Jerusalem in January: A killed prisoner, 22 injuries and 254 detainees

The Israeli occupation authorities escalated the perpetration of human rights violations in Jerusalem during January 2022, as an Israeli attempt to impose new incidents in the Damascus Gate area leading to the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque emerged. The Jerusalemites responded to these measures with daily confrontations that left dozens of injuries and detainees.

Data collected by Europeans for al-Quds showed the Israeli army’s perpetration of749  violations varied between 16 types of human rights violations.

The monthly report issued by Europeans for al-Quds Association monitored the Israeli committing of 40 shooting incidents and direct aggression by the Israeli occupation forces in the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem. On January 24, Fahmi Hamad, 57, from Qalandia camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, was killed as a result of inhaling tear gas fired by the occupation forces. In addition, 22 civilians, one of them a journalist, were wounded by live bullets and sound and gas bombs. The report documented that 26 citizens were beaten and abused. On January 26, Jerusalemite prisoner Jamil Al-Tamimi, 63, was killed inside the Israeli Nitzan Prison.

The Association team team documented during this month that the occupation forces carried out 190 raids into towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem. During which, they arrested 254 citizens, including 12 children and at least 7 women, while summoning 8 others, and imposing house arrest on 7 citizens.

The report monitored the implementation of 35 demolitions and notifications by the occupation forces, which resulted in the destruction of 23 homes and housing units, 18 of which were forced to self-demolish their residents, the destruction of 18 facilities, the bulldozing of two plots of land, the leveling of a cemetery, a notice to stop building a mosque and the distribution of 12 demolition notices or stop construction and eviction.

The Israeli occupation authorities also issued 4 requisition decisions, which included a house and the seizure of 500 dunams in northeastern Jerusalem and rejected the family’s request to return to their land.

During this month, Europeans for al-Quds monitored 6 Israeli decisions to perpetuate settlements, including approving the construction of 3,557 settlement units within 5 new plans, approving a five-year plan to modernize infrastructure and encouraging Jewish visits to the Al-Buraq Wall adjacent to Al-Aqsa, and approving a plan to expand the area of Hadassah Medical Center five times.

The Israeli occupation police continued to implement the policy of deportation from Al-Aqsa Mosque or the city of Jerusalem. During this month, 17 deportation decisions, including 8 expulsion decisions from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, 3 from Jerusalem, 1 from the West Bank and 5 from Al-Aqsa Mosque were issued.

Regarding the attack of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the report documented the participation of 3,102 settlers in the storming of the mosque over a period of 22 days, two periods per day.

The settlers also continued to carry out attacks against the citizens of occupied Jerusalem. During this month, 34 attacks carried out by settlers, which consisted of assaulting citizens, attempting to seize land, storming the Mercy Cemetery and attacking girls. The attacks include 22 raids carried out by settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque

The report monitored 4 travel bans and 5 violations of media freedoms, including the suppression of journalists, the injury of a journalist, and the establishment of 43 sudden checkpoints.

Europeans for al-Quds warned of the dangerous repercussions of the escalating Israeli policy in Jerusalem. It also called on the international community to move quickly to pressure Israel to stop its aggression, undo the implementation of forced displacement plans, and put an end to the massive violations of human rights.

The Association also sent a message to the European Union countries to stand up to their responsibilities and compel the occupying power to respect international law and UN resolutions, including the Fourth Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians, and to stop the practice of state terrorism against Jerusalemite civilians and to enable them to perform their religious rites in mosques and churches, to rein in settlers’ herds and to stop robberies on the people and their property.

It renewed its warning of the danger of the Israeli escalation and the policy of destruction of Palestinian homes and attempts of mass displacement in Jerusalem, warning that this with ignite the outbreak of a wave of violence that could threaten the stability of the entire region.

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