Gunshots fired at home of Nablus mayoral candidate

ABLUS, (PIC)– Unidentified gunmen at dawn Sunday opened fire on the home and car of Engineer Muhammad Jihad Dweikat who has just announced his intent to run for the mayoral race in Nablus. In a statement posted on his Facebook account, Dweikat said preliminary findings prove that a masked gunman went down of a car driving near his home in eastern Nablus at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday and fired gunshots at his home and car. Palestinian police and crime detectives rushed to the area and gathered evidence at the shooting scene.     Dweikat reiterated his decision to run for the mayoral elections, saying such criminal attempts backed by Israel will never dampen his spirits. “The shooting attack emanates from a barefaced disregard for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its security apparatuses,” said Dweikat. Some few days ago, Dweikat, a lecturer at An-Najah National University, announced his decision to run for the mayoral elections slated to be held in Nablus on October 8. A similar attack last June targeted the member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ghassan al-Shakaa. Al-Shakaa accused Fatah affiliates of planning for and carrying out the shooting prior to the mayoral elections. Al-Shakaa warned of similar attacks targeting mayoral candidates running for the October elections.

(Source / 24.07.2016)

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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.

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