East Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa closure ‘collective punishment’, says former Mufti

A senior Palestinian cleric has denounced Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque following a rare gun attack, calling the measures “collective punishment” that affects thousands of worshippers. Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the former grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, said on Saturday that Israeli authorities have barred clerics from entering[…]

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Palestinians fear Al-Aqsa closure following attack could affect status quo at holy site

Following a deadly shooting attack in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday that left two Israeli police officers and three Palestinians dead, Israeli forces imposed widespread closures on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and wider Jerusalem area, sparking widespread condemnation from Palestinian officials who called the moves “terrorist[…]

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Israel’s new ‘security strategy’ at Damascus Gate to further control Palestinian movement

Israel’s Channel 2 website reported on Thursday that top Israeli officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, approved a new “security strategy” to be implemented at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. According to Channel 2, Netanyahu met with Israeli Public Security minister Gilad[…]

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An account of the clashes at Al Aqsa

Israeli forces attacked and arrested the Muslim worshippers after raiding the Al Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem on Sunday morning. Many South African Muslims are observing i’tikaaf at the sacred masjid and were eye witnesses to the violence. VOC spoke to SA journalist Ebrahim Moosa on Monday morning Content[…]

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PLO slams joint US-Israel event celebrating 50th year of Israeli occupation

After reports emerged that the US Congress and the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, would celebrate the 50 years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory during a joint video event on June 6, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement on Wednesday that the event[…]

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