May 11 07:47

BREAKING: Israel on Brink of War as Hamas Rockets Target Jerusalem

May 11 07:34

The Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation of Palestine has taken an ugly turn, as numerous Palestinian families are slated to be evicted from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah by fanatical Jewish settlers.

The outright theft of Palestinian homes and property by predatory Zionist vultures has provoked widespread protests and violence in the revered city. Heavily armed Israeli police forces have intervened to protect the settlers. Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured on the grounds of the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque. The necessity of defending Jerusalem and one of the holiest sites in Islam is a deeply held conviction for many of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims.

May 11 07:09

'May Their Progeny Be Erased!' Israelis Celebrate As Fire Rages Near Al-Aqsa Mosque On Jerusalem Day

Israelis were filmed celebrating Monday night on Jerusalem Day at the Western Wall by singing for God to "take vengeance on the Palestinians" and "erase" them and their "progeny" from all of history.

"Today's Jerusalem Day march ends in an orgy of hate at the Western Wall," Elizabeth Tsurkov reported. "They sing: 'Remember me! Strengthen me! Just this once, God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Palestinians (may their progeny be erased!) for my two eyes!' (altering Judges 16:28)."

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Israel came in, took the Palestinians' lands, bulldozed their homes, burned their crops, shot them, beat them, and imprisoned them. How DARE they fight back!!!!!

May 11 06:52

Israeli paramedics: 2 killed in rocket attacks in Israel

Israeli paramedics have confirmed that two women were killed in rocket attacks on southern Israel.

The two were killed in two separate strikes that hit two houses in the city.

Israeli media reported one of the victims was an 80-year-old woman.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza early Tuesday, hitting the high-rise home of a Hamas field commander and two border tunnels dug by militants, as Hamas and other armed groups fired dozens of rockets toward Israel. The escalation in the conflict was sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem.

May 11 06:51

Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets after hundreds of Palestinians wounded in clashes

Israel's army on Monday said it launched airstrikes on Gaza in response to rockets fired by Hamas militants after hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli police at a religious site in Jerusalem.

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters that Israeli forces had targeted "a Hamas military operative," while Hamas sources in Gaza confirmed to AFP that one of their commanders had been killed.

May 11 06:50

Hamas targets Israel settlements in massive rocket attack; raids to grow in scale

The armed wing of Palestine’s Hamas resistance movement has staged a massive rocket launch against the occupied territories, with attacks expected to still grow in scale and extent.

The Palestinian Information Center reported on Tuesday that the barrage targeted the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon that lie to the north of the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip, which is run by Hamas.

The rocket launch saw as many as 137 of the projectiles being flown towards the cities in just five minutes, the Hamas’ branch said.

“In response to the enemy’s action to target the houses and members of the resistance, we staged the biggest-ever attack against” the cities, it noted.

The regime’s so-called Iron Dome missile system reportedly intercepted some of the rockets, but some directly hit the buildings in the targeted areas.

May 11 06:47

Israel warns it has only just begun as it unleashes new air strikes in Gaza after Hamas fired 200 rockets and cross-border attacks left 24 Palestinians including nine children dead

Israel unleashed new bombardments on Gaza this morning, smashing the tower block of a Hamas field commander and two border tunnels after the Islamists fired hundreds of rockets.

At least 24 Palestinians - including nine children - were killed, most by airstrikes, health officials in Gaza reported. Israel said that at least 15 of the dead were militants, adding that six Israeli civilians had been wounded after Hamas fired more than 200 rockets.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the fighting could 'continue for some time,' claiming that Hamas had 'crossed a red line' by launching rockets at Israel.

May 11 06:41

Live Updates: Additional Troops Mobilised in Southern Israel Amid Gaza Hostilities

Tensions between Israel and Gaza reached a boiling point on Monday after a barrage of rockets was fired from the Palestinian territory into the country's south and Jerusalem. In response, Israel launched retaliatory fire, striking Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.

Some 5,000 reserve troops have been mobilised in southern Israel as cross-border hostilities with the Gaza Strip have intensified.

Gaza fired hundreds of rockets into Israel on Monday, just hours after the radical group Hamas gave an ultimatum to Israel to withdraw soldiers from the areas of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. In response, Israel conducted a series of airstrikes against Hamas and Islamic Jihad facilities.

May 11 06:27


Instagram and Twitter have blamed technical errors for deleting posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, but data rights groups fear "discriminatory" algorithms are at work and want greater transparency.

It came as a long-running legal case over evictions from homes in Sheikh Jarrah has fuelled tensions in Jerusalem where hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on Monday.

By Monday, 7amleh, a nonprofit focused on social media, had received more than 200 complaints about deleted posts and suspended accounts related to Sheikh Jarrah.

"On Instagram, it was mostly content takedown, even archives from older stories were deleted. On Twitter, most cases were an account suspension," said Mona Shtaya, an advocacy advisor at 7amleh.

Instagram and Twitter said the accounts were "suspended in error by our automated systems" and the issue had been resolved and content reinstated.

May 11 06:10

20 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza, Including 9 Children

At least 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that were launched across Gaza on Monday, including nine children. Another 60 Palestinians were wounded in the bombing.

Eyewitnesses said the strikes targeted crowded civilian neighborhoods. Among the slain were two siblings, eleven-year-old Ibrahim al-Masri and seven-year-old Marwan, from the city of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, who were killed while playing in the street.

“My children were martyred. I cannot find any justification whatsoever for targeting someone passing through overcrowded civilian neighborhoods where dozens of children usually play,” Youssef al-Masri, the father of the children, told Middle East Eye.

May 11 06:08

Al-Aqsa raid: An eyewitness account of Israel's crackdown on worshippers

It was a normal night, I was staying at the al-Aqsa Mosque as we do in the last ten days of Ramadan. At around 3am, we started seeing Israeli groups breaking into the mosque and gathering around in groups. It felt like a warning to us.

As worshippers continued on with nightly prayers, the sound of people breaking in caused alarm.

We prayed Fajr (dawn prayers) at around 4am and watched the settlers as they continued marching in, carrying with them stones and whatever materials they could to form a barrier. Israeli forces were positioned in strategic locations, targeting worshippers in the area.

While young people were preparing for their seminar at 8am, Israeli police started targeting us with snipers using rubber bullets. Some of the young people reacted with stone-throwing.

