Tension following Israeli stone-theft at 3rd holiest site in Islam

Tension has been running high at holy al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday after Muslim guards uncovered a stone-theft attempt by an Israeli archaeologist. A PIC news correspondent said Israeli cops cordoned off the plazas of al-Aqsa Mosque and kidnapped two Muslim guards—Salman Abu Mayala and Luay Abu al-Saad. Both detainees were dragged to an Israeli detention center in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem. Director of al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, was aggressively shoved by the Israeli forces as he attempted to prevent the occupation cops from arresting al-Aqsa staff members. Meanwhile, the peaceful Muslim worshipers kept chanting “Allah is the … Continue reading Tension following Israeli stone-theft at 3rd holiest site in Islam

Lieberman: We are conducting a new policy against Hamas

Israel’s Army Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared Sunday evening that his country is “conducting a new policy against Hamas in a responsible and determined form” since he came to office in June 2016. “We are conducting a new policy against Hamas in a responsible and determined form. Anyone who sees our responses will see that this is a responsible and determined policy,” he said in a conversation with his followers on Facebook. In a live chat, Lieberman was asked about his promise before he was appointed Army Minister to eliminate senior Hamas leader Ismail Haneyyah. “It is wise to progress responsibly,” … Continue reading Lieberman: We are conducting a new policy against Hamas

Tunisian official: No new version of reconciliation law

Image of Abdellatif Mekki There is no new version of the Tunisia’s National Reconciliation Law, the head of the Ennahda movement said yesterday. In an interview with QudsPress, Abdellatif Mekki added that there are calls to draft a broader national reconciliation law outside the transitional justice phase. He explained that the movement’s position of the old reconciliation law has not changed, noting that the old structure is working hard to prepare for the upcoming elections in 2019. Read: Tunisia’s democratic transition has some achievements but still faces obstacles Mekki warned that the controversy over the reconciliation law, which he believes … Continue reading Tunisian official: No new version of reconciliation law

By arresting its co-founder, Israel has confirmed BDS as a strategic threat

Omar Barghouti, the Palestinian co-founder of the BDS movement has been hit with a de facto travel ban. On Sunday, another Israeli minister announced that a task force will be created to “target” BDS activists in the country with foreign citizenship and expel them from the country It is now one week since the Israeli authorities arrested Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement in Palestine. His arrest follows years of intimidation and threats by various state agencies. If the purpose is to isolate and silence Barghouti, his arrest was, at best, short-sighted and counterproductive. … Continue reading By arresting its co-founder, Israel has confirmed BDS as a strategic threat

PA forces arrest ex-prisoner in al-Khalil

The PA security forces stormed Monday Dura town west of al-Khalil and arrested the ex-prisoner Mohamed Abu Arqoub for being affiliated to Hamas Movement. According to the PIC reporter, PA masked forces kidnapped Abu Arqoub and took him in a military jeep to an unknown location. Abu Arqoub was arrested more than once by PA and Israeli forces. (Source / 27.03.2017) Continue reading PA forces arrest ex-prisoner in al-Khalil

IOF raids Nablus village for second time in 24 hours

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Monday Iraq Burin village, south of Nablus, and were deployed in its eastern neighborhoods. Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Israeli forces broke into the village amid reports of gunshots firing and set up a number of make-shift checkpoints. The sources pointed out that the IOF stormed the area twice in less than 24 hours. (Source / 27.03.2017) Continue reading IOF raids Nablus village for second time in 24 hours

More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal

Buses transport rebel fighters and their families who evacuated the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs Hundreds of rebels and their families left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday,as part of an ongoing evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the regime, state media and a monitor said. Heavy fighting between rebel groups and regime forces further north in Hama province over the weekend had delayed their departure from the city’s al-Waer district, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The regime has denied … Continue reading More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal