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Israel to approve budget for illegal settlements in Palestinian territory

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Israeli government is reportedly set to approve a budget of 55 million shekels (more than $15,300,000) on Sunday for the construction of the illegal Amihai settlement – Israel’s first new official settlement to be established in the occupied West Bank in 25 years – in order to house settlers from the Amona outpost, which was demolished by order of the Israeli Supreme Court in February. According to The Jerusalem Post, the construction of the settlement, which has not yet received full approval and still has legal cases pending against it, would house the 40 families that were evicted from Amona earlier this year. The families have since lived in the Ofra field school in another illegal settlement in the […]

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Israeli mayor, police assault Palestinian worshippers in attempt to stop Eid prayers

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli police forces on Friday raided a mosque in the central Israeli city of Lod, or Lydda, and attempted to stop the Eid al-Adha prayers and the call to prayer – also known as the adhan – that were being transmitted through the mosque’s speakers, citing noise violations. Yaffa 48 news website reported that Israeli police escorted the Israeli mayor of the city, Yair Revivo, into the mosque, who physically attempted to prevent worshipers from partaking in the holiday prayers. Revivo claimed that he was “hit in his arm” by worshipers while trying to prevent them from praying. Worshipers said that the mayor’s actions were “provocative and racist,” adding that he “searches for ridiculous excuses to prevent prayers.” One worshiper […]

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Israeli forces shoot 14-year-old inside his home with rubber bullet

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli forces injured a 14-year-old Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Friday while suppressing a weekly march in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya. Coordinator for the village’s popular committee Murad Shteiwi said that Yousif Amer, 14, was injured with a rubber bullet in his stomach while inside his uncle’s house. Palestinians often report that Israeli forces directly aim at Palestinian homes during clashes, causing rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to break through windows into homes. Amer was taken to the Rafadiya Hospital in Nablus to receive treatment, according to Shteiwi. Shteiwi said that locals had participated in the march on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, […]

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Soccer-War-torn Syria on verge of World Cup fairytale

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Against all odds, Syria’s footballers have overcome more than six years of civil war and internal political rifts to raise hopes of qualifying for their first ever World Cup. Forced to play their home games away due to security concerns, Ayman Hakeem’s Syria have embarrassed a succession of better-resourced opponents to sit third in Group A of Asian qualifying, behind leaders Iran and South Korea. An unlikely win away to Iran on Tuesday coupled with defeat for South Korea by Uzbekistan in the final round would give Syria second spot and direct entry to the finals in Russia next year. Even if results do not entirely go their way, Syria can still hold onto third spot and have a chance to qualify through two rounds of playoffs. […]

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France says powers must impose transition on Syrians, no role for Assad

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

France’s foreign minister said on Friday he wanted major powers to agree on a transition calendar that would be imposed on Syrians, but ruled out any role for President Bashar al-Assad, who he said had “murdered” part of his population. Jean-Yves Le Drian’s comments come despite what has appeared to be a softening in Paris’ position since the arrival of President Emmanuel Macron. Macron’s election victory gave Paris, which is a key backer of the Syrian opposition and the second-largest contributor to the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, a chance to re-examine its policy in the country. The change proposed by Macron was to drop demands Assad step down as a pre-condition for talks, although French officials still insist he […]

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Thousands pray at Al-Aqsa on first day of Eid al-Adha

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Thousands of Palestinians performed prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday. Palestinian Muslims arrived early on Friday to Al-Aqsa from across occupied East Jerusalem and Israel to perform prayers, while Muslims from other Arab and Islamic countries also came to the holy site to pray during the holiday. Hundreds of family members congregated at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, while several clowns toured the holy site and organized activities with the children. Eid al-Adha is meant to commemorate Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his adult son after being commanded to by God. However, just as he was about to sacrifice his son, an angel appeared and provided him with a ram to sacrifice instead. […]

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Israel bans Fatah official from entering Jerusalem for 4 months

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli authorities on Thursday decided to ban the Secretary of the Fatah movement in the al-Thawri neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem from entering Jerusalem City for four months over alleged accusations of “incitement.” The head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab, told Ma’an that Israeli authorities delivered an order to Mahdi Abu Nijmeh on Thursday banning him from the city. According to Asab, the order gave Nijmeh four days to file an appeal before the ban is implemented. He added that the Israeli intelligence and army forces had raided Nijmeh’s house several times before Thursday in attempts to detain him, though Nijmeh was not home. #HandsOffAlAqsa Israeli forces then left Nijmeh interrogation summons, and when […]

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Israeli police detains 2 Palestinians during East Jerusalem raids

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli police confiscated weapons and ammunition during search and detention raids carried out in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, when at least two Palestinians were also detained by Israeli forces. According to an Israeli police statement, a loaded gun was found inside a sock on a rooftop of a Palestinian’s home that was raided in East Jerusalem. Two rifles and ammunition were also found in a bedroom of another home. The statement did not specify in what neighbourhoods the raids had taken place. The statement added that two Palestinians were detained by Israeli police during the raids, and were transferred for interrogations with Israeli authorities. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the […]

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Jordan refuses re-entry of Israeli ambassador

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Jordanian government is reportedly refusing to allow the return of the Israeli ambassador to the country, more than a month after an Israeli embassy security guard shot and killed two Jordanian citizens, Israeli news website Ynet reported on Thursday. Additionally, Ynet reported that relations between Israel and Jordan have remained frozen and no visas are being issued, meaning that “thousands of Jordanians and Palestinians living in Jordan who cannot enter Israel through the Allenby crossing” and “163 passports of Jordanian citizens waiting to receive a visa to Israel have been held in a safe of the Israeli embassy in Jordan.” Staff members of the Israeli embassy to Jordan, including the security guard who Ynet identified as Ziv Moyan – […]

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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians during overnight raids in West Bank

September 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli forces detained at least 19 Palestinians during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday across the occupied West Bank, while raiding toy shops in the Hebron district – confiscating toy guns, fireworks, and laser pointers, of which the soldiers said could be used for “terrorism.” In the northern West Bank, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village of Yaabad in the Jenin district and detained a Palestinian “youth” from the al-Atatra family. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an one detention in Yaabad. Israeli forces also raided the Mirka village in Jenin and detained three brothers, identified by locals as Alaa, Hamza, and Yousif Jalboush. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two of the detentions in Mirka, saying one […]

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