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Settler Accused of Throwing Stones at Soldiers Released for Lack of Evidence

18-year-old from Beit El settlement let go after producing photographs taken on a family trip during the time of the incident

A West Bank settler who had been arrested on suspicion of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers has been released.
Honenu, a right-wing legal aid organization, said that he had been unjustly arrested since videos and photographs taken on a family trip show he was not in the area of the incident when it occurred.
The episode involved several young people throwing stones at an Israel Defense Forces vehicle close to the Baladim outpost, which is located near the settlement of Kokhav Hashachar in the central West Bank. The 18-year-old, a resident of Beit El, was arrested on Saturday after a videotape of the rock throwing was released online and spread around the internet.
During his interrogation, the suspect claimed that he was on a family excursion at the time of the incident and was not in the area. The Magistrate Court in Jerusalem ordered his release on Saturday, imposing restrictions on his movements. His father was also questioned. The court stated that if the father’s alibi was substantiated, the restrictions on the son’s movements would be lifted. They were removed on Sunday after police failed to provide evidence that would warrant maintaining them.
Police said that the suspicions had not been completely dismissed but the teen's release indicates that their evidence is weak. No other arrests have been made so far, although the police say that they are pending.
Yotam Berger
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.783879Schermata 2017 04 17 alle 23.13.19

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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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