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Palestinian activist placed under house arrest after TV interview on Jerusalem attack

July 15, 2017 1:55 P.M. (Updated: July 16, 2017 10:09 A.M.)
Israeli police stand in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, October 5, 2015. (AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- After detaining and releasing Palestinian civic activist Muhammad Jadallah, Israeli police reportedly placed Jadallah under house arrest for five days in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, according to Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Jadallah was detained by Israeli police on Friday following an interview he did on television on the ongoing Israeli-imposed closures in Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem, following a deadly attack Friday morning that left two Israeli police officers and three Palestinian assailants dead.

Locals told Ma’an on Friday that Jadallah was arrested because his interview was considered by Israeli police as “incitement.”

Jadallah was detained from his Beit Safafa home and held for several hours in Israeli detention, before he was released on a $2,800 bail and placed under house arrest for five days.

He was also banned from giving press interviews for 30 days, Wafa reported.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Israeli forces on Saturday continued to enforce for the second day the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where the three Palestinian assailants were shot dead after they shot and killed two Israeli police officers at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Old City.

In addition to the closure of the mosque, which was closed to Muslim worshipers for Friday prayers for the first time since 1967, Israeli forces on Saturday continued to be deployed at all of the compound’s entrances and all roads in the Old City leading to the holy site.

Immediately following the attack, Israeli forces detained and questioned several worshipers who were at the mosque at the time of the attack, in addition to 58 employees of the compound, three of whom had their detentions extended in court.

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