May 11 06:07

Israeli police beat Palestinian photographers in Jerusalem amid 'escalation' in attacks on journalists

Israeli security forces assaulted two journalists on Monday as they stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, local media reported.

A video shared widely on social media shows at least three Israeli officers surrounding a man who is huddled against a wall. The video was shot through a nearby window.

At least one of the officers is shown beating and kicking the man, who shows no signs of resistance. The video appears to have been shot within the Al-Aqsa complex, which Israeli forces stormed for the third day in a row on Monday.

Journalist Nir Hasson identified the man being beaten as Palestinian photographer Rami Al-Khatib.

May 11 06:06

'Israeli settler car' hits Palestinian pedestrians near Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

A car ran into Palestinian pedestrians near the Lion's Gate of Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday morning.

Palestinian media reports described the driver as an "Israeli settler" who injured civilians after his vehicle hit pedestrians walking on a pavement.

The car became stuck after being lodged into barrier with some pedestrians attacking the driver, who was seen emerging from the vehicle in a blood-covered shirt.

An Israeli officer directing his gun to disperse the crowd, according to video footage of the scene.

Israeli security forces claimed the driver's car was hit by rocks causing the driver to "lose control" of his vehicle and hit the pedestrians.

May 11 05:59

Biden State Dept says Israel has right to self-defense, won’t say whether Palestine does

State Department spokesperson Ned Price began his Monday press conference by condemning Hamas for launching rockets at Israel. “This is an unacceptable escalation,” declared Price. “While we urge deescalation on all sides, we also recognize Israel’s legitimate right to defend its people and its territory.

Said Arikat, Washington Bureau Chief for al-Quds, had a very direct follow-up question: “Do Palestinians have a right to self-defense?”

“Broadly speaking Said, we believe in the concept of self-defense. We believe it applies to any state,” responded Price.

The AP’s Matt Lee took note of this assertion and had an inquiry later in the press conference. Price had said that any state has a right to self-defense. Does the Biden administration view Palestine as a state? If they do not, was Price saying Palestinians don’t have a right to self-defense?

May 11 05:59

US Blocks UN Security Council Statement Condemning Jerusalem Violence and Looming Evictions

According to a report from The Times of Israel, the US blocked the UN Security Council from releasing a joint statement on the ongoing violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Diplomatic sources told the Times that Norway’s mission introduced a proposal for a joint statement urging Israel to stop the looming evictions of Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

The proposed statement also would have called for “restraint” and respect for “the historic status quo at the holy sites,” a response to Israeli police storming al-Aqsa mosque and wounding hundreds of Palestinians with tear gas and rubber bullets.

May 11 05:50

The One State Reality

There is a war in Jerusalem right now, a war that ends the Israeli illusion that the Palestinian cause has somehow faded away or evaporated.

Veteran Israeli General Amos Yadlin, former commander of the IDF’s intelligence and a chief Israeli National Security analyst, described the Israeli reality in the most brutal terms in his commentary on Israeli N12: “The Israeli delusions are over. The Palestinian problem is Back. “

May 11 05:47

Israel to US: Stay Out of Jerusalem Crisis

With violence against Palestinians escalating in East Jerusalem, the US expressed “concerns” over the situation and the planned evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. According to multiple media reports, the Israelis didn’t want to hear these concerns and told the US not to meddle in the crisis.

The “concerns” were expressed in a Sunday phone call between National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat. According to Hebrew media reports, Ben-Shabbat told Sullivan that the US and other countries should stay out of the conflict. He said international pressure on Israel to halt the evictions or stop the violence would be “a prize for the rioters and those sending them who hoped to put pressure on Israel.”

Ben-Shabbat also said Israel was handling the situation “out of a position of sovereignty, responsibly, and with common sense despite the provocations.”

May 11 05:30

How Israeli raid on al-Aqsa Mosque could constitute a war crime

If attacks by Israeli security forces on al-Aqsa Mosque continue, international attention may begin to focus on the question of whether they would constitute a war crime.

Attacks on cultural sites during armed conflicts are considered to be a war crime under a number of international laws and treaties.

The Rome Statute of 1998, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, declared that anyone "intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes [or] historic monuments" was committing a war crime.

There would not need to be significant damage - the statute criminalises the attack and not its consequences.

May 11 05:21

Hamas: In brutal al-Quds crackdown, Israel playing with fire

A senior official of the resistance movement Hamas says by the aggressive treatment of Palestinians in Jerusalem al-Quds the Zionist regime is playing with fire.

Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of Hamas political bureau, made the remarks during an interview with Al-Aqsa TV, the official Hamas-run television channel, on Sunday evening.

Over the past few days the situation in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds and the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been tense. Israeli forces have been brutally cracking down on Palestinians there.

The Hamas official, whose remarks were quoted by the Arabic-language Safa news agency, said the occupying regime “is playing with fire and tampering with Jerusalem al-Quds,” warning that enforcing any destructive policy by Tel Aviv against the status quo of the holy city and al-Aqsa Mosque will be a most dangerous game for Israel.

May 11 05:15

Palestinians say 21 killed as Israeli air raids on Gaza continue

At least 21 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry, after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel.

The Gaza health ministry told Al Jazeera on Monday that 21 people, including children, had been killed in the attacks.

May 10 13:04

Hamas fires seven rockets at Jerusalem over Israel’s ‘crimes and aggression’ after holy mosque stormed by cops

HAMAS has fired seven rockets at Jerusalem over Israel's "crimes and aggression" after a holy mosque was stormed by cops, reports say.

The blast came moments after the Islamic extremists issued an ultimatum for Israel to withdraw security forces from two areas in the city.

May 10 13:00

The tinderbox that is Jerusalem has burst into flames - analysis

It could have gone either way. Calm can return, or Israel would have found itself at war.

Though the past week has seen hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli police officers and civilians injured, the defense establishment still thought that the situation could have returned to normal.

May 10 12:58

Palestinians report several killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza

Several Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air raid in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry, after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel.

The Gaza health ministry said on Monday that nine Palestinians, including three children, were killed “in a series of strikes in northern Gaza”.

May 10 12:57

In Pictures: Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa compound

Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday and fired rubber-coated rounds, tear gas, and sound bombs at Palestinian worshippers.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said more than 180 Palestinians were wounded, of whom more than 80 were hospitalised, including one person in critical condition.

