Number of journalists detained in Israeli jails jumps to 22

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at dawn Monday arrested two journalists: Adib al-Atrash from al-Khalil and Nasereddin Khasib from Ramallah bringing the number of journalists detained in Israeli jails to 22.  Palestinian Prisoner Society revealed, in a statement, that both journalists have recently obtained their Master degrees from a university in Cyprus.  The Society highlighted that among the imprisoned journalists is captive Mahmoud Issa who is the oldest prisoner with the highest sentence. He has been arrested since 1993 and is serving a life sentence.  Among the captives also is the female journalist Samah Dowaik from Occupied Jerusalem. She is detained for alleged incitement on Facebook.  Journalist Bassam al-Sayeh is also held under custody. He is suffering from leukemia and bone cancer in addition to weak heart muscle and problems in the lungs.  The Society pointed out that Israeli forces hold five Palestinian journalists under the illegal administrative detention with no charges or trials.

(Source / 20.06.2016)

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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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