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Israeli Apartheid Regime Imprisons Shaikh Raed Salah for a 2007 Sermon, Cuts More Olive Trees, Escorts Lunatic Settlers to Al-Aqsa Mosque

May 10, 2016 

Editor's Note:

The following news stories are just few examples of the Israeli occupation government's violation of Palestinian human rights, which cannot continue without the full financial and military support from the US-EU.


Palestinian young woman Majd Atwan was sentenced 45 days in Israeli occupation prison for facebook comments, May 9, 2016 pic A Palestinian woman complaining to God after the Israeli occupation army razed her cultivated olive trees in Kafr Qaddum, May 9, 2016 pic
Shaikh Raed Salah, surrounded by Israeli occupation government police, arrested and sentenced to nine months in prison for a sermon in 2010, May 8, 2016 pic  
Illegal Israeli settlers march near Aqsa Mosque, call for building Solomon temple in its place, May 8, 2016 pic Illegal Israeli settlers took over a big Palestinian home belonging to Elyousbashi Jerusalemite family in al-Saadiya neighborhood in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem, May 9, 2016 pic


Illegal Israeli settlers provocatively storm Al-Aqsa Mosque


A group of illegal Israeli settlers led by the extremist Israeli rabbi Yehuda Glick stormed al-Aqsa Mosque via the Israeli-controlled al-Magharibah gate, early Tuesday.

The extremist rabbi and the settlers broke into the compound under tight protection by Israeli Special Forces, in total provocation to Palestinian worshipers who started shouting Takbeer protesting at the settlers’ daily break-ins into the holy shrine.

A number of the settlers group tried to perform Talmudic rituals in the compound before being prevented by the worshipers.

Israeli police, stationed at the Mosque’s main gates, imposed tight measures on Palestinian women’s access to the holy Islamic shrine.

Al-Aqsa Mosque witnesses, almost daily, incursions and violations by Israeli settlers and extremists, amid tight Israeli restrictions imposed on the entry of Palestinian worshipers.

Civilians choke on teargas fired by IOF in southern al-Khalil

May 10, 2016, AL-KHALIL, (PIC)--

A number of citizens in the southern neighborhood of al-Khalil city choked on teargas bombs fired by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning.

The PIC reporter said that soldiers manning the Abul Reesh roadblock fired teargas canisters at the headquarters of the health committees in the southern district of al-Khalil.

He said that the citizens panicked as a result of the sudden attack and some of them choked on teargas.

The IOF continues to harass citizens heading to the health committees’ premises due to its proximity to the military barrier and had recently installed cement blocks to make it more difficult for citizens to reach it.

Illegal Israeli settlers bar Palestinians from planting palm trees in Jericho

Click to Enlarge JERICHO, (PIC)--

Illegal Israeli settlers and soldiers on Monday prevented Palestinians from planting palm trees on land belonging to the Palestinian Waqf Authority in al-Auja town, north of Jericho city.

Quds Press quoted local sources as saying that settlers escorted by soldiers and employees from the civil administration of the Israeli army prevented Palestinians working for Sultan Company from planting palm trees on its leased land.

The land, which is about 650 dunums in size, originally belongs to the Palestinian Waqf Authority, which leased it to Sultan Company.

Illegal Israeli settlers take over Palestinian home overlooking the Aqsa

Click to Enlarge OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--

Illegal Israeli settlers took over at dawn Monday a big Palestinian home belonging to Elyousbashi Jerusalemite family in al-Saadiya neighborhood in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem.

Activist Alaa al-Haddad, one of the Old City’s inhabitants, told the PIC reporter that 40 settlers broke into the home and performed Talmudic rituals in its yard. 

He added that the house is a huge property consisting of three levels and overlooking the Aqsa Mosque. The family members were not at home at the moment of the settlers' incursion, he pointed out.   

Sheikh Salah starts his nine-month prison term today

May 8, 2016, UMM AL-FAHM, (PIC)--

Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, on Sunday morning left his home in Umm al-Fahm city and went in a massive convoy of vehicles to Ohalei Kedar jail in Beersheba.

Sheikh Salah went to the prison to start serving a nine-month prison term on allegations of inciting violence and hatred in a sermon he had delivered in 2007 in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Hundreds of Palestinian citizens turned out in the morning to show their support for Sheikh Salah, among them Arab Knesset members.

In a tent already erected in Umm al-Fahm for the support of the banned Islamic Movement, Sheikh Salah expressed his thanks to all attendees for coming to see him before he going to jail, and described the time he would spend in jail as a "period of seclusion and worship."

"It is an honor for me and the nation to go to jail for the sake of the Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. I am going to be in prison by the will of Allah and not by the will of Netanyahu," he told the attendees.  

