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Rights group calls for documenting, prosecuting Israeli crimes

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Prominent Palestinian figures denounced on Wednesday Israeli executions of Palestinian children, calling for both documenting and prosecuting such crimes. Speaking during a press conference held by anti-violence association AVAC, Secretary General of the National Initiative Movement, Mustafa Barghouthi, spoke out against the field executions perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian children, dubbing tاem “barbaric crimes” that require both documentation and prosecution. Barghouthi added that Israeli cold-blooded murder of the youngster Mahmoud Shaalan, among others, is an instance of the tragedy endured by the Palestinians across the occupied territories. Lawyer Nader Jayoussi, from AVAC, also said the group documented the execution of 16-year-old Shaalan, a holder of an American citizenship, by collecting eyewitness accounts and live proofs. Postmortem autopsy found out that seven bullets hit the casualty’s body from the back and right side despite the fact that he was at a distance from the Israeli soldiers and, thus, posed no threat to them. He said such eyewitness affidavits contradict Israeli claims that Shaalan attempted to stab soldiers. Israel refused to hand to the Palestinian Liaison the surveillance cameras that recorded the crime from beginning to end. AVAC’s director, Seyam Nawara, called for the need to document Israeli crimes and field executions against Palestinian civilians.

(Source / 14.07.2016)

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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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