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Weather Forecast: Further rise in temperature

RAMALLAH � Weather on Monday is relatively hot in the mountains to very hot in the Jordan valley with a further rise in temperature approaching four degrees Celsius above its annual average, said the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).

Wind is northwesterly and light to moderate. Sea waves are low.

Weather on Tuesday remains hot with another rise in temperature, which approaches five degrees Celsius above the annual average.

Hot weather conditions continue on Wednesday and Thursday, with no significant change in temperature.

People are warned against exposure to direct sunlight, especially during the peak hours from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

ALRAI: IF ALL OFFICIALS EXERCISE AUTHORITY IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH, THEN ALL PEOPLE WOULD BE BLESSED WITH JUSTICE AND PEACE

Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bshara Butros al-Rai, wished Sunday that all state officials would practice their authority and duties in the light of truth, so that all people can be blessed with goodness, justice, peace and respect for their rights and human dignity.

“If all those responsible for public affairs could test the beauty of truth that liberates, they would free themselves from their illegal material interests and narrow calculations, and would value the liberals who derive their strength from their competence, morality, integrity and respect for the law,” said al-Rai.

The Patriarch’s words came during Sunday Mass held in Bkirki, which was attended by Foreign Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil, and more than 1500 young men and women of the “Maronite Youth Diaspora” in America, Argentine, Australia, Colombia, France, Cyprus, Ukraine, Africa, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and the Holy Lands.

Al-Rai urged the youthful generations in Lebanon and abroad “to harbor no fears because they are in the heart of God,” and to “remain steadfast and courageous, testifying to the truth for the sake of building a better society.”

Source: National News Agency

Israeli Security Cabinet Meets to Review Policy at Shrine

Israel’s security Cabinet met Sunday to review a decision to install metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem holy site, following a week of escalating tensions with the Muslim world, mass prayer protests and Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The ministers met amid mounting controversy at home, with some critics saying the government had acted without sufficiently considering the repercussions of introducing new security measures at the Holy Land’s most sensitive shrine and the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a possible spillover of the tensions, a Jordanian man was shot to death and an Israeli wounded in a violent incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday evening, a Jordanian security official and a news site linked to Jordan’s military reported.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment.

The metal detectors were installed a week ago, in response to an attack by Arab gunmen there who killed two Israeli policemen. Muslim religious leaders alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the compound under the guise of security, a claim Israel denied.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, an outspoken supporter of the security measures, on Sunday for the first time raised the possibility that the metal detectors might be removed, provided an alternative is found.

He said security measures at the 37-acre esplanade, with eight entry gates for Muslim worshippers, were insufficient before the shooting attack.

“We need different security measures and means for checking (those entering) there,” he told Israel TV’s Channel 2.

Erdan said it is “certainly possible that the metal detectors will be removed” if police recommend a different security program, but added that he is currently “not aware of such a program.”

Muslim leaders signaled earlier Sunday that they would reject any new proposal that leaves additional security measures in place.

The top Muslim cleric of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, told Voice of Palestine radio that he demands a complete return to the security measures before the shooting attack.

In a statement Sunday, the Islamic institutions in Jerusalem, of which he is a part, said they “affirm the categorical rejection of the electronic gates and all the measures of occupation.”

Disputes over the shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews, have set off major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past.

On Friday, several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem after noon prayers – the centerpiece of the Muslim religious week.

Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen wounded after protesters burned tires and threw stones and firecrackers. Israeli troops responded with live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Late Friday night, a 20-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three members of an Israeli family in their home in a West Bank settlement.

The victims were identified Sunday as Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, 46-year-old Chaya and 35-year-old Elad. The elder Solomon’s daughter-in-law escaped to a separate room to shelter her young children.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack as “an act of terror, carried out by an animal who was incited with unfathomable hatred.”

