Arresting 13 Palestinians…assaults on Jerusalemites…and harassment against the locals of Silwan
January 4, 2020

On Friday, the occupation forces arrested 13 Palestinians from Jerusalem, while tension prevailed in the area of Damascus Gate after an assault on young men and women.

Issawiya

Wadi Hilweh Information Center learned that the occupation forces arrested 6 Jerusalemites from the village of Issawiya at dawn. They are: Anwar Obaid, Fayez Mheisen, Nadim Safadi, Adam Mahmoud, Nidal Farroukh and Saleh Abu Asab. They were arrested on the pretext of "breaking the house arrest order imposed on them", and after holding them for several hours,they were brought before a Magistrate’s Court judge who decided to release them.

Lawyers Jad Qadmani and Mohammad Mahmoud, explained that the Magistrate’s Court judge released the youths without conditions, but that does not mean that the nightly administrative house arrest decision issued against them is canceled and will remain in effect .... As it is not within the Magistrate’s Court’s powers to discuss the administrative decision but rather of the Supreme Court’s powers.

In the evening hours, the occupation forces arrested two young men. One of them was identified as Mohammad Haitham Mahmoud.

Damascus Gate

In the afternoon hours, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted, pushed and used electric guns on the Palestinians in the area of Damascus Gate, and arrested two young men after beating them.

An eyewitness said that the occupation forces assaulted a young man while he was near the observation room in the place, and detained him inside it and continued to beat him, then assaulted a woman. The assault continued against all those present. The forces arrested Raed Ma’touq and Abdel Qader Nasser.

The occupation forces also arrested a young man from the Damascus Gate area in the afternoon, and Jihad Qos and Rami Al-Fakhouri, and Alaa Najib.

The Information Center also learned that the occupation police extended the arrest of Najib, while Qos was released on condition of deportation from Al-Aqsa for a week, and Al-Fakhouri was also released.

Silwan

The people of Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan complained about the restrictions and harassment imposed by the occupation authorities on the people of the neighborhood.

Ashraf Kash’am, one of the residents, said that the occupation forces are deployed in the alleys of the neighborhood and are stationed in front of the buildings and houses, and prevent the people "young men and children" from sitting in front of their homes without any reason.

He added that the occupation forces used rubber bullets and grenades in several occasions during the storming of the neighborhood, to prevent the residents from being and sitting in front of their homes.

The residents also complained about installing new police surveillance cameras directly in front of their windows.