More youths’ detention extended in the leadup to Passover

Sunday, 17 April, 2011 | 21:24  « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem Ameer Qaraeen.

Ameer Qaraeen.

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — A hearing was held in the Israeli Central Court today regarding the arrest of a young man and 3 children from Silwan. Hani Shweiki (28), Amir Qaraeen (15), Louay Rwidy (14) and his brother Suhaib Rwidy (17) were arrested on charges of throwing a bottle at Israeli troops during clashes last week.
Palestinian residents of Silwan speculate that Israeli forces’ recent campaign of arrests in the village may be part of an attempt to establish a “quiet atmosphere” in the leadup to the Jewish holiday of Passover, thus allowing Jewish settlers and visitors to Silwan a “trouble-free” festive period.

A member of the Rajabi family stated that “an overwhelming number of Silwan’s youth have been seized and their detention extended recently. We take this as a precautionary tactic employed by Israeli authorities in the leadup to their holiday of Passover. We, meanwhile, must suffer the closure of roads, acts of provocation and the arrest of our children – throughout every Jewish holiday.”



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