There has yet another child abduction by Israeli forces in the Palestinian town of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, with the Israeli military invading a private home and shooting the mother of the child in the head.
Acting late on Thursday evening, the heavily armed troops stormed the house and shot the woman with a rubber-coated steel bullet as she tried to protect her child. The teenage boy was subsequently abducted from the house and interned at a detention facility in Jerusalem.
The injured woman was taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem where her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan says that the incident was part of a larger provocation against the Palestinians that evening in al-Issawiya, the Israeli occupation forces attacking Palestinians protesting against the desecration of the local al-Arba’een mosque.
Just days previously Israeli occupation forces detained another child in the town while on his way to visit a local medical facility. The child has been identified as 11-year-old Mohamed Mhaisen.
Two weeks week ago, Israeli troops invaded the town and desecrated the al-Arba’een mosque after entering in full combat gear and boots to “search for children,” the invasion of the town also seeing local Palestinians attacked and the abduction of an 8-year-old boy.
The following scenes are from two weeks ago.
Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has recently exposed police officers deliberately provoking and taunting the local Palestinian population in al-Issawiya, a flashpoint for Israeli invasions, clashes and home demolitions.
“Israeli police officers in the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighbourhood of Isawiyah were caught on camera complaining that there was no purpose to an ongoing police operation in the neighbourhood, highly criticized by community leaders, other than deliberately provoking the residents. The video footage, which was seen by an Israeli court during a hearing on charges pressed against a resident for throwing stones, shows one policeman telling his colleague: ‘It’s really provoking them for nothing. Why do this on purpose?’”Nir Hasson, Ha’aretz
“During the entire course of the summer, the Jerusalem District Police carried out daily wide-scale raids in Isawiyah, entering the East Jerusalem neighbourhood in the afternoon on patrol, setting up roadblocks and stopping motorists and passersby for inspection and then going back in at night to arrest residents. More than 350 residents of Isawiyah have been arrested, including 11 in the early morning on Sunday, but charges were pressed only against about ten of them. Residents have claimed that the raids have been aimed at provoking them and that the police are seeking to spark violence. The residents also claim that there has been no stone-throwing in the neighbourhood before or during the raids other than at police forces that have entered Isawiyah.”– Nir Hasson, Ha’aretz
Residents in Isawiyah have been complaining for some time that operations in the town are designed for nothing more than disruption with police engaging in a deliberate series of provocations in order to ramp up tensions, deal out collective punishment and apply pressure to the community. Ha’aretz states that there is now years of testimony to back these claims.