Jabal Al-Mukabber- Releasing five Jerusalemites
October 30, 2018


The Israeli occupation forces released five Jerusalemites from the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber after they were arrested for several hours on the pretext of trying to prevent the arrival of Jerusalemites to polling stations in the municipal elections.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the Israeli police released the secretary of Fateh movement in the village of Jabal Al-MukabberEyad Bashir, the head of the youths, Faris Aweisat, and Nabil Bashir, head of the students’ parents’ committee in Jabal Al-Mukabber and Hasan Abdo, after they were detained for several hours at the police station. The police ordered them to stay away from the villages of Sur Baher and Jabal Al-Mukabber until the next morning, and also seized their cell phones.

The police also released Karam Raed Abdo on bail, after arresting and detaining him for several hours on the pretext of trying to prevent a woman from going to a polling station.

The polling stations in the city of Jerusalem were empty of Jerusalemites who boycotted the municipal elections and refused to participate whether by "candidacy or election", stressing their rejection of these elections as the authorities are trying to legitimize the occupation of the city of Jerusalem. The municipality implements the plans of the authorities and the occupation government in Jerusalem aimed at erasing the Arab identity of the city. In addition, Jerusalemites are deprived of their basic rights guaranteed by international laws. The municipality demolishes houses under the pretext of building without permits at a time when they impose impossible conditions to obtain building permits. Also, Jerusalemites are targeted with fines and building fines and heavy taxes, not to mention their deliberate neglect of the neighborhoods, villages and towns of East Jerusalem.

Activists wrote slogans at the gates and polling stations, "Voting is treason...Participating is a betrayal".

The Israeli police were heavily deployed around polling stations in the city.