Israeli military and police forces entered the East Jerusalem
neighbourhood of Al Issawiya for several days last week,
arresting 5 and demolishing several structures.
On Wednesday morning (10 November), dozens of Israeli forces
raided the northern entrance of Al-Isawiya while others entered
through the south, residents reported.
The police actions came several days after Issawiya residents
threw stones at a car of Israeli university students who entered
Israeli police and security forces then entered the neighborhood,
claiming residents owned outstanding Jerusalem municipality taxes.
Police and Border Guard forces arrested five residents, accused of
rioting, on Wednesday night.
According to residents, throughout the week check points
throughout the neighborhood targeted drivers, remanding almost 80
percent of vehicles that were pulled over to have service
performed on them or face a revocation of permits for the cars,
reported Maan news.
On Thursday morning (11/11) the Jerusalem Municipality and Israeli
Nature and Parks Authority demolished at least 3
livelihood-related structures, including 2 animal barracks and a
storage for fodder. In addition, they destroyed around 20 trees.
The owner of the structures apparently received a notice from the
municipality on Wednesday, giving him only 12 hours to remove the
structures, allegedly on the grounds that they were located in a
On 27 October, the Israeli military demolished 9
livelihood-related structures located on the agricultural lands of
Issawiya, located between Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement
Ma’ale Adumim. In addition, an estimated 400 trees were uprooted.
The structures belonged to 10 Palestinian families.
In late September, 18 month-old
Mohammed Abu Sneneh of Issawiya, died from tear gas
inhalation, after Israeli police officers fired large amounts of
the tear gas at Palestinians protesting in the village. According
to his uncle, Ahman Abu Sara, family members were unable to reach
a nearby hospital because of the clashes, and took the boy to a
clinic where he was treated and released. Three hours later, Abu
Sara said, the boy's mother found him dead.
Tensions in Issawiya are expected to continue. A number of other
homes and structures in the village also have outstanding
demolition orders and remain at risk. The village is currently
seeking legal representation in order to counter the increasing
threats from the Jerusalem government.