May 2022 in the city of Jerusalem
June 2, 2022

In May, the city of Jerusalem witnessed various incidents, punctuated by widespread attacks against Jerusalemites and their property, the funerals of journalist Sherine Abu Akleh and the martyr Walid al-Sharif, the provocative flags march and the “independence” commemoration, demolition of homes, displacement of residents and hundreds of arrests, and the assault on the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and worshipers will not be forgotten. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored all those events and incidents through its monthly report.

Details of the events of May 2022, in the report of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Jerusalem

Two martyrs, and continuing to detain 7 bodies continue in refrigerators

On May 11th, Palestinian journalist Sherine Abu Akleh was shot by the occupation forces, during the storming of Jenin refugee camp, when she was accompanied by a group of fellow journalists, all of whom were wearing helmets and protective vests bearing the word "PRESS", they were subjected to continuous fire, and journalist Ali Al-Smoudiwas initially wounded, and moments later, Shireen Abu Akleh was wounded by an explosive bullet in the neck.

On May 14th, the martyr Walid al-Sharif died of wounds he sustained inside the yards of Al-Aqsa during the third Friday of the month of Ramadan on “22/4/2022” and was arrested at that time. He was not given immediate treatment, and remained in a coma until his death.

The information center said that the occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of seven Jerusalemite martyrs in refrigerators: the body of martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih (since October 2016), the body of the martyr Fadi al-Qunbar (since January 2017), the body of martyr Aziz Aweisat (since May 2018), and the bodies of the two martyrs Shaher Abu Khadija and Zuhdi al-Tawil (since May 2021), the body of martyr Fadi Abu Shkheidem (since November 2021), and the body of martyr Karim Jamal al-Qawasmi, 19 years old, since March 2022.

Shooting

Last May, the occupation forces targeted two Palestinians by shooting at them:

On May 8th, the occupation forces shot at the Palestinian youth, Nazir Marzouk, 19 years old, from the village of Abwein, north of Ramallah, in the Damascus Gate area in Jerusalem, after detaining him inside the observation room established at the entrance to Damascus Gate. Witnesses confirmed that the forces fired directly and from zero distance towards the young man, he was seriously injured.

On May 11th, the occupation forces shot a Palestinian youth, Rami Srour, from the village of Ni’lin, north of Ramallah, at al-Qattaneen Gate - one of the gates of al-Aqsa -. After several sessions that were held in absentia, due to his critical health condition, he was released without restrictions. The police allegations that he tried to carry out a stabbing were proven false.

Rami was hit by dozens of bullets, which led to the removal of the spleen and part of the stomach, in addition to damage to the limbs and pelvis.

Al-Aqsa Mosque...unprecedented desecration

The occupation forces and the "temple groups", with the support of the occupation government and the courts, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque in an unprecedented manner, most notably marking the end of the month by securing collective prayers for settlers in it and raising the Israeli flag.

Thousands of settlers, including members of Knesset, senior rabbis, and officials of the alleged "Temple organizations and groups", stormed Al-Aqsa as part of the daily program of incursions during the morning and afternoon periods, which take place through the Dung Gate, whose keys have been controlled by the occupation since the occupation of Jerusalem, and the incursions multiplied during the celebrations on "Independence Day" and "Jerusalem Day" and the anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem.

The Information Center monitored the most prominent violations and attacks in Al-Aqsa in chronological order:

3/5 The occupation authorities cut the speaker wires in Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the evening call to prayer was absent, during the celebrations at Al-Buraq Wall on the so-called “Independence Day.”

5/5 Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed massive incursions on the anniversary of the so-called "Independence Day", guarded by officers and the occupation forces, amid closures, tightening and attacks on worshipers, and the number of settlers that stormed Al-Aqsa reached 792 extremists.

The information center stated that in the early morning hours, the occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, surrounded the worshipers inside the Al-Qibli prayer hall and attacked them with gas and rubber bullets.

The occupation police prevented entry to Al-Aqsa, especially for young men, who were forced to perform the dawn and noon prayers at the gates of the mosque.

The forces carried out mass arrests from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and at its gates, numbering 44 detainees, and detained dozens of worshipers.

8/5 The occupation forces closed the gates of Al-Aqsa in the evening, after shooting a young man in Damascus Gate, and prevented entry to it to perform the evening prayer, so the Palestinians were forced to perform it in the streets.

In the middle of May, the occupation forces cut off the water supply to the Bab al-Rahma prayer hall.

29/5 The unprecedented and broader violation of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was represented by the occupation officers allowing hundreds of settlers to perform collective public prayers in it and raise Israeli flags and pray in them, in celebration of the so-called “Unification of Jerusalem”, which is the anniversary of the occupation of the city according to Hebrew time.

The forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque at dawn, and placed chains to separate the places of the settlers’ path, especially in front of the courtyard of the Al-Qibli Mosque and Al-Marwani, at the Al-Silsileh Gate, and surrounded the worshipers inside the Al-Qibli prayer hall and topped its roofs.

The forces assaulted the worshipers during the hours of the "morning and afternoon incursions" by beating and pushing, and they arrested 37 detainees from Al-Aqsa and its gates, while the number of those who entered was 1687 settlers.

Attacks and repression

The scenes of assault on the funeral of the martyr Sherine Abu Akleh and the martyr Walid Al-Sharif will not bet forgotten, which witnessed attacks and abuse of mourners.

On May 13, the occupation forces besieged the French Hospital in the city of Jerusalem, and closed all roads leading to it before the date of Abu Akleh’s funeral, in an attempt to prevent access to participate in the funeral, and threatened, through loudspeakers, to storm the hospital if the chants continued and flags were raised or if the funeral went out on foot. As soon as the mourners arrived carrying the coffin on their shoulders to the hospital door, and before they went out to walk in the streets of the city, the occupation forces intercepted them and then stormed the hospital and assaulted the mourners with beatings and shoving, throwing sound bombs and rubber bullets, and following the mourners inside the hospital "Emergency Department", while a force attacked the coffin carriers and beat them in an attempt to force them to leave it, but they stuck to it despite what they were exposed to.

During the deployment of the occupation forces in the hospital yard and around the place of the coffin, the young men put the coffin inside a “transporting the dead” car, to be beaten again to keep them away from the vehicle, and the young men were beaten inside and forced to get out of it, then the police determined the path of the car and followed it with Calvary units and a police car.

The forces closed the hospital perimeter and attacked the mourners several times - after the body left - in a second attempt to prevent access to the church and burial, and arrested the young men.

In the areas of Jaffa Gate and New Gate and around Damascus Gate, the forces assaulted the Palestinians by beating, arresting and pushing them, while they were trying to reach the church. The forces also deployed at the gates of the Old City, deployed iron barriers and prevented entry to it.

After the funeral, a procession started from the cemetery, and upon its arrival in Omar ibn Al-Khattab Square, the occupation forces assaulted the participants several times to disperse them and prevent their gathering.

This was not the only attack on the body. Upon its arrival Thursday in Jerusalem, it was intercepted in the Beit Hanina area “the first time,” and the second time at the hospital door. While carrying it from the gate to the square and raising two Palestinian flags, the forces stormed the place and confiscated the flags and surrounded the entire place.

On the day of the martyrdom, the forces stormed the house of the martyr Abu Akleh in Beit Hanina, and demanded not to raise the flags and not to put songs or sit in the street, and in the afternoon hours they suppressed a march that started from Beit Hanina towards the martyr’s house.

As for the funeral of the martyr Walid Sharif, the repression and beating of the mourners doubled during the funeral. After the body was held for two days in an attempt to dissect it, the occupation forces handed over the martyr’s body in the evening hours, inside the “police” headquarters in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, preceded by a complete siege of Al-Maqased Hospital and spread at the entrances and junctions of Al-Tur village. Some of them were closed “where the body will arrive for shrouding.” As soon as the body left the destinations in the ambulance, the infantry teams pursued the car carrying the martyr and surrounded it completely. After passing through the main intersection, the convoy was prevented from passing and the passengers were physically assaulted, and the forces fired shots towards one of the cars.

Rubber bullets were also fired at the ambulance carrying the martyr, which shattered the rear window, in addition to causing damage to its interior.

In the streets of Jerusalem surrounding the Old City “Lions Gate, al-Rasheed Street, Herods Gate, Salah al-Din Street” the forces closed the place completely, and set up barriers at all points. At the entrance to Salah El-Din Street, the forces surrounded the funeral of the Sharif in large numbers on Salah El-Din Street, and as soon as they entered the cemetery, they stormed it, and attacked the mourners with bombs and rubber bullets.

After the funeral, the forces carried out mass arrests from inside the cemetery and from the adjacent streets.

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded during the funeral, including the young man, Nader Al-Sharif, who was directly targeted inside the cemetery with a rubber bullet. He was wounded and taken to hospital, where his injured left eye was removed and its place was cleaned.

Anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem - the flags march

On the 29th of May, the settlers, with the support and protection of the occupation government and its forces on the ground, doubled their attacks in Jerusalem, on the 55th anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of the city.Extensive incursions into Jerusalem...singing, dancing, prayers and raising flags...a program designed to organize the various events on this day. Most notably, the implementation of mass incursions into Al-Aqsa during the two periods of incursions, and a large participation in the “Annual Flags Dance” and concluding with a collective prayer in Al-Buraq Square.

According to statistics, about 70,000 settlers participated in the flags march that started from West Jerusalem, infiltrating the Old City through Jaffa Gate and Damascus Gate, all the way to Al-Buraq Square.

