Category Archives: Holy sites

13 Apr
7:21

Israeli Agriculture Minister Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound with Settlers

Extremist Israeli minister of agriculture and rural development, Uri Ariel, together with a group of  settlers, has stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the occupied Old City district of East Jerusalem, amid an escalation of violence by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinian people. Firas al-Dibs, spokesperson of the Islamic Waqf […]

04 Apr
5:45

Palestinians Celebrate Al-Isra Wal Miraj

Scouts outside the Dome of the Rock at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem, celebrating Al-Isra Wal Miraj Muslim holiday. (WAFA Images / Afif Amireh)  Tens of thousands of Palestinians observed Al-Isra Wal Miraj Muslim holiday, today, with worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem’s Old City, the site of this holy day, […]

31 Mar
8:10

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Guard Of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, a civilian guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, while groups of fanatic colonists, accompanied by the police, continued storming the holy site’s compound to conduct provocative tours. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers abducted one of the guards after he opened the […]

26 Mar
3:39

Elderly Palestinian Detained, Youth Banned from Al-Aqsa

Israeli forces detained an elderly Palestinian man from inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in occupied East Jerusalem, and banned a youth from entering the holy site, on Monday. The head of the Public Relations office, at the Islamic Endowment Department, reported that the Israeli police detained an elderly man after […]

22 Mar
6:11

US Student Assaulted by Israeli Soldiers at Al-Aqsa (VIDEO)

Three American women were violently assaulted by Israeli occupation forces as they attempted to help a disabled woman at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, despite showing soldiers their passports. Virginia nursing student Nour Hawash, who is in Jerusalem on vacation, was taking photos with her mother and sister after midday prayers […]

22 Mar
12:20

Soldiers Abduct Child, Prevent Elderly Woman From Entering Aqsa, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, a Palestinian child after assaulting him, and prevented an elderly woman from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the soldiers assaulted and abducted the child, near Hebron Gate, and took him to an unknown destination. WAFA […]

17 Mar
3:11

Israeli Court Orders Closure of Gate of Mercy; Arab Leaders Condemn Decision

In the latest escalation against the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, an Israeli court ruled Sunday that the Gate of Mercy (Bab al-Rahma) prayer area in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound would be closed for at least sixty days. This comes after two weeks […]

17 Mar
6:45

6 Palestinians Slain, 6 More Injured in New Zealand Shooting

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates declared, on Saturday, through the Palestinian embassy in Australia’s contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Zealand, although not officially, that six Palestinians were killed and six others  injured in the mass shooting targeting two mosques in Christchurch City, New […]

15 Mar
7:12

150 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of extremist settlers, on Thursday morning, stormed Al Aqsa Mosque from the Moroccan Gate, under heavy police escort, following calls from extremist settler organizations to enter it. Sources in the mosque confirmed that 150 settlers stormed the compound and organized tours in its yards. Meanwhile, Israeli forces stationed themselves […]

14 Mar
11:07

Israeli Police Assault Muslim Worshipers, Close Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police on Tuesday assaulted and harassed Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, using the pretext of a fire in the compound as the excuse for their invasion of the holy site, according to  Palestinian News Agency Wafa. A fire was discovered in one of the police stations in […]

12 Mar
11:32

Israeli Colonists Seal Door of Mosque in East Jerusalem

An unknown group of illegal Israeli colonists were spotted sealing shut the entrance to a Palestinian Mosque Monday with an unknown adhesive. The colonists sealed the entrance to the Sheikh Makki Mosque, in the Old City of Jerusalem, according to the Maan News Agency. The person responsible for opening and […]

11 Mar
5:17

Prayers End with Tear Gas in Ras Karkar

03/08/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team This Friday, the inhabitants of the villages around Mount al-Risan — where an outpost has been established by illegal settlers on Palestinian land — gathered for a day of peaceful protest and prayer. As soon as the religious ritual ended, the military […]

