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Palestine: Palestinian kids in Israeli jails exposed to torture/abuse, soldiers storm Aqsa mosque, olive tress uprooted & demolitions

Report: Palestinian kids in Israeli jails exposed to torture and abuse

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Human rights lawyer Hiba Masalha revealed new testimonies made by Palestinian children and minors in prison proving their exposure to torture and abuse during their detention.

The testimonies came in a report released by the lawyer following her visit to Palestinian kids jailed in Megiddo and Sharon prisons.

Masalha affirmed that the Israelis, jailers, interrogators or soldiers, used physical violence and threats to subdue and bully some Palestinian children during and after their detention.

According to her report, prisoner Amjad Hashash, a 15-year old boy from Balata refugee camp, told the lawyer that when Israeli soldiers detained him on January 26, 2013, he was severely beaten with their hands, feet and batons all over his body.

Hashash explained that the soldiers, afterwards, took him handcuffed and blindfolded into a military vehicle and kept beating him until they arrived at Hawara detention center where they stripped him and later took him to the Salem interrogation center.

He added that the Israeli interrogators at the center forced him to sign papers in Hebrew without him knowing what was written in them, asserting that he was feeling unwell and found it difficult to breathe.

A 17-year old prisoner named Wael Mohsen, who was kidnapped on March 1, 2012 at night from his home in Jenin city, said that Israeli soldiers ransacked his parents’ house and then took him outdoors where he was exposed to constant beatings with their hands and rifle butts.

The soldiers kept interrogating him in the house yard until five o’clock in the morning and then drove him to Jalama detention center, the boy said, adding that the soldiers also assaulted him on their way to the jail.

Wael was also strip searched and tortured by Israeli interrogators in Jalama jail.

He stated that the interrogators used an air conditioner in the room where he was questioned in order to make the atmosphere unbearable and suffocating and thus make him feel uncomfortable during the questioning process.

Keeping dim yellow lighting in the room all the time, the interrogators questioned him as his hands and legs were tied to a chair, the boy confirmed.

Another boy named Shaker Masha, 15, complained that as he was being rounded up on February 2013, Israeli soldiers beat him very brutally all over his body causing him to suffer fractures in his nose and arms, and bruises in his face and other parts of his body.

Afterwards, according to his testimony, he was taken to Hadassah hospital where he received treatment from the serious injuries he had sustained.

For his part, Alaa Hathnawi, a 17-year old boy who was kidnapped last month, said that Israeli soldiers stroke his head against one of their jeeps’ doors and then took him to Jalama checkpoint where they strip searched him and left him in the cold for long hours at night.

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IOF soldiers storm Aqsa mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the holy Aqsa mosque in uniform on Tuesday morning, eyewitnesses said.

The eyewitnesses described the situation inside the holy site as “very tense”.

For his part, Dr. Jamal Amr, a specialist in Jerusalem affairs, told Quds Press that what is going on in the Aqsa is “astonishing” as the Islamic Nation of more than a billion people is leaving women to defend their third holiest shrine.

He said that the IOF storming of the Aqsa today was in response to blocking the entry of an Israeli Knesset member and accompanying policemen into the Dome of the Rock on Monday.

Amr opined that the increasing number of attempts to storm the Aqsa mosque on the part of Israeli settlers, officials, and soldiers fell in line with attempts to impose a de facto situation on the ground.

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Jewish settlers uproot more than 50 olive trees in Nahalin village

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– A group of extremist Jewish settlers destroyed on Tuesday morning a vast tract of agricultural land and uprooted more than 50 olive trees in Nahalin village near Bethlehem city.

Eyewitnesses reported that dozens of settlers went on the rampage through the Palestinian land, which is located near Gush Etzion settlement.

In another incident, some Palestinian workers were surprised after they finished their jobs on Monday evening to see racist slurs and threats sprayed on their cars parked at the entrance to Shiloh settlement, which is located near Nablus and Ramallah cities.

The Palestinian workers usually park their cars close to the Israeli security guards at the entrance to the settlement.

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Jerusalemite citizen forced to demolish his own home

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC)– A Palestinian citizen was forced to demolish his own home in Bab Hetta, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on Monday after the Jerusalem Municipality issued a demolition order for his property.

Daoud Eseid said that he has demolished his home to avoid paying the fees charged by Israeli authorities if Israeli forces had carried out the demolition.

“I am unemployed at the moment and I have seven children. We are daily suffering from Israeli brutality,” the Jerusalemite citizen stated.

Meanwhile, the occupation bulldozers started bulldozing a land of about half dunums owned by Fayez Kiswani in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Imad Kiswani, the son of the house’s owner, told PIC that staff from the Israeli National Insurance accompanied by bulldozers arrived to the land and started demolishing the wall surrounding it, claiming their ownership to the piece of land, after an Israeli Court issued a decision allowing them to construct a building of eight floors on the Palestinian land.

Crews of Jerusalem Municipality and Israeli Gihon water company launched on Monday morning, in the town of Silwan, a broad campaign that included the distribution of demolition orders and cutting off water supplies to citizens’ houses due to debts owed to the water company.

Clashes have erupted between citizens and a group of settlers in the Wadi Hilweh in Silwan after the settlers attacked the children while heading to schools.

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