Israeli Violations of Human Rights in
Jerusalem Escalated in December 2010
Center: Escalation in Israeli violations in Jerusalem
Published yesterday (updated) 01/01/2011 21:07
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) --
Israeli violations of human rights in Jerusalem escalated in
December, particularly in the Silwan neighborhood, according to a study
by a community center.
Throughout the month, 13 Palestinians were
detained in Silwan including nine minors, according to a report released
Saturday by the Wadi Hilwa Information Center.
Six of the minors
were detained from their homes, and forces detained three from the
streets. Four of the children told the center they were beaten and
humiliated by Israeli interrogators and one said he was forced to sign
papers in Hebrew without knowing their content.
Palestinian homes were demolished in Sur Bahir and Silwan and six
families received demolition orders in Silwan and Ath-Thuri, the report
Israeli municipal council workers demolished two homes in
Silwan and one in Sur Bahir. In the latter neighborhood, two families
were forced to demolish their own homes.
several confrontations between local youths and Israeli forces, police
officers and settlers in December. The center said at least eight
Palestinians were shot and injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and
high-velocity tear-gas canisters, which Israeli forces say are riot
Among those injured were a cameraman and a
five-year-old girl who was run over by an Israeli-plated car in Wadi
According to the report, clashes erupted after Israeli
authorities announced a plan to evict 26 Palestinian families from their
homes in Silwan. Israeli forces attempted to evict the Abu Nab family,
resulting in confrontations around Bat Al-Hawa.
A visit by
members of the extremist Israeli National party to Jonathan Home in
Silwan sparked two days of clashes, the center said.
Silwan grassroots organizer and Fatah official Adnan Gheith was advised
by his party to withdraw an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court and will
be deported from Jerusalem for four months starting January 12.
According to activist group the Popular Struggle Organizing Committee,
Gheith’s lawyer was informed that the expulsion was intended to curb the
official's political activity, "since the security apparatus considers
him to be a central instigator of unrest in Silwan," a statement said.
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