Israel Detains 26 Palestinians, Demolishes Car Wash Shops in West Bank

JERUSALEM, December 2, 2015 (WAFA) – At least 26 Palestinians were detained by Israeli troops across the West Bank districts, mostly during night and predawn raids, according to local and security sources.

Israeli forces stormed the village of Hazma, east of Jerusalem, where they detained 10 Palestinians, seized caravans owned by a local car show,  and removed Auto wash shops situated along the village’s main street. The army also raided around 30 homes in the village.

The 10 were identified as Ahmad Askar, Orwah Askar, Jaber Najib, Raja’i Najib, Daoud Najib, Fadi Najib, Jihad Salaheddine, Kefah Rezeq, Ismail Khatib, and Osama Eissa.

Meanwhile in Hebron district, Israeli troops detained Isac Abu-Badran, 28, in al-Arroub refugee camp; Anas Abu-Hashahash, 30, from nearby al-Fawwar refugee camp, Adham Taradi, 17, from Taffuh, and Abdullah Zaidat, 20, from Bani Na’im town.

Forces also broke into the town of Beit Ummar and detained eight Palestinian minors after raiding and searching their families’ homes. They were identified as Ayesh Awad, 19, Rashed Awad, 16, Omar Khalil, Amr Arar, 15, Mohammad Abu-Ayyash, 17, Ali Abu-Ayyash, 15, Mohammad Abu-Maria, 16, and Okal Jawabreh, 19.

Army forces and intelligence officers also summoned a teenager from the town of Taffuh to appear for interrogation.

Israeli troops further stormed Askar refugee camp in Nablus and detained a local Palestinian identified as Hazem Nadi, after raiding his house and sabotaging its furniture. They also stormed the house of Maram Hassouneh, a Palestinian teenager who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday, but there were no reports of arrests.

In Tulkarm district, Israeli soldiers detained 18-year-old Belal Abu-Elayya from the village of Shofa while he was present on his private-owned land near the village.

In the meantime, Israeli police detained a teenager from Qabatia in the Arab town of Shefa Amr in Israel, after being caught entering Israel – without a permit;  – to seek work. He was identified as Mohammad Zakarneh, 22.

‘Israel has strict criteria for the approval of work permits and issues no more permits than the number fixed in an occasionally revised quota,’ noted the human rights center, B’Tselem in a story published in April 2014.