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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 …

Israeli forces wound 79 in Jerusalem, detain activists a day before mass Al-Aqsa protest

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces violently repressed demonstrations held by thousands of Palestinians in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday, injuring at least 79 people, and detained Palestinian political leaders and activists ahead of expected clashes on Friday. Thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered outside the Lions’ Gate …

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 …

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 …

PA crackdown narrows space for online criticism

Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested in recent years for social media posts criticising the government. Ramallah, occupied West Bank – On a bright summer morning in a Ramallah cafe, Nassar Jaradat squinted at the screen of his battered smartphone, searching for the Facebook post that landed him in jail. “I have not …

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 …

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 …

Palestinian officials meet to discuss Al-Aqsa restrictions following Jerusalem attack

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials held a meeting on Sunday to discuss recent Israeli measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, days after a deadly shooting attack led to the death of three Palestinian citizens of Israel and two Israeli police officers — also Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. The …

Abbas phones Netanyahu, condemns Jerusalem’s attack, closure of al-Aqsa mosque

RAMALLAH/PNN/ Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed his strong condemnation over the fatal Jerusalem shootout and the Israeli closure of the holy Islamic site of al-Aqsa mosque. Abbas expressed his strong rejection and condemnation of the fatal shootout that took place near Al Aqsa …