Potential forced expulsions of Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem sparked demonstrations that Israeli security forces have heavily cracked down on during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Videos showed tear gas canisters fired into the Qibly mosque and stun grenades were shot towards female Palestinian worshippers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself.

May 10 12:56

Watch: Temple Mount tree set ablaze above Western Wall

A tree was set on fire on the Temple Mount above the Western Wall Monday evening as the rocket fire from Gaza continued.

Seven rockets were fired by the Hamas terrorist organization at Jerusalem Monday. Dozens of other rockets have been fired at southern Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad,

Over 300 Arab rioters and 21 police officers were injured in riots and clashes on the Temple Mount Monday morning.

May 10 12:13

The Temple Mount is on Fire!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Police are saying that someone has been firing fireworks at the temple mount.

May 10 12:06

1:45 PM EDT -- TEMPLE MOUNT BURNING -- Bomb Shelters Opened as Rocket Barrages Hit Israel; Rocket Attack Sirens sounding in cities throughout Israel

Israel is in absolute chaos at this hour (12:14 PM EDT) as Palestinians retaliate for Israeli attacks against worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Two days ago, Israel stormed Muslims third holiest place, the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Twitter is full of videos of Israeli soldiers attacking the site.

They are also evicting Arab people living in a neighborhood in Jerusalem and giving the houses to Jewish people.

Palestinian groups said 18.00 Jerusalem time, rockets would be launched if Israel doesn't pull back its troops from and release all Palestinians imprisoned last 3 days.

Israel refused to meet the ultimatum and ONE MINUTE after the deadline, the rockets starting launching.

Dozens of rockets have already been launched and the barrages against Israel continue at this hour.

In at least one circumstance, a Kornet anti-tank weapon (file photo above) was fired at an Israeli Military Vehicle, destroying it.

May 10 07:58

Turkey calls Israel 'terrorist' state, seeks to 'save Jerusalem' - analysis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called Israel a cruel “terrorist” state, as Turkish media called to “free al-Aqsa” in Jerusalem, just like he reconsecrated the historic Church of Hagia Sophia as a mosque last year.

Writing in Turkish, Erdogan said he “invite[s] the whole world, especially the Islamic countries, to take effective action against Israel’s attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestinian homes.”

May 10 06:51

Hundreds injured as Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem

Hundreds of Palestinians were injured and dozens were hospitalized on Friday night across the city of Jerusalem, as Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and continued to crackdown on protests against the imminent evictions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

The height of the violence took place inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers had gathered inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the surrounding courtyard for evening prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Video footage from the scene shows people in prayer when armed Israeli forces stormed the compound, firing sound bombs, tear gas, and rubber bullets at worshipers.

May 10 06:51

In pictures: Israeli forces storm al-Aqsa Mosque on last Friday of Ramadan

Over 200 people injured as Israeli police violently attack worshippers amid tensions over Jerusalem evictions

May 10 06:44


May 10 05:44

Sheikh Jarrah: How the US media is erasing Israel's crimes

Over the past week, Jewish settlers with thick Brooklyn accents were caught on camera bullying their way into Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” one settler said to Mona al-Kurd, a Palestinian woman whose house was being invaded, in a video that has since gone viral.

May 10 05:39


A recently released bombshell Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has made waves around the world. For the first time, the New York-based non-governmental organization has categorized Israel as an apartheid state guilty of “crimes against humanity.”

The 213-page study goes into detail about a range of racist laws and policies carried out by successive administrations, concluding that there is an “overarching Israeli government policy to maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians and grave abuses committed against Palestinians living in the occupied territory, including East Jerusalem.”

May 10 05:39

Hundreds injured as Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem

Hundreds of Palestinians were injured and dozens were hospitalized on Friday night across the city of Jerusalem, as Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and continued to crackdown on protests against the imminent evictions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

The height of the violence took place inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers had gathered inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the surrounding courtyard for evening prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Video footage from the scene shows people in prayer when armed Israeli forces stormed the compound, firing sound bombs, tear gas, and rubber bullets at worshipers.

May 10 05:38

America’s Middle East Embarrassment: Underwriting Apartheid in the Palestinian Territories

The Mideast is aflame as usual. Even Israel is suffering through a seemingly unending election crisis, with a continuing electoral majority for the right but against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a normal world Washington wouldn’t worry about the result, but the U.S. government has offered a near-blank check for the Israeli state for years, driven by religion rather than security – though, oddly, evangelical Christianity much more than any form of Judaism. The ascendancy of an Israeli government comfortable with a permanent subject Palestinian population, ala Sparta’s infamous Helots, creates a dangerous source of instability for and hostility to America.

The ongoing attempt to form a government illustrates how even Arab citizens are second class, kept at the margins of Israeli society. Palestinians are treated much worse.

May 10 05:27

Hundreds injured after Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem amid ongoing Palestinian protests

More than 300 injuries have been reported after Israeli forces raided Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, for the second time since Friday, amid soaring tensions over Israeli plans to forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes.

Israeli security personnel used tear gas and stun grenades while storming the holy site, according to eyewitness reports. At least 305 people have been injured, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, with seven in critical condition. Nine officers sustained injuries during the clashes, Israeli police said.

May 10 05:24

International condemnation of Israel grows over Jerusalem violence, evictions

Israel faced growing international condemnation Sunday over the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, amid repeated clashes between police and Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as over the expected eviction of Palestinian families in the city’s east

In recent days, dozens of Palestinians have been wounded in clashes near the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount compound. The site is considered the holiest in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. It has been a tinderbox for serious violence in the past.

The Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministries both summoned Israel’s envoys on Sunday to lodge protests over the Temple Mount unrest.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who acts as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites, condemned what he called “Israeli violations and escalating practices” and urged Israel to halt its “provocations against Jerusalemites.”

May 10 05:23

Police close Temple Mount to Jews on Jerusalem Day; major clashes at holy site

Major clashes broke out Monday morning between police and Palestinian rioters inside Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, with hundreds said wounded, after authorities decided to bar Jews from entering the flashpoint holy site on Jerusalem Day due to spiraling tensions in the capital.

The latter decision drew fury from right-wing legislators, while left-wing MKs urged further moves to reduce tensions and prevent violence.
Police were also set to rule on whether to allow a planned celebratory parade by nationalist Jews through the capital, amid warnings from security officials that the Flag March could lead to a further escalation in violence.

