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Muslims Denounce Israeli Assaults on Islamic Sites in Jerusalem, Arab League Denounces European Capitulation

Sabri: an assault on Maghareba gate is an assault on Al-Aqsa Mosque

[ 26/11/2011 - 08:51 AM ]


Head of the Supreme Islamic Council, Dr. Ekrema Sabri said that an assault on the Bab al-Maghareba bridge is an assault on Al-Aqsa Mosque itself.

He said in the Friday sermon that the aim of removing the Maghareba mound means removing an important Islamic feature in order to extend the Buraq plaza, all of which are Islamic endowments.

He also talked about the Ma'manullah cemetery which the occupation plans to build "a museum that does not reflect tolerance because it is based on aggression against Muslim burial grounds and on desecrating tombs. He stressed that the cemetery belongs to the Muslims as the land is an Islamic endowment and is not government property.

Sheikh Sabri also talked in his Friday sermon about the Hijra (migration of Prophet Muhammad PBUH from Makkah to Madina), explaining that the Hijra was not to escape responsibility, but meant relentless work and struggle because the Prophet PBUH was planning to liberate Makkah. The Prophet PBUH announced that there was no Hijra after the conquest of Makkah, this means that people should remain steadfast on their land, he elaborated stressing that the Palestinian people made a covenant with God not to leave their holy land.

Thousands of Jordanians, Egyptians rally in support of Jerusalem

[ 26/11/2011 - 10:26 AM ]


Tens of thousands of Jordanian citizens rallied on Friday in Suweima village in the Jordanian Valley, only 25 kilometers away from occupied Jerusalem, in support of the holy city.

Ibrahim Al-Keylani, delivering the Friday sermon at the village, said that the Jordanians were displaying solidarity with their Palestinian brothers.

He championed resistance as the only hope for the liberation of the holy Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, warning that the holy city was the target of a systematic Judaization campaign at the hands of the Israeli occupiers.

Participants torched Israeli flags and replicas of the alleged Jewish temple, which the Jews were seeking to build in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In Cairo, around 5000 Egyptians held a similar rally at Al-Azhar Mosque to declare solidarity with Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque on the international day for solidarity with occupied Jerusalem.

A statement delivered on behalf of the Shaikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, said that Jerusalem was a red line and that Muslims would never allow anyone to harm it.

Tayyeb asked Muslims worldwide to mobilize efforts and to confront the Israeli Judaization of Jerusalem.

Khalil Al-Hayya, a political bureau member of Hamas, told the rally that Arabs and Muslims should stand united to liberate Jerusalem, adding that the Israelis were planning to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Friday prayers held at the Samrin family home threatened with confiscation

 [ 24/11/2011 - 10:03 PM ]


Dozens of local Silwan Palestinians held the Friday prayers today at the house of the Samrin family in the Wadi Hilwa to the south of the Aqsa Mosque. The Samrin family home is threatened with confiscation by settler organisations. The function was called for by the Committee to Defend Silwan Real Estate.

The Samrin family received a notice to pay about 2 million shekels in fines and to leave their home by 28 November.

Lawyer Ahmad Al-Ruwaidi, who participated in the prayers, said that the home of the Samrin family is one of a number of homes that settler organisations plan to arrogate and expel Palestinian residents of those homes for the purpose of establishing new settlement outposts, especially in the old city of Jerusalem and Wadi Hilwa in Silwan.

He also said that settler organisations are working in full coordination and cooperation with the occupation government as the budget, the security plans were approved to facilitate the removal of Palestinian families from those homes and make them available to settlers.

He said that holding the Friday prayers there is one of the activities approved by the meeting of Jerusalemite activists to prevent the eviction of the family from its home, in addition to following the matter in courts of law through the family lawyer. Ruwaidi added that the matter is not a legal one but a political one through which the occupation forces are trying to control all the area surrounding the old city, especially that which is adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque. The Samrin family home lies near the Maghareba gate where the occupation authority intends to build a bridge leading to the Aqsa Mosque as well as biblical parks and synagogues in what is called the Holy Basin project according to plans for 2020 which the occupation government is implementing in Jerusalem.

For its part the Samrin family said that it will adhere to its right to live in its home and that eviction threats is part of the occupation attempts to empty Jerusalem of its indigenous Palestinian population.

Illegal Israeli soldiers attack Friday's peaceful rallies against the Apartheid Wall and illegal settlement

[ 26/11/2011 - 09:53 AM ]


Dozens of Palestinians and foreign peace activists were wounded on Friday when they were attacked by the illegal Israeli occupation soldiers during weekly anti-wall marches in several West Bank villages and towns.

In Bil'in village west of Ramallah, dozens of Palestinians were reportedly injured when the illegal Israeli occupation soldiers fired rubber bullets, and stun and tear gas grenades at their weekly march.

The Bil'in committee, against Israel's segregation, Apartheid, Land-Grab Wall and the illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian lands, said the march of this week was dedicated to the support of the reconciliation meeting between Hamas and Fatah leaders in Cairo. In another incident, the Israeli occupation forces violently attacked the weekly march organized by Kafr Kaddum villagers near Qalqiliya. Many participants suffered from tear gas suffocation.

The villagers along with peace activists protested Israel's settlement expansion activities and demanded the opening of the village's main street that has been closed for years.

Arab League warns against holding a European conference in occupied Jerusalem

[ 25/11/2011 - 09:39 PM ]


The Arab League warned during a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the consequences of holding the World Health Organisation, the European Region its first conference in occupied Jerusalem on 28 November 2011.

A statement issued on Thursday by the AL Council at conclusion of its meeting said the inclination to hold the conference in occupied Jerusalem contradicts with international conventions and resolutions which consider Jerusalem an occupied city, adding that such a move is a dangerous precedence that should not be accepted.

The Arab Foreign Ministers asked the WHO to intervene and prevent this conference taking place in occupied Jerusalem because of the negative repercussions this would have on the peace process in which the city of Jerusalem is considered one of the pillars of negotiations.

The council further called on the UN Secretary General and European states to intervene to stop the conference being held in Jerusalem and to move elsewhere.

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