Israeli forces assault, detain human rights lawyer in Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday detained a director for the Independent Commission for Human Rights during a peaceful protest marking the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi mosque massacre.The ICHR said in a statement that Israeli forces assaulted then detained Farid al-Atrash, a lawyer, in Hebron.The organization called the violence used against al-Atrash “a crime,” and said it was following up on the matter with lawyers and the Palestinian military liaison office in Hebron.Al-Atrash was participating in a protest commemorating the 22 years since extremist American-born Jew Baruch Goldstein opened fire at Muslim worshipers killing 29 and injuring more than 120 in the Ibrahimi mosque in 1994.The demonstration also called for the re-opening of al-Shuhada street, which was shut down soon after the massacre.Increased military presence has spread across the Hebron district since October, with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reporting higher restrictions in the district than any other area across the occupied Palestinian territory.Israeli military checkpoints have been set up at the entrances to many Hebron-district villages, and residents have reported harassment, arbitrary detentions, an increase in traffic, and curfews.

(Source / 26.02.2016)

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