Category Archives: Holy sites

14 Jul

Israeli Army Razes Land in Hebron, Bethlehem, Order Seizure of Land in Salfit

The Israeli occupation authorities, on Monday, bulldozed large areas of Palestinian-owned cultivated land as well as an agricultural structure in al-Baq’ah area in Hebron, southern West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported. According to local sources, Israeli bulldozers accompanied by soldiers, razed three dunams of land planted with vegetables and […]

10 Jul

Israeli Security Summon Fatah Member for Interrogation in Jerusalem

Israeli security services in the internationally-recognized occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem, summoned, on Thursday, a representative of the Fatah party, Shadi Matour, for interrogation. Official Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) said that Matour was summoned to the Muskobiya interrogation and detention center, also known as the Russian compound, shortly after he and […]

08 Jul

Israeli Court Orders Muslim Cemetery Destroyed to Build Homeless Shelter

In Tel Aviv on Tuesday, an Israeli court rejected an appeal by the Islamic Council of Jaffa to preserve a 200-year old Muslim cemetery, ruling instead that the municipality of Tel Aviv can move forward with plans to build a homeless shelter on the site. The ruling followed weeks of […]

23 Jun

Israeli Troops Abduct Several Palestinians, Including a Woman in East Jerusalem

Israeli troops abducted, early on Tuesday, several Palestinian residents, including a woman, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem. Wadi Hilweh Information Center in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, reported that Israeli intelligence service, backed by Israeli troops, broke into the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, stormed and vandalized a number […]

23 Jun

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure one Palestinian, Arrest Three at Joseph’s Tomb

In the West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian youth, late on Monday night, and caused many others to suffocate by tear gas fired at protesters, by Israeli forces, near Joseph’s Tomb.   Witnesses told media outlets that the soldiers clashed with tens of Palestinian […]

23 Jun

Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Young Women at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Israeli police assaulted and arrested five Palestinian young women, and an Al-Aqsa guard, on Sunday, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the southern occupied West Bank city of Jerusalem, Quds Press reported. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) said in a brief statement, “The occupation forces arrested five girls and […]

18 Jun

Israeli Forces Abduct Several Palestinians in the West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, early on Thursday morning, several Palestinian residents from a number of West Bank cities, towns and villages. In the West Bank city of Jericho, Israeli special forces invaded the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp, south of the city and abducted a young man, according to Palestinian security sources. […]

17 Jun

Israeli Forces Close an Archaeological Site in Nablus City

Israeli forces closed, early on Tuesday, an ancient archaeological site in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Mayor of Sebastia village, north of Nablus city, Mr. Mohammad Azem, confirmed that Israeli troops invaded the village in the early hours of dawn, and began cordoning off the Sebastia archaeological […]

15 Jun

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Several Israeli Settlers, on Monday, stormed the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa mosque of the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem. The group was lead by Israeli leader, Yehuda Glick, local sources said. Palestinian sources including Muslim worshipers, present at the scene, told media outlets that Israeli soldiers ensured full protection for the […]

12 Jun

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 – 10 Jun 2020)

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) Summary of Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 – 10 June 2020) Israeli occupation forces continued to commit crimes against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, […]

07 Jun

PLO Official Condemns Israeli Violations in Occupied East Jerusalem

Senior Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee, condemned on Sunday, what she described as Israeli violations across the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, in light of the recent Israeli entry ban, imposed on a grand Palestinian Muslim scholar. In a statement, issued by Ashrawi earlier today, the senior […]

06 Jun

Israeli Military and Police Forces Detain Palestinians, including Journalist

Israeli police detained four Palestinian youths from occupied Jerusalem, on Saturday, local sources reported. Sources told the Palestinian Information Center that the Israeli police closed the Bab al-Amud or Damascus Gate, one of the entrances to the Old City, for several hours. Police reportedly abducted three youths in the area, […]

05 Jun

Israel Bans Sheikh Sabri from Al-Aqsa for Four Months

Israeli occupation authorities in the internationally-recognized city of occupied East Jerusalem, reportedly imposed, on Thursday, a four-month-long entry ban on Muslim scholar and Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri. According to the Israeli order, the senior Palestinian Muslim scholar and former Mufti of Jerusalem, will be banned from […]

03 Jun

Israeli Troops Crackdown on Peaceful Protest at Home of Shiekh Sabri, Arrest Two

Israeli troops, early on Wednesday, stormed the home of Ikrima Sabri, current head of the Higher Islamic Council and former Mufti, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem. Palestinian sources in the occupied old city of Jerusalem said that the attack on Sabri’s home followed Israeli troops’ crackdown on a Palestinian […]

31 May

As Dozens Of Colonists, Soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque, Army Abducts Four Palestinians

Marking the first day of reopening the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, after seventy days of closure due to coronavirus concerns, Israeli soldiers and police officers accompanied dozens of illegal colonialist settlers in a provocative tour into the courtyards of the holy site, and abducted four Palestinians, including two women. […]

31 May

Israeli Forces Evict Palestinians from Ibrahimi Mosque, Permit Settlers

Israeli forces, on Friday, blocked Palestinian Muslim worshipers from performing the dawn prayer, evicted hundreds of worshipers and banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron/Al-Khalil, Quds News Network reported. Sheikh Hifzi Abu Sneineh, the head of the local Waqf Department, stated that military barriers were placed […]

28 May

Israeli Troops Block Maintenance of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Israeli troops blocked, earlier on Thursday morning, maintenance works at the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, an ancient United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-recognized part of Palestinian heritage. Palestinian chief for the Holy Shrine and Muslim scholar, Hefdi Abusnaina, told media outlets that Israeli troops blocked, by force, some construction and […]

24 May

Israeli Police Assault, Arrest 4 Palestinians at Al-Aqsa, Soldiers Detain 3 Overnight

Dozens of Israeli police, on Sunday, assaulted a number of Palestinian Muslim worshipers performing Eid al-Fitr prayers at Bab al-Asbat or Lion’s Gate, leading to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, southern West Bank. Palestinian Muslims joined at the gate of the mosque to perform prayers for Eid […]

23 May

VIDEO: Settlers Hold Parade While Soldiers Assault Palestinians in Jersualem

Israeli security forces, on Friday, blocked several streets in occupied Jerusalem as illegal Israeli settlers provocative March outside Jaffa Gate, celebrated the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem as capital of Israel”, Quds News reported. Also on Friday, occupation forces assaulted Palestinians, near Bab Al-Asbat or Lion’s Gate, in the old city […]

15 May

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 – 13 May 2020)

Summary of Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (07 – 13 May 2020) Israeli forces continued to violate Palestinians’ human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the occupied Palestinian […]

13 May

Israeli Troops Invade Religious Monument in Hebron City

Israeli troops reportedly invaded, early on Wednesday morning, Prophet Saleh’s tombstone area, east of the Ithna town, west of Hebron city. Local Palestinian sources said that the Israeli forces invaded the tombstone area, which is one of several religious and monumental sites in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. […]

01 May

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 April 2020)

Summary of Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (23 – 29 April 2020) Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians’ human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the […]

23 Apr

Arab States’ League Decries Israeli Confiscation of Ibrahimi Mosque Lands

League of the Arab States denounced on Thursday, the latest Israeli authorities’ decision to confiscate the vicinity of Palestinian-Muslim ‘Al-Ibrahimi’ or Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. In a statement, issued by the league, 22 Arab states considered the latest confiscation a part of Israel’s […]

Israeli troops invading (file photo from Paltoday)
02 Apr

Israeli Troops Abduct 3 Palestinians, Seize 100 Sheep

Israeli forces, overnight Wednesday, invaded Palestinian homes and abducted three residents in East Jerusalem, southern occupied West Bank, local sources reported. Sources told media outlets that Israeli troops stormed the Silwan neighborhood on Thursday at dawn, broke into several homes and abducted two Palestinian civilians, identified as Bahaa Abu Tayeh […]

