Israeli authorities confiscate antiquities from Palestinian-owned shop in Jerusalem’s Old City

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday morning raided a Palestinian-owned antiquity shop in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and confiscated a large number of antiquities, the owner told Ma’an.Nabil al-Huroub told Ma’an that Israeli police and border guard officers along with inspectors from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) stormed his shop on al-Wad Street in the Old City “without prior notice” and started seizing antiquities.

Al-Huroub said that an IAA employee moving the items told him that al-Huroub is accused of trading antiquities without a license.However, al-Huroub insisted to Ma’an that his shop, which he has been operating with his family since the 1970s, has all the necessary documents and licenses from the IAA and the tax authority.
An Israeli police spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.
Al-Huroub noted that following an Israeli High Court decision requiring that all antiquity dealers in Israel document their entire inventory online, he has “sent the photos they requested and paid taxes regularly every year.”Al-Huroub highlighted that some of the antiquities in his shop are about 4,000 years old including pottery, stones, glass works, coins, and other from the the Canaanite, Byzantine, and Islamic eras, with the most valuable piece reaching a total value in the millions of dollars.
The shop, he said, is the main source of living for 100 members of his extended family.
 
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(Source / 10.07.2016)

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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. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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