April monthly report: A Martyr in Jerusalem and the arrest of 120 Jerusalemites and isolation of 35 citizens from Al-Aqsa Mosque
Wadi Hilweh Information Center-Silwan monitored the Israeli violations against Jerusalemites in the city of Jerusalem during the month of April 2015. The occupation authorities’ assaults continued against Jerusalemites and their properties and sanctities. Martyr in Jerusalem The most significant violation during April was the murder of the 17-year old Ali Mohammad Ali Saeed Abu Ghannam while he was passing through “Z’ayem” military checkpoint. The forces claimed that the Martyr attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the checkpoint but his family denied and said he was heading to pre-wedding party for one of his relatives. The occupation authorities deliberately delayed handing the Martyr’s body to his family and imposed restrictions on the handing process by specifying the number of people participating in the funeral and forcing the family to pay a high financial bail; the forces also raided the Martyr’s family house and assaulted the family members. The lawyers requested to receive the recordings of the surveillance cameras of “Z’ayem” checkpoint in order to reveal the reasons of shooting the Martyr Ali Abu Ghannam but until today the lawyers have not received anything. Clashes broke out around the city of Jerusalem between the occupation force and young men in response to the Martyrdom of Abu Ghannam and deliberate targeting of young men. Arresting 120 Jerusalem including 40 minors and 14 women The Information center monitored the arrest of nearly 120 Jerusalemites including14 women and 40 minors. The youngest were the 7-year old Ahmad Ihab Za’tari and the 12-year old Mohammad Mahdi Za’tari who were arrested by the Musta’ribeen (undercover) unit when they were only few meters away from their houses in the neighborhood of Wad Al-Joz in Jerusalem. Despite their young age, they were interrogated by themselves in the police cars and at the interrogation centers for several hours and no food or drink were provided to them and were not allowed to sleep; note that they were interrogated at night and in the early morning hours and the child Mohammad Za’tari was isolated to Tel Aviv. The arrests were mostly in the neighborhoods of Silwan, the Old City of Jerusalem, Al-Tur, Esawyeh, Sheikh Jarrah and Jabal Al-Mukabber. Al-Aqsa Mosque The extremist Jewish groups supported by the occupation police continued their violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and more than 1213 extremists broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque in April. The break-ins increased during the so-called “Hebrew Passover” and under the program of “foreign tourism” which enables the settlers to carry out their break-ins in the form of groups through Dung Gate. During break-ins, settlers provoke the Muslim worshippers by attempting to practice their religious rituals in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa or by provoking the isolated personnel and Marabouts near Al-Silsileh Gate and assaulting them at times. During April, the Israeli Minister of Housing “Uri Ariel” sent a letter to the Israeli Prime Ministers and requested him to immediately stop all renovation works inside the Dome of the Rock under the pretext that “renovation” can destroy the antiquities of the alleged “Temple”. The minister also requested the police to confiscate all the construction tools and prevent the renovation works by force. The occupation forces also assaulted two of Al-Aqsa guards in April while they were carrying out their duties inside the Mosque. The occupation police and Israeli courts isolated in April 35 citizens (Jerusalemites and from the 1948 lands) from Al-Aqsa Mosque for durations that varied between 10 days and 6 months. The isolated people included 10 females, two old men, two minors and two employees of the Islamic Awqaf. The occupation also verbally prevented a 10-year old girl from entering Al-Aqsa; note that they never handed her an isolation order. The policy of detaining IDs of women and young men at Al-Aqsa Gates and replacing them with small cards that has the name of the Gate where the person entered from continued in the month of April in an attempt to harass the Muslim worshippers. Demolition The occupation forces demolished in April a residential barracks in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina north of Jerusalem and another residential building that was still under construction in the neighborhood of Wad Al-Joz. The Israeli authorities also continued distributing demolition orders under the pretext of building without a permit. Settlers’ assaults Settlers assaulted last month the 14-year old Saeed Radi Al-Doo while he was riding his bicycle in the Old City of Jerusalem; Saeed was injured with bruises. Occupation forces’ assaults During April, the occupation authorities closed “Suleiman Al-Farisi” Street in the village of Al-Tur. It is considered the main street of “Khallet Al-Ein” where 3500 people live and has two schools (elementary with more than 1200 students). Also, there is the cemetery of Mount of Olives and “Suleiman Al-Farisi” Mosque which is one of the main mosques in the area and Mount of Olives Club. The occupation authorities also partially closed the eastern entrance of the village of Esawyeh with cement blocks. The forces also closed the gate of “Z’ayem” checkpoint and the locals of the village (more than 6 thousand people) are now forced to take alternative and long roads to enter their village which negatively affects the merchants of the village and the locals especially the students who are now forced to cross highways putting their life in danger. During last month, the young man Suleiman Tari was injured with a rubber bullet in his eye causing him to lose sight. Suleiman suffered the injury during clashes that broke out in the village; note that he was heading to a nearby grocery store and was targeted from a close distance and then assaulted and beaten and then arrested despite the injury. The occupation forces suppressed a peaceful activity in the village of Al-Tur and also suppressed a ceremony organized by the locals of Silwan to celebrate their football club who qualified to the professional league. The forces also raided and suppressed two ceremonies organized in Silwan to welcome freed prisoners. Military orders The Israeli authorities renewed the isolation of Daoud Al-Ghoul for an additional four months and also imposed administrative arrest of Abdelrahim Abbasi and renewed the administrative arrest of Sadeq Gheith.