Category Archives: Holy sites

28 Jan
3:05

Haniyeh Calls for Cairo Meeting to Confront US “Peace Plan”

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has reiterated his movement’s rejection of the US “Deal of the Century” which Washington intends to announce soon, describing it as “a new battle which the Palestinian people must fight.” “Palestine is our homeland and the nation’s precious jewel that cannot be […]

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27 Jan
4:52

Opinion: Prince Charles’ Words on Palestine Must Not Go Unnoticed

By Ramona Wadi for Middle East Monitor Prince Charles’ visit to the occupied Palestinian territories has garnered media attention. Words of sympathy, far from a political message, were the subject of his speech in Bethlehem after touring historical sites and meeting with Palestinian refugees at the Aida refugee camp. Nevertheless, […]

26 Jan
9:17

Sheikh Sabri Again Expelled from Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation forces, on Saturday, served Sheikh Ikrima Sabri’ with an order of expulsion, from Al-Aqsa Mosque, for four months, after raiding his home. Eyewitness added that the order required him to appear for interrogation on Sunday. Last Sunday, the duration of the order was to last for seven days, […]

25 Jan
4:07

Israeli Authorities Ban the Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Four Months

On Saturday at 2:00 am, Israeli forces hammered on the door of the head of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, while he was sleeping. When he woke, the troops handed him a notice that he would be banned from entering the mosque that he heads for a […]

24 Jan
3:40

Jordan Denounces Israeli Attack On Worshiper In Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly denounced the Friday dawn Israeli attack against Palestinian Muslim worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. The Ministry said that the invasion into the courtyards of the holy sites, and the violent assault against the worshipers, is another serious Israeli violation […]

24 Jan
3:22

Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians, Attack Worshipers, In Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers shot, on Friday at dawn, a young Palestinian man and a woman with rubber-coated steel bullets, and assaulted many others with clubs and batons, following dawn prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers assaulted dozens of worshipers, and fired rubber-coated steel […]

19 Jan
8:20

Former Mufti Ordered Out of Al-Aqsa

January 19, 2020 8:20 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

After summoning him this morning, the Israeli security ordered the former Mufti of Jerusalem and current head of the Higher Islamic Council, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compund for one week, according to WAFA sources. The security forces raided Sabri’s home in occupied Jerusalem and handed him […]

19 Jan
1:08

Video: Palestinian Woman Arrested at Al-Aqsa After Alleged Stabbing Attempt

Israeli police detained, on Saturday, a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, after an alleged attempted stabbing attack, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Witnesses stated that several police officers at the heavily fortified gate jumped the female worshiper, whose identity was not […]

18 Jan
7:14

At Least Five Worshipers Injured by Israeli Police at Al Aqsa

Israeli police, early Friday morning, stormed occupied Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and assaulted Palestinian Muslim worshipers. Witnesses told WAFA that thousands of Palestinians rallied at the mosque compound following the Fajr Prayer, chanting slogans slamming Israeli intrusions into the site. They added that scores of police officers stormed the […]

18 Jan
3:33

Christian Delegation Call on International Community to “Help Build a New Political Solution”

A group of bishops from across Europe and North America have voiced their deep concerns over Israel’s occupation of Palestine, describing the grim situation in the occupied territory, Middle East Monitor reported. “Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by […]

08 Jan
7:09

Jordan FM Warns of Consequences of Israel’s Continued Violations Against Al-Aqsa

The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, on Tuesday evening, the Israeli police attacks on Muslim worshipers inside the sacred Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site. The ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Daifallah al-Fayez, rejected and condemned, in a statement, the Israeli […]

08 Jan
5:01

Al-Aqsa Congregation Assaulted by Israeli Police

Ignoring international norms and conventions, Israeli occupation forces assaulted Palestinian Muslim devotees at the Bab Arrahma praying court and at the Bab Hetta court of Al-Aqsa mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. Eyewitness reported that forces assaulted the congregation at Bab Arrahma court and abducted two Jerusalemite men and a woman, in […]

