January 2017…A Jerusalemite Martyr…arresting 157 Palestinians…demolishing 19 establishments
February 5, 2017

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for January 2017 in which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem as occupation authorities continued violating the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque by allowing settlers to break-in on a daily basis, and also continued conducting arrests and demolishing establishments.

The Information Center explained that one Jerusalemite from the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber was shot and killed by the occupation forces in January while the forces arrested 157 Palestinians and demolished 19 establishments.

A Martyr and detained bodies

On the 8th of January, Ahmad Hamdan Qunbar from the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber was shot by the occupation forces after carrying out a run-over attack using a truck near “Armon Hanatsiv” settlement that is established on the lands of Jabal Al-Mukabber.

The occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of Martyr Qunbar and Martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih (since last October). At the beginning of this current month, they released the body of 14-year old Mohammad Nabil Zidan (14) after detaining him since the 25th of last November.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Settlers continued breaking into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate and under the protection of Special Forces and police; break-ins are carried out in two sessions (morning and afternoon).

In January, 1504 settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa while the occupation authorities isolated a woman and a young men from Al-Aqsa for periods between 15 days and 2 months. They also deported several Jerusalemites from the Old City of Jerusalem for periods between 15-45 days.

Arresting 157 Palestinians

Wadi Hilweh information Center monitored the arrest of 157 Palestinians from the city of Jerusalem including 63 minors, 8 women (one elderly) and 4 elderly men. 

The geographical distribution of arrests was as follows: Jabal Al-Mukabber 37, Esawyeh (32), Old City of Jerusalem (27), Silwan (21), Shu’fat Refugee Camp (12), Wadi Al-Joz and Al-Tur (8 each), Sur Baher (4), Beit Hanina (3) and Al-Sowaneh (1) in addition to several arrests from the streets of the Old City.

The center added that among the detainees were four children that were arrested while heading to their schools.

The occupation authorities also transferred four young Jerusalemite men to administrative arrests for periods between 3-6 months.

Demolishing 19 establishments

The occupation municipality continued its policy of demolishing residential and commercial establishments in the city of Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a permit. In January, most of the demolitions took place in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber.

Wadi Hilweh Center monitored the demolition of 19 establishments in which 9 of them were self-demolished following orders by the municipality and threats to impose high fines on the owners.  

The demolished establishments were as follows: 4 residential homes, 8 commercial establishments, 6 sheep barracks and a storage; note that the commercial establishments included several containers and barracks.

The geographical distribution of the demolitions was as follows: Jabal Al-Mukabber (13), Shu’fat (2), Esawyeh and Beit Hanina (1 each) and 2 in Silwan.

The occupation municipality displaced 23 Palestinians including 8 minors.

Collective punishment

The occupation authorities continued the collective punishment imposed on Jerusalemites. After the Martyrdom of Fadi Qunbar, the forces raided the family’s house as well as his brothers’ houses and conducted a search operation and arrested several family members. They also conducted field interrogations and prevented the family from putting-up a mourning tent and demolished it. They raided the house and took its measurements and checked the walls after the “Cabinet’s” decision to demolish it. The Israeli Minister of Interior, Aryeh Dar’ee, decided to cancel the residency and reunion application of several people from the family of Martyr Qunbar including his mother.

The forces also closed the Schools Street in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber with cement blocks as part of the collective punishment imposed on the locals of the village. Joint crews including municipality employees, tax authority employees and occupation forces raided Jabal Al-Mukabber and distributed demolition orders as well as orders to follow-up with the municipality.

The occupation authorities also continued their daily raids on the village of Esawyeh, Shu’fat Refugee Camp and Silwan and randomly issued tickets to the locals and raided their commercial stores.