Haaretz: Tahah siblings were executed without any reason

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– An Israeli investigation has proved that the two siblings Maram, 23, and Ibrahim Tahah, 16, were shot and killed by Israeli fire at Qalandia checkpoint without any justification. After months of foot-dragging, Israeli authorities accepted to lift the gag order on the case of lethal shooting of Palestinian teens at Haaretz’s request. Haaretz said the video of the shooting affirms that 16-year-old brother Ibrahim Salah Tahah did not have a weapon when he was shot by Israeli soldiers. Ibrahim repeatedly tried to pull his sister away from the scene, according to the paper. However, two Israeli security guards shot the siblings from around 20 meters (66 feet) away. A number of police officers and security guards at the checkpoint have been questioned on the matter. The two security guards who fired are suspected of failing to follow open-fire protocol.   According to the people who saw the video, the sister, 23-year-old Maram, is seen brandishing a knife, while her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim did not have a weapon and even tried to stop her.  The Justice Ministry says it will not let journalists see the footage until a decision is made on whether to indict the two security guards. Sources have told Haaretz this decision will be made in a few days. The police completed their investigation months ago and sent their findings to state prosecutors. When the police finished their probe, their findings, unusually, did not include a recommendation for or against an indictment.

(Source / 10.10.2016)

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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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