Occupied Jerusalem: 6 martyrs and 1979 cases of arrest and demolition of 193 facilities during the past year

A Palestinian report specializing in occupied Jerusalem affairs said: The year 2020 witnessed a series of events that Jerusalem had never witnessed before, the most important of which was the announcement of the so-called deal of the century or the American peace plan according to the vision of US President Donald Trump and his administration, and preoccupation with the repercussions of the "Corona" virus, And its heavy burden on all aspects of life.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center stated, in a report issued today, Monday, that the occupation violations continued against the people of Jerusalem, including killing, beating and arresting, in addition to confiscating and destroying their property.

 The attack extended to the Muslim and Christian holy sites, where they were closed, stormed and sometimes burned.

 The prisoners and their families were deported, their money confiscated, their homes and properties demolished, and fines were imposed on them, and their institutions and activities faced acts of prevention, closure and threats.

Palestinian martyrs on the wealth of Jerusalem

In a report on the Israeli attacks in occupied Jerusalem during the past year, the Center indicated that the occupation authorities continued to kill Palestinians in Jerusalem, under the pretext of "attempts to carry out stabbings, shootings, or possession of a knife," where 6 Palestinian citizens were killed, shot by the occupation forces. In occupied Jerusalem.

The center stated that the occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of 3 Jerusalemite martyrs in the refrigerators, and they are: the body of the martyr Mesbah Abu Subaih since October 2016, the body of the martyr Fadi Al-Qanbar since November 2017, and the martyr of the captive movement Aziz Uweissat since May / May 2018.

Al-Aqsa Mosque 

According to the report, this year did not differ from its predecessors, so settlers continued to carry out daily incursions into Al-Aqsa - with the exception of Friday and Saturday every week, during two periods: in the morning and in the afternoon, through the Mughrabi Gate, whose keys have been controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of Jerusalem. Al-Aqsa last year, 18 thousand and 526 extremists.

The incursions to the Al-Aqsa Mosque increased during the period of Jewish holidays, and those who stormed Al-Aqsa intentionally performed prayers in its squares.

The occupation authorities continued to pursue the worshipers by arresting them, preventing them from entering, detaining IDs, and subjecting them to searches at the doors and in Al-Aqsa squares, with government support, amid various statements, and a demand to extend Israeli sovereignty over Al-Aqsa.

The occupation authorities also continued attempts to impose control over the Bab al-Rahma prayer hall, through the occupation courts and on the ground, through repeated incursions into it.

Deportation decisions

The report confirmed that the occupation authorities continued to use the method of deportation from the city of Jerusalem, its old town and Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the deportation decisions included dozens of religious and national figures and Jerusalemites, for periods ranging from two days to 6 months.

The Center stated that most of the deportation decisions were received by the Palestinians and would be for several days, then renewed for several months, according to decisions issued by several officials, including "the commander of the occupation police in Jerusalem or the commander of the home front."

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 375 deportation decisions: 315 from Al-Aqsa Mosque, 15 from Jerusalem, 33 from the Old City, 4 from the West Bank, 8 travel bans, including 15 minors and 66 females.

According to the center, January, June and September witnessed the highest rate of deportation decisions, and among the deportees was the head of the Supreme Islamic Authority, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, and the deputy director of the Jerusalem Endowment, Sheikh Najeh Bkirat, and the governor of Jerusalem was prevented from entering the West Bank, and the residence was imposed on him. Jabriya inside the town of Silwan.

The occupation authorities targeted the employees of the Islamic Endowments Department, including administrative staff, guards, sanctuary, and reconstruction committees, to arrest, threaten and be deported from Al-Aqsa for varying periods. The Center monitored 46 deportation decisions against employees of Islamic endowments, most of whom were granted deportation for a period of one week and then renewed for several months.

In addition, the Center monitored dozens of cases of gunshot and rubber bullets, fractures, bruises and wounds, during the implementation of arrests or incursions into towns in Jerusalem.

Settlers' attacks on holy sites and properties in Jerusalem also continued, as settlers assaulted Palestinian youths while they were passing through the streets of West Jerusalem or while they were working for no reason, and their attacks on religious sites prolonged by burning and insulting slogans.

Hundreds of arrests

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 1,979 arrests, including: “8 children - less than 12 years,” 364 boys, and 100 females, including 3 minors.

 The town of Issawiya recorded the highest number of arrests with 645 arrests, followed by the Al-Aqsa Mosque area, its gates and the roads leading to it with 365 cases, then the town of Silwan with 298 cases, the old Jerusalem with 289 cases, and the village of Al-Tur with 142 cases, in addition to arrests in all towns and neighborhoods of the city. Jerusalem.

Dozens of operations and demolition decisions. 

The center confirmed that the occupation municipality in occupied Jerusalem has escalated the policy of demolishing homes, commercial and agricultural establishments, foundations and barracks in the city of Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit despite the state of emergency and the difficult economic situation in the city during the "Corona" pandemic, at a time when the municipality imposes impracticable conditions and the huge sums for procedures The license, which extends for many years.

The occupation municipality also forced Jerusalemites to implement the orders and decisions to demolish themselves, "self-demolition", after threatening to impose heavy fines, in addition to forcing them to pay demolition fees to the municipality's staff and the accompanying occupation forces.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the demolition of 193 facilities in the city of Jerusalem, 107 of which were demolished by their owners by "self-demolition". Among the facilities, 114 houses, 4 residential buildings, and 30 commercial establishments, in addition to residential rooms, livestock brackets, farms, building foundations and the leveling of land.

The village of Jabal Al-Mukaber recorded the highest rate of demolition in Jerusalem, followed by the town of Silwan, Al-Issawiya and Beit Hanina, in addition to other demolition operations in the towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

The month of August, followed by September, witnessed the largest demolitions in Jerusalem.


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