26 Mar

Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa under Police Protection

Several illegal Israeli settlers, on Wednesday morning, invaded the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque, under police guard, despite the closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Days of Palestine. Local sources said that dozens of extremist settlers, escorted by police officers, forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque and performed Talmudic rituals […]

Settlers invading al-Aqsa (image by Ma'an news)
23 Mar

Israeli Police Allow Israeli Settlers Into Al-Aqsa Mosque, Restrict Muslim Presence

Dozens of Israeli colonial settlers, belonging to the Temple Mount group, on Sunday morning, stormed the vicinity of the Islamic holy shrine of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.. Witnesses told media outlets that the group of illegal settlers performed provocative rituals before leaving through the Bab Alselsela gate used […]

Noon prayers outside the al Aqsa mosque (image from Middle East Eye)
21 Mar

Israeli Police In Occupied East Jerusalem Impose Restrictions

Israeli police, on Friday, imposed new restrictions on Muslim worshipers who perform prayers five times a day, at the ancient holy Islamic shrine of Al-Aqsa mosque, in the occupied city of East Jerusalem. Local sources told media outlets that during the Friday Muslim sermon, Israeli police forces shut down a […]

16 Mar

Sheikh Bukairat Arrested from Home in Jerusalem

The Israeli police, on Sunday evening, arrested Sheikh Najeh Bukairat, deputy director of the Administration of Islamic Awqaf and Aqsa Mosque Affairs, from his home in Sur Baher neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, Days of Palestine reported. The Administration of Islamic Awqaf and Aqsa Mosque Affairs in Occupied Jerusalem, announced on […]

15 Mar

Israeli Forces Close Al-Aqsa due to Corona Virus, Allow Israeli Settlers to Invade

Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday, closed most of the doors of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of “precautionary measures against the Corona virus,” while allowing dozens of settlers to storm it. According to the Palestine News Network, Israeli forces closed the gates of the sacred […]

Protest at al-Aqsa (archive image)
03 Mar

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm al-Aqsa Mosque

On Monday, 226 Israeli Settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque while accompanied by a squadron of Israeli police. In 2016, protests  erupted at the embattled area after Israeli sSettlers invaded the compound during the last 10 days of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, in contravention of tradition. The Islamic […]

29 Feb

Arab League Calls For International Protection To The Palestinian People

The Arab League called for sending international protection forces to the occupied Palestinian territories, namely the West Bank city of Hebron, in the southern part, Shehab News Agency has reported. Marking the 26th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre carried out by an extremist Israeli-American Jewish settler, identified as Baruch […]

27 Feb

UN Official Concerned Over Israel’s Settlement Expansion Plans

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, Wednesday, voiced his concern over Israeli settlement announcements, saying the E1 plan (E1 is the area between Ma’ale Adumim colony and occupied Jerusalem) if implemented, would sever the West Bank in half. “I am very concerned about Israel’s […]

26 Feb

Opinion: The Dawn Prayer Protests Provide an Example of Palestinian Steadfastness

By Sari Orabi for Middle East Monitor Palestinian Muslims in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem are engaged in an initiative known as the Great Fajr (Dawn) Prayer protest in mosques across the territories. It started in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, which has had a major portion cordoned off […]

25 Feb

Today Marks 26 Years For The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

HEBRON, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (The Palestinian News & Info Agency – WAFA) – Twenty-six years ago, on February 25, 1994, a Jewish settler named Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli army physician, opened indiscriminate fire from his army-issued automatic rifle at hundreds of Muslims as they were performing the dawn prayer […]

24 Feb

Israeli Authorities Force Beloved Palestinian Bakery to Close After 60 Years

A Palestinian bakery in the heart of Old Jerusalem has been forced to close by Israeli authorities after 60 years in business. The reason provided for the forced closure was that the bakery had been providing baked goods to Palestinian worshipers headed to Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray. The Israeli occupation […]

