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News, May 2019
Dutch MP Tunahan Kuzu Arrested by Israeli Occupation Soldiers, Who Also Abducted and Injured Dozens of Palestinians
May 20, 2019
While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of David, Solomon, and Solomon's son).
After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.
By the Time Jesus started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.
So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources: https://english.palinfo.com/, http://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/
Dutch Politician Tunahan Kuzu Arrested in Al-Quds (Jerusalem)
May 19, 2019 5:30 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
A Dutch politician was arrested, Friday, by Israeli occupation security forces, while carrying a Palestinian flag, after Friday prayers in the occupied Old City East Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Israeli soldiers arrested Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of Dutch political party DENK and a parliamentarian, as he was walking toward the al-Aqsa Mosque with a Palestinian flag in his hand.
The Israeli occupation security forces also seized the Palestinian flag.
The DENK party said Kuzu, who is of Turkish descent, had been taken by a large group of heavily armed soldiers after Friday prayers, and during a working visit to Al-Quds (Jerusalem), according to Press TV/Al Ray.
Kuzu held some meetings, with civil society representatives, to discuss recent developments in the region, and took part in the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, on Wednesday, during his business trip to the occupied city, the statement added.
Palestinians commemorate May 15 as the day of Nakba or catastrophe. The event marks the forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland, following the creation of Israel, in 1948, and their scattering across refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring countries.
Tensions have been running high, near the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories, since March, which marked the start of a series of protests called “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
More than 300 Palestinians have been killed since then, and over 17,300 have been injured.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Attack Worshipers In Al-Aqsa Mosque
May 19, 2019 2:21 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, late on Saturday at night, many Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and forced them out of the holy site’s compound.
The Islamic Waqf and Endowment Department said dozens of Palestinians choose to spend nights in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially during the current holy Muslim month of Ramadan, but the army has been repeatedly invading it and using force to remove them.
It added that the soldiers attacked many worshipers, before forcing them out of the holy site.
In related news, dozens of worshipers prevented the soldiers and the police from invading the Al-Aqsa al-Qadim Mosque, in the Al-Aqsa Compound, by throwing their shoes at them.
It added that such violations are meant to exert Israel’s illegal control of the holy site, by violating the rights of the Muslims to stay in the compound without restrictions.
On Sunday morning, Israeli Agriculture Minister, Yuri Ariel, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque along with at least 17 colonialist settlers, accompanied by dozens of police officers and soldiers, through the al-Magharba Gate, and conducted a provocative tour in the holy site’s courtyards.
In related news, Israeli police officers uprooted many olive saplings that were planted by the Palestinian worshipers in Bab ar-Rahma area, in the Al-Aqsa Compound.
Israeli Occupation Minister Leads Provocative Tour of Al-Aqsa
May 19, 2019 5:17 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, today, headed a group of extremist Israeli settlers in a provocative tour of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied Jerusalem.
Ariel and dozens of settlers toured the holy sit,e in groups, only hours after Israeli police forcibly evicted hundreds of Muslim worshippers from the holy site.
Similar tours by Israeli politicians and lawmakers, in the past, led to tensions and clashes between Israeli forces, on the one side, and Muslim worshipers and the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf personnel in charge of running the compound, on the other.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum
May 17, 2019 4:45 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including a child who was injured in his chest.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.
He added that the soldiers also broke into one home, and tried to ambush the protesters, in addition to using an under-construction home to fire at the protesters.
Medical sources said four Palestinians were injured by the rubber-coated steel bullets, including two who were moved to a hospital; one of them is a child, and several others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
The protest started from the center of the village, while many carried big keys made of cardboard, symbolizing the determination to achieve the refugees’ internationally guaranteed Right of Return, and the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine.
Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Ni’lin
May 17, 2019 4:28 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding several persons, and causing a few trees to burn.
Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at local and international peace activists, who marched from the center of the village, heading towards the villagers’ orchards, largely isolated behind the illegal wall.
They added that several nonviolent protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.
The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades into the Palestinian olive orchards, causing many trees to burn, before the firefighters managed to control the fire.
