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Israel to nab Palestinians over Facebook posts

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Israel has threatened to arrest the Palestinian activists who post anti-Israeli remarks on Facebook, Press TV reports.
pfbpstIn the latest wave of crackdown on Palestinian activists, Tel Aviv has vowed to take legal against those who post anti-Israeli remarks on Facebook.
Last week, 32-year-old Mahmoud Asila from the Old City of al-Quds was arrested for what the Israeli regime called incitement and spreading violent propaganda.
He is accused of posting a picture in support of recent car attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
Asila has taken responsibility for his Facebook post, saying it is part of his freedom of speech.
Following Asila’s arrest, Palestinian activists lashed out at Israel’s restrictive measures to stifle freedom of speech in social networks including Facebook.
“The international law and the four Geneva conventions state that no government has the right to arrest people for their ideas or for what they publish on their pages. But Israel, which is not respecting any international law, of course will be preventing freedom of speech, especially in Jerusalem al-Quds, to keep controlling the city and humans leading the youth,” Bassem Eid, a human rights activist, told the Press TV correspondent.
“We condemn the move as it is a new attempt to silence the Palestinians living in Jerusalem al-Quds… They are arresting people for saying their opinion and publishing it on their own accounts on Facebook. It’s nonsense to consider posting on Facebook as provocation. It is actually their illegal practices that are leading to this explosion,” said Mohammad Qazzaz, a social media activist.
Over the past weeks, the occupied West Bank has been the scene of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Some Jewish settlers have been urging the Israeli regime to allow them to pray in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Palestinians are extremely angry at such provocative acts, considering them as part of Israel’s plan to Judaize and desecrate the holy Islamic site.

Hamas warns Israel over Judaization law

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Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned Israel over a bill that seeks to Judaize the occupied Palestinian territories, describing the move as very dangerous.
hmsOn Sunday, the Israeli cabinet voted in favor of the so-called “Jewish state” law, the bill for which will be sent to Knesset (parliament) to be discussed by legislators for the first time on Wednesday.
Hamas spokesman in Gaza Mushir al-Masri said Palestinians will stand together and not let the bill take effect.
He added that Israel is after a complete takeover of the occupied territories, noting that Tel Aviv will be responsible for all the consequences of the measure.
He further said that the Palestinians are capable of blocking any Israeli law.
“The law sounds an alarm regarding Israel’s ambitions in the region, and threatens to bring about a religious war,” Hamas said on Sunday.
“The Israeli occupation is trying to protect Zionist myths and take control of Arab-populated areas, steal resources and humiliate [Palestinians],” it added.
The Palestinian resistance movement also called on the international community to take measures against Israeli’s “racist” move.
“The movement will continue to act against the Israeli occupation to overthrow the imperialist enterprise,” Hamas added.
The new plan by Tel Aviv has been seen as an extension of Israel’s efforts over the past decades to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds (Jerusalem) by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
Palestinians argue that al-Quds is the capital of a future Palestinian independent state, and that its heritage should remain intact.

Israel strips Palestinian's widow of residency

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Israel has revoked the residency rights of the widow of one of the Palestinians involved in an attack on a synagogue in West al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid escalating tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
plfwidow"I have ordered the cancellation of Nadia Abu Jamal's permit.… Anyone who is involved in terror must take into account that there are likely to be implications for their family members too," Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement did not specify the name of Nadia’s spouse.
Israeli rights group B'Tselem rapped the measure taken by Israelis.
"We object to this measure. It's abuse of a minister's authority and a form of collective punishment," spokeswoman, Sarit Michaelim said, adding, "She isn't accused of any harm, and the revoking of her residency status will actually mean she will be banished from her home and thrown out of the city she lives in."
"Residency and social benefits...aren't gifts or favors the authorities bestow and can then take away. They're essential aspects of people's existence," Michaeli noted.
On November 18, Palestinian cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, reportedly armed with axes and handguns, entered the synagogue in the western al-Quds neighborhood of Har Nof, killing at least four Israelis and injuring several others including two police officers.
The assailants were fatally shot by Israeli forces.
Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed the attack, saying it was a response to the recent hanging of Hassan Yousef Rammouni, a young Palestinian bus driver, by Israeli settlers.
Rammouni, 32, was driving back home from work on November 16 when he was abducted and then hanged by Israelis in his bus in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East al-Quds.

Gaza unable to rejoice this Eid

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plf eidEid Al-Adha is a few days away and the Palestinians in Gaza still live under siege after surviving a war that has killed thousands and destroyed homes.

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Autopsy shows Palestine prisoner died of blow to head

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plf blowtoheadThe result of an autopsy on the body of a Palestinian prisoner, who lost his life in an Israeli jail, shows he died from a blow to the head.

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Entire Israel within range of resistance missiles: Iran cmdr.

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plf withinA senior Iranian commander says the entire Israel is within the range of the missiles of the Palestinian resistance movement.

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UK group raises £4.5mn for Gaza in less than 24 hours

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plf UKgroupA UK-based charity organization says its emergency fundraising appeal for people affected by Israeli onslaught on Gaza has raised £4.5 million in less than 24 hours.

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Israeli doctors risk trial for force-feeding Palestinian prisoners

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plf doctorThe Israel Medical Association warned that doctors who are involved in force-feeding Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike could be tried in the International Criminal Court in The Hague

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Photos of the week: Prayer, protests, and arrests in the streets

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plf_prayersThis week: Behind the wall in East Jerusalem, praying in the street outside Al-Aqsa, rude gestures from an Egged bus, fighters’ remains return to Nablus, unions on the march in South Africa,

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