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Palestine: Israeli police continue to impose restrictions on Palestinians while allowing settlers to storm Al Aqsa

22nd Apr 2014
Palestine: Israeli police continue to impose restrictions on Palestinians while allowing settlers to storm Al Aqsa

 

By Chris Carlson
International Middle East Media Center: Groups of [Israeli] settlers, on Monday, raided the al-Aqsa Mosque through Bab al-Magharbeh (Mughrabi gate), under the protection of Israeli police.

The police, stationed at the main gates of the mosque, imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers, especially the young generation; as they detained their personal IDs until they come out of the mosque. Dozens of Israeli police were deployed in the mosque’s compound and its surrounding areas, according to the PNN

 
A large number of Palestinian worshipers participated in the al-Fajer Prayer and stayed in the mosque’s compound, as hundreds of settlers raided the mosque in small groups.

 
Al Ray further reports that Israeli settlers and politicians have, lately, been violating the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque on nearly a daily basis and always under the protection of armed occupation forces, who often attack Palestinian worshipers trying to protect their holy site.

 
Yesterday, the Israeli court in Jerusalem issued exile orders against a number of Jerusalemites, for varying periods.
Reported to be exiled are Izzideen al-Shaloudi, Malik al-Showaiki, Mohammed Romman and student Muhannad Atieya. The exile was imposed for a period of one week, with a third party guarantee. Also exiled from the mosque was Ali Abu Sheikha, for 45 days, and 12 days from the old city of Jerusalem.

 
Abu Sheikha was released on a NIS 3,000 personal bail.

 
Dozens of Palestinian worshipers were wounded and dozens of others were detained after clashes broke out in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Sunday morning, with Israeli forces who had stormed the courtyards firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets and, according to some reports, bullets tipped with acid.

 
The court stated that it also exiled Ihab Ighbarieya, from the old city of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque, until June 20 with a NIS500 personal bail and NIS 5,000 to be paid by a third party.

 
The same Israeli court extended the detention of photojournalist Amjad Abuuu Arafa, al-Aqsa guard Mu’tasem Sedr, Mohammed Zain and Mohammed Arafa from Jerusalem until Monday, while extending the detention of Mohammed Jom’a and Wissam Yasin until Tuesday, and unconditionally releasing child Abdullah Tibi and Hamed al-Tamimi.

 

http://imemc.org/article/67599

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