IOA BANS EVENT ON WOMEN’S DAY

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The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) prevented on Wednesday holding an event for the International Women’s Day in occupied Jerusalem.

The director of Women for Life and Democracy association, Zuhour Abu Mayyala, said that the IOA abruptly prevented organizing the women’s event based on a decision issued by the Israeli Minister of Public security, Gilad Erdan.

Abu Mayyala affirmed that the decision is “groundless”, especially that the event is a women’s cultural event that doesn’t have any political nature.

In a statement to Quds Press news agency, Abu Mayyala said that she was subjected to interrogation by the Israeli Intelligence on the event which was supposed to mark the International Women’s Day and include recreational and cultural activities to honor Jerusalemite women and “draw a smile on their faces.”

She pointed out that this Israeli act conveys a message to the international community on the suffering of Jerusalemite women under the Israeli occupation and its practices which “clamp down on everyone in occupied Jerusalem”.

Erdan claimed that the event lacked the approval of the Israeli authorities according to Article 3(A) of the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1994 about censoring activities.

He said that efforts have been made lately by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to strengthen their presence in Jerusalem by organizing multiple events, adding that what is happening is “a Palestinian attack against the Israeli sovereignty over the city”.

(Source / 08.03.2017)

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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.

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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