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UNESCO condemns Israel for ‘aggression’ at holy sites in Jerusalem & West Bank

UNESCO condemns Israel for 'aggression' at holy sites in Jerusalem & West Bank

UNESCO has censured Israel for limiting Muslim access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which has recently become the flashpoint for bloodshed and violence amid mounting tensions over the holy site, sacred to both Muslims and Jews. The resolution, passed Wednesday, “deeply deplores the recent repression in East Jerusalem, and the failure of Israel, the Occupying Power, to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem particularly in and around the Old City."  According to Ynet, a news website in Israel, it also "strongly condemns Israeli aggression and illegal measures restricting freedom of worship and access to the holy Muslim site of the Al-Aqsa mosque."

According to diplomats, the UNESCO resolution also reaffirmed that two other holy sites in the West Bank, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, “are an integral part of Palestine.” It was passed with 26 votes for and six against – the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Estonia. There were 25 abstentions, including France, diplomats said.

The draft resolution was modified at the last minute to drop a controversial clause that laid claim to Jerusalem’s Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) as a space reserved exclusively for Muslims. According to Israeli diplomats, that clause (proposed by several Muslim states) would have declared the wall an "integral part" of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a potential first step to forbidding Jews from approaching the holy site where they pray and slip written prayers into the wall’s cracks.

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West Bank: Elderly Palestinian man confronts Israeli soldiers before collapsing

West Bank: Elderly Palestinian man confronts Israeli soldiers before collapsing

An elderly Palestinian man was filmed amid clashes between Israeli army and Palestinian youths in Hebron on 10 October, standing in front of the raised guns of the Israeli troops and confronting them before falling backwards to the ground.

The video footage was filmed by Bilal al Taweel, a Palestinian man who was at the scene, and obtained by Reuters. The elderly Palestinian, 65 years-old Ziyad Abu Haleel, is heard in the video telling the soldiers "you should be ashamed".

"I will not move. You should be ashamed of yourself. How do you fire your weapon on kids? That's not ok. Take your soldiers away from here. Do not fire your weapons. If they die you will die. Be careful, do not fire your weapons on kids. You should be ashamed of yourself. Do not raise your hand on me. You should be ashamed. You should be ashamed. Do not shoot. No, I will not move. I will not move. No, you cannot arrest me. I will not move back. Take them, imprison them but don't shoot them. You want to kill more? Two martyrs were buried today and you want to kill more? Are you not ashamed? Are you not a human being? A dog? A pig? Go to Ethiopia to kill. Do not shoot," Abu Haleel yelled at the soldiers.

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Israel Detains Six Palestinian in West Bank, Jerusalem

Israel Detains Six Palestinian in West Bank, Jerusalem

Israeli undercover special units and army forces late Friday and early Saturday detained six Palestinians from across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, according to local and security sources. In Jenin, undercover special units - riding in a civilian car with a Palestinian registration number - nabbed four Palestinian youths in the village of Barta’a to the southwest of Jenin.

Forces reportedly chased down and opened gunfire at the youths’ car during clashes that broke out at the entrance of the village. The driver was also injured by Israeli fire during the army chase. The car’s windscreen and windows were also smashed.

The four were identified as Mahmoud Qabaha, two brothers Shadi and Hussain Qbaha, and a fourth whose identity remains unidentified.

Late Friday, forces detained a Palestinian teenager in the village of Harmaleh to the east of Bethlehem, after raiding and searching his family’s home. He was identified as Lo’ay Az-Zeer, 16.

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Israel Detains 15 Palestinians in Jerusalem, Four in West Bank

Israel Detains 15 Palestinians in Jerusalem, Four in West Bank

At least 15 Palestinians were detained by Israeli police in and outside Jerusalem during predawn operations yesterday, while four others were detained by the Israeli army in the rest of the West Bank, according to local and security sources. Local sources identified 15 Palestinians, including minors, who were detained by the Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, in addition to the neighborhood district of Issawiya, and the towns of Hazma and Abu Dis.
The detainees in Hazma were identified as Hamada Abu-Khalil, Mohammad Askar, Malek Askar, Abdullah Askar, Hamad Omari, Ramz Kanaa, and Ibrahim Kasbeh.
Those who were detained in Issawiya were identified as Sari Mahmoud, Ahmad Abdullah Mahmoud, Ayoub Abu-Asab, and Yousef Darwish. Detainess in Silwan neighborhood were identified as Akram Hassouneh, Yousef Abu-Mayala, Mohammad Abu-Gharbeye, and Mousa Abu-Mayala.

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