11 Mar
5:09

Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque under Police Protection

Dozens of Israeli settlers again stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, guarded by Israeli security forces, on Sunday. Local sources reported, according to Al Ray, that Israeli settlers and students of Talmudic rituals broke into the holy site in groups, under heavy protection by Israeli police. Earlier on Saturday, an Israeli police […]

10 Mar
11:07

Soldiers Abduct Two Children Near Al-Aqsa In Jerusalem, Young Man Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, two Palestinian children while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and a young man from Sielet al-Harithiya town, west of Jenin in northern West Bank. Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers stopped two children from the al-‘Isawiya town in the city, […]

09 Mar
3:29

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, three Palestinians from Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, and issued orders barring seven women from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for one week. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Amer Mahmoud Mashal, 33, Luay Mohammad Salama, 27, and Hasan Salama, 45. They added that the […]

09 Mar
3:14

Israeli Forces Block Palestinian Muslims from Accessing Mosque for Friday Prayers

Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to hold their weekly prayer service on the street in Jerusalem on Friday, after Israeli forces blocked access to the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Palestine and the third-holiest site for Muslims around the world. The closure of the Al Aqsa […]

08 Mar
11:14

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Women Near Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers abducted, On Thursday evening, seven Palestinian women while trying to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to detention and interrogation centers in the city. Media sources in occupied Jerusalem said the abducted women have been identified as Montaha Amara, Nour Mahameed, Islam Mahameed, […]

07 Mar
5:33

Settlers Storm Nabi Yunis Mosque, Injuries Reported

Two Palestinians were injured early Wednesday, from Israeli gunfire, as scores of Israeli settlers forced their way into Nabi Yunis Mosque, in the southern West Bank town of Halhul, north of Hebron. Security sources confirmed that Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with scores of Jewish settlers into […]

06 Mar
6:56

Al Aqsa Mosque Confronted by Intrusion on Multiple Levels

According to the Islamic Awqaf, the Israeli police allowed 30 settlers to enter al-Aqsa Mosque and perform Talmudic rituals near the Bab al-Rahma area, in the early morning hours. Four Israeli intelligence officers stormed the site during the same period, the Awqaf said. Israeli Temple Mount groups have called for […]

03 Mar
9:59

Israel Denies The Head Of Waqf Department Entry Into Al-Aqsa For 40 Days

Shortly after detaining him, the Israeli occupation authorities issued orders preventing the head of the Waqf and Islamic Affairs Department in occupied Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdul-Athim Salhab, from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for forty days. Salhab was recently abducted and interrogated after dozens of Palestinians managed to reopen Bab ar-Rahma Mosque […]

02 Mar
12:57

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) […]

Yehuda Glick (archive image from Al Ray)
28 Feb
5:43

Glick and Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of illegal Israeli settlers, headed by Member of the Knesset for the extremist Likud party, America-born rabbi Yehuda Glick, on Wednesday morning, broke into the courtyards of the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Mughrabi (Moroccan) Gate.   Jerusalemite sources reported that Israeli military troops spread, in the early morning […]

27 Feb
9:56

Army Abducts Twenty-Two Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, twenty-two Palestinians, including the governor of occupied Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, and a lawyer, identified as Midhat Deebiyya, from their homes Silwan and the al-‘Isawiya towns. The soldiers conducted very violent searches of homes, and interrogated dozens of Palestinians, before abducting 23 of them, […]

27 Feb
3:47

War In Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu’s Victory

Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books the last of which is “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.” While the blood of Palestinians is irrelevant in Netanyahu’s quest […]

27 Feb
3:24

Israeli Minister Storms Al-Aqsa with Accompanying Settlers (VIDEO)

The Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, under protection of armed Israeli forces, on Tuesday. Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, said that Ariel was heading a group of Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa […]

26 Feb
8:59

Israeli Colonists Paint Racist Graffiti on the Ar-Rahma Gate of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers painted, on Tuesday, racist graffiti on the outer walls of Bab ar-Rahma Gate, adjacent to the eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The incident took place just a few days after dozens of Palestinians managed to reopen the ar-Rahma area of the […]

