Category Archives: Holy sites

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 […]

03 Jun
9:46

Israeli Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Woman, Abduct Two Others, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Sunday evening, a Palestinians woman, in occupied East Jerusalem, causing various cuts and bruises, and abducting two other women. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the woman suffered cuts and bruises to several parts of her body, especially her head, and was moved to the […]

02 Jun
5:37

Ashrawi: Jerusalem Under Triple Israeli Assault

PLO Executive Committee member, Hanan Ashrawi, says that Israel has kept Jerusalem hostage under its illegal practices and de facto separation from the rest of the occupied Palestinian Territory for fifty-two years, now, by imposing severe restrictions on Palestinian access to Jerusalem and its Christian and Muslim holy sites. To […]

02 Jun
5:14

Muslim Devotees Assaulted in Police Raid on Al-Aqsa

A number of Palestinian Muslim worshippers were injured today, by Israeli police officers who were escorting dozens of Israeli extremists performing a provocative tour of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. Some 400 Israeli settlers, led by American-born rabbi and MK Yehuda Glick, entered the flashpoint compound, one of Islam’s […]

02 Jun
11:25

Soldiers Attack, Injure, Many Palestinians In Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, on Sunday morning, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and attacked the Muslim worshipers, wounding dozens, including one of the civilian guards of the holy site, and detained another. The soldiers and police were accompanying large groups of […]

27 May
12:21

Israeli Settlers Again Storm Al Aqsa Mosque

A group of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, for the third time during the past two weeks of the Holy Month of Ramadan (an important annual holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide). The Israeli military has, during the past week alone, invaded the mosque […]

25 May
7:32

Army Injures Sixteen Palestinians In Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, sixteen Palestinians during the Great Return March processions, ongoing for the 59th week, in the besieged Gaza Strip. The Health Ministry in Gaza said the injuries varied between rubber-coated steel bullets and gas inhalation, including some who were shot […]

24 May
2:18

Soldiers Abduct, Injure, Several Palestinians Trying To Reach Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted and injured , on Friday morning, several young Palestinian men in Qalandia area, north of occupied East Jerusalem, while trying to enter the city for prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the third Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Media sources said the Palestinians were […]

22 May
5:10

Israeli Soldiers Force Out Al-Aqsa Worshippers at Gunpoint

Israeli authorities, last night, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and drove out Palestinians performing Iʿtikāf inside its courtyards, at gunpoint.   Jerusalemite Al Ray sources reported that Israeli forces stormed the mosque, forced worshipers  out. They also photographed them and demanded their IDs.   The sources added that worshipers […]

20 May
11:10

Israeli Forces Remove Muslim Worshipers From Al-Aqsa By Force

May 20, 2019 11:10 AM Ali Salam Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report, West Bank 0

Heavily armed Israeli forces and police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, after midnight, on Sunday, and evicted Muslim worshipers, eyewitnesses told Maan News. Dozens of worshipers remained in the compound to perform Tarawih prayers, or night prayers, offered during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. […]

20 May
3:47

Army Abducts Five Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, five Palestinians, including two guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), in two separate incidents, in occupied Jerusalem. The PPS said the soldiers abducted the head of its Jerusalem Office, the Secretary of Fateh Movement, Nasser Qous, in addition […]

19 May
5:17

Israeli Minister Leads Provocative Tour of Al-Aqsa

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, today, headed a group of extremist Israeli settlers in a provocative tour of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem. Ariel and dozens of settlers toured the holy sit,e in groups, only hours after Israeli police forcibly evicted hundreds of Muslim worshippers from […]

19 May
2:21

Soldiers Attack Worshipers In Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli soldiers attacked, late on Saturday at night, many Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and forced them out of the holy site’s compound. The Islamic Waqf and Endowment Department said dozens of Palestinians choose to spend nights in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially during the current […]

17 May
1:29

Army Abducts Several Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, several young Palestinian men in Qalandia area, north of occupied East Jerusalem, while trying to enter the city for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the second Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Media sources said the soldiers chased and attacked several young […]

13 May
2:23

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinian Children In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, two Palestinian children, and assaulted one of them, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers abducted the two Palestinians, identified as Essam Abu Naab, 16, and Mohammad al-Ghazzawi, 16. They added that the soldiers also assaulted Essam with […]

11 May
5:52

VIDEO: Over 180,000 Muslim Worshipers Pray at Al-Aqsa on First Friday of Ramadan

Thousands of Muslim worshipers took to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, said that more than 180,000 visited Al-Aqsa, to perform Friday prayers. […]

10 May
1:47

Army Injures Six Palestinians, Including One Who Suffered Eye Injury, In Jerusalem

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has reported that Israeli soldiers shot, on Thursday evening, six young Palestinian men with rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades, including one who suffered an eye injury. The PRCS stated that its medics provided treatment to six Palestinians, including four who were rushed to […]

09 May
3:08

Israeli Soldiers Attack Worshipers Leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem, Abduct Three

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Wednesday evening, Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the al-Asbat and Bab al-‘Amoud areas, in occupied East Jerusalem, while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and abducted three of them. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, and police officers, assaulted many worshipers in Bab al-Asbat and Bab al-‘Amoud, just as they were […]

08 May
3:11

Israeli Soldiers Close Wadi Hilweh Street In Silwan

Just as the Palestinians in Silwan were preparing for Iftar following a day of fasting in the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Israeli soldiers closed Wadi Hilweh Street, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that […]

07 May
1:49

Israeli Army Believes The Truce Could Collapse Within Weeks

The Israeli military leadership believes that the current truce reached with the resistance in the besieged Gaza Strip could collapse within weeks if the situation in the coastal region does not improve. Israeli media sources said, although  both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza were willing to end the […]

04 May
2:09

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 […]

25 Apr
10:11

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, three Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including one near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS said dozens of soldiers invaded at dawn Birzeit city, north of Ramallah, searched homes and abducted Anas […]

23 Apr
11:26

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, two Palestinians, including the head of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Islamic Museum, in occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Arafat Amro, the head of the Islamic Museum for Archelogy in Al-Aqsa Mosque, as he was leaving the holy site through Bab an-Nather and took […]

22 Apr
9:05

Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa for Passover (VIDEO)

Over one hundred Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, under the protection of heavily armed Israeli soldiers and police, for the Jewish holiday of Passover, also known as “Pesach”. Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, confirmed that some 167 Israeli settlers […]

22 Apr
8:43

Entrances to Nablus-area Village Blocked to Secure Jewish Holidays

April 22, 2019 8:43 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Nablus, News Report 0

Israeli forces sealed off the three entrances to the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus, occupied West Bank, as they prepared to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, also known as “Pesach”, according to the mayor of Sebastia, Mohammed Azim. Israeli forces stormed the village of Sebastia at dawn and […]

Christians in Gaza celebrate Easter (image from Ma'an)
21 Apr
8:41

Israel Denies All Gaza Christians Travel Permits to Jerusalem for Easter

For the first time, Israeli authorities decided this year to deny all travel permits to Palestinian Christians from Gaza to celebrate Easter as they do each year, by processing from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to follow the path of Jesus in the Resurrection. The number of permits issued by the occupying […]

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 […]