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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

Weekly Stop the Wall Repression Update

Period: Monday 20 Sep. to Monday 4 Oct. 2010

Summary:

1)Arrests of HRDs

An Associated Press photojournalist was arrested and briefly detained at the weekly anti-wall protest in Beit Ummar. Two students from the Al-Ibrahimi school in Hebron were detained for throwing stones on a settler’s car.

2) Violence against HRDs

There was a serious escalation of violence against human rights defenders in the Silwan district of Jerusalem. A Silwan resident was shot dead by an Israeli settlement guard, leading to further clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian HRDs throughout the Jerusalem district, resulting in the hospitalisation of several villagers suffering from tear gas inhalation. One HRD from Bil’in was injured in his leg with a live 0.22 bullet from a Rudger sniper rifle during the weekly protests. Two journalists and a local activist were also injured with rubber bullets. Three Palestinian and two Israeli HRDs were injured with tear gas at the Nabi Saleh weekly protest.

3) Collective punishment

Israeli occupation forces entered Bil’in on Monday 27 September and clashed with local young residents and fired tear gas.  Following the killing of Silwan resident Samer Sarhan, Israeli forces entered several neighbourhoods, firing and throwing tear gas at local residents protesting against his death.

1) Arrests of HRDs

New arrests

Place: Beit Ummar, near Hebron

Date of arrests: Saturday 25 September

Names: Nasser Shiyouki

Circumstances: Shiyouki, an Associated Press photojournalist, was arrested whilst covering the weekly anti-wall protests and briefly detained. Israeli police are investigating the incident.

Place: Al-Ibrahimi School, Hebron

Date of arrests: Wednesday 29 September

Names: Anas Jabber and Deya Besha

Circumstances: The PA Ministry of Education reported that Israeli occupation forces raided a school in Hebron's Old City on Wednesday and detained two ninth grade students, "accusing them of throwing stones on a settler's car that was passing near the school."

"The Israeli soldiers, after the school board's insistence, allowed a teacher to accompany the two pupils to the police station," the ministry said.

Place: Silwan, Jerusalem

Date of arrests: Wednesday 29 September

Names: Ali, 44 and Ahmed, 26, brothers of Samer Sarhan, and Mohammad Sarhan, nephew of Samer Sarhan

Circumstances: Israeli forces raided the home of Samer Sarhan, who was shot dead in Silwan on 22 September. The men were arrested and beaten by soldier during the raid. Neighbours who tried to resist the arrest were also brutally beaten

Releases

No information available

Trials

Past court hearings: no information available

Upcoming court hearings: no information available

Ill-treatments/Torture

No information available

Other

No information available

2) Violence against HRDs

Killings

No information available

Injuries with live rounds

Name: Ashraf Al-Khateeb, 30 years old

Place: Bil’in

Date of injury: Friday 24 September

Circumstances: Khateeb was injured in his leg with a live 0.22 bullet from a Rudger sniper rifle, a lethal weapon used by the Israeli occupation forces for riot control

Name: Samer Sarhan, 32

Place: Silwan, Jerusalem

Date of injury: Wednesday 22 September

Circumstances: Father of five children, Samer Sarhan was pronounced dead after settlement guards argued with a group of unarmed local men before opening fire, also injuring another man

Other serious injuries

Name: Iyad Jadallah, 25 years old, photo journalist.

Place: Bil’in

Date of injury: Friday 24 September

Circumstances: injured in the head with a rubber bullet

Name: Haitham Alkhateeb, 34 years old, journalist

Place : Bil’in

Date of Injury: Friday 24 September

Circumstances: injured in the chest with a rubber bullet

Name: Samer Burnat, 32 years old

Place: Bil’in

Date of injury: Friday 24 September

Circumstances: injured in the leg with a rubber bullet

Name: Three Palestinian and two Israeli demonstrators (names unknown)

Place: Nabi Saleh

Date of injury: Friday 24 September

Circumstances: The demonstrators were injured with tear gas during the weekly protest against continued land confiscation in the village, which is next to the Hallamish settlement

Name: Aya Abhu Mayala, 15 years old and woman, 40 years old (name unkown)

Place: Silwan, Jerusalem

Date of injury: Saturday 25 September

Circumstances: suffered asphyxiation from severe gas inhalation following clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting against the murder of Samer Sarhan on 22 September

Name: Palestinian boy, 14 months old (name unknown)

Place: Issawiya, north Jerusalem

Date of injury: Friday 24 September

Circumstances: pronounced dead following severe tear gas inhalation during an invasion of Israeli forces in the area

Name: Youth, 19 years old and man (names unknown)

Place: Silwan, Jerusalem

Date of injury: Saturday 25 September

Circumstances: Israeli occupation forces attacked the home of the Rwaidi family in Wadi Hilweh, beating the 19 year old and causing severe damage to the eye and injuring the other with a rubber bullet

Name: Mohammad Jamal Khalil Abu Hashem, 15 years old

Place: Hebron

Date of injury: Saturday 2 October

Circumstances: Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas during a Palestinian rally against settlement activity in the village of Beit Ummar.

Other

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on Thursday condemned violence against media workers in occupied East Jerusalem a day earlier, when protests followed the fatal shooting of Silwan resident Samer Sarhan.

The syndicate said in a statement that settlers attacked members of the press with impunity. A number of journalists were seriously injured while covering the demonstrations in the flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood, the syndicate noted.

Four journalists were injured and another four were arrested, Ma'an's correspondent reported Wednesday.

The syndicate urged the affected journalists to speak out about the incident.

3) Collective Punishment

Damage of property

No information available

Closures

Place: An-Nabi Salih

Date of closure: Saturday 25 September

Time of closure: early morning

Circumstances:

All entrances to the village were closed off early on Saturday morning and the southern Atara checkpoint was closed to vehicle traffic, village officials told Ma'an.

Passengers waiting at the Atara checkpoint were told that it would remain closed until 10 p.m. at night, but that after 8 a.m. pedestrians would be permitted to walk through the military stop zone.

Incursions

Place: Bil’in

Date of incursion: Monday 27 September

Circumstances:

Anti-wall protest organizers said Monday that an Israeli force entered the village and clashed with young residents.

Organizers said soldiers searched homes and "tried to arrest local youth," firing tear gas at young residents who responded by throwing stones at soldiers.

A statement said 12 residents suffered from respiratory difficulties from inhaling tear gas and were treated locally.

Place: Silwan, Jerusalem

Date of incursion: Wednesday 22 September

Circumstances: Clashes between Israeli armed guards and Palestinians continued following the fatal shooting of local resident Samer Sarhan in El-Bustan, with numerous injuries reported and a heavy presence of police and army personnel. The entire street was cordoned off by officials. The Baten al-Hawa neighbourhood was also the scene of clashes, with Israeli forces shooting and firing tear gas canisters at local residents

Other

 
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