Israeli security forces take position outside Israel’s Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah

The Palestine Scholars Association in the Diaspora in a statement on Saturday rejected an American request to extradite, Ahlam al-Tamimi, the female Palestinian prisoner freed from an Israeli jail.

“We have been closely following the issue of the US request from Jordan to extradite the freed prisoner Ahlam al-Tamimi and we are deeply concerned about the oppressive policies of the Americans,” the statement said.

Image of Ahlam al-Tamimi

The association observed that US citizens had joined Israeli forces and had taken part in the “killing” of Palestinians. It said US citizens had also helped in the desecration of holy sites and had assisted the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.  It said those citizens who had killed Palestinians were often cleared of the “crime”, but when killed while fighting for the Israeli military, they were referred to as “civilians.”

Meanwhile, the statement described the extradition request as a shocking policy of “double standards” as it coincided with the anniversary of the death of the American activist Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israeli bulldozers in Gaza on 16 March 2003.

The association noted that the US have not requested the extradition or prosecution of, what it referred to as, the “criminals” who killed Corrie, the 23-year-old unarmed American peace activist.

Addressing an audience in the Jordanian capital Amman, the Palestinian scholars stressed that it will not be handing over Al-Tamimi as the association considered such a move as a clear violation of “religious rules” based on the Holy Qur’an.

Concluding the statement, the scholars called on the Jordanian government and parliament, who also rejected the US extradition request. They also decided to grant Al-Tamimi “honorary membership” of the association as a reward for the sacrifices she had made for the Palestinian cause.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

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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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