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62 Palestinian women prisoners in Israeli jails; military court orders Lara Tarayreh’s release

There are currently 62 Palestinian women jailed in Israeli prisons, including 13 minor girls, according to the latest statistics released by Palestinian prisoner support organizations as of 2 August.

Another Palestinian young woman, Walaa Ayman al-Mahariq, 18, was arrested by Israeli occupation soldiers near the illegal settlement of Gush Etzion on Monday, 1 August outside Bethlehem as she walked down the street. Al-Mahariq, a resident of al-Samu village, was taken to Ofer military base and prison for interrogation, accused of possession of a knife.

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The military court hearing of Noor Darwish, one of a number of young Palestinian female students in Israeli prisons, was continued until 9 August. Darwish, along with fellow studens Hala Bitar and Salam Abu Sharar, was arrested on 19 April amid student elections at their university, Al-Quds University in Abu Dis. Bitar was recently sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for participating in a book fair organized by the Islamic Bloc on campus.

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Meanwhile, Lara Nasser al-Tarayreh, 21, was ordered released by the Ofer military court after one month of detention. Al-Tarayreh, from Bani Naim near al-Khalil, was arrested on 3 July in her home along with her brother. Both were accused of “incitement” for speaking to the media about their brother Mohammed’s participation in an armed attack on an Israeli settlement in which he was killed on 30 June. While the military court ordered Tarayreh’s release, the decision was postponed for 48 hours to provide the military prosecution with the opportunity to respond and seek her continued imprisonment. In many similar cases, including those of Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar and professor Imad Barghouthi, such orders of release have led only to continued imprisonment.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

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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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