08 Jan
4:16

Israeli Elections: Netanyahu Vows More Settlements, Annexation

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report, that the Israeli government still ignores the international community’s stance, along with resolutions of international legitimacy which consider Israeli settlements a war crime. Israel acts as a state above the law, as a result of […]

08 Jan
7:25

Soldiers Attack Worshipers, Abduct Six Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Al-Aqsa

January 8, 2020 7:25 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Tuesday evening, many Palestinian worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted six Palestinians, including one woman. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted dozens of worshipers near Bab ar-Rahma, one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, before abducting the six Palestinians. They […]

08 Jan
5:34

Israeli Forces Attack and Arrest Many Worshipers at Al-Aqsa

Israeli police detained five Palestinian worshipers, including a female, near Bab al-Rahma, or Golden Gate, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Israeli forces, on Tuesday evening, attacked worshipers at Bab al-Rahma, and at Bab al-Hatta Gate, inside the al-Aqsa […]

07 Jan
4:05

Orthodox Kick Off Christmas Day Celebrations in Bethlehem

On Monday morning, Christmas celebrations for the Orthodox churches began running on the Eastern calendar, PNN reports. The procession of Archbishop Kabriel Daho, the Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox in the Holy Land, Jordan, was accompanied by Captain Shimon Jean and Captain Paul Khanu, with the elders of the […]

06 Jan
7:11

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa

Scores of extremist Israeli settlers, on Sunday morning, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards in Jerusalem, under tight police protection, Days of Palestine reported. According to local sources, dozens of settlers entered the Mosque through the al-Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards amid intensive presence of police forces. The Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

06 Jan
12:47

Israeli Army Abducts 17 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, in Pre-Dawn Raids in the West Bank

Israeli forces abducted 17 Palestinian civilians on Monday in pre-dawn raids in various parts of the West Bank. In Bethlehem, the Israeli forces abducted six Palestinians from the town of Beit Fajjar. They were identified as: Radhi Salah Taqqatah, 17 years old, Amer Khaled Taqatqa, 17 years old, Mujahid Yousef […]

05 Jan
9:00

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 […]

03 Jan
3:36

Soldiers Assault Worshipers In Bab ar-Rahma Mosque, Abduct Two

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Thursday evening, several Palestinian Muslim worshipers in Bab ar-Rahma Mosque, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted two. Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers, and police officers, invaded the holy site while trying to force the worshipers out, leading to protests. They added […]

02 Jan
8:03

Worshippers at Al-Aqsa Assaulted by Israeli Police

Israeli police, this evening, assaulted several Palestinian worshipers and detained two of them while they were present at the Bab al-Rahma prayer area inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem, witnesses told WAFA. Police officers broke into Bab al-Rahma and physically assaulted the worshipers and attacked them with teargas, […]

01 Jan
12:40

Israeli Forces Arrest 12 Palestinian Young Men From Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces, on Monday evening, arrested 12 Palestinian young men in Jerusalem, five of them from the Bab al-Amoud area, the Palestine News Network reported. Footage circulated on the internet showing Israeli police officers brutalizing and detaining five young men during their presence in the Bab al-Amoud area […]

01 Jan
12:22

Waqf Director: Nearly 30,000 Israelis Invaded Al-Aqsa in 2019

Azzam Khatib, director of the Waqf department, stated that a total of 29,610 extremist Israelis have forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque, in 2019, raising concerns of an organized scheme to change the long-held status quo at the holy compound, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. In a […]

31 Dec
6:34

Analysis: Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Does Israel Hate Him?

