Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque in Jerusalem, vandalizing its walls with racial slurs.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that a group of settlers set fire to the Badriya mosque in Beit Safafa town.

The witnesses added that the townspeople put out the fire before it spread into the mosque.

The settlers sprayed Hebrew racial slurs on the wall of the mosque.

Palestinian towns and mosques are often suffer repeated racist attacks by settlers.


Two Palestinians were forced on Wednesday to demolish their homes in the occupied West Bank to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the West Jerusalem municipality demolishes them.

Mousa Bashir and Ammar Nassar, from Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, received demolition orders with a deadline from the West Jerusalem municipality for construction without a permit.

Both decided to take down their homes to avoid paying high fees set by the municipality...

According to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Tel Aviv-based human rights organization "Civil Rights Association" published by the report, the security operations launched in the village of East Jerusalem in Israel, months ago, some more than 600 Palestinian children under the age of 12 were arrested.

The report of a Palestinian boy who was taken into custody at the age of 13 was transferred to the report.

"4 police officers entered the house. One held my neck and hit my head on the...

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday sentenced Shalom Hazan, a community rabbi in the capital, for committing indecent acts with children under 16.

Hazan was convicted for abusing two boys and two girls, aged 6-12, whom he met at his synagogue where they assisted him with chores and studied Torah. He was ordered to compensate the victims with a sum of NIS 40,000.

The indictment against Hazan was filed nearly a year ago and detailed the manner in which the rabbi groomed the...

Vandals damaged some 20 vehicles and spray-painted anti-Arab slogans in a suspected hate crime attack in an Arab village of northern Israel.

Masked suspects arrived before dawn at the village of Manshiya Zabda, southwest of Haifa city, slashing the tires of at least 20 cars and spray-painting hate graffiti in Hebrew on nearby walls, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

The vandals painted slogans such as "Arabs are enemies who should be deported or killed."


A Palestinian detainee has died in Israeli prison, a local NGO said Tuesday, blaming the death on medical negligence.

"Sami Abu Diak, 37, died in Assaf Harofeh medical center where he was transferred after his health has deteriorated," the Palestinian Prisoner Society said in a statement.

Abu Diak, from the West Bank city of Jenin, was detained by Israeli forces in 2002 and sentenced to three lifetimes in prison.

According to the NGO, Abu Diak suffered a medical error...

A senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) official who was expelled from Israel over his alleged support for promoting boycotts of the country will continue carrying out his work from a neighbouring country, according to the group.

The Israeli government's decision to expel Omar Shakir, a US citizen who represents HRW in Israel and the  occupied Palestinian territories , was upheld by Israel's top court on November 5, after months of deliberations.

"Despite my deportation today, the...

An Israeli soldier was sentenced on Monday to a month’s labour for killing a Palestinian child during a Great Return March protest in the occupied Gaza Strip.

According to a report in the Times of Israel, the soldier – whose name has been banned from publication – was convicted by a military court in relation to the death of 14-year-old Othman Hilles, who was shot during a demonstration on 13 July 2018.

It is the first conviction in connection to the huge number of casualties...

The Israeli government is deliberately targeting Palestinian journalists in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The Ministry of Information, on the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian journalists, reported that the number of human rights violations, from the beginning of year 2019 to the end of August 2019, totaled 415; this included 82 journalists who were injured while covering the Great Return March, in Gaza.

The Ministry pointed out that Palestinian...

Israel barred two Muslim US congresswomen from a planned visit to East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, after pressure from US President Donald Trump, who has accused the Democratic politicians of anti-Semitism.

Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who have been scathing critics of both Mr Trump and Israeli human rights violations, will not be allowed into the country, Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told Israel’s Reshet Bet Radio. 

The government...

A pair of hardline ministers are slated to speak at an event this week honoring an extremist rabbi who has praised the Israeli settler responsible for mowing down 29 Muslim worshipers in a terror attack at Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 1994.

Education Minister Rafi Peretz and Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich will be attending an annual “Torah symposium” on Thursday put on by a religious NGO in the central town of Givat Shmuel. At the end of the day-long event, Rabbi...

Israeli police summoned a Palestinian man for interrogation on Tuesday, claiming that his four-year old son threw stones at one of their vehicles.

The summons has sparked anger in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya, where the family live.

Israeli forces issued a warrant for interrogation against Rabiaa Elayyan over the alleged stone-throwing by his toddler son Mohammad. 

Mohammad and his father went to the Israeli police station on Salaheddine Street...

A police officer whose killing of a 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli sparked nationwide protests was freed from house arrest Monday but faces court-ordered restrictions in light of expected charges of reckless homicide.

The suspect is barred from entering the Zevulun police station for 45 days and is prevented from visiting the scene of the killing. A representative of the Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department told the Haifa Magistrate’s Court that a decision has...

When asked about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Peretz said he wants to “extend Israeli sovereignty to all of Judea and Samaria,” using to biblical name of the West Bank. He vowed to secure Palestinians’ rights, but said “they won’t have a right to vote.”

Asked whether this does not constitute apartheid, Peretz didn’t rule out the option that it is.

“We live in a very complex reality in Israeli society and in the State of Israel, and we’ll have to find the solutions,” he...

Teams from Israel’s Defence Ministry started a decade ago to remove and hide documents from the Israeli archives related to crimes against Palestinians during the Nakba of 1948, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday.

In a long report, Haaretz said that in addition to removing documents related to Israel’s nuclear plant and external relations, the Defence Ministry team has been systematically hiding hundreds of documents in an attempt to remove evidence of the Nakba.