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Palestine: Photographer shot in cheek faces prison again & Al Aqsa stormed

Palestinian Photographer Shot in Cheek Faces Prison Again

by Shamus Slaunwhite – IMEMC & Agencies

On June 30, Israeli forces invaded the Aida-area In the middle of the night. Soldiers broke into the home of Palestinian photographer Mohamed Al-Azza, assaulted him and his family and detained him. Freed on July 11 on paying a bail of 1,500 shekels, he is scheduled to appear on July 25 before an Israeli military court, which will rule on his case.

Al-Azza sustained severe injuries during his arrest on June 30 and was transferred to a hospital where he remained for three days before being sent back to prison. An Israeli military court heard charges by the Israeli security forces accusing Al-Azza as having participated in “violent and illegal” activities. Reporters Without Borders reported that, “as a journalist, [Al-Azza] has covered demonstrations in support of detainees on hunger strikes and protests against the November 2012 offensive in Gaza.”

On April 8, in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, an Israeli soldier shot Al-Azza in the right cheekbone with a rubber-coated steel bullet. Al-Azza, who was working for Palestine News Network (PNN), sustained a broken right cheekbone, and underwent two surgeries to remove the bullet. Reporters Without Borders has urged the Israeli security forces to investigate this deliberate shooting of a journalist, to punish the soldier responsible, and to end “the complete impunity enjoyed by IDF soldiers responsible for violence against journalists.”

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Jewish extremists storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jewish extremist groups, guarded by Israeli policemen, stormed on Wednesday morning the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate.

Local sources said that about 32 settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning hours, and toured around its courtyards guarded by the occupation forces.

They noted that the Israeli occupation forces surrounded hundreds of students who were present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards in rejection of the raid.

The locals added that the Israeli police checked the identities of the students at the gates of the Mosque, and tried to arrest one of them.

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Israeli scheme to build a new settlement neighborhood in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli government has published a new tender to build a settlement neighborhood in Bethel settlement built on occupied Palestinian land east of Ramallah in West Bank, Walla Hebrew website said.

The Hebrew website confirmed that the Israeli authorities on Monday put out to tender the construction of a new settlement neighborhood in Bethel after the declaration to resume peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

The source said that the new tender includes the construction of five 3-storey buildings each consisting of 30 housing units.

Walla Hebrew newspaper stated that the Jewish settlers will enjoy privileges including the construction of new neighborhood includes 297 housing units and the extension of the settlement.

This is the first tender put out for expanding settlements after the announcement of the resumption of “peace talks” between the PA and Israeli occupation.

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