Ailing Jerusalemite Woman Dies after Delays by Israeli Police

JERUSALEM, October 19, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian woman from Issawiya, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, died after midnight Monday while being held at a checkpoint erected at the entrance while on her way to hospital, according to medical sources.

Yousef Darwish, Huda’s son, said his mother died after Israeli police delayed them by about 20 minutes at a checkpoint, which was recently set up at the entrance of the neighborhood.

He said when attempted to persuade the police of his mother’s serious health condition – she was suffering a difficulty in breathing – the police began firing in the air to express unwillingness to listen to him.

The police then asked Yousef and his mother to get out of the car to search it. Minutes later, Huda was pronounced dead before reaching the hospital.

Last night, Israeli security forces began installing a security fence that would divide the neighborhood of Issawiya, just northeast of Jerusalem, from the rest of the city.

Witnesses said Israeli forces unloaded large concrete blocks and barbed wires separate Issawiya from the adjacent Sur Bahir neighborhood, as well as from the nearby settlement of Armon Hanatziv.

A few days ago, the Israeli cabinet announced that Israeli police would be entitled to ‘impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations.’

The cabinet also approved the revocation of residency status for Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israeli targets.