Clashes and arrests in Jerusalem
October 1, 2018

On Monday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested three Jerusalemites and assaulted two young men while they were in the area of Damascus Gate in the city of Jerusalem.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center learned that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Esawyeh on Monday evening and were deployed in the streets, resulting in clashes between them and the youths, during which Abdel Fattah Jom’a Khanfar, 16, was arrested.

According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted Khanfar during his arrest and transferred him to a police car.

In the area of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation forces arrested two young Palestinians, Izz Al-Dine Barbar and Mustafa Hashlamon, after they were assaulted and severely beaten.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli occupation forces assaulted a group of young men while they were in the courtyard of Damascus Gate and sprayed pepper gas at them, causing burns and suffocation. They also chased them in Al-Musrara Street and the street overlooking Damascus Gate, and evacuated the area by force and placed iron barriers.

On Wednesday afternoon, a march was organized for the settlers in Al-Wad Street in the Old City of Jerusalem to celebrate the “Torah Feast", which follows the Sukkot holiday, amid the closure of roads in the area.

The comprehensive strike in the city was carried out in response to calls by the Palestinian National forces and the follow-up committee in the 1948 lands to reject the racist national law passed by the Knesset last July, which enshrines the Jewishness of the state and grants the Jews alone the right to self-determination in Israel. And that "Greater and unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel" and "Hebrew is the official language of the State, and the Arabic language loses its status as an official language."

On the other hand, settlers attacked and verbally assaulted Jerusalemites and their properties after midnight in Al-Musrara Street, Damascus Gate, and Al-Wad Street.