May 10 05:23

Jordan warns Israel against 'barbaric' attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque

King Abdullah II, whose Hashemite family has custodianship over the Muslim Temple Mount compound, accuses Israel of trying to change the demographic status of the Holy City; hundreds protest outside Israeli embassy in Amman

May 10 05:22

Israel rebuffs U.S. 'concerns' over Jerusalem unrest, evictions

National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat says international intervention in the Jerusalem situation only benefits 'the rioters and those who send them' after his U.S. counterpart said White House is concerned by Sheikh Jarrah evictions

May 09 11:46

Israel: They really do shoot children, don’t they. So would you really holiday in a country that repeatedly commits such crimes with impunity?

Stuart Littlewood reminds would-be visitors to Israel of its murderous policy of intentionally killing Palestinian children – a policy which since 2008/09 has claimed the lives of 805 children as well as 342 women.>>

May 08 05:55

Violent clashes break out at Temple Mount, hundreds injured

Violent clashes broke out at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Friday, the last day of Ramadan.

Clashes broke out between worshipers and security forces on the scene of the Temple Mount, where tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered to mark the last Friday prayers of the Ramadan month of fasting.

May 07 06:17

Rampaging Israeli Settlers - Call for "Death to Arabs" in Jerusalem

Last week there were some interesting stories that were very definitely underreported partly due to the fact that the mainstream media was heavily into the distraction provided by its beatification of George Floyd. For example, the tale of how a mob consisting of hundreds of Israeli Jews, composed mostly of settlers and the extremist so-called Kahanists, rampaging through Jerusalem and calling for “Death to Arabs,” was largely ignored. Right-wing Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir sent a message to the settlers, encouraging participants to “hang Arabs.” One member responded to the advice to bring their firearms with them with “We’re burning Arabs today, the Molotov cocktails are already in the trunk.”

May 07 06:17

Jerusalem protests: The mob 'breaking faces' learned from Israel's establishment

Inside the Israeli parliament and out on the streets of Jerusalem, the forces of unapologetic Jewish supremacism are stirring, as a growing section of Israel’s youth tire of the two-faced Jewish nationalism that has held sway in Israel for decades.

Last week, Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the far-right Religious Zionism faction, a vital partner if caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands any hope of forming a new government, issued a barely veiled threat to Israel’s large Palestinian minority.

May 07 05:45

FM Zarif says Palestine yardstick for justice, Iran proudly stands with Palestinians

The Iranian foreign minister describes Palestine as a yardstick for justice, reiterating Iran's unwavering support for Palestinian people who "resist the brutality of an apartheid regime" in the Israeli occupied territories.

“Palestine is a yardstick for justice,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet on Thursday, adding, “#QudsDay is yearly reminder of moral imperative of global solidarity for Palestine.”

Zarif also pointed out that a referendum in Palestine is the only democratic solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian issue.

May 06 06:17

Regavim: The Israeli Faux Environmental Org Converting US Donations into Palestinian Evictions

OCCUPIED WEST BANK — In the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank, dozens of Bedouin families are at risk of losing their homes and becoming refugees again by July. While it is the Israeli government and military that are enacting the demolitions and evacuations, their efforts are largely driven by a pro-settler nonprofit supported by American charities.

May 06 05:33

Video shows Israeli settler trying to take over Palestinian house

“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” was the answer given by an Israeli settler to Mona al-Kurd, a young Palestinian woman who accused him of stealing her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied East Jerusalem.

The dialogue, captured on video by Palestinian activist Tamer Maqalda on Saturday, shows 22-year-old al-Kurd confronting the settler in the garden of her family home.

May 06 05:32

Israeli settlers burn Palestinian lands in northern West Bank

Bashir Hmeid was at home with his family on Tuesday night when he found out his lands were burning through social media.

At first, he did not realise it was his olive trees that had been set alight by Israeli settlers near his village of Burin, in the occupied West Bank.

But a few moments after his children mentioned seeing the information on Facebook, the 65-year-old Palestinian received a call from one of his neighbours.

“[He] told me that the Israeli settlers were on our land and burning everything,” Hmeid recounted to Middle East Eye. “I ran up to the rooftop of my house to look at the fire, and saw there were multiple fires scattered across the land everywhere.”

According to the official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency Wafa, residents of the settlement of Bracha torched swathes of farmland east of Burin overnight while under Israeli army protection and attacked three Palestinian homes in the village.

May 06 05:27

Israeli Man Trying To Take Over Palestinian Home Says ‘If I Don’t Steal It, Someone Else’ Will

In what Palestinian observers and advocates call a glaring example of settler colonialism in action, a video circulating on social media this week shows a Palestinian woman confronting an Israeli man who admits he is trying to steal her family’s home in occupied East Jerusalem.

According toAl Jazeera, Palestinian activist Tamer Maqalda recorded the footage of the exchange between Mona al-Kurd and a man with a North American accent named Jacob, whom al-Kurd knows because his family has already stolen half of her home.

“Jacob, you know that this is not your house,” al-Kurd tells the man in her backyard, who replies: “What’s the problem? Why are you yelling at me?”

“I didn’t do this,” the man insists. “It’s easy to yell at me, but I didn’t do this.”

Al-Kurd then pleads, “You are stealing my house!”

Jacob replies: “And if I don’t steal it, someone else is going to steal it.”

May 06 05:27

Israel, a settler colonialist project, craves recognition as a real state

We look back on seven decades of Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation and the international support, or lack thereof, for the Palestinian cause as violence from Zionist mobs unfolds against Palestinians in the heart of the capital of Palestine, the Holy City of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian cause has always been a core pillar of the Arab and Muslim homeland, the ummah, as well as an important religious issue.

The capitol of Palestine, Jerusalem, is home to the three major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

And of course, the Palestinian issue is also an issue of anti imperialism.

Israel was created in the wake of a mandate under the British Empire. And the Zionist ideology consists of dispossessing Palestinians of their homes and giving them to Jewish settlers from Europe and elsewhere.

Let's take a look at 73 years of Israeli occupation and Palestine, and international support for the Palestinian struggle.

May 05 07:20

Rouhani censures Israel as enemy of Palestine, entire region

As supporters of the Palestinian cause prepare to mark the International Quds Day worldwide, Iran’s president has denounced Israel as the enemy of Palestinians and other nations in the region, but said the Zionist regime’s occupation of Palestine will not last forever.

“The Zionists are the enemies of the region, of security, of Palestinian people and of their neighbors, and they are the executioners and tyrants of [contemporary] history, who have displaced millions of people from their homes,” President Hassan Rouhani said at a weekly cabinet session on Wednesday.

Referring to International Quds Day, which falls on May 7 this year, Rouhani said the occasion would be a “mourning day for the Zionists” this year.

He said Quds Day, which was named by the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini to champion the Palestinian cause, is a source of pride for the Islamic Republic of Iran and a legacy of the late Imam.

May 05 06:48

Israeli apartheid in Palestine devastatingly exposed by senior Palestinian

May 05 06:45

Palestinians 'beaten, arrested' by Israeli police as Sheikh Jarrah protests continue

Five Palestinians were arrested on Monday after a protest against the planned eviction of families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood was suppressed by Israeli police, AlQastal has reported.

Twenty people were injured in the crackdown on the demonstration against the evictions with AlQastal media group releasing a video showing one man with a bloodied face being taken away by police.

The man was released on a 10,000 shekel bail and ordered to stay away from Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days, the website added.

Activists are protesting the planned eviction of Palestinian families from the East Jerusalem suburb of Sheikh Jarrah, to make way for Israeli settlers.

May 04 04:54

Israel police disperse Palestinian protest over mass eviction in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces dispersed a protest against the eviction of Palestinian residents of the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem and arrested one activist on Sunday evening after an Israeli court set a deadline for the mass eviction of Palestinian families to Thursday.

Israeli forces used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd protesting in solidarity with Palestinian families facing Israeli eviction orders in Sheikh Jarrah, an area less than a kilometre away from the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

May 03 08:19

Palestinian behind Mars drone says visiting home is no small step

Space engineer Loay Elbasyouni was part of the NASA team that made history this month by launching an experimental helicopter from the surface of Mars.

But he said an expedition to his hometown in the Gaza Strip, where posters celebrate his achievement, feels even farther away because of Israeli and Egyptian restrictions.

May 03 07:15

Hamas warns Israel against forceful eviction of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned Israel against evicting Palestinians in East Jerusalem al-Quds, as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its home demolition and land expropriation policies in the occupied territories.

In a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, held the Israeli regime responsible for harming the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah district of Jerusalem al-Quds, where Palestinian homes and structures are being demolished for the construction of a new settlement outpost in the area.

“The mass displacement of our people in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the seizure of their homes is an obvious targeting of the Palestinian identity of Jerusalem and the Palestinian presence in the city,” Barhoum said.

May 03 06:03

Israeli Authorities Ban West Bank Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Israeli police have prevented West Bank Palestinians from entering Jerusalem for Ramadan’s third Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Anadolu Agency reported.

Israel recently set a requirement that those wishing to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Amid a vaccine shortage in the West Bank, jabs are currently limited to those with pre-existing chronic illnesses and the elderly, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Apr 30 07:22

Missing Palestinian Found In Israeli Prison

On Thursday, a Palestinian man, who went missing several days ago, was found to be imprisoned in an Israeli detention center.

The family of Malek Wafiq No’eirat, 23, said that several days ago, he went to the al-Jalama Israeli military roadblock, north of Jenin in northern West Bank, to receive a shipment of supplies for his store.

They added that Malek never returned home and that they contacted a human rights center, which in turn contacted the Israeli authorities who told them that he was taken prisoner and will have a hearing at the Salem military court, today.

In related news, Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at night and Thursday morning, three Palestinians from Jenin and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian political prisoner from occupied Jerusalem, instantly after his release from prison after he spent nearly seven years in prison.

Apr 30 07:22

Why can’t the EU say the word apartheid?

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch issued a landmark report concluding that Israel commits the crimes of apartheid and persecution against the Palestinian people.

Israel has “pursued an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians throughout the territory it controls,” the group states.

The crime of apartheid is one of the crimes against humanity enumerated in the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court – putting it in the same category as enslavement and extermination.

With its report, Human Rights Watch joins growing calls for an approach based on rights and accountability, rather than the long dead “peace process” that has for decades provided an alibi for international inaction as Israel entrenches its colonial grip on the Palestinian people and their land.

Apr 30 06:46

'In Jerusalem as in Ramallah': Abbas Delays Palestinian Elections After Israel Blocks City's Votes

Israel's separation wall cordoning off large portions of the West Bank from Israel has divided East Jerusalem's suburbs from its central city. As a result, about 150,000 of its 314,000 Palestinian residents live outside the walls under Palestinian Authority governance, while the rest are under the city's Israeli administration.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said early Friday morning that the anticipated Palestinian elections will be postponed "until the participation of our people in Jerusalem is guaranteed."

Apr 29 06:58

Israel deploys drones to drop tear gas on Gaza protesters

Israel on Friday used new technology to counter violent protests along the Gaza border, with Border Police using small drones to drop tear gas on Palestinian protesters.

An AFP correspondent saw a drone release around 10 gas canisters as protesters on the border with Israel cursed the small craft. People quickly scattered when they saw the drones approaching.

A police spokesman acknowledged operational deployment of the new technology.

Apr 29 06:51

Palestinian political alliance says it will protest election cancellation

A number of Palestinian political groups have pledged to launch a series of protests if upcoming Palestinian elections are cancelled.

The electoral lists said in a press statement warned that a supreme coordination committee had been formed and will announce on Wednesday a range of political activities from parties and civil society groups if the elections are postponed.

The Palestinian leadership is set to meet on Thursday to discuss the scheduled legislative legislative elections, due to take place on 22 May - the first in over 15 years.

The supreme council said it will "affirm the rights of the Palestinian people to participate in the legislative elections on time, in all governorates. At the heart of it is Jerusalem".

They also agreed on the need to "allow the people of Jerusalem to speak and determine the appropriate form for their partici

Apr 27 09:57

Israel condemns 'preposterous' report accusing it of 'crimes against humanity' and 'apartheid' towards Palestinians

Israel has condemned a report by an international rights watchdog that accused the country of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians and its own Arab minority that amount to crimes against humanity.

Israel's foreign ministry said claims made in Human Rights Watch's report were 'both preposterous and false' and accused the New York-based organisation of harbouring an 'anti-Israeli agenda,' saying it had sought 'for years to promote boycotts against Israel'.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the 213-page report, published on Tuesday.

