Al-Bashiti family…continuous suffering and persecution - two brothers are released on conditions and the third remains under arrest
October 12, 2020


On Monday evening, the occupation police released two brothers on condition of deportation from the Old City of Jerusalem and house arrest.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s lawyer for minors, Mohammad Mahmoud, explained that the police released the two brothers, Abdul Rahman, 16, and Hatem al-Bashiti, 17, on the condition that they are deported from the Old City for a period of 10 days and house-arrest for 5 days.

Lawyer Mahmoud added that the police arrested the two brothers after storming their home in the Old City of Jerusalem, and took them to Al-Qishla Police Station on charges of throwing "fireworks."

Wadi Hilweh Information Center pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested their third brother, Hatem, on Friday evening, and extended his detention until next Wednesday.

The center stated that the occupation authorities have been pursuing the Bashiti brothers for years, by arresting and constantly storming their home, summoning and imposing house arrest on them.

The Al-Bashiti family lives next to Al-Aqsa Mosque and constantly suffers from the harassment of the occupation authorities. Mohammad Al-Bashiti said in a previous interview with the Information Center: “Just because we live near Al-Aqsa, and our house is high,the forces storm our home when any event happens in the area. The children are arrested and beaten in front of us and we cannot do anything. Every month my sons get arrested, in addition to the fines and bail that are imposed in exchange for their release.

The matter does not stop at that, the father explained: "As soon as we go out to the roof of the house overlooking Al-Aqsa, the police come to examine the matter."

As for the boy, Hatem, in a previous interview with the center, he said: "We get arrested from our house. If we are around the house with our friends, we are always provoked, attacked and arrested, and then subjected to house arrest which caused me to missthe last academic year."

As for the boy, Abdul Rahman, who suffers from diabetes, his suffering is doubled. He is arrested and deprived of examination and taking medicine and food at appropriate times. The mere presence of a "diabetes screening device" with him gets him arrested and investigated about the device that he possesses!