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Today: Oct 23, 2017

JCSER condemns Israel police breaches of Palestinian right to religion and freedom of movement

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Since last Thursday noon, Israeli occupation police prohibited Palestinians who are not residing in the Old City of Jerusalem from having access to it. Meanwhile, the police continued to impose restrictions on the Palestinian right to religion by barring the people under 50 from praying inside their 3r holiest place in Islam, al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian merchants who do not live in the Old City have to show documents such as electricity, water, telephone and tax bills that prove their ownership of their stores.

Due to the Israeli occupation restrictions on the movement of Palestinian to and from the Old City, Palestinian merchants who enshrouded big economic burdens due to Israeli taxation system, suffer big losses in their business which the Israelis do not compensate for.

On its part, Israeli army extended the closure of the Palestinian occupied territories till next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Israeli police continued with so called tourism program which allows tourists including extremist Jews to enter premises of al-Aqsa Mosque without any restriction, a fact that is perceived by Moslems as provocative and desecrating their holy shrine.

Moreover, Jews enjoy their freedom of movement and can have free access to al-Buraq (walling wall) Plaza.

Israeli police also stormed most Palestinian stores in the Old City, confiscated the ID cards of Palestinian merchants. The Police measure aims to force the merchants to leave the city if they wanted to get their IDs.

According to merchant Muhammad Gheith who owns a store in Khan al-Zeit market, Israeli police barred him several times from entering the Old City to open his store.

However, the street vendor Nader al-Risheq reported to the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, JCSER, that he was able to enter the city only after engaging in an altercation with the police who later were convinced that he has merchandize in the city.

Suleiman al-Qassasi of Rahat told JCSER that he had no other choice except to pray in the streets outside the Old City after he was prohibited from entering to pray in al-Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile, Ziad Abu Ras who resides in Nazareth reported to the center that he was beaten by Israeli police at their checkpoint outside Bab al-Amud when he insisted on entering the Old City.

Eid Qous, who resides in the Old City was stopped last night at the police checkpoint outside Damascus Gate for almost half an hour because the policeman who stopped him did not the location of Ala' Din street. He was allowed to go home only when another officer came to tell the policeman that Ala' Din streets locates inside the Old City.

Israeli closure of the Old City before non residents of the city obstructed also the educational process in most schools of the city whose student and teachers live outside the city. Meanwhile, the Shari'a Secondary School which locates inside al-Haram al-Sharif (Nobel Sanctuary) was completed closed because the students and teachers are not allowed to enter the premises due to the Israel police ban.

Moreover, treatments in several clinics in the Old City was obstructed due to the Israeli bar of non residents in the Old City from crossing knowing that most of the medical staff and patients live outside the Old City.

In regards to al-Haram al-Sharif most of its gates were ordered closed by the Israeli police except for three gates, a fact that increased the sufferings of old people who are obliged to take long ways in order to reach the mosque to perform their daily prayers.

JCSER would like to remind that Art. 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that "everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

While condemning the Israeli measures in Jerusalem particularly the breach of the right to religion and freedom of movement, JCSER draws the attention to the fact that Palestinians of the occupied territories including East Jerusalem are considered by international law as protected individuals. Thus, Israel the occupying power is entitled to honor its obligation under international law particularly the fourth Geneva Convention.