May 2018…A Jerusalemite Martyr…dozens of settles storm Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem...dozens of arrests
Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for the month of May, in which Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem were documented.
In its monthly report, the center explained that the alleged temple groups intensified their incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque especially on the so-called “Day of unification of Jerusalem”, while demolition and arrests continued around the city.
The center explained that one Jerusalemite was martyred in May while 3798 extremists stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa. The center monitored the arrest of 197 people in the city and the demolition of 5 establishments.
The alleged temple groups intensified their incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning and afternoon break-in session carried out through Dung Gate which has been controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of the city of Jerusalem.
On the thirteenth of last month during the celebrations of the anniversary of occupying the eastern part of the city of Jerusalem" and what they call "Day of Unification of Jerusalem," unprecedented violations in the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the settlers with the full support and protection of the Israeli police. 1451 extremists stormed Al-Aqsa and raised the Israeli flag and held mass prayers in several places at Al-Aqsa, during which the Israeli occupation forces assaulted the employees of the Islamic Awqaf department and severely beat and pushed them. Several employees were arrested and detained and then isolated from Al-Aqsa for various durations. The forces forcibly removed Palestinians from the courtyards, as well as at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the outside where marches and prayers were held.
In May, the occupation authorities continued isolating Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque. The center monitored the isolation of 13 Jerusalemites including 2 females and 2 youths.
During the settlers' celebration of the so-called "Day of Unification of Jerusalem," tens of thousands of them stormed the eastern and western parts of the city, in their annual march known as the "flags dance", which began from the streets of West Jerusalem to the east, passing through Jaffa Gate, New Gate, Damascus Gate, Al-Wad Street, Lions Gate, Dung Gate and reaching Al-Buraq Wall. Throughout the march, special prayers and celebrations were held and Israeli and American flags were raised in addition to racist banners of the alleged temple. They formed dancing and singing rings, and verbally assaulted Jerusalemites and used racist expressions against them. Meanwhile, the occupation forces suppressed a Palestinian sit-in held against the commemoration of the occupation of the city, and evacuated the area of Damascus Gate and the streets adjacent to it, and rallied from one place to another and dispersed Jerusalemites by force and arrested many of them.
The United States of America officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem in the wake of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. Hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli activists demonstrated near the US Embassy, refusing to open it. The occupation forces turned the area into a military zone and suppressed the demonstration by force and severely beaten all participants and confiscated Palestinian flags and banners.
A Jerusalemite Martyr inside the occupation’s prisons
On May 20, the Jerusalemite prisoner Aziz Aweisat, 53, died of a stroke in the Ramle prison clinic. The prisoners’ affairs committee said that the direct cause of death was a heart attack acute, following an autopsy conducted at Abu Kbeir forensic lab. Also, some bruises appeared in the form of visible spots in several parts of the Martyr’s body.
Aweisat was subjected to severe beating by the wardens as he told one of the prisoners before his martyrdom. It is noteworthy that Aweisat was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to carry out an explosion in a settlement built on the lands of his village, Jabal Al-Mukabber, south of Jerusalem.
The occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of three Jerusalemite Martyrs. They are: Martyr Aziz Aweisat, Martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih (detained since October 2016) and Martyr Fadi Qunbar (detained since January 2017).
Opening fire towards a woman
At the end of May, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at a Palestinian woman, Khawla Shahatit, 43, while she was walking near the light train station in Shu'fat district, north of Jerusalem, wounding her in the right leg. She was transferred to Shaare Zedek hospital for treatment while under arrest. Also, she underwent an absentia session at the Magistrate Court where the judge extended her arrest. Several days later, the Israeli police surprisingly decided to release her. The Palestinian Prisoner's Club confirmed that the decision to release her falsifies the occupation forces' claims and justifications for the reasons of the shooting.
Bab Al-Rahmeh Cemetery
The Israeli Nature and Parks Authority continued to excavate and dig around the graves of Bab Al-Rahmeh Cemetery adjacent to the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque and also continued to install iron fences. The residents succeeded in removing parts of the iron fences that were placed around parts of the graves. The occupation forces then evacuated the cemetery and turned it into a military barracks and heavily fired sound grenades to disperse the protestors. They also assaulted them and isolated 9 Palestinians from the cemetery for one week.
The occupation authorities continued executing arrests in the city of Jerusalem in May, and the center monitored the arrest of 197 Palestinians from the city, including: 6 females, 53 minors, 2 children under the age of responsibility - under 12 years of age.
The geographical distribution of the arrests was as follows: 50 from Esawyeh, 42 from Silwan, 20 from Old City of Jerusalem, 11 from Al-Tur, 8 from Shu'fat refugee camp, 6 from Beit Hanina, 4 from Jabal Mukabber, 3 from Sur Baher, and one from each of Wad Al-Joz and Al-Sowaneh in addition to multiple arrests from Al-Aqsa Mosque and its gates and the streets of Jerusalem, especially during the events against the commemoration of the occupation of Jerusalem and the opening of the US embassy.
Among the detainees was Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, head of the Islamic Supreme Commission and the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, who was arrested after the occupation forces raided his house in the neighborhood of Al-Sowaneh. The Israeli intelligence service handed him an order banning him from travelling abroad, and several days later he received an order banning him from entering the West Bank.
The Israeli occupation authorities continued to demolish residential and commercial facilities in the city of Jerusalem under the pretext of "building without a permit." Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the demolition of five establishments in Jerusalem last month including a 3-storey building (4 apartments and 3 commercial facilities), and 4 other commercial establishments.
The geographical distribution of the demolitions was as follows: 2 in Esawyeh, 1 in Shu’fat refugee camp, 1 in Beit Safafa and 1 in the industrial zone in Atarot.
The Israeli occupation forces also launched a large campaign against the fuel stations in the city of Jerusalem. The stormed the stations and confiscated equipment and machines.