Apr 27 06:49

Rampaging Israeli Settlers

Last week there were some interesting stories that were very definitely underreported partly due to the fact that the mainstream media was heavily into the distraction provided by its beatification of George Floyd. For example, the tale of how a mob consisting of hundreds of Israeli Jews, composed mostly of settlers and the extremist so-called Kahanists, rampaging through Jerusalem and calling for “Death to Arabs,” was largely ignored. Right-wing Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir sent a message to the settlers, encouraging participants to “hang Arabs.” One member responded to the advice to bring their firearms with them with “We’re burning Arabs today, the Molotov cocktails are already in the trunk.”

Apr 27 05:58

Palestinians hold Israel responsible for al-Quds tensions

The Palestinian Authority, along with different political factions held Israel fully responsible for the serious deterioration in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds over the past few days and called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli regime to stop its provocations.

Israeli police and settler violence erupted in the area on Thursday night and continued through Friday, leaving over 100 Palestinians wounded and scores more arrested.

But the issue is not only between the Israeli police and the Palestinians. Since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, every night, hundreds of Israeli settlers rush to the streets of the holy city and assault Palestinians under the protection of the Israeli forces.

The extremist settlers chant “death to Arabs” during their marches. hundreds of ultra-nationalist Israelis marched through central Jerusalem al-Quds towards the Damascus Gate, which police had barricaded as a precaution.

Apr 27 05:56

Israeli Authorities Ban Palestinian Fishermen from Going to Sea until Further Notice

The Israeli government has banned Palestinian fishermen from working off the coast of Gaza, Wafa news agency has reported. Already prevented from fishing in the full 12 nautical miles of occupied Palestine’s own territorial waters, the Israeli occupation authorities have now set a zero limit until further notice.

According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the [Palestinian] Territories (COGAT), the measure has been imposed “due to the continuation of the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards the State of Israel during the night.”

Apr 27 05:55

Hamas warns Israel will ‘bear the consequences’ of closing Gaza fishing zone

The Hamas terror group reacted furiously Monday to Israel’s full closure of the Gaza fishing zone in response to continuing rocket fire from the Strip, saying it would not accept the restrictions and that the policy would have serious repercussions.

Meanwhile, Israel’s security cabinet was set to convene at 3 p.m. to discuss steps in response to the escalation on the Gaza front as well as in East Jerusalem, where daily clashes have been taking place for the past week.

“Israel will bear the consequences,” Hamas said, according to the Ynet news site. “The closure of the Gaza Strip to fishermen is a blatant violation of their rights and constitutes a form of ongoing aggression against our people. Israel’s aggressive policy toward the Palestinian people will not break its steadfast spirit or weaken its fist or limit its determination.

Apr 27 05:55

Palestinian Authority reportedly set to announce election delay within days

The Palestinian Authority has decided to postpone the upcoming elections and has informed representatives of the international community as well as Egypt of its decision, Army Radio reported Monday.

It is expected there will be an official announcement from Ramallah in the coming days, and the Kan public broadcaster reported that the Palestinian leadership was set to meet on the matter on Thursday.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been widely expected to postpone the May vote as well as the planned presidential election in July, which various opinion polls have him losing.

Apr 27 05:29

Jerusalem escalation could be how Israel's next war starts - analysis

The recent string of events leading to greater clashes in Jerusalem and rocket fire from Gaza is part of the cycle that has led to conflicts in the past.

The recent Jerusalem escalation coincided with Ramadan and TikTok videos of Orthodox Jews being attacked. Numerous arrests were made, but that didn’t calm tensions. A massive far-right rally this past Thursday then led to further tensions, including early-Saturday morning rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Apr 27 05:28

Report: Gaza preparing for escalation with Israel

Gaza is preparing for a continued war with Israel, Al Akhbar newspaper reported.

The Lebanon-based newspaper quoted a Gaza source who said that Gazans are preparing to renew the "balloon terror," in which Gaza terrorists send explosive and incendiary balloons into Israeli territory.

According to the source, this move is intended to pressure Israel. At the same time, the "night units" which operate on the Gaza-Israel border are preparing to increase their activities and have "completed their preparations all along the borders."

On Monday, Israel reduced Gaza's fishing zone in response to the continued rocket attacks from Gaza.

In response, Hamas spokesperson Abad al-Latif al-Qano said that "the closure of the fishing zone by the Zionist occupation is a gross violation of human rights and constitutes another form of aggression against our nation. It will not break our steadfastness."

Apr 26 10:53

Lest we forget: Israel’s armed aggression against the Christian Church

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of the gratuitous brutality visited upon the Church of the Nativity – the most famous of Christian churches — by the Israeli occupation army and the wanton, murderous brutality inflicted by the Israelis on the church's occupants.>>

Apr 25 04:20

Israel strikes Gaza targets after rockets fly

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired some three dozen rockets into Israel overnight Saturday, while the Israeli military struck back at targets operated by the ruling Hamas group. The exchange tookplace as tensions in Jerusalem spilled over into the worst round of cross-border violence in months.

The barrage of rocket fire occurred as hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in east Jerusalem. The clashes, in which at least four police and six protesters were injured, have become a nightly occurrence throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and show no signs of stopping.

Apr 25 04:19

36 rockets fired at Israel overnight.

Apr 24 07:30

'Death to Arabs': Chaos erupts in Jerusalem after far-right march

Hundreds of far-right and anti-Palestinian activists took to the streets in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday chanting "Death to Arabs" as they protested through the city centre.

The march, led by Lehava, a far-right Israeli group, was organised as a call to "restore Jewish dignity" in Jerusalem.

It came after a week of increased violent assaults against Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Old City.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the uptick in anti-Palestinian violence began after a video was posted to TikTok of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man being slapped - seemingly at random - on Jerusalem's light rail train.

Two 17-year-old Palestinians were subsequently arrested in relation to the incident.

Apr 24 07:25

Over 100 Palestinians Injured after Israeli Extremists March through Jerusalem

Over 100 Palestinians were injured and 50 others were detained in nightly violent clashes with Israeli police and Jewish settlers amid simmering tensions surrounding the holy month of Ramadan in the occupied city of East Jerusalem.

Violent clashes broke out between extremist Jewish settlers and Palestinians after some 300 extremist Jewish settlers marched towards Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Jerusalem, shouting “Death to the Arabs” and “Arabs get out” late on Thursday.

Apr 24 07:05

Sirens in Israel throughout night as multiple rocket salvos launched from Gaza

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least 18 rockets toward Israel in multiple salvos Friday night, the worst attack from the Strip in long months, after days of clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank that involved Palestinian and Israeli civilians as well as Israeli security forces.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks.

Around 11 p.m. Friday the IDF said three rockets were launched from Gaza, with the Iron Dome system intercepting one of the projectiles. Two other rockets fell in an open area and there were no reports of injuries or damage. Iron Dome is programmed to not deploy at rockets that are projected to hit non-populated areas.

Apr 23 06:12

(video) Ask An Israeli: Do you believe that gentiles (non Jews) will be slaves for the Jews?

We will not be bought!
We will not be sold!
I am not your slave!

Quoting sanitized Wikipedia "Jewish Views on Slavery"

The Torah and the Talmud contain various rules about how to treat slaves. Biblical rules for treatment of Jewish slaves were more lenient than for non-Jewish slaves and the Talmud insisted that Jewish slaves should be granted similar food, drink, lodging, and bedding, to that which their master would grant to himself.

Apr 22 05:35

Vicious new COVID-19 wave hits besieged Gaza: Red Cross

The International Red Cross says Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip have been coping with an alarming increase in reported COVID-19 cases amid a critical shortage of essential medicines and medical equipment.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a report on Tuesday that hospitals in the Palestinian enclave were struggling with insufficient ICU capacity and had been under immense pressure to admit new patients.

Almost all of Gaza has been currently declared as a red zone by the Palestinian health authorities because of widespread community transmission, it said.

Gaza has faced more than 1000 new infections each day for the past couple of weeks, with positivity rates of between 30 percent and 38 percent for all tested persons.

Palestinian health workers have voiced serious concerns about the rising infections across Gaza.

Apr 21 05:12

Neither the Israeli Elections Nor the Palestinian Elections Are About Democracy

Chances are, you are unaware that Palestinian elections are in the offing. But if you are following them, there is a lot to ponder.

If you are like me, you followed the US elections with disbelief, and now, things are “back to normal.” You followed the Israeli elections with disgust, and now, “safely past another election, Israel turns attention back to de-Arabization of the Zionist state.”

As Miko Peled writes:

“The Zionists openly say that they will allow Palestinians to choose whether they remain in “Israel” as residents without rights, leave, or fight and be killed by the Israeli forces?—?these same forces that have been killing them for more than seventy years.”

Apr 19 07:30

Report: Israeli Army Prepares Bank of Targets in Gaza

The Israeli army has revealed a plan including simultaneous attacks on hundreds of targets in Gaza based on a prepared bank of targets, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Friday.

According to the London-based newspaper, this was revealed after a series of Israeli strikes had been carried out in various areas of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Apr 19 07:30

Israeli Forces Attack Palestinian Worshipers at Damascus Gate, Injure Nine (VIDEO)

Israeli occupation police last night attacked hundreds of Palestinian worshipers as they were leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound via Damascus Gate in the occupied capital Jerusalem, injured nine of them, and detained one, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Israeli police officers were seen firing stun grenades and teargas canisters at the worshipers and chasing them in the Damascus Gate area, while also physically assaulting some of them during the attack. Nine worshipers reportedly sustained light injuries.

Apr 19 05:23

Israelis Treat Palestinians Like Nazis Treated Jews

The US Congress has long been owned by the Israel Lobby. Indeed, members of the US Congress routinely put Israel ahead of the interests of Americans and human rights. As far as Israel and the US Congress are concerned, Palestinians have no rights to life, to medical care, to their homes, to their farms, or to their country. Indeed, the entire history of Israel in the 20th and 21st centuries consists of slow genocide of the Palestinians. If Israel had exterminated the Palestinians all at once, it would have caused an uproar, but done bit by bit it has become acceptable.

The US Congress has supported this genocide with endless billions of American taxpayers’ dollars, thus turning every American taxpayer for a second time into an accomplice of genocide and the theft of a country. Israelis have said that having done in centuries past the same thing to the Indian tribes, Americans have no basis for complaining about Israel repeating the policy.

Apr 17 07:17

Bill would block US from funding Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children

A new US congressional bill would prevent taxpayer funds from being used by Israel to violate Palestinian rights and international law.

The measure, HR 2590, was introduced this week by Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum, who called on Congress to “stop ignoring the unjust and blatantly cruel mistreatment of Palestinian children and families living under Israeli military occupation.”

Proud to introduce new legislation: Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act. It's time for Congress to support peace & justice for Palestinians and Israelis.

Read my full statement here:

— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) April 15, 2021

Apr 17 07:04

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians, steal land with impunity. Imagine outrage & calls for sanctions if any other state did it

Every aspect of their existence on occupied Palestinian land is illegal. Still, the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against civilians continues, propped up by Israel’s legal system and the world’s blind eyes.

Periodically, we will hear in the news something about the illegal colonies (settlements), but increasingly rarely over the years, and generally without a human face: just numbers and false promises to end the expansion of these colonies choking Palestinians from their land.

Recently, UN Special Rapporteurs and experts shed light on the uptick of brutality and land theft by Israeli colonists. In a new UN report, they noted:

Apr 17 05:24

Videos showing Palestinian experience of violent apartheid deserve an American audience

In January the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem declared that Palestinians face an “apartheid… regime of Jewish supremacy” in all the lands under Israel’s control, including the state of Israel, but the declaration has gotten very little attention in the U.S. The media, politicians and liberal Zionist organizations have all sidestepped it because it contradicts the idea that Israel is a Jewish “democracy” — and the occupation is something bad going on in a different land.

B’Tselem’s finding is the latest in the “mounting recognition” of a reality: Israel and Palestine are one entity, with more than 680,000 Jewish settlers living in what was supposed to be a Palestinian state, and almost all Israel’s political leaders are fine with the arrangement. So we are past the era of a two-state outcome and seeing an active struggle for equal rights.

Apr 17 05:22

UN Report: Settler Violence against Palestinians Rising Drastically

UN human rights experts have warned that violent attacks against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, including physical assaults and property demolitions carried out by Jewish settlers, have increased drastically in recent months.

More than 210 violent incidents by settlers were recorded during the first three months of 2021, including one Palestinian death, the report said.

