October 2017: Thousands of settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque…arresting 137 Palestinians from Jerusalem
Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for October 2017 in which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem. In October, Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed more break-ins by settlers especially during Sukkot holiday in addition to dozens of arrest and raids on Jerusalemite neighborhoods as well as demolishing establishments.
Israeli settlers continued breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of October part of the “foreign tourism” program that is divided into two sessions; morning and afternoon every day except for Fridays and Saturdays. Break-ins are conducted through Dung Gate which is controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of the city of Jerusalem.
In October, 3983 settlers broke into Al-Aqsa. Large number broke-in during the first half of the month especially during Sukkot holiday nearly two thousand settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa during the week of Sukkot.
The member of Israeli Knesset, Yehuda Glick, broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque after Prime Minister Netanyahu allowed him to celebrate his son’s wedding at Al-Aqsa.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center also monitored the deportation of 7 Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque including on child and three women for durations that varied between one week and three months. The occupation authorities also isolated a young man from the West Bank.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the arrest of 137 Palestinians from the city of Jerusalem in October 2017. Among the detainees were three women, three children under the age of 12 years and 64 minors.
The geographical distribution of arrests was as follows: Esawyeh (60), Old City of Jerusalem (18), Silwan (14), Al-Tur (12), Shu’fat Refugee Camp (7), Beit Hanina (6), Shu’fat (5), Wad Al-Joz 95), Sur Baher (1) and 9 arrests from the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem.
The center explained that the occupation authorities executed a series of arrests on the 13th of October in the village of Esawyeh where 51 people were arrested. Some were released after several hours while others were detained for days before being released.
The center explained that occupation bulldozers demolished the houses of Omar Abu Rajab and his son Ra’ed in the neighborhood of Wad Yasool in Silwan. Municipality crews and bulldozers raided the two adjacent houses after completely surrounding them. After evicting the residents and emptying some of the houses’ contents, they proceeded with the demolition process. As a result, 9 individuals including 4 children were displaced.
Occupation bulldozers also demolished the foundations of two houses in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina under the pretext of building without a permit.
Also, the occupation forces demolished the sit-in tent in Silwan. The tent was established in 2009 in refusal of the occupation municipality’s decisions and demolition procedures and fines against the locals.
Continuous raid on the village of Esawyeh
The occupation forces targeted last month the village of Esawyeh in the morning and afternoon hours and at times when students were heading to their schools or after leaving. Those raids led the locals of the village to suspend education in all of the village’s schools for three days and requested to stop the raids especially after a child was injured by a rubber bullet for no reason and led to the removal of his spleen in addition to suffering various pains.
During a march on occasion of “Sukkot” Jewish holiday, settlers assaulted Jerusalemites in the Old City of Jerusalem after raiding several neighborhoods; several young men were injured with multiple bruises. Settlers also assaulted commercial stores in Al-Wad Street and Damascus Gate and raided the African Quarter and threw stones, sticks and chairs towards the locals’ vehicles which led to damages in four vehicles and one motorcycle.
Preventing a seminar
The Israeli occupation forces prevented a symposium on the “Islamic and Christian Property in Jerusalem” from being held in St. George Hotel in Jerusalem, under the pretext of sponsorship by the Palestinian Authority, and handed over a group of participants summons for interrogation.