. A number of figures worldwide have spoken out against the excavations that Israeli […]

10 Feb

Thousands protest in Nazareth against excavations near Al Aqsa Mosque

February 10, 2007 1:42 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

At least twenty-thousand Arab residents of Israel, residents of Nazareth city, protested on Friday against the Israeli excavations near the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.The protest took off after Friday prayers at Al Salaam Mosque in the city carrying Palestinian and green flags while chanting slogans against the Israeli attacks, […]

08 Feb

Supreme Judge calls for ‘day of outrage’ at Al-Aqsa excavations throughout Muslim world on Friday

February 8, 2007 7:56 PM IMEMC & Agencies Arab World, Holy sites, News Report 0

Palestinian media sources reported on Thursday that the Supreme Judge of Palestine, Tayseer Al-Tamimi has called for the Muslim world to simultaneously express their outrage at the excavations being carried out near the holy Al Aqsa mosque.He urged Arab and Muslim leaders to demonstrate on Friday against the demolition that […]

24 Jan

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 January 2020)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 183 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows:   In terms of the IOF shooting and excessive use of force, IOF targeted 3 youngsters, […]

05 Jan

Waqf Calls on Israel to Halt All Work at Al-Aqsa

The Islamic Jerusalem Endowments (Waqf) council, in a press statement, called on Israeli authorities to immediately halt all work carried out at Al-Aqsa Mosque and to remove all equipment installed on the walls of the mosque. A group of Israeli workers, today, resumed work on the southern wall of Al-Aqsa […]

18 Dec

Report: Hebron is More Than Ever Targeted by Settlement and Judaization Projects

By: Madeeha Araj (National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements) for PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements Stated in its latest weekly report, that under an order by Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Israeli Occupation Army, the Israeli Civil Administration sent a letter last week […]

13 Dec

Interfaith Statistical Report: 104 Israeli Excavation Projects in Jerusalem

A statistical report issued by the Christian-Islamic Committee to Defend Jerusalem and the Islamic Cooperation organization, showed that excavations under Jerusalem since 1967 have reached 104, 4 of which are under or around the Al-Aqsa mosque, 5 in Silwan, 5 in the Old City, and 8 in other sites, also […]

14 Sep

Israeli Apartheid in Masafer Yatta: Raids, Demolitions, Arrests and Beatings

photo: Israeli soldiers raided multiple villages from midnight to early morning, awaking residents and searching houses without giving a reason or warrant. Beginning with invasive night raids multiple villages, and ending with 7 structures demolished, 4 families made homeless, 2 Palestinians arrested, 1 beaten and hospitalized, 1 car confiscated, and […]

12 Jul

Palestinian, Israeli And International Peace Activists Protest Against Israel’s Colonialist Activities in Silwan

Dozens of local Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, held a nonviolent procession, Friday, against the ongoing and escalating illegal Israeli colonialist activities, including the occupation of homes, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The protest started at the entrance of Silwan […]

01 Jul

US Ambassador to Israel Participates in Israeli Underground Settlement Expansion

The US Ambassador to Israel, and longtime Israeli settlement financier, David Friedman, participated on Sunday in an underground excavation under the Palestinian town of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, actively participating in the illegal settlement action by bashing with a hammer a section of ancient underground wall located beneath Palestinian homes. […]

04 May

Illegal Israeli Colonists Destroy Gate Of A Mosque In Jerusalem’s Old City

A group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Saturday, Sheikh Makki Mosque in al-Qadisiyah Street in Jerusalem’s Old City, and destroyed its gate. The colonists broke the lock, and sabotaged its gate, for the third time in just a few months, the Palestinian Waqf and Islamic Endowment Ministry has […]

14 Mar

Do No Harm! Palestinian Call for Ethical Tourism/Pilgrimage

March 12, 2019 / /Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Palestinian civil society calls on all international visitors, especially pilgrims, and people of conscience to do no harm to our nonviolent struggle for our rights under international law by respecting our ethical tourism guidelines. Based on the […]

29 Dec

UPDATE: Israeli Digs Cause Landslides in Silwan

Underground excavations executed in recent months, by Israeli authorities and settler organizations in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, have caused landslides in the area, as it came under heavy rain during the past few days, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center. The Center said, according to WAFA, that a […]

22 Dec

Family of 7 Ordered Out Of Their Home In East Jerusalem

On Saturday, a Palestinian family of 7, was ordered by the City Council in Occupied Jerusalem, to vacate their home in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan town, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported. The Israeli explanation for the order, was the collapse of a portion of […]

