Israel's grave and escalating violations against Jerusalemites
A bell of ganger puts the fate of Jerusalem in a hard pressed situation
The Jerusalem governorate monitored the death of (19) martyrs, and the continuous targeting of the governor of Jerusalem, who is still serving a decision of house arrest. Moreover, it monitored the injury of about (2486) Jerusalemites, (60,089) settlers who raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, (3504) cases of arrest of Jerusalemites, and the deportation of (871) citizens, ( 218) demolitions cases, and (70) new settlement projects during the year 2022.
The Jerusalem Governorate issued its annual report on the violations of the Israeli occupation in the Jerusalem Governorate for the year 2022
The report clarified the Israeli violations in the governorate, which revealed a dangerous and unprecedented escalation in the frequency of violations in all aspects of life.
During the year 2022, 19 martyrs including a female journalist and a child were killed by the Israel Soldiers in the occupied capital. They are (Fahmy Hamad, Karim Al-Qawasmi, the child Yamen Jaffal, Abdel-Rahman Qassem, Alaa Shahham, the journalist Sherin Abu Aqelah, Walid Al-Sharif, Muhammad Al-Shaham, Yazan Afana, Muhammad Abu Jumaa, Muhammad Abu Kafia, Fayez Khaled Damdum, Uday Al-Tamimi, Barakat Odeh Habbas Rayan, Dawood Rayan, Amer Halabiya, and the Jerusalemite brothers Muhammad and Muhannad Youssef Mutair). It's important to know that 6 martyrs from them were from Qalandia camp.
In the morning of May 11, with the aim of silencing the voice of truth, and preventing exposing the dirty crimes practiced by Israel , the occupation forces assassinated the Jerusalemite journalist (Sherine Abu Aqleh, 51 years old) with an explosive bullet fired by one of the occupation soldiers below her ear, penetrating her head and severing part of her brain, which led to her death instantly. The bullet ricocheted and the helmet prevented it from going out to carry the evidence of her assassination in her weak body. It is worth mentioning that Sherine Abu Aqelah's file is still in international courts to this day.
Martyrs whose bodies are withheld:
Regarding the file of the martyrs whose bodies are withheld by the occupation, the occupation authorities are still holding the bodies of (23) Jerusalemite martyrs, including (19) martyrs in the occupation refrigerators and others in private graves , in what is called " Numbers Cemetery" until the end of the year 2022.
During the year 2022, the Jerusalem Governorate allocated the injuries resulting from the occupation forces' use of excessive force against Jerusalemites throughout the governorate. (2486) injuries were recorded with live and rubber bullets and physical assaults at the hands of the occupation forces and settlers. As a result, they were subsequently transferred to hospitals for treatment. Most of the injuries were concentrated in the upper areas of the body, which led to dozens of fractures and internal bleeding in the head . Unfortunately, some of them lost their eyes as a result of direct injury.
Thousands of gas suffocation injuries were recorded during confrontations that erupted at several points of contact throughout the governorate’s towns and camps. The most prominent of these injuries were in the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Bab al-Amud, Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Qalandia camp, Abu Dis, Jabal al-Mukaber, al-Tur, al-Ram, Issawiya, and the neighborhoods of Silwan town.
It is noteworthy that the number of injuries recorded during the year 2022 decreased compared to the year 2021. During which more than (3000) injuries were monitored by live and rubber-coated metal bullets and severe beatings.
Attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque:
In a clear and blatant violation of the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, settler invasion escalated during the year 2022. It was allocated that (60,089 settlers) invaded the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning and evening periods of the invasion, under the strict protection of the occupation police . At that time, they performed their ritual an Talmudic prayers publicly. Intrusions were concentrated in the vicinity of the Bab al-Mercy building and chapel in the east of the mosque. The highest rate was in October, with (8224) settlers, under the pretext of the Jewish holidays (throne and forgiveness).
Here, we see a significant increase in the number of extremist settlers who invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the year 2022 compared to the year 2021, in which about (39,344) settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
One of the most prominent violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque is the prevention of restoration work, and the placing of obstacles in the way of restoration and maintenance inside and outside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to extend full occupation sovereignty over the mosque . The latest was the fall of three stones at Al Aqsa Mosque in less than a month in the southern area of ale al-Aqsa wall , as a result of drilling and dredging below Al Aqsa mosque.
Violations against Jerusalemite personalities and national symbols in Jerusalem
The occupation authorities continue their violations against Jerusalemite personalities and national symbols in the occupied capital, with an arbitrary and unjust decisions such as house arrest, travel bans, deportation from the Holy City and Al-Aqsa Mosque, or preventing them from communicating with or entering the West Bank.
Among these Jerusalemite figures for whom such decisions have been monitored are: Shaykh Dr. Akrama Sabri- president of the High Islamic Council and the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque ". Also, the Head of the Jerusalem Authority against Jerusalem Judaization "Nasser Al-Hadmi", in addition to each of Hamza Zughayer, Rami Fakhoury, Hanadi Halawani, Aida Al-Sidawi, Ramzi Al-Abbasi, the freed prisoner Jacob Abu Asab, the Jerusalemite activist and the released prisoner "Nuhad Zughayer", Nasser Nofal, and Daoud Bakirat, son of Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, Deputy Director General of the Jerusalem Endowments.
On the first of August, the occupation forces and their intelligence broke into the Jerusalem Governors house, Adnan Ghaith, in the town of Silwan. He was arrested and stopped in the investigation rooms in what is known as “Al-Maskoubiya” center in occupied Jerusalem . they extended his detentions three times to prepare an indictment against him, and this brought the number of arrests and detentions of the Governor Ghaith to thirty-five times since he assumed his duties as governor of the occupied capital at the end of August 2018 , to release him on the 4th of August, on the condition of open house arrest. Which is a judicial precedent that indicates a new policy taken against the governor, which is open house arrest and house arrest only in his house, in addition to imposing a high fine of 25 thousand shekels against him and the signatories of his family and friends. According to the decision of the Occupation Court, these new conditions and restrictions imposed on the Governor of Jerusalem come as a prelude to his trial as part of an indictment that includes several items. The house arrest decision was followed by almost daily invasions on the house of the Governor of Jerusalem, under the pretext of making sure that he was in his house, in addition to the four unjust military orders issued against him since 2018.
The secretary of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, Shadi Mutwar, is also subjected to a series occupation practices against him and his family by imposing a deportation order from the West Bank that was renewed last July for the fourth time in a row, under the pretext of "posing a threat to security." Moreover, it issued a decision which prevent him from communicating with many personalities. Beside of that , the occupation authorities withdrew the "family unification" resident permit from his wife, and his family was deprived from health insurance . On April 14, the Jerusalem Governorate bid farewell to one of its employees . In which the director of the Department of Youth and Sports in the Jerusalem Governorate, the martyr "Fawaz Hamayel", died in the town of Beta, in the district of Nablus, his hometown, as a result of his wounds that he sustained as a result of the internationally prohibited “dumdum” bullets fired by the occupation.
During the year 2022, the occupation forces launched massive arrest campaigns among Jerusalemites, under false pretexts. (3504) cases of arrest of Jerusalemites, including women, the elderly and children.
It is noteworthy that the month of April, which coincided with the start of the blessed month of Ramadan, was the highest month in recording cases of arrest, as (894) cases of arrest were recorded, of which (476) were in one day. On April 15, the occupation forces arrested 476 young men after beating and abusing them inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Also, The occupation police prevented the detainees from providing legal advice, and from being referred for treatment or presented to a doctor, despite the obvious injuries they had.
Here, there was an increase in the frequency of arrests launched by the occupation in Jerusalem Governorate during the year 2022, compared to the year 2021, in which there were about (2879) cases of arrest by the occupation forces of citizens. The majority of the detainees in 2021 were from the young age group, between 15 and 25 years old. The highest recorded was in the month of May, when the total number of arrests exceeded (700) detainees.
During the year 2022, the racist occupation courts issued (276) actual prison sentences against Jerusalemite prisonersm among those decisions is the issuance of (96) administrative detention decisions. The highest sentence issued during the year 2022 is the unfair sentence of 16 years actual imprisonment which was issued by the Occupation Court against the Jerusalemite prisoner Nazih Oweiwi, who is 29 years old, as well as the 11-year prison sentence against the prisoner Muhammad Khaddour, who is 21 years old.
This is a rise in the frequency of actual imprisonment decisions issued by the occupation authorities in Jerusalem Governorate during the year 2022, compared to the year 2021. (157) actual prison sentences were recorded against Jerusalemites
prisoners in 2021, including (43) administrative detention sentences.
