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Today: Aug 20, 2017

JCSER: Israeli police used excessive force to disperse Moslem worshipers

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The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, JCSER, accused Israeli occupation authorities of resorting to excessive force to disperse thousands of Moslem worshipers who try to perform Friday prayers in al-Aqsa on August 19. The victims were gathering at the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem after being denied entry to perform the third Friday prayer of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The center's Research and Documentation Unit reported, Israeli police force that was deployed in the surroundings of the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque used various means of aggression against the worshipers, especially young men. In their attempt to disperse Palestinian worshipers, members of the Israeli police used tear gas canisters, stun grenades, hot water with bad smell and batons to beat the crowd who were also chased with horses. Al least 7 persons were reportedly injured while others suffered of suffocation because of tear gas.

The most critical attacks took place at Damascus Gate when hundreds of prayers broke through the police checkpoint and penetrated inside the Old City. They were later chased by the occupation police who were equipped with batons. However, the worshipers failed to cross the three other police checkpoints and thus overcrowding the Old city roads and alleys.

The police attack against the worshipers was preceded with prohibiting hundreds of the Old City residents, under 50 years old from performing the dawn Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The ban instigated clashes near Bab Hutta, one of the main gates to the mosque, during which Israeli occupation police used tear gas canisters to disperse the people and arrested four teenagers.

The restrictions imposed by the occupation police prevented male Jerusalemites and Palestinians from inside the Green Line who are under fifty and women under 40 from having access to the Mosque, an act that caused thousands of people to pray in the streets.

Israeli restrictions also deprived West Bank residents of all ages, including holders of entry permits to Jerusalem from performing the prayers. Consequently, the various Israeli checkpoints around Jerusalem were overcrowded with tens of thousands of people, causing frictions between them and Israeli soldiers who attacked several Palestinians.

JCSER believes that Israeli restrictions on entry to al-Aqsa mosque, and the use of excess force against the worshipers, constitute flagrant violations to the right of religion and the right to free practice of religious ceremonies. The center called upon the Israeli occupation to halt its violations that impede the minimum basic human rights.