Israeli Forces Detain Four Palestinians, Summon Two from Jerusalem, Jenin Districts

JERUSALEM, September 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces early Thursday detained four Palestinians and summoned two others from Jerusalem and Jenin districts, said security sources.

Israeli Special Forces detained a young Palestinian man from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for protesting against groups of Jewish settlers who forced their way into the holy site. The detainee was identified as Samih al-Haddad.

This came as Israeli police barred a number of ‘black-listed’ Palestinian women from entering the Mosque compound, while they allowed other women and female students’ entry into the holy site after withholding their identification cards upon entry via the old gates.

Palestinian women who pray at the Mosque are denied access into the holy site five days a week, except on Fridays and Saturdays, from early morning to noon hours purportedly to prevent confrontations with Israeli Jewish settlers who force their way into the holy site.


Protesting the decision to deny them entry, the ‘black-listed’ female protestors ‘Murabitat’ gathered at al-Silsila Gate and chanted slogans denouncing the discrimination especially as Jewish settlers are allowed to freely enter the Mosque and perform prayers.


This came hours after police (Special Forces and intelligence officers) detained Ikram Ghazawi, 50, after breaking into and ransacking her house in al-Thawri neighborhood of Silwan and transferred her to al-Qashla police station in the Old City of Jerusalem.


Furthermore, police handed two other women identified as Samah and Jihad Ghazawi summons ordering them to turn themselves to police at al-Qashla police station after raiding and ransacking their houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-‘Amoud.


This came as groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into the Mosque compound via al-Maghariba Gate escorted by heavily-guarded troops.


Furthermore in Jerusalem, police detained Wednesday evening a Palestinian minor from his house in the Old City of Jerusalem. The detainee was identified as Omar al-Za‘anin, 15, the goalkeeper of Palestine National Youth Soccer Team.


Omar’s father, Ramzi, said that his son was ‘unjustifiably’ detained. Omar’s detention was slammed by the Palestinian Soccer Teams Federation as an Israeli systematic policy of targeting and hindering the development of all Palestinian sports.


Meanwhile in Jenin, Israeli police detained a young Palestinian man inside Israel purportedly for not having a work permit. The detainee was identified as Mohammad Fadallah, 40, a local from Qabatiya town to the south of Jenin.