Arrests…demolition orders…raids…and a supporting sit-in
The occupation forces arrested on Friday two Jerusalemite men from Silwan and Al-Tur while municipality crews raided the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces arrested 19-year old Mohammad Nidal Shweiki after raiding his home in the “Bridge” area in Silwan and assaulted and severely beat the child Tarek Shweiki while he was in the area injuring him with bruises and wounds in his hand and fingers. The occupation forces established checkpoints in the areas of Hosh Abu Tayeh and Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan on Friday noon and checked vehicles and young men in a provocative way. At night, the forces raided the neighborhood of Bi’er Ayoub and randomly fired sound grenades and also searched vehicles; men were subject to body searching. Demolition orders… On the other hand, municipality crews raided the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan and randomly hung administrative demolition orders on a residential buildings; they also took pictures of the neighborhoods and several houses. Al-Tur The forces arrested Wisam Abu Ghannam from the village of Al-Tur. Locals of Al-Tur complained about the daily targeting them as the forces are deployed in the village’s streets on a daily basis not to mention the daily raids carried out by tax authorities and the “collection department” to locals’ houses who are forced to pay large sums of money under the pretext of “accumulation of unpaid debt” to the water company of property tax. Murad Abu Jom’a explained that the “collection department” employees raided his house last Wednesday and broke the front door when nobody was home. They contacted him by phone and told him they were present in front of his house and he had to pay 8 thousand NIS of unpaid debt to the water company in addition to 4 thousand NIS for them. He added that when he arrived to the house, the forces had already carried out a searching operation and deliberately damaged its contents; they threatened to confiscate the electric appliances and some of the furniture if he doesn’t immediately pay. He said that he paid 2000 NIS in cash and was forced to write “expired” check with the remaining amount. He pointed out that he informed the employee that the checks were expired but he was still ordered to write them. Abu Jom’a added that the employees of the collection department raid the houses on a daily basis in the village of Al-Tur and force locals to pay large sums of money, otherwise they confiscate some of the furniture. Esawyeh The locals of the village of Esawyeh performed the Friday Noon Prayer on the village’s lands that are at risk of being confiscated in favor of the “National Parks” settlement project; wide area of lands were swept last Wednesday and establishments on them were demolished. Sur Baher A sit-in supporting four prisoners was organized in the village of Sur Baher after the Friday Prayer. The four prisoners are from the village of Sur Baher and were threatened to lose their residency in addition to demolishing their homes after they were convicted of killing a settler last September.