4 youth arrested in dawn raid yesterday

Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 | 11:06 Israeli forces at wadi Rababa entrance to Silwan - Archive

Israeli forces at wadi Rababa entrance to Silwan – Archive

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Israeli forces stormed Al-Ein Fawqa and Al-Hara Al-Wousta regions of Silwan yesterday at dawn, raiding homes and arresting 4 youth: Raid Reshq (17), Amer Abbasi (18), Abdel Sami’ Abu Sabih (18) and Ali Almargi (16). All 4 face charges of stone-throwing.

Silwan’s residents are subject to the highest rate of arrests in Jerusalem, the vast majority executed on the ostensible “security interests” of Israelis, namely stone-throwing or participation in clashes and demonstrations. Clashes are a fact of life in Silwan, many triggered by the ongoing provocations of Israeli settlers. Silwan’s settlers are known not only for the harassment and violence they exact on the local Palestinian population but their central role in the Israeli authorities’ overall scheme to Judaize the village, creating a Jewish majority in this traditional Palestinian region of Jerusalem.

A heavy presence of Israeli armed forces control Silwan. Various branches of military and police forces, in addition to special forces and municipal inspectors all play a role in what has essentially become a militarised area in central Jerusalem. Residents properties’ are often subjected to municipal officers’ searches for “building irregularities” and tax inspections. A vast network of checkpoints are frequently erected at the entrances to and throughout the village, controlling Palestinian traffic and causing serious congestion.

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