Factions: Resistance is our sole option

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian factions’ leaders affirmed adherence to resistance as the sole option as well as maintaining Palestinian rights and constants.   The factions stressed on the fact that the Palestinian land is an Islamic waqf property that cannot be waived and that Jerusalem constitutes the cornerstone of the unity and civilization of the Islamic world.  This came during a political workshop organized by the national Islamic relations committee west of Gaza in the anniversary of the 49th Palestinian Naksa. The Hamas leader Ismail Radwan emphasized during the session on his Movement’s adherence to the Palestinian constants and rights especially the right if return. He called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop counting on the option of negotiation and urged it to halt its security coordination with Israel.  The Islamic Jihad leader Ahmad al-Mdalal slammed the PA for its pointless negotiations which have been saught for over 20 years leading to the weakness of the Palestinian national project.  The secretary general of al-Ahrar Movement Khaled Abu Helal opined that the Muslims’ preoccupation with other issues than the Palestinian central question encouraged the Israeli occupation to go too far in practicing violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and sacred places.

(Source / 03.06.2016)

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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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