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Today: Jul 22, 2017

JCSER: unprecedented Israeli escalation against Palestinian existence in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic rights shed lights on the flagrant escalation of Israeli measures that target the existence of Palestinians in Jerusalem. Israeli policies included: the arrest campaigns, tax raids, institution closure, handing orders to appropriate Palestinian properties in the Old City and Silwan and intensified settlement activities in various parts of the city.

In regards to arrest campaigns, JCSER underlines that the focus of Israeli measures was the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, where it was noted that Israeli authorities conduct at least one arrest per day among Palestinians. Minors comprise the majority of detainees who have been incarcerated on their way to schools or even form their homes vicinity. Detention raids were accompanied with the practice of physical violence, damaging furniture and attacking occupiers of Palestinian homes, as was the case with members of Zahdeh family. The arrests included the female journalist Isra'a Salhab.

Within this context, security guards of the Israeli Magistrate court attacked three members of Zahdeh family of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Jouz.

The victims were present in the court vicinity to attend the session of Shadi Zahdeh, 32, who has been arrested with his wife journalist Isra'a Salhab before one month. The attack took place on Nov. 11.

The journalist brother Raja'i Awni Zahdeh, 34, reported the incident to the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, JCSER, as follows:

"When the Israeli guards brought my brother to the court hall, my mother tried to approach him, but the guards push her. By then, my brother Fadi interfered to try to convince the guards to allow her to see her son, however the guards responded by dragging him outside the court building."

"At that time, I was standing with the lawyer in the court yard. Consequently, I approached the guards to inquire about what was going on, but one of them ordered me to leave the area."

"However, suddenly one of them wearing dark blue jackets and off white pants punched me in the face causing me to fall on the ground. Some of them jumped over me, while others began to hit me in the face until I started to bleed from my mouth and nose. As a result, I sustained fractures in the nose and bruises in the face particularly around my neck."

"Later, I was transferred with my brother, who was beaten also to the police station in the Russian compound. There, we faced charges of attacking the court guards, but they later released us after signing personal bails pending our trials."

JCSER noted also that the arrest campaigns were accompanied with tax raids, during which Israeli authorities imposed taxes, confiscated properties and issued dozens of traffic tickets. Within this context, Israeli tax authorities raided Ala Bali restaurant in Al-Rasheed Street and confiscated its equipments to force its owner to pay his debts in taxes.

However, for the attacks against Palestinians on racist grounds, JCSER, shed lights on several reported attacks perpetuated by settlers and security guards of the light train which is operated by CityPass Company in Jerusalem. On November 23, security guards attacked Ibrahim al-Muzafar and Nazeeh al-Iweiwi of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Siwaneh in the train station in sheikh Jar rah. The two were left with medium bruises and transferred to the police station in the Russian Compound for interrogation.

Moreover, the past few days observed several raids to some Palestinian homes namely in the Old City and Silwan to hand eviction orders to its residents. Ownership of the homes is expected to be transferred to settlement organizations such as Lead which is active in expanding settlements in occupied Jerusalem.

JCSER reported that November also observed intensive Israeli excavations that are place around the clock in the southern area of al-Aqsa Mosque and extending to the outskirts of Silwan. Meanwhile, secret excavations are taking place in Ma'aman Allah cemetery to unearth new Moslem graves. Some of the existing tombs were painted with racist slogans.

In another aspect, Israeli authorities have completed constructions in the new military crossing at the entrance of Shu'fat refugee camp. The crossing which is expected to be inaugurated in the coming few days will replace the old military checkpoint.

The crossing is expected to increase the sufferings of more than 60,000 Palestinians currently residing in the refugee camp, Dahyet al-Salam, Ras Khamis and Ras Shihadeh because of the security the measures that will be implemented at the crossing, that will be similar to those applied at Qalandia crossing.

JCSER's director Ziad al-Hammouri described the recent Israeli escalation as the largest and most serious since the beginning of this year. They culminate a long list of atrocities that even target Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem," he said. Two months ago, a senior Israeli police official confirmed the closure of nine Palestinian institutions since the beginning of this year, before shutting down four more organizations. Al-Hammouri added, the month observed an increase in the pace of settlement activities in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem, in the Old City environs such as Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and Ras al-Amoud. Meanwhile, Israeli excavations continued around and under the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque, while the desecration of Ma'man Allah cemetery continues. "We have warned before that Israel will escalate its measures in Jerusalem following the Palestinian bid in the UN.