During the year 2022, the Jerusalem Governorate monitored (214) decisions of house arrest, ranging from five to 15 days, in addition to decisions of open-ended house arrest without specifying the period, in addition to the imposition of bails and heavy fines against them.
There is a rise in the frequency of house arrest decisions issued by the occupation authorities in the Jerusalem governorate during the year 2022, compared to the year 2021, in which (176) house arrest decisions issued by the occupation authorities against Jerusalemites were monitored.
During the year 2022, (871) deportation decisions wereallocated, among them are about (427) deportation decisions from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The deportations varied, to include deportation from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or the residential areas, from the entire city of Jerusalem once and for all. It is worth noting that these deportations affected citizens "Mansour Abu Ghraibeh" and "Murad Ghazi Al-Abbasi". There is also a complete deportation from Palestine, as happened with the Jerusalemite Palestinian prisoner Salah Al-Hamouri. After the end of his administrative detention order, the occupation authorities decided to deport him to France. On 12/18/2022, the occupation authorities forcibly deported him to France after they withdrew his Jerusalem ID a year ago. Al-Hamouri was surprised that he was transferred in a military car from Hadarim Prison to an unknown location at midnight, and he was detained in the car shackled with his hands and feet until 6:30 in the morning. Then, he was surprised that he was transferred to the plane, and Al-Hamouri remained handcuffed throughout the flight and was not allowed to enter the bathroom except once, after insistence and many requests.
It notes a rise in the frequency of the occupation authorities' issuance of dimension between 2022 and 2021, in which 473 deportation decisions were monitored from different regions
About (34) travel bans were issued by the occupation authorities during the year 2022, some are new decisions and others are renewals of previous decisions, and the decision period ranges from one month to 6 months.
Settler attacks come within the framework of incitement, incursions, and barbaric attacks on citizens. During the year 2022, the Jerusalem Governorate monitored (489) attacks, including (112 physical abuse). The most prominent of these was the attack of herds of settlers during the month of June on members of the Samreen family in the town of Silwan. More than 100 settlers also attacked the two young men, Ammari Hijazi and Basil Rashid, with sharp tools, which resulted in their stabbing and severe wounds that almost killed them.
Looking at the settler attacks during the year 2022 and comparing them with the year 2021, we note that the percentage of settler attacks doubled. During the year 2021, (110) attacks were recorded against many citizens, religious places, and public places.
During the year 2022, the number of demolitions in Jerusalem governorate reached (306) operations, including (160) demolitions by the occupation vehicles and crews, and (98) forced self-demolitions. In addition to (48) excavation and bulldozing operations carried out by the occupation mechanisms.
Here, we allocated the decrease in the rate of demolitions between 2022 and 2021. (315) demolitions were monitored in 2021, they included (97( forced self-demolition operation, (200) demolitions by occupation mechanisms, and (15) bulldozing operations.
During the year 2022, the occupation authorities delivered more than (220) demolition decisions and notifications in the Jerusalem governorate. The decisions included homes and shops in various neighborhoods in Jerusalem, including: Sheikh Jarrah, Wadi Al-Rababa, Batn Al-Hawa, Ain Al-Lawza, Al-Bustan, Wadi Yasul in Silwan, Wadi Al-Jouz, and Jabal Al-Mukaber, Al-Isawiya, and Surbaher. Anata, Kafr Aqab, At-Tur, Shuafat refugee camp, Beit Hanina and Al-Walaja.
Violations in Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood:
The occupation authorities renewed their attacks on the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood during the first half of this year, especially its first quarter. The month of February witnessed the return of tension in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, after a member of the Knesset of the extremist racist occupation, "Itamar Ben Gvir", opened his provocative office on the land of the Salem family on the western side of the neighborhood. Which sparked events in the neighborhood. The occupation Knesset member, "Itmar Ben Gvir" continued to raid the neighborhood daily and in a provocative manner , accompanied by herds of settlers. They also subjected the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, and insult him using obscene words, amid the protection and intensive deployment of the occupation forces and police.
