June 2017: Four Martyrs and arresting 126 Palestinians from Jerusalem
July 8, 2017

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for the month of June 2017 in which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem as the occupation authorities continued their assaults in Al-Aqsa Mosque in addition to executing arrests and imposing collective punishment against Palestinians.

Martyrs

The information center said that three Palestinians were martyred in Jerusalem on the 16th of last month after carrying out stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem. They are: Bara’ Ibrahim Saleh (18), Adel Hasan Ahmad Ankoosh 918) and Usama Ahmad Ata (19); they are from the village of Der Abu Mash’al northwest of Ramallah; their bodies are still detained by the occupation authorities.

 The 20th of June, Baha’ Emad Samir Hirbawi (23) from the village of Esawyeh east of Jerusalem was martyred after being shot by the occupation forces near Jaba’ checkpoint northeast of Jerusalem under the pretext of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack; his body was turned over to his family several days later.

The occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of Martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih since last October and Martyr Fadi Qunbar since last January.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

During June, 1339 settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate which is controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of the city of Jerusalem.

On the 18th of June, tension occurred in Al-Aqsa Mosque after a group of settlers and dozens of occupation Special Forces broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulted Muslim worshippers with pepper gas and beat them. They also surrounded them inside Al-Qibali Mosque after closing the gates with chains; two worshippers were arrested.

On the 11th of June, the forces arrested two young Palestinian men from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of throwing stones towards settlers inside Al-Aqsa; they prevented Muslims from entering Al-Aqsa for one hour.

Towards the end of the month, settlers organized a “memorial service” at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first anniversary of the death of a female settler from Kiryat Arba’ settlement in Hebron in the participation of the chief of police in Jerusalem; Muslims were also prevented from entering Al-Aqsa during the event.

The occupation authorities isolated of the employees of the Islamic Awqaf department from Al-Aqsa Mosque for one month while the intelligence requested four of Al-Aqsa guards for interrogation and released them afterwards.

Arrests

The occupation authorities continued executing arrests in the city of Jerusalem. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the arrest of 126 Palestinians from the city including 40 minors, one child under 12 years old “age of responsibility”, 3 women and two elderly people; one was injured in his hand due to being assaulted during the arrest.

The geographical distribution of arrests was as follow: Silwan 931), Esawyeh (22), Old City of Jerusalem (21), Shu’fat Refugee Camp (11), Wad Al-Joz (4), Shu’fat (4), Al-Tur (4), Kufor Aqab (2), Beit Hanina (2) and Sheikh Jarrah (2) in addition to several arrested from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the markets of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The occupation authorities transferred last month two young men to administrative arrest.

Collective punishment

The occupation authorities continued their policy of collective punishment against Palestinians. In mid-June, the forces imposed a strict siege on the area of Damascus Gate and the nearby streets following the incident carried out by young men from “Der Abu Mashaal”. They closed the area for two days and prevented vehicles and busses from passing through, and started deporting the West Bank people using designated busses and prevented their presence in Jerusalem under the pretext of illegally entering the city.

The occupation forces obstructed last month the work of “Msaharati Group” (a group that wake up people before dawn in Ramadan to get them ready to fast) that is part of Jabal Al-Mukabber Scouts and issued fines for four of them under the pretext of “disturbing the settlers of Nov Tzion and Armon Hanatsiv settlements. They threatened to arrest them if they continue waking up people; it is noteworthy that the group started their work 5 years ago.

Towards the end of the month, settlers also assaulted five young Jerusalemite men in Jaffa Street in West Jerusalem by verbally insulting and beating them. The police arrested four of the five young men and interrogated them for several hours.