8000 Palestinians arrested since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) intensified since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada in early October 2015 arrest campaigns across the occupied territories, rights group revealed. Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies revealed that 8,000 arrests were reported since last October including 2,155 minors, 270 women, and 250 online activists. The center pointed out that most of the detainees were subjected to severe torture and ill-treatment in Israeli jails and detention centers. 1,773 administrative detention orders were also issued during the reported period, the report added. 40 female minors and four Palestinian MPs were also among the documented arrests. During the reported period, 110 old men over the age of 60, 23 academics, 190 people with special needs, and 79 journalists were detained. The center said that two Palestinian prisoners died in Israeli jails due to the Israeli deliberate medical negligence.

(Source / 28.09.2016)

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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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