In June: The arrest of 150 Palestinians including 60 minors and isolating 22 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 June and the occupation authorities and settlers continued their assaults against the citizens, their property and sanctities. Arresting 150 Palestinians including 60 minors The Information Center monitored the arrest of nearly 150 Palestinians from Jerusalem including 6 minors (6 under the age of 12-age of responsibility). Among the detainees were also 19 females including one minor girl. The arrests took place mostly in Silwan (35 arrests), Esawyeh (26), Old City of Jerusalem (21), Beit Hanina (19 arrests) in addition to arrests from Sheikh Jarrah, Jabal Al-Mukabber, Al-Tur, Wadi Al-Joz, Sur Baher, Shu’fat and Al-Sowaneh. The information center also explained that four minors (some under the age of responsibility) were arrested by the settlers’ guards in Silwan and were detained by the settlers until the arrival of Special Forces or police personnel to transfer the children to interrogation centers. During the arrest of one of the minors, the guards fired live bullets in the air to prevent anybody from approaching the detainee. The center added that one child was detained under the pretext of throwing stones while heading to school. Isolating 22 Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque The Jewish extremist groups supported by the occupation police continued their break-ins to Al-Aqsa Mosque. During the month of June, more than 620 extremists broke into the Mosque along with more than 210 police and Intelligence personnel. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the isolation of 22 Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque for periods that varied between 15 days and 4 months; 14 females were among the people isolated. Occupation authorities’ assaults against Jerusalemites The occupation authorities’ represented by their units and courts continued their assaults against Jerusalemites and their property. The most significant was the decision made the Israeli Supreme Court to deport the 32-year old Nadia Abu Jamal (wife of Martyr Ghassan Abu Jamal) to the West Bank. Nadia is from the Eastern Sawahreh and had an ID from the West Bank. In 2002, she got married to the Martyr Ghassan Abu Jamal and filed a “residency (reunion)” application. She was initially rejected but got the approval in 2009 which allows her to stay in Jerusalem and move freely in between Jerusalem and the West Bank through the Israeli main checkpoints only; note that she had to renew her residency permit every year. After the Martyrdom of her husband last November, she was informed that her “reunion” application was cancelled as well as her residency until the final decision was made by the Supreme Court; note that she has three children where the oldest is six and the youngest is three years old. The Israeli Supreme Court also decided to close one room in the house of the Martyr Mutaz Hijazi in the neighborhood of Al-Thori in Silwan. The occupation forces also shot the 18-year old Yaser Yassin Tarwa and critically injured him under the pretext of “stabbing one of the occupation forces personnel” in the area of Damascus Gate; Tarwa was left bleeding for some time without providing him with any help or treatment. In the month of June, the occupation authorities suppressed the activity of “Jerusalem is Ours” in the courtyard of Damascus Gate and assaulted the participants (mostly women and children) with batons, sound grenades and rubber bullets. The activity was organized as a response to the Israeli “Festival of Lights” organized by the occupation municipality in the support and sponsorship of several Israeli ministries and institutions as they try to show the city of Jerusalem as an “Israeli” city under the cover of "Arts and Festivals”. The occupation authorities also suppressed the weekly Sheikh Jarrah march organized against seizing Arabs’ houses and three participants were arrested. Within the “collective punishment” policy, the occupation authorities closed the street of “Bilal Neighborhood” in the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan with cement blocks. In June, the Jerusalemite prisoner Shadi Alayan suffered a “rash” while being detained in Al-Maskobyeh cells which reflects the bad arrest conditions imposed on prisoners and detainees in detention center and Israeli prisons; note that he stayed inside the cells for 37 days to pressure him and extract confessions. Towards the end of June, the 21-year old Hasan Ayoub Abu Rmeileh suffered mild to severe injuries after he was shot by the guards of Qalandia checkpoint after he was chanting “God is Great”. Also, the occupation authorities hung orders to turn several agricultural lands in the village of Esawyeh into public parks under the pretext of not being used by the owners. The lands are planted but the municipality and Nature and Parks authority have been harassing the owners in order to implement the so-called “National Park” on the lands of Al-Tur and Esawyeh. During last month, the occupation forces’ raids to Jerusalemite neighborhoods and villages to arrest Jerusalemites or search their homes continued as well as establishing checkpoints in the streets which leads to clashes with young men in which sound grenades and tear gas are randomly fired in between houses and citizens creating a state of instability and anxiety among them. Settlers’ assaults Setters’ assaults against Jerusalemites and their property continued in June when settlers attacked two children in Silwan while passing through Al-Sharaf Neighborhood. Settlers also assaulted one Jerusalemite young man while driving his vehicle in Beit Hanina new road; they blocked his way and tried to choke him. One Jerusalemite child was also assaulted by settlers while being detained in Al-Maskobyeh for no reason; he was injured with wounds in the head. Demolishing three under-construction houses The occupation municipality and Nature and Parks Authority continued demolishing and sweeping lands in the city of Jerusalem and demolished three under-construction houses in Silwan and Salah Eddin Street under the pretext of building without a permit. In the village of Esawyeh, they swept 8 Dunoms of agricultural lands and demolished a farm and its facilities.