Category Archives: Holy sites

24 Oct

Israel Attempts to Wipe out Palestinian Curriculum in Jerusalem

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

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

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

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

17 Oct

Settlers Raid Holy Sites in Bethlehem and Jerusaelm

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

17 Oct

51 Palestinians Injured near Joseph’s Tomb

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

16 Oct

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

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

16 Oct

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

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

13 Oct

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

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

10 Oct

Israeli Police Invades Bab ar-Rahma Mosque

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

01 Oct

Palestinians Mark 19 Years Since Al-Aqsa Intifada

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

30 Sep

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

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

29 Sep

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

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

25 Sep

Dichter Storms Al-Aqsa Courtyards Under Heavy Guard

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

23 Sep

Confrontations as Israeli Army Raids Archaeological Site near Nablus

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

16 Sep

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Says Hebron Real Estate Under Threat

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

13 Sep

Soldiers Injure Worshipers In Jerusalem Mosque

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

12 Sep

Hamas: Friedman’s Remark Explicit Incitement

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

05 Sep

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

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

05 Sep

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

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

24 Aug

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

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

22 Aug

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

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

20 Aug

Jordan Lawmakers Call for Expulsion of Israel’s Ambassador

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 IÊżtikāf 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]