Mother of Five Palestinians Killed by Israel Dies in Egypt

Um Ridwan Sheikh Khalil from Rafah,(Photo:

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Fatmah Aljazzar, also known as Um Ridwan Sheikh Khalil, from Rafah, died yesterday at an Egyptian hospital after she was transferred there for treatment.

Five of Um Ridwan’s sons, three of her grandsons, and two of her sons-in-law were killed by Israel from 1991-2011.

Her son Ashraf was killed during shooting near the Lebanon border in 1991, her son Sharaf was killed in 1992 during a military clash near Nahr Albarid refugee camp in Lebanon, her son Mahmoud was assassinated by Israel in 2004 in Gaza, her son Mohammed was killed in a similar assassination operation in 2005 in Gaza, and her son Ahmed was assassinated by Israel in 2011 as well.

The Palestinian mother also lost three of her grandsons, Raed Ghannam and Rami Issa Alsheikh Khalil in 2004 during an Israeli incursion, while her third grandson, Khalid Fuad Ghannam was killed in 2007 in an Israeli bombing. Her sons-in-law, Khalid Hamid and Zyad Shakir Ghannam were both killed in a separate Israeli bombing in 2007.

The closure of Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt makes it difficult for even the bodies of dead Palestinians to cross. The Egyptian authorities open the crossing sporadically to allow the passage of dead Palestinians from Gaza who have died on Egyptian soil – most as patients at Egyptian hospitals.

(Source / 23.06.2016)

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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.

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