25 Feb
7:08

Palestinians Liberate Al-Aqsa Hall, Jailed En Masse

Palestinians enter Bab al-Rahmah for the first time in 16 years, February 22, 2019. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT FEBRUARY 24, 2019 Israeli police detain 60 Palestinians in Jerusalem after protesters and Waqf officials reopened a building in al-Aqsa Compound that Israeli authorities have kept sealed for […]

24 Feb
11:55

Israeli Police Abduct Two High-Level Officials of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

In the latest in a series of aggressive and provocative measures against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third-holiest site in the Islamic religion, Israeli police on Sunday abducted two high-level officials with the mosque. This comes a day after Israeli police abducted a security guard at the mosque as […]

24 Feb
6:15

Born Into an Uncertain Future: Palestinian Children in Occupied Jerusalem

Palestinian children are comforted as Israeli forces evict a Palestinian family from their home in Jerusalem’s Old City, February 17, 2019. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT FEBRUARY 22, 2019 The next generation of Palestinians in the holy city face a web of discriminatory and violent Israeli policies. […]

22 Feb
4:08

Israeli Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters Marking The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, a nonviolent procession in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, marking the 25th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre. Media sources said the soldiers injured one child with the rubber-coated steel bullet, and caused many Palestinians to suffer […]

22 Feb
2:15

Closed Since 2003; Palestinians Celebrate Reopening Of Bab Al-Rahma Mosque

Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated, Friday, the reopening of Bab al-Rahma Mosque of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, which was closed by Israel since the year 2003, and the Palestinians were denied access to it since then. Media sources in Jerusalem said the Palestinians gathered in and around Bab al-Rahma and raised Palestinian […]

21 Feb
2:02

Army Detains A Palestinian, Denies Him Access To Al-Aqsa For Two Weeks

Israeli soldiers detained, Thursday, a young Palestinian man, and an issued order preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem, for two weeks, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) has reported. The Palestinian, identified as Bahjat ar-Razem, from Jerusalem, was taken prisoner by the soldiers, […]

21 Feb
5:20

For Third Day, Palestinians Remove Metal Gate at Al-Aqsa

Palestinians, this evening, removed a metal gate which Israeli police had placed at the entrance to a building in Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Bab al-Rahmeh, on Sunday, and held prayer in the area, according to witnesses. Dozens of worshippers held the prayers at Bab al-Rahmeh, one of the gates of Al-Aqsa compound, […]

20 Feb
9:06

Israeli Forces Raid al-Eesawiyya Mosque, Remove Palestinian flag

Israeli forces raided a mosque in the Eesawiyya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, on Monday, to remove the Palestinian flag and a picture of a Palestinian prisoner. Member of a local follow-up committee, Muhammad Abu al-Hummos, told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces raided the mosque, after surrounding it, and demanded […]

20 Feb
8:50

Palestinian Protest Restores Access to Al-Aqsa

A Palestinian worshipper is arrested at al-Aqsa Mosque, February 18, 2019. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT FEBRUARY 20, 2019 Israeli forces attempted to close Bab al-Rahmah Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. At night on Sunday, February 17, 2019, Israeli forces closed Bab al-Rahmah Gate in the eastern […]

19 Feb
3:47

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Women While Leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday afternoon, three Palestinian women while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, through the Gate of the Tribes, in occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Samah Mahameed, Islam Manasra and a woman from Da’our family. They added that the soldiers took the three abducted women […]

19 Feb
3:48

Israeli Forces Assault Congregation, Reseal Al-Aqsa’s Gate

Israeli forces resealed the Al-Rahma Gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque with a lock and chain, after a group of Palestinian youth were able to break the lock and open the gate for worshipers, on Monday. A Ma’an reporter present at the scene said that confrontations erupted after Israeli forces resealed […]

