Israeli Forces Detain 14 Palestinians, Assault Many Others

JERUSALEM, October 1, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police and army forces late Wednesday and early Thursday detained 14 Palestinian from across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, as well as assaulted several others, Reported local security sources.

WAFA correspondent said that Israeli police detained nine Palestinians, including minors, from the Jerusalem area, for taking part in rallies organized in condemnation of the latest Israeli escalations at al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Police raided the home of KhaliI E’bisan in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, where they detained his underage son, Ali, after severally beating him and his brothers.

Two other family members identified as Hamad and Anid were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and transferred to hospital for medical treatment.

Police forces also detained 16-year-old Mohammed Da’ana, after raiding and wreaking havoc into his family’s home in Ein al-Loza neighborhood in Silwan. Forces reportedly broke down the front the door and assaulted Mohammed’s father, brother, and uncle, who suffers from diabetes. The uncle was transferred to hospital for treatment.

Police further detained another minor from the area after assaulting all members of his family. The minor was identified as Ali al-Abasi, 16.

In al-Issawiya town in central Jerusalem, police detained two brothers identified as Sami and Rami E’lyyan.

Police detained another local identified as Tamer Obaid after raiding and wreaking havoc into his family’s home, breaking down the home’s doors. Police reportedly assaulted all family members and shots were fired within the house.

Police further detained two other locals from the town. They were identified as Karim Darwish, Al’a Mustafa.

In the East Jerusalem town of Abu Dis, police detained ex-detainee Jamal Erekat after raiding his home. Police further handed Abdallah Hlbyeh a notice ordering him to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation.

In Nablus, Israeli army forces detained two Palestinians from the village of Einabous to the south. They were identified as Fawwaz Miladi, 55, and Jihad Allan, 47.

Army forces further assaulted another Palestinian in the Nablus village of Madama; forces stormed the village and beat up Mohammed Zeyyadeh, 25, causing him bruises throughout his body, which necessitated his transfer to hospital for medical treatment.

In the Hebron area, forces detained two youths from the town of Beit Ummar to the north, after raiding and wreaking havoc into their families’ homes. They were identified as Mohammed Awad and Aroud Badra, both aged 18. Forces raided several other homes in the area, however, no further arrests were made.

The army forces also set up military checkpoints at the entrances of the towns of Beit Ummar, Halhoul, Sair, and Ithna.

Meanwhile, forces detained Abdallah Mara’beh and assaulted four others at Anab Israeli military checkpoint, on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, after detaining them for hours at the checkpoint. They were all taken to hospital for medical treatment after sustaining bruises and injuries throughout their bodies.

The injured were identified as Mohammed Abdel-Salam, Majdi,  Bashar, and Mohammed Abdel-Qader Ma’rabeh.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s club (PPC) said that 562 Palestinians were detained by Israel from across the West Bank, including Gaza, in September 2015 alone.

PPC said that the highest number of arrests was recorded in Jerusalem, where 294 people, most of whom are minors, were detained.

PPC said that 250 people out of the aforementioned 294 were detained after September 13, against the backdrop of new Israeli intensified measures against Palestinians who take part in rallies in condemnation of Israel’s recent escalations at al-Aqsa mosque compound.

In mid September, Israel’s security cabinet approved a series of measures 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.

This came after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared what he described as a “war” on rock-throwing protesting Palestinians in Jerusalem, following three days of clashes in and around al-Aqsa mosque as police allowed the entry of Jews into the holy site to celebrate the Jewish holidays, while banning Palestinians’ entry.

It said that 56 people were detained from the Gaza Strip, 75 from Hebron, 38 from Ramallah and al-Bireh, 32 from Bethlehem, 22 from Jenin, Eight from Tulkarem, six from Jericho, 20 from Nablus, five from Tubas, four from Qalqilia,  and two more from Salfit.

PPC reported that there are 230 minors currently incarcerated in Israeli jails.