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2 Palestinian journalists arrested by PA forces

TUBAS, (PIC)– The Palestinian Authority (PA) apparatuses on Wednesday kidnapped two journalists from the occupied West Bank provinces of Ramallah and Tubas. The PA General Intelligence officers in Tubas arrested the Palestinian journalist Zayd Abu Ara, 29, after summoning him for interrogation. Zayd’s father, Mustafa, said the PA intelligence arrested his son shortly after they spoke up to him by phone and summoned him for questioning. The family said efforts have been underway since the early morning hours to reach Zayd’s location. Zayd, a professional journalist, had been arrested by the PA on various past occasions on account of his work with the Quds Press International news agency. The PA General Intelligence forces further arrested the 24-year-old Palestinian photojournalist Ameer Abu Areim, working for the al-Aqsa TV Channel in Ramallah, Ameer’s wife Juman Abu Arafa said on Facebook.  Eyewitnesses said the PA officers stopped a vehicle driven by Ameer in Birzeit and forced him out at gunpoint. Journalist Tareq Abu Zayd has, meanwhile, been kept in the PA penitentiaries in Nablus for the 16th day running. Journalist Layla Hamarsha said Abu Zayd will be brought before court on Thursday after the judge turned down five appeals to release him on a bail.

(Source / 02.06.2016)

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

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