Thousands of settlers participate in the “Flag March”
(143) cases of arrest, (44) facilities that were demolished, and (5951) settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of May 2023
The Public Relations and Media Unit in the Jerusalem Governorate issued its report for the month of May of the year 2023, on the crimes of the Israeli occupation in the Jerusalem Governorate, in which it summarized all the violations that were monitored in the neighborhoods and towns of the governorate.
Martyrs whose bodies are withheld
In the file of the martyrs whose bodies are withheld, and on May 31, the occupation authorities handed over the body of the martyr Wadih Abu Ramuz (16 years old), after detaining him for 4 months under restrictive conditions, including: 25 people participating in the funeral, placing a “bracelet” on their hands, holding phones during the burial, and receiving The body was forbidden to be photographed, banners and flags were not raised during the funeral, it was forbidden to be washed and shrouded outside the cemetery, and 10,000 shekels were paid to "ensure the implementation of the conditions." Until the end of May, the occupation authorities are still holding the bodies of 23 Jerusalemites in refrigerators and graves of numbers.
Targeting national figures
The occupation authorities also continued their violations against national figures. On the evening of May 30, the occupation authorities renewed the decision to prevent the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, from entering the West Bank. The decision was issued after the occupation intelligence summoned the governor to investigate the detention center known as the "Al-Maskubiya" in occupied Jerusalem.
It is noteworthy that four military decisions have been issued against Governor Ghaith since he assumed his duties as Governor of Jerusalem in 2018; The first: Preventing him from entering the West Bank and reaching his place of work in the town of Al-Ram. The second: Preventing him from communicating with 51 Palestinian personalities, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh and a number of members of the Fatah Central Committee and Palestinian security and national leaders. And another decision that prevents him from moving or being in the city of Jerusalem, except for his place of residence in the town of Silwan. And a fourth decision that prevents him from participating in any activities, events, or gatherings inside the city of Jerusalem. Governor Ghaith is currently under an indefinite house arrest sentence since last August.
Also during the month of May, the occupation summoned the preacher of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, for interrogation and released him after an interrogation that lasted for four hours. Media, namely: Al-Manar, Al-Aqsa and Al-Mayadeen. The occupation court had summoned Sheikh Sabri in the wake of pressures and incitements by extremist Jewish groups against the Sheikh, against the background of his statements, activities and speeches on the mosque, Jerusalem, and national and religious constants.
On May 18, activists from the Zionist lobby assaulted the Jerusalemite lawyer, Salah al-Hamouri, who was deported to France, during two conferences on the Nakba and the prisoners in Toulouse and Paris.
On May 18, the provocative settlement "flags' march" stormed the Damascus Gate area in occupied Jerusalem, with the participation of thousands of settlers, with the protection of the occupation police.
Ministers and members of the Knesset participated in the settlement march, headed by the so-called extremist Minister of "National Security of the Occupation", Itamar Ben Gvir, the Occupation's Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, the Occupation's Minister of Transportation Miri Regev, the Chairman of the Foreign and Security Affairs Committee in the "Knesset" Yuli Edelstein, and the Minister of the Negev and the Galilee Yitzhak Wasserlov, in addition to representatives in the Knesset from the "Likud", "Religious Zionism", and "Jewish Power" parties.
The settlers chanted racist slogans and others calling for death to the Arabs, and attacked a number of journalists who were present in the place, while the occupation forces deployed their snipers on the Damascus Gate wall, and deployed heavily in the area and the streets of Jerusalem and the alleys of the Old City, and turned it into a military barracks, under the pretext of securing the march.
Settlers, under the protection of the occupation police, attacked, in conjunction with the march, a number of citizens, and the occupation police arrested a number of Jerusalemites, claiming that they closed a street, to prevent settlers from reaching the starting point of the march, at Damascus Gate.
The Israeli occupation police had announced the deployment of 3,200 of its members to secure the march, which usually chants "Death to the Arabs", and coincides with the 56th anniversary of the occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
The settlers carried out the provocative flag march, which is one of the most prominent attacks against the Holy City and attempts to obliterate its Palestinian identity. Settlers also carried out (22) attacks against Jerusalemites, including (9) physical attacks.
During the month of May, the Jerusalem Governorate monitored the casualties resulting from the use of excessive force against Jerusalemites in various parts of the occupied capital. About (33) injuries were documented as a result of live and rubber-coated metal bullets and severe beatings by the occupation forces, in addition to hundreds of gas suffocation cases.
