Palestinian prisoner injured, taken to solitary confinement after prison raid

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner reportedly injured on Monday during a raid by Israeli Prison Service in the Ofer prison, during which the forces violently beat prisoners, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said.The committee said in a statement that prisoner Malik al-Zaaqiq was taken into solitary confinement after he was beaten and injured during the raid in Section 15 of Ofer prison, which is known as “the national unity section” as it gathers Palestinian prisoners of different political affiliations, as opposed to most sections in Israeli prisons.The committee added that fifty Palestinian prisoners had announced that they would go on hunger on Tuesday to express solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners Bilal KayidMuhammad and Mahmoud Balboul, Malik al-Qadi, and Ayyad Hreimi.The statement added that “large numbers of prisoners” were planning to start an open hunger strike to support the hunger strikers.Dozens of Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes in recent weeks to protest the Israeli policy of administrative detention — internment without charge or trial or charges.Kayid, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) entered his 42th day without food on Monday, in one of the most high-profile hunger strikes against administrative detention since Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq came near death during a 94-day hunger strike before he was finally released in May.According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held by Israel as of May, 715 of whom were held in administrative detention.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

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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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