11 Oct

UNESCO Adopts New Resolutions on Palestine

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

24 Jun

Al Mezan: Israel Entrenches its Illegal Annexation of Jerusalem and the Forcible Transfer of Palestinians

The announcement made by the United States (US) on 6 December 2017 to move its embassy to Jerusalem and officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in stark violation of international law, consolidated its policy towards Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem and annexation of West Jerusalem. On 21 December […]

04 Jun

Digging Resumed at Ancient Palestinian Cemetery in East Jerusalem

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

01 Jun

Israel Funnels Millions to Erase Palestinian History

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

10 Feb

Byzantine Cemetery Uncovered in Occupied Nablus

February 10, 2018 10:20 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Nablus, News Report 0

The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced, on Friday, that it had unearthed a Byzantine-era cemetery near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, the ministry said that the ancient cemetery was discovered after excavations by its archaeologists to the west of the city. The statement explained […]

12 Jan

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 – 10 January 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 04 – 11 January 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt; 22 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, were killed, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 15 of them were […]

Al-Bustan neighborhood. Photo: Keren Manor, Activestills, 15 May 2014
26 Dec

Family Forced by Israeli Authorities to Demolish their Own Home for the Second Time

The Abu Rajab family of Silwan neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, found themselves homeless again on Saturday, after the Israeli government ordered the family to demolish their home for the second time in two months. The family said they had to demolish the home themselves, after the Israeli Jerusalem Municipal Authority […]

20 Dec

New Synagogue under Western Wall Unveiled, $50m to be Allocated for “Temple Mount Explorations”

December 20, 2017 11:51 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli authorities, today, unveiled a new Jewish synagogue under Al-Buraq Wall – known to Jews as the Western Wall – in occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. “Following 12 years of construction, the new synagogue was opened on Monday evening,” the Heritage Foundation of the Western Wall, an Israeli governmental […]

15 Oct

US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias

The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO, over what they call an ‘anti-Israel bias,’ but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fateh and Hamas have reached a new unity deal. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic […]

13 Oct

USA and Israel Quit UNESCO over Alleged Anti-Israeli Bias

nsnbc : The United States and Israel have both withdrawn from the UN Science, Culture and Education Agency UNESCO after accusing it of having an anti-Israeli bias. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at […]

06 Jul

UNESCO Adopts Resolution Reaffirming Israel’s Lack of Sovereignty over Jerusalem

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted, on Tuesday, a resolution which confirms Israel’s lack of sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem. The organization condemned, in a meeting in Krakov, southern Poland, the excavations carried out by the Israeli Antiquities Department, in Jerusalem. According […]

10 Jun

Major Chilean Universities Heed BDS Call, Cancel Events Sponsored by Israeli Embassy

Students at the University of Chile call for an end to ties with Israeli academic institutions. Student-led BDS campaigns resulted in two major Chilean universities canceling events co-sponsored by the Israeli embassy and featuring Joe Uziel, a director of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). On Monday, Alberto Hurtado University’s Anthropology Department […]

04 May

$1m in Israeli Aid for UNESCO Cut over Jerusalem Resolution

Israel said, on Wednesday, that it will cut back $1 million in aid for UNESCO, in response to a recent resolution which is critical of Israeli policy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced the decision at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, said that he had ordered the […]

04 May

Above the Law: Israel’s Non-implementation of UN Resolutions on Occupied Palestine

Half a century has elapsed since Israel established its brutal occupation of Palestine, and almost seven decades have passed since the 1948 Palestinian Nakba, which constitutes the beginning of discrimination, dispossession and displacement for Palestinians and their persistent suffering. Since then, the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people have figured prominently […]

Audio report - this week in Palestine
08 Apr

This Week in Palestine Week 14 2017

April 8, 2017 1:39 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download / Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for April 01, to the 07, 2017. As Israel welcomes the US attack on Syria this week Israeli army gunfire leave one Palestinian teenager killed another civilian injured. These stories, […]

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07 Apr

Palestine Today 04 06 2017

April 7, 2017 3:08 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download / Listen Here Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, April, 06, 2017. An Israeli soldier killed by a Palestinian driver meanwhile troops invade communities in the West Bank and detain two dozen civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, […]

06 Apr

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Former Political Prisoners Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, two former political prisoners from their homes in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and summoned four Palestinians for interrogation. The soldiers invaded Beit Ummar from several directions, before storming homes and violently searching them, and abducted […]

06 Apr

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Qalqilia, One In Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, three Palestinians from in Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia, and one in Tal village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and took them to detention and interrogation centers. The Qalqilia office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), […]

06 Apr

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Bethlehem, One In Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, three Palestinians in the West Bank governorate of Bethlehem, and one in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, after breaking into their homes, and violently searching them. The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said several army […]

03 Nov

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 […]

02 Nov

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 […]

21 Oct

Jericho: World’s Largest Floor Mosaic Opened for Public Display

The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has unveiled the world’s largest floor mosaic for public display, in the West Bank district of Jericho. The mosaic covers the floor of the reception hall and the large bath of Hisham’s Palace, an Islamic archaeological site in the north of Jericho, and […]

18 Oct

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) […]

15 Oct

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

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 […]

26 Jun

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 […]

07 May

This Week in Palestine Week 18 2016

May 7, 2016 2:38 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download/Listen Here Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for April 30, to May 6, 2016. Israeli attacks targeting Palestinian communities in Gaza and the West Bank leave two killed civilians, meanwhile international efforts to deescalate the situation in Gaza are […]

17 Mar

Wadi Qelt and St. George Monastery

Another breathtaking hike through nature, flora and fauna is that through Wadi Qelt. The hiker can only traverse Wadi Qelt from west to east, walking in its deep gorge. Since ancient times, this route has been used by people to travel from Jericho to Jerusalem. Today, it is being used […]

05 Feb

Archaeological Excavation Conducted in Cremisan Valley

February 5, 2016 3:00 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

In May of 2015, Israel commenced with the construction of the apartheid wall in the northern Bethlehem area; namely the area around the Cremisan Valley in Beit-Jala, without taking into consideration the valley’s potential of outstanding universal value. The site is an integral part of the serial nomination ‘Palestine, Land […]

23 Oct

Palestinian Resistance: Messages From The Streets

October 23, 2015 5:59 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, Palestine 0

Many did not anticipate the current courageous, comprehensive, and vital reaction of the Palestinian people to Israeli policies and practices in Jerusalem. Young Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem, Gaza and Israel have overcome humiliating internal divisions to defend Jerusalem as a national cornerstone of the Palestinian liberation project […]

27 Apr

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 […]

23 Apr

New UNESCO Motions Against Israeli Violations in Palestine

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, on Tuesday received two motions strongly condemning Israeli occupation’s humanitarian and legal violations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.The first motion denounced Israel’s discriminatory policy in Jerusalem, especially at Al Aqsa Mosque, the the first Qiblah and the third holiest […]

15 Apr

Settlement Foundation Using Secret Tunnel Beneath Al Buraq Wall

April 15, 2015 4:13 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A Jewish settlement foundation used a secret tunnel under Al Buraq Wall at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, an Israeli daily paper revealed, Tuesday.The newspaper reported, according to Al Ray, that Ilaad settlement foundation used the tunnel under al-Buraq wall despite legal opposition. They use the tunnel contrary to the […]

10 Mar

Lieberman Suggests Decapitation for Disloyal Arabs

Israeli Foreign Minister and the head of Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, lashed out at Israel’s Arab citizens, Sunday, threatening to cut their heads off with an axe.’Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,’ […]

17 Feb

Several Kidnapped in West Bank and Jerusalem, Raids on Youth Camp, Al Aqsa

February 17, 2015 2:01 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

At least seven Palestinians were abducted by Israeli military and police, on Monday, in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to reports by local and security sources.In Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested four Palestinians from the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Mount of Olives (Al Tur), according to the […]

14 Feb

‘Archaeological’ Dig Harms Hebron Property

February 14, 2015 12:38 AM IMEMC & Agencies Hebron, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) is conducting a dig in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood, a dig which is destroying the area.While financed by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sport, this dig was undertaken at the initiative of Israeli settlers in Hebron. The dig, the fourth in Tel Rumeida, is carried […]

10 Feb

Jersualem: 150 Detentions, 24 Isolations from Al-Aqsa and Attempts to Kidnap Two in January

February 10, 2015 6:13 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued, on Sunday, its monthly report in which Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem, during the month of January, 2015, were monitored as Israeli occupation authorities continued their assaults on Jerusalemites, their properties and sanctities.Arrests… The Center monitored the arrest of 150 people during the […]

06 Jan

Al Aqsa Raids Continue, Settler Suspected of Killing 16 Sheep in Aqraba

A number of Israeli settlers, Monday, again entered Al Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, provoking worshipers, according to WAFA correspondence.The settlers were reported to have broken into the mosque consecutively and under heavy police protection. Worshipers, disgruntled with the continuing settler provocations, chanted religious slogans in an attempt […]

31 Dec

UPDATE: Jerusalem Home Demolitions Leave Two Families Homeless

Israeli authorities, Tuesday, destroyed three homes, a restaurant and a butcher shop in the East Jerusalem village of Jabal al-Mukabbir, in a dawn raid which has left two Palestinian families homeless.According to Ma’an News Agency, the raid brings the total number of Palestinian properties destroyed by Israeli bulldozers in the […]

30 Dec

Extremists Continue to Invade Al Aqsa, Netanyahu to Increase Jerusalem ‘Security Forces’

December 30, 2014 2:49 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A number of Jewish extremists, broke into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, Monday, continuing with a string of near daily provocations into the Islamic holy site, say local sources.Israeli police at the gates of the compound held the ID cards of Palestinian worshipers who were allowed into […]

30 Oct

UNESCO Condemns Israeli Violations in Jerusalem

The Executive Board of UNESCO has approved, upon its 195th session, the recommendation of Jordan and Palestine to redefine Israel, according to international law, as an occupying power.According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Jordan and Palestine, supported by Arab, Islamic and international consensus, submitted a set of recommendations with […]

05 Jun

Israel Continues With West Bank Invasions, Land Theft

Israeli forces continued their violations against the Palestinian people and their property, Wednesday, with raids near Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and in occupied East Jerusalem.Soldiers, today, handed demolition notices to five families of al-Hathaleen tribe, in Um el- Khair village, south of Hebron and to the east of Yatta. Rateb al-Jbour, […]

22 May

Israel Digs Grid of Tunnels Underneath Al-Aqsa Gate

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf stated, Thursday, according to WAFA, that Israeli authorities have almost completed grid of tunnels underneath Bab al-Mathara, one of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex gates. In addtion, the Foundation has said that Israel has completed digging tunnels and excavations underneath Bab al-Mathara, also known as […]

19 May

Army Demolishes Wall, Uproots Land, In Hebron

May 19, 2014 7:26 AM Saed Bannoura Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Sunday, May 18, 2014] Several Israeli military jeeps, accompanied by a military bulldozer, invaded Tel Romedia area, in the center of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, where they demolished a wall surrounding a Palestinian home, and uprooted a nearby Palestinian land. Resident Feryal Abu Haykal told the Palestinian […]

16 Apr

Multiple Assaults and Abductions Across Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, fired an artillery shell toward residents’ homes in Juhr al-Deek area, to the southeast of Gaza, yet no injuries were reported, according to media sources.WAFA correspondence reports that army tanks, stationed along the borders with the Gaza Strip, fired several missiles on an agricultural area, in […]

05 Apr

Israeli Government Approves ‘Archaeology Center’ in Palestinian Neighborhood

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior approved on Friday a plan to demolish a large section of the historic Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem, to construct an archaeological center proposed by a nationalist right-wing ethno-religous organization which aims to expand Jewish settlement on Palestinian land in east Jerusalem.The […]

23 Mar

Construction of Jewish Archeological Center Initiated in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation authorities started to build a huge Jewish archeological center over 35 dunums of Palestinian lands in occupied Jerusalem, on Wednesday, according to Maariv newspaper.The newspaper stated that this center would include a library and a museum to display alleged ancient artifacts and scrolls. The new archaeological center is […]

02 Mar

100,000 Archaeological Pieces Smuggled from Palestine Every Year

According to the Palestinian Department of Antiquities, there are 944 archaeological sites in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, while the number of monuments hit 10 thousand, the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) has reported.(Al Ray) Antiquities expert Dr Hamdan Taha said that the occupation is committing the most dangerous […]

25 Feb

East Jerusalem Land Leveled for Tourist Facilities

Israeli occupation bulldozers, on Tuesday, leveled a grab-threatened land in the al-Tur Mountain area in occupied east Jerusalem.Al Ray reports that Israeli authorities had handed the Abu Al-Hawa family a demolition notice to evacuate the 11-dunam land no later than Feb. 13th, a member of the family said to a […]

14 Jun

Report: ‘Tel Aviv University Received Finances From Settler Group’

June 14, 2013 10:46 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

[Thursday June 13 2013] The Arabs48 News Website has reported that the Tel Aviv University is cooperating with right wing settler groups involved in excavations in Silwan Arab town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem.It said that the Elad settler group, involved is funding and financing settlement […]

26 Mar

Israeli police uproot trees; right-wing settlers attempt to infiltrate Al Aqsa mosque

March 26, 2013 8:05 PM Celine Hagbard Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

In two separate incidents over the weekend, the third holiest site in Islam, the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, came under siege from Israelis – once, on Thursday, when Israeli police entered the mosque compound and began uprooting trees, and a second time on Saturday when a group of right-wing […]

22 Aug

Report: “43 Years Later, Al-Aqsa Mosque Still Targeted”

