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IOF storm Jerusalem governorate, injure two employees

PNN/ Jerusalem/

At least two employees were injured after Israeli occupation forces attacked them during the storming of the headquarters of the Jerusalem governorate on Sunday.

According to eyewitnesses, Israeli occupation forces stormed the headquarters of the Jerusalem Governorate and the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs in the Al-Bared district in occupied Jerusalem.

The witnesses added that the occupation soldiers stormed the office of the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, . Adnan al-Husseini and they were accused of files of the ministry.

Dozens of citizens are besieging near the province in an attempt to push the Israeli army to leave, and sporadic confrontations are taking place.

IOF attack, arrest Coptic Priest from Church of Holy Sepulcher 

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday arrested a Coptic priest during at a protest organized by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem against the Israeli government’s rejection of restoration works within the monastery of Coptic Sultan, while the Israeli government is carrying the work itself without the consent of the Coptic Church.

Local sources said that the occupation forces suppressed the protest and attacked a number of priests and participants before arresting one of the pritests.

The sources pointed out that situation is still intense in the vicinity of Deir Sultan adjacent to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the old city of occupied Jerusalem, amid intensive presence of the occupation forces.

For its part, the Christian Islamic Organization condemned the attack by the occupation authorities against Coptic priests in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The Secretary-General of the Commission, Dr. Hanna Issa, condemned and denounced the intervention of the occupation authorities in the work of restoration, because this is not within its jurisdiction in the occupied city of Jerusalem on the grounds that the eastern part of the Holy City area subject to the rules of international humanitarian law.

The Commission appealed to the Egyptian government and the Christian world to immediately intervene with the occupation authorities to stop these attacks on the monastery of Sultan adjacent to the Church of the Resurrection and not to enter the monastery under the pretext of restoration, because that is the prerogatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church only. The Christian Islamic Organization called on all the free world to stand by the Palestinian right to sovereignty over its land in this holy city and other occupied territories and to stop the Israeli occupation measures which violate international legitimacy and international humanitarian law.



Erekat: Abduction of Jerusalem governor a new step against Palestinian presence in the city

PNN/ Ramallah/

On Saturday October 20, around 7:00 pm, three vehicles carrying Israeli Occupation Forces intercepted the car of the Governor of Jerusalem, Mr. Adnan Gheith, pulling him out of the vehicle and taking him to an unknown location. Governor Gheith was in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, at the time of the abduction. Now Governor Gheith has been transferred to the Ofer Detention Center, Prison, and Military Court, in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia.

“This is a new step taken by the Israeli Occupation against the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem,” PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat said in a statement.

“Israel is further violating its own commitments and obligations regarding Palestinian institutions in the city. Since August 2001, when Israeli Commandoes closed the Orient House in Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinian institutions have been closed in an attempt at provoking a Palestinian politicide in Jerusalem. The threats and detentions against Palestinian political and community leaders, including the abduction of Governor Gheith, should only be taken as part of Israel’s plan to eliminate any foundations for a political solution based on two-states on the 1967 border,” Erekat added.

After the Trump Administration’s illegal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Israeli Government has escalated its aggression against the Palestinian people, including in and around the occupied Palestinian capital, Erekat said. “This includes forcible transfer of civilian population, home demolitions, colonial-settlement expansion and persecution of Palestinian civil society and political leaders.”

In conclusion, Erekat demanded the immediate release of the Governor of Jerusalem.

“We call upon the international community to take a firm stand on the case of Governor Gheith as well as on the issue of the Palestinian institutions. East Jerusalem remains occupied under international law, with Israel, the occupying power, not having any right to disrupt the Palestinian political, economic, cultural and social life in the city. We consider the abduction of Governor Gheith not only to be a further Israeli violation and aggression against the Palestinian people but a reminder to the international community of the need to take concrete measures to save East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine.”

Jerusalem: Christian cemetery vandalized, graves destroyed

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Ha’aretz Israeli newspaper on Thursday  reported that about 30 graves were vandalized two weeks ago in the cemetery of Beit Jmal monastery near Jerusalem.

