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Israel is pulling down al-Aqsa by using the guise of security

In the name of 'security,' the Israeli state is following an agenda to destroy the Al-Aqsa compound, causing violence to increase in the already-chaotic lands


The al-Aqsa compound in the Old City of Jerusalem is the most contested religious site in the world. It is holy to the three Abrahamic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. For Muslims, al-Aqsa is the third holiest site, which is mentioned several times in the holy Qur'an. Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to al-Aqsa during the Night Journey and ascended to heaven from there. But ever since the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, the large compound comprising al-Aqsa Mosque has been the target of many Jews who wish to rebuild the Temple of Solomon on what they consider to be its site. Jews claim that the ancient temple was built on Mount Moriah where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. To do it, they will destroy and pull down al-Aqsa. Al-Aqsa is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But first, I must discuss one of the biggest myths about Israeli-Palestinian conflict: That it's been going on for centuries. In fact it really goes back only a century to the early 1900s. In those days, the land was called Palestine, and it had been under Ottoman rule for centuries. It was religiously diverse, mostly consisting of Muslims and Christians and also a small number of Jews, who generally lived in peace. But during the rise of nationalism at the end of the 19th century, it changed in two important ways. First, more people were developing a view of not just ethnic Arabs, but Palestinians, another national identity. At the same time, in Europe more Jews were joining a movement called Zionism, which said Judaism is not just a religion, but a national identity, and it deserved a nation of its own. They believed that they had to establish it in the "promised lands pledged to Abraham by God" in the Middle East.

 After World War I, the Ottoman Empire collapsed, and the British and French empires carved up the Middle East. While the British took control of a region and called it the British mandate for Palestine, the Zionists held huge campaigns to encourage European Jews to move there. But when more Jews arrived, tension between locals and Jews grew. When the British limited the number of arrivals, Jewish militia groups formed to fight the locals and to resist the British mandate as well. After the Holocaust that led many more Jews to leave Europe and flee to Palestine, galvanizing the world's support for a Jewish state, the number of the Jews in Palestinian lands came to a point projected by the Zionists. In 1948, the U.N. approved a plan to divide the land into two separate states: One for Jews, and one for Palestinians. The city of Jerusalem was to become a special international zone. The U.N. plan angered Arab countries and led to the Arab-Israeli wars. But the Jews kept winning the wars, which led Palestinians to lose more and more land every time. Huge numbers of Palestinians were expelled from their homes and became refugees. Over the next decades, Arab states gradually made peace with Israel even though many of them never signed peace treaties. Israel today controls all the territory except Gaza, which is under heavy blockade, and the West Bank. Not only that, more Jews, or Israeli settlers, have been moving to new illegal settlements built by the Israeli state in these places. The Israeli government has been holding huge campaigns and great subsidies to encourage them to move to the Israeli settlements, while Israeli Security Forces make Palestinians leave their homes and their lands. In short, Israel is slowly and painfully invading the last pieces of land left to Palestinians.

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This is Palestine The Film


This Is Palestine’ follows the journey of Riverdance founder John McColgan through the West Bank and Gaza as he explores the impact of ongoing conflict and military occupation on the people who live there. The documentary features powerful interviews with people who have lost their home, land and family members as a result of the conflict. As well as meeting communities under threat, McColgan also spent time with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists working to bring this long-standing conflict to an end. ‘This Is Palestine’ was co-produced by Tyrone Productions and Trócaire to mark the 50th anniversary of the military occupation of the West Bank. Donate to Trócaire's work in Gaza: Donate


comment from:Zaahied Sallie

The world is dystopic by nature. Palestine is not a dystopia, it is a tragedy of epic proportions. I am a South African who lived during Apartheid. The only similarities between Apartheid South Africa and Occupied Palestine are the ideology. The brutal application of the doctrine is 100 degrees more by the Zionists compared to that of the South African white racist government. I managed to visit Hebron in 1994 and saw the treatment of Palestinians as was portrayed in this film. I unfortunately also witnessed the murder of three teenagers by Israeli soldiers/cowards. After one week in the Holy Land, I left with anger and hatred. It was the same anger and hatred I felt towards my South African oppressors. I have since come to realise that I cannot allow these oppressors to rape me of my humanity. Unfortunately, it seems that the Foreign Ministry spokesperson in this film lost his humanity a long time ago.

Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state

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Russian President tells Arab League his country will fight to establish an independent Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will fight for an independent Palestinian state, and called for the issues of the Middle East to be resolved through peaceful means.

Despite international criticism over Russia’s own role in the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Putin was hailed last week by a St Petersburg Cossack group for his ability to “bring order and stop wars”.

In an address to the Arab League summit in Egypt on Saturday, Mr Putin spoke against foreign intervention in countries’ internal disputes and spoke of the role Russia can play in diplomatic channels.

While Russia openly opposes the stance of US-backed Israel on the Gaza crisis, its position in the Middle East is complicated. Mr Putin is one of Iran’s key allies, but as he spoke on Saturday the core nations of the Arab League engaged in air strikes on the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

His attempts to urge a peaceful solution in Yemen haven’t had much of an immediate impact – on Sunday, the Arab League agreed to the creation of a joint military forces comprised of around 40,000 elite troops to resolve the future “challenges” of the Middle East.

As one of the “Quartet” entities involved in Middle East peace negotiations, Russia has played a key role in talks about the fallout of last year’s Gaza crisis.

He told the summit this weekend: “Palestinians have the right to establish an independent and habitable state with a capital in East Jerusalem.

“Russia will continue to contribute to achieving this goal through bilateral and multilateral channels,” he said.

(Source 11/07/2017)

Israel punishes hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

Israeli authorities look to quell mass hunger strike through solitary confinement and punitive measures.  Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday.

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younis and Mahmoud Abu Srour were moved from Hadarim prison to solitary confinement in Jalama prison on Monday evening, according to the Prisoners' Affairs committee. Barghouthi

is to be "prosecuted in a discipline court" as punishment for his op-ed published by the New York Times on Monday,

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New Video: A Call for Justice for Mohammed al-Qeeq: Fayha Shalash Urges Action

A new video by Fayha Shalash, Palestinian journalist and the wife of imprisoned hunger striker and journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, urges international action for his release. We urge all supporters of Palestinian freedom, liberation and justice to share this video widely, as al-Qeeq enters his 24th day of hunger strike demanding release from imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention.

Mohammed al-Qeeq is one of 23 Palestinian journalists imprisoned by the Israeli state. His life and health are on the line not only for his freedom, but for Palestinian freedom overall and an end to administrative detention without charge or trial. It is critical to raise our voices internationally and demand freedom for Mohammed al-Qeeq, an end to administrative detention and the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners.

Take Action!

1. Sign and share the public petition to international officials to demand they take a stand on administrative detention and Mohammed al-Qeeq’s imprisonment. Sign and share at: https://www.change.org/p/council-of-the-european-union-take-action-to-free-hunger-striking-palestinian-journalist-mohammed-al-qeeq

2. Organize a protest or a forum for Mohammed al-Qeeq and Palestinian prisonersIsraeli Apartheid Week is approaching and the Israeli injustice system is an excellent example to highlight in IAW activities, especially as your support can help to bring the international attention needed to help Mohammed al-Qeeq in his struggle for freedom. You can invite a speaker, hold a discussion, hold a protest, or just distribute leaflets and information (see below for sample leaflets and posters). To request resources or let us know about your event so we can post it publicly, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us on Facebook.

3. Hold a Symbolic Hunger Strike. This is an especially effective tactic on a campus for Israeli Apartheid Week, but can be used anywhere. A symbolic one-day hunger strike in which participants publicly express their solidarity with al-Qeeq and fellow Palestinian prisoners can help to raise local attention. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know about your event!




Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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