Israeli police assault, detain Al-Aqsa guards as hundreds of Israelis take to holy site

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Three Palestinian security guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem were assaulted and detained by Israeli police on Wednesday, as hundreds of right-wing Israelis and settlers took to the holy site in celebration of “Jerusalem Day.” Jerusalem Day is celebrated by the ultra-right religious Zionist community to commemorate the 1967 Israeli annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, the same day Palestinians remember the “Naksa,”meaning “setback,” referring to the mass displacement that accompanied the Israeli takeover of the Palestinian territory. As a result of the war, Israel took control from Jordan and … Continue reading Israeli police assault, detain Al-Aqsa guards as hundreds of Israelis take to holy site

Jewish fanatics burn two cars in Ara village

Extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Wednesday set two Palestinian cars alight and vandalized property in Ara village, south of Haifa city. According to local sources, settlers set fire to two cars and spray-painted racist slurs and slogans against the Palestinians on a nearby house’s wall. The Israeli police claimed it launched in cooperation with the Shin Bet an investigation into the attack. The incident in Ara is the latest in a string of settlers’ “price tag” attacks. About two weeks ago, nine Palestinian vehicles parked in Na’ura village were vandalized, their tires punctured and graffiti sprayed on them. (Source / … Continue reading Jewish fanatics burn two cars in Ara village

20 hunger-striking prisoners moved to Meir hospital

The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred late yesterday 20 Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners, held in Hadarim prison, to Meir hospital after their health seriously deteriorated, the hunger strike media committee said. Following her visit to the prison, lawyer for the PA committee for prisoners’ affairs Hanan al-Khatib said that the IPS imposes a media blackout on the health condition of the striking prisoners. The lawyer quoted the prisoner Youssef Za’aqiq as saying the health situation of several striking prisoners has been seriously worsening as they started suffering frequent fainting, sharp weight loss, movement difficulty, and kidney pains. The striking prisoners are … Continue reading 20 hunger-striking prisoners moved to Meir hospital

PA security rejects court orders for release of five citizens

The Palestinian Authority (PA) preventive security apparatus has refused to comply with court verdicts ordering the release of five Palestinian ex-detainees from al-Khalil city in the West Bank. Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the PA preventive security refused to release Isam Burqan, Marwan al-Rajbi, Hashim Abu Turki, Jamil al-Jamal and Basem Abido. They added that the preventive security flouted rulings issued by al-Khalil court ordering the release of the five detainees and transferred them to its headquarters and jail in Beitunia city, west of Ramallah. The detainees were arrested one week ago and they work at … Continue reading PA security rejects court orders for release of five citizens

IOF arrests 3 juveniles, confiscates car of ex-detainee in Bethlehem

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Wednesday afternoon three Palestinian juveniles at the entrance of Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. The IOF also confiscated a car of an ex-detainee in al-Ubaidiyah town, south of the city. The PIC reporter said that the three minors were rounded up while going back home after school. IOF soldiers broke into Laji’ Center, catering for refugees affairs, in Aida and confiscated its security cameras’ records, he added. In the same context, IOF troops stormed and wreaked havoc inside the home of ex-prisoner Hisham Radayda in al-Ubaidiyah town, south of Bethlehem city,  before confiscating his … Continue reading IOF arrests 3 juveniles, confiscates car of ex-detainee in Bethlehem

Amara calls for large-scale popular support of striking prisoners

Hamas official in Jericho Shaker Amara called for a large-scale popular support, at local, regional and international levels, of Palestinian detainees who have been going on an open hunger strike for 38 consecutive days in Israeli jails. Amara highlighted, in a statement on Wednesday, that the hunger strike has entered a serious critical stage of challenge and struggle with Israeli Prison Service (IPS). He stressed that the hunger strike must continue until the demands of the hunger striking captives are met. The Hamas leader also warned of angry reactions by the Palestinian people leading to a comprehensive uprising in the West … Continue reading Amara calls for large-scale popular support of striking prisoners

PA security forces arrest 2 ex-detainees, search home for Hamas flags

Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the West Bank arrested two Palestinian ex-detainees and stormed the home of a third ex-prisoner only to confiscate Hamas Movement’s flags. In Nablus, the PA preventive security forces arrested ex-detainee Naser al-Bitawi and took him to al-Junaid jail in the city. In Jenin, the PA security forces broke into the home of ex-detainee Ahed Mousa; only one day after he was released from Israeli jails where he served a 19-year term of imprisonment. The reason behind storming the house was only to confiscate Hamas Movement’s flags and banners used in his reception ceremony. In … Continue reading PA security forces arrest 2 ex-detainees, search home for Hamas flags