19 Feb
1:43

Israeli Soldiers Abduct An Imam Of A Mosque In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, the Imam of Beit Hanina Mosque, as he was in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, in occupied Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation facility. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Sheikh Ra’ed Da’na, for leading the prayers in Bab ar-Rahma area, near the […]

18 Feb
3:02

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers assaulted, Monday, many worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, before abducting four Palestinians, including one woman. Media sources said the soldiers assaulted several Muslim worshipers while trying to remove them from the holy site, and closed all gates leading to it. One of the abducted Palestinians […]

18 Feb
6:13

Jerusalem: Over $55m to be Invested in Old City Settlement Projects

The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter, in the Old City of Jerusalem, invested more than 200 million shekels ($55,288,940) into “settlement projects”, in Jerusalem’s Old City district. Israel Hayom news outlet reported that the projects will include renovating the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, the Burnt House, […]

18 Feb
6:01

60 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli settlers, on Sunday morning, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque via the Moroccan Gate, accompanied by occupation police. According to Al Ray sources in Jerusalem, 60 Israeli settlers stormed the mosque in the company of rabbis, carrying out provocative tours in its courtyards, and receiving explanations about the alleged […]

15 Feb
6:49

Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sentenced to House Arrest

An Israeli court, on Wednesday, sentenced the imam of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque—the third holiest site in Islam—to house confinement. An Israeli patrol kidnapped Imam Walid Seyam from his family home, on Tuesday evening, hours before an Israeli court ruled that he be subjected to house arrest until Friday. On Tuesday, […]

09 Feb
7:09

Israeli Forces Raid Mosque in Ramallah

An undercover Israeli force, on Friday evening, raided a mosque in the center of Ramallah city, in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped one of its employees. WAFA correspondence said that an undercover Israeli force of about 10 combatants, accompanied by sniffer dogs, raided Jamal Abdul-Nasser Mosque, in the center of […]

08 Feb
5:05

Report: Palestinian Christian Diplomacy in Fight against Christian Zionists

by Daoud Kuttab- Amman The Palestinian government is turning to its own Christian community and even its evangelicals to campaign against distorted Christian Zionists. Palestinian foreign ministry officials were in a quandary in recent months. Despite the strong support for the Palestinian cause around the world, a handful of small […]

06 Feb
5:57

Israeli Minister and Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

The head of the Public Relations office of the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, told Maan News Agency that the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, along with many settlers and soldiers, invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday, and conducted a tour meant as provocation to the […]

05 Feb
5:26

Seven Women Expelled from Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation authorities, on Sunday night,  banned seven Palestinian women from accessing Al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks. An Israeli court held a trial for a number of them, on Monday. Israeli forces detained six Palestinian women and a girl as they were leaving the  mosque via the gates of Hitta , […]

04 Feb
2:24

Illegal Colonists Deface Palestinian Mosque Near Ramallah

A group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers infiltrated, on Monday at dawn, into Deir Dibwan village, east of the central West Bank city or Ramallah, and defaced a mosque and several cars parked nearby. Mansour Mansour, the mayor of Deir Dibwan, said the colonists defaced the walls of the local […]

31 Jan
5:53

Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli illegal settlers, on Wednesday morning, broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Mughrabi {Moroccan} gate under heavy military protection. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that some 48 settlers, accompanied by rabbis, broke into the mosque, roamed its courtyards, and […]

29 Jan
5:33

Settlers, Glick Perform Wedding Ceremony inside Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

American born Israeli ultra-Orthodox Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday morning, to perform a wedding ritual inside the compound in violation of standing rules. Locals told Ma’an News Agency that Glick, who was escorted by other Israeli settlers, performed and filmed a wedding ritual inside […]

28 Jan
4:00

Dozens of Extremist Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Jewish settlers, accompanied by Israeli security, forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that more than 40 extremist Israeli settlers broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy protection from Israeli police. The settlers performed Talmudic rituals […]

26 Jan
6:07

Adalah: Israel Still Preventing 70-year-old Palestinian Grandmother with Ailing Health from Visiting Grave of Father She Never Met

Salwa Salem Copty with portraits of her father and mother in the church in the destroyed Galilee village of Ma’alul. (Photo by Mati Milstein) Israeli authorities are preventing a 70-year-old Palestinian grandmother with ailing health from visiting the grave of her father – who died before she was born – […]

25 Jan
4:58

Settlers Invade Women’s Prayer Space at Al-Aqsa Mosque

A large number of Israeli settlers and Israeli police stormed the Dome of the Rock, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on Thursday afternoon. Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, confirmed that 41 Israeli settlers and 85 members […]

22 Jan
4:39

Israeli Forces Storm Al-Aqsa, Take Measurements and Photographs

January 22, 2019 4:39 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli forces stormed  into Al Aqsa Mosque, on Monday morning, and began to photograph the mosque’s landmarks and take measurements without mentioning any reasons for it. Later this morning, groups of Israeli settlers renewed the provocative incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, carried out tours inside the mosque, […]

20 Jan
1:59

Army Denies Five Aqsa Mosque Guards, Fateh Official, Access To The Holy Site For 4-6 Months

The Israeli army and police have issued orders targeting five guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and one Fateh movement official, denying them access to the holy site for periods ranging between four and six months. Firas ad-Dibis, the head of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, said […]

19 Jan
7:35

Armenians Orthodox Begin Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem

The Orthodox Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, arrived on Friday, at noon, in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, marking the start of Palestine’s Armenian Christians’ celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany. Manougian’s procession left from the Armenian Patriarchate, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and made its way to Manger Square. […]

18 Jan
7:06

Israeli Special Forces Raid Al-Aqsa Compound

Israeli special forces and police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, via the Moroccan Gate, on Thursday morning. Forces also stormed the Marawani and Dome of the Rock mosques, inside the compound. An Israeli policeman also attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock mosque wearing a kippah; Israeli forces then […]

18 Jan
6:49

Palestinians Protest Israeli Police Activity at Al-Aqsa (VIDEO)

A Palestinian woman protests Israeli police activity at al-Aqsa Mosque, January 14, 2019. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JANUARY 18, 2019 Palestinians refuse an attempt by Israeli police to enter a mosque in al-Aqsa Compound. Israeli police besieged the mosque for six hours and arrested four Palestinians. […]

15 Jan
6:22

Jerusalem Mosque Employees Detained By Israeli Police

The Dome of the Rock Mosque, situated next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s 3rd holiest site, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. Muslim religious officials told WAFA that Israeli police imposed a siege on the place of worship for several hours, Monday. The Waqf employees reportedly refused to […]

13 Jan
8:54

VIDEO: Jerusalem in 2018

A recap on the events of the past year. Originally published by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, occupied East Jerusalem. (English subtitles.) (photo: BDS National Committee) Human Interest 12/28/18 Remembering the Israeli 2008 Offensive on Gaza (VIDEO) 

13 Jan
3:53

Islamic-Christian Committee Denounces Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

January 13, 2019 3:53 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israel, News Report, Palestine 0

The Islamic-Christian Committee for Supporting Jerusalem and Holy Sites issued, Saturday, a strong condemnation of a provocative Israeli art exhibit, in Haifa, mocking Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The Committee said that the so-called art exhibit depicted Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary in a mocking and racist manner […]

12 Jan
7:37

Israeli Police Fire Tear Gas at Palestinian Christians Protesting Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and their supporters gathered Friday in Haifa, in northern Israel, to protest an Israeli exhibit that featured Ronald McDonald taking the place of Jesus on the cross. The so-called “McJesus” exhibit was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinon, and has been on display at a gallery […]

08 Jan
12:59

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Waqf Official In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, Firas ad-Dibs, the head of the Media and Public Relations office of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in occupied Jerusalem. The WAFA Palestinian News agency has reported that the soldiers stopped ad-Dibs, near Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate), and abducted him. WAFA added that […]

