As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabated
Haaretz 24 Aug by Amira Hass — Arrests, expulsions, home demolitions, land seizure and settlers harassing Palestinians continues: Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank – …This past Friday, as on every Friday, IDF soldiers attempted to suppress West Bank demonstrations against the theft of their lands and the mass killing in Gaza. One young man in Kafr Qaddum was injured when he was hit in the head by a gas canister. In the other villages – according to reports – demonstrators choked on teargas. Between August 12 and 18, IDF troops injured 139 Palestinians at demonstrations in the West Bank. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 37 of them, or 27 percent, were wounded by live fire. The others were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets or teargas. Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank.Since the beginning of this year, IDF troops have injured a total of 3,995 Palestinians in this part of the occupied territory. In all of last year, soldiers injured 3,736 Palestinians. Since July 8, IDF soldiers have killed two children in the West Bank and 15 adults, mostly at demonstrations in support of Gaza. A trifling matter. The expulsion order may not be routine, but army raids into homes are. Boy are they. Children awake in panic in their homes from pounding on the door, rifles drawn and soldiers who are either masked or have black face paint. Between August 12 and 18, a total of 91 such raids were carried out in various villages and neighborhoods. That’s an average of 13 per night, and according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, last week IDF soldiers and police arrested 111 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including 20 in Jerusalem. From the beginning of August, the IDF and police have arrested 477 Palestinians in the West Bank. And that’s without even considering home demolitions, the seizure of land and harassment by Israeli settlers.
Child dies of a serious injury suffered Friday
IMEMC/Agencies 25 Aug by Saed Bannoura – Palestinian medical sources in the West Bank have reported that a Palestinian child died Monday from a serious injury suffered after the army opened fire at Palestinians near the northern West Bank city of Nablus last Friday. The sources said Hassan ‘Ashour, age 15, was shot by several rounds of live ammunition in the chest and liver, and was later declared clinically dead until he passed away on Monday morning. Local sources said that the child was wounded during clashes which took place at the Beit Forik Israeli military roadblock, east Nablus, after the soldiers assaulted several Palestinians.
In related news, dozens of soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and kidnapped one Palestinian. Local sources said the kidnapped Palestinian has been identified as Ra’fat Na’im Abd Aker, 46 years of age. Also, a Palestinian from Nahhalin village, west of Bethlehem, was kidnapped in occupied Jerusalem for “not holding an entry and work permit”. The Palestinian has been identified as Nassar ‘Aqel Najajra, 21.
Israeli police shoot Palestinian in Shu‘fat camp
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 24 Aug — A young Palestinian man from Shu‘fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem sustained serious wounds Saturday evening after he was struck by two gunshots fired by Jerusalem police. Thaer al-Fasfous told Ma’an that 20-year-old Yahya Alqam was hit twice in the abdomen by live fire fired from the nearby settlement of Pisgat Zeev. Al-Fasfous said that fire was opened from Pisgat Zeev on Palestinian houses in Shu‘fat allegedly in response to fire from Shufat at the Israeli settlement. Alqam was evacuated to Hadassah hospital where he was placed in intensive care. Al-Fasfous said that Israeli officers were deployed outside the intensive care room where Alqam was being treated, indicating that he was considered under arrest. The officers, he added, questioned young Palestinian men who went to check on Alqam in the hospital. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that a suspect “opened fire” at Pisgat Zeev on Friday, and on Saturday police saw him open fire a second time. He “was shot by border police when he opened fire,” Rosenfeld added. Although Shu‘fat refugee camp is located in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, it is surrounded by the separation wall and movement between the camp and neighboring areas of East Jerusalem is regulated by military checkpoints. Its 20,000 residents are among the poorest in East Jerusalem. At least 550 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have been arrested in the last six weeks amid rising tensions over the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians.
In pictures: Masked forces assault the sick young man Haitham Qwider after raiding and damaging his family’s building
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 19 Aug — 21-year-old Haitham Atyeh Qweider is suffering from bruises and pains in his body after he was assaulted by the Israeli forces during their break-in to his family’s house. Haitham’s father explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the incident occurred when the forces raided the family’s house in the neighborhood of Bir Ayoub in Silwan to arrest Abed and Mahmoud Qweider. Abu Haitham explained that more than 70 masked Israeli soldiers surrounded the residential building and then broke in after damaging the main doors. They started with the house of Khader Qweider and assaulted and severely beat him on his face and specifically his eyes; note that they also assaulted his wife. Abu Haitham added: “they suddenly broke into my house and damaged some of the furniture and then detained my son Haitham who suffers from a disability and is mute. Then, they shocked him with the electric shocks in different parts of his body and the soldiers refused to let him go and did not believe that he was disabled.” Abu Haitham also said: “they also broke into the roof of the building and damaged it and assaulted me. They requested the arrest of 18-year old Mahmoud and 25-year old Abed and I informed them that they are in Kufor Aqab but they refused to listen and continued their assault. They left the building after handing me an order for investigation at Al-Maskobyeh for my two sons.” Qweider pointed out that the forces raided his house ten days ago to confiscate the surveillance cameras and when he told the forces that the cameras do not have anything recorded, they arrested and assaulted him and he was then released with a financial bail and was informed that he will be called up to court.
Schoolboys clash with Israeli forces in Beit Ummar, 2 injured
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 24 Aug – Two young Palestinian men suffered minor wounds Sunday afternoon after they were hit by rubber-coated bullets in the feet during clashes with Israeli troops in the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, a local spokesman said. Muhammad Ayyad Awad of the Beit Ummar popular committee against Israel’s separation wall and settlements told Ma‘an that clashes with Israeli forces broke out in Asida neighborhood after school pupils rallied in the area protesting the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers, he said, fired rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters haphazardly at the protesters and at houses in the town. As a result, many residents and bystanders were hurt as a result of inhaling tear gas.
Separately, Israeli soldiers smashed the rear windshield of a Palestinian private car at the northern entrance to Beit Ummar after they stopped the car and questioned the driver Muhammad Ahmad Younis al-Alami, 25.
Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians in Nablus, Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 24 Aug — Sources at the Nablus office of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society told Ma‘an that Israeli forces stormed Balata refugee camp east of Nablus and detained Mahmoud Shteii and Rami Murshid. The sources added that Israeli troops stopped a vehicle at a flying checkpoint on the main road in Nablus to Wadi al-Bathan and detained its driver after inspecting the vehicle. The man had not yet been identified. In Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers detained 25-year-old Wajih Abd al-Fattah Awwad after ransacking his family’s home in the city. Separately, Israeli forces stormed Beit Fajjar town south of Bethlehem and detained 25-year-old Musab Muhammad Jarad Thawabtah from his home.