By Ramzy Baroud for Middle East Monitor “They will run and not grow weary,” is a quote from the Bible (Isaiah, 40:41) that adorns the homepage of Kairos Palestine. This important document, which parallels a similar initiative emanating from South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle years, has come to represent […]

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30 Dec
7:32

Hundreds of Settlers Invade Joseph’s Tomb, 9 Palestinians Injured

Security sources stated that nine Palestinians were injured, by Israeli army gunfire as hundreds of Israeli settlers forced their way into Joseph’s Tomb, on Monday morning, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of illegal settlers onto the site, […]

29 Dec
8:58

Last Week Alone, Nearly 900 Settlers Invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque

Nearly 900 of Israel’s extremist settlers, last week, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy Israeli protection, according to Quds News Network. Israeli media reported that 897 extremist settlers invaded the holy mosque under the armed protection of the Israeli police and special forces. Groups of extreme far-right Israeli […]

27 Dec
6:35

Israel Accused of Attempting to Poison Archbishop Hanna

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has denounced what appears to be a possible attempt to assassinate Father Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of the Palestinian Orthodox Church in Occupied Jerusalem. Father Hanna, on Monday, suggested that the Israeli occupation was responsible for the incident that happened to him last […]

27 Dec
12:43

Palestinian President: “No Elections Can be Held Without Jerusalem”

Presidential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah condemned, on Thursday, calls by some parties for President Mahmoud Abbas to issue an order for legislative and presidential elections, irrespective of whether Israel will allow voting in occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. “The call by some for holding elections […]

26 Dec
10:25

‘The Last Generation’: How Occupation is Driving Christians out of Palestine

By Peter Oborne for Middle East Eye One week before Christmas. I’m in Manger Square and watching pilgrims descend from buses and make their way to the Church of the Nativity, first built in the fourth century, on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, the infant Jesus was born. […]

26 Dec
9:34

VIDEO: The Threat Facing Christianity In Jerusalem

“We have a genuine history in this city and we must keep going.” ~Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine 12/25/19

24 Dec
7:35

Thousands Gather in Bethlehem for Christmas Celebrations

December 24, 2019 7:35 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Thousands of Palestinians and tourists gathered on Tuesday, at Manger Square, in Bethlehem, marking the start of Christmas eve. Local faithful and pilgrims gathered at the square, outside the Church of the Nativity, where a 15-meter Christmas tree had been erected, and along the narrow cobble-stoned route, known as Star […]

24 Dec
12:48

Soldiers Abduct Four Women Near Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, four Palestinian women in Bab ar-Rahma area, east of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the four women were attacked by the soldiers, before they were abducted and taken to a nearby police center. They added that the army claimed the women […]

24 Dec
11:47

Dozens Of Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa

December 24, 2019 11:47 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report, West Bank 0

Extremist Israeli settlers, in the early morning hours of Monday, broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Moroccan Gate, heavily protected by Israeli forces, Palestinian Media Agency (Alray) reported. Sources said the settlers carried out provocative tours in the courtyards of the mosque and received explanations on […]

23 Dec
2:31

Bansky’s ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem Displays “Scar of Bethlehem”

British street artist Banksy has brought a sombre Christmas spirit to the hotel he founded, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Middle east Monitor reported. Dubbed “Scar of Bethlehem”, the display features a miniature Jesus, Mary and Joseph under a […]

20 Dec
5:34

Church of Scotland Calls on Israel to Make Holy Sites Accessible to Gazans during Holidays

The Church of Scotland, today, called on Israel to affirm the right of Palestinian Christians in the blockaded Gaza Strip to visit their holy sites and families, during the Christmas holiday. “At this time of year, when Christians from across the world will be looking to, and visiting, Bethlehem and […]

20 Dec
5:24

Report: Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hanna Suffers the Effects of Tear-gas Inhalation

According to Quds TV, the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, was reportedly hospitalised on Wednesday, after being exposed to chemical substances, Middle East Monitor reported. The Archbishop was rushed to hospital after an Israeli gas canister was fired into his […]

14 Dec
8:10

No Visits to Holy Sites for Christians in Gaza

Christians from the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, the so-called Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday. Only Christians over the age of 45 will be eligible for a permit to travel […]

13 Dec
4:39

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel’s Violations at Al-Aqsa

According to Alray, Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, on Tuesday, condemned the ongoing Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque/ Al-Haram Al-Sharif. One of the most recent violations was by a former Knesset member, performing Talmudic rituals at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by a group of […]

13 Dec
4:28

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 […]

11 Dec
4:11

Israeli Authorities Thwart Progress of Students and Schools over Archaeological Sites

(Photo courtesy of Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) Israeli occupation authorities, Tuesday, notified a Palestinian school in the town of Samou, to the south of Hebron, to stop working, claiming that it has been constructed in an area which threatens archaeological sites. Palestinian Ministry of Education said, in a statement, […]

Yehuda Glick (archive image from Al Ray)
11 Dec
3:51

Yehuda Glick Performs Talmudic Rituals at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers arrested a guard at Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Tuesday morning, while illegal settlers stormed the mosque, the Middle East Monitor reported. Under the protection of Israeli police, groups of settlers guided by Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick entering the compound through the Al-Maghrebi Gate and performed prayers and […]

11 Dec
3:24

Israeli Forces Arrest Al-Aqsa Guard, Extremist Settlers Storm Mosque

Israeli forces, on Tuesday morning, arrested a guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem while settlers entered the mosque under heavy protection by the occupation soldiers. According to Palestine News Network, the Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa courtyards and arrested Fadi Alayyan, from the courtyards of 3rd Holiest site in Islam. […]

09 Dec
4:56

Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards

39 Israeli settlers, on Monday morning, stormed the Islamic court yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, guarded by Israeli occupation police. Local media sources reported that police opened the Moroccan Gate in front of 36 settlers, who broke into the mosque in four groups. Police escorted the settlers while they toured the […]

06 Dec
4:31

Palestine TV Crew Detained in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Authority, today, condemned the detention of Palestine TV crew members in Jerusalem. The Presidency slammed the detention of the crew as a part of the Israeli government’s scheme to entrench Israeli control over the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites. It called out Israeli violations that […]

03 Dec
4:58

Israel Plans Additions to Ibrahimi Mosque

The Israeli Channel 7 unveiled an Israeli plan, on Monday, to make additions inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron, the Palestine News Network reported. The project, worth approximately 500,000 shekels (NIS), includes designing an elevator among other additions, exclusively for the use of illegal Israeli settlers. Israel’s […]

02 Dec
3:36

Israeli Defense Minister Approves New Settler Neighborhood in Hebron

According to Israeli media outlets, the new Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, approved, on Sunday, the planning of a new settler neighborhood in the in the city of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. The defense minister’s office said in a statement […]

29 Nov
6:34

When Holidays Bring Hate: Sarah’s Day in Occupied Hebron

11/27/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Hebron The Jewish holiday of Shabbat Chayei Sarah (Sarah’s Day) took place in Al Khalil (also known as Hebron), over the weekend of 22-23 November. Over the two days, around 50,000 Israeli settlers flocked to the city to celebrate the festival in the place […]

26 Nov
9:19

Sheikh Bkeerat Banned from Al-Aqsa for 3 Months

November 26, 2019 9:19 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli occupation authorities, on Monday morning, banned Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat, deputy director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs, from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound for three consecutive months. Bkeerat said, in a press statement, that Israeli intelligence services summoned him this morning and served hi, with a decision to deport him […]

25 Nov
12:17

Thousands of Settlers Storm Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that thousands of Israeli settlers, on Saturday, stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, under heavy military protection. While the Ibrahimi Mosque is an Islamic place of worship, Palestinian Muslim worshipers were not allowed to enter it for prayer. Local sources observed several buses carrying […]

24 Nov
3:32

Illegal Colonists Invade Hebron, Toddler Among Injured

A Palestinian infant sustained a moderate injury, when extremist Jewish settlers, under Israeli army protection, attacked Palestinians’ homes with stones in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Hundreds of settlers protected by army forced their […]

07 Nov
6:41

Israel Approves Controversial Jerusalem Cable Car Plan

Mustafa Abu Sneineh & Sondus Ewies – Middle East Eye Residents and archaeologists decry plan, saying it will promote illegal settlement and ruin the Old City. The skyline of Jerusalem’s ancient Old City is set to be altered dramatically by a “racist” cable car that critics say would blight the […]

03 Nov
7:36

Mosques, Churches, Protests: Gaza on the Balfour Declaration’s 102nd Anniversary

Gazans march in protest on the 102nd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. On the 102nd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, churches rang bells and mosques called for prayer at the same time, while tens of thousands of Palestinians entered the buffer zone this Friday between the besieged Gaza Strip and […]

