JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained more than 20 Palestinians, most of them teenagers, from occupied East Jerusalem since Monday morning, a prisoner’s society said.
Director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society in Jerusalem Nasser Qaws said in a statement on Tuesday that most of the detainees had been between the ages of 14 and 16.Qaws added that Israeli courts extended most of their detentions while those released had been forced to pay fines or bails.An Israeli police spokesperson said he could not confirm the arrests.
The arrests came shortly after a 19-year-old Palestinian was arrested in East Jerusalem on Sunday over the suspected stabbing of two 17-year-old Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City.Israeli police reported arresting another Palestinian on Sunday after he allegedly threw a “petrol bomb” at a Jewish home in the Old City.
Tensions were high over the weekend as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot marks the day Jews believe God gave the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai, and every year sees large numbers of Jewish worshipers enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces.