Israeli Army Assaults Elderly, Arrests 15 in West Bank

HEBRON, February 11, 2015 (WAFA) – An Israeli force Wednesday assaulted and raided the house of a local activist in Hebron and physically assaulted his elder mother, according to the activist.

Local and sources said the army conducted predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Hebron and Jenin, where they arrested 15 Palestinians.

Amjad al-Najjar, director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) in Hebron, said an army force broke into Hebron and smashed the door of his house, before raiding it. He said the Israeli soldiers physically assaulted and beat up his elder mother, causing her to faint.

Najjar said the soldiers also ordered all his family members to stay in a single room for hours, adding that they sabotaged the furniture of his house, including portraits of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He said that the unjustified predawn army attack on his home caused his children to panic.

Photos released by local Wattan news agency pertaining to the attack showed an Israeli soldier raising his arm towards the elder woman, who was lying on the ground at the door of her son’s house in an apparently over-exhausted position.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces broke into the nearby town of Beit Ummar and arrested seven Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes.

They were identified as Isam Bahar, 16, Mazen Awad, 19, Mohammad Iklhail, 19, Ibrahim Abu-Dayyeh, 21, Ameer Ikhlail, 16, Mahmoud Ikhlail, 18 and Mohammad Jamil Abu Maria, 18.

The forces also summoned notices to four local residents of the town to refer for interrogation at the nearby Etzion military complex. During the army raids in Beit Ummar, soldiers sprayed pepper spray at a local resident and said his son must to appear for interrogation.

The Israeli crackdown on Beit Ummar provoked confrontations between soldiers and local residents, during which soldiers fired teargas canisters and stun grenades towards the residents. A 27-year-old was hit with a gas bomb in his foot and was transferred to hospital for medical treatment. Others suffocated by teargas inhalation.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers in the town ordered a number of residents to take off their clothes for search, despite of the chilly predawn weather.

Army forces also broke into the nearby local council of Masafer Yatta, where they searched several houses and arrested one Palestinian. He was not identified, yet.

In the meantime, Israeli army broke into multiple towns in the Jenin district, in northern West Bank, and arrested seven Palestinians.

They were identified as Ali Asfour, 34, from the town of Ya’bad, Saeed Hamamra, 28, from the town of Jaba, Mahmoud Mousa, 27, Morad Mousa, 38, Raed Mousa, 42, and Bashir Mousa, 22, from the village of Merka.

Israeli forces also raided several houses and questioned their residents in the town of Jaba.

Israeli army conducts daily raids in Palestinian towns in the West Bank. Most of these raids are conducted at the predawn time, during which army arrests Palestinians and hands others notices to appear for questioning at nearby military sites.

UNICEF identified examples of practices that amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture, and included night arrest.

A considerable number of youth is detained during night or early morning hours, proving that Israel is continuously violating the law and committing crimes by subjecting the Palestinian youth to ill and cruel treatment.