‘We are not at war with Islam’, says Israeli president

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told a delegation of Zionist Christians that his country is not at war with Islam. Speaking yesterday in Jerusalem during a meeting with the head of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) from Africa, Bishop Barnabas Lekganyana, Rivlin said: “We have never had a religious war with Islam; we understood that we had to live in harmony.” Rivlin’s comments appeared to be another attempt to challenge the notion that the conflict in Palestine is a religious war. He had echoed similar sentiments before saying: “We have no dispute with Islam, we did not … Continue reading ‘We are not at war with Islam’, says Israeli president

Israel demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in southern Hebron hills

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian houses in the Halaweh village, located in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, according to local sources. Ratib al-Jabour, a coordinator of the National and Popular Committees in the southern West Bank told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village Thursday morning and demolished two houses belonging to Muhammad Younis Abu Aram and Khalil Younis Abu Aram. Al-Jabour said that Israeli authorities claimed that two houses were built without difficult-to-obtain Israeli-issued building permits. He pointing out that there is an ongoing case in Israeli courts regarding the two homes, but … Continue reading Israel demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in southern Hebron hills

Israeli Naval Forces Destroy and Drown Palestinian Fishing Boat off Beit Lahia Shore

19 OCT 3:57 PM PCHR – 18 October 2017: Israeli gunboats fired shells at a Palestinian fishing boat sailing within 2.5 nautical miles.  As a result, the boat was destroyed and drowned in the Sea. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) monitored that Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against Palestinian fishermen despite expanding the allowed fishing area from 6 to 9 nautical miles.  This proves that Israel continues its policy of targeting fishermen and their livelihoods. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 10:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip, fired shells at a Palestinian … Continue reading Israeli Naval Forces Destroy and Drown Palestinian Fishing Boat off Beit Lahia Shore

Army Invades Homes, Confiscates A Car, In Bethlehem

19 OCT 9:49 AM Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, searched homes and confiscated a car owned by a wife of a political prisoner. Media sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers confiscated a car owned by the wife of Ahmad al-Moghrabi, who is held by Israel and serving several life terms. The soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes in the refugee camp, leading to property damage, and interrogated many Palestinians, while inspecting their ID cards. The invasion led to clashes between the soldiers and … Continue reading Army Invades Homes, Confiscates A Car, In Bethlehem

IOF arrests Palestinian schoolgirl near Bethlehem

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday evening arrested a schoolgirl from al-Nu’man village to the east of Bethlehem at Mazmuria checkpoint while she was returning from school and took her to an unknown destination. Jamal Dar’awi, the head of the Nu’man village council, said that the IOF soldiers claimed that Lina Shawawra, 16, was trying to enter her besieged village through an iron gate in the separation wall and that she had no proof that she is a resident of the village. Dar’awi added that such allegations are repeatedly used by the Israeli soldiers to crack down on the citizens … Continue reading IOF arrests Palestinian schoolgirl near Bethlehem

Israeli minister urges Israelis to wave arms against Palestinians

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan stated on Wednesday that he intends to encourage Israeli settlers to carry arms for their personal safety, during the inauguration ceremony of the new firearms licensing bureau in the city of Ramla. “We’ll do this to supply better personal safety to all Israeli citizens,” said Erdan. Erdan stressed that he feels this move to be necessary in light of the recent inter-Palestinian reconciliation agreement between the Ramallah-based Fatah party and the Gaza-based Hamas party. “Fatah has only been part of incitements and paying of terrorists,” claimed Erdan. “Unfortunately, we’re not heading toward a better … Continue reading Israeli minister urges Israelis to wave arms against Palestinians

Israeli army blocks movement via Beit Einoun access road for 3rd day

The Israeli occupation forces have kept the Beit Einoun thoroughfare, connecting Palestinian towns in al-Khalil province, closed for the third consecutive day. Israeli army patrols sealed off the access road with a metal gate, blocking the access of Palestinian civilians and vehicles out of and into the area. Trying to reach their homes and workplaces, the Palestinian locals have been forced to pass through a distant road, after the occupation forces closed off a checkpoint set up in the area on Tuesday morning, following clashes between Palestinian anti-occupation youth and Israeli soldiers, one among whom was allegedly injured. (Source / … Continue reading Israeli army blocks movement via Beit Einoun access road for 3rd day