30 Oct
11:18

Army Abducts Eight Palestinians In Silwan, One In Al-‘Isawiya, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, late on Tuesday evening, eight Palestinians, including one child, in the al-‘Isawiya town, and one in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers assaulted in al-Isawiya several young men with batons and pepper-spray, causing various cuts and bruises. […]

30 Oct
5:33

UN Official Calls for Upholding Status Quo at Al-Aqsa

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, today called for upholding the status quo at Al-Haram Al-Sharif compound (Al-Aqsa Mosque) in Jerusalem’s Old City. “I call on all to refrain from provocations that could escalate tensions in and around Jerusalem’s holy sites,” Mladenov said following […]

29 Oct
10:57

Israeli Forces Invade al-Aqsa Mosque, Assault Guards

October 29, 2019 10:57 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

In the latest in a series of recent provocations against the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israeli forces on Tuesday morning invaded the Mosque compound and assaulted Palestinian guards. Local sources reported that the troops invaded one of the mosques located inside the al-Aqsa compound, known as the Bab Al-Rahma mosque. […]

25 Oct
10:18

Israeli Troops Desecrate Mosque, Abduct 8-year-old in al-Issawiya

Israeli forces on Thursday evening invaded the town of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, desecrated a mosque, and fired tear gas at Palestinian residents of the town. Local sources told WAFA that a number of heavily armed Israeli soldiers had desecrated their shoes at the Al-Arba’een mosque in the middle of […]

24 Oct
3:19

Israel Attempts to Wipe out Palestinian Curriculum in Jerusalem

Up to 100,000 Palestinian students are facing the threat of using distorted schoolbooks in occupied Jerusalem, Deputy Palestinian Education Minister Basri Saleh said on Sunday. During a meeting held in Cairo, Basri said that the Israeli occupation has been working hard to impose the distorted Israeli narratives related to the […]

Israeli troops assault Palestinian worshipers in Al-Aqsa (archive image)
23 Oct
1:28

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

According to local sources, hundreds of Jewish Israeli settlers, accompanied by soldiers, forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, pushing aside the Muslim worshipers and the Muslim clerics who oversee the Mosque. The Israelis then gathered to pray for the destruction of the mosque. A large sect […]

17 Oct
1:07

Settlers Raid Holy Sites in Bethlehem and Jerusaelm

Israeli settlers, today, raided the archaeological site of Solomon’s Pools, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces. Palestinian security sources said that Israeli forces sealed off the area as settlers stormed the pools, where they performed Jewish rituals. […]

17 Oct
12:55

51 Palestinians Injured near Joseph’s Tomb

Some 51 Palestinians were injured on Thursday, by live and rubber bullets, with many cases of tear gas suffocation reported, during violent confrontations with Israeli forces, as hundreds of Israeli settlers raided Joseph’s Tomb, to the east of Nablus. The Palestinian Red Crescent in Nablus reported that confrontations erupted ahead […]

16 Oct
9:32

Updated: “Israeli Intelligence Officers Abduct The Khatib of Al-Aqsa Mosque, In Jerusalem”

Update: Sheikh Dr. Ismael Nawahda was released after several hours of interrogation, and was slapped with an order preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for eleven days. Israeli intelligence officers abducted, Wednesday, the Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, Sheikh Ismael Nawahda, while he was crossing […]

16 Oct
4:23

Illegal Colonialist Settlers Install A Stage, Tents In The Ibrahimi Mosque Courtyard

A group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed, Tuesday, a stage and tents in the courtyard of the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and tents in Ein Far’a archeological area, west of the city. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the colonists installed the stage […]

13 Oct
3:53

Israeli State Considers Officially Allowing Jews to Pray at Al-Aqsa

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said, Friday, that the state of Israel is considering allowing Jews to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. In an official statement, Erdan said: “I am sure this will happen soon, God willing.” He emphasized that “the situation in Jerusalem is heading towards regaining sovereignty and […]

