Palestinian family’s “only source of income” demolished by Israelis

Commercial facility demolished

Israeli bulldozers on Tuesday morning knocked down a Palestinian commercial facility north of Occupied Jerusalem.

The building owner, Osama Badr, said Israeli police forces and border guards, escorted by heavily-equipped bulldozers, cordoned off his auto wash, located in Beit Hanina, before they proceeded with the demolition.

Badr added that the demolition was carried out under the pretext of unlicensed construction, in the third such move executed over recent months.

“The car wash is the only source of income for my family and children,” said the owner.

On Monday, Israeli civil defense crews stormed Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin community, east of Occupied Jerusalem, and notified the demolition of a number of Palestinian homes and civilian facilities. A Palestinian building was razed to the ground in al-Za’im village, east

of Occupied Jerusalem, while another, located in the lower floor, sustained heavy material damage as a result of the arbitrary demolition.

(Source / 19.09.2017)

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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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