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Palestinian/ Israeli update 10/16/2016.. Israel closes off Palestinian territories for Sukkot

Sunday, October 16, 2016 19:01
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Israel closes off Palestinian territories for Sukkot

Nearly 20 Palestinians injured in Israeli raids

Israeli Army Arrests 22 Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank

Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians during raids across occupied Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to local and security sources. In Jerusalem area, Israeli police detained 11 Palestinians, including three minors, during separate incidents last night. The seven were taken to nearby interrogation centers, WAFA reported. Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes in the West Bank district of Hebron. The Israeli army also stormed and ransacked two printing houses in Hebron city. Army also detained three Palestinians from the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus, and three in Jenin area.

Palestinian child tells PressTV about mistreatment in Israeli military base

Palestinians welcome UNESCO al-Aqsa resolution

Israel’s false spin on UNESCO Jerusalem vote | The Electronic Intifada

Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday following the UN cultural and scientific organization’s adoption of a resolution strongly criticizing Israel’s aggressive actions in and around the Al-Aqṣa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

Despite heavy lobbying against the motion by Israeli ambassadors around the world, the resolution passed by 24-6 with another 26 governments abstaining.

The US, UK, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands voted against the resolution, while Russia and China backed it.

Israeli government officials are claiming the motion denies a Jewish connection to the historical site, which includes the Western Wall, despite no explicit language in the motion suggesting such denial.

Israel’s agenda appears to be to assert sovereignty over the site.

Significantly, Israel’s effort to gain a symbolic and perhaps legal foothold at the site through UN resolutions comes as groups that call for the destruction of the al-Aqsa mosque and its replacement with a Jewish Temple are intensifying their activities, often with Israeli government funding and support.

Critics have pointed to the motion’s exclusive reference to the site by the name “al-Aqsa mosque/al-Haram al-Sharif” as evidence that the resolution denies any Jewish connection or reverence for the site, which Jews call the Temple Mount.

In April, UNESCO passed a similar resolution that came under almost identical criticism.

France voted in favor of that resolution, but subsequently repudiated its support after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote a letter of protest to French President François Hollande.

Denouncing illegal actions, not denying ties

In fact, the resolution passed by UNESCO affirms “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions,” while calling on Israel to restore the historic status quo of the al-Aqsa mosque compound by returning full authority to the Jordanian Waqf – the institution that has managed more at The Electronic Intifada

UK lawmakers push to outlaw criticism of Zionism

A new report by an influential parliamentary committee has recommended that the UK outlaw the word “Zionist” when used “in an accusatory context.” Published on Sunday, the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report also slams Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for heading a party with “institutionally anti-Semitic” elements. Despite its overwhelming focus on the opposition Labour Party, the committee admits that there is no evidence of a higher prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes within Labour than in any other party.

At the same time, the report downplays allegations of racism and anti-Semitism in the governing Conservative Party. Corbyn in a statement Sunday criticized the report’s focus on Labour, saying the Conservative-dominated committee had failed to look at “combating anti-Semitism in other parties.” He said that “politicizing anti-Semitism – or using it as a weapon in controversies between and within political parties – does the struggle against it a disservice.” Palestine’s BDS National Committee said that the report “shows a flagrant disregard for Palestinian rights and history.” European spokesperson Riya Hassan said the report would help “to suppress freedom of expression” and would encourage repression against advocates for Palestinian rights.

Egypt launches air raids on Daesh positions in Sinai

Saudi DM Meets Israeli PM Netanyahu

Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has initiated phone talks and held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Palestinian daily reported. “Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi defense minister and deputy crown prince, held phone talks with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, last Thursday,” al-Manar reported on Saturday. “Bin Salman has also held meetings with Netanyahu twice, one of which was in the city of Eilat (in Israel),” it added. According to al-Manar, Bin Salman and Netanyahu discussed relations between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, the situation in Syria and Lebanon, security coordination between the two sides and Riyadh’s purchase of weapons from Tel Aviv to continue support for the terrorist groups in Syria and attacks against Yemen during their phone talks. Netanyahu and bin Salman also agreed to prepare the ground for holding a high-ranking Saudi-Israeli meeting in the near future, the Palestinian daily said.

Wikileaks: Israel after Building Airbase in S. Arabia to Attack Iran

The documents released by Wikileaks show that Israel has sought to build a military airbase in Saudi Arabia to launch attacks against Iran. The Palestine news website quoted Israeli radio as reporting that the Wikileaks documents which are based on the emails sent to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, show that Israel is still thinking of an airbase in Saudi Arabia and using the country’s soil against Iran’s nuclear and military centers. According to the documents, Israel also sought to deploy a large number of its advanced fighter jets in Saudi Arabia to carry out operations against Iran.

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