Friday, September 15, 2017
On 13 Aug. 2017, Rania al-Muhtaseb documented Israeli security forces
coming to her home in central Hebron and welding shut a door to the
house, on the unfounded grounds that the entrance served “fleeing
suspects”. The forces used severe violence against her aunt, Zleikhah
al-Muhtaseb, 55, who tried to prevent the welding. This is yet another
example Israel’s policy of segregation and restriction on Palestinian
movement in central Hebron, which is coupled with abuse, violence and
daily harassment by security forces and settlers.
Under Israel’s segregation policy in Hebron, Palestinians depend on the
goodwill of security forces even for simple actions. On 7 July 2017, the
Hadads moved house within central Hebron. Police at the Pharmacy
Checkpoint did not let the truck carrying their furniture through and
sent them to Checkpoint 160. Two family members remained at the Pharmacy
Checkpoint to move lighter possessions by hand, and one got into an
altercation with the police that led to his arrest. Shuruq Hadad
documented the incident on video from the new apartment.
On 8 Sept. 2017, at about 3:00 P.M., a military force came with a
bulldozer to the dirt road that connects the town of Yatta with the
villages of Masafer Yatta, dug it up and blocked it off with rocks. The
destruction of the road, which had been renovated just a day earlier
with aid funding, forces villagers to now take a long detour. Masafer
Yatta, which extends southeast of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, is
home to more than 1,000 people which Israel has been trying to expel for
many years, including by declaring the area Firing Zone 918.
On 5 Aug. 2017, a large group of young settlers physically and verbally
assaulted two Palestinian youths who were walking in the Jaber
neighborhood of Hebron. When the youths tried to defend themselves,
soldiers arrested one of them. He was released later that night.
Residents who witnessed the scene tried to convince the soldiers to
release the boy and asked that they stop the attack, but the settlers
continued to act violently, injuring three residents. B’Tselem volunteer
‘Aref Jaber captured parts of the incident on video.
Hundreds of protesters marched in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah
neighborhood on Friday, against the eviction of the Shamanseh family,
who forced from their home on Tuesday morning.
Among the detainees were two residents of the neighbourhood: a young
boy, reportedly detained for a short period of time, and another person
found waving the Palestinian flag.
The Shamansehs, a family of eight, had lived in the area for over 50
years. This was the first eviction in Sheikh Jarrah in eight years.