Journalist Abu Zaid tortured in PA lock-up

NABLUS, (PIC)– Palestinian journalist Tareq Abu Zaid said he had been subjected to harsh torture in the solitary lock-downs of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Nablus. A PIC news correspondent quoted Abu Zaid as stating that he was kidnapped from his own family home and locked up in a solitary cell in the PA Juneid jail, where he was prevented from sleeping for the first three days.  Prisoner Zaid also said he had been slapped on the face by the investigators all the way through the first week of his detention. A PA intelligence officer also pushed him against the floor and hit his lower body parts with his boots. The PA investigators further forced Abu Zaid to smoke a cigarette and threatened to snuff it out in his body if he refuses. The PA investigators questioned him on reports he conducted on the psycho-physical torture perpetrated in the PA lock-ups in the West Bank. Abu Zaid was arrested by the PA intelligence forces from his own family home in Nablus on 16 May, 2016.  He was incarcerated in a solitary cell before he was released on bail on Wednesday.

(Source / 23.06.2016)

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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.

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