by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
According to West Bank Palestinian journalists, Israeli-instigated violence from July 14 – 28 caused 15 deaths, about 1,400 others injured, some seriously.
Clashes resulted from unacceptable Israeli security measures imposed on the Al-Aqsa mosque and compound, mostly in Jerusalem’s Old City, elsewhere in the West Bank and Gaza.
Israel continues holding bodies of 13 Palestinians killed during this period – so far refusing to return them to families for proper Muslim burials.
On Friday, Israel lifted security measures and other restrictions imposed on the Al-Aksa mosque and compound.
The Islamic Endowment in charge of running the holy site confirmed all gates are open, Palestinian men and women of all ages free to enter the mosque and compound for prayers.
Over 100 detained Palestinians were released on Thursday and Friday on these conditions. Old City residents were banned from entering Al-Aqsa for two weeks, other Jerusalem residents banned from the Old City for two weeks, other Palestinians banned from the city for two weeks.
Palestinian victories are rare and nearly always short-lived. It’s just a matter of time before large-scale Israeli-instigated violence again occurs.
Besieged Gazans endure horrendous Israeli mistreatment, struggling to survive under dire conditions.
Elsewhere in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israeli persecution continued on Saturday, numerous Palestinians assaulted, many detained, including disabled ones in Hebron and Bethlehem.
Multiple raids happen daily in Palestinian communities. Hundreds are administratively detained uncharged without trials.
Separately, Netanyahu threatened to expel Al-Jazeera from Israel, claiming it’s “inciting” violence in Jerusalem’s Old City, especially around the Al-Aqsa mosque and compound.
“I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al-Jazeera office in Jerusalem,” he blustered.
“If this does not happen because of legal reasons, I will work to legislate the laws required to remove Al Jazeera from Israel.”
Israel rejects criticism of its policies – by media, groups and individuals, including bloggers freely expressing their views.
Repressive Knesset legislation targets speech, assembly, association and the right to dissent, Palestinians especially vulnerable.
Military censorship prohibits information published about its high crimes against peace. willfully suppressing what Israelis need to know, claiming national security priorities.
Discussing anything Israel considers classified information risks prosecution. Protests are prohibited for political reasons. Nonviolent resistance is suppressed, academic freedom endangered.
The Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedoms (MADA) reported “51 violations of media freedoms in Palestine during June by Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
Palestine is illegally occupied territory, the entire population threatened by brutal Israeli repression – ongoing daily.
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