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2 Apr 2014
Israeli committee approves huge synagogue near Al-Aqsa Mosque 2\4\2014

A Palestinian Islamic foundation concerned with protecting the sacred sites in Jerusalem revealed on Monday that an Israeli committee has approved a scheme to build a huge synagogue in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, only 200 meters away from Al-Aqsa Mosque.

A statement issued by Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that a sub-committee of the District Committee for Planning and Building in Jerusalem, which is affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Interior, approved during a meeting that took place on Sunday, 30 March 2014 the establishment of a very large synagogue called the Jewel of Israel in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem.
The synagogue, … Continue reading

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30 Mar 2014
Israeli forces attack protesters on Land Day  30\3\2014 - Beit Ommar

Israeli forces attack protesters on Land Day
30\3\2014 – Beit Ommar
Clashes have broken out between Israeli forces and activists demonstrating to mark the eve of Land Day in Beit Ommar
The demonstration turned violent after Israeli forces fired stun grenades to disperse the protesters marching through the streets of Beit Ommar.
Several children’s were injured in the violence.Including
Qais Mohamed Kamel Eboumaria 12 years -A rubber bullet in his left foot for a distance of less than 10 meters


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28 Mar 2014
Israeli bulldozers destroy mosque, medical center in East Jerusalem - 27\3\2014

Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned building that housed a mosque, a medical center, and apartments in East Jerusalem early Wednesday, witnesses told Ma’an.

Locals said Israeli police and special forces stormed Khallat al-Ein square in the al-Tur neighborhood east of the Old City of Jerusalem and surrounded a building owned by Ghadir Abu Ajram Abu Ghaliya.
Officers then evacuated the two-story building and neutralized gas and water networks before bulldozers began the demolition.
Abu Ghaliya told Ma’an that his building was demolished “without prior notice” from Israeli authorities.
The first floor of the building held a mosque and a medical center, while the second floor consisted of two apartments housing 11 family members, Abu Ghaliya … Continue reading

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27 Mar 2014
Israeli Soldiers Shot Dead Palestinian Teen in Cold Blood

Israeli occupation forces who shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank last week used live fire, without warning, against innocent youngsters out foraging for roots, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.

After investigating the March 19 death of 15-year-old Yussef Sami Shawamreh, B’Tselem said it had found no evidence to support the army’s version of events that troops had opened fire at youths who had “sabotaged” the West Bank apartheid wall.

B’Tselem said the primary responsibility for the boy’s death rested with the army commanders who approved the use of live fire at a site where villagers from Deir al-Asal al-Tahta are known to go out and pick wild plants on their own land.


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27 Mar 2014
Israel refuses EU access to Palestinian prisoners 27\3\2014

Israel refuses EU access to Palestinian prisoners 27\3\2014
The International Campaign for Releasing the Abducted Members of Parliament (Free PLC Members) has condemned the Israeli authorities for preventing a European Parliament delegation

from visiting Israeli prisons to see the conditions prisoners are subjected to. On March 19-20, the EU Parliament sent a fact-finding delegation to Israeli prisons where Palestinians are held however Israeli authorities refused to cooperate with the delegation.
In a press statement, Free PLC Members described Israel’s behaviour as “unethical”, noting that Israel continues to violate the parliamentary immunity of MPs who were elected by the Palestinian people: Israel abducted them then deported them, and it has now it prevented access to … Continue reading

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24 Mar 2014
Israeli occupation forces and many were injured, 24 March 2014.

Some of those who were wounded in Jenin Refugee Camp last Saturday at dawn…Three young Palestinians were assassinated in cold blood that day by fascist Israeli occupation forces and many were injured, 24 March 2014.


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24 Mar 2014
Israeli troops use journalists as human shields  Monday, 24 March 2014

A Palestinian journalist says Israeli troops have used him and his two colleagues as human shields during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Press TV reports.

Palestinian journalist Moussa al-Shaer said Israeli soldiers held them for hours to protect themselves during clashes following their invasion of the Aida refugee camp on Saturday.

Shaer said Israeli forces also took their press cards and prevented them from covering the clashes that broke out during the pro-Palestinian protest in the city.

The incident is the latest in Israeli aggressions against Palestinian journalists, which have been on the rise in the past months.

Palestinian journalist Naser al-Shuyukhi, who has been frequently attacked by Israeli troops, … Continue reading

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24 Mar 2014
Italians slam Israel over stealing water \Sunday, 24 March 2014


Italian activists have gathered in Rome to demonstrate against what they call Israel’s stealing water from Palestinians. Some Palestinian nationals also attended the event on Saturday, which marked the World Water Day.

The activists say Israel continues to steal water reserves from Palestinian lands in order to attract more migrants and expand agricultural fields.

They called on the Italian government to scrap an accord that Rome’s water company ACEA signed last December with the Israeli water company Mekorot.

Last month, a group of Italian activists launched an online petition to raise awareness against the accord.

The petition launched by the Italian movements for public water, pro-Palestine groups and associations promoting peace and inter-religious dialog, … Continue reading

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22 Mar 2014
UK institute joins boycott of Israel Saturday, 22 March 2014

UK institute joins boycott of Israel
Saturday, 22 March 2014
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has joined an international campaign to boycott Israel over its quote aggressive policies against Palestinians.

RIBA has passed a motion calling on the International Union of Architects to boycott the Israeli Association of United Architects. The motion was passed by 23 votes to 16 with 10 abstentions.

RIBA says it is against expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Angela Brady, the former head of RIBA, told members of the institute that failure to back the motion “would send a clear message to the world that we as an institution turn a blind eye or by … Continue reading

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21 Mar 2014
 Israeli army storms Palestinian civil defence headquarters in Salfit 21 March 2014

Israeli army storms Palestinian civil defence headquarters in Salfit 21 March 2014 \The Israeli army stormed the Palestinian Civil Defence headquarters in the Salfit governorate in the northern part of central West Bank early on Friday morning and arrested three of its employees, The Civil Defence Public Relations office revealed in a statement that: “Dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed the civil defence headquarters in Salfit at around 2:30 am and sabotaged the office’s equipment, wireless devices and landlines. The soldiers then arrested three Palestinian employees who were working the night shift: Rida Tayseer Madi, Nabeel Mahmoud Bani Nemra and Ahmed Abdullah Bani Nemreh.” The statement added that, “The Israeli army stayed … Continue reading