The monastery monks discovered the destruction of the tombs yesterday, saying the concrete crosses on the graves were taken down.

The old cemetery is located about half a kilometer from the monastery building, so people do not visit it often. After the monks discovered the vandalism, monastery officials filed a complaint with the Israeli police.

In an interview with Haaretz, Father Antonio Scududo estimated that this work took time, effort and even the use of tools, because all the crosses were cast concrete. “I do not know who did it, as it seems,” he said.

For its part, the Christian Islamic Commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites today condemned  the attack on the cemetery of the monastery, desecration of the sanctity of graves and religious symbols inside the cemetery, and breaking the tombstones and the number of 27 crucifix concrete.

Secretary-General of the Commission, Dr. Hanna Issa, the occupation authorities responsible for providing protection for religious places and places of worship, calling for the need to stop the aggression on sanctities and places of worship and respect for all religions.

It is noteworthy that the monastery was subjected to previous years of numerous attacks by settlers and attempts to burn and a line of racist slogans in Hebrew on the walls. Where the monastery was subjected to a similar attack on September 27, 1981, and the monastery was desecrated in March 2014 when anti-Christian slogans were written on its walls and another attack on 9/1/2016, breaking dozens of crosses in the cemetery.

Bethlehem Mayor :Netanyahu’s remarks on Christians an attempt to absolve the Occupation crimes

“The Mayor of Bethlehem said :” If Netanyahu was concerned about the situation of Palestinian Christians, particularly in the Bethlehem Area, he would return the 22,000 dunums of Bethlehem land illegally annexed to Israel for expansion of colonial settlements. He would dismantle the annexation wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity and would stop imposing restrictions to Palestinian movement, including the thousands of Palestinian Christians living in exile and whose return is impossible due to the Israeli control over the Palestinian population registry.”

Bethlehem/PNN/ Monjed Jadou

Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman said today Monday in a statement distributed to the press that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu comments on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians is an Israeli attempt to absolve the Occupation crimes against Christianity and Christians in the Holy Land.

Salman added in his statement :” Yesterday’s statement made by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have had on the Palestinian Christian community since 1948″.

The Mayor of Bethlehem said :” If  Netanyahu was concerned about the situation of Palestinian Christians, particularly in the Bethlehem Area, he would return the 22,000 dunums of Bethlehem land illegally annexed to Israel for expansion of colonial settlements. He would dismantle the annexation wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity and would stop imposing restrictions to Palestinian movement, including the thousands of Palestinian Christians living in exile and whose return is impossible due to the Israeli control over the Palestinian population registry.

For example, in Jordan alone, a few kilometers away, there are at least 20,000 Palestinian Christians from the Bethlehem area that are denied family unification and even cannot enter the city, not even to celebrate Christmas, due to the Israeli military restrictions the Mayor of Bthlehem said .

We would like to remind Netanyahu that it was himself who supported the building of one of the most damaging colonial-settlements that surround Bethlehem, Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa), and that in 2015 he declared that by doing so he is preventing the connection between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

There are over 100,000 Israeli settlers surrounding Bethlehem from all its sides, reducing the area of Palestinian control over Bethlehem to less than 13% of the district, and making it impossible to plan for the future of our city. Furthermore, it was Mr. Netanyahu who voiced objection to declaring The Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage route as a World Heritage site and his policies of harassment were behind the decision of the Churches to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for three days in Jerusalem in objection to Church taxation policy.

The Mayor of Bethlehem also added that  Netanyahu comment was also full of historical inaccuracies It is shameful that while calling himself a “protector of Christianity”, he would use Christians as a tool for his Islamophobic talking points. The decrease in the percentage of Christians in Bethlehem, as well as in the rest of Palestine, was provoked with the Nakba of 1948 and ongoing due to Israel’s colonial plans and policies that started in 1967. This was also the case in West Jerusalem, from where a large Palestinian Christian community was expelled by Israel from Ein Karem, Talbiya, Qatamon, and other places. From 31,000 Christians in 1948, Jerusalem only has around 12,000 Christians today.