06 Jan
9:24

Orthodox Churches Begin Christmas Celebrations

Patriarchs of the various Orthodox churches in Jerusalem led processions to Bethlehem on Sunday, for the Midnight Mass at the Church of Nativity, WAFA reported. In anticipation of Christmas Eve, police are on high alert and deployed around the city in the main streets and junctions to ensure security. Palestinian […]

04 Jan
7:26

Over 100 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque with Israeli Police

Dozens of extremist settlers and Israeli occupation authorities stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, on Wednesday morning. Israeli police provided full protection to the settlers, who began their entry and tour through various parts of the mosque, until they left. 39 settlers, 67 Jewish students and an intelligence officer, accompanied […]

03 Jan
8:31

Archbishop Hanna: Palestinian Christians Are Not Communities In Their Homeland

The Archbishop of Sebastia, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, stated that the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land weren’t communities in their lands.   During his receive to the journalists on Tuesday, Hanna added, “We are not communities, neither minorities, in our holy land.”   Hanna […]

02 Jan
6:29

Israel & US Formally Ditch UNESCO

More than a year after announcing their withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Israel and the United States’ decision officially went into effect at the last second of December 31, 2018. UNESCO was the first UN body to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011, which […]

31 Dec
5:30

Hamas Chief Visits Latin Church in Gaza

A Hamas delegation visited the Church of the Latin Monastery in Gaza, on Saturday, to express the movement’s congratulations to the Christian Palestinians. Senior Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh reiterated the close relationship between the Muslims and the Christians in Palestine and reaffirmed his complete solidarity with Palestinian Christians who confront the […]

27 Dec
7:28

VIDEO: Tourism in Palestine “Booming” during Christmas

On the annual Christmas Eve celebration in Manger Square, thousands of Palestinians and internationals showed up to spread a spirit of joy and happiness on the religious occasion, which has become a national holiday and one of the most important, festive events of the year. The celebrations included scouts parades […]

26 Dec
5:36

VIDEO: Kairos Palestine Assures that “Christian Palestinians are also Palestinians”

The Kairos Palestine initiative, in its 9th annual statement, has called on the Christian community, in Palestine and in the world, to recognize Israel as an apartheid state, and to end the occupation and end attempts to shift the identity of Jerusalem towards a “Jewish only” policy. PNN reports that, […]

25 Dec
5:06

Thousands Gather in Bethlehem for Christmas (VIDEO)

December 25, 2018 5:06 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Christmas Eve celebrations, among Palestinians of the occupied West Bank, began on Monday, by scout marches at the Nativity Church in the Manger Square of Bethlehem City, southern occupied West Bank, welcoming the Latin Patriarch of Palestine, Jordan, and the Holy Land Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is also the Apostolic […]

25 Dec
4:42

Israeli Forces Assault Mourners At Funeral of Slain Teen

December 25, 2018 4:42 AM Ali Salam Holy sites, Human rights, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The funeral of Qassem al-Abbassi, the teen killed by Israeli forces, on December 20, 2018, was held Monday night, in the town of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian men were carrying the teen’s body on their shoulders, from the Silwan mosque, and many of the mourners shouted criticism […]

24 Dec
4:53

Gaza Christians Obstructed from Travelling to Bethlehem

Annually, Israeli authorities file travel permits for only a small percentage of Palestinian Christians in the besieged Gaza Strip, dividing families during the holiday season and preventing them from pilgrimage to Bethlehem. According to local sources, the Christians, who form a minority in Gaza, annually apply for “holiday permits” to […]

23 Dec
11:57

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian From Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation and detention facility. The Palestinian, Nitham Abu Rammouz, was detained when dozens of soldiers, officers and groups of illegal colonialist settlers stormed the courtyards of the […]

