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Israeli soldiers raid Al Aqsa courtyard, attack worshipers

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Video: Dozens of soldiers invade Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC/Agencies 13 Sept 07:54 — Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded, earlier on Sunday, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and fired dozens of concussion grenades on local worshipers, and attacked dozens. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, including undercover officers, surrounded local Muslim worshipers in the Al-Qibli Mosque, and fired dozens of concussion grenades, before storming it and assaulting several Palestinians, wounding at least two. The police also detained two mosque guards near the Chain Gate, one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and surrounded scores of worshipers in the mosque. The army and police prevented all men below the age of fifty from entering the mosque courtyards, as they were heading there for dawn prayers. The incident caused tension that eventually escalated after the army invaded the mosque. The soldiers also forcibly removed, and assaulted, dozens of worshipers during the invasion, while extremist Israeli groups continued their provocative tours in the mosque’s courtyards. [The term Al-Aqsa can refer to either the whole compound called the Haram al-Sharif or Temple Mount, or to the holiest mosque itself, also known as Al-Qibli, along the southern wall of the compound. The Dome of the Rock is a shrine, not a mosque, and is not referred to here.]

Videos: Clashes continue as Israeli minister participates in Al-Aqsa Mosque invasion
IMEMC 13 Sept 11:36 — Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel joined dozens of Israeli extremists who stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem Sunday, under extensive military and police presence, leading to clashes and dozens of injuries among the worshipers. The soldiers attacked the guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and dozens of worshipers and students, including many children, and forced them out. The Palestinian TV said the army used excessive force against the Palestinian Muslim worshipers, fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at them, and occupied the rooftop of the Al-Qibli Mosque of Al-Aqsa. The soldiers also chased dozens of residents in the mosque, and engaged in fistfights with many young Palestinians. The Palestinian Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department said the soldiers imposed a strict siege on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City, since late night hours, and installed iron barriers to prevent the Palestinians from entering. Dozens of Palestinians have also been injured after the soldiers sprayed them with pepper-spray, in addition to throwing concussion grenades and sound bombs the Palestinians, while many others have been injured by Israeli rubber-coated metal bullets, in addition to scores who were beaten by the soldiers. The Palestinian TV said dozens of Palestinians were also injured, not only in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but also in various Palestinian neighborhoods in the occupied Old City, after the soldiers used excessive force against them, while allowing Israeli fanatics to continue their provocative tours and invasions into the Al-Aqsa courtyards. Many wounded Palestinians received first aid by the medics of the local clinic in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the army prevented Palestinian medics and ambulances even from approaching it.
Arab Member of Knesset Dr. Ahmad Tibi, who was in the mosque compound during the attack, said Israel is implementing its recent decision to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He added this division is done physically, and by allotting certain hours every day only specified for Jewish settlers , after removing all Palestinian worshipers from the entire area. Dr. Tibi also stated that he and many other Arab members of Knesset, social and religious figures, personally witnessed how the Palestinians were completely removed from the mosque and its courtyards, before the police started allowing dozens of Israeli fanatics into it . . . The official stated the decision came as a result of years of planning by consecutive Israeli government, the same way they divided the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron.

Israel has ‘taken over’ Aqsa compound, says offficial
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an/AFP) 13 Sept – The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, said Sunday that Israel had effectively taken over the holy site, after a day of violent clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police took place there. Kiswani told Ma‘an that having brought the compound under occupation in 1967, “today, the (Israeli) occupation authorities have imposed their sovereignty over it by power of force.” He pointed to Israeli control over who enters and leaves, and their use of force against Palestinians that challenge them, including the assault of Islamic Endowment employees. The director made his comments after a day of violent clashes at the holy site, during which witnesses said Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself, Islam’s third-holiest site, and caused damage. Israeli police said they only closed its doors to lock in rioters throwing stones, fireworks and other objects. Israeli forces earlier Sunday prevented most Palestinians from entering the compound in a bid to clear way for Jewish worshipers visiting the site ahead of the Jewish new year. However, Israeli police said that young Palestinians had spent the night inside the mosque, and clashes quickly broke out when Israeli forces stormed the compound. Israeli forces said no arrests were made and no injuries were reported during the clashes, although Palestinians witnesses reported several injuries, and an AFP journalist said that he saw a number of people were detained. A Palestinian boy identified as Anas Siyam was also reportedly evacuated to the hospital after he was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the chest. Kiswani said that two Islamic Endowment employees were shot with rubber-coated bullets in their upper bodies, while dozens of others suffered bruises after being assaulted by Israeli police. He said that both he and the head of the compound’s female guards, Zeinat Abu Sbeih, were assaulted, while the compound’s Palestinian guards were forced out of the compound and beaten . . .
President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called an Israeli police “attack” at the site, saying that sites such as Al-Aqsa constituted a “red line.” “We will not allow attacks against our holy places,” a statement from his office said. Meanwhile, a Netanyahu statement said Israel would act “to maintain the status quo and order” at the compound . . . United Nations Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov urged restraint on both sides . . . Jordan condemned what it described as an assault by the Israeli army. Egypt, the only other Arab country to have a peace treaty with Israel, also condemned its actions at the compound.

Videos: Eleven injured Sunday; Journalists syndicate denounces Israeli targeting of reporters
IMEMC/Agencies 14 Sept — The Syndicate said the army, and police, deliberately assaulted the journalists, wounding eleven in just a few hours, as dozens of soldiers and Israeli extremists stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and their courtyards. It demanded the International Community to ensure the implementation of the May 2014 Security Council resolution number 2222, regarding the protection of journalists, and prosecuting those who assault them . . . The wounded journalists have been identified as:
1. Ahmad Gharabla – French Press Agency, correspondent.
2. Diala Jweihan – Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda Newspaper, correspondent.
3. Jihad al-Mohtasib – Roya news Agency, correspondent.
4. Monther al-Khatib – Al-Ghad Al-Arabi Newspaper, cameraman
etc. . . .
Several mosque guards have been injured after the soldiers assaulted them, while many have been detained, in addition to a woman and a child. Among the wounded are several medics, and a firefighter who was shot in his arm. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said twenty Palestinians injured in the Old City and in Al-Aqsa have been moved to the al-Makassed Islamic Hospital, in Jerusalem.

Seven Palestinians kidnapped in Al-Aqsa, elderly man shot in the eye
IMEMC/Agencies 14 Sept — Dozens of undercover soldiers of the Israeli army, and police officers, invaded on Monday morning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, assaulted many Palestinians, kidnapped seven, and wounded several others, including seniors, with rubber-coated steel bullets, while an elderly man was shot in the eye. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers and officers invaded the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa mosque, from various directions, and assaulted many Palestinians before firing rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens of injuries. Medical sources said an elderly man was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the eye, before local medics provided him with the needed treatment, and moved him to a hospital in the occupied city. The sources added that the soldiers and police officers invaded the courtyards of the mosque, and smashed the door locks of the Al-Qibli mosque, before storming it to attack dozens of Palestinians. The soldiers fired concussion grenades and gas bombs in addition rubber-coated steel bullets, in an attempt to force the Palestinians to leave the mosque to allow groups of Israeli fanatics to invade the holy site, and tour its courtyards. The Israeli attack led, for the second consecutive day, to burning carpets in the Al-Qibli mosque. In addition, soldiers surrounded dozens of worshipers in the Dome of the Rock Mosque, chased many others in its courtyards, and kidnapped at least seven Palestinians. Earlier Monday, soldiers prevented all young Palestinian men, and women of all ages, from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and only allowed elderly men to enter. Later, the soldiers sealed the mosque and its courtyards to allow groups of Israeli fanatics to conduct their daily provocative tours and violation

Hamas: Liquidation of Al-Aqsa ‘a dream that will never come true’
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 14 Sept — Israel’s dream to enforce a spatio-temporal division on Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque is a dream that will never come true, Hamas Movement said Sunday. Hamas said in a statement that the Israeli occupation has taken advantage of Arabs’ and Muslims’ preoccupation with home affairs to perpetrate preplanned schemes for the division of Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque. “We’ve been keeping tabs on the Israeli assaults on al-Aqsa which have recently materialized in random shooting of peaceful Muslim sit-inners, arson attacks on the Qibli Mosque, and sacrilegious break-ins by fanatic Israelis,” Hamas said. Such Israeli assaults on al-Aqsa will certainly have serious repercussions,” the statement read. Hamas called on the international community to urgently step in so as to prevent the Israeli occupation from desecrating the al-Aqsa and alleviate simmering tension sparked by Israeli sacrilegious schemes. The group also urged the Palestinian Authority to halt all forms of security coordination with the occupation and give way to armed resistance to protect Islamic places of worship. It further called for maintaining sit-in vigils across al-Aqsa plazas. Hamas statement was released a few hours after the Israeli occupation forces broke into the plazas of al-Aqsa and the Qibli Mosque and unleashed heavy barrages of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. According to local sources, at least 110 peaceful Muslim worshipers and sit-inners sustained wounds due to the break-ins.

Violence / Attacks / Suppression of protests / Detentions — West Bank, Jerusalem

Israeli suppresses anti-separation wall march in Beit Jala with tear gas
BETHLEHEM (WAFA) 13 Sept – Israeli soldiers Sunday violently suppressed a peaceful anti-wall protest in the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, according to local sources. Munther Abu-Amira, an anti-settlement activist in Bethlehem, said dozens of activists participated in a peaceful protest against Israel’s ongoing construction of parts of the Israeli Segregation Barrier at the expense of the town’s land.  Protesters also rallied to protest the Israeli crackdown on al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning. Among the participants was Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop of Palestine and Jordan.
According to Israeli media, a number of studies have cast doubts about Israel’s use of CS tear gas as a method of crowd dispersal, and said this kind of teargas has in recent years caused several cases of death. An interview conducted by the Israeli daily Haaretz in 2011 also revealed that some eye and lung injuries, as well as skin diseases, could be associated with the use of CS tear gas.

Four Palestinians kidnapped, one injured, in the West Bank
IMEMC/Agencies 13 Sept — Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, the West Bank districts Jenin and Jericho, kidnapped four Palestinians, and injured at least one. Media sources in the northern West Bank city of Jenin said the soldiers invaded the Jenin refugee camp, and kidnapped two Palestinians after violently breaking into their homes and searching them. The two have been identified as Suleiman Farahati, 20, and Mohammad Abu az-Zaki, 20. The Jenin office of the Palestinian Red Crescent said the soldiers shot and injured Ahmad Hussein al-Bali, 24, before he was moved to the Khalil Suleiman Hospital, in Jenin. The Palestinian was shot with a live round in his left thigh, and suffered a moderate injury, it added.
In addition, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that several Israeli military vehicles invaded the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho, and kidnapped two brothers after storming their home. The PPS said the two have been identified as Tareq, 40, and Khalil Hazem Dawwas, 27.

International arrested in al-Khalil and banned from part of the city
HEBRON, Occupied Palestine 12 Sept by ISM, Al-Khalil Team — Sunday night an international human rights observer was arrested by Israeli forces on bogus charges in al-Khalil (Hebron) in occupied Palestine.  The activist was detained by Israeli soldiers when leaving a house in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood  of al-Khalil. Only a few minutes later, a reinforcement of another group of about 7 soldiers arrived. The only explanation provided by the soldiers in English to the two volunteers, who do not speak any Hebrew, was that they had to wait for the police to arrive for an explanation on the detention.  When the police arrived, the policeman immediately took the passport of one of the internationals, not even asking to see the other person’s passport. As the policeman himself did not speak any English, a soldier had to translate the charges to the volunteer and explain to her that she had to come to the police station. The soldier lawlessly accusing the international was later present at all times at the police station except for interrogation. The international was released only on the condition of signing a paper banning her from the ‘Jewish part’ of the city and passing through any checkpoint for a week. An explanation on what exactly that means was not given by the Israeli forces, who tried to ascertain the activist that she would be allowed back to move freely in al-Khalil on Saturday morning, an obvious attempt to have a reason to legally arrest her on violating the conditions of the seven-day period. This is clearly intended to impede her work as a human rights observer, and tries to stop her from documenting and reporting on violence against Palestinians and violations of human rights and international law by Israeli forces. In al-Khalil (Hebron), a ctiy often dubbed a microcosmos of the occupation with illegal settlements right in the heart of the city, violence against Palestinians both by settlers and soldiers is rampant.

WATCH: Protesting collective punishment in East Jerusalem
Israeli Social TV 13 Sept — Israeli police regularly shut down roads in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya following clashes there, in what amounts to collective punishment on the village’s entire population. That is the message residents had for police: we just want to live. Stop punishing us.

Business as usual for children arrested by the IDF
+972 Blog 13 Sept by Gerard Horton — Despite lofty promises and pilot programs aimed at improvement, evidence points to little change in the patterns of abuse Palestinian children are subjected to when arrested by the Israeli army — The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in March 2013 that it would study the conclusions of a UNICEF report on children held in military detention which found that ill-treatment appeared to be “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” and work to implement them through “ongoing cooperation” with the UN agency. Two-and-a-half years on and around 2,250 arrests later, there is new evidence as to how this “cooperation” is progressing. To begin with, the number of children arrested at night appears to have jumped from 51 percent in 2013 to 65 percent today. One possible explanation for the jump is that the military authorities appear to be issuing far fewer summonses than last year, relying instead on the army breaking down doors in the middle of the night rather than parents bringing their children for questioning during the day. The latest evidence also indicates that with an increase in night arrests, more children are being transferred on the floor of military vehicles from their homes to interrogation centers – something a summons can make redundant. The number of children who report being painfully hand tied and blindfolded has remained fairly constant, but there has been a small increase in the percentage of children who report being subjected to physical violence during their arrest, transfer and/or interrogation. (continued)

Israel rejects compensation for burnt historic Christian church
IMEMC 13 Sept — The Israeli Tax Authority has rejected a claim for compensation by officials of the Catholic Church demanding compensation for the burnt Church of Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, which was burnt in an Israeli terrorist arson attack last June. Israeli Channel 2 reported Wednesday that tax officials who visited the burnt historic Christian church, where according to Christianity Jesus Christ multiplied loaves and fishes, have decided that the assault “was not a terrorist attack.” Rejecting to label the attack on the Christian church in the Galilee as a terrorist attack means that the Israeli government has no obligation to pay any compensation, as Israel only pays compensation to victims of attacks it deems as terrorist. The decision of the Tax Authority even ignores statements by senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who both labeled it as a terrorist attack. Israel apprehended and charged three Israeli Jewish extremists, believed to be responsible for the attack, and for writing racist graffiti saying, “Idols will be cast out.” . . . The “Times Of Israel” quoted Amir Cohen, a tax authority official, saying that he was not convinced the attack on the church was politically motivated. Cohen said, “the charges filed against the three Israeli suspects state that their attack carried a religious motivation,” and “was based on religious hatred of Christians.”

Analysis: Burned alive by Israelis / Jamal Kanj
Ma‘an 13 Sept — Five years ago at a stop during my book signing tour in San Diego, I met an adorable toddler named Farah. She was being treated in the US for severe burns she received at the age of two. Farah was one of thousands of civilians who were either injured or killed when Israel rained white phosphorus bombs on Gaza in 2008-2009. The phosphorus that burned through Farah’s angelic flesh was American made and paid for by US taxpayers. Ironically, so was Farah’s treatment. Last Sunday, mother of two Riham Dawabsha died from burn injuries. On July 31, Riham, her 18-month-old son Ali, his four-year-old brother Ahmad and their father cuddled on a floor mattress in their small room. Outside, the stars were glistering in the clear sky of a warm summer night in the village of Duma, Palestine. Ahmed complained it was hot. Saad, his 32-year-old father, decided to open the window to let in the cool breeze from the fields of their peaceful village. Ali spread his tiny legs and was first to fall asleep, followed by Ahmad. Riham kissed her babies goodnight and covered them to keep the mosquitoes away before she and Saad dozed after a hard day working on the farm. In the middle of that Friday night, Riham was startled from her sleep by Ali’s loud wail. Her vision was blinded by the bright blaze engulfing her baby’s small body. She jumped over Ahmed to reach Ali when another firebomb landed between them, setting Riham, Saad and Ahmed on fire. Ali, the 18-month-old baby, was burned to death. Saad succumbed to his fate a week later. Riham joined them after more than a month in coma. Four-year-old Ahmad is still fighting for his life. The perpetrators celebrated their feat by spraying their signature and symbol of pride, the Star of David, on nearby walls. Israeli police arrested known extremists from a nearby illegal Jewish-only colony. Most were released later and no-one was charged.(Continued)

Israeli group raises NIS 147,000 for Duma attacks survivor
Times of Israel 13 Sept by Stuart Winer — As of early Sunday afternoon, an Israeli crowdfunding drive has succeeded in raising over NIS 174,000 ($45,000) to support Ahmed Dawabsha, a Palestinian boy seriously injured on July 31 in a firebombing attack that killed his parents and little brother. The anti-racism group Tag Meir launched the fundraiser on Wednesday on the Headstart website with an initial goal of NIS 80,000 ($20,000), but exceeded that sum within 24 hours. Organizers wrote on the project’s web page that they have now raised the bar to NIS 240,000 ($62,100), to be reached by early October . . . Gadi Gvaryahu, chairman of Tag Meir, wrote on his Facebook page that the rapid response should also be seen as a grassroots protest against attacks by right-wing Jewish extremists. He said contributors to the campaign were notifying the Israeli government that they were “fed up” with the extremist “criminal gang known as ‘price tag,’ which acts in the name of Judaism and under its guise uproots olive trees, torches places of worship, damages property, and, more than anything else, hurts innocent Arabs and even kills in cold blood.”


Fighters exchange fire with soldiers invading northern Gaza
IMEMC/Agencies 13 Sept A group of Palestinian armed resistance fighters exchanged fire, Sunday, with Israeli soldiers invading the eastern area of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The military vehicles advanced approximately 40 meters near the Shuhada Graveyard, and fired rounds of live ammunition targeting fighters on a monitoring post, close to the border.  The fighters exchanged fire with the invading soldiers for more than fifteen minutes, before the army withdrew; no casualties reported. Israel claimed a number of Palestinians crossed the border fence, but the claim was never verified; the fighters said the claim aims at justifying the ongoing Israeli invasions and violations.

another version:
Israeli forces exchange gunfire with Gazans near border, detain 2
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 13 Sept — Israeli forces on Sunday morning exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen, east of the town of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and detained two men, witnesses told Ma‘an. Witnesses said Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinians who tried to cross the border fence into Israel, then opened fire at Palestinians near the fence. Witnesses said Israeli troops were the first to open fire at Palestinian gunmen near the border. Palestinian gunmen who were in the area fired back at the Israeli troops, according to witnesses. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that “two suspects breached the security fence,” adding that Israeli forces then “fired warning shots into the air, and the suspects were taken in for further questioning.” The spokesperson did not comment on whether fire was exchanged between the Gazans and Israeli forces outside of the alleged “warning shots.” No injuries were reported.

Gaza fisherman hope October’s season will get them through winter
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 12 Sept – Gaza’s fishermen need October’s fish harvest – this year’s last sustainable fishing season in Gaza – to make it through the coming winter. The previous two fishing seasons have been poor, and October will be the only chance for Palestinian fishermen to make an income in their trade until spring. Muflih Abu Riyala, a local fisherman, supports a family of seven through his work out at sea. “[We] hope to be able to catch large sums of fish to make up for the two poor seasons,” Abu Riyala told Ma‘an. There are certain fish available for fishing in the winter, Abu Riyal said, but the kind of fish that swim off the enclave during the colder months are primarily breeds that need deep water, found further off the coast than Israel permits Gazans to venture. In the winter fishermen need to access waters at least nine nautical miles off shore in order to fish in depths that allow them to catch their income, Abu Riyala said, but Israel’s blockade on the enclave only allows Gazans to access six nautical miles – half the distance that was established in 2014’s ceasefire agreement, and one third of the 20 miles agreed upon during the Oslo Accords.

Exacerbation of electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip
RAFAH (PIC) 13 Sept — Gaza Power Plant (GPP) halted one of its power generators and re-applied the Gaza Strip’ electricity schedule of 6 hours supply and 12 hours blackout due to lack of fuel. The electricity distribution company said in a statement that the GPP was forced on Saturday in coordination with the Palestinian Energy Authority to stop a generator in its plant due to the lack of enough diesel to run that generator because of the Israeli closure of the crossing points which prevents the entry of sufficient amounts of industrial diesel. The company added that the power outage coincides with the failure of all Egyptian lines feeding southern areas of the Gaza Strip with diesel, which worsened the electricity crisis. The company appealed to all parties, including the UN and international human rights institutions, to pressure the Israeli occupation in order to allow sufficient quantities of industrial diesel to the power station. It warned that the insufficient power supply from the three sources (Egypt, Israel and the GPP) will have a dramatic impact on citizens.

Gazans protest power cuts in Rafah
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 13 Sept — Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sunday morning against ongoing daily power cuts. A Ma‘an reporter said the protesters chanted harsh slogans against Palestinian officials and against the Gaza electricity company. Rafah, they said, suffers power cuts more often than other districts in the coastal enclave. The current heat wave has only intensified their suffering, protesters said. On Friday, the head of the Gaza Union of Gas Station Owners warned that fuel supplies in the Gaza Strip were running increasingly low, due to a lack of gasoline coming into the coastal enclave through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing on the border of the southern Gaza Strip.

Israel considers natural gas pipeline to Strip
Ynet 13 Sept by Elior Levy — Jerusalem is reviewing a proposal to lay a pipeline for transporting natural gas between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Ynet has learned. According to the project, proposed by Qatar, the pipeline would connect Israel to Gaza’s power plant, and in this manner Israel will transfer natural gas to operate the plant and thus alleviate the crisis in coastal territory. The power plant currently supplies Gaza residents only eight hours of electricity a day. Under the plan, the Palestinian Authority will bear the costs of the gas transferred. Qatar has offered to finance part of the project, and some is supposed to be financed by private funds under the Palestinian Authority’s management.,7340,L-4700338,00.html

Working without pay in Gaza: Essential employees victims of political dispute
GAZA CITY (MEE) 11 Sept by Mosab Abu Toha — Mostafa Hasan has worked hard as a nurse at Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital since 1996, caring for both the chronically ill and the wounded no matter the chaos around him. He made what is considered in Gaza to be a decent salary of $800 a month, managing to support a wife and five children. However, since 2007, he has not been paid regularly – receiving no salary at all for many months and today, just $300 every five weeks, sometimes less. Why? Although the Palestinian Authority (PA) employed Hasan when he first started nursing, he went to work for Hamas when the party won control of the parliament in 2007. The PA, which is based in the West Bank and is the recipient of all foreign aid, didn’t accept the victory (in part due to international pressure). Instead, it pays about 70,000 employees who stayed loyal to Fatah to stay at home. Those like Hasan, who continued to show up for work under the new government, paid the price. He estimates that at this point, he is owed about $48,000 . . . Hasan is among more than 50,000 employees in Gaza who continue to work at vital public-sector jobs without full or even regular pay. Knowing their work is necessary, and fearing they will never be paid at all if they quit, they sporadically erupt into strikes and demonstrations to protest the continuing feud between Hamas and Fatah over who runs the blockaded Strip.

Families appeal to Cairo to disclose fate of 4 Palestinian captives
RAFAH (PIC) 14 Sept — Families of the four Palestinians kidnapped by anonymous Egyptians 26 days ago urged on Sunday the Egyptian authorities to disclose the fate of their sons at the soonest time possible. Jihad Zanoun, the brother of one of the captives, said during a rally staged near Rafah by the popular movement in support of Palestinian captives that the enforced abduction of his brother and the other captives is much more agonizing than death itself. “26 days of agony and pain have elapsed. My captured brother, Yasser, is not just a number,” he said. “Yasser does certainly have a mother that bemoans his disappearance all day and night; just as his wife, children, and friends do.” He urged the Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Egyptian president Abdul Fatah al-Sissi to seriously work on releasing the four Palestinian captives. Family of Abdul Dayem Abu Labda said the abduction was carried out in very ambivalent circumstances, raising questions on how, when, by whom, and for whose interest the “crime” was committed . . . Secretary-General of the Ahrar Movement, Khaled Abu Hilal, said the four Palestinian youths were kidnapped on their way to recover from illnesses or to pursue their studies somewhere oversees.


Israel deprives hunger striker treatment for chronic brain condition
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 13 Sept — The Israeli Prison Service has allegedly prevented a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike from receiving treatment for a chronic brain disease, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said Sunday. The lawyer said in a statement that Bilal Dawoud, 26, who has been on hunger strike nearly three weeks, was not being given proper medical treatment for a chronic brain disease he has been suffering. The statement did not specify the nature of the disease. Dawoud went on hunger strike on Aug. 24 to protest his administrative detention, under which he has been held since February . . . There are currently 400 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer. Through its documentation Addameer has found that “prisoners are often prescribed painkillers without any thorough medical follow-up,” and that “transfers to hospitals for needed treatment may take place only after weeks or months.”