Israeli court imprisons Palestinian young woman for Facebook comments


The Israeli court in Ofer on Monday sentenced the 22-year-old Palestinian young woman Majd Atwan for 45 days over Facebook comments.

Jamil Sa’ada, the lawyer at the Palestinian prisoners and ex-prisoners committee, said that the court also imposed a 3000 shekels fine on Majd, who hails from al-Khader village in southern Bethlehem.

Majd, who was arrested on 19/4/2016, was charged with posting comments on her Facebook page that were described as incitement against the occupation.

19 Jerusalemites injured during violent clashes


19 Palestinian young men were injured as clashes erupted on Monday evening in Alezariya  town east of occupied Jerusalem after Israeli policemen raided the town.

According to Quds Press, the clashes broke out Monday afternoon and lasted for long hours amid heavy firing of teargas bombs and rubber bullets on the part of the Israeli policemen. Several injuries among Palestinian civilians were reported during the confrontation.

Local youths responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli policemen.

Palestinian medics affirmed that two rubber bullet injuries and 19 teargas suffocation cases were reported during the clashes.

IOF detains Jerusalemite lady for possessing a knife


 Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained a Jerusalemite young woman on Monday afternoon for having a knife in her possession.

The 0404 Hebrew website said that IOF soldiers at Zaituna roadblock to the east of occupied Jerusalem suspected the lady was planning something after they told her to go away from the road barrier but she returned anew.

The site said that the soldiers searched the young woman and found a knife in her possession, adding that she was taken for investigation.

Rights group: Gaza power crisis claimed 29 Palestinian lives

 GAZA, (PIC)--

The power crisis in Gaza has led to the death of 29 Palestinians, mostly children, since 2010, a human rights group said.

According to a report released on Sunday by al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, all those victims either burned alive or suffocated to death by thick smoke after they used unsafe alternative means to light their homes as a result of prolonged power outages.

The report pointed to the tragic death of three children from al-Hindi family a few days ago in a fire caused by a candle lit in their bedroom.

The center expressed its deep regret for the continual loss of life due to the aggravating electricity problem, which it said "is directly caused by the absence of Palestinian consensus."

IOF soldiers close Qalandiya crossing, cut off electricity in Jenin village


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Monday morning closed the Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah, and blocked traffic before Palestinian commuters in both directions.

Eyewitnesses said that soldiers, manning the crossing, blocked movement of students, workers, and even patients heading to hospitals in occupied Jerusalem at flimsy security pretexts.

They said that tension is running high in the vicinity of the crossing and dozens of Palestinians are gathering near it.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers last night raided Sanur village in Jenin and cut off electricity for hours without giving any reason.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF soldiers raided the village after cutting off electricity and roamed its streets and erected a makeshift roadblock at its entrance.

Israel to build new settlement in the West Bank


 Israeli ministry of security decided to establish a new settlement close to Shilo settlement for those settlers who will be evacuated from Amona outpost. The latter will be demolished by the end of 2016 based on Israeli Supreme Court ruling in December 2014.

According to a brief statement by council of settlements in the West Bank (Yesha), the new settlement will include 139 units to house 40 families of extremist Jews and will be located between Nablus and Ramallah.

Haaretz Hebrew newspaper reported that Israeli government wants to construct the new settlement in order to satisfy the extremists and opponents of the evacuation of Amona settlement. 

The newspaper said that the government had previously confiscated the land over which the new settlement will be constructed under the pretext of being located within “state property”. 

Amona settlement was built in 1997 on a private land which belongs to Palestinians who waged a legal battle against the confiscation of their land over the period between 2006-2014 which was concluded by Israeli Supreme Court ruling of demolishing the settlement by 2016. 

Jerusalemite family’s land confiscated, given to settlers


 Israeli authorities confiscated a land from a Jerusalemite family, then handed it over to Amana, an organization that works to establish settlements and outposts, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper revealed Monday.

According to the Israeli paper, the confiscation operation took place “without a tender and against the rules.”

Documents submitted by the family for an administrative petition against the land transfer reveals that the state used strenuous bureaucratic acrobatics to deliver land that didn’t belong to it.

The plan was prepared and approved without the family knowing of the expropriation. The property map was redrawn to legitimize the expropriations, and related documents were hidden from the owners, Haaretz added.

However, the Israeli District Court rejected the Palestinian family’s petition, which is being appealed to the Supreme Court.

Amana, founded by the Gush Emunim religious settlement movement in 1979, is the most important private body for establishing and expanding West Bank settlements. The company made headlines last month after two of its executives, secretary general Zeev Hever and treasurer Moshe Yogev, were investigated over alleged corruption. The company owns Al-Watan, which has been repeatedly involved in deals buying land from Palestinian owners that turned out to be forged.

These areas included land belonging to the Abu Ta’ah family, a Palestinian family from Lifta that now resides in occupied Jerusalem. 