During the course of 2020, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented 771 incidents of settler violence, which caused injuries to 133 Palestinians, mostly in the areas of Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah.

Apr 17 05:20

Israel restricts entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan

Israeli forces blocked thousands of Palestinians from towns and villages of the occupied West Bank from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem to perform the first Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, observed by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.

The Palestinian Wafa official agency reported that Israeli military forces blocked roads and installed makeshift checkpoints from the early hours of Friday around occupied East Jerusalem, allowing only small numbers to pass through.

Around 70,000 Palestinians, mostly residents of East Jerusalem and Palestinians inside Israel, made it through to the Al-Aqsa compound, despite restrictions in the city, according to Wafa.

Apr 15 07:42

Israel said to muzzle Al-Aqsa muezzin as Memorial Day observed at Western Wall

Israeli security forces disconnected the power supply to the Islamic call to prayer on the Temple Mount as an official Memorial Day service was held in the adjacent Western Wall square on Tuesday evening, the site’s Muslim administrators said.

“[Israeli forces] forcibly stormed the minarets of Al-Aqsa Mosque after cutting the door locks with special equipment, then they cut the wires of the main minarets in the mosque,” Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, who manages the Temple Mount for the Jordanian-backed Islamic Waqf, said on Wednesday.

The Israel Police declined to comment on the alleged operation, refusing to answer over the phone or to a written email query.

Apr 14 06:19

Jewish Settlers, Including Former Israeli Spy, Storm Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus (VIDEO)

A former Israeli spy Tuesday overnight joined scores of settlers in storming Joseph’s Tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to Israeli media.

Jonathan Pollard, an American who served a 30-year sentence for spying for Israel, joined a convoy of buses packed with scores of fanatic Jewish settlers who broke into the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, where they performed religious rituals as Israeli forces secured the road and location for them.

The site of Joseph’s Tomb is contentious. Palestinians believe the site to be the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure, while Israeli settlers believe it belongs to the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Apr 14 06:18

Palestinians face ‘scandalous exploitation’ working in Israel, illegal West Bank settlements: report

Palestinians working in Israel and illegal West Bank settlements are subject to "scandalous exploitation", a report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has found.

The document reveals that violations are visible even in the permit scheme, the pathway through which Palestinians gain employment with Israeli companies.

For instance, it says that the system has the effect of "bonding workers to employers".

Permit requests are filed by Israeli companies on behalf of prospective Palestinian employees.

Once approved the permit lasts for six months and the holder is only allowed to work for that organisation.

However, the ITUC says this "can be arbitrarily annulled at any time" by Israeli authorities or host companies.

Apr 14 05:29

Palestinian Al Araby TV journalist 'interrogated by Mossad in Spain over Israeli intelligence report'

A Palestinian journalist based in Spain has claimed he was interrogated by Israel's Mossad intelligence services at the headquarters of the Spanish Civil Guard earlier this year.

Muath Hamed, a reporter for Al Araby TV and freelance contributor for The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, said he was targeted due to an investigation he wrote alleging efforts to recruit Palestinians living in Turkey as spies for Israel.

A report detailing Hamed's experience was published by Spanish news outlet Publico last week, drawing outrage from journalists on social media.

Apr 13 06:41

Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls

Israeli forces arrested 24 Palestinians on Monday morning ahead of May's Palestinian legislative election, which Israel fears the Hamas movement will win with a landslide majority.

This latest round of arrests targeted several towns in the West Bank, according to a statement by the Palestinian prisoners' rights group Asra Media Office, and included a former female political prisoner and Hamas members in the West Bank.

In Arraba village, south of Jenin town, Mona Kadan, 46, a former political prisoner who spent six years in Israeli jails, was arrested on Monday morning.

Israeli forces also arrested two leaders of Hamas in Hebron, Anas Rasras and Omar al-Qawasmeh, as well as Sheikh Mustafa Shawar, head of the Palestinian Scholars League.

Apr 13 06:39

Palestinian bystander, 14, loses eye from rubber bullet allegedly fired by IDF

A 14-year-old Palestinian bystander lost his eye on Friday afternoon in the West Bank city of Hebron after apparently being hit by a rubber-tipped steel bullet fired by an Israeli soldier, although the Israeli army said it could neither confirm nor deny the matter.

A spokesperson for the IDF did not deny the possibility and acknowledged that Israeli soldiers had fired rubber bullets at a crowd of Palestinians nearby.

“There was a violent protest, including stone-throwing and stone-slinging, and the military responded with riot dispersal mechanisms, including rubber bullets,” the Israeli military’s spokesperson said.

Apr 13 05:53

More Palestinians think Israel supports apartheid than two states - poll

The results showed that, among those surveyed, 45% would consider Israel an apartheid state, while only 13% believe Israel to be serious about a two-state solution to the conflict.

Apr 13 00:29

Palestinians in Chicago Defeat Extremist Pro-Israel Candidate in Local Elections

The Palestinian community in Chicago, Illinois, succeeded in defeating extremist right-wing and pro-Israel candidate, Sharon Brannigan, in the local election, news agencies reported yesterday.

According to news agencies, the Palestinian community mobilized other Arab communities and supporters of the Palestinian cause to take part in a campaign to ensure Brannigan does not win in the Palos Township Council of Chicago election race.

Apr 12 05:58

Threatened by cultural defiance, Israel throws dancer in prison

In occupied Palestine, even dance can land you in prison. Especially if that dance draws inspiration from Palestinian history and heritage.

The arrest, in February, and continued detention without charge of acclaimed dance choreographer Ata Khattab underlines just how threatening Palestinian culture and identity is considered by Israel’s occupation forces.

Dance communities and rights groups across the globe are now calling for the release of Ata, who has been detained in a notorious Israeli prison since a raid on his West Bank home in the middle of the night on 2 February.

Family members and neighbors were awakened by the sound of Israeli soldiers breaking into his family home in al-Bireh, near Ramallah, and calling out Ata’s name at 4 am.

Apr 12 05:57

Israel to close West Bank, Gaza crossings for Memorial Day, Independence Day

The Israel Defense Forces announced on Sunday that it would close all crossings into Israel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip for two days beginning Tuesday night for the country’s Memorial and Independence days.

The closure — a standard practice for religious and national holidays — was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and last until 12:01 a.m. Friday, pending a “situational assessment,” the military said.

The IDF said exceptions would be made for “humanitarian, medical and special cases” with approval from the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.