At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said the killer’s home would be demolished swiftly in retribution and those who incited and glorified his act would be dealt with.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed that an earlier decision to freeze ties with Israel on “all levels” also included a halt to security coordination. Abbas has said the freeze would remain in effect until the metal detectors have been removed.

Security coordination, largely aimed at a common foe, the Islamic militant group Hamas, had been a constant in frequently hostile Israeli-Palestinian relations. Ending those ties could quickly escalate tensions.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted Abbas as saying that “when we made these decisions, we took a firm and decisive stance, especially with regard to security coordination.”

Abbas has coordinated closely with Jordan, the Muslim custodian of the shrine. Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel and the two countries cooperate in the battle against Islamic militants in the region, but frequently clash over Israeli policies at the Jerusalem shrine.

Jordan’s official ties with Israel remain deeply unpopular in the kingdom, which has a large Palestinian population. On Friday, thousands marched in the capital Amman in an anti-Israel protest.

On Sunday evening, a Jordanian man was shot and killed and an Israeli wounded in still unclear circumstances at the Israeli embassy in Amman, according to the news site Hala Akhbar, which is linked to the Jordanian military.

The site said the Israeli was in an “unstable” condition.

Source: Voice of America

PALESTINIAN WORSHIPPERS PRAY OUTSIDE AL AQSA MOSQUE

Hundreds of Palestinian worshippers performed midday prayers Saturday at the Lions Gate outside the Al Aqsa Mosque/Haram Al Sharif as Palestinians continued to reject metal detector gates installed by the Israeli occupation authorities to restrict access into the compound, Islam’s third holiest shrine.

Palestinian sources said additional Israeli troops and police deployed at the Lions Gate and the main entrance to the complex at noon, declaring the site off limits to the media and barring journalists from taking pictures or shooting video of the congregation.

The ongoing tight military presence comes as a general strike was observed in occupied Jerusalem’s Arab neighbourhoods of Al Tor and Issawiyeh, the hometowns of two Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces during “a day of rage” observed on Friday to decry additional security measures imposed at Al Aqsa. A partial strike was also in force in Arab East Jerusalem and the Old City’s streets.

Elsewhere, an Israeli army special force in civilian clothes fired shots at a Palestinian vehicle south of Hebron, but the driver was not hurt, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

Source: NAM News Network

Israeli army attacks Palestinians demonstrating in support of al-Aqsa Mosque

At least four Palestinians Saturday sustained rubber-coated steel bullet injuries as Israeli army violently suppressed a demonstration held in the town of Kafr Qaddoum, west of Nablus, in support of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The media spokesperson in Qalqilia, Murad Ishtiwi, said clashes broke out between Israeli forces and the town’s residents after the former raided the town and suppressed a demonstration organized by Fatah faction in support of al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli forces used tear gas canisters and stun grenades against the town’s residents injuring at least four people. They were all treated at the scene.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

PALESTINE’S PM HAMDALLAH TO EUROPEAN DIPLOMATS: STOP ISRAEL NOW

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday urged the European Union to take immediate action to pressure Israel to stop its violations against Palestinian rights and holy places.

Hamdallah discussed during a meeting at his Ramallah office with EU diplomats the recent developments in Jerusalem, particularly Israel’s measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the heightened settlement activities in and around Jerusalem.

He warned of deterioration in the security situation if Israel persists in efforts to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

In the meantime, Hamdallah called on the donor countries to increase their support to the government to be able to implement vital projects and invest in Area C, which constitute 64% of the area of the West Bank but falls under Israeli military control.

Source: NAM News Network

MASHNOUK, AL AHMAD TACKLE DEVELOPMENTS ON LEBANESE, PALESTINIAN SCENES

Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nuhad Mashnouk, received the delegate of the Palestinian leadership, member of the central committee of the Fatah movement, Azzam al-Ahmad, accompanied by the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabour and the secretary of the Fatah movement in Lebanon, Fathi Abu al-Ardat, with talks touching on the general situation in Lebanon and Palestine.

Source: National News Agency