PA holds Israel ‘responsible’ for sick prisoner’s life
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 13 Sept — The Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said Sunday that it held the Israeli Prison Service responsible for the life of a Palestinian prisoner’s health whose health had seriously deteriorated. Issa Qaraqe, the head of the committee, said that a deterioration of Sami Abu Diak’s health had left him in serious condition. Qaraqe said that the prisoner underwent surgery at Assaf Harofeh hospital near Tel Aviv after he was transferred from al-Ramla prison hospital. Earlier this month, he underwent another surgery at Soroka hospital. Qaraqe said that he held the Israeli Prison Service responsible for Dayyak’s life as the prisoner had faced “medical negligence.” He said that Israel’s prison authorities had failed to treat him adequately, even though they were aware of the medical conditions he suffered in his liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Abu Diak, from Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, has been in prison since he was 20, spending 13 years of three life sentences plus 30 years of jail time.

Lawyer: Palestinian prisoner not receiving adequate medical treatment
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 12 Sept — A Palestinian prisoner in Israel’s al-Ramla hospital is not receiving adequate medical treatment, a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said Saturday. Lawyer Hanan al-Khatib said that the health condition of Palestinian prisoner Salah al-Din al-Titi was very poor, as he suffers from congenital birth defects, resulting in kidney, bladder and genital problems. She said that the prisoner had undergone 10 surgeries before his detention. However, despite suffering pain in his sides, dizziness, and poor vision, she said that he has not received any medical treatment beyond pain killers. A spokesperson for the hospital could not be reached for comment. Al-Titi, from al-Arrub refugee camp in the southern West Bank, was sentenced to three years in prison in February 2013. Al-Khatib said that Israeli courts had refused an appeal to release him on health grounds three separate times.

PA intelligence flouts court order releasing political detainee
BETHLEHEM (PIC) 14 Sept — The family of political detainee Nader Jubran has complained that the Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence agency refuses to comply with a court verdict ordering the release of its son. According to the family, Jubran started an open-ended hunger strike in protest at the PA intelligence’s refusal to obey the court ruling, which had dismissed the charges against him as unfounded. The PA security apparatuses accuse the detainee of possessing weapons and being involved in money laundering, but the family confirm that the charges are untrue and aimed at keeping its son in jail. This was not the first time the PA security apparatuses refused to execute court rulings ordering the release of political detainees.

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing

Israel is pulling the West Bank out from under Palestinian feet
+972 11 Sept by Natasha Roth — With over 14,000 demolition orders issued against Palestinian structures in Area C since 1988, Israel is maintaining a vast system of control-by-threat that at once dispossesses and undermines social stability — . . .The figures presented in OCHA’s report illustrate the scale of the threat of demolitions for Palestinians living in Area C. Although only a minority of demolition orders have been executed, they do not expire, “leav[ing] affected households in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat.” This exerts tremendous psychological pressure on affected individuals, who are forced to live with the sword of Damocles dangling over their necks. When orders are carried out they result in homelessness, loss of livelihood and deepening poverty. Moreover, the Israeli army has at times used demolitions both as bargaining chips to pressure Palestinians into stopping anti-occupation demonstrations, or as a means of collective punishment. Yet these statistics, while headline-grabbing, are not the most telling aspect of the report. More revealing is the information presented regarding the spatial distribution of demolition orders: nearly 60 percent of demolition orders are hanging over communities which partly lie in Area A and/or B. The reason for this lies in the original designation of land under the 1995 Oslo Accords. The accords divided the West Bank into areas A (17 percent of the territory, under full Palestinian Authority security and administrative control), B (23 percent of the territory, under Israeli security and Palestinian administrative control) and C (60 percent of the territory, under full Israeli security and administrative control – hence the need for Palestinians to have building permits). However, for many communities in the West Bank, only built-up areas were designated as Area A or B. Much of the land that fell into Area C was empty and should in fact have been left available for those Palestinian communities in built-up areas to expand into. This created a situation in which Israeli settlements have vast swathes of open space into which they can expand, while Palestinian towns and cities will gradually asphyxiate from lack of space needed to accommodate population growth. (continued)

Palestinian refugees – Syria

How Yarmouk came about: Israel’s role in the Syrian refugee crisis / Ramzy Baroud
Ma‘an 13 Sept — When Zionist Haganah militias carried out Operation Yiftach, on May 19 1948, the aim was to drive Palestinians in the northern Safad District which had declared its independence a mere five days earlier, outside the border of Israel. The ethnic cleansing of Safad and its many villages was not unique to that area. In fact, it was the modus operandi of Zionist militias throughout Palestine. Soon after Israel’s independence, and the conquering of historic Palestine, the militias were joined together to form the Israeli armed forces. Not all villages, however, were completely depopulated. Some residents in villages like Qaytiyya near the River Jordan, remained in their homes. The village, located between two tributaries of the Jordan — al-Hasbani and Dan rivers — hoped that normality would return to their once tranquil village once the war subsided. Their fate, however, was worse than that of those who were forced out, or who fled for fear of a terrible fate. Israeli forces returned nearly a year later, rounded the remaining villagers into large trucks, tortured many and dumped the villagers somewhere south of Safad. Little is known about their fate, but many of those who survived ended up in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. Yarmouk was not established until 1957, and even then it was not an ‘official’ refugee camp. Many of its inhabitants were squatters in Sahl al-Yarmouk and other areas, before they were brought to Shaghour al-Basatin, near Ghouta. The area was renamed Yarmouk. Many of Yarmouk’s refugees originate from northern Palestine, the Safad District, and villages like Qaytiyya, al-Ja’ouneh and Khisas. They subsisted in that region for nearly 67 years. Unable to return to Palestine, yet hoping to do so, they named the streets of their camp, its neighborhoods, even its bakeries, pharmacies and schools, after villages from which they were once driven. When the Syrian uprising-turned-civil-war began in March 2011, many advocated that Palestinians in Syria should be spared the conflict. The scars and awful memories of other regional conflicts — the Jordan civil war, the Lebanese civil war, the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, and the US invasion of Iraq wherein hundreds and thousands of Palestinian civilians paid a heavy price — remained in the hearts and minds of many. But calls for ‘hiyad’ — neutrality — were not heeded by the war’s multiple parties, and the Palestinian leadership, incompetent and clustered in Ramallah, failed to assess the seriousness of the situation, or provide any guidance — moral or political. The results were horrific. Over 3,000 Palestinians were killed, tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees fled Syria, thousands more became internally displaced and the hopeless journey away from the homeland continued on its horrific course. (Continued)

Other news

PA refuses to defend bid for UN recognition of posters archive
EI 10 Sept by Charlotte Silver — A senior Palestinian Authority diplomat has refused to defend an initiative aimed at ensuring that the United Nations recognizes the historical significance of posters opposing the Israeli occupation. Next month, a program run by UNESCO — the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural organization — will approve a number of collections of documents deemed to have historical and universal value. Approximately 1,600 Palestine-themed posters are among the nominations to Memory of the World, as the program is known. The nomination has been strenuously opposed by a pro-Israel lobby group, the World Jewish Congress, which has argued that the UN should not associate itself with the posters as they “could fuel hatred and anti-Semitic perceptions.” Supporters of the collection approached the Palestinian Authority seeking help in countering the pro-Israel lobby. Elias Sanbar, the PA’s ambassador to UNESCO, refused to help .In an email message, seen by The Electronic Intifada, Sanbar stated that he would not get involved in the issue because the feeling that some of the posters were anti-Semitic was shared by Irena Bokova, UNESCO’s director-general . . . Dan Walsh, who has assembled the collection, said he was “stunned” by Sanbar’s attitude. “It completely contradicts Palestine’s push to legitimate the country’s cultural patrimony via the United Nations,” Walsh added.

