Israeli settlers attack Palestinian houses, vehicles near Nablus

Israeli settlers Sunday attacked Palestinian-owned houses in the village of Burqa, northwest of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, sources said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Ban, said that a group of settlers sneaked from the illegal formerly evicted settlement of Homesh under protection from Israeli forces and attacked citizens' houses in several areas in the village. He added that confrontations broke out after villagers fought off the settlers. One Palestinian was injured after he was hit with a gas canister in his hand, while dozens of others suffered from suffocation due to inhaling toxic gas. Daghlas noted that about 50 settlers stoned a house located on the outskirts of the village and broke the windshield of three vehicles.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

Weather: Drop in temperature, moderate conditions

Partly cloudy skies and moderate weather conditions are expected today in Palestine with a drop in temperature, which sets back to its seasonal average, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD). Winds are westerly to northwesterly, moderate to active, and sea waves are low. Temperature in the capital, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 27°C and a low of 16°C, and in Ramallah and Hebron a high of 26°C and a low of 15°C. In Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan Valley temperature is expected to reach a high of 38°C and a low of 23°C, and a high of 28°C and a low of 21°C in Gaza and the coastal areas. No change in temperature or weather conditions is expected on Monday and Tuesday, said the PMD. A rise in temperature is expected on Wednesday, to be slightly above its seasonal average.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

112 Palestinians killed by Israel in the West Bank in 2023: UN

A total of 112 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupation forces in West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, since the beginning of 2023, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In a report issued on Friday, OCHA said that Israeli occupation forces have killed 112 Palestinians and injured 4,229 others in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the beginning of the year until May 29. In addition, five Palestinians were killed and 105 others injured in attacks by illegal Israeli settlers since the beginning of the year, according to the report.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

Extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick leads settlers in a provocative tour into Al-Aqsa

Led by extremist Israeli rabbi and MP Yehuda Glick, scores of Israeli settlers guarded by police today broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, according to local sources. Witnesses told WAFA that scores of Israeli settlers led by Glick entered the compound in groups and performed rituals there under the protection of Israeli police officers. Glick is known for advocating for the presence of Jewish settlers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest place of worship, and for the construction of a temple for Jews on the site of the mosque. Since 2003, the Israeli occupation authorities have been allowing settlers into the compound almost on a daily basis, with the exclusion of Friday, the Muslim day of rest and worship. Israel captured East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the Six-Day War in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

Israeli soldiers assault a Palestinian, confiscate CCTV recordings in Nabi Saleh

Israeli occupation forces last night brutally assaulted a Palestinian young man and confiscated the recordings of CCTV cameras during a raid in the village of Nabi Saleh, to the northwest of Ramallah, according to local sources. Bilal Tamimi, a local activist, told WAFA that Israeli occupation soldiers brutally assaulted and beat up Nidal Tamimi, a 35-year-old young man, after savagely raiding his home in the village. He said the young man was detained for several hours by the Israeli soldiers before he was let go. Meantime, Israeli occupation soldiers raided several shops in the village and confiscated the recordings of CCTV cameras. Confrontations erupted during the Israeli raid in the village, during which soldiers fired stun grenades and toxic gas at protesters to disperse them. No injuries were reported.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

U.S. First Lady Visits Ennakhil Association in Marrakech

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden on Sunday visited the Ennakhil Association for Women and Children (AEFE) in Marrakech to learn more about its programs in terms of helping women and girls in difficult circumstances.

On her arrival at the Association's headquarters, the First Lady of the United States of America was welcomed by AEFE President Zakia Mrini, U.S. Ambassador to Rabat Puneet Talwar and his wife Sattar Sarash, in addition to U.S. Consul General in Casablanca Lawrence Randolph.

Jill Biden then toured the various facilities of this structure, which has received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

On this occasion, the First Lady of the United States was given explanations on the role and missions of this association, with a focus on the many activities organized by AEFE.

In a special address, Jill Biden welcomed the "longstanding partnership and friendship" with Morocco, saying that "under His Majesty King Mohammed the Sixth’s leadership, Morocco is encouraging reforms to empower women and youth, reflecting our shared priorities."

The First Lady of the United States also said she was inspired by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa's efforts to raise awareness among children and young people of the importance of preserving the environment.

"I was inspired by her passion and I’m excited to take her story back to the United States, to look for more opportunities to learn from each other."

At the same time, Jill Biden met with women who have benefited from the various vocational training programs provided by the Ennakhil Association, and visited an exhibition area featuring some of the products made by these women, including local produce, cosmetics and embroidery and sewing items.

On this occasion, the women presented Jill Biden with a traditional dress, before posing for a souvenir photo.

Founded in 1997, the Ennakhil Association is an NGO whose missions include defending women's rights through a listening center dedicated to combating gender-based violence, and vocational training for women in vulnerable situations.

In 1998, it set up the first listening center for women victims of gender-based violence outside the Rabat and Casablanca regions. Since then, the Association has provided counseling to over 19,000 women and over 2,000 children who have been victims of violence.