Over the years, the Abu Ta’ah family tended to the plot and occasionally rented it out. Meanwhile, steps were taken secretly that led to its expropriation for Amana’s benefit.

Arrests reported during pre-dawn raids across West Bank


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) were deployed at dawn Monday in large numbers near Yabad and Kfrit towns south of Jenin following an alleged anti-occupation attack on a military checkpoint near Dotan illegal settlement.

Local sources affirmed to the PIC reporter that armed elements opened fire at a military checkpoint erected at the entrance to Mabo Dotan settlement, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land in Yabad town.

Following the alleged shooting, Israeli forces were deployed in large numbers at the eastern entrance to Yabad and Kfrit towns and carried out combing operations.

Along the same line, IOF soldiers brutally attacked a local resident of Silat al-Dahar town south of Jenin, causing him different injuries and bruises.

The injured man was stopped at a military checkpoint near Salfit before being violently beaten and left bleeding, eyewitnesses told a PIC reporter.

He was then taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrested a young man after violently breaking into and searching his home in Beit Furik town east of Nablus.

An activist in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who spent 12 years in Israeli jails was also arrested from Madama town south of the city.

In Ramallah, a university female student was detained from her house, while two citizens were arrested from Deir Abu Mishaal town.

Three more arrests including a minor were reported in occupied Jerusalem, while a young man was arrested in Beit Fujar town south of Bethlehem.

Along the same line, several homes were stormed and searched in Idna town in Aroub refugee camp.

Illegal Israeli settlers march near Aqsa Mosque, call for building Solomon temple in its place


Dozens of illegal Israeli extremist Jewish settlers on Sunday evening participated in a march near the Aqsa Mosque calling for building the alleged temple of Solomon.

Their march took place a few hours after they toured under police protection the Aqsa Mosque's courtyards.

According to the Jerusalem Media Center, the settlers marched in the Old City of Jerusalem and near the Aqsa Mosque while chanting slogans demanding the building of Solomon temple in place of the Aqsa Mosque.

During their march, the Israeli occupation government police blocked the road near al-Asbat Gate area and prevented the Palestinians from using it for a while.

For his part, senior official of the Islamic Waqf authority in Jerusalem Firas al-Debs said that the same group of settlers performed some rituals during their desecration of the Aqsa Mosque's courtyards, which provoked Muslim worshipers there into chanting religious slogans in protest at their entry to the Islamic holy shrine.

Israeli police kidnap three children in J'lem


The Israeli occupation police on Sunday evening kidnapped three children in two separate incidents in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Jerusalem Media Center, plain-clothes policemen kidnapped two children from Salman al-Faresi street in Attur town, east Jerusalem.

Israeli police forces also kidnapped on the same day a child called Omar al-Za'anin from his home in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In a separate incident, the Israeli police on Sunday summoned 60-year-old Marwan al-Hashlamon for interrogation and informed him of their decision to ban his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for several days. Hashlamon had been arrested many times last month.

Another Jerusalemite citizen named Akram al-Sharfa was handed an order extending the ban imposed on his entry to the Aqsa Mosque.

Sharfa has not been able to enter the Mosque for two and a half years.

IOF cuts down 50 olive trees in Qalqilia


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) cut down on Sunday dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in Kafer Kaddum town east of Qalqilia for the establishment of “a security road” surrounding the neighboring settlements.

The local farmer Joma’a Barhem affirmed that approximately 50 olive trees were uprooted in the town as a prelude for the establishment of “a security road” surrounding the neighboring Kedumim settlement.

He pointed out that Israeli officials informed the local farmers of their intention to encircle some acres of their agricultural lands with barbed wire before the road establishment.

Such measure would prevent farmers from accessing their lands, Barhem added.

Palestinian journalists were prevented from entering the town to cover the Israeli attacks on the olive trees.

Kafer Kaddum town has been recently witnessing weekly anti-settlement marches calling for the opening of its main road that was closed by Israeli occupation authorities for 13 years.

On the other hand, the IOA issued last Thursday an order to stop construction of a water line connection project in Ebziq town in Tubas.

Ebziq and several neighboring towns are threatened with displacement as part of the Israeli settlement expansion policy.

Israeli army razes cultivated fields in Kafr Qaddum


The Israeli occupation army on Sunday seized and bulldozed about 50 dunums of cultivated land belonging to Palestinian farmers in Kafr Qaddum village, east of Qalqiliya city.

Coordinator of the popular resistance in the village Murad Shetewi said that Israeli bulldozers leveled 50 dunums of land and uprooted 50 fruitful olive trees belonging to two local residents at the pretext of building a security road for Mitzpe Yishai settlement.

Every once in a while, the Israeli army appropriates and bulldozes vast tracts of Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank under flimsy security reasons.


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