Female doctor spends her 2nd Ramadan in Israeli isolated cell

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Alarms have been sounded over the 27-year-old Palestinian doctor Sabreen Waleed Abu Sharar, who is spending the holy month of Ramadan in an isolated cell in Israeli jails for the second year. The Israeli occupation courts have extended her remand for the 10th time running pending her trial on July 15. Sabreen has reportedly spent the two first days of Ramadan in an isolated cell in the Israeli Ashkelon jail, where she has been subjected to harsh psycho-physical torture. Isolated in time and space, Sabreen cannot hear the call for prayers to break her fast. “Sabreen cannot differentiate between the day and the night due to the dim darkness she has been made to endure in the isolated cell. She has been praying Allah with tears in her eyes and pain in her heart to be released at the soonest time possible,” her family said, adding that they have been prevented from visiting Sabreen since June 7, 2015. According to the Prisoners’ Media Center, Sabreen was subjected to exhaustive interrogation at her home in Dura the day of the arrest. “Echoes of the soldiers’ voices while threatening Sabreen with arrest and torture were heard overnight before she was transferred to an unknown destination without prior notification,” the center added. “Since her arrest, Sabreen attended trial hearings. The occupation authorities have renewed her detention with every hearing on claims of incomplete judicial procedures,” said her father. Sabreen returned to the occupied Palestinian territories after she had spent six years in Egypt, where she pursued her studies in medicine. She joined the Alya public hospital in al-Khalil as an intern. She was arrested five months later.

(Source / 08.06.2016)

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

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