Israel Arrests Three Palestinians in Hebron, Jenin

HEBRON, April 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli army arrested early Wednesday three Palestinians from the West Bank districts of Hebron and Jenin, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron, an Israeli army unit broke into the town of Beit Ummar, north of the city, and arrested Alaa Za’azik, 33, and Ismail Salibi, 30, after raiding and searching their homes. Both Za’azik and Salibi are former prisoners in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, confrontations erupted between Israeli army and school students at Tareq Bin Ziad Street in Hebron. Soldiers fired teargas canisters and stun grenades towards a school compound, causing multiple cases of suffocation among students and local residents.

The Israeli authorities also arrested a resident of Burqin, near Jenin, while he was in Israel seeking work, a security source told WAFA. The man was identified as 23-year-old Mohammad Khadour.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers broke into the Joseph Tomb monument in Nablus to perform rituals. There were no reports of clashes, though in the past few years there have been incidents in which settlers’ incursion into the site provoked chaos and confrontations with local residents.

Settlers also broke into a park at Nablus-Jenin highway and sabotaged its content, according to Gassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank.

Jewish settlers in the West Bank, considered residents of illegal structures in international law, have repeatedly attacked Palestinian property and worship places. Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arson, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes and civilians.