The protest today marked the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, and many protesters carried Palestinian flags, in addition to black flags symbolizing the ongoing displacement of the Palestinian refugees.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians In Jerusalem
May 17, 2019 11:40 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers attacked and injured, on Thursday evening, two young Palestinian men in occupied East Jerusalem.
Medias sources said the two Palestinians suffered moderate wounds, before the soldiers took them to a military base.
They added that the army released two young men shortly after detaining them, before medics of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society rushed them to a hospital in Ramallah, in central West Bank.
In related news, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Mohammad at-Tunisi, 15, from his home in Ein al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan town, in Jerusalem.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Al-Khalil (Hebron)
May 20, 2019 12:59 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, two young Palestinian men in the southern West Bank governorate of Al-Khalil (Hebron), and installed many roadblocks, before stopping and searching dozens of cars.
Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers invaded Taffouh town, west of the city, searched homes and abducted a university student, identified as Dia’ Mohammad Ezreiqat.
They added that the soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Hebron city, and abducted Abdul-Hadi Abu ‘Aisha.
Among the searched homes was the family property of Amer Abu Aisha, 32, who was killed by the army on September 23, 2014.
Furthermore, the soldiers installed roadblocks in Jabal Abu Romman neighborhood in Hebron city, in addition to the main entrances of Halhoul and Sa’ir town, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Jerusalem
May 20, 2019 3:47 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, Sunday, five Palestinians, including two guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), in two separate incidents, in occupied Jerusalem.
The PPS said the soldiers abducted the head of its Jerusalem Office, the Secretary of Fateh Movement, Nasser Qous, in addition to Niaz Salayma and Sajed Salayma.
The PPS added that the solders abducted the three Palestinians in the al-Misrara neighborhood while preparing food packages to give to families of political prisoners in Jerusalem’s Old City, as part of social activities during the current holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
In addition, the army abducted two civilian guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, identified as Samir al-Yamen and Sa’ed Salayma, while leaving the holy site.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct a Palestinian Teen In Al-Quds (Jerusalem)
May 19, 2019 3:04 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, Sunday, Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), and abducted a Palestinian teen.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers abducted Yazan Mohammad Froukh, 16, from his home.
Silwanic added that the soldiers invaded the teen’s family home, and violently searched it, in addition to confiscating mobile homes, owned by members of his family.
In related news, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in Kafr ‘Aqab town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jerusalem
May 19, 2019 2:41 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man in Kafr ‘Aqab town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
The Qalandia Media Center said the soldiers invaded the town, searched homes and abducted a young man, identified as Mohammad Sobeh.
It added that the soldiers also installed a military roadblock, and prevented many Palestinians from leaving the town.
The soldiers also invaded the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah in central West Bank, and were heavily deployed in the area of the al-Biereh-Jerusalem road, especially around a building there.
In related news, many illegal Israeli colonists, accompanied by soldiers, invaded the area of the evacuated Homish colony, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The colonists also obstructed traffic and attempted to attack several Palestinians on the nearby Jenin-Nablus road.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Bethlehem
May 19, 2019 1:43 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, Sunday, a young Palestinian man in Teqoua’ town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted Amer Ra’fat Zayyah, 25, after breaking into his home and violently searching it.
They added that dozens of soldiers invaded the town, and fired many life rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades.
The army said it invaded the town after Palestinian youngsters hurled stones at a colony’s bus, and army jeeps.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Burn Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus
May 17, 2019 12:52 PM IMEMC News
A group of fanatic illegal Israeli settlers invaded, Friday, Palestinian agricultural lands in ‘Aseera al-Qibliya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and burnt them.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian authority official who monitors the illegal Israeli land theft activities (so-called settlement activities) in northern West Bank, said more than 60 illegal colonists invaded the farmlands, in the southern area of the village, and set them ablaze.
He added that the illegal settlers also hurled stones at several nearby homes, before the locals intercepted them.
In related news, a group of settlers hurled stones at many cars and homes in Marda village, north of Salfit, in central West Bank. Causing damage, and wrote racist graffiti on several cars and walls.
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