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Israelis kill Palestinian, demolish house

The file photo of Israeli forces near the city of Ramallah in the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank

The file photo of Israeli forces near the city of Ramallah in the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian for allegedly hurling stones at vehicles and demolished the house of another Palestinian in the West Bank.

The Israeli forces shot and killed Mahmoud Badran, 20, alleging that he had thrown stones at moving vehicles between the villages of Beit Sira and Beit Ur in the West Bank.

Two other Palestinians were also wounded. They were fired at over the same allegation.

The Israeli military said in a statement that two “suspects” were also arrested. It is not clear if those arrested were the same two people who were wounded.

Israeli media alleged that the Palestinians had inflicted damage on the passing vehicles and slightly injured two drivers.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli forces razed the home of Palestinian Bashar Massala, in the village of Hajjah, further north of the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian is accused by the Israeli regime of having conducted an attack against Israelis.

The Tel Aviv regime routinely demolishes the houses of Palestinians it accuses of assaults against Israelis. The demolitions displace families, including women and children, who have had nothing to do with the alleged attacks.

The occupied territories have witnessed heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

At least 213 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October amid the tensions.

An Israeli bulldozer is seen carrying out construction work south of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the south of the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank, June 11, 2016

The provocative demolitions by the Israeli regime, as well as its refusal to stop illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian territories, have dimmed hopes for any attempts aimed at bringing peace to Palestinians.

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East al-Quds. The settlements are considered by the international community as illegal.

An international French-backed conference is planned to convene later in the year to discuss so-called peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A meeting of the European Union (EU) foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday voiced support for the project, although Israel reiterated its opposition.

(Source / 22.06.2016)

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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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