CIVILIANS KIDNAPPED, JOURNALIST STRIP-SEARCHED IN IOF SWEEPS

Several Palestinians, including a journalist, were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in abduction sweeps launched at predawn Sunday.

Overnight, the Israeli army claimed responsibility for the abduction of four Palestinians on account of their involvement in anti-occupation events.

The campaign targeted three Palestinians from Jenin’s northern town of al-Jalama and another from the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil.

A PIC reporter, said the IOF soldiers rolled into al-Jalama at around 3 a.m. and wreaked havoc on civilian homes before they kidnapped three Palestinians, two among whom aged 21 and the third in his early 30s.

Palestinian journalist Raed Abu Rmeila, working for B’Tselem watchdog, was arrested by the occupation soldiers from southern al-Khalil and transferred to an Israeli detention center, where he had been aggressively attacked and strip-searched. He was released sometime later.

The attack on Abu Rmeila has not been the first of its kind. He had been subjected to several such assaults while covering Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the Old City of al-Khalil. Last Thursday, he survived gunshots fired by an Israeli soldier overnight.

Meanwhile, reporting from Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, a PIC news correspondent said the IOF kidnapped five Palestinian young men in a predawn raid on the city.

The list of detainees included Mohamed Mo’men Khalaf, his cousin Mohamed Ma’moun, and Ibrahim Hamamra, all kidnapped from their family homes in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

At the same time, 27-year-old Palestinian youth Assid al-Wardian, from Bethlehem, was transferred to administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial, just a couple of days after he was arrested by the IOF. His health has reportedly gone downhill as a result of a heart attack sustained one month ago in the Palestinian Authority (PA) lock-ups.

(Source / 26.03.2017)

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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. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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