72 bills bear witness to Israel’s racist character

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A study by the PIC press team kept record of 72 Israeli bills that reflect Israel’s inherently racist character. A bill approved last week legitimized the exclusion of Arab MKs in the Israeli Knesset on allegations of incitement to anti-occupation activism. Expert in the Israeli affairs Barhoum Jureisi said the “exclusion bill” was not the first and last of its kind as talks have been underway in the Knesset to pass 72 racist laws. Jureisi warned of the striking surge in Israeli bills approved by the Knesset over the past 10 years. He spoke out against Israeli attempts to legalize racism and find justifiable grounds for Islamophobia among the Israelis. He added that such bills aim at cracking down on Palestinians residing in 1948 Occupied Palestine and to Judaize the areas occupied since 1967 along with the legitimization of illegal settlement activity. The Israeli occupation government also approved other bills including a bill to force-feed Palestinian hunger-striking detainees and another criminalizing anti-occupation stone-attacks. Another law categorizing terror attacks by Israeli settler gangs as “hate crimes” was passed in its first reading.  50 other bills are put on the Knesset talk-table, including 16 laws aimed to hold sway over West Bank areas and two more bills targeting Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic holy sites. “Such a huge amount of laws are proofs of Israel’s simmering racist polices and increasing tendency to legalize terrorism,” the expert further stated.

(Source / 26.07.2016)

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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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