Days of Palestine

Report: Israeli Occupation Demolished 80 Palestinian Homes, 97 Citizens, Arrested 1896 Others

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Days of Palestine – Jerusalem

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed four Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and arrested 1,896 others, during the first half of 2022.

In a report issued on Saturday, the Center recorded that the IOF issued 797 banishment decisions against Palestinians from the Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque during the first half of this year.

It pointed out that 55 deportation orders were issued against women and girls, pointing out that the occupation authorities issued hundreds of deportation decisions especially from the areas of Bab Al-Amoud, Bab Al-Sahira, Sultan Suleiman and Salah Al-Din Street, for periods ranging from 3 days until two months.

It explained that the IOF killed 4 Palestinians in the Holy City within six months, 3 of them in Al-Aqsa and its gates, and the martyr journalist Shireen Abu Aqila in Jenin camp.

The Center pointed out that the occupation authorities continue to hold the bodies of 7 Jerusalem martyrs in refrigerators, they are Misbah Abu Sobeih since October 2016, Fadi Al-Qanbar since January 2017, the martyr of the captive movement Aziz Owaisat since May 2018, Shaher Abu Khadija and Zuhdi Al-Taweel since May 2021, Fadi Abu Shekhadem since November 2021, and Karim Al-Qawasmi since March 2022.

The information center said that various violations and attacks by the Israeli occupation authorities took place in Al-Aqsa Mosque, over the past months.

Israeli occupation violations represented by closing the mosque, preventing worshippers entry to it, beatings and mass arrests, throwing gas bombs from a drone, sound and rubber bullets.

Under the security of the Israeli forces, the so-called “alleged temple groups” invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque, performing collective public prayers and raising Israeli flags.

Last June, Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed large-scale incursions on the anniversary of the so-called “Descent of the Torah – Shafu’ut”.

The number of intrusions during the two days reached 1052 settlers, while the occupation forces surrounded the worshipers inside the tribal prayer hall and assaulted them and carried out separate arrests.

During the incursions of the occupation forces to Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan, and ascending the roof of the Al-Qibli prayer hall, the occupation forces broke many of the gypsum windows of the Al-Qibli prayer hall, and the outer doors of the prayer hall, and cut the speaker wires, as well as burns the carpets due to sound bombs.

The first half of 2022 witnessed daily arrests in the towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and unprecedented mass arrests from Al-Aqsa and the city’s streets during the suppression of various activities.

The Center monitored that the Israeli occupation arrests 1,896 Palestinians from Jerusalem, including 12 children less than the age of responsibility/less than 12 years old, 378 minors, 93 females, including 3 girls.

It stated that the month of April recorded the highest arrests with 793 arrests, followed by May with 401 arrests, and November with 214 arrests.

The Center indicated that they recorded the largest percentage of arrests during the first half of 2022, especially from Al-Aqsa Mosque, where IOF arrested 640 Palestinians form Jerusalem streets adjacent to the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque roads.

As for administrative detentions, the Center monitored the transfer of 24 Jerusalemites to administrative detention, including the two deputies of the Legislative Council, Muhammad Abu Tir and Ahmed Atoun.

It pointed out that the month of April recorded the highest cases in which “administrative detention” decisions were issued.

With regard to demolitions in the city of Jerusalem, Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 80 demolitions in Jerusalem, of which 37 were “self-demolition” carried out by their owners, in order to avoid paying fines and demolition fees to municipality staff and vehicles.

The center added that the demolitions targeted residential facilities “houses, residential rooms”, and among the houses, the property of the Salhia family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.