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HEBRON REPRESENTS ISRAEL’S ‘APARTHEID REGIME,’ SAYS AL-BARGHOUTI

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Mustafa Al-Barghouti

The occupied West Bank city of Hebron “represents Israel’s apartheid regime,” the Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative has said. Mustafa Al-Barghouti made his comments at an event to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the massacre of Palestinian worshippers inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city by an illegal Jewish settler, Safa news agency reported on Friday.

“Whoever wants to see the reality of what the Israeli apartheid regime means has to visit Hebron’s Old City,” explained Al-Barghouti in the historic mosque. He described the situation in Hebron as “worse” than what was seen in South Africa during the dark, oppressive days of Apartheid.

“Our people will not accept anything less than freedom and independence,” he told those present. “Israel will never break our persistence and struggle against slavery and racial discrimination.”

Al-Barghouti, who is known for his moderation and pragmatism, stressed that Israel does not understand anything except power. He called for a change in the balance of power in favour of the Palestinian people through encouraging popular resistance and imposing sanctions against the Zionist state.

Meanwhile, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces erupted on Friday as demonstrators took to the streets calling for the main thoroughfare in the heart of Hebron, Al-Shuhada Street, to be reopened.

The street has been closed to Palestinians ever since Dr Baruch Goldstein shot and killed 29 Palestinians as they prayed inside Ibrahimi Mosque on 25 February 1994. Illegal Jewish settlers are, however, allowed to use Al-Shuhada Street under heavy Israeli military protection.

The Israeli soldiers prevented the Palestinians from entering the thoroughfare on Friday, setting up several flying checkpoints in their way. The occupation forces also used tear gas, water cannon and plastic bullets against the demonstrators.

(Source / 25.02.2017)

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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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