Siege of Shuafat Camp and Anata Town:
The occupation turned the area of Anata town and its environs (Dahiyat al-Salam, Ras Khamis, and Ras Shehadeh) and Shuafat camp, in which about 150,000 Palestinians live, into a closed area since the evening of Saturday, the 8th of October until the 19th of October. This was done after carrying out a shooting attack at the Shuafat camp checkpoint, and turning it into a military barrack. The occupation forces deployed their various teams at the entrance to the Shuafat camp and its military checkpoint, and at the northern eastern entrance to the town of Anata. They also spread inside the streets and alleys and prevented the entry or exit of "vehicles and pedestrians" from the entire area. Because of the imposed measures, employees, workers and students were unable to go to their work and schools. In addition to operating drones belonging to the occupation, flying over the camp, the town of Anata, and the neighborhoods of Jerusalem, with the aim of monitoring, filming, and controlling.
On the 12th of October, a comprehensive strike took place in the occupied city of Jerusalem and its environs, in response to the calls of the national forces and in solidarity with the besieged town of Anata and Shuafat camp for the fourth day in a row, restricting the movement of people and cars, and turning the area into a military barracks. The next day, the people declared civil disobedience and marched in the streets of the camp.
Violations against Holy Institutions and Monuments, and an attempt to capture the Curriculum in Jerusalem:
In April, the Israeli occupation authorities renewed the closure of 28 Palestinian institutions, associations, and associations active in the occupied city of Jerusalem. Among these associations were Orient House, the Prisoner Club, and other Palestinian institutions in the city. The occupation forces announced that they would continue the policy of extending the closure of these institutions, under the pretext that they would not allow the violation of "Israeli sovereignty" over unified Jerusalem, as they claimed.
Fighting the Palestinian Curriculum:
The occupation wages a war on education in Jerusalem, and tries to captivate it by various means. On July 28, the so-called "Ministry of Education" of the occupation revoked the licenses of 6 schools in the city of Jerusalem for a year, under the pretext of "incitement in textbooks against the state and army of the occupation." The decision includes the Ibrahimi School in Al-Sawanah, and Al-Iman Schools in all its branches in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem.
It's important to know that the Ministry of Education withdrew the permanent work license from the aforementioned schools and replaced it with a temporary license for a year. These licensed Licenses are renewed on terms of amending the teaching curriculum and what it called "provocative content". It claimed that the curriculum taught the students about the prisoners, preventing the injured people from treatment, the control of water sources , and the catastrophe and setback.
In October, the occupation authorities invaded Al-Iman secondary schools, interrogated the children, , and opened their school bags in search of the Palestinian national curriculum, which caused panic among the children and the teaching staff. On the 3ed of October, the so-called "Israeli Knowledge Inspector" had requested from the administrations of Jerusalem schools to adopt and distribute the " distorted curriculum that is being reprinted by knowledge" and forging it and deleting its contents. It also carried out several inspection campaigns on the curricula distributed to Jerusalemite students.
On November 8, the so-called "Ministry of Education" of the occupation distributed its books to the students of Al-Iman School, prompting the students to burn those books.
Targeting Students and Educational Institutions:
The educational institutions and their students were not spared from the occupation’s abuse, as the occupation forces stormed the campus and surroundings of Al-Quds University/Abu Dis several times throughout the year, during which they fired stun grenades and tear gas at the students. The occupation had started installing a gate in the separation wall in front of the university to use it to suppress students after storming the area and withdrawing from it.
Targeting Journalists and Medical Staff:
The city of Jerusalem had the largest share of the number of violations committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers against Palestinian journalists during the first half of the year 2022. There were around 131 violations , according to a report issued by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate documenting the violations that Palestinian journalists were subjected to during the first half of the year.
Among the most prominent violations against journalists is what we mentioned above about the assassination of journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh. In addition to the arrest of the Jerusalemite journalist, Lama Ghosheh, from her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, after the occupation’s Public Prosecution filed an indictment against her for claiming “inciting” posts on her Facebook account. She was released under harsh conditions, including house arrest and a ban on press interviews . She was prohibited from the use of smartphones and social media until the end of the trial procedures, in addition to signing a $15,000 bail.
The months of April and May witnessed the highest rate of attacks by the occupation forces against press crews in the Jerusalem governorate. These violations varied between deliberate killing, detention and prevention of coverage, arrest and targeting with bullets, in addition to travel bans, court summons, beatings and other violations aimed at preventing journalists from carrying out their work.