Salman advise Netanyahu to stop using Christians as a tool to pinkwash the occupation. The best he could do for a future of peace and coexistence, where the Christian community would thrive again, is to respect his obligations under International Law, including Security Council resolutions 478 on Jerusalem and 2334 on settlements, dismantling illegal colonial-settlements and the annexation Wall surrounding Bethlehem, including in the Cremisan Valley, fully end the occupation of Palestine and allow for the return of our people to their city. It is not the Palestinian government that prevents their return Mr. Netanyahu: It is your government.

Netanyahu call upon the heads of the churches in Jerusalem as well as to the Holy See to raise their voices against the use of religion for political purposes. It cannot be tolerated anymore that the Bible is used wrongfully in order to justify crimes and violations that go against the teachings of values spread by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Israeli settlers stone to death Palestinian woman in West Bank

no words are enough to describe how inhuman this act is.

Nablus/PNN/Monjed Jadou

A middle-aged Palestinian woman has been stoned to death by Israeli settlers in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reports say.

A 48-year-old Palestinian woman was killed and her husband was moderately wounded after being attacked by Israeli extremist settler gangs near Za’tara military checkpoint south of Nablus.

Aisha Mohammed Aravi, 48, was driving in her vehicle along her husband near a West Bank checkpoint south of Nablus late on Friday when they came under attack by Israeli settlers who came onto the road and began throwing large stones at the couple’s car.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the killing of Aisha al-Rabi (48 years) from  Badia village from Salfit governorate north of west bank following an attack by Israeli settlers threw stones at her  husband car.

According to local sources, the attackers broke the windshield of the car, hitting the couple multiple times in the head and upper body with a barrage of stones. Aisha, from Bidya town, lost her life on the scene due to blunt force trauma to the head caused.

According to sources from her Bidya village, Al-Rabi is a mother for eight sons and daughters and was preparing to celebrate one of her daughters marriage after two weeks.

The extremist settlers in the West Bank are carrying out acts attacks on Palestinian citizens, especially in the surrounding villages of Nablus recently, under the eyes and sight Israeli occupation forces, who do not move to prevent or arrest them.

The tragic incident came two days after a group of Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar settlement broke into a high school in Urif village, located in southern Nablus, and began throwing stones at horrified students inside their classrooms.

Dozens of students were injured during the invasion, which also led to disruption of classes and material damage.

Minutes after the incident, Israeli forces also entered the high school and provided protection for the settlers while escorting them out of the area. The troopers also fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters at students, causing a number of them to suffer from tear-gas inhalation.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories has been a major sticking point in Israeli-Palestinian talks, which have stalled since 2014.

Netanyahu says army prepping for possible military campaign against Gaza 

Like the Brits in Ireland and Scotland. but Ireland and Scotland are still here – a failed means of genocide ad colonialism.

PNN/ Bethlehem/

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly informed his cabinet that the army is preparing for a possible military campaign against the blockaded Gaza Strip in case the situation was not improved, according to Israeli media.

“If the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily — that is not an empty statement,” Netanyahu said.

For the past six months, Palestinians have been protesting on the border of Gaza as part of the “Great Return March” in which 190 Palestinians have been killed, 64 of whom were killed on the day the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 In 2014, Israel waged a devastating 51-day military onslaught on the Gaza Strip, in which more than 2,300 Palestinians were martyred and tens of thousands injured.

Netanyahu bans publication of archive materials on Deir Yassin massacre

lack of shame has no limits

PNN/ Jerusalem/
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to sign an order extending the secrecy of the information stored in the security services’ archives from 70 to 90 years, including the Deir Yassin massacre carried out by Zionist gangs in the Nakba.
This came at the request of security agencies and other bodies to extend the confidentiality of this information to prevent the publication of part of the information during the current year.

The security agencies claim that the extension of confidentiality comes with the aim of “preventing the detection of sources of intelligence information, methods of work used by the devices today, in addition to information originating from foreign sources.”

It is noteworthy that Netanyahu had signed a similar order in 2010 extended the confidentiality of archives from 50 to 70 years.

