Since the middle of September, violence is escalating throughout the Occupied Territories and East Jerusalem. A huge number of Israeli military forces have been deployed and distributed in these areas.
During the past week, amongst the clashes, Israel hasn't missed the occasion to show its ability to execute in cold blood unarmed Palestinian youths.
In Jerusalem, the daily confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces continued in the old city, Shu’fat, Mount of Olives, Silwan, Al Isawiya, Beit Hanina, Athouri, Shu’fat refugee camp, Sur Baher and Jabal Al Mukaber,
6 Palestinians have been killed and 900 arrested in Jerusalem since July this year. Only during November, 111 of the people have been arrested in Jerusalem and thousands injured.
The Israeli occupation has escalated its crimes against the Palestinian people and their properties with attacks that range from stealing lands, to ever more brutal racist assaults by settlers and a never ending series of racist legal and administrative actions approved and implemented by the occupation government, especially in Jerusalem. Below is a summary of some of these attacks that have been documented.
On February 22nd, during a protest in support of the hunger strikers in Aboud, 22-year-old student Mohammad Assfour was shot by the Israeli military, becoming the another martyr in the recent prisoners Intifada. The protest gathered 70 Palestinians showing their support and solidarity for the political prisoners who have been in a hunger strike.
The occupation courts have forbidden Hassan Karajah's lawyer from seeing him until Sunday, February 10 2013. In the meanwhile international pressure is growing. European governments are alerted about the case and international civil society is mobilizing.
Amnesty International has released a statement on Hassan Karajah asking their members and concerned citizens to address Israeli authorities regarding the case. Fore more click here.
Today, January 29 2013 the military court of the occupation forces had scheduled their second hearing since the arrest of the human rights defender and Stop the Wall youth coordinator Hassan Karajah.
Hassan once again was denied to see either his lawyer or his family and only after Hassan left the court room his lawyer was allowed to enter and to present his objection to the previous extension of Hassan´s detention. No decision was communicated today.
In the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 23rd January 2013, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Hassan Yasser Karajeh, a 29 years old youth activist in the Stop the Wall Campaign, violently breaking into his home in the West Bank village of Safa, west of Ramallah.
This new arrest of Stop the Wall staff comes as Palestinian popular resistance against the increasing Israeli settlement construction and forcible expulsion of Palestinian communities is gathering pace.
While solidarity actions with the Palestinian political prisoners are continuing, the last week has seen ever increasing activity around the unprecedented hunger strike of 25 year old Palestinian professional footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, imprisoned without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation forces for the last three years. As international outrage over his illegal detention by Israel intensifies, and calls are made to disqualify Israel from hosting the Under 21s UEFA championship in 2013, solidarity protests for Sarsak intensify throughout the world.
Nabi Saleh: During the weekly protest at Nabi Saleh on Friday 18th March, against the wall and settlements, the Israeli Occupation Forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and skunk water at protestors, injuring two Palestinians, Wa'ad Tamimi (15 years), and Walid al-Tamimi (16 years) and one international activist. A choir from Scotland attended the protest and sang songs of solidarity at the front of the procession.
Attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank continue apace, while the occupational forces provide the aggressors' with protection. The attacks, ranging from destruction of fruit trees to seizure of land, demonstrate Israel's continued commitment to policies of terrorism and ethnic cleansing as they continue to expand and build on stolen land.
The headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ramallah was closed on Thursday by a group of determined Palestinian activists, which included many family members of the hunger striking prisoners. The protestors see the ICRC as “complicit with Israeli policies of occupation”. This closure is part of the escalating campaign against international organisations in Palestine whose silence is seen as complicity.
At 1.30am this morning ten armoured jeeps of the Israeli occupation forces and intelligence surrounded and raided the offices of Stop the Wall in Ramallah. Israeli military stole 2 laptops, 3 hard drives and 10 memory cards containing files and photos as well as archive material relating to the work that the organisation does in opposition to Israel's apartheid wall and the attack on Palestinian human rights that the wall and the settlement represent.
This Friday the demonstrations against the Wall and the settlements across the West Bank were dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Palestinian prisoners. The protests have supported the brave hunger strike of the prisoners and called for international solidarity.
In 2009, Stop the Wall and Addameer released a report entitled Repression
Allowed, Resistance Denied, which detailed the repression of Palestinian human rights defenders active against the Wall since 2002. Following up this report, Stop the Wall published a shorter update in the summer of 2010, covering March – June 2010 and detailing how Occupation forces continued to target the anti-Wall movement.