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Right-wing settlers absent as Palestinians brace for Al-Aqsa invasion

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

Hundreds of Palestinians congregated at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in an effort to stave off an anticipated invasion of the area by right-wing Israeli religious groups Thursday afternoon.

The messianic Jewish movement Chabad called on its followers to go to Al-Aqsa to “conquer and Judaize the holiest place on earth, which is being desecrated in such a disgraceful and shameful way.” Several religious groups organized a march to the holy compound scheduled for Thursday. None of the groups, however, showed up at the mosque for their scheduled march.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37149

Access to the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque, was restricted to Muslims with Israeli IDs, aged at least 50 for men and of any age for women.

For full article, visit http://english.ramattan.net/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=40223

Israeli Passover restrictions prevent hundreds from reaching Jerusalem for prayer

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

Muslims heading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers and Christians wishing to worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is said to have been buried following his crucifiction, in Jerusalem were turned away from Israeli checkpoints.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37015

Dead Sea Scrolls stir storm at Royal Ontario Museum

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Jerusalem, Palestine and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

In letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top executives at the ROM, senior Palestinian officials argue the scrolls – widely regarded as among the great archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – were acquired illegally by Israel when the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.

“The exhibition would entail exhibiting or displaying artifacts removed from the Palestinian territories,” said Hamdan Taha, director-general of the archaeological department in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

“I think it is important that Canadian institutions would be responsible and act in accordance with Canada’s obligations.”

The Palestinians say the planned ROM exhibit violates at least four international conventions or protocols on the treatment of cultural goods that were illegally obtained.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

For full article, visit http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/616059

To protest ROM’s decision to display the artifacts, fill the form at http://www.rom.on.ca/about/contact.php.

Jewish Right wing groups try to enter Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

Palestinian sources said Israeli police did little to stop them,adding that the groups made three attempts to get in, first of all in the morning, then again at midday followed by another try in the afternoon.

Witnesses said the extremists were disguised as Palestinians. The Palestinian committee for Jerusalem said that local activists and youths will now have a full-time presence at the gates of the mosque to prevent such intrusions which tend to happen during Jewish holiday periods such as this weekend’s Passover festival.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59861

Archbishop Hanna: “Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not strangers”

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009
Archbishop Attalah Hanna

Archbishop Attalah Hanna

Hanna slammed the illegal Israeli policies in East Jerusalem and said that Israel wants to demolish Palestinian homes and annex Palestinian lands.

“This is a racist policy, this policy is unjust and illegal”, he stated, “We reject these policies, the Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not intruders or strangers, but Israel wants to terrify and intimidate the Palestinians in order to leave the city”.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59870