PA and Gaza economy ministries head-to-head over Gaza import tax hike
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 12 Sept — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Economy has been lobbying its Gazan counterpart to reconsider a recent decision to implement a higher tax on products entering the Gaza Strip, including those coming from the West Bank, the PA deputy minister told Ma‘an on Saturday.  PA Deputy Minister of Economy, Taysir Amro, told Ma‘an that the two ministries have been involved in talks on the matter, with Amro stressing the risks of imposing extra taxes on the Gazan people, and the possible economic backlash of the decision to include West Bank products in the taxation. The Gazan Ministry of Economy announced the tax hike on Sept. 1 after a meeting at the ministry where the details of the taxation were determined, however, the amount of the tax increase in currently unclear. While the Deputy Minister of Economy in the Gaza Strip, Imad al-Baz, told Ma‘an that his ministry had not received complaints from Gazans regarding the extra taxes, Amro said the PA had been contacted by several Gazan merchants who object to the decision. Amro said he has demanded that the Hamas-led government void the tax increase, calling it “unacceptable nonsense,” as the Palestinian territory should be treated as one body.  “The movement of Palestinian products from the northern to southern districts is considered movement inside one national market, and it is not reasonable to impose taxes on them,” Amro said. “It’s unacceptable nonsense.” Al-Baz insisted that the taxes are the same levies imposed on all products entering the Strip, whether they were coming from the West Bank, Israel or abroad, and the inclusion of West Bank products in the taxation is “nothing new.”

Interview: Omar Saad – ‘Speaking Druze is speaking Palestinian’
MEE 10 Sept by Thomas Vescovi — Nineteen-year-old Omar Saad, a violist in the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO), is a member of the Druze minority living in Israel. Last year, Israeli media regularly reported about him following his refusal to perform compulsory military service. Middle East Eye caught up with Saad in France, during PYO’s tour there. MEE: Can you first tell us more about your community? Who are the Druze of Israel? Omar Saad: This is a group professing Muslim faith apart from Sunni and Shia traditions. There are 118,000 of us in Israel. Since 1956, the Israeli state has developed a policy that aims to isolate us from the rest of the Arab community in Israel. It starts with conscription. Treating us as if we were Israeli Jews, each Druze is called to do his three years military service at the age of 18, while “Arabs of Israel” are exempt. The second weapon is the development of a school system for the Druze, separate from Jewish schools and traditional Arab schools. From primary to high school, we are among Druze. The aim is to make us brainwashed from childhood. We are taught loyalty to the State of Israel. MEE: How do your community members identify themselves: Arabs, Palestinians or Israelis? OS: The question of identity is really complicated. Nobody really represents the Druze identity. Whoever wants to do his military service cannot claim to represent the Druze community, nor those who refuse to serve in the Israeli army, as many of us do not wish to be politically involved or position ourselves in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. MEE: You were part of those who, last year, refused to serve in the Israeli army. How did you justify this refusal? (Continued)

The women in Hebron cooperative
HEBRON, Occupied Palestine 13 Sept by ISM, Al-Khalil Team — International Solidarity Movement human rights monitors spend the afternoon at the Women in Hebron embroidery cooperative where Palestinian women are empowering themselves and persisting with grace in a colourful and beautiful way in a community space amidst the horror of the ongoing military occupation of their home — Silverware clinks on plates, numerous excited voices float above the large trays of food laid out and loud bursts of laughter punctuate most bites of food.  We are in the colorful and warm ‘Women in Hebron’ embroidery cooperative space in the village of Idna in the Hebron district.  And we are surrounded by the women who keep the business running and the spirit of community and empowerment nearly bursting the center at its very seams . . . “We welcome everyone here.  People from all over the world have come to work with us.  We open our home to them; there we have an entire floor dedicated for volunteers, three rooms and three bathrooms, they have free food and can travel with us.  …And we teach them embroidery.” . . . And like all other elements of life in the occupied territories, the work of Women in Hebron and Leila’s shop in the souq do not go untouched by the cruelty of their occupiers.   “Shops in Hebron gets lots of water from the rain because the soldiers close the gates separating the settlers from the old city.  Our area floods so the settlers can stay dry.”  This was the reality this past April in Hebron when heavy rains flooded the souq to staggering chest level heights, destroying shelf-fulls of embroidery Leila made by hand at the cooperative to sell at market.

Australia dumps Israeli ‘crime-fighting’ system tested on Palestinians
EI 11 Nov by Ali Abunimah — Australia has dumped an expensive – but apparently worthless – “crime-fighting” system bought from an Israeli arms maker. In 2013, the Australian Federal Police signed a 145 million Australian dollar ($102 million) contract with Elbit Systems to buy a database “used by Israeli security agencies in their battles with Palestinian militants.” The system was reportedly “developed in the Middle Eastern flashpoints of Gaza and the West Bank.” But last month, Jane Halton, director general of Australia’s finance ministry, ordered the contract canceled – even though tens of millions of dollars had already been sunk into it . . .  While there is no indication that human rights concerns played a role in the decision to dump Elbit, activists in Australia have strongly protested dealings with the Israeli weapons maker . . . Israeli weapons, surveillance and population control systems are often marketed as “battle-tested” – on the captive Palestinian people. Israel systematically carries out violent night raids on Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank for the sole purpose of collecting information on the entire population. Such information would almost certainly be stored in, and perhaps used to develop and test, the types of “intelligence” databases Israel sells abroad . . . This is not the first time a country that has fallen for Israeli marketing has ended up with a costly lemon. In 2011, the Obama administration canceled a “virtual fence” along part of the Arizona-Mexico border after the US had already spent $1 billion on it. A subsidiary of Elbit was a key contractor in the project.

Haaretz editorial: Israel is destroying its own freedom
13 Sept — In the row of flags at the entrance to the United Nations in New York, the flag of Palestine now flies. It’s only symbolic, as if the nations of the world sought to say, if we cannot grant the status of a genuine state to Palestine, we will settle for symbolic recognition. Another symbol of a long, bloody and ongoing battle between Israel and the Palestinians. A few thousand kilometers away from that hapless glass building — where the world’s leaders will once again convene this month to voice foolish hopes about world peace — the parties continue to spill real blood. The last colonial state, which today celebrates the 48th Rosh Hashanah of the occupation, continues to believe that controlling another people ensures its victory. This superstition, which in the past vanquished great powers such as France, Britain and the Ottoman Empire, was shaken a few days ago by a terrifying, symbolic picture. In the small village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, an armed and masked Israeli soldier set upon Mohammed Tamimi, a 12-year-old boy with an arm in a cast. His mother and additional female relatives then set upon the soldier, trying to free the boy from the soldier’s chokehold. If there is a symbol that summarizes and distills the reality of the State of Israel in the territories, it is the photograph from Nabi Saleh, which spread around the world like wildfire. In Israel some people were angry that the soldier did not shoot the boy, and some were astounded at the humanity of the soldier, who decided, on the basis of either his conscience or the presence of television cameras, not to shoot. This is a distorted dichotomy, which would not exist if Israel understood that occupation and morality, occupation and heroism, occupation and democracy, cannot coexist. (listserv) (archive)


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  1. CigarGod on September 14, 2015, 11:11 am

    If we had any real humanity left, the evidence of what young men inflicted on an old man, would result in an avalanche of condemnation from those who know the young men.

    • b.grand on September 17, 2015, 6:07 pm

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      • CigarGod on September 17, 2015, 6:42 pm

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  2. amigo on September 14, 2015, 12:12 pm

    This event was all over the Irish media on Sunday but there was no reference to Palestinians being attacked.Au contraire , the story was portrayed as Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli security forces.Micky Rosenfeld got to deliver the zionist version of what occurred.

    So frustrating to listen to one side of a story and totally devoid of all the facts and context.Not once was Occupation or concussion grenades mentioned . Just Israel protecting itself.


    Thanks again Kate for your tireless efforts on behalf of the downtrodden and oppressed.You have my eternal admiration and respect.

    • Citizen on September 14, 2015, 3:14 pm

      So, the Irish mainstream media is like in the USA, England , Canada, Australia? Depressing, if so.

      • ziusudra on September 15, 2015, 1:12 pm

        Greetings Citizen,
        Ain’t no different her in Germany.

        An Aggressor moves only fowardly if you allow him, you’re finished.

        The Israeli Government will yiddle by yiddle gain access & control and then sell the right to the Palestinians for their access to services & the west will applaud their generosity. Law & order must be kept, ya know.

  3. a blah chick on September 14, 2015, 12:28 pm

    I used to think that attacks on Al Aqsa would get a rise out of the Muslim world, not anymore.

    If Israel decides to turn it into a synagogue who’s going to stop them?

    • Kate on September 14, 2015, 3:05 pm

      a blah chick, let’s face it, Muslims and Arabs are helpless in the face of Israel ‘s backing by the ‘world’s only superpower’. Even if Israel does the worst to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, nothing will happen except a lot of mourning – and probably an increase in attacks on the West, esp. the US, by the likes of the so-called IS. And then the West will wonder why it’s a target

      • Kay24 on September 14, 2015, 5:03 pm

        Good point. It is entirely up to the US to right this wrong, but our leaders are trying to outdo each other showing unwavering support for the criminals. If this was a synagogue and Palestinians stormed it, the whining would have been deafening, CNN and the rest of the zionist media would have been covering it non stop, and there would be cries of being victim again.

  4. amigo on September 14, 2015, 2:33 pm

    More evidence of zionist control over foreign media.Check the link and see how the Palestinians are the culprits and Israel is the victim.

    “Israeli driver killed after suspected stone throwing”.Reuters

    Sickening .

    • Kate on September 14, 2015, 3:04 pm

      Yes, amigo, certain Western news agencies already seem certain of the cause of the accident, while both Haaretz and Ynet say the cause is still being investigated:,7340,L-4700429,00.html
      Of course when settlers throw stones at Palestinian vehicles (which happens often) and the occupants are injured we don’t hear about it

      As for the Aqsa article, I realize that the Irish Times was just using Reuters, but it always particularly upsets me when the Irish media or government take the Israeli side, considering Ireland’s long history of conquest and occupation by the English. (Full disclosure: Ancestry says I’m 45% Irish acc. to my DNA.)

      • Citizen on September 14, 2015, 3:16 pm

        @ Kate
        I agree. Full disclosure: I’m 62% Irish.

      • Kate on September 14, 2015, 5:20 pm

        Fortunately the Irish people are a bit ahead of their gov’t. I was pleased to note these pro-Palestinian murals in Belfast when I was there in 2006, one of them actually including both the Arabic and Irish (Gaeilge) languages:

        In the Republic, I was told ‘God bless you’ when people learned I had been to Palestine.

      • amigo on September 14, 2015, 5:35 pm

        “@ Kate
        I agree. Full disclosure: I’m 62% Irish.” Citizen

        Citizen , in the vernacular , you would be almost “Two turds Irish” and in the spirit of full disclosure , I am tree turds Irish.

        The Irish times does occasionally publish an article that offers the Palestinian side , but they are few and far between.

        “So, the Irish mainstream media is like in the USA, England , Canada, Australia? Depressing, if so. ” Citizen

        You would never think so if you read this article by CAMERA condemning the IT for lack of balance.

        “Unlike the American school of journalism, the Irish Times considers advocacy journalism perfectly legitimate and acceptable. Indeed, a Web site message authored by the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Geraldine Kennedy, explains that the newspaper aims “to lead and shape public opinion” and “to champion specific causes.”

        The Irish Times has apparently chosen to champion the Palestinian cause and to promote that side’s narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, this advocacy is not limited to Irish Times editorial and opinion pages — where columns condemning Israel outnumber supportive columns by a ratio of 3:1. It extends to the news pages as well, with articles that serve as a platform for unchallenged, anti-Israel allegations. This directly contravenes Chief Editor Kennedy’s own stated guideline to “eliminate any trace of partisanship” from news reporting. ” camera.

        Read more at ,

      • amigo on September 14, 2015, 6:01 pm

        “As for the Aqsa article, I realize that the Irish Times was just using Reuters, but it always particularly upsets me when the Irish media or government take the Israeli side, considering Ireland’s long history of conquest and occupation by the English “Kate

        Israel found themselves a willing Irishman to absolve the attacks on the Gaza flotilla.Never mind that he was a member of the Northern Ireland “friends of Israel” or had been involved in the oppression of the minority in NI.

        “Israel has asked David Trimble to oversee an investigation into its commando raid on an aid flotilla to Gaza two weeks ago.”.BBC.

      • straightline on September 14, 2015, 6:33 pm

        I’m intrigued. What does 45% Irish according to DNA mean? The Irish – as most people in that general area – are a mix of Pre-Celts, Celts, Spanish, Basques, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, Vikings, Romans, ….

        Incidentally, I’m 1/8th Irish in the sense that my great-grandfather was born in Ireland.

  5. JLewisDickerson on September 14, 2015, 4:46 pm

    RE: “The soldiers also forcibly removed, and assaulted, dozens of worshipers during the invasion, while extremist Israeli groups continued their provocative tours in the mosque’s courtyards.” ~ IMEMC/Agencies

    SEE: “Why rebuilding the Temple would be the end of Judaism as we know it”, By Tomer Persico,, Nov. 13, 2014
    • The current drive of Jews, both Orthodox and secular, to ascend to the site of the Holy Temple and rebuild it, reflects a sea change in the Zionist camp.

    [EXCERPTS] There is one overriding question that accompanies the Zionist project, wrote Gershom Scholem, the scholar of Jewish mysticism – “Whether or not Jewish history will be able to endure this entry into the concrete realm without perishing in the crisis of the messianic claim, which has virtually been conjured up.” The entry into history to which Scholem refers is the establishment of the state and the ingathering of the exiles, borne, as they were – notwithstanding their secular fomenters and activists – on the wings of the ancient Jewish messianic myth of the return to Zion. However, when Scholem published the essay “Toward an Understanding of the Messianic Idea in Judaism,” in 1971, the adjunct to the question was the dramatic freight of Israel’s great victory in the Six-Day War, four years earlier. . .

    . . . It is not surprising, then, that the first group advocating a change in the Temple Mount status quo did not spring from the ranks of the religious-Zionist movement. The Temple Mount Faithful, a group that has been active since the end of the 1960s, was led by Gershon Salomon, a secular individual, who was supported – how could it be otherwise? – by former members of the Irgun and Lehi. It was not until the mid-1980s that a similar organization was formed under the leadership of a religious-Zionist rabbi (the Temple Institute, founded by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel) – and it too remained solitary within the religious-Zionist movement until the 1990s.

    Indeed, in January 1991, Rabbi Menachem Froman could still allay the fears of the Palestinians by informing them (in the form of an article he published in Haaretz, “To Wait in Silence for Grace”) that, “In the perception of the national-religious public [… there is] opposition to any ascent to the walls of the Temple Mount… The attitude of sanctity toward the Temple Mount is expressed not by bursting into it but by abstinence from it.”

    No longer. If in the past, yearning for the Temple Mount was the preserve of a marginal, ostracized minority within the religious-Zionist public, today it has become one of the most significant voices within that movement. In a survey conducted this past May among the religious-Zionist public, 75.4 percent said they favor “the ascent of Jews to the Temple Mount,” compared to only 24.6 percent against. In addition, 19.6 percent said they had already visited the site and 35.7 percent that they had not yet gone there, but intended to visit.

    The growing number of visits to the mount by the religious-Zionist public signifies not only a turning away from the state-oriented approach of Rabbi Kook, but also active rebellion against the tradition of the halakha. We are witnessing a tremendous transformation among sections of this public: Before our eyes they are becoming post-Kook-ist and post-Orthodox. Ethnic nationalism is supplanting not only mamlakhtiyut (state consciousness) but faithfulness to the halakha. Their identity is now based more on mythic ethnocentrism than on Torah study, and the Temple Mount serves them, just as it served Yair Stern and Uri Zvi Grinberg before them, as an exalted totem embodying the essence of sovereignty over the Land of Israel.

    Thus, in the survey, the group identifying with “classic religious Zionism” was asked, “What are the reasons on which to base oneself when it comes to Jews going up to the Temple Mount?” Fully 96.8 percent replied that visiting the site would constitute “a contribution to strengthening Israeli sovereignty in the holy place.” Only 54.4 percent averred that a visit should be made in order to carry out “a positive commandment [mitzvat aseh] and prayer at the site.” Patently, for the religious Zionists who took part in the survey, the national rationale was far more important than the halakhic grounds – and who better than Naftali Bennett, the leader of Habayit Hayehudi party, serves as a salient model for the shift of the center of gravity of the religious-Zionist movement from halakha to nationalism?

    How did the religious-Zionist public undergo such a radical transformation in its character? A hint is discernible at the point when the first significant halakhic ruling was issued allowing visits to the Temple Mount. This occurred at the beginning of 1996, when the Yesha (Judea, Samaria, Gaza) Rabbinical Council published an official letter containing a ruling that visiting the Temple Mount was permissible, accompanied by a call to every rabbi “to go up [to the site] himself and guide his congregation on how to make the ascent according to all the restrictions of the halakha.”

