Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) —
Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued on Sunday its monthly report in which the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem during the month of January 2015 were monitored as the Israeli occupation authorities continued their assaults on Jerusalemites and their properties and sanctities.
The Center monitored the arrest of 150 people during the month of January 2015 in which 65 of them were minors. The detainees included five minor females, nine minors that were between 10 -12 years of age, 27 women (including the minor females) and eight citizens between the ages of 40-60.
The Center explained that the youngest children among those arrested were Mohammad Khweis from Al-Tur and Mohammad Saeed Aweida from the neighborhood of Shu’fat; note that Aweida was arrested by the Musta’ribeen unit (undercover police).
Most of the arrests in the month of January took places in Silwan, Esawyeh, Al-Tur, Sur Baher, Old City of Jerusalem and Beit Hanina.
During last month, nearly 660 extremists broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate under the so-called “foreign tourism” program. During the break-ins, the extremists managed to provoke the Muslim worshippers and Marabouts by climbing to the courtyard of the Dome of the Rock and practicing their religious rituals in addition to verbally insulting them.
The policy of holding women and young men’s IDs at Al-Aqsa Gates before entering the Mosque and replacing them with “small cards” that have the name of the Gate where they entered continued in the month of January in an attempt to harass the worshippers entering Al-Aqsa.
Settlers also launched two airplanes above Al-Aqsa Mosque. The first one was launched towards Al-Aqsa Mosque and flew for several minutes above Al-Marwani chapel while the second flew for several minutes above Bab Al-Rahmeh cemetery.
The occupation authorities have stepped up their policy of arresting and assaulting women inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and at its gates, and most of the women who were arrested in January were arrested either from Al-Aqsa courtyards or from its gates.
The Center also monitored the isolation of 24 citizens from Al-Aqsa Mosque for durations between 21 days and two months. The isolation affected 23 women including students at Al-Aqsa Schools who were allowed to enter the Mosque only to attend school.
Assaulting citizens and violating the right to education…
The occupation forces’ assault on Jerusalemites continued during last month and the most significant among those violations was the daily presence of Israeli forces in the Schools’ Street (Rab’a Al-Adawya Street) in Al-Tur. The forces raided three schools and fired sound grenades and rubber bullets into the schools’ courtyards and towards the classrooms. They also fired live bullets in the air in conjunction with the end of the school day.
The Center added in its report: “The occupation forces intend to deploy in the Schools’ Street in Al-Tur where 5 thousand students pass every day. There are four schools in the street and the forces are usually stationed in the street in the morning and afternoon hours and they stop students and their parents to provoke them which lead to the breakout of clashes and arrests in the area.”
On one occasion, Special Forces along with several settlers raided “Al-Shamilah” school for boys in Al-Tur and fired grenades towards the school and classrooms as they were leaving; one soldier fired live bullets in the air while he was standing outside the school. The raid coincided with the end of the school day and while the students were leaving the school. During last month, e occupation forces arrested one student and injured another with shrapnel of sound grenades.
The forces assaulted last month the child Mohammad Jamal Gheith while he was near his house in Silwan and severely beat him for not reason.
They Special Forces also assaulted the 65-year old Muna Khalil Abulhawa in Al-Tur at the beginning of last month and injured her with bruises in her back; note that she has poor vision and she is mute.
The occupation authorities continued breaking into the Jerusalemite neighborhoods, houses and commercial stores last month and several break-ins were carried out under the pretext of “collecting debts”.
The areas of Al-Tur, Wadi Al-Joz and Silwan witnessed clashes on an almost daily basis in response to the occupation forces’ presence in those areas and their continuous harassment to the locals by establishing random checkpoints, searching vehicles and randomly issuing traffic tickets.
In January, Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored two attempts to kidnap children from the neighborhood of Al-Thori in Silwan and the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber. Settlers tried to kidnap the 14-year old Ibrahim Jamil Gheith while he was near his house in Al-Thori after he was assaulted and severely beaten but he managed to run away. A female settler attempted to kidnap the 2-year old Mohammad Ghassan Abu Al-Jamal while he was with his brothers who were able to save him.
Settlers also slashed the tires of 11 vehicles in the village of Beit Safafa and sprayed racist slogans on the “Museum on the Seam”.
Last month, the locals of Silwan were surprised to find a big hole in the area of “Upper Ein” in Silwan and the occupation’s municipality placed signs of “Danger, do not approach” near the hole. The center also monitored cracks in several houses in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh due to the continuous Israeli excavations underneath.
The occupation municipality’s bulldozers carried out three demolition operations last month. They demolished a 2-storey building (4 residential apartments) in Shu’fat owned by the families of Al-Mashni, Bshara and Mkheimar. They also demolished the house of Usama Dari in the village of Esawyeh and the house of Alayan Rabay’a in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber; note that all the demolished buildings were under construction.