‘Israel’ arrested 170 Jerusalemite children since the start of the year
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A Palestinian human rights activist accused the occupation authorities of targeting Jerusalemite children as they have arrested since the beginning of the year 2013 more than 170 children.
Professor of International Law Dr. Hanna Issa said in a press statement on Tuesday: “The detention of children and the house arrest imposed on them represents the first Israeli plans to kill childhood.”
“The arrests of Jerusalemite children have turned the child who is looking for and defending his rights to a child completely deprived of his rights and homeland. The child starts to suffer from psychological problems, hair loss and psychological trauma caused by the circumstances of his arrest, amid his parents’ inability to protect him”, Issa explained.
He noted that the neighborhoods of Tur, Issawiyya, Silwan and the Old City have witnessed many cases of child arrests, noting that the arrests are always carried out at night by the special forces, which deliberately break into the child’s house in a brutal way.
Issa also pointed out that the Israeli forces expose the children to psychological and physical torture during the investigation in order to force them to confess to throwing stones.
He added that the occupation authorities impose house arrest for long periods on dozens of Palestinian children in the occupied Jerusalem, noting that this procedure puts the child and his family in a hard situation and deprives the child from going to school.
Jewish Settlers bulldoze Palestinian lands in al-Khalil
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Jewish settlers have bulldozed Wednesday morning Palestinian lands near Susia settlement built on Yatta lands in al-Khalil.
Coordinator of the popular committee against settlements in Yatta, Rateb Jabour, stated that Israeli bulldozers started bulldozing Palestinian lands in order to transfer soil to Susia settlement.
Jabour noted that the Palestinian land owners have documents, from the Israeli Supreme Court, prove their ownership of the land.
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli settlers accelerated their attacks against Palestinians and their properties in order to deport them and confiscate their lands for settlement expansion.
Palestinian prisoners’ suffering during Ramadan
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslim families are used to breaking their fast together at the time of the Maghrib (sunset) prayer, this is not the case for Palestinian prisoners’ families.
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails spend this Ramadan away from their families and children and away from Ramadan special atmosphere.
MP Mahmoud Ramahi’s wife said that her family got used to spending the holy month of Ramadan without him due to his repeated arrest and detention without charge or trial in Israeli jails.
She said that the Israeli authorities deliberately kept thousands of prisoners away from their families during Ramadan as part of the Israeli systematic policy against them.
More than 5 thousands prisoners are held in Israeli jails including 1000 sick prisoners, 280 children, 15 female prisoners, and 13 MPs and ministers, in addition to 16 prisoners have declared hunger strike.
Several local institutions used to organize collective breakfast during the Holy month of Ramadan and visits to the prisoners’ families in order to reinforce their steadfastness and to boost their morale.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, breaking their fast at the time of the Maghrib (sunset) prayer. As the Adhan is heard, Muslims around the world break their fast with dates and water. They then perform the Maghrib prayer. The prayer is followed by a meal. For prisoners held captive in Israeli prisons, this is not the case.
90 Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque on first day of Ramadan
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Extremist Jewish settlers escorted by policemen stormed on Wednesday morning the Aqsa Mosque violating its sanctity on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, according to the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage.
Senior official of the foundation Mahmoud Abu Ata told Safa news agency that two groups of about 90 Jewish settlers, including women and children, desecrated in the morning today the Aqsa Mosque and walked around in its courtyards.
Abu Ata added that these Jewish groups deliberately defiled the Aqsa Mosque on the first day of Ramadan to provoke the feelings of the Muslims, especially since there were hundreds of Palestinian worshipers and religious pupils throughout the compound of the Aqsa Mosque.
He said that this visit raised the ire of the Palestinian natives in the holy city, while the Israeli police intensified their presence at the entrances to the Aqsa Mosque.
The official warned that the coming days could see more such break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque because of the so-called anniversary of the destruction of the alleged Jewish temple.
He urged the Palestinian natives in the holy city and the 1948 occupied lands to intensify their presence at the Aqsa Mosque, especially in the early morning hours.
Two plans to build 500 new settlement units in West Bank
WEST BANK, (PIC)– Israel’s Civil Administration submitted two new plans to build more than 500 new settlement units.
According to the Hebrew Walla website, the first plan includes the construction of 255 units in the settlement of Kfar Adumim in the Benjamin region.
The website explains that the second plan includes the construction of 230 new units in the settlement of Maon, south of the city of al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank.
In the details of the two plans, the settlement of Kfar Adumim, which is inhabited by nearly 400 Israeli families, will be significantly expanded through the construction of these units.
The website notes that under the new plan new residential buildings, public institutions, commercial area and streets will be constructed, in an attempt to settle 120 extra families in the settlement.
Those plans comes in light of the statements made by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Defence Moshe Ya’alon, who confirmed that the settlement construction will continue, in conjunction with the efforts of the U.S. administration to renew the negotiations with the Palestinians.