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Europeans for al-Quds: 4 Palestinians killed, 65 injured, 216 arrested in Jerusalem in March

The Israeli occupation forces have committed 842 violations that fall within 16 types of human rights violations in Jerusalem during last March, according to data collected by Europeans for al-Quds Organization. Most of these violations were complex.

In its monthly report on the Israeli occupation’s violations in Jerusalem, the organization said the authorities maintained its Judaization, settlement policy, aiming at changing the occupied city’s identity, and displacement plans continued to haunt many of the city’s neighborhoods.

The report stated that 91% of the violations documented were intrusions and raids, and 25.7% of them were arbitrary arrests.

During the month, the Israeli occupation forces carried out 57 shootings and physical assaults in the city. As a result, four civilians—including a child—were killed, and 65 others were wounded, while dozens of others were injured due to physical attacks or tear gas inhalation.

The report said 269 raids into towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem were carried out, during which 216 Palestinians were arrested, including at least eight women and 28 children; 18 others were summoned; and house arrest was imposed on at least nine.

Twenty-three Palestinian properties were demolished or its owners received demolition notes. Five houses were destroyed. Owners of three of them were forced to self-demolish their homes. This left 14 Palestinians displaced, including children and women.

The Israeli authorities also demolished 16 commercial establishments, bulldozed four dunums of land, and issued one demolition notice. Meanwhile, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem threatened to demolish 180 homes in the Ain Al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan town.

Settler associations seized a new property in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Meanwhile, the occupation and its settlers’ continued their attempts to capture the land and home of the Salem family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The report pointed out that Israel seeks to change the city’s demography through official policies and by giving the settlers and settlement associations a free hand to control as many properties as they can in the city.

The Israeli authorities issued 14 decisions to establish settlements, according to the report. These included decisions to confiscate Palestinian lands; a plan to demolish 800 housing units in Jabal Mukaber and establish settlement and Judaization projects (including the American Road and a huge Judaization center on the land of the Mount of Olives); and the ratification of plans to establish 11,280 settlement units next to a series of settlement towers.

During the month, 4,182 settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque over 22 days in two periods in each day.

The Israeli police maintained its removal from the Al-Aqsa Mosque or Jerusalem policy. During March, 22 Palestinians were removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

As for settlers, they carried out 18 attacks in the city and 44 incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This resulted in the injury of one Palestinian, after he was run over by a settler, and many vehicles belonging to Palestinians were damage.

During March, the Israeli forces placed 53 permanent and flying checkpoints, closed four streets, issued a travel ban against a Palestinian, carried out five attacks on freedoms and journalists.

Muhammad Hanoun, head of Europeans for al-Quds Organization, said: “The escalation of these violations comes ahead of the month of Ramadan, and it is feared that Israeli violations against Palestinians will aggravate by allowing more settler incursions as well as more Judaization, demolition, and apartheid policies. This portends a dangerous escalation and requires an urgent repose by the international community to stop Israel’s escalations and hold it accountable for its grave human rights violations.”

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