Dozens of Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli security personnel forced their way into Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, according to a statement by Firas al-Dibis, a Palestinian official with Jerusalem’s Islamic Waqf, which oversees the city's holy sites.
Local eyewitnesses appeared to confirm the report, saying that Jewish settlers had forced their way into the complex where they perform Talmudic rituals in the mosque’s courtyard near the Old City’s Al-Silsile Gate.
Palestinian officials say they expect more settler incursions into the holy site during the eight-day Jewish Hanukkah holiday, which began on Tuesday and runs till Dec. 20.
Islamic summit to send 'strong message' on Jerusalem
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will send a “strong message” against the United States decision on Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday.Speaking to a private broadcaster in a live interview, Cavusoglu said an Islamic summit in Istanbul will focus on U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The OIC will hold the emergency summit to discuss recent regional developments, especially as they pertain to Jerusalem.Last week, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. Embassy to the city.The dramatic shift in longstanding U.S. policy drew angry reactions -- including numerous demonstrations -- from across the Middle East.“We are working on an Istanbul Declaration,” Cavusoglu said, noting that a joint declaration will be announced after the meeting which will “strongly reject” the U.S. move.He underlined that the Islamic summit will also call on the countries which have yet to recognize Palestinian statehood for recognition of Palestine.“The decision taken by the United States will be rejected strongly. A country like the U.S. should not fall into this situation... We will expect the U.S. to return from this mistake. This decision will be counted as null and void,” Cavusoglu said.Turkey's foreign minister noted that Ankara had recognized Palestine as a state with East Jerusalem its capital.OIC summit on Jerusalem to be a turning pointJerusalem: A century of hostile occupationIstanbul Islamic summit to tackle Jerusalem- Syria without AssadOn recent developments in Syria, Cavusoglu noted that Turkey’s stance against the Bashar al-Assad regime was “unchanged”.Despite Turkey’s support for a political transition in Syria, “we think that an interim government with Assad will not be able to hold an election in real sense,” he said.He also reiterated Turkey’s objections against the PKK/PYD terrorist group’s attendance at a Syria conference in Russia.There are many Kurdish organizations in the country and the PKK/PYD represents only a small group of Kurds in Syria, according to Cavusoglu, who underlined that Turkey was not against Kurdish people but against terrorist groups.“The PKK/PYD is not the only representative of Kurds in Syria. Even they represent [only] a small part of the Kurdish people,” he said. "We not only protest it, but we gave the Russian authorities the list of other Kurdish groups in Syria.“We are not against our Kurdish brothers, we are with them.”He said the PKK/PYD in northern Syria still posed a threat to Turkey, and Ankara would take any decision to eliminate such a threat.The PKK/PYD is the Syrian branch of the PKK, which has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for 33 years leading to the deaths of more than 40,000 people.The U.S. has provided weapons to PKK/PYD terrorists for its anti-Daesh campaign in Syria, largely ignoring the group’s links to the PKK, which the U.S., EU and Turkey list as a terrorist group.While touching upon Trump’s decision to stop arming PKK/PYD terrorists, Cavusoglu said Ankara hoped the U.S. leader would fulfil his words.He also noted that the top military officials from Turkey, U.S. and Iraq will discuss the next steps of fighting against terrorism adding that fight against Daesh was not ended yet.Video: Clashes escalate across Palestine after Trump's Jerusalem move
Israel: The only state that court-martials children
Fawzi Al-Juneidi, a 14-year-old Palestinian, was blindfolded and dragged as he was detained by dozens of Israeli soldiers, becoming a symbol of the Palestinian people’s third intifada that erupted following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.After Juneidi’s court hearing at the Ofer Military Prison, which is located close to Ramallah, his uncle Rashad Juneidi stated that the prosecutor needed extra time to prepare the criminal report and extended his nephew’s detention period for three more days.Junieidi’s uncle and lawyers went to court on Tuesday. The hearing will reconvene on Dec.14.Video: Footage emerges of 22 Israeli soldiers arresting 14-year-old Palestinian boyIsrael tries children in military courtsKhalid Kazmar, the director of the Palestinian branch of the Movement for Protection of World's Children, announced that Israel exacerbated its policy of detaining Palestinian children in the West Bank.He added that hundreds of children have been detained by the Israeli army this year. Kazmar said that approximately 700 Palestinian children have been court-martialed in 2017 alone.Kazmar emphasized that Israel is the only country in the world where children are tried in military courts.‘’Palestinian children being detained and subjected to torture is a crime against humanity according to international law,’’ he concluded.On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and said the U.S. embassy would relocate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and other Muslim countries.
In late 2015, repeated incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Jewish settlers and Israeli security personnel sparked a months-long spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Referred to by some as the "Third Intifada" or "Jerusalem Uprising", this wave of unrest -- which left 160 Palestinians and 26 Israelis dead -- tapered out early last year amid a massive Israeli security crackdown.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem -- in which the Al-Aqsa is located -- during the 1967 Middle East War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move which was never recognized by the international community.
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Gazan women take part in a protest against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The women stand together holding banners and burning U.S. and Israeli flags in Gaza.