According to Haaretz, the legal adviser to the so-called “State Archive”, Naomi Aldubi, distributed to the ministries yesterday, Wednesday, a draft of instructions that include the materials contained in the Shin Bet and Mossad, in addition to the archives of the Atomic Energy Commission, and nuclear research centers And the Biological Institute.

It will also prevent the deployment of items of the Army Intelligence Division, information related to the collection of intelligence classified as “secret” or higher, and items related to certain units in the army and the Ministry of Security.

As a result, the decision not to disclose these materials will make it difficult for historians, researchers and journalists to impose restrictions on the public at large, including items related to the Deir Yassin massacre in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948.

The country’s archival laws state that every citizen has the right to access material stored in the State Archive, but gives the government the power to restrict access by classification of materials, such as those classified as “confidential” or according to the length of time passed.

This period ranges from 15 to 70 years, depending on the content and source of the materials. For example, the minutes of meetings of the Knesset committees are kept secret for 20 years, the material on foreign policy is kept secret 25 years, the police archives are 30 years old, the minutes of the mini-cabinet are 50 years, the intelligence materials, including the Shabak and the Mossad, the Institute for Biological Studies and the Committee on Energy The secret remains secret for 70 years.

The archives of the state, as well as other archives such as the Army Archive, do not initiate the disclosure of material, and the end of a period of confidentiality is not a sufficient condition for disclosure of material to the public. The relevant ministerial committee, chaired by the Minister of Justice, could impose other restrictions. 

Israel bans entry of over half of the participants in the Jordan Industries Exhibition

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Deputy Chairman of the Amman Chamber of Industry and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Jordan Industries Exhibition, Adnan Ghaith, on Wednesday said that the Israeli occupation authorities have banned entry of more than half the participants who were supposed to take part in the exhibition, which was launched yesterday at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem.

Ghaith said that the number of registered to participate in the exhibition was 200 people, however, only 80 were allowed to enter Palestine. Several companies were also banned from entering.

Ghaith said that this falls within the occupation’s policies aimed at thwarting the establishment of such events, which are part of the exchange and trade cooperation between Palestine and Jordan.

“The occupation authorities try to block the exhibition every time, but our message is clear; we are determined to organize it in Palestine, despite any difficulties,” he said.

Jordan’s Minister of National Economy Abeer Odeh and Jordan’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Tariq Al-Hammouri, on Tuesday have ann0ounced the opening of Jordan’s fourth industrial exhibition in Palestine, with the participation of more than 60 Jordanian factories from different sectors.

The exhibition was opened in the presence of the heads of the Jordanian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, members of the Jordanian Senate and Chambers, representatives of the Palestinian public and private sectors and a wide participation of businessmen, traders and industrialists from various sectors.

During the opening of the exhibition at the Bethlehem Convention Palace, minister Odeh stressed the keenness of her leadership to promote the distinctive bilateral relations between Jordan and Palestine, and ease import and export process between the two.

The Minister called on the Jordanian private sector institutions to invest in Palestine in these promising sectors, and benefit from these laws and incentives.

Jordan’s Minister of Trade and Supply thanked the Palestinian government for the success of the exhibition for the fourth year, stressing the kingdom’s position headed by the King towards the Palestinian cause, which is the priority of the Palestinian cause. The Palestinian issue is a just and comprehensive solution and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The minister pointed out that the holding of this exhibition is an important step to improve development by providing businessmen with the opportunity to discuss relations and building long-term commercial companies between the private sector that contribute to opening new markets in both countries.

In turn, the governor of Bethlehem, Kamel Hamaid, stressed continuity in the struggle of achieving freedom, independence and the establishment of the state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The Governor stressed the importance of developing the economic relationship between the two countries and doubling the volume of trade exchange, pointing out that “we want to try a large part of the trade exchange with Israel with Jordan, and we make a voluntary transformation and strengthen our economy and support our brothers in the Jordan River,”expressing thanks and appreciation to all the components of the private sector steadfast Maintain the national economy.