23 Feb

Palestinian Shot Dead After Alleged Stabbing Attempt in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed, on Saturday, the death of the alleged attacker, who was shot and killed earlier in the day by the Israeli police in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police opened a barrage of gunfire the Palestinian man at Lions’ […]

20 Feb

Archbishop Hanna: “We Urge All Churches Globally To Reject Deal Of The Century”

Archbishop of Sebastia Diocese Of the Greek Orthodox Church in occupied Jerusalem, Attallah Hanna, welcomed a delegation of the World Council of Churches at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the adjacent cathedral, and urged them, along with all churches, to denounce the so-called “Deal of the Century” and […]

15 Feb

Palestinians Denied Access to Al-Aqsa, Attacked by Israeli Soldiers

A group of Palestinian worshipers, early Friday morning, were brutally attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers who prevented them from reaching the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. Quds News Network (QNN) reporter said thousands of Palestinian Muslims flooded Jerusalem from all around Palestine as well as some from Israel, to […]

13 Feb

Jerusalem Home Begins to Collapse due to Israeli Excavation

A Palestinian-owned house in the Old City district of occupied Jerusalem, today, partially collapsed as a result of ongoing underground excavations by Israeli authorities and illegal settler organizations, the house-owner told WAFA. Mr. Thaher Sharabati said his house sustained minor landslides during the recent low pressure and the accompanying heavy […]

07 Feb

Police Turn Back Worshipers En Route to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police, this morning, turned back busloads of worshipers en route from northern Israel to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Police deployed at the entrances of Jerusalem turned back worshipers from Galilee and the Triangle region, in the north of present-day Israel, making their way to Al-Aqsa for Friday morning prayers. […]

Lion's Gate (image from pinterest)
06 Feb

Palestinian Shot by Israeli Police in Old City Jerusalem

Israeli police, today, shot a Palestinian who allegedly opened fire at them at the Lion’s Gate, in Jerusalem’s Old City,  eyewitnesses reported to WAFA. Witnesses said that police fired several bullets at the man, whom they suspected was killed, even though there was no official confirmation of this from any […]

03 Feb

Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa, Police Arrest Guard and Female Worshiper

Illegal Israeli settlers stormed, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Moroccan Gate, on Sunday morning, heavily protected by Israeli forces, Alray reported. Several groups of settlers invaded the mosque, and toured its courtyards, guided by rabbis that gave settlers explanations on the alleged “Temple Mount.” Sources added that […]

31 Jan

Soldiers Attack Worshipers In Al-Aqsa Mosque, Injure Ten

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Friday at dawn, dozens of Muslim worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, injured at least ten, and abducted three. Media sources said the Israeli army and the police stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and fired many concussion grenades […]

30 Jan

Lutheran World Federation: Peace Cannot Be Unilaterally Imposed

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the U.S. administration, this week. “Peace can never be unilaterally imposed,” writes LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, and LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge, in a statement […]

30 Jan

Army Abducts, Assaults, Several Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, several Palestinians, assaulted many others, and closed Bab al-Amoud in addition to issuing orders barring three residents from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Several Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded the courtyards of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and assaulted many Palestinians, in addition to preventing them from heading […]

29 Jan

60 Arson Attacks on Churches and Mosques by Jewish Settlers in Past Decade

Israel’s Tag Meir organisation revealed, on Monday, that extremist Jewish settlers have carried out arson attacks on 46 mosques and 12 churches in the occupied West Bank and Israel, over the past decade, Al Sabeel has reported. Tag Meir, which was established 15 years ago to counter settlers’ hate crimes […]

28 Jan

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 […]
27 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Israeli forces in night raid (archive image from Al Jazeera)
06 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Settlers in Joseph's Tomb in 2013 (image from The Iran Project)
30 Dec

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. […]

Protest at al-Aqsa (archive image)
30 Oct

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 […]