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Israel’s Apartheid Policies Create Hurdles For Team Palestine On The Road To Rio

From blocked shipments of equipment to a lack of access to Olympic-sized, or even just adequate, training facilities, the six athletes of Team Palestine have overcome the odds to compete in the 2016 Games.

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy announced a plan to boost the force’s presence in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods by opening five new police posts – in Ras al-Amud, Jabal Mukkaber, Silwan, Isawiyah and Zur Baher.
The new police posts were operating out of buildings that are also used for local services, such as the post office and the National Insurance Institute, in a bid to avert the locations becoming points of friction and a target for stone-throwing. The plan is to be spread out over the next 4-6 years, and in the initial stage, the new police posts will only provide services to local residents, such as taking complaints and investigations, but will not be involved in maintaining order.
The move is part of a plan to change police deployment in Jerusalem, which is said to cost 1 billion shekels and will include the recruitment of 1,200 additional police officers. Police say 200 officers have been recruited so far for the new deployment, but that it is not easy to recruit more officers due to the heavy work load.
The plan also calls for hundreds of cameras throughout the city to be connected to a single system called “Jerusalem View,” which will resemble the camera system used in the Old City. The new deployment will also divide the district into two main areas under the command of police brigadier generals.
A police statement said, “The plan aims to make changes that are adapted to the security situation while meeting the daily needs of local residents, and helping to improve the quality of life in the public spaces with enforcement and deterrence against drug offenders, weapons offenders, property crime and violence.”
On Tuesday the Israel Fire and Rescue Services opened a fire station near the Qalandia checkpoint – the first fire station in East Jerusalem beyond the separation barrier. The new station’s two fire trucks are manned by Palestinian firefighters from East Jerusalem.
The barrier separating some of Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods from Jewish West Jerusalem effectively left those areas without fire department protection. Residents have reported that it sometimes takes 40 minutes for firefighters to arrive after they are called.

Nir Hasson
Haaretz Correspondent

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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