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Israel sentences 7 Palestinians to detention without charge or trial

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s Ofer military court Thursday sentenced seven Palestinians to detention without charge or trial for periods between three to six months, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).The statement said that Palestinian prisoners Bassam Mteir Asmar and Imad Omar Abu al-Heija were sentenced to six months of administrative detention, while prisoners Muhammad Abed al-Raouf Hamel, Muhammad Youssef Khlouf, and Muhammad Fouad Eweis were sentenced to four months.Palestinian prisoners Amer Ashraf Jadallah and Mutaz Muhammad al-Muhtaseb were also sentenced to three months of administrative detention.

Israel’s policy of administrative detention — internment without charge or trial for three to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence — has been widely condemned by the international community.Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have claimed that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.Since Israel considers the majority of Palestinian political factions illegal, designating them as “terrorist organizations,” Palestinian communities are highly vulnerable to arbitrary detentions by Israeli forces, as most Palestinian families are affiliated with one of several Palestinian parties.Rights groups have also charged Israel of using its policy of administrative detention, which is almost exclusively used against Palestinians, as a way of eroding Palestinian democracy and family life, while enabling Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian activists and journalists for extended periods of time without evidence of any wrongdoing.Bilal Kayid, a Palestinian prisoner affiliated with the leftist PFLP faction, launched a hunger strikeon June 14 in protest of being placed under administrative detention on the day he was scheduled to be released after completing a 14-and-a-half-year prison sentence.Since then, a mass hunger strike has been ongoing, with the al-Balboul brothers declaring a hunger strike earlier in July after being placed in administrative detention while other Palestinian prisoners have undertaken short-term solidarity hunger strikes through a rolling system, as 100 prisoners went on hunger strike on Wednesday to demand an end to Israel’s arbitrary detention of Palestinians.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 / 28.07.2016)

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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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