Israel Summons 4 Palestinians for Interrogation, Set up Checkpoints Across Hebron Area

HEBRON, March 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday summoned four Palestinians to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation, as well as raided and set up military checkpoints across several areas in the Hebron area, according to security sources.

Sources informed WAFA that Israeli forces stormed Jabal Abu Ruman in the city of Hebron, where they handed three brothers; identified as Shaban, Sufian and Balal At-Tawil, notices to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation.

Forces also handed Ishaq Abd al-Nabi, 50 from Bethlehem, a similar notice ordering him to appear at Gush Etzion settlement bloc for interrogation.

Meanwhile, forces stormed several areas in the city of Hebron, where they set up military checkpoints at the city’s northern entrance as well as at the entrances of the towns of Sa‘ir and Halhul, stopping passing Palestinian registered cars and checking passengers identity cards, causing a traffic jam.

B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, said in a report, “Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement in the West Bank are enforced by a system of fixed checkpoints, surprise flying checkpoints, physical obstructions, roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel, and gates along the Separation Barrier. The restrictions enable Israel to control Palestinian movement throughout the West Bank as suits its interests, in a sweeping breach of Palestinians’ rights.”

It said that, “Prolonged checks and searches at some of the checkpoints, humiliating treatment by soldiers, and long lines deter Palestinian drivers from using some of the roads still open to their use. As a result, Palestinian movement on some of the main roads in the West Bank has decreased, and these roads are used almost exclusively by settlers.”

The center said that in February 2014 there were 99 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank: 59 are internal checkpoints, located well within the West Bank.