August 7, 2010

55 arrests and home demolitions continue in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces constantly wage arrest campaigns, most recently in the city of Hebron a few days ago (Reuters)

By Awad Rajoub - Hebron

Israeli occupation forces launched an arrest campaign at dawn on Thursday in the town of Jalbun, east of Jenin in the northern West Bank, while Israeli bulldozers resumed demolishing homes and facilities especially in northern West Bank. Meanwhile, settlers broke into the area of Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, claiming prayers.
The chairman of the town council, Omar Abu al-Rub, confirmed that large numbers of occupation Forces and military vehicles stormed the town at dawn on Thursday, launching wide scale raid campaigns that involved more than thirty homes.

The raids ended on Thursday morning with the arrest of about fifty people. While most have been freed, eight remain under arrest, Abu al-Rub said.

Israeli occupation forces also arrested five Palestinians from the village of Assira in Nablus, and another from the town of Deir Estia in the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile, some five hundred settlers arrived at the city of Nablus at dawn on Thursday, under the pretext of performing religious rites at Joseph's Tomb.

The visit was preceded by mobilization of the occupation forces, which have spread around the region and the roads to ensure the arrival of the settlers.

The Palestinian Prisoner Affairs minister, Issa Karake, said Friday that the Government of Israel has arrested 12 thousand Palestinian children since the occupation began in 1967.

He explained that the children detained by Israel were subjected to torture, extortion and unfair judicial proceedings during trial, pointing out that Israel's goal is the destruction of entire generations of young boys through detaining children, 90% of whom have suffered of maltreatment and torture during their detention and interrogation.

Hundreds homeless as Israeli units raze Al Araqib village in Negev (Al Jazeera)

Home Demolitions:

In addition to the arrests, the Israeli army continued to evacuate and demolish more homes and facilities in the northern West Bank town of Al Fariseya, Ghassan Douglas - in charge of settlements’ files in the northern part of the West Bank - said.

In a telephone interview with Al Jazeera, Douglas said that Israeli bulldozers along with Israeli occupation forces demolished at least 15 homes and a facility belonging to the local population, adding that they are still in the region probably to complete the demolition processes.

He added that dozens of homes and other facilities may face threat of evacuations and demolitions in the area of the northern Jordan Valley, especially the area of Ain Beida and Bardala, in order to evacuate the area of the Palestinian population.

Israeli occupation forces demolished 65 buildings, including homes, horse stables, sheep pen and left more than 15 Palestinian families homeless.



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