10 Oct
9:52

Israeli Police Invades Bab ar-Rahma Mosque

Israeli police officers invaded, on Thursday morning, Bab ar-Rahma Mosque, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in occupied East Jerusalem and confiscated wooden dividers. Eyewitnesses said the officers attacked many Palestinians and threatened to abduct and imprison them if they do not leave the holy site. They added that the officers […]

01 Oct
6:04

Palestinians Mark 19 Years Since Al-Aqsa Intifada

Back in September of the year 2000, the then-Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon made a provocative visit to Haram al-Sharif, or Temple Mount, in Jerusalem al-Quds, along with hundreds of Israeli forces, in a move widely denounced by Palestinians.   The visit triggered a popular uprising, against Israel, in which […]

30 Sep
2:17

Army Abducts Young Man, Issues Orders Forcing Two Women Away From Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, a young Palestinian man, and issued orders forcing two women away from Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding areas, in occupied Jerusalem, for six months. The soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Hamza Maswada, while walking in an alley in the Old City, and took him […]

29 Sep
11:41

Israel Imposes Siege On West Bank And Gaza To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

The Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a strict siege on the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, starting on Saturday night at midnight and ending on Tuesday night at midnight, during the celebration of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana). All of the border crossings leading to the West […]

25 Sep
5:49

Dichter Storms Al-Aqsa Courtyards Under Heavy Guard

Former Israeli Minister of Internal Security and Shin Bet director Avi Dichter, on Wednesday morning, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque under strict guard of Israeli occupation police. PNN sources confirmed that Dichter, accompanied by a group of settlers and guarded by occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa and made several provocative […]

23 Sep
11:27

Confrontations as Israeli Army Raids Archaeological Site near Nablus

Israeli forces stormed an archaeological site in the town of Sabastia, to the northwest of Nablus, leading to violent confrontations, said a local official. Mayor of Sabastia, Mohammed Azzem, said that dozens of soldiers raided the site amid the firing of live bullets and tear gas canisters toward residents, provoking […]

16 Sep
2:34

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Says Hebron Real Estate Under Threat

Bishop Atallah Hanna, the archbishop of Sebastian Roman Orthodox, stated Saturday, that the ancient Orthodox real estate in the area of ​​Hebron Gate is under serious threat, and that extremist Jewish settlers may seize these properties at any time. The archbishop issued the following statements while being hosted by a […]

13 Sep
1:36

Soldiers Injure Worshipers In Jerusalem Mosque

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday evening, a mosque in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, and fired gas bombs, causing at least three Palestinians to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers stormed the al-Arba’in Mosque in al-‘Isawiya, and […]

12 Sep
11:55

Hamas: Friedman’s Remark Explicit Incitement

The remarks of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, made during his presence in the illegal settlement of Sderot, are a direct aggression and explicit incitement against the Palestinian people, a spokesman for the Hamas resistance movement stated. Bassem Naim, a member of the movement’s international relations office, said, in […]

05 Sep
5:52

Dr. Ashrawi Calls on International Community to Protect Old City of Hebron

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said the Israeli President and Prime Minister’s provocative ‘visit’ to Hebron City is an irresponsible and offensive attempt to pander to the most extreme and racist elements of the settler movement. The intolerable reality of segregation, […]

05 Sep
6:09

Purpose of Netanyahu’s Hebron Intrusion A Way To Gain Support From The “Ultra Right Wing”

By Bilal Ghaith Palestinian activists called for receiving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Hebron, Wednesday, with black flags on homes near the Ibrahimi Mosque as observers, politicians and historians dismissed all allegations regarding the “visit” describing it as a provocation. According to Maarive newspaper, Netanyahu is set to take […]

24 Aug
5:25

ISM Report : Death Is Only the Beginning of Suffering For Family In Ezariyya

Nassim Abu Roumi (14) was shot dead by the Israeli forces, after he attempted to stab an Israeli police officer “My son was killed 5 days ago…all I want is to bury him. But they are keeping his body, they will not give him to us.” Mokafih Abu Roumi spoke […]

