January 2016: Two children Martyrs…arresting 151 Jerusalemites…detaining 10 Jerusalemite Martyrs’ bodies and demolishing 13 establishments
February 3, 2016

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report in which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem during January 2016 as the occupation authorities continued their assaults against Jerusalemites and their properties and sanctities. During the first month of the current year, two Martyrs passed away in the city of Jerusalem (a girl from the village of Anata and a child from Abu Dis). The occupation authorities arrested 151 Jerusalemites and 470 settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Also, 13 establishments were demolished and 38 people were displaced. The occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of 10 Jerusalemite Martyrs part of the collective punishment imposed on Martyrs’ families. Two minor Martyr On the 23rd of January, the 14-year old Ruqaya Abu Eid passed away after being shot by the guard of “Antot” settlement established on the lands of the village of Anata under the pretext of attempting to stab him. Later that day, the 17-year old Mohammad Nabil Darwish Halabyeh passed away at the entrance of the Abu Dis military camp established on the lands of the village after a locally made explosive device exploded in his hands. Detained Martyrs’ bodies Part of the collective punishment imposed on Martyrs’ families, the occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of 10 Jerusalemite Martyrs in the occupation’s refrigerators and delay releasing them to their families despite the presence of a decision by the Israeli intelligence to release them. The Martyrs are: October: Thaer Abu Salam Abu Ghazaleh, Hasan Khaled Manasra, Ala’ Daoud Abu Jamal, Baha’ Mohammad Alayan, Ahmad Fathi Abu Sha’ban and Mutaz Ahmad Aweisat. November: Mohammad Abed Nimer. December: Omar Yaser Iskafi, Abdel Muhsen Hassouneh and Mus’ab Mahmoud Ghazali. Arresting 151 Jerusalemites The occupation authorities continues their series of arrests against Jerusalem and arrested 151 people in January including 5 women, 3 old men and 73 minors (9 under the age of responsibility “12 years”). The geographic distribution of detainees was as follows: Silwan (38), Esawyeh )32), Old City of Jerusalem (25), Al-Tur (11), Sur Baher (9), Shu’fat (6), Beit Hanina (5), Shu’fat refugee camp (5), Kufor Aqab (4) and several arrested from the neighborhood of Wad Al-Joz and the fates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards. The occupation authorities also issued an administrative arrest order against a young man from the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber and renewed the administrative arrest of another young man from the village of Esawyeh. The occupation authorities continue to detain four Jerusalemite children inside internal rehabilitation institutions following orders from Israeli courts and recommendations from the public prosecution and supervised by the social affairs.  The children are under 14 years old and are detained in institutions in “Yarka, Akko and Tamra” and are far away from their areas of residency and their families are allowed to visit them only once a week. The children are: 13-year old Ahmad Saleh Manasra, 12-year old Ali Ihab Ali Alqam, 12-year old Ahmad Raed Za’tari and 12-year old Shadi Anwar Farrah. Demolishing 13 establishments Occupation authorities continued to demolish Jerusalemites’ houses and displace residents. In January, 13 establishments were demolished by municipality crews and the occupation army demolished the houses of Martyrs Ala’ Abu Jamal and Baha’ Alayan following an order from the Commander of Internal Front. As a result, 38 Jerusalemites including 22 children were displaced from their homes. Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that the occupation authorities closed the family home of Martyr Ala’ Abu Jamal with concrete. It is noteworthy that the targeted apartment is owned by Safa’ Abu Jamal (Ala’s sister) and the occupation authorities displaced her family of 5 individuals including three children claiming that it is owned by Ala’ according to intelligence information they had; the apartment fall in a 3-storey building and is on the first floor. The authorities also demolished the apartment of Martyr Baha’ Alayan. They demolished the inside and outside walls using hand tools and displaced 8 individuals including 2 children; the apartment is 120 square meters and is on the second floor of a 3-storey building. Occupation municipality’s bulldozers also demolished the house of Kifaya Risheq in the neighborhood of Shu’fat north of Jerusalem in favor of street “21” that connects Israeli settlement with each other. The demolition resulted in the displacement of 24 individuals including 17 children; Kifaya and her three sons and their families lived in the house which was established in 2000. Dabash family executed the municipality’s order and self-demolished their home which was established 20 years ago. Also, the municipality’s bulldozers demolished a building and two under-construction houses in Silwan, a house in Beit Hanina, an under construction house in Jabal Al-Mukabber and a part of commercial establishment  in the village of Beit Safafa (Mediterranean Restaurant). Three Jerusalemites were forces to execute the municipality’s decision and self-demolished their establishments after threatening to arrest and impose high fines on them. They demolished an under-construction house in Beit Hanina and two barracks in Silwan and Beit Hanina. The geographical distribution was as follows: 4 establishments in Jabal Al-Mukabber, 4 in Silwan, two in Beit Hanina and one in each of Beit Safafa, Shu’fat and Sur Baher. A Jerusalemite child is critically injured During the month of January, 12-year old Ahmad Tawfiq Abu Hummos was injured by a rubber bullet in his head on the 