The high rate of Israeli crimes in Jerusalem governorate in the first month of this year portends a new reality in the Holy City under the racist far-right government
5 martyrs, about (324) cases of arrest, (69) facilities that were demolished and bulldozed, and (4408) settlers stormed the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of January 2023
The Public Relations and Media Unit in the Jerusalem Governorate issued its monthly report on the crimes of the Israeli occupation in the Jerusalem during the month of January 2023, summarizing the total crimes that were monitored in the neighborhoods and towns of the Governorate.
During the month of October, 5 martyrs were killed in the Jerusalem governorate, including two children _ under the age of responsibility_, as the occupation forces executed the citizen Samir Awni Harbi Aslan (41 years), the boy "Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali" (17 years), and the young man Youssef Abdel Karim Muhaisen (22 years old), Khairi Musa Alqam (21 years old), Wadih Aziz Abu Ramoz (16 years old).
During the month of January of the year 2023, the occupation authorities detained the bodies of the martyrs (Muhammad Ali, Khairy Alqam, and Wadih Abu Ramoz), bringing the number of Jerusalemite martyrs whose bodies are kept by the occupation authorities in the occupation refrigerators and graves of numbers to 25 martyrs.
Targeting holy figures:
The occupation authorities continue their violations against the symbols of Jerusalem, headed by the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith. On January 2, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the house of the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and handed him a decision to renew his ban from entering the West Bank. On January 12, the occupation intelligence again stormed the house of Governor Ghaith, and confirmed the decision to prevent him from entering the West Bank.
It is noteworthy that the occupation court issued a decision on August 4, 2022 imposing open house arrest on Governor Ghaith, without specifying a time period for the decision.
On January 15, the occupation authorities handed Shadi Mutawar, the secretary of the "Fatah" movement in Jerusalem, a military order banning him from entering the West Bank for a period of two months, from the fourteenth of this month until the fourteenth of next March, under the pretext of "participating in the events and activities of the Palestinian National Authority." ".
On January 2, the occupation forces stormed the house of the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, in the Al-Sawwana neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, and handed him a summons for investigation in rooms (4) of the occupation’s “Al-Mascobiyya” center. incitement by the occupation authorities.
On January 12, the occupation forces stormed the house of the head of the Jerusalemite Commission for Combating Judaization, Nasser Al-Hadmi, and handed him a decision to renew his travel ban, noting that Al-Hadmi is under house arrest in his place of residence in Al-Sawana neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.
Members of the religious Zionist Knesset also launched a "Hebrew" media campaign against Professor Medhat Dibeh, the legal advisor to the Governor of Jerusalem. They had previously demanded that he be brought to trial for his statement "considering every leaker as a traitor," and they filed a case against him with the Israeli Bar Association, to remove him from the legal records and prevent him from pleading.
Settler attacks and provocations increase in frequency every month. During the month of January, settlers carried out about (22) attacks, including assaults with physical abuse. Among the attacks was an attempt by a settler to run over a number of young men in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem.
The month of January witnessed an increase in the frequency of incitement calls organized by settler groups to storm the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the extremist Temple groups demanded the opening of a synagogue inside Al-Aqsa and allowing the full performance of Talmudic rituals and the introduction of tools and offerings into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Settlers attacked a number of Islamic and Christian cemeteries, such as the cemetery of the Dajani family in the Prophet Daoud neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, as well as the Protestant cemetery and the Armenian Patriarchate.
With regard to the file of injuries, the Jerusalem Governorate monitored, during January, the injuries resulting from the use of excessive force against Jerusalemites in various parts of the occupied capital. About (17) injuries were recorded as a result of live and rubber-coated metal bullets and severe beatings by the occupation forces, in addition to dozens of tear gas suffocation cases.
It should be noted that the injuries resulting from the occupation's use of excessive force led to the death of 4 citizens in Jerusalem governorate during the month of January. They are Samir Aslan, Muhammad Ali, Youssef Muhaisen, and Wadih Abu Ramuz.
Challenges and violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque:
The occupation forces imposed restrictions on the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, harassed the worshipers, searched them, and confiscated their personal identity cards, coinciding with the settlers’ storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards. The Jerusalem Governorate monitored the extremist settlers' incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of January.
Arrest operations brutally carried out by the occupation forces against the people in Jerusalem governorate are escalating, as about (324) cases of arrest of citizens, including about (60) children and about (7) women, were monitored in all areas of Jerusalem governorate during the month of January.
Among the detainees, the head of the People's Committee in Qalandia camp, the liberated prisoner and employee in the Jerusalem governorate, "Raed Mutair", and his son "Samad", were arrested by the occupation forces on January 5 after they raided his house in the camp and tampered with its contents.
The occupation authorities are still detaining the injured boy, Mahmoud Eliwat (13 years), who is accused by the occupation authorities of carrying out the Silwan operation on January 28. They arrested his father, mother and brother, interrogated them.
Decisions of the Occupation Courts:
The racist occupation courts issued (35) actual prison sentences against Jerusalemite prisoners, including (13) 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.
(27) house arrest decisions issued by the occupation authorities against Jerusalemites, including (11) children. The duration of the issued house arrest decisions ranged from two to 45 days.
