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Israel renews travel ban against Jerusalemite Palestinian woman

Dec. 19, 2016 5:28 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2016 2:00 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities renewed a travel ban against a Palestinian woman from occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, after she has already been banned from the Old City’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as well as from the occupied West Bank.

Khadija Khweis told a Ma'an that Israeli intelligence summoned her to Jerusalem’s Russian Compound police station, where she was handed a renewable one-month travel prohibition order signed by the Israeli Minister of Interior.

A previous one-month travel ban against Khweis had expired on Wednesday.

According to Khweis, the new order read that she was prevented from traveling for “security reasons.”

“They say I have connections with the Murabitat group and think I could travel on missions to promote them," she said.

In addition to being banned from international travel, Khweis has been prohibited from traveling to the West Bank for six months, an order that she said was still effective.

Furthermore, Khweis is on Israel's so-called "blacklist" created by Israeli police in August 2015 to deny dozens of Palestinians access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Israeli authorities have also revoked Khweis and her family’s national insurance allowance.

In December last year, Khweis was banned from the entirety of the Old City as well as West Jerusalem.

She was also among a number of Palestinian women who were assaulted by Israeli forces when they were denied entry to Al-Aqsa for their affiliation with the Murabitat, a group of women who gather at the compound to demonstrate against what they see as increasing Israeli control over the holy site and provocative visits by Israeli rightists under armed guard.

In September last year, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon outlawed the Murabitat and their male counterpart, the Murabitun.

The third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

The fate of Jerusalem has been a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades, with numerous tensions arising over Israeli threats regarding the status of non-Jewish religious sites in the city, and the "Judaization" of East Jerusalem through detention campaigns targeting Palestinians, Israeli settlement construction, and mass demolitions of Palestinian homes.
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