Sri Lanka’s abstention from voting on UNESCO resolution on Israeli atrocities on Masjid Al Aqsa.

On Thursday 13 October 2016 Sri Lanka, once a strong defender of brutalised Palestinian rights, abstained from voting on UNESCO resolution which deprecated Israeli violations in and around the al-Haram al-Sharif, Masjid Al Aqsa, compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds.

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Al Aqsa, the first qibla of the Muslims

qudsby Latheef Farook  :  

Masjid Al Aqsa, the first qibla of the Muslims, second oldest masjid after Makkah and the third most important holy place in Islam after Makka and Madina is located in the city of Jerusalem known to Muslims worldwide as Al Quds (The Holy) or Baitul Muqaddis (The House of Holiness).

The historical significance of the Masjid Al-Aqsa in Islam lies in the fact that the early Muslims turned towards it in prayer for a period of around seventeen months after the hijra or migration to Medina in 624 AC. Thus it became the qibla (direction) that Muslims faced for prayer.

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The noose tightens: Jordan adds to the suffering of Gaza’s Palestinians

gaza ruinsby Samar Batrawi  :  

Gaza-based Palestinians have faced a long list of restrictions during recent years, including restriction on movement out of the 365-square-kilometre territory, which has been governed by Hamas for almost 10 years. The main enforcer of these restrictions is Israel, which controls the movement of people and goods through its borders with Gaza and Gaza’s air and sea space.

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Palestinians Observe Al Nakba-Catastrophe

While the US led west continue to destroy Middle East

by Latheef Farook  :  

Palestinians worldwide observedthe 1948 Palestinian exodus, known as the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe”, on 15 March 1948, tomark the expelling and fleeing of 711,000 Palestiniansfrom their lands to create Jewish state of Israel.

Dispersed Palestinian ended up in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. These refugees and their descendants number several million people today They are divided between Jordan (2 million), Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank (788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel where they are virtually second class citizens.

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Palestinians Observe Al Nakba-Catastrophe

While the US led west continue to destroy Middle East

by Latheef Farook  :  

Palestinians worldwide observedthe 1948 Palestinian exodus, known as the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe”, on 15 March 1948, tomark the expelling and fleeing of 711,000 Palestiniansfrom their lands to create Jewish state of Israel.

Dispersed Palestinian ended up in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. These refugees and their descendants number several million people today They are divided between Jordan (2 million), Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank (788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel where they are virtually second class citizens.

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