Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
The Israeli occupation police on Saturday evening kidnaped three Palestinian citizens in Occupied Jerusalem and stormed a wedding held in the Old City.
According to local sources, police officers kidnaped a Jerusalemite citizen called Ihab Najeeb and his son Tawfiq from the Old City after assaulting them.
Meanwhile, police forces stormed a wedding held in the Qattanin market area, chased some of the attendees and assaulted them.
They also kidnaped one of the attendees identified as Hisham al-Bashiti and took him to a police station.
While Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed building, it builds tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.
Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as "residents" whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.
They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel‘s separation wall.