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Israel seizes water pumps, tanks in the Jordan Valley

Israeli forces Wednesday seized water pumps and tanks in the northern Jordan Valley and destroyed a water pipe, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said staff from Israeli civil administration, the Israeli military government’s arm in the occupied territories, and soldiers raided the area of Nabia al-Himma and seized water pumps and tanks.

Israeli forces also destroyed a water pipe in the area of Umm al-Jamal, also in the northern Jordan Valley.

Palestinians in the Jordan Valley say Israel is trying to make life impossible for them on their land as a way to get them to leave the area for the benefit of illegal Jewish settlement construction.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Christian Organizations warn change in status quo at mosque ground for explosion

JERUSALEM – The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) Tuesday warned that any Israeli measures aiming at changing the status quo within and around Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem will result in a political explosion based on religious grounds.

NCCOP said in a statement that since Jerusalem is a city under Israeli military occupation, all Israeli measures are in violation of international laws and also are belittling the religious feelings of the Palestinians.

Because what is happening at Al-Aqsa Mosque can occur in all Christian and Muslim holy sites, we, NCCOP, appeal to the international community and the State of Vatican to oppose and resist these unjust measures no matter what justifications Israel poses, said the statement.

All Boards and members of NCCOP fully stand with the our Palestinian people in Jerusalem, Al Haram al Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque) and religious leadership in the face of these measures and we join them in prayers aspiring to the end of oppression in this holy city.

The statement came in reaction to the installation by Israeli police of metal detectors outside the gates that lead to Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was strongly rejected by the Muslims as an attempt to change the long standing status quo in the occupied city and its holy places.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Jerusalem’s religious figures call for not using Israel’s e-gates at Aqsa

JERUSALEM � Jerusalem’s top Islamic religious figures Monday called upon Palestinians seeking to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque not to go through the metal detectors installed by Israeli police the day before at the entrances to the mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The officials, who included the Mufti of Jerusalem, the head of the Waqf department and others, said Israel, by installing these metal detectors, aims to change the long-standing status quo on Muslim holy places in occupied Jerusalem.

They officials called on the public who seek to reach the mosque for prayer not to go through the metal detectors, but instead to pray outside the compound.

In the event of the continued imposition of the electronic gates to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, we call on our people to pray and worship in front of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the streets of Jerusalem, the figures said in a statement.

Israeli forces reopened the holy compound on Sunday for Muslim prayers after it was closed on Friday morning following a shooting attack that left three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen dead.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israeli forces detain four Palestinians in West Bank

RAMALLAH � Israeli forces overnight Saturday detained four Palestinians from several areas in the West Bank, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS.)

PPS said that Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian from the city of Hebron, and another one from the village of Kufr Ain in Ramallah district.

Forces also detained one Palestinian from the city of Bethlehem and another one from Salfit.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Al-Aqsa Mosque remains closed for the second day in a row

JERUSALEM � In spite of Palestinian, Arab and Islamic calls on Israel to reopen Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for Muslim prayers, the third holiest site in Islam remained closed Saturday for the second day in a row.

Israel closed the gates to the mosque on Friday and banned the weekly Friday prayer following an attack outside the mosque compound by three Palestinians against Israeli police that left the three Palestinians and two policemen dead.

Banning prayer in the mosque on a Friday, the Muslim holy day, was unprecedented since the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and the West Bank in June 1967, according to reports.

Three Palestinians from Umm al-Fahm, a town inside Israel, attacked policemen outside the gates to the mosque killing two officers. Police chased the three inside the compound and shot them dead. The compound was then declared closed and prayer was banned.

Police also closed gates leading to the Old City of Jerusalem for most of Friday and banned traffic on roads leading to the Old City.

Muslims were forced to hold the Friday prayer outside the gates of the Old City under the eyes of reinforced police presence in the Old City and East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

At one point, police arrested the Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, and interrogated him for several hours at the Russian Compound police station in West Jerusalem before releasing him on $2800 bail.

The Mufti had called on Muslims to come to the mosque to pray in spite of the Israeli closure of the site.

President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of the mosque and contacted Jordan, the official custodian over the Muslim holy places in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, urging it to intervene with Israel to reopen it.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad Moumani criticized the unprecedented closure of the mosque and demanded that Israel reopen it.

Similar calls were made by Arab and Muslim officials around the world.

However, Israel remained adamant about closing the mosque compound for Muslim and said that it will reopen it on Sunday.

Fanatic Jewish groups have called on their government to use this opportunity to take control of the mosque and turn it in a Jewish temple.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Quartet Envoys express serious concern over worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza

JERUSALEM – the Envoys of the Middle East Quartet in a joint statement expressed serious concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and discussed current efforts to resolve the crisis.

The Envoys met in Jerusalem to discuss current efforts to advance Middle East peace, as well as the deteriorating situation in Gaza.

The Envoys from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations agreed to meet again and to continue their regular engagement with Israelis and Palestinians, and key regional stakeholders.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Ashrawi tells Know They Heritage delegation Palestinians are united in national identity

RAMALLAH � Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, who serves on the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) Advisory Board, Wednesday told the 2017 KTH delegation visiting Ramallah that as Palestinians living in exile, Palestinians are united by their national identity and historical roots in Palestine.

Ashrawi, who met the participants who represent four continents and seven countries at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, reminded them of the importance of reconnecting to Palestine and returning to their homeland to maintain a sense of belonging and to defy Israeli violations and unlawful policies on the ground.

Ashrawi concluded her presentation on the escalation of Israel’s continued breach of international law by taking questions on the internal division, the importance of the BDS movement, American efforts to revitalize the “peace process,” and the role of Palestinians politicians working in the Israeli Knesset.

Ashrawi also met with Rateb Rabie, the co-founder and President of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF). They briefly discussed the important work of HCEF and issues of mutual concern.

She also met with Grace Nelson, wife of US Senator Bill Nelson, a leading evangelist Pastor Bob Roberts, Jr. and Wes Anderson. The visiting delegation was accompanied by Zahi Khouri of the Palestinian Business Committee for Peace and Reform.

In the context of the American strategic alliance with Israel, Ashrawi said that the language of both the US Congress and Administration reflects the official Israeli narrative and does not serve American interests or the cause of a just peace.

The meeting also focused on American Christian Evangelicals and the important need for them to exhibit the will necessary to play a constructive role in pursuing a just peace and to counter Israel’s systematic impunity and violations of international law.

In addition, Ashrawi and Grace Nelson stressed the important role that women play in ensuring justice and bringing about a human and humane peace.

The focal point of the meeting was the comprehensive discussion of the initiative to organize the First National Prayer Breakfast in Bethlehem, Palestine in December and of ways to ensure its success and sustainability.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency