#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – November 05 – Israeli police shut access to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to Muslim worshippers for several hours due to continued clashes in the city.
The holy site has been a focus of tension since last week, when Israel closed it to Muslim worshippers.
Al-Aqsa, also known as the Temple Mount, is Islam’s third most-venerated site.
Israeli police closed it for the first time since 1963 in retaliation for the killing of a prominent right-wing Jewish activist, provoking outcry from the Arab population.
Access was renewed a day later, but males under 50 were still banned from entry.
— Said Shoaib سعيدشعيب (@saidshouib) November 5, 2014
The renewed shut-down of Al-Aqsa on Wednesday comes after daily clashes in the streets of East Jerusalem and the Old City. Palestinian youths attack Israeli police with stones and fire crackers.
Police said they sent forces to the holy compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, as clashes erupted near it minutes before it was due to be opened to the public.
“Police entered the area, pushed the masked rioters back, and they fled back into Al-Aqsa. Police closed the front gate of the mosque but did not enter,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld as cited by Reuters.
Israeli security forces used stun grenades to disperse the protesting crowd.
Some 20 people were reportedly injured in the fresh clash.
Sources: RT – AFP – AP – Reuters
#AceWorldNews – October 28 – The UN Security Council will discuss on Wednesday Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in Arab East Jerusalem, AFP reported, citing diplomats.
An emergency meeting was requested by Jordan following a letter from Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour.
He called on the 15-member council to “address this crisis situation.”
Israel pledged to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem on Monday, angering Palestinians who warned it could trigger an “explosion” of violence.
In his letter, the Palestinian representative called on the council to demand that Israel rescind its plan immediately and “commit to the path of peace that it has clearly and recklessly abandoned.”
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at US and European criticism of the plan for more settlement building, saying the statements were “detached from reality.”
The European Union said the plans “call once again into serious question Israel’s commitment to a negotiated solution with the Palestinians,” warning of consequences for EU-Israel ties.
Washington said it was “deeply concerned” by the plans, adding that “moving forward with this type of action would be incompatible with the pursuit of peace.”
But Netanyahu insisted Israel would not change course.
#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – September 24 – The Israeli police YAMAM SWAT team filmed their search in Hebron for the two Hamas terrorists who murdered Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel.
During their search they came under fire from the terrorists, and returned fire.
This is part of that video.
The YAMAM counter terrorist unit killed the 2 terrorists.
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) WEST BANK – September 23 – On the morning of 10 August 2014, a soldier shot 10-year-old Palestinian boy Khalil ‘Anati in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp in the West Bank. The boy was rushed in his uncle’s car to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation by B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash revealed that at approximately 9:30 A.M., a white Water Authority jeep drove into the refugee camp, accompanied by two army vehicles.
The white jeep reached a water facility inside the camp and the army vehicles stopped nearby, at two different locations close to the camp’s main road.
Some five boys and youths, including Khalil ‘Anati, threw stones at one of the army vehicles from alleys leading off the main road.
Some ten minutes later, the white jeep drove out of the camp, followed by the army vehicles.
One of the military vehicles had parked facing the centre of the camp and turned around close to one of the alleys from which the stones had been thrown. On its way out of the camp, the vehicle stopped next to another alley, from which stones had apparently been thrown, too.
The driver opened the door, fired a single shot, and resumed driving. About half a minute later, the second vehicle drove by the same alley without stopping.
The single shot, which was preceded by no warning or use of non-lethal measures, killed 10-year-old ‘Anati. Medical records obtained by B’Tselem show that he was struck by a live bullet that entered his lower back and exited through his thigh.
The video footage and B’Tselem’s investigation indicate that four or five boys and youths were throwing stones from alleys. It is not clear whether stones were thrown at the army vehicle when it stopped at the entrance to the alley where ‘Anati was shot.
However, it is clear that the soldiers were not in mortal danger and therefore were not permitted to use live fire. It is doubtful that the circumstances even merited the use of less injurious means. The shooting that killed ‘Anati was certainly unjustified. Use of live fire in such a context is unlawful, and the circumstances raise the suspicion the soldier aimed directly at the boy.
B’Tselem sent the MPIU all the information it gathered concerning the incident. However, the MAG Corps and the MPIU cannot make do with investigating the soldier who fired the lethal shot: they must investigate the orders given to the soldiers before they entered the camp.
The law enforcement authorities must speedily conclude the investigation, publish its findings and bring those responsible for the killing of 10-year-old Khalil ‘Anati to justice.
#AceBreakingNews – JERUSALEM – September 23 – Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers.
The deaths of the two suspects, identified by the Israeli military as well-known Hamas militants, ended one of the largest manhunts conducted by the Israeli security forces.
#AceNewsServices – GAZA – September 01 – Ariel Video Footage and Extent of Damage and Ruins on Gaza’s al-Shujaiyya Neighborhood. caused by ground attacks by Zionist Military forces.
Over 2,000 Palestinians were martyred and more than 10,000 others were injured in the Israeli regime’s 51-day onslaught on the blockaded territory, further destroying hundreds of residential quarters, schools, mosques, hospitals and other public facilities.
#AceBreakingNews – ISRAELS (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian cease-fire offer on Tuesday morning, which, according to the proposal, is supposed to go into effect at 9 A.M. local time and gives both sides 12 hours to stop the attacks once the proposal is accepted by both sides.
Several Hamas officials rejected the Egyptian proposal, but sources said that Hamas is holding talks with Egypt regarding the cease-fire and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday.
#AceWorldNews- PALESTINE (West Bank) – July 01 – An 18-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops during a raid of Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early on Tuesday,
The victim has been identified as Yusuf Abu Zagher, the sources said, clarifying that his death is unrelated to Israeli operations following the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Israeli reports indicate that the teenager threw an explosive device at the troops, who responded with live fire.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Jerusalem) – June 02 – Israeli officials have accused the US of “sanctioning terrorism” after Washington announced plans late Monday night to establish ties with the newly-sworn-in Fatah-Hamas unity government, the Jerusalem Post said.
Israeli officials said that if the US wants to advance peace, “it should be calling on [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas to end his pact with Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel,” the daily reported.
“With suits in the front office and terrorists in the back office, [the unity government] should not be business as usual,” Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer wrote in a message on his Facebook page.
Jerusalem Post – http://tinyurl.com/mouxrl6
#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – May 26 – Israel on Monday approved plans for 50 new homes for Israelis in east Jerusalem, AFP reported.
“The municipality has given the green light to build 50 new housing units in five buildings in Har Homa,” City Councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu said.
Har Homa is a settlement neighbourhood in the southern sector of Arab east Jerusalem which was annexed after the 1967 Six-Day War.
The history leading up to and including the six day war are both revealing and quite enlightening as from the 1950’s onward tensions surrounding water politics had escalated.
After the 1956 Suez Crisis, there were numerous minor border clashes between Israel and its Arab neighbours, particularly Syria, and Egypt agreed to the stationing of U.N. peacekeepers, the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF), in the Sinai to ensure all parties would comply with the 1949 Armistice
Agreements, the Straits of Tiran were opened to Israeli traffic and the Sinai peninsula was demilitarized.
On November 4, 1966, the Soviet Union vetoed a six-Power resolution inviting Syria to prevent incidents that constituted a violation of the General Armistice Agreement.
Author Jeffrey Sosland argues in his book that before 1967 Syria exacerbated the confrontation with Israel in order to divert attention from its internal economic and political instability.
Israel tapped the Jordan River (and the Sea of Galilee) by canal for irrigation of the Southern Negev desert, and Syria started the Headwater Diversion Plan (Jordan River) in order to thwart Israel’s plans to use the water.
Cross-border conflicts over water had preceded the war by years, without any permanent political resolution.
#AceNewsServices – PALESTINE – May 22 – A 12-year-old Palestinian boy has been released from an Israeli jail two days after he was arrested in the occupied West Bank village of Azzun, Press TV reports.
Osama Yasser Salim was detained in an Israeli military prison, where he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or guardian, according to a Press TV report on Tuesday.
According to local witnesses, Salim was playing with his friends near a closed military zone when Israeli soldiers arrested him.
“I was sitting in the municipality building when I was called to the scene after Israeli military closed down our village. I ran to the village gate and saw 20 soldiers in the area.
Osama was playing with some friends nearby when I saw a soldier taking him by the neck and dragging him to a jeep,” a local witness said.
Israeli soldiers claim that Osama was detained because he had thrown stones at them. The 12-year-old denies the allegation.
