REPORT: 420 PALESTINIANS ARRESTED, JAILED BY ISRAEL IN FEBRUARY

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A human rights group said that 420 Palestinians, including children and women, were either detained, arrested or jailed last February by the Israeli military and security authorities.

In its monthly report, the Palestinian Prisoner Center for Studies said it had documented 12 arrest incidents that happened in the Gaza Strip, including the detention of five fishermen after damaging their boats and two citizens at Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing.

In addition, five Gazan young men were also arrested for allegedly trying to cross the border into the 1984 occupied lands.

In the West Bank, a journalist called Hammam Hantash was arrested by Israeli soldiers. He is now being held in administrative detention.

22 Palestinian women and girls were also taken prisoners during the reporting month. One of them is a 28-year-old Jerusalemite woman, who was arrested after being shot by soldiers near Qalandiya checkpoint.

The month also saw the arrest and detention of 70 children in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The youngest of them was 12-year-old Shaker al-Ash’hab from Jerusalem.

The report also said that Israeli courts sentenced 17-year-old Hudaifa Taha, from Kafr Aqab village, to 12 years in jail and 16-year-old Amal Qabha, a girl from Jenin, to 18 months.

During February, 88 administrative detention orders were issued as well against Palestinians, according to the report.

23 of those orders were issued for the first time against administrative detainees and 65 were extensions to previous ones.

(Source / 03.03.2017)

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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.

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