22 Aug
5:22

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Including Two Women, In Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, five Palestinians, including two women and a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, after dozens of soldiers, police officers and colonialist settlers invaded the courtyards of the holy site. Firas ad-Dibis, the head of the Public Relations Department in Al-Aqsa, said the soldiers […]

20 Aug
5:44

Jordan Lawmakers Call for Expulsion of Israel’s Ambassador

Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to expel Israel’s ambassador and review a 1994 peace treaty with Tel Aviv in protest at the regime’s recent provocations and violation of international law at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. During an emergency parliamentary session attended by Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in […]

Settlers in Joseph's Tomb in 2013 (image from The Iran Project)
20 Aug
5:15

Israeli Settlers Invade Joseph’s Tomb, Several Palestinians Injured

Several Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire overnight Monday, as hundreds of illegal Israeli settlers forced their way into Joseph’s Tomb near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, security sources told WAFA. Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of extremist Jewish settlers into the site, […]

18 Aug
5:35

Police Raid Bab Al-Rahma, Seize Furniture

Israeli occupation police, on Saturday evening, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Bab al-Rahma prayer area and confiscated some furniture items. Local sources said that Israeli police officers desecrated the Bab al-Rahma prayer area and embarked on carrying away shoe cabinets and patterned wood panels. The sources added, according to Days of Palestine, […]

16 Aug
6:36

One Child Killed, One Seriously Injured by Israeli Police Following Alleged Stabbing in Jerusalem

Two 14-year old boys were shot Thursday evening near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem after an alleged stabbing of an Israeli police officer that resulted in a light injury. Israeli sources reported, Friday, that one of the two Palestinian teens who were shot and seriously injured near al-Aqsa Mosque in […]

12 Aug
2:55

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians, Including A Medic, Abduct Three In Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday afternoon, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and injured several Palestinians, including a volunteer medic, in addition to abducting three others. Media sources said the soldiers assaulted many worshipers in al-Aqsa and hurled a concussion grenade at a medic trying to […]

11 Aug
8:14

Israeli Forces Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Middle of Holiday Prayers

While tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers were praying in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem Sunday for Eid al-Adha, one of the most sacred holidays in the Muslim year, Israeli forces attacked the mosque, forcing the worshipers to flee in panic. The Israeli forces were accompanied by a large group […]

06 Aug
8:26

Israel Still Holding the Bodies of 253 Slain Palestinians

Israeli occupation authorities are holding the bodies of 253 Palestinians  in the “numbers” cemetery and 45 bodies in refrigerators, the National Campaign reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. The coordinator of the campaign, Salwa Hammad, said in a statement, Monday, that the official and popular efforts are ongoing […]

30 Jul
10:51

Israeli Settlers, Under Israeli Military Guard, Invade Nablus and Al-Aqsa Mosques

In two separate incidents early Tuesday morning, hundreds of Israeli settlers invaded an area near Nablus that they are trying to take over to annex into Israel, while separately , dozens of other Israeli settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem under heavy Israeli military guard. In Nablus, four Palestinians […]

26 Jul
8:20

First Batch of Gaza Pilgrims Leaves for Mecca

The first group of Palestinian pilgrims from the Gaza Strip left the Cairo International Airport today, en route to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage of Hajj. Diab al-Louh, Palestine’s ambassador to Egypt, said that these 795 pilgrims, who left Gaza yesterday, are the first in nine groups comprising 2,900 […]

14 Jul
10:22

Soldiers Storm Bab ar-Rahma in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation police and soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn,  Bab ar-Rahma mosque, to the east of Al-Aqsa mosque, removed the worshipers and its contents. Director of Public Relations and Information at the Islamic Endowments Department, Firas Al-Debs said that soldiers and the police stormed the site ahead of the […]

08 Jul
5:57

Thousands Visit London’s 2019 Palestine Expo

Despite efforts, by Zionist groups, to cancel the event, the 2019 Palestine Expo kicked off as planned, on Saturday, at Olympia London, in the UK. Organized by Friends of Al-Aqsa, a UK-based NGO working to defend the human rights in Palestine, thousands of people attended the two-day event. Virtual reality […]