August 22, 2012 9:30 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Higher Islamic Committee and the Islamic Waqf Department in occupied Jerusalem, issued a statement commemorating the 43rd anniversary of burning the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by an Australian fundamentalist, and said that the Mosque and all holy sites in Palestine are still facing ongoing and escalating threats by Israeli […]

12 Jul

Palestine Today 07 12 2012

July 12, 2012 8:44 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 37s || 3.32 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, July 12, 2012. 17 Palestinian kidnapped in various parts of the West Bank, meanwhile the Israeli military […]

12 Jul

Hackers Penetrate Knesset Website

July 12, 2012 2:48 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

A group of hackers calling themselves “Pirates Of Gaza, the Winds of Victory”, managed Thursday to hack the official webpage of the Israeli Knesset, and replaced its front page with information about Israeli leaders. The group demanded that Israel halt its settlement activities in the West Bank, in addition to […]

10 Jul

Palestine Today 07 10 2012

July 10, 2012 9:00 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 4 m 11s || 3.84 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday, July 10, 2012 Palestinian prisoner ends 96-day hunger strike released from Israeli prison and a 15-year old […]

10 Jul

Israel Digs Under Foundation of Al-Aqsa

July 10, 2012 5:48 PM IMEMC News Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli workers dug up dirt under the foundation of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem Sunday night, according to a report by Ma’an news.On Monday, the al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage told Ma’an that trucks transported the dirt from the base of the holy site after the work was completed […]

26 Jun

Palestine Today 06 26 2012

June 26, 2012 10:58 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 41s || 3.38 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday June 26, 2012. The Russian President visits Bethlehem and meets with Palestinian officials, meanwhile, Israeli military demolishes […]

26 Jun

Israel Demolishes Historic Islamic Sites In Jerusalem

June 26, 2012 9:33 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage issued a press release on Monday revealing that Israeli bulldozers destroyed and demolished historic Islamic sites dating back to the Umayyad, Abbasid and Ottoman eras in occupied Jerusalem. The Foundation said that Israel’s so-called Archeological Authority has been destroying and burying ancient Islamic […]

03 Apr

New evidence shows desecration of Muslim cemetery for ‘Museum of Tolerance’ construction

April 3, 2012 9:32 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has documented the continued desecration of an ancient Muslim cemetery, the Mamilla Cemetery, in Jerusalem, for the construction of the “Museum of Tolerance,” despite international condemnation, including Human Rights Council resolutions, a public petition signed by nearly 10,000 individuals from around the world, a […]

05 Mar

Army Kidnaps 10 Palestinians Including 5 Children

The Wadi Hilwa Information center reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, ten Palestinians, including five children, in occupied East Jerusalem, and in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.Jawad Siyam, head of the Wadi Hilwa Information Center, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, […]

01 Mar

Report: “Army, Settlers, Carried Out 145 Attacks In February”

March 1, 2012 11:06 AM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

The Wall and Settlements Information Center at the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Wall and Settlements, issued a report revealing that Israeli soldiers and settlers carried out 145 attacks against the Palestinian residents, their lands and homes, killing one and wounding several others.Tal’at Ramia, 25, was killed on Friday February 24, […]

28 Feb

Al-Quds Conference Decides To Head To UN

February 28, 2012 5:14 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Holy sites, News Report 0

The Al-Quds Conference, held in Doha – Qatar, concluded its deliberations on Monday with a decision to head to the United Nations over the ongoing Israeli violations and escalation against the Arab and Islamic Holy Sites in occupied East Jerusalem.The will also be asking the UN to investigate all Israeli […]

26 Feb

Islamic-Christian Committee Calls For Protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque

February 26, 2012 4:22 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Holy sites, News Report 0

The Islamic-Christian Committee for Protecting Jerusalem and the Holy Sites, called on the Arab, Islamic and international countries to intervene for halting the escalating Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, especially amidst repeated attempts by extremist settlers who have been trying to break into it.Dr. Hanna […]

13 Dec

Israeli Official Calls For Closing the al-Aqsa Mosque

December 13, 2011 5:16 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

An official at the Israeli run Jerusalem City Council called for closing the al-Aqsa Mosque for all Muslim worshipers in an attempt to pressure Muslims into accepting the demolishing of the bridge of the historic al-Magharba Gate that leads to the mosque.Member of the Jerusalem City Council’s Planning and Construction […]

24 Sep

Full transcript of Mahmoud Abbas speech at UN General Assembly

September 24, 2011 12:44 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Peace process 0

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses United Nations General Assembly after submitting application for recognition as independent Palestinian state to UN Chief Ban Ki-moon.Mr. President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, I wish to extend my […]