Pathologist: Al-Sharif would have been alive if not shot in the head

NAZARETH, (PIC)– An Israeli pathologist has testified that Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif, who was killed in cold blood by an Israeli soldier in al-Khalil last March, would have survived had he not taken a bullet to his head. “The other bruises and damage were not lethal, not immediately, pathologist Hadas Gips told a judge on Thursday. “Had he received medical care immediately he would almost certainly have survived. Even without it, the deceased might have survived.” Elor Azaria, who killed al-Sharif, is being tried in a military court in Jaffa on a charge of manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty. His commander also testified yesterday that the victim had posed no danger to anyone in the moments before he was killed, and that there was no justification for shooting him again. Last April, a Palestinian pathologist also said that the gunshot wound to the head caused the death of al-Sharif. Recently, the B’Tselem rights group revealed that another attacker in the same incident was also shot in the head by an Israeli soldier. This prompted the military advocate general to order an investigation into the claim.

(Source / 17.06.2016)

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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.

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