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Lieberman Bars Senior Palestinian Official From Israel Due to 'Subversive Activity'

Fatah official Mohammed al-Madani is in charge of interaction with Israel and is considered close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has revoked a senior Fatah official's entry permit to Israel. Mohammed al-Madani, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, is considered close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He also the chairman of the Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society.
Lieberman said he has barred Madani from Israel because the official “embarked on subversive activity within Israeli society that included an attempt to establish political parties.”
The defense minister said that “Madani tried to work with Israeli Bedouin and with Jews,” activity that meets the definition of illegal efforts by a foreign agent to set up a party.
Madani has tried to strengthen ties with Israelis through direct contacts. Among others, he met with Reuven Abergil, a former leader of Israel’s Black Panther movement, in a bid to foster a dialogue with Mizrahi Jews.
Last year Abbas met with members of the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow, which calls itself an apolitical social movement that seeks to instill the principles of democracy and social justice.
A senior Defense Ministry official who asked to remain anonymous said that Abbas is the main obstacle to Israeli security.
“We’re strong on the military front but weak on the political one,” the source said. “That’s our soft underbelly. Abu Mazen [Abbas] is exploiting this and carrying out political terror against Israel. Security coordination with the Palestinian Authority should continue, but this is not a gift Abu Mazen is giving us.”
In the Gaza Strip, the Defense Ministry source said, “A confrontation with Hamas is inevitable, but we’re in no rush. We’re not looking for adventures. The army must be ready and prepared for such a confrontation. If it takes place, the next round must be the last one for the Hamas government.”

Gili Cohen
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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