Jerusalem February 2021: 134 arrested and 20 demolitions carried out

Europeans for al-Quds gathering data showed that during February 2021 the Israeli occupation authorities committed more than 467 violations in occupied Jerusalem.

The monthly report on violations prepared by the gathering monitored 13 patterns of human rights violations committed by the occupation forces, the majority of which are complex. Incursions and raids constitute the highest percentage of these violations with 31.9%, followed by arrests of 28.7%.

The gathering pointed out that the escalation of occupation attacks came at a time when the US Senate on February 5 approved the decision to keep the United States embassy in the occupied Jerusalem with the support of 97 members and the opposition of 3 members of the Democratic Party.

The decision added that the American trends in support of the occupation do not change with the arrival of President Joe Biden to the White House, which was confirmed on February 9 by the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, announcing that the administration of the new US president Joe Biden will continue to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation state.

The Israeli army carried out 36 shootings and a direct assault in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhoods, which resulted in the injury of a young man in the excessive use of force without any justification. Dozens of people suffocated as a result of the tear gas as well as 8 cases were subjected to beating and severe violence from the occupation forces.

The report also documented 149 incursions into the towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem, during which 134 citizens were arrested, including 18 children, 9 women, and girls. Besides, summoning 8 citizens and imposing house arrest on at least other 8 citizens were documented.

During this month, 20 demolitions were recorded, which resulted in the demolition of 8 homes and 8 commercial establishments, most of which were self-demolished by orders from the Israeli occupation forces, which led to the displacement of dozens of citizens. The occupation forces also destroyed 7 fences, a well, and 5 facilities, while about 1,987 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque throughout the days, except Fridays and Saturdays.

The Israeli army authorities issued 29 decisions of removal from Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli army erected 13 permanent checkpoints and 36 remote checkpoints in Jerusalem that aim to stop and search Palestinians as they pass through, abusing them.

The chief of Europeans for al-Quds, Mohammed Hannoun, confirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities are escalating their attacks in the occupied city, to impose a fait accompli, consecrate Judaization, and change the demographic reality in the city.

Hannoun added that the demolitions carried out by the occupation forces are part of a systematic policy to forcibly displace Palestinians to change the demographic character of the occupied city, stressing that such acts amount to a war crime.

He called the international community for action to protect the Palestinians in Jerusalem from the grave violations they face from the occupation and the extremist settlers.

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