04 Jul
4:16

Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa with Israeli Minister of Agriculture

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, guarded by a special forces unit of the Israeli occupation police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning,  via the Moroccan Gate, and performed Talmudic rituals. At around 7:30am ,Israeli soldiers were deployed at the mosque gates and in its courtyards, securing the raid by […]

04 Jul
3:57

Church of Nativity Removed from UNESCO List of Endangered World Heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) removed, at the request of the state of Palestine, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity from UNESCO’s list of endangered world heritage sites following restorations. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list […]

02 Jul
6:01

US and Palestinian Christians Meet, Discuss Middle East Peace

In a special consultation hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and Bright Stars of Bethlehem, convened in cooperation with the National Council of Churches (NCC), World Council of Churches (WCC), and the Diyar Consortium, and building on previous engagement, US and Palestinian Christians addressed the current context in […]

25 Jun
8:50

Archaeological Piece Discovered during Restoration Works in Nativity Church

During a press conference that was held at the Nativity Church, in the presence of representatives from the three main churches that hold custodial rights to the Nativity Church, Minister Ziad Al Bandak, Head of the Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church, stated that the restoration works […]

23 Jun
1:14

Israeli Court Orders Palestinian Family Out of their Ancestral Home

by: Silwan Information Center The District Court of Jerusalem has ruled to evict the heirs of the late Mariam Abu Zweir from their property in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Wadi Hilweh Information Center / Silwan said that the judges refused the appeal filed […]

18 Jun
2:08

Army Abducts Two Palestinians In Jerusalem, Bans Seven From Entering Al-Aqsa For Four Days

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, two Palestinians teens in the al-‘Isawiya town, east of occupied Jerusalem, and issued orders banning seven Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city, until this coming Thursday. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Rabah Abu al-Hummus, 16, […]

18 Jun
12:09

Fearing for Patients’ Life: PCHR Warns of Medicine Shortage in Gaza Strip Hospitals

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over the increasing crisis of medicine shortage in the Gaza Strip hospitals and warns of its serious impact on life of thousands of patients, who suffer serious diseases and are in urgent need of treatment. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian Authority […]

14 Jun
2:53

Israel Constructs Barbed Wire Fence Near Damascus Gate

In occupied East Jerusalem, Wednesday, Israeli authorities constructed a metal fence with barbed wire, on Sultan Suleiman Street, near the Damascus Gate of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Palestinian Shehab News agency reported. Eyewitnesses said that the fence was placed around the perimeter of the stairs leading to the ancient […]

14 Jun
2:48

Greek Orthodox Church Calls Israeli Court Ruling Unfair

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem released a statement on Wednesday, saying the Israeli court’s decisions allowing seizure of church property, by Israeli settler groups, are unfair. The property is located in the Jaffa Gate area of the Old City of Jerusalem, in the Southern West Bank. The Israeli Supreme Court, […]

13 Jun
9:35

Soldiers Invade A Mosque, Photograph Buildings, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the al-Qa’qaa Mosque, in Abu Tayeh neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to storming and searching homes, and photographed buildings. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers conducted violent searches of […]

13 Jun
7:56

Army Abducts Three Waqf Employees In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, three employees of the Palestinian Waqf and Islamic Endowment, including the head of Construction Committee, in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, the WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported. The soldiers abducted the head of the Construction Committee of the Waqf Department, Engineer Bassam Hallaq, in […]

09 Jun
9:57

Settlers Break Into Al-Aqsa

Dozens of extremist Jewish settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, today, guarded by Israeli police, local WAFA sources have reported. Around 330 Israeli settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate, which leads to the Al-Buraq Wall plaza, inside the Old City of Jerusalem. Today’s incursion into the  compound […]

08 Jun
2:09

Army Assaults And Abducts A Guard Of The Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers assaulted, Saturday, a civilian guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted him. Media sources said the soldiers assaulted Mohannad Edrees, causing various cuts and bruises, before abducting him. He was taken prisoner in the eastern area of Bab ar-Rahma mosque in Al-Aqsa, after he […]