Crimes against Al-Aqsa Mosque
And the Jerusalem governorate monitored the extremist settlers' incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of May, as (5951) settlers, and (116,892) under the name of tourism, stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the strict protection of the heavily armed special occupation forces.
As for the arrests file, about (143) arrests of citizens were recorded in all areas of Jerusalem governorate during the month of May, and among the arrests were (33) children and (7) women.
Decisions of the Occupation Courts
The occupation courts impose unfair decisions against the detainees, which varied between the issuance of actual prison sentences and the imposition of house arrest, in addition to deportation decisions and heavy financial fines, including those against whom the occupation court issued travel bans, in addition to extending the detention of a large number of detainees for long months without charges being brought. clear to them.
1. Sentences of actual imprisonment
The racist occupation courts issued (42) actual prison sentences against Jerusalemite prisoners, including (14) administrative detention sentences, "that is, without specifying a clear charge against them," in addition to imposing very heavy financial fines that increase the suffering of their families.
2. Decisions of house arrest
He monitored (31) house arrest decisions issued by the occupation authorities against Jerusalemites, including many children. The duration of the issued house arrest decisions ranged from two days to 5 months.
3. Deportation decisions and travel bans
The month of May witnessed the issuance of deportation orders by the occupation authorities from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City, in an attempt to control Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding places. They issued about (38) deportation decisions, including (14) deportation decisions from Al-Aqsa Mosque.
As for the travel ban, the occupation forces handed over 3 travel bans during the month of May 2023.
Demolition and dredging operations
During the month of May, (47) facilities were demolished and bulldozed in the occupied Jerusalem governorate, of which ( 8 )facilities were forcibly self-demolished, in addition to the implementation of (3) excavation and land leveling operations.
During the month of May, the occupation vehicles and crews demolished (36) facilities, which included; Houses, shops, an agricultural nursery, a fence, and a restaurant.
Demolition, forced eviction and land confiscation decisions
The occupation authorities also delivered (6) demolition notices for a number of facilities and homes, in the town of Qalandia, northwest of occupied Jerusalem.
The occupation authorities also confiscated lands belonging to Jerusalemite citizens during the month of May, when the occupation authorities decided to confiscate 200 dunums of Jerusalem lands in the vicinity of the town of Hizma; To expand the "Bizgat Ze'ev" settlement, and to establish a central biblical garden.
Violations against Jerusalemite institutions and events
In continuous attempts to suppress the Jerusalemite presence and undermine any Jerusalemite efforts inside the city of Jerusalem, the occupation continues to target educational institutions and students. On May 9, the occupation forces arrested the child, "Omar Nidal al-Natsheh," while he was on his way to school.
The so-called occupation municipality is still procrastinating in the restoration of a crumbling wall in the yard of Silwan School in occupied Jerusalem, and it is reported that 250 students have been transferred to another school.
With regard to the suppression of Jerusalemite activities, on May 31, the occupation forces assaulted the participants who made a stand in front of the Orient House Foundation to commemorate the 23rd death of Faisal Al-Husseini, and prevented the uploading of his photos, and confiscated them in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem.
As for the attack on journalists and during the Flags March, settlers attacked the journalists with stones while they were covering the march in occupied Jerusalem, which led to the injury of journalist Yahya Abu Zneid. The Jewish extremists also threw empty bottles at the press crews in the vicinity of Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem.
The occupation forces prevented journalists who hold the press card of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in Jerusalem, in addition to the international card, from being in the vicinity of Damascus Gate to cover the ongoing Judaization and the march of the so-called unification of Jerusalem.
The occupation authorities are seeking to impose a new reality on the occupied city of Jerusalem through the implementation of dangerous settlement projects. Two settlement projects, namely "Kedmat Zion", which was approved by the competent authorities of the occupation authorities concerned with organizing and issuing licenses for the construction of settlement units, and the "Nof Zahav" settlement on the lands of the Jabal Mukaber town, whose plan was approved by the occupation municipality. The settlement association, which planned to build settlements, is working to steal the lands and property of Jerusalemites in Jerusalem and the Old City and its environs, as it “obtained a license to build 384 settlement units; In order to build the Kedmat Zion settlement in the Ras al-Amud area, near the area that separates the town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem, the occupation municipality had previously confiscated 80 dunums from the Ras al-Amud area, claiming that it was Jewish-owned land. It also includes the occupation municipality's plan for the "Nof Zahav" settlement to include 100 settlement units and 275 hotel rooms, on the lands of Jabal Mukaber, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, which constitutes a major expansion of the "Nof Zion" settlement, which consists of 95 settlement units.
Public Relations and Media Unit