Furthermore , during the year 2022, the occupation forces attacked paramedics and ambulances belonging to the Red Crescent Society, and arrested many paramedics and abused them.
The Occupation Prisons Administration practices repressive policies against Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons, and persists in its policies against them through the policy of deliberate medical neglect, banning visits and canteens, and solitary confinement, forcing prisoners to follow the policy of hunger strike as a means to reach their demands.
Violations against the Christian presence in Jerusalem:
The Christian presence in Jerusalem is considered a common denominator with their Muslim brothers, as their presence constitutes the history, present, and identity of the occupied city.
This is witnessed by the churches and monasteries in its various neighborhoods , especially the Church of the Holy Sepulcher" , which all the Christians around the world love it. However, this existence is subjected to continuous targeting by the Israeli occupation with the policy of Judaization pursued by the occupation to falsify the history of Jerusalem and change its present.
During the year 2022, the occupation kept his violations against Christian sects and landmarks in Jerusalem. The most prominent of which were the decisions and restrictions on the Holy Saturday , The occupation police issued restrictions on the access of Christians to the Church of the Resurrection in occupied Jerusalem, and reduced the number of those celebrating the Holy Saturday on the eve of Resurrection Sunday. Barriers and forces were deployed in the streets of the Christian Quarter and the roads leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and they prevented access to the church’s perimeter and interior, as well as beating and pushing dozens of those celebrating the Holy Saturday. In addition to the attack on AL-Liqa Church in Beit Hanina , which the occupation authorities attacked and invaded during the consolation of the martyre " Shireen Abu Aqleh" . During the raid , it assaulted the people who were in the funeral house several time in an attempt to remove the Palestinian flag from the place.
During June, a group of settlers attacked the “Holy Spirit” church and the Greek garden of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate on Mount Zion in occupied Jerusalem, tampering with its contents and exhuming the graves of the dead, as well as throwing garbage in the church garden, in addition to that they threatened the security guard present with death.
During the year 2022, the occupation authorities approved about 70 settlement plans worth tens of billions of shekels. ٍSome are an expansion of existing settlements, and others are new projects. It was also approved to build about (22,000) new settlement units in several settlements inside and on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
During the year 2022, the occupation authorities continued to move forward with the settlement of the lands of the city of Jerusalem, which the occupation began in 2018 and is expected to end in 2025, with the aim of seizing the lands of the occupied capital. At the end of June, the occupation began the process of registering lands in the name of Jewish settlers around the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, to include the lands located within the plan of the so-called "National Park", around the walls of the Old City, , and transferring them to settlement associations.
Among the most prominent settlement projects in 2022 are the imaginary cemeteries. Since the establishment of its weak entity, Israel" was not satisfied with establishing cities and gardens over Islamic cemeteries, nor by bulldozing a number of those cemeteries with the aim of changing the features of the land and falsifying history and geography, nor by exhuming and confiscating graves with the aim of settling on the land on which they are built, but rather by establishing fake graves. Among the cemeteries that the occupation invaded and bulldozed and extracted the bones of the dead from them: the "Yousifiya cemetery'' near Al-Aqsa Mosque, It is one of the most important cemeteries in Jerusalem, which was excavated by the bulldozers of the Zionist occupation while excavating. In addition, there is the Islamic cemetery "al-Isaaf" in Jaffa, which was bulldozed with the aim of confiscating the land on which it was built. As well as the cemetery of "Ma'men Allah" in Jerusalem, which contained the bodies of martyrs and a number of companions, and Israel established a garden and a museum over it, as well as the cemetery of mercy and others.
Israel's targeting of Islamic cemeteries is considered as a well-thought-out plan to Judaize the Palestinian lands, by seizing and controlling it with ready-made arguments, claiming that the area was a cemetery for the Jews and they are rehabilitating it. They are using an arrogant provocation of the feelings of the populations , Muslims and Christians. All of this is under the eyes of Arab and Islamic world, which is watching the situation closely, without moving a finger. If there were those who moved, they just issued a completely unsatisfied a statement of condemnationn .
The most dangerous projects in the Holy Land is the Aerial train project, which extends from the Mount of Olives to the Mughrabi Gate, and then the Hebron Gate in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. the occupation began implementing the "air train - cable car" project, to constitute a starting point towards facilitating the arrival of extremist settlers to the Old City and Al-Buraq Square, and to intensify the assault on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.