Israel Detains 4 Minors in Jerusalem, Summons Youth in Bethlehem

JERUSALEM, September 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police Monday detained four Palestinian minors, ranging between 11 and 13 in age, from the Jerusalem area, while a youth from Bethlehem was summoned for interrogation, according to security sources.

In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur, Israeli police detained four minors aged between 11 and 13 years from Abu al-Hawa family. They were identified as Abdallah, Mohammed, Moa’ath, and Khalil.

Meanwhile in Bethlehem, Israeli army forces handed Ahmad al-Shwaiki, 19, a notice ordering him to  appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence at Gush Etzion settlement bloc, after raiding and searching his family’s home.

In the meantime, other army forces stormed several towns and neighborhoods in Hebron district in the southern West Bank. However, no further arrests were reported.

Forces further set up military checkpoints at the entrances of the towns of Sair and Halhoul to the north, where they inspected the identity cards of passing Palestinian registered cars, causing a traffic jam.

To be noted, over 170 Palestinians have been detained by Israel during the past 13 days, for taking part in rallies condemning the Israeli latest attacks on al-Aqsa mosque compound.

‘Israel’s security cabinet approved a series of measures on Thursday as part of a crackdown on rock throwing and firebombing by Palestinians in Jerusalem, including minimum sentences and greater leeway for the police to open fire,’ reported NY Times.

This came following three days of clashes in and around al-Aqsa mosque in mid September, as police allowed the entry of Jews into the holy site, while imposing severe restriction on the entry of Palestinians.

Israel have been enforcing a unilateral temporal division on the mosque; banning Palestinians from entering the compound during specific hours, while settlers are provided with a police escort into the Islamic holy site.