Mishaal, Abu Marzouk, Arouri: Detainees’ freedom around the corner

DOHA, (PIC)–  Hamas leaders Khaled Mishaal, Saleh al-Arouri, and Moussa Abu Marzouk reiterated the group’s commitment to the prisoners’ cause and its ongoing efforts to liberate Palestinians from Israeli jails. Speaking in a videotaped speech on the occasion of the Eid, Mishaal said serious work has been done by the group to liberate Palestinian detainees. “Never ever shall we have a moment’s rest until you restore your freedom. This is our duty and your right,” said Haneyya. He vowed that Hamas will do every possible effort to oust the Israeli occupation from the occupied Palestinian territories, defend Muslims’ al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli Judaization schemes and restore refugees’ right to return to their motherland. Political bureau member of Hamas Moussa Abu Marzouk also acclaimed the steadfastness maintained by Palestinian detainees in Israeli lock-ups. “You are the real free people,” said Abu Marzouk. “We take it upon our shoulders to make your liberation dream come true.” For his part, the group’s leader Saleh al-Arouri expressed his best wishes for a happy Eid to the Palestinian detainees, vowing that the group will make every possible effort to release them from jail. “We’re quite sure that freedom is around the corner,” al-Arouri further stated.

(Source / 06.07.2016)

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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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