It has also supported around 2,000 cases of victims of gender-based violence before the courts, in collaboration with a host of players, including the relevant authorities, the judicial system, health services and the media.

In September 2016, USAID Morocco allocated a budget of $500,000 to the Ennakhil Association through the Local Works Fund. This funding has enabled the Association to expand its work as an "Intermediary Support Organization" that mentors other civil society organizations, and collaborates effectively with government authorities on behalf of citizens.

Through this program, the Ennakhil Association has trained 30 partner civil society organizations in organizational and technical practices, as well as in the defense of citizens' rights.

In July 2020, USAID Morocco granted the Association Ennakhil additional funding of over $320,000 as part of the fight against COVID-19, to address cases of gender-based violence in the Marrakech-Safi region.

Thanks to this funding, the Association has set up a solidarity restaurant and a training center for women victims of such violence. It has also developed an online platform to provide virtual support to these victims and their families.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Under HM the King’s Presidency, Marhaba 2023 Operation to Kick Off on Monday

On High Royal Instructions, the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity is launching the "Marhaba 2023" operation to welcome Moroccans residing abroad, which starts on Monday, June 5 and will continue until Friday, September 15.

The Foundation, which contributes to this operation with all the national stakeholders, has activated the global reception system in Morocco, France, Italy and Spain in twenty-four (24) assistance and support sites for members of the community, says a press release by the Foundation. These sites will remain operational for the entire period of the operation – three and a half (3.5) months during the arrival and return phases.

Eighteen (18) reception areas are operational in Morocco. They are located in the ports of Tanger Med, Tanger Ville, Al Hoceima and Nador and in the airports of Casablanca Mohammed V, Rabat – Salé, Oujda Angad, Nador, Agadir Al Massira, Fès Saïss, Marrakech Menara and Tangier Ibn Battouta. In addition, there are sites at the border posts of Bab Sebta and Mellilia, as well as rest areas of the Mediterranean, Jebha, Tazaghine and Smir M'Diq.

Abroad, six (6) Marhaba spaces are located at the European ports of Genoa (Italy), Sète and Marseille (France), Motril, Almeria and Algeciras (Spain).

The usual social and medical assistance services are reinforced by the presence of social workers on board the long-haul vessels that were set up during the 2021 edition of the operation. They will remain operational at the level of the Marhaba reception sites deployed by the Foundation in Morocco and abroad.

A workforce of nearly one thousand four hundred (1,400) people including Foundation teams, social workers, doctors, paramedical staff and volunteers, are mobilized to listen to Moroccans residing abroad, assist them and provide them with the necessary support and assistance.

The Marhaba Call Service, managed by the Central Coordination Office (BCC – daily operation monitoring unit) will be available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for the duration of the operation. The Call Service is accessible directly from Morocco at the toll-free number 080 000 23 23 and 08086 907 93 (an additional number put in place this year).

It is also operational at the following telephone numbers from overseas : the numbers 00 212 537 20 5566 / 00 212 537 20 6666, the number 00 39 340 685 93 85 (Genoa, Italy), the numbers 00 33 601 351 071 (Marseille) and 00 33 619 594 359 (Sète) for France, and the numbers 00 34 631 243 474 (Motril), 00 34 612 428 784 (Almeria) and 00 34 612 586 780 (Algeciras) for Spain.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

US First Lady Hails HM the King’s ‘Leadership’ to Empower Women and Youth

United States First Lady Jill Biden has commended the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI to empower women and youth.

"Under His Majesty King Mohammed the Sixth’s leadership, Morocco is encouraging reforms to empower women and youth, reflecting our shared priorities", said Mrs Biden in a statement issued Sunday by the White House.

The United States is grateful for its "longstanding partnership and friendship with Morocco", she pointed out.

The US First Lady recalled that she was "graciously" received at her arrival Saturday in Marrakech by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

"And as we were getting to know each other, she told me about her work to educate children and young people about the importance of protecting our climate", said Mrs Biden, adding that she was "inspired by her passion".

"I’m excited to take her story back to the United States, to look for more opportunities to learn from each other", she added.

The US First Lady, accompanied by her daughter Ashley Biden and her sister Bobby Jacobs, arrived in Marrakech on Saturday afternoon for a visit to Morocco.

Her visit to the Kingdom is part a tour in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe with the aim of promoting the conditions of women and youth around the world, particularly in terms of education, health and empowerment

The visit of the US First Lady to Morocco is the second following that of 2014, when Mrs. Biden accompanied president Joe Biden, then vice president of the Obama administration, during his participation in the 5th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in November in Marrakech.

Morocco has always been a prime destination for US First Ladies.

This enthusiasm for the Kingdom, a land of welcome and hospitality, demonstrates the standing Morocco enjoys among senior American officials, and underscores the solidity of the long-standing strategic partnership between Morocco and the United States under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse