Information Ministry Decries Israeli Police Attack against Reporters in Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, August 27, 2015 (WAFA) – Ministry of Information Thursday decried the physical assault and fining of Palestinian reporters in the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem by Israeli police.

The Information Ministry decried assaulting Lawa’ Abu Rumeilah, a reporter, and fining Palestine TV cameraman ‘Ali Yasin and Russia Today’s cameraman Mohammad ‘Asho.

Yasin and ‘Asho were fined while covering the Israeli restrictions on Muslim worshippers in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound purportedly for obstructing traffic. Each cameraman was fined INS 475.

This happened as Israeli police cordoned off Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and denied Palestinian worshippers access into the holy site. Police denied women of all age entry into the Mosque compound, forcing them to stage a sit-down and chant slogans condemning Israeli measures at al-Silsila gate.

Israeli police reportedly briefly detained another cameraman identified as Sa‘id al-Rukn and a reporter identified as Bayan al-Ju‘beh. Another reporter, Abu Rmeilah was physically assaulted by police.

“This is a desperate Israeli attempt to obscure the truth and target reporters, the guardians of truth, with the purpose of covering up what is taking place in the city and the holy sites,” said the Ministry in a press statement.

It hailed reporters who expose Israeli measures concerning Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and highlight the Palestinian people’s suffering in the holy city.

The ministry urged the International Federation of Journalists to oblige the Israeli occupation authorities to halt such violations against reporters who expose Israeli terrorism against the Palestinian people and holy sites.