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Israel Installs New Security Cameras At Jerusalem Holy Site

Jerusalem (AP) — Israel installed new security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering “alternatives” to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region. Israel set up …

Six killed as Netanyahu throws match onto Jerusalem powder keg

Maureen Clare Murphy Rights and Accountability 21 July 2017 Muhammad Sharaf Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded on Friday as thousands protested across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip over new Israeli measures infringing on Palestinian worship at al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem. Three settlers were fatally stabbed in …

International community must end increased al-Aqsa encroachment, says Palestinian PM

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on the international community to force Israel to remove metal detectors from the entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. “We call on the international community and the Arab and Islamic states to take responsibility for… stopping the occupation’s measures that are in contravention …

Video: Is Israel a step closer to al-Aqsa takeover?

For the first time in decades, Israel closed the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City to Friday prayers. The closure followed an attack near an entrance to the compound which houses the al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest sites for Muslims. Three Palestinian citizens of Israel ambushed police officers, fatally injuring two and …

Bank project offers Palestinian women independence

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On July 5, the Ramallah-based National Bank (TNB) launched its latest version of Hayati (My Life), a program that targets women. The privately owned bank first introduced the program in 2015, focusing on savings accounts and offering a limited number of 0% interest loans for modest amounts. …

The story behind the Jerusalem attack: How Trump and Netanyahu pushed the Palestinians into a corner

Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges …

New batch of PA employees in Gaza forced to retire

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government decided July 4 to refer 6,145 civil employees in the Gaza Strip to early retirement. In an official statement, the government described this move as a temporary measure that may be lifted when Hamas waives its control of the Gaza Strip and accepts the …

UN rights group concludes evaluation of Palestinians living under occupation

17 July 2017 – A committee of United Nations experts has completed its annual evaluation of the situation of people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, hearing serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by …

Al-Aqsa officials call for protests against new Israeli checkpoints

Waqf statement says Palestinians should reject ‘all Israeli aggression, including imposing the metal detectors’ around mosque Religious officials in charge of the al-Aqsa site in Jerusalem have called on Palestinians to protest against extra Israeli security measures, as police continued to man checkpoints around the mosque four days after a …

Al-Aqsa officials reject new Israeli security measures as compound reopens

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) —  As Israeli officials moved to “gradually reopen” the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for afternoon prayers Sunday after three days of closure, officials from the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) that runs the holy site refused to pass through new metal detectors that were installed at the compound’s entrances …