21 Dec
2:49

Christmas Tree Lit in Khan Al-Ahmar

Palestinians, on Wednesday evening, lit the Christmas tree in Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village, to the east of Jerusalem, which is threatened with Israeli demolition by Israeli court order. The tree lighting ceremony was attended by the citizens of Khan al-Ahmar, in addition to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials and local […]

18 Dec
1:53

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Invade The Area Surrounding St. Saba Monastery In Bethlehem

Hundreds of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Monday evening, the vicinity of the historic Christian Mar Saba (St. Saba) Monastery, near the al-‘Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. Locals said the heavily armed illegal colonists invaded the area in many cars and buses, while Israeli […]

16 Dec
4:05

68-year-old Palestinian Woman Dies when Israeli Forces Block Ambulance

An elderly Palestinian woman died Saturday in Jerusalem when she suffered a heart attack while praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque. She was identified as Sumayya Mahmoud Nasser, 68, from the Jit area in the land that is now Israel. Israeli forces stationed outside the mosque prevented an ambulance from reaching […]

11 Dec
5:40

Many Palestinians Injured as Settlers Storm Joseph’s Tomb

Dozens of Palestinian youth suffered from tear-gas inhalation, predawn Monday, during violent confrontations which broke out after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb, in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Ma’an reported that confrontations were triggered when Israeli settlers began performing Jewish religious rituals in Joseph’s Tomb, […]

10 Dec
7:06

Israeli Settlers, Led by the Minister of Agriculture, Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, accompanied by military reinforcement security from the Israeli occupation army. According to the sources of the Islamic Endowments Department, Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, was leading a group of Israeli extremist settlers who entered through the Mugrabi […]

04 Dec
8:23

American Born Israeli MK, Settlers Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound for Hanukkah (VIDEO)

Ultra-Orthodox American-born rabbi and Knesset member Yehuda Glick, along with dozens of Israeli settlers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, on Monday, for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that heavily armed Israeli […]

03 Dec
6:21

VIDEO: Thousands Gather for Christmas Tree Lighting in Bethlehem

Only meters away from where baby Jesus is said to be born, thousands of people made their way to Manger Square and gathered around the gigantic Christmas tree, to welcome in the holiest month of the Christian year – December. Locals and foreigners, wrapped up in their coats and beanies, […]

01 Dec
5:48

Holiday Preparations Well Underway in Bethlehem

Preparations for Christmas 2018 are well underway, according to the Press Conference held at the Bethlehem Peace Center, today. With the world’s spotlight beaming down, this December, on the city – the world celebrated birthplace of Jesus Christ – the municipality of Bethlehem announced that the theme of this Christmas […]

25 Nov
3:48

Bethlehem Prepares to Celebrate Christmas 2018

Preparing the Christmas tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, outside the Church of Nativity, where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. (WAFA Images / Ahmad Mizher)  Preparations are underway, by the City of Bethlehem, to celebrate Christmas 2018, according to Palestinian officials. Fadi Ghattas, head of the municipality’s media […]

20 Nov
2:20

Army Abducts A Woman At Qalandia Terminal, North Of Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday afternoon, a Palestinian woman at the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly for “intending to stab soldiers.” The woman, Afkar Jamal Abdul-Fattah Kamil, 25, is from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Her uncle said […]

18 Nov
8:55

Israeli Minister Storms Al-Aqsa with Dozens of Settlers

November 18, 2018 8:55 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, with dozens of Israeli settlers, on Sunday. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), said that Ariel, along with […]

08 Nov
10:05

Knesset Members, Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Heavily armed Israeli forces escorted an Israeli Knesset member, Shuli Mualem, as she entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, on Thursday. Head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, Firas al-Dibs, said that MK Mualem stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

25 Oct
8:18

Holy Land Churches Denounce Israeli Police Conduct in Jerusalem

Churches in Jerusalem denounced, on Wednesday, Israeli police conduct with Coptic monks, demanding to hold accountable police officers involved in using force against the monks, according to a press release. Contacts were held  since the morning with many local, regional and international entities on the incident involving misconduct by Israeli policemen […]

