Israel Arrests Four Palestinians in West Bank, East Jerusalem

NABLUS, March 31, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Tuesday arrested three Palestinians in Nablus district and a woman in East Jerusalem, according to witnesses and local sources.

In Nablus, the Israeli army broke into the nearby village of Asira Ashamaliya, north of the city during predawn hours, and searched a number of homes before arresting three local residents. They were identified as Alaa Ali Shouli, Alaa Hamed Shouli and Qais Jawabra.

In the meantime, Israeli army stormed the village of Taqu’ near Bethlehem, and attacked school students with teargas canisters, causing multiple cases of suffocation by teargas inhalation. There were no reports of arrests in the village.

Meanwhile in East Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian woman while she was leaving al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The woman, who is yet to be identified, was led to a nearby police station for interrogation.

The woman was arrested after a group of Jewish settlers broke into the Islamic holy site to perform rituals, before female worshipers chanted religious slogans in defiance.

While it is worldwide known as Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jews refer to the site as the “Temple Mount” and believe it was the site of two Jewish temples destroyed in ancient times.

The mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, has since 1967 been the center of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, mainly resulting from Jewish fanatics’ provocative visits.

Despite the fact that the site is the location of al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, two of the most holy destinations for Muslims, hundreds of Jewish extremists regularly attempt to legalize prayer at the compound, a move that will “inevitably” trigger Palestinians, according to Israeli police.

Settlers’ provocative visits to the holy site have given rise to mass protests in the holy city in recent months, during which hundreds of Palestinians were apprehended by Israeli police.