    Motti Inbari, in his book “Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount” (SUNY Press, 2009), draws a connection between the weakening of the Gush Emunim messianic paradigm, which was profoundly challenged by the Oslo process between Israel and the Palestinians, and the surge of interest in the mount. According to a widely accepted research model, disappointment stemming from difficulties on the road toward the realization of the messianic vision leads not to disillusionment but to radicalization of belief, within the framework of which an attempt is made to foist the redemptive thrust on recalcitrant reality.

    However, the final, crushing blow to the Kook-based messianic approach was probably delivered by the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, in 2005, and the destruction of the Gush Katif settlements there. The Gush Emunin narrative, which talks about unbroken redemption and the impossibility of retreat, encountered an existential crisis, as did the perception of the secular state as “the Messiah’s donkey,” a reference to the parable about the manner in which the Messiah will make his appearance, meaning that full progress toward redemption can be made on the state’s secular, material back.

    In a symposium held about a year ago by Ir Amim, an NGO that focuses on Jerusalem within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Haviva Pedaya, from the Jewish history department of Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, referred to the increasing occupation with the Temple Mount by the religious-Zionist movement after the Gaza pull-out.

    “For those who endured it, the disengagement was a type of sundering from the substantial, from some sort of point of connection,” she said. “For the expelled, it was a breaking point that created a rift between the illusion that the substantial – the land – would be compatible with the symbolic – the state, redemption.” With that connection shattered, Pedaya explains, messianic hope is shifted to an alternative symbolic focal point. The Temple Mount replaces settlement on the soil of the Land of Israel as the key to redemption.

    Many religious Zionists are thus turning toward the mount in place of the belief in step-by-step progress and in place of the conception of the sanctity of the state. The Temple Mount advocates are already now positing the final goal, and by visiting the site and praying there they are deviating from both the halakhic tradition and from Israeli law. State consciousness is abandoned, along with the patience needed for graduated progress toward redemption. In their place come partisan messianism and irreverent efforts to hasten the messianic era – for apocalypse now.

    And they are not alone. Just as was the case in the pre-state period, secular Jews are again joining, and in some cases leading, the movement toward the Temple Mount. Almost half of Likud’s MKs, some of them secular, are active in promoting Jewish visits there. MK Miri Regev, who chairs the Knesset’s Interior and Environment Committee, has already convened 15 meetings of the committee to deliberate on the subject. According to MK Gila Gamliel, “The Temple is the ID card of the people of Israel,” while MK Yariv Levin likens the site to the “heart” of the nation. Manifestly, the division is not between “secular” and “religious,” and the question was never about observing or not observing commandments. The question is an attempt to realize the myth in reality.

    Assuaging Ben-Gurion’s concerns, Israel remained without the Temple Mount at the end of the War of Independence in 1948. Not until the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967 did it become feasible to implement the call of Avraham Stern, and the ancient myth began to sprout within the collective unconscious. After almost 50 years of gestation, Israel is today closer than it has ever been to attempting to renew in practice its mythic past, to bring about by force what many see as redemption. Even if we ignore the fact that the top of the Temple Mount is, simply, currently not available – it must be clear that moving toward a new Temple means the end of both Judaism and Zionism as we know them.

    The question, then, to paraphrase Gershom Scholem’s remark, with which we began, is whether Zionism will be able to withstand the impulse to realize itself conclusively and become history.


  6. MHughes976 on September 14, 2015, 5:45 pm

    Despite these provocations and violations of property rights I still think that Israel is years away from any real plan to re,-create the Temple,, which would massively divisive. Israel isn’t ready for white,-robed priests sacrificing sheep on a regular basis.

    • RoHa on September 14, 2015, 8:30 pm

      “Israel isn’t ready for white,-robed priests sacrificing sheep on a regular basis. ”

      No, not until they run out of Palestinians. Then they’ll start on the sheep.

      • Rashers2 on September 15, 2015, 2:43 pm


  7. dx on September 14, 2015, 6:42 pm

    On a related note: it seems the occupation (tactics and weapons industry) is a profitable export for the Israelis, according to a new book by Jeff Halper called War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians, and Global Pacification. Interesting article about how worldwide elites are using Israel’s methods, armaments, and technology to control the masses and ensure their own wealth and power–from the Sudan to the US. The author says this is how Israel positioned itself to be a player on the world stage. I’m curious to see what people around here (who know more about this) have to say.

  8. Kate on September 14, 2015, 10:26 pm

    To ‘straightline’: What does it mean to be 45% or 66% or whatever ‘Irish’? That depends. says “We create estimates for your genetic ethnicity by comparing your DNA to the DNA of other people who are native to a region. The AncestryDNA reference panel (version 2.0) contains 3,000 DNA samples from people in 26 global regions. We build the reference panel from a larger reference collection of 4,245 DNA samples collected from people whose genealogy suggests they are native to one region. Many of these samples were originally collected by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation ( ( ). Each panel member’s genealogy is documented so we can be confident that their family is representative of people with a long history (hundreds of years) in that region. Ethnicity estimate White Paper: (click on Photos on that page and then the FAQ at the bottom for much more information)

    Before I had Ancestry analyze my DNA, I thought I was 30% Irish (one entirely Irish grandmother, and some other Irish ancestors along the way, according to my extensive genealogical research). But they came up with 45% because I apparently inherited more from my Irish ancestors than from my English and Scottish and North African/Iberian (!) ones. You don’t inherit evenly from all your ancestors – some contribute nothing to you, others more than their ‘share’.

    We are way off topic here! Sorry.

    • straightline on September 14, 2015, 11:28 pm

      I am very suspicious of this methodology, Kate. It seems not nearly enough samples to reliably infer this kind of statement – given the complex mix and the fact that they are inferring information about a single person – you! At best you have a statistical estimate of your ancestry and, in the circumstances, the confidence level would have to be fairly low. British (and particularly Scottish) DNA is very similar to Irish, for instance. This paper raises a number of concerns along these lines.

      • Kate on September 15, 2015, 12:15 pm

        Well it’s FUN, anyway! I could say a lot more, since I think they’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but this is not the place to discuss DNA.

      • straightline on September 16, 2015, 2:46 am

        As long as you regard it as fun I see no harm in it. I worry that it could be used for more nefarious purposes.

        And indeed it is the place to discuss DNA – or its misuse!

  9. Mayhem on September 15, 2015, 2:25 am

    Does it not warrant a mention?
    A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said the premier, “sees the severity of the throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli citizens, and plans to fight the phenomenon by all means, including making punishments more severe and enforcement.”
    Not a word about the police officer who was lightly injured when rioters pelted him with stones in a second day of rioting at the Temple Mount.
    Nothing about several Palestinians arrested for throwing rocks and iron bars toward officers at the Temple Mount compound near the al-Aksa mosque.
    Plenty of precious mention of the Dome of the Rock but nothing about those real rocks that are chucked with the deliberate, malicious intent to provoke violence and provide fodder for the rapacious (excuse previous incorrect use of ‘lascivious’) pro-Palestinian paparazzi.

    • amigo on September 15, 2015, 8:25 am

      “Not a word about the police officer who was lightly injured when rioters pelted him with stones in a second day of rioting at the Temple Mount.
      Nothing about several Palestinians arrested for throwing rocks and iron bars toward officers at the Temple Mount compound near the al-Aksa mosque”.

      Mayhem , your “Officers ” are tools of the illegal occupation and as such are subject to the legal resistance by those they occupy .If you don,t like the stone throwing then give the Palestinians tanks and drones and fighter jets to resist with.Or would that too be “Terrrrorreeesm”.

      You don,t like it, then get your murdering criminals out of “Occupied Palestine” and f–k off back behind the Legal Israeli Borders as declared in 1948.

      • Kay24 on September 15, 2015, 11:46 am

        Well said Amigo. They keep this brutal occupation going on, and expect the occupied to keep throwing roses at them. I just wish someone would arm these poor Palestinians, because they deserve to defend themselves from these criminals (it seems the US feels the occupier with it’s gazillions of deadly weapons need to “defend” itself from stones).