During the march, the settlers attacked Palestinians and their property with pepper gas, insults, stones, bottles, water and sticks in Al-Aqsa and the streets of Jerusalem and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the town of Silwan, which did not stop during the hours of this day, while the press crews were subjected to the largest attack by settlers during filming the march in the Damascus Gate area.

As for the occupation forces, on the anniversary of their occupation, they turned Jerusalem into a military barracks, to secure the settlers’ celebrations. They isolated Al-Aqsa in the morning and the Old City from noon until midnight. They deployed their various forces and erected barriers in the city’s streets, neighborhoods and towns, preventing passage through the streets adjacent to the Old City, and preventing entry. Finally, it disrupted the lives of Palestinians in general and the residents and merchants of the Old City in particular.

In Sheikh Jarrah and Street No. 1 adjacent to the neighborhood and extending to the outskirts of Damascus Gate, settlers attacked residents, homes, vehicles and buses, and attacked homes several times to break into them, throwing stones, spraying gas, and violating the entire area.

In the town of Silwan, settlers attacked residents, vehicles and homes, as well as with stones and continuous insults, especially at the residents of Dung Gate and Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, which is closest to the Al-Buraq Wall.

In front of the scenes of thousands of Israeli flags that were raised in the city under the protection of the occupation and in the face of the continuous repression, the Palestinians were able to march out with Palestinian flags in the middle of Salah El-Din Street and chanted for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa. The forces pursued them and suppressed them resulting in the breakout of clashes for several hours, and were spread to Herods Gate, Al-Rashid and Nablus streets.

The forces also suppressed anyone who raised the Palestinian flag in Jerusalem, including women, elderly and children.

Settlers' attacks

On 21/5, settlers attacked the Al-Sumoud building in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and fired indiscriminately. One of the young men was wounded after being hit with a pistol in the waist.

On other days of the month, the settlers smashed vehicles and attacked homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Dung Gate neighborhood in Silwan. At the end of the month, they organized individual marches, during which they raised Israeli flags, especially in the Damascus Gate, Herods Gate and Silwan areas.

Arrests

The occupation authorities escalated arrests in the city of Jerusalem last May, and carried out most of the arrests from the streets of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, during the funerals of the martyr Walid Al-Sharif and the martyr Sherine Abu Akleh, and during the occupation’s celebrations on the anniversary of the so-called “independence and the unification of Jerusalem”, in addition to a campaign of arrests in the last week of last month, "before the march of the flags dance".

The Information Center monitored 401 arrests from Jerusalem, including two children "less than the age of responsibility - less than 12 years old", 58 minors, and 16 women.

The Information Center explained that last month, the occupation forces deliberately detained hundreds of Palestinians inside Al-Aqsa and at its gates at the beginning of the month on the so-called "Independence Day", and in the streets of Jerusalem "after the funeral of the martyr Sharif". After searching, checking identities and conducting diagnoses through surveillance cameras or through police photography of the police and intelligence services, the detainees were released or transferred to interrogation centers, pointing out that the detention continues for more than an hour in the streets.

In the same context, the occupation authorities transferred a young man to administrative detention.

Deportations…

The occupation authorities continued to issue deportation orders. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Jerusalem monitored the issuance of 107 deportation orders, including: 4 from Jerusalem, 65 from Al-Aqsa, and 38 from the Old City.

The Center explained that most of the deportation decisions were for young men arrested from Al-Aqsa Mosque at the beginning of last May, on the anniversary of the so-called "Independence Day", and at the end of the month on the anniversary of the "occupation of Jerusalem."

The center added that the occupation authorities continued the policy of "deportations from the place of field detention", that is, from the city streets "Damascus Gate, Herods Gate, Sultan Suleiman Street, and Salah Al-Din Street”, the funeral of the martyr Walid al-Sharif, and in memory of the so-called "unification of Jerusalem".

Demolition and displacement

The occupation municipality continued to displace Jerusalemites from their homes and demolish their commercial facilities, under the pretext of building without a permit. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Jerusalem monitored 14 demolitions in the city of Jerusalem, half of which were carried out by their owners “self-demolition” in order to avoid paying fines and fees to municipality staff and mechanisms.

The center explained that the demolition process included "1 residential building that includes 5 apartments and shops, 11 residential homes, and 2 commercial establishments."

The demolitions were carried out in Silwan, Sur Baher, Beit Hanina, Issawiya, Jabal Al-Mukabber, and Beit Safafa.

Cable Car

In the middle of last month, the Supreme Court rejected the petitions against the "cable car" project in the city of Jerusalem.

The cable car extends from West Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, overlooking the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque, and then reaches the Dung Gate, one of the Old City gates, leading to Al-Buraq Square, serving the influx of thousands of settlers.