Israel arrests Palestinians in Jerusalem 'for playing with snow'
Israeli forces have stepped up their arrests of Palestinians during this week's uncharacteristically wintry weather in and around Jerusalem, local detainee affairs experts have told The New Arab.
Amjad Abu Asab, a spokesperson for the detainees' families committee in Jerusalem, told The New Arab that “the arrests happened in several locations across Jerusalem, mostly of Palestinians who gathered to play with snow.”
You don’t see #Israel occupation forces ardent to arrest violent Jewish settlers.— Abier (@abierkhatib) January 28, 2022
Here, violently arresting a 14 yo Palestinian kid from jerusalem.
If u ok with this idk wut to tell ya.
Via : @RISALA_2 pic.twitter.com/kERKiOCzm9
In the Al-Tour neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israeli police attempted to disperse Palestinians by force, leading to clashes, according to Abu Asab.
"Young Palestinians threw snowballs and stones at the Israeli police, leading to 14 arrests," he said.
"Israeli police arrested six minors aged between 16 and 18 in Beit Safafa neighborhood, and two more in the town of Issawiyah,” he added.
Palestinian media also reported that Israeli police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters in Issawiya.
Most of the detained Palestinians were released in the following hours, while five have had their detention extended, Abu Asab said.
Israeli police said in a statement that it had arrested 22 Palestinians on Thursday, for "attacking police personnel".
The police will continue to arrest those who "disturb order", the statement said.
The dispersal of Palestinians from Jerusalem's public spaces is a commonly used tactic by Israeli police, Madhat Dibeh, a lawyer representing Palestinians in Israeli courts in Jerusalem, told The New Arab.
🇵🇸 They ignored his daughter's screams and panic..— ✌️🇵🇸✌️ Mohammed Najjar (@hamada_pal2020) January 27, 2022
#watched| Occupation forces arrest a Palestinian father and his daughter in the town of Jabal Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/HdrNlEGodf
In April, a wave of violent protests swept across the city after Israeli police attempted to ban Palestinians from gathering at the Damascus Gate square.