183 SENTENCES ISSUED BY ISRAELI AUTHORITIES WITHOUT TRIAL IN 2 MONTHS

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183 administrative detention orders were issued by Israeli courts since the start of 2017, 88 among which issued in February alone, the Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies reported.

Media spokesman for the Palestine Prisoners Center, Reyad al-Ashkar, said such arbitrary administrative orders issued against Palestinian detainees, with neither charge nor trial, are signs of Israel’s disregard for international laws.

“The administrative terms issued since the start of 2017 prove that Israel uses such a policy as part of a collective punishment tactic against the Palestinians,” noted al-Ashkar.

The sentences issued in February included 23 new terms and 65 renewed terms, all ranging from two to six months.

Al-Khalil province topped the list with 32 administrative detention orders, followed by 23 in Ramallah.

The Israeli prison authorities renewed the administrative sentences of three Palestinians for the fifth time running and of 21 others for the fourth time. 23 prisoners were, meanwhile, subjected to a renewed sentence for the second consecutive time.

(Source / 05.03.2017)

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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.

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