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Over 20 Arrested as Hundreds of Israeli Officers Raid East Jerusalem

Police initiate arrest raids in Shoafat and Isawiyah in search of arms and suspected violent offenders in crackdown on 'popular terrorism.'

Over 23 people were arrested early on Thursday as hundreds of Israeli officers raided East Jerusalem as part of what the police described as its ongoing battle against violent crimes and terrorism.
Officers raided the neighborhoods of Shoafat and Isawiyah in search of arms and suspected violent offenders of both criminal and nationalistic nature, a police statement said.
"Officers and Border Patrol forces conducted targeted searches which led them to confiscate illegal munitions, including parts of a Glock-type pistol, arms cartridges, holsters, clubs and different types of ammunition," the police said.
"Some 23 people were arrested for their role in rioting, popular terror, illegal possession of fire arms, drugs or property," it said.
ANALYSIS: Jerusalem's terror wave likely to get worse as tensions simmer
The raid comes after a string of terror attacks shook Israel and the West Bank this week, prompting Israel to close a number of Arab shops. The Israeli military also increased its presence in the Hebron area, deploying another battalion to the sector after an uptick in attacks in the area in recent days.
In Jerusalem this week two police officers were wounded, one seriously and one moderately, in a stabbing attack in the Old City.
On Tuesday, police arrested the owner of a houseware store in Jerusalem’s Old City where an alleged terrorist purchased the two knives he used in an attack on two members of the Border Police on Friday.
Also detained with Said Abu Sneneh, the owner of the store, were his 9-year-old son and his nephew, aged 16. The younger boy was released two hours later, while Abu Sneneh and his nephew were held overnight and released Saturday morning.

Nir Hasson
Haaretz Correspondent

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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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