August 2020…A Martyr on the doorsteps of Al-Aqsa Mosque…and unprecedented demolition operations in the city
September 4, 2020

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for the month of August 2020, during which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem.

The center said that the occupation authorities escalated the demolition of homes in the city, and continued daily arrests, and killed a young man at Hutta Gate- one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

One Martyr and continuing to detain the Martyrs’ bodies

On 17/8/2020, Ashraf Halasa, from the village of Eastern Sawahreh, was martyred in the evening by bullets of the occupation forces stationed at Hutta Gate after he tried to carry out a stabbing attack. The forces then detained the body.

The occupation forces then closed the open gates of Al-Aqsa, prevented entry or exit from it, and pushed away worshipers from the area of Hutta Gate by force, coinciding with the evening call to prayer. Senior officers stormed the place, and the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem and all roads leading to Hutta Gate were closed for more than an hour.

The center stated that the occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of four Jerusalemite martyrs in refrigerators, they are: Martyr Mesbah Abu Sbeih (since October 2016), Martyr Fadi al-Qunbar (since January 2017), Martyr Aziz Aweisat (since May 2018), and Martyr Maher Za’atra (since February 2020).

Arrests

The occupation authorities continued to carry out arrest campaigns in the city of Jerusalem. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 103 arrest cases in the city, including the arrest of 12 minors and 9 women. The village of Issawiya and the Old City of Jerusalem recorded the highest number of detainees.

Demolition

In August, the occupation municipality escalated its policy of demolishing homes in Jerusalem in an unprecedented way, under the pretext of building without a permit, despite the difficult economic conditions in the city due to the Corona pandemic and the high number of infections in all towns and neighborhoods of the city.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center stated that it had monitored the demolition of 51 facilities in the city of Jerusalem, most of which were inhabited housing units. The affected facilities were as follows: 36 housing units, parts of one house, 5 commercial establishments and 2 house foundations and 7 agricultural barracks. Among the demolitions, 27 facilities were self-demolished by their owners by decision of the municipality, while the rest were demolished by bulldozers and the mechanisms of the occupation authorities.

The center added that Silwan witnessed the highest number of demolitions (16 facilities) while Jabal Al Mukabber came second with 13 facilities demolished, most of which are homes and housing units.

The center indicated that the demolitions had left more than 85 people homeless, most of them children "under the age of 18".

The center stated that during the demolition of a residential building in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber, south of Jerusalem, on 18/8/2020, Muhammad Muammar Abu Usba’, 24, was wounded by the bullets of the occupation forces. The bullet hit the liver, the diaphragm and the right lung, and he underwent a surgery that lasted for several hours.

Expulsions

The occupation authorities continued to issue expulsion decisions against Jerusalemites in August. The Information Center monitored 15 decisions, including 11 expulsion decisions from Al-Aqsa, 2 deportation orders from the Old City of Jerusalem, and one from Jerusalem. Also, a decision to prevent entry to the West Bank was issued for the governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, for a period of 6 months.

Storming Al-Maqased Hospital

In violation of the sanctity of hospitals, the Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Maqased Hospital twice during the month of August. The first was the day Mohammad Abu Usba’, was wounded, and the forces were stationed in the courtyards of the hospital and inside for hours under the pretext of “inspecting the bullet”, and the second time was on 21/8/2020.