Israeli occupation forces have detained about 900 Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem since the start of 2019, a human rights group said in a report.
The group added that it has documented an obvious escalation in the arrests conducted by Israeli occupation forces against Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents over the past six months.
The report explained that a third of the total arrests carried out by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian civilians across the occupied Palestinian territories were in Jerusalem alone, noting that this is a proof that Israeli occupation targeted Palestinian Jerusalemites to dissuade them from defending their holy sites, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque.
February saw the largest-scale arrest campaigns committed by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian Jerusalemites during the first half of this year, in which dozens of Palestinians were detained including national figures and religious men, according to the report.
Among the detainees by Israeli occupation forces were head of the Jerusalem Waqf Council Sheikh Abdel Azim Salhb and his deputy Sheikh Najeh Bkerat, along with director of the Prisoner Club in Jerusalem Nasser Qaws, whereas Sheikh Raed Da’ana was banned from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for six months.
The report noted that the arrests were more against children and minors, estimated to be a third of the total arrests in occupied Jerusalem since the start of this year.
More than 17 children under the age of 12 among about 300 were detained by Israeli occupation forces over the first half of 2019, the report continued.
Israeli occupation targets Palestinian children with house arrest orders, by which children must stay at home for a certain period of time and are banned for leaving it even for study or medical treatment.
The report documented cases in which Palestinian children were punished by displacing them from their homes and imposing hefty fines, whether they appeared before courts or not.
Israeli occupation forces detained 43 Jerusalemite women, including minor girls, within the first half of 2019, most of whom were released in exchange for house arrest or being banned from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for different periods of time, the report revealed.
Three Palestinian women, mothers of Palestinian detainees, were detained on their way out of al-Aqsa Mosque and were transferred to al-Qashla police station in occupied Jerusalem for interrogation.