September 2017: 2114 settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque…arresting 133 Palestinians…demolishing 7 establishments
Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for September 2017 in which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem as the occupation authorities continued their provocative acts in Al-Aqsa Mosque in addition to executing arrests and demolitions.
Settlers continued breaking into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the month of September, part of the “foreign tourism” program in which settlers break into Al-Aqsa twice a day (morning and afternoon) every day except for Fridays and Saturdays and through Dung Gate which the occupation authorities controlled its keys upon the occupation of Jerusalem.
In September, 2114 settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Towards the end of the month and during the Jewish holidays, the number of settlers breaking into al-Aqsa significantly increased.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center also monitored the isolation of 12 Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque for various periods between two weeks and 6 months; among those isolated were 6 women and a minor. The occupation intelligence also deported a child from the Old City of Jerusalem and two women from the West Bank in addition to a young man from the city of Jerusalem.
Settlers supported by occupation forces seized in September a residential apartment in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem that is owned by Ayoub Shamasneh (85) where he lived with his Wife Fahmieh (76), their son Mohammad and his family of 5 individuals.
Also, settlers built a room in the courtyard of the house of Izzat Salah in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque despite the court’s order which bans any construction in the courtyard whether by the residents of settlers; the locals confronted the settlers and demolished the room.
The occupation authorities continued executing arrests in the city of Jerusalem during September. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the arrest of 133 Jerusalemites including 51 minors and one child under the age of responsibility (under 12 years old) in addition to 7 women and one girl.
The geographical distribution of arrests was follows: Silwan (26), Al-Tur (22), Shu’fat Refugee Camp and Anata (23), Old City of Jerusalem (19), Esawyeh 912), Sheikh Jarrah 911), Sur Baher (3), Shu’fat (3), Beit Hanina (3), Jabal Al-Mukabber (1), Wad Al-Joz (1) and 9 arrests executed at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and from the Old City’s markets.
The center added that among those arrested were two students that were arrested after finishing school and while heading home. Also, two employees of the Islamic Awqaf department were arrested.
The occupation municipality continued the policy of demolishing Jerusalemites’ house in the city of Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a permit. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the demolition of 7 establishments in September including one that was self-demolished by its owners after the municipality threatened to impose fines on them. Also, two residential buildings, 2 farms, one commercial establishment, walls and an agricultural barrack were demolished.
The center explained that the occupation authorities demolished a building owned by Abu Farha family in the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan; the building consisted of two apartments. They also demolished the second floor of a residential building in the village of Al-Z’ayem causing significant damage to the first floor making it unfit for residency. The center pointed out that demolishing farms in the village of Esawyeh including the demolition of barracks and walls in addition to sweeping lands and seizing equipment.
The geographical distribution of demolitions was follows: Esawyeh (3), Silwan (1), Al-Z’ayem (1), Beit Hanina (1) and Al-Tur (1). Last month, the occupation authorities displaced 28 individuals including 8 children due to the demolitions.
The occupation authorities prevented a sports activity and another cultural activity from being held in the city of Jerusalem under the pretext of being sponsored by the Palestinian Authority.
The center explained that the authorities prevented a football match from being held between Burj Al-Laqlaq team and a British team. The forces raided the football field of Burj Al-Laqlaq and closed it, and prevented the members of the British team from entering the Old City of Jerusalem.
The occupation authorities also prevented a cultural heritage activity from being held at the Palestinian National Theatre (Al-Hakawati).
The occupation forces also suppressed a peaceful protest organized to protest against seizing the house of Shamasneh family in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The forces assaulted the protestors and arrested some of them (activists and children from the neighborhood). Also, several members of Shamasneh family were assaulted and arrested.