Report: 489 Palestinian prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment in Israeli jails

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The number of Palestinian prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment in Israeli jails has increased to 489 after Israel’s Salem Military Court issued new life sentences against four prisoners from Nablus, a new report revealed.

The Palestinian Prisoners Centre for Studies said in a statement on Thursday that the Israeli court hands down life sentences against Palestinians accused of killing Israeli citizens or planning attacks that lead to the deaths of Israeli citizens.

The statement added the prisoners with the highest number of life sentences are Abdullah Ghalib al-Barghouthi from Ramallah, who was sentenced to life imprisonment 67 times, followed by Ibrahim Jamil Hamid, who is sentenced to 54 life sentences on charges of leading the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in West Bank and being responsible for many suicide attacks.

The centre expected the number of prisoners sentenced to life in Israeli jails to increase in the coming period, since there are many Palestinians being prosecuted on charges of taking part in operations that led to the deaths of Israeli citizens.

The Salem Military Court sentenced Yahya al-Haj Hamad, Amjad Illweiwi, Karam El- Masri and Samir Kousa on Wednesday to two life sentences and 30 years each regarding charges of shooting two settlers near Itamar settlement in October 2015.

(Source / 24.06.2016)

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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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