      • echinococcus on September 15, 2015, 2:59 pm


        What the f*&^% is “legal” about borders “declared” without the consent of the invaded owners of the land? It’s all by conquest, ie invalid, and the UN politicking is as illegitimate as unilateral Zionist action, as long as the natural owners of the sovereignty have not agreed by fair and general referendum.
        Stop peddling the (baby-)Zionist myth.

      • amigo on September 15, 2015, 4:31 pm

        “What the f*&^% is “legal” about borders “declared” without the consent of the invaded owners of the land? – See more at:“echinococcus

        Whoa up there.The Palestinians have accepted 67 borders . Who am to decide for them. Agreed , it was all by force but if we can point to UN decisions condemning Israel then we must accept that bodies acceptance of Israel based on the 48 borders.I wish it were otherwise but we are where we are.You have a plan to get the zionists to leave all of it.

        BTW , I resent your accusation of peddling zionist myths.Check my archives.

      • echinococcus on September 15, 2015, 8:22 pm

        Whoa to you, Amigo.
        “The Palestinians have accepted 67 borders . Who am to decide for them. Agreed , it was all by force but”

        Oh yeah. Like saying “The French have accepted the 41 borders . Who am to decide for them. Agreed , it was all by force but”. But nothing. A Zionist puppet “government” has been set up by the US and the Zionist entity to “accept” some “borders”. DO we have a referendum of all Palestinians, including the inside-67 and the emigration outside Palestine (as proposed, say, by Rouhani, or by the FPLP or even the old Fatah)?

        if we can point to UN decisions condemning Israel then we must accept that bodies acceptance of Israel based on the 48 borders.

        BS, in all friendliness. When were the Palestinians consulted?
        Was sovereignty over Palestine the UN’s to give away without general approval of the owners of it? What kind of colonial law are we following here?

        I wish it were otherwise

        Hard to imagine that repeating nefarious slogans intended to solidify a totally illegitimate invasion can go with a wish that it were otherwise, but you’re right: most people seem to have absorbed that nonsense as a given.

        You have a plan to get the zionists to leave all of it

        If you believe that any “plan” makes any difference to the Zionists, who have never compromised over anything and are continually progressing towards conquest of “Greater Israel” and the genocide of its owners, then I have a beautiful bridge for you, spanning the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Yaffa. The plan is to keep fighting, avoiding senseless giving away of Palestinian rights, working and waiting for conditions more propitious to the resistance.
        But then for Pete’s sake let’s stop renouncing Palestinian rights. Repeat: the Palestinians were never consulted.

      • amigo on September 16, 2015, 5:01 am

        “If you believe that any “plan” makes any difference to the Zionists, who have never compromised over anything and are continually progressing towards conquest of “Greater Israel” and the genocide of its owners, ” ech

        I don,t believe it for one second but you seem to and the best of luck with your plan.

        “The plan is to keep fighting, avoiding senseless giving away of Palestinian rights, working and waiting for conditions more propitious to the resistance .” ech

        You are suggesting the Palestinians copy the zionist MO of never compromising .Putting aside the views of the US and it,s puppet zionist entity , just how does that strategy strengthen the perception of the Palestinians willingness to compromise in the view of the International community . And what about the senseless giving away of Palestinian lives.Your,e ok with that , eh.Did you consult with all Palestinians , diaspora included.

        You sound just like some of the zionists posters here.You want to cherry pick UNSCR,s and refuse to compromise.The problems in Northern Ireland would never have been resolved and I am not suggesting it is a haven of peace there , had it been up to people like you.Don,t get me wrong , I hate Israel and all it stands for but the problem will only be resolved by non voilent resistance , such as BDS and denying the zionists the ability to claim victimhood.

        Maybe some of the Palestinian posters would like to give us their opinion .

      • echinococcus on September 16, 2015, 5:51 am

        “If you believe that any “plan” makes any difference to the Zionists, who have never compromised over anything and are continually progressing towards conquest of “Greater Israel” and the genocide of its owners, ” ech

        I don,t believe it for one second

        Not a question of seconds, really. What do you need to convince you, another hundred years?

        You are suggesting the Palestinians copy the zionist MO of never compromising

        There is a huge difference between compromise –something that can be done at any moment even if the Zionists never ever did– and renouncing forever one’s basic rights. For example, if I compromise and let you stay in a while in a room of my house, it doesn’t mean that I gave you the deed. Similarly, compromising and implementing a UN resolution does not mean that one has forever renounced one’s rights. Especially considering that 70 years are long enough to know that it will not be implemented by the other side.

        Did you consult with all Palestinians , diaspora included

        You are confused. My whole post was protesting any decisions and treaties not based on a pan-Palestinian referendum. And you are defending just exactly those non-validated decisions and treaties! Signed, needless to repeat, by hostages or puppets of the US and Zionists with no mandate.

      • amigo on September 16, 2015, 1:01 pm

        “You are confused. My whole post was protesting any decisions and treaties not based on a pan-Palestinian referendum. And you are defending just exactly those non-validated decisions and treaties! Signed, needless to repeat, by hostages or puppets of the US and Zionists with no mandate. – See more at:” Ech

        If you have a problem with people defending those non validated decisions and treaties , then you had best direct your concerns to Talknic.

        Personally , I have no problem telling zionists to f–k back to their self declared borders but so we are clear , it would seem you view Israel as an illegitimate state based on any borders .

      • echinococcus on September 16, 2015, 3:39 pm


        Of course “Israel” is totally illegitimate as a pure product of massive, hostile invasion and genocidal cleansing, not authorized by the population owning the sovereignty. Agreeing to some principles and not applying them consistently is something I find hard to do (no matter if, as long as we don’t have the power to implement them, interim compromises will be made.)
        As for talking to Talknic, I did. I wasn’t aware that he is the ultimate authority judging the case and I’m sure he doesn’t think he is, either. Talking to you, too, because you harbor the same illusion.

    • CigarGod on September 15, 2015, 10:39 am

      G$# D%@#, Man!
      Are you really that big a P%$$#?

    • Mondowise on September 15, 2015, 10:56 am

      oh PLEASE, your pathetic – “but the izraelis are so innocent and Palestinians are so violent”- bleats are only responded to the way you want by your bullying zionist cronies. if you don’t like Palestinians’ LEGAL resistance actions, then tell the zionist brutes to get their ugly demon asses the F – – K out of Al Aqsa compound….and STAY OUT!!!!

      btw, your name “Mayhem” fits you perfectly….it’s what zionist thugs worldwide intentionally cause.

      need something mentioned, do you? HERE: let me mention this: IMEMC is now offline, under a DDOS attack by zionist criminals.

    • oldgeezer on September 15, 2015, 6:27 pm


      For the lightly injured officer – Suck it up sunshine.when you run around perpetrating and supporting illegal acts, while pretending, to be an enforcer of laws “bad things can happen” ™

      For the pm — yeah we get it. Your Geneva convention violations will be perpetrated with more violence against, and likely death amongst, the victims. Business as usual for the murderous rogue state. We got it. We get it. The world is growing sick of it.

  10. Rashers2 on September 15, 2015, 3:04 pm

    There may have been few reactions so far from the rest of the Arab community but King Abdullah has today said that he will be forced to act if the Israeli occupation forces don’t vacate the Al Aqsa/Dome of the Rock site. There may not be much of significance that HM himself can do to force the Israelis’ hand, Jordan’s being no match for Israeli might; but he could force the rest of the Arab world (the Gulf states, in particular, to which Jordan has close ties and with which it shares its longest border) roundly to condemn the Israelis’ actions; or risk being viewed as complicit in Israel’s behaviour. The potential consequences for Israel of the Islamic world perceiving that the former is attacking Islam itself shouldn’t be underestimated.

  11. John O on September 16, 2015, 7:48 am

    This via Juan Cole’s Informed Comment:

    “PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with [British Consul General to Jerusalem] Dr. Alastair McPhail at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, September 14, 2015.
    Both parties discussed the latest political developments, including Israel’s persistent assaults and escalating incursions and violence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Al-Haram Al-Sharif) and its Palestinian worshipers.
    Dr. Ashrawi said, according to the PNN: “Israel is playing with fire. Clearly, Israel is deliberately creating and escalating a situation of instability, insecurity and violence, thereby incrementally assuring by force its power/security control in preparation for the total annexation and transformation of Al-Haram Al-Sharif. …”

  12. just on September 16, 2015, 8:04 am

    Provoker-in-chief Netanyahu visited Al- Aqsa Mosque compound today.

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