24 Oct
11:39

Illegal Colonialist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa

Dozens of Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, escorted by a large police and military force. Eyewitnesses said the attack was carried out by at least 59 colonists, in addition to the soldiers and officers, and took place through the al-Magharba Gate. The Waqf and […]

24 Oct
9:31

Israeli Soldiers, Police Attack Coptic Priests, Abduct One, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers and police officers attacked, on Wednesday morning, several Coptic Christian priests in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in occupied Jerusalem and abducted one of them, the Maan News Agency has reported. The attack took place after the Coptic Church in occupied Jerusalem organized a peaceful protest near […]

22 Oct
3:16

Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli security forces, forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that dozens of settlers broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy protection from Israeli police. The settlers performed Talmudic rituals and prayers […]

18 Oct
9:12

Christian Cemetery Desecrated, Graves Destroyed in Jerusalem

October 18, 2018 9:12 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Ha’aretz Israeli newspaper, on Thursday, reported that about 30 graves were vandalized two weeks ago, in the cemetery of Beit Jmal monastery, near Jerusalem. The monastery monks discovered the destruction of the tombs yesterday, saying the concrete crosses on the graves were taken down. The old cemetery is located about […]

16 Oct
8:51

Erekat: Netanyahu Uses Christianity to Distort Facts

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, for using Christianity to distort facts. “Israel’s Prime Minister continues to distorting facts even by using Christianity to support his racist and xenophobic claims,” Erekat said in a statement in reference to Netanyahu’s comments on […]

16 Oct
12:48

Israeli Settlers Led by Yehuda Glick Break into Al-Aqsa

Dozens of Israeli settlers, headed by extremist American-born rabbi and member of the Knesset for Likud, Yehuda Glick, on Monday morning, broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Maghriba gate, and under heavy protection by Israeli occupation troops. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that […]

11 Oct
8:12

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 […]

08 Oct
8:47

Palestinians Mark 28th Anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Massacre

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the massacre of the first Al Aqsa Mosque, which was carried out by Israeli occupation forces. On Monday, October 8, 1990, before noon prayers, the settlers of the so-called “Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement” tried to lay the foundation stone for the alleged […]

08 Oct
3:27

PCHR: “Two Fishermen Arrested and One of Them Wounded”

Date: 07 October 2018: Time: 10:30 GMT: Two Fishermen Arrested and One of Them Wounded, Israeli Naval Forces again Reduce Allowed Area for Fishing. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Yesterday, the Israeli naval forces arrested 2 fishermen and wounded one of them as part of the Israeli attacks […]

08 Oct
12:42

Settlers Continue with Break-ins at Al-Aqsa Mosque

More than 100 Jewish settlers, accompanied by Israeli security forces, forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that more than 75 extremist Israeli settlers and about 30 students of Talmudic yeshivas broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy […]

01 Oct
1:02

Israeli Colonists Injure Five Palestinians, Attack Stores And Cars, In Jerusalem’s Old City

A group of extremist illegal colonialist settlers attacked, on Sunday at night, many Palestinians and stores in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, causing damage and wounding five young men. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the Israeli assailants attacked many shops in the al-Misrara area, near Bab al-‘Amoud, […]

27 Sep
8:22

VIDEO: Muslim Worshipers Assaulted by Israeli Forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Tensions increased at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Thursday, as Israeli forces assaulted a number of Muslim worshipers, while Israeli settlers performed prayers in the compound. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that 924 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through […]

25 Sep
8:19

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa over Sukkot Holiday

Heavily armed Israeli soldiers escorted hundreds of Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Tuesday, to celebrate the Jewish  Sukkot holiday, while the Israeli authorities prevented restoration work from being completed in the compound. Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), […]

25 Sep
11:50

Army Abducts Six Palestinians In Jerusalem

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers and police officers, abducted six Palestinians, including three from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society “PPS” has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded Silwan and at-Tour towns, searched many homes and abducted three Palestinians. The PPS said the […]