The month of January 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 areas. They issued about (22) deportation decisions, including (9) deportation decisions from Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The occupation authorities also handed travel bans to 7 citizens. They are the head of the Jerusalemite Commission for Combating Judaization, Nasser Al-Hadmi, Louay Nasser Al-Din, Hamza Zughair, Nihad Zughair, Abd Salih Bakirat, Munther Hamadeh, and the Jerusalemite Hanadi Halawani.
Demolition and dredging operations:
During the month of January, (69) facilities were demolished and leveled in the occupied Jerusalem governorate, of which (10) facilities were forcibly self-demolished, and (10) excavation and land leveling operations were carried out.
During the month of January, the occupation mechanisms and crews demolished (49) facilities, which included; 26 commercial stores, 25 of which are in Hizma, in addition to 11 houses in Silwan, Beit Hanina, Beit Safafa, Shuafat refugee camp, Jabal Mukaber, five fences and retaining walls in Anata, Jabal Mukaber and the town of Silwan, two barracks in the towns of As-Sawahra and Silwan, an agricultural barracks in Issawiya, and a barracks for sheep in Jabal Al Mukaber, a stone chain and a container in Anata, and a parking lot for vehicles under construction in the town of Jabal Al Mukaber.
Demolition, forced eviction and land confiscation decisions:
The occupation authorities also delivered several demolition notices for several homes in many towns in occupied Jerusalem. During the month of January, the occupation authorities delivered about (74) demolition notices for a number of commercial establishments and homes.
Violations against prisoners:
With regard to the file of prisoners, the prisoners in the occupation prisons are waging a fierce war no less than what is happening outside it, as the Israeli occupation prison administration continues to abuse and assault them continuously. On January 1, the occupation Supreme Court rejected an appeal submitted to it to release the Jerusalemite prisoner Ahmed Manasra.
On January 30, the Occupation Court issued a decision to increase the sentence of 7 prisoners from the town of Al-Issawiya in Jerusalem, and they are: Qassem Derbas, Ismail Muhaisen, Khaled Muhaisen, Muhammad Mustafa, Abdullah Abu Riyalah, Ahmed Abu Asab, and Muhammad Al-Razem.
Violations against Jerusalem institutions:
In continuous attempts to suppress Jerusalemite institutions and undermine any Jerusalemite efforts inside the city of Jerusalem, the occupation continues to suppress and close these institutions and suppress activities that prove the presence of Jerusalemites in the occupied city.
On January 5, the occupation forces stormed Al-Makassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem, and on January 6, the occupation forces and its intelligence raided the headquarters of the Arba’een Diwaniya in the town of Al-Issawiya in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext that a meeting of the Students’ Parents Union was held in occupied Jerusalem schools and that the meeting was funded by the Palestinian Authority.
On January 19, the occupation forces targeted the headquarters of the Foundation for the Revival of Islamic Heritage and Research - Bayt al-Maqdis "Mithaq" in the town of Abu Dis, with gas bombs, which shattered the windows. This attack is considered a flagrant and blatant infringement on the written scientific heritage, and on one of the Jerusalemite national institutions that play an important and major role in preserving the historical identity of the Palestinian people.
In the framework of the restrictions on schools in the city of Jerusalem, the so-called Ministry of Education of the occupation has stopped financial funding for the Ibrahimiyya School in occupied Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, under the pretext of preventing the ministry's inspection crews from entering the school on December 20, 2022.
On January 20, the occupation forces assaulted a Jerusalemite delegation in the town of Ara, in the occupied Palestinian interior, after its visit to the liberated prisoner, Maher Younes, and arrested a number of them, namely "Karim Abu Jamal" and the Jerusalemite "Aboud Dana," and assaulted both "Zakaria and Muhammad Abu Tair."
As part of the assault on the medical personnel, on January 25, the occupation soldiers assaulted the paramedics in the Shuafat camp in occupied Jerusalem, as a number of the occupation soldiers stormed the ambulance that transported the martyr Muhammad Ali and assaulted the paramedics.
As for the attack on journalists, the occupation forces targeted the journalists with gas bombs while they were covering the storming of the Shuafat refugee camp, and the demolition of the house of the martyr Uday al-Tamimi's family.
The occupation authorities seek to impose a new reality on the occupied city of Jerusalem through the implementation of dangerous settlement projects. In January 2023, the occupation authorities approved (3) settlement projects, one of them in the Al-Musrara neighborhood, east of occupied Jerusalem, where the occupation municipality recently started excavation work. This affected the commercial movement in the market of the historic Al-Musrara neighborhood, as it restricted movement in the market and damaged trade. These occupation practices come in the context of the Judaization of the city of Jerusalem, under the name of development, but in reality it is the framework of Israeli propaganda that aims to show the city as a unified and capital of The "Jewish people", and these projects hide the racial discrimination practiced by the occupation authorities against the eastern part of Jerusalem at the level of spending and care, and erase the cultural image of East Jerusalem and show it according to the biblical narrative that this city is for the Jews and the capital of the occupation only.
The Planning and Building Committee of the Occupation Municipality also approved a plan for a new track for the light rail linking east and west Jerusalem, and this track will lead to the confiscation and demolition of more homes of Jerusalemites.
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