6th of January that also caused him fractures in the skull and severe bleeding; he was injured while walking in the main street of the village of Esawyeh. The bullet caused him to lose speech and ability to respond to the surrounding effects; he is also unable to move his left limbs; note that the bullet hit the left side of his brain. In regards to heading, the extent of damage was not yet determined. The child is also unable to concentrate with his eyes. Settlers’ assaults In January, settler wrote racist slogans on the walls of “Dormition Abbey” church and the walls of Priesthood of the Orthodox Patriarchate institute in Mount Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem. Among the slogans written were: “Send Christians to Hell… You must slay the idolaters…Erase his name and memory…Revenge of Israel’s sons is coming”. Settlers also created holes in the walls of a room inside the house of Nura Sub Laban in Oqbat Al-Khaldyeh in the Old City of Jerusalem through a neighboring property they seized last month. During last month, a residential building and a surrounding piece of land in the area of Baydoon in Wadi Hilweh in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque were “sold” to Elad settlement organization. The center explained in its monthly report that the building consists of two floors in which the first floor was established before the occupation of Jerusalem while the second floor was built and completed few weeks ago after the “protected tenant” left the apartment on the first floor. The center also explained that the settlers entered the residential building through its main gate easily without any resistance or objection by its owners who were not even in the area. The center pointed out that the settlers had the keys of the building which is owned by Ahmad Abu Ter. In January, cracks and landslide increased in the houses and streets of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan due to Israeli excavations underneath the neighborhood. The family of Um Mahmoud Siam was forced to evacuate their home due to the significant increase of cracks in its walls. Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that the occupation authorities began the excavation works underneath the neighborhood in 2007 and the residents were able to obtain an order from the Israeli courts to stop the excavations underneath their houses for 14 months and then they were able to obtain an order from the judge which allows the Israeli authorities to do their work if they don’t pose any threat to the lives of the residents. The locals of Wadi Hilweh explained that they have been suffering from cracks and collapses in their house and the streets of the neighborhood because of the Israeli excavations underneath their neighborhood especially in the winter season which they call “season of collapses”. The Israeli authorities (Nature and Parks authority, Elad settlement organization and Gihon Water Company) try to avoid any responsibility when it comes to any drilling occurring underneath the neighborhood. Al-Aqsa Mosque The information center explained in its report that the occupation authorities isolated 6 Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque for 6 months during January. Occupation authorities also continued to prevent a group of men and women from entering Al-Aqsa at all times and placed their names in the so-called “black lists”. The list includes the names of 50-60 Jerusalemites mostly women; lists distributed at Al-Aqsa Gates are constantly updated. Black lists were created in the last week of last August following an order from the Israeli Chief of Police in the Old City of Jerusalem, Avi Bayton, against those considered trouble makers who result in severe damages according to his claims. Part of the collective punishment imposed on Jerusalemites constantly present at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupation authorities cut the social security allowance for a group of them without any legal justification; the reason was being at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Those affected by the social security allowance (children, retirement, guaranteed income, health care). They were all subject to arrest from Al-Aqsa and were isolated following orders from the Israeli police and its intelligence. They were classified as “Marabouts Organization” which is prohibited as ordered by the Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon. Cancelling the residency of four young Jerusalemite men The occupation authorities also cancelled the residency of four Jerusalemites accused of killing Israelis during the last few months. Israeli sources said that the Minister of Interior decided to take away the IDs of 23-year old Bilal Abu Ghanem (stabbing and shooting attack in an Israeli bus), 18-year old Mohammad Salah Abu Kaf, 19-year old Walid Firas Al-Atrash and 20-year old Abed Mahmoud Dwayyat (all three accused of throwing stones towards a settler’s vehicle which led to his death; they were accused of attempt murder and causing death). Suppressing marches and events The occupation authorities suppressed a student’s sit-in requesting the release of Martyrs’ bodies and assaulted the participants especially the Martyrs’ families. They also prevented a conference from being held at the Commodore Hotel in Jerusalem and fired a sound grenade towards the participants to prevent them from entering the hotel. The conference was entitled “Our Humanity is stronger than your ban”. The conference was organized by the campaign against the banning of the Islamic Movement and the freedom committee emanating from the follow-up committee. The occupation authorities prevented a cultural meeting with the Minister of Culture, Dr. Ihab Bseiso, from being held at the Palestinian National Theater “Hakawati” in Jerusalem under the pretext of being sponsored by the Palestinian Authority.