“I was playing in the village square when a soldier approached me and immediately grabbed me by the neck. He said that I threw stones at them but I did not, they beat me till I admitted that I did, then they forced my father to sign a document claiming that I threw stones and that I never enter the area again.
After this they released me,” Osama said in an interview with a Press TV correspondent.
AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – May 16 – US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has assured Israel that America “will do what we must” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, AP reports.
He made the statement during talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called Iran “the foremost terrorist state of our time.
” The conclusion of Hagel’s four-day Middle East tour coincided with international talks in Vienna aimed at drafting a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said that “no progress had been made” after the end of the fourth round of talks with six major powers (US, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia) to overcome their differences over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, Reuters reports.
The sides, which have been in talks since February, planned to start drafting the text of a final agreement on the issue during the get-together in Vienna, Austria. However, Araqchi stated that “we haven’t reached the point” of being able to do that.
#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 11 – A ministerial committee in Israel has approved proposed legislation aimed at denying amnesty to Palestinians, who have been convicted of killing Israelis.
The bill would enable judges handing down life sentences to convicted killers to declare them ineligible for presidential pardons. The draft project will now head to the parliament.
Israel had initially released 78 prisoners, following a US brokered deal in July 2013, but is still to free a further 26.
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#AceWorldNews – HAIFA – May 02 -Israelis have desecrated the tomb of a Palestinian by launching a “price tag” attack against it near the coastal city of Haifa.
The Israelis vandalized the grave at the Izzedine al-Qassam cemetery in Nesher, Israeli police said on Friday.
“Graffiti was found sprawled on and around a grave in the al-Qassam cemetery in Nesher,” north of Haifa, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
The attackers spray-painted the words “price tag”, as well as the names of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is the senior peace negotiator with the Palestinian Authority (PA), said the spokeswoman.
The United Nations has recorded “399 attacks” of this kind by Israel’s illegal settlers, which have “resulted in Palestinian injuries or property damage.”
AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – May 01 – Israeli police on Thursday challenged Washington’s inclusion of Jewish extremist attacks on Palestinians in a global terror report, saying such incidents could not be likened to militant attacks.
For the first time, the State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, published Wednesday, included a reference to a growing wave of racist anti-Palestinian vandalism, euphemistically known as “price tag” attacks.
“Attacks by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian residents, property, and places of worship in the West Bank continued and were largely not prosecuted,” the report said, citing UN and NGO data.
But Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incidents were far from the global terror threats outlined in the report.
“There’s no comparison whatsoever between criminal incidents with nationalistic motives and terrorist-related incidents,” Rosenfeld told AFP.
AFP – AL-ARABIYA – UN – NGO’s
#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – April 24 – Israeli forces on Thursday shot at fishermen and destroyed crops in the Gaza Strip, Ma’an news agency reported, one day after Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization announced that they had signed a unity pact.
Israeli troops also raided several homes in the West Bank overnight Wednesday and arrested four people.
Israel’s navy opened fire at two fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza, locals said.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA – April 22 – (Reuters) – Palestine Liberation Organization delegates arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, in a potential boost for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralysed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel.
A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank.
The reconciliation mission coincided with a meeting between Abbas’s Fatah-led group and Israeli peace negotiators in Jerusalem to try to extend talks beyond an April 29 deadline.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA STRIP – April 21 – (JP) – The Israel Air Force bombed three terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday following an attack on IDF forces and rocket attacks on Israel.
Fighter jets struck three targets accurately and returned to base, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.
Reuters cited medical sources in Gaza as saying Israel’s retaliatory strike had left two Hamas militants lightly wounded.
Earlier on Monday, terrorists in Gaza fired seven rockets into Israel during the last day of the (Pesach) Passover holiday.
The first three projectiles struck uninhabited areas in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, activating “Code Red” sirens. No damage was reported in the attack.
Another two rockets launched from the coastal enclave caused light damage in Sderot.
#AceWorldNews – April 16 – Israeli police on Wednesday stormed a holy site in Jerusalem to disperse a riot, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Palestinian rioters hurled stones and firecrackers from atop the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, AP reported.
Police then entered the site and dispersed the rioters with tear gas and other non-lethal means, Rosenfeld said.
The compound is Islam’s third-holiest site. Israel captured the area from Jordan in the 1967 war. Jews typically pray below at the Western Wall, but an increased number of them have started praying at the Temple Mount as well.