Monday, 28 September 2009

Israeli violence escalates as warning Al-Aqsa violation could spark third intifada


Israel shelled central Gaza today, injuring two - a teenage brother and sister, according to Ma'an. It follows air attacks on Friday which led to the death of three people. The Al-Aqsa Brigade armed resitance group, affiliated to Fatah, is said to be planning its response, according to the Palestine News Network.

Meanwhile Muhammad Dahlan, a member of Fatah's recently elected central committee, is warning that a third intifada could follow Al-Aqsa violence and recent reports say 17 Israeli police have been injured as Palestinians fightback against the latest Al-Aqsa outrage.
In a statement, Dahlan said he considered "the violation of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa playing with fire and crossing red lines." He said Israeli authorities permitted groups to enter the area to "attack worshipers inside."

Palestinians would not stand idly by, he warned, holding the Israeli government responsible for repercussions of what he called a dangerous attack that was carried out by "extremist groups in East Jerusalem."

Dahlan called on all Palestinian factions to forget their own internal problems and stand as one in the face of the "Judaization" of Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause. He stressed the need to respond to such threats via national unity and an end to factional division.

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The West Bank is under closure at the order of the occupiers so they can celebrate Yom Kippur - to hell with the Muslims/Palestinians is what these peace loving Israelis really mean, which I would hazard is not exactly in the true spirit of Judaism.

Arab league denounces brutal aggression at Al-Aqsa


Israeli police allowed Jewish extremists to enter the grounds of the mosque and then shielded them from attack by Palestinians defending the mosque. After the eviction of the settlers by Muslim worshipers, the occupation forces turned on the crowds.
Arab League Denounces the Israeli Aggression, Seeks to Form an International Investigation Committee

Arab League denounced on Sunday the brutal aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli settlers, calling on the International Security Council and UN Secretary-General to immediately intervene to stop the dangerous violation committed by the Israeli occupation forces.

A statement by Palestine and the Occupied Arab lands Section at the Arab League stressed that the Israeli security forces facilitated the arrival of many of the Zionist extremists to Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards, particularly Bab of al-Maghariba.

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The attack on al-Aqsa follows an attack last week on the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron:
Ma’anAt least 140 Israeli settlers, protected by a dozen Israeli jeeps, took over the area around the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, entered the building and performed ceremonies for the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday on Thursday night.

The Mosque, also known as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, was divided into two sections in the 1990s following the attack of a Jewish extremist on Muslim worshipers. The site, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, is heavily guarded by Israeli soldiers who ostensibly protect the Israeli settlers who worship in the Jewish section of the building. The site was closed to Muslim worshipers during the Eid holiday and handed over to Israeli control for the Rosh Hashana Jewish holiday.

Erdogan hits out at western silence on Israel's nukes and Gaza

The Turkish president has condemned Western countries' focus on Iran's nuclear program, stressing that the world should deal with Israel's nuclear weapons instead.

Turkey's "Radikal" newspaper on Sunday reported that Recep Tayyip Erdogan's strong comments against Israel's nuclear program was similar to his "one minute" stance in Davos in January when he walked out of a televised debate with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres.

Erdogan told reporters in New York that Iran's nuclear program is not aimed at "military ends".

The Turkish president noted that Israel has "nuclear weapons" and has used "phosphorous bombs" against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

"Why these are not on the agenda? It is always Iran…" Erdogan told reporters in New York.

"If only Iran is put on the world agenda, then we may neglect other issues such as the Gaza [conflict] that should be addressed," he said.

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Israel violates al-Aqsa mosque, injures many worshippers, Jerusalem tense


Israel is playing with fire - perhaps emboldened by the west's 'discovery' of an Iranian nuclear facility - with its storming of the al-Aqsa mosque yesterday. Jordan has condemned the open violation of the sanctity of the mosque, the third holiest in Islam, but when is the western-installed monarchy going to break off diplomatic relations with the Zionist state?
AMMAN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Jordanian government on Sunday strongly denounced the breaking into the Muslims sacred shrine al-Aqsa mosque by Israeli soldiers along with a group of Jewish radicals, which resulted in injury of some Palestinians, the Jordan News Agency Petra reported.

"Jordan condemns breaking into the mosque by Israeli troops as this is a provocative act that is likely to increase tensions," Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Nabil Sharif said in a statement.

He said breaking into the holy mosque is likely to lead to more violence and threatens the region's stability and security.

He noted that Jordan rejects any attempt by the Israeli troops to violate the sanctity of al-Aqsa mosque and the holy sites in Jerusalem as this sanctity is guaranteed by international resolutions, laws and conventions that protect holy sites from any violation.

Earlier Sunday, clashes erupted between Palestinians in the eastern part of Jerusalem and the Israeli police as a group of Jewish radicals broke into the yard of al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest shrine to Muslims. About 16 Palestinians and several Israeli police were injured in the clashes, according to media reports.

Sharif said breaking into the mosque incited violence at a time when international efforts are intensified to launch Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.

He underlined Jordan's rejection of all Israeli measures that harm the mosque and the holy city of Jerusalem.

According to the UN Security Council, East Jerusalem is considered an occupied territory.

The Jordanian government also summoned charge d'affaires of the Israeli embassy in Amman Sunday to express its protest and condemnation of breaking into the mosque and urge Israel to stop its provocative activities that threaten peace opportunities, according to Petra.

In response to the incident, Jordan's influential Muslim Brotherhood movement leader Hammam Saeed on Sunday called for annulling the peace treaty Jordan and Israel signed in 1994 and expelling the Israeli ambassador from Amman.

He said in a statement that breaking into the mosque killed hopes for peace and reaching a settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, calling on the Arab countries to take action to deal with the Israeli stark violation of the sanctity of the holy shrine.