Churches Closing in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (A sign on the Church says “enough is enough, stop the persecution of churches.)

In a rare move, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was closed on Sunday until further notice in protest of Israeli government legislation and new city tax policy. The decision was announced on Sunday by the churches sharing the management of the property, the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian.

The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem announced the move as the Ministerial Committee for Legislation was set to discuss a bill that would allowing the state to expropriate land in Jerusalem sold by the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches since 2010.

The churches are also protesting the Jerusalem municipality’s new policy on municipal tax payments for church property. Church representatives have accused Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat of breaching international treaties after the municipality said…

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Israel tortures 60 pct of detained Palestinian minors

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Israel tortures 60 pct of detained Palestinian minors

Around 6,500 Palestinians, including 350 children are currently being held at Israeli prisons

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sixty percent of Palestinian children detained at Israeli prisons get subjected to physical and psychological torture, Palestinian Society Prisoners Club said Sunday.

In a statement, the nongovernmental organization said minors were being exposed to “physical and psychological torture through several ways, including detention during late hours of the night and by beatings.”

Minors were also being subjected to “threats and confessions were being extracted from them under duress; they are kept for hours without food or drink and are subjected to interrogation for long periods; they also face direct insults and obscene words thrown at them.”

The statement included three testimonies from three children who were being held at the Ofer Prison in the West Bank.

Mustafa al-Badan, 17, Faisal al-Shaer, 16, and Ahmed al-Shalalda, 15, said in their testimonies that they were abused during detention…

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ISIS terrorists don’t have this problem, 9 Year Old Palestinian Girl Dies in Ambulance at israeli Checkpoint

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9 Year Old Palestinian Girl Dies in Ambulance at Israeli Checkpoint

Palestine Chronicle | January 2, 2018

After 1 1/2 hours of being detained at an Israeli checkpoint, nine-year-old Dalal Lawlah died in the ambulance trying to reach hospital. (Photo: PIC)

A Palestinian child with special needs, from Awarta town in Nablus, died on Friday evening after Israeli soldiers obstructed her transfer to hospital.

Palestinian medical sources said that nine-year-old Dalal Lawlah died after Israeli soldiers at Huwara checkpoint prevented her father from taking her swiftly to Rafidia hospital.

The sources added that Dalal was unable to breathe and needed urgent medical intervention, but delaying her transfer to the hospital for about half an hour led to her death.

The child’s father, Deeb, told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that he tried at first to use the main road through Awarta checkpoint to take her daughter, who was a child…

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Israeli Prosecutors try to make Ahed Tamimi a Terrorist

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How Corporate Media Continue To Justify «Israel’s» Criminal Excesses

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Cast Lead aggression on Gaza

Local Editor

28-12-2017 | 13:05

Palestine, now approaching its 70th anniversary of usurpation by the apartheid “Israeli” entity, has long been recognized as a laboratory for fine-tuning punitive “Israeli” policies and techniques.

According to a documentation done by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, the “ongoing colonization of Palestine and the accompanying atrocities” have enabled the entity to develop “great expertise in repression”, while “exporting these tools and methods on an industrial scale has become crucial to ‘Israeli’ economic political power”.

But Palestine has served as another kind of laboratory, one in which certain Western media figures and other upstanding characters work to perfect their talent for exonerating – and even encouraging – “Israeli” atrocities.

Since 27 December marks the ninth anniversary of the launch of the “Israeli” entity’s Operation Cast Lead – a 22-day affair that dispensed with some 1,400 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

A New York Time’s analysis…

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Putin: US Deep State Continues To Host Terrorists In Syria

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Sean Adl-Tabatabai
Putin warns US deep state still using ISIS militants to wage war in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blasted the US Deep State for hosting training camps for terrorists in Syria, including former ISIS fighters, as part of a plan to wage war against President Assad.

According to aerial surveillance obtained by the head of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, US forces have transformed their military base near the town of al-Tanf in southeastern Syria into a terrorists’ training camp. reports: “According to satellite and other surveillance data, terrorist squads are stationed there. They are effectively training there,”Gerasimov said, when asked about what’s going on at the base.

The general also said the US has been using a refugee camp in northeast Syria, outside the town of Al-Shaddadah in Al-Hasakah province, as a training camp for the remnants of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group, including those evacuated from Raqqa, and other militants.

This is essentially ISIS,” Gerasimov said. “They change their colors…

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Syrian Army guts jihadist ranks, killing high-end rebel commander in ongoing Hama offensive

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – Amid ongoing heavy clashes in the northern countryside of Hama province between the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist-led militias, a top jihadist commander and a group of fighters directly under him have been killed.

According to military-affiliated sources, units of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division, closing in rapidly on the rebel-held town of Atshan in northern Hama, have – in recent hours – killed a top jihadist commander and 5 fighters directly under his command.

The militant commander, identified as Ibrahim Khaled Al-Alloush, belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Ahrar al-Sham Islamist coalition.

He and his personal guard detachment were neutralized amid a torrent of small arms fire, artillery shelling and airstrikes by pro-government forces against rebel positions near Atshan.

Reports indicate that Ahrar al-Sham, having avoided involvement in the various battles throughout Hama and Aleppo provinces over the last two…

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