Isolating six Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa for various durations between two weeks and six months
April 15, 2014

The Israeli authorities decided on Monday to isolate six Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings for periods that varied between two weeks and six months under the pretext of “maintaining law and order”. They are: Um Tarek Hashlamon, Hussam Sider who is an employee of the Islamic Awqaf, Mahmoud Abdellatif, Musbah Abu Sbeih, Hamza Rweidi and Rami Fakhouri. Um Tarek Hashlamon (isolated for three months) Israeli forces along with the Intelligence raided the house of Um Tarek Hashlamon –one of Al-Aqsa students (Masateb) - and handed her family a call for investigation since she was not home. Upon arrival at Al-Qishleh police station, she was handed an order to isolate her from Al-Aqsa for three months. Isolation for six months The Israeli authorities isolated the Islamic Awqaf employee, Hussam Sider, and Mahmoud Abdellatif from Al-Aqsa for six months. Hussam was arrested on Monday while he was near Hutta Gate as he was heading to work inside Al-Aqsa, and the forces handed him an order to isolate him for six months after he was arrested starting on 14/04/2014 until 14/10/2014. Mahmoud Abdellatif was also isolated for six months and said: “I was arrested along with my friend, rami Fakhouri, on Tuesday after we finished the Noon prayer inside Al-Aqsa and we were leaving through Al-Nather Gate.” He pointed out that he was assaulted especially on the face and limbs while he was arrested and detained in Al-Silsileh Gate center and Al-Qishleh police center. Abdellatif added: “one of the police individuals handed me an order to isolate me from Al-Aqsa for six months and also prevented me from getting close to Al-Aqsa Gates for a distance less than 20 meters. They also asked me to sign a 5000-NIS bail but I refused and so they photographed me as I was holding the isolation order in my hand. I was then transferred to Al-Maskobyeh and was released from there on Monday.” Isolation for two weeks The police isolated 24-year old Rami Saleh Fakhouri who is a resident of Bab Hutta from Al-Aqsa for two weeks after he was arrested for 24 hours and was transferred in between Al-Maskobyeh, Al-Qishleh and Al-Silsileh Gate police centers. The 25-year old Hamza Mohammad Rweidi from Silwan was arrested on Sunday near Hutta gate and the police detained his ID before he entered Al-Aqsa. Upon leaving, he headed to take his ID and was stopped by a policeman who prevented him from reaching the police officer. Clashes using hands broke out between him and the policeman and was then attacked and severely beaten by a group of Special Forces individuals and was then arrested and transferred to Al-Qishleh police center. He explained that the forces deliberately attacked and handcuffed him and injured him with several bruises. He was detained for 24 hours and was then handed the isolation order; he was also charged with obstructing the police work and assaulting an Israeli soldier. Arrest and release The 21-year old Laith Naser Gheith from Bab Hutta was arrested on Sunday night from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque while he was there to perform the Evening Prayer. He was taken to Al-Qishleh Center and was then released with no conditions. Gheith explained that the police forces assaulted and severely beat him while he was transferred in between Al-Silsileh Gate and Al-Qishleh police centers.

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