Πέμπτη, 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2010

Israelis unleash dogs on Palestinians

Israeli Army's dog attacking a Palestinian woman
Israeli forces have unleashed their dogs on the Palestinians decrying the oppressive policies Tel Aviv implements on the occupied Palestinian territories.
The forces used the "savage" animals, sound bombs and tear gas to suppress the protest which erupted before the Israeli troops razed two residences in the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya to the ground, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported Tuesday. 

One of the protesters sustained injury from a dog attack and four other Palestinians were tear-gassed by Israeli forces, AFP reported. Israeli military also flattened one building elsewhere in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), PNN said, adding that home owners destroyed one residence in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to avoid the demolition fee imposed by Israeli authorities. Israel claimed its existence in 1948 during full-scale military operations against the Arab world, forcing 711,000 Palestinians to leave their homeland. In 1967, Tel Aviv went on to occupy and later annex the West Bank and East al-Quds, the promised capital of the future Palestinian state, in defiance of the international community's refusal to recognize the annexation. 2008 estimates put the number of the refugees at over 4.6 million. The network cited an al-Quds-based think tank as saying that 3,655 Palestinians, including 807 women and 1699 children, would be forced out of East al-Quds in the next year as a result of the demolitions. 
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The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights in Jerusalem (JCSER) reported that Israeli policemen used dogs during their Tuesday attack against Palestinian homeowners as the police attacked their homes before demolishing them earlier in the day in Al Esawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Research and Documentation Unit of the JCSER reported that resident Mohammad Robin, an owner of a print house that was demolished Tuesday was attacked by dogs unleashed by the police while he was trying to get his father and equipment from the print house.

The dogs attacked and bit the two while the police used pepper spray against them before beating the wife of Mohammad. The police also fired gas bombs during the attack. The center said that the police used excessive force against the residents who protested the attack. Policemen also broke into a number of homes.

The Jerusalem municipality also demolished two rooms built using wood and bricks, and also demolished a home in Sheikh Jarrah after violently breaking into it and forcing the resident out.

The police also fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at residents protesting in the area

The center slammed the excessive use of force against the residents who became homeless due to an illegal policy.

Also on Tuesday, the police demolished a home that belongs to the family of Nour
Sub Laban, in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem.

The family was not at home when the police broke into it and demolished it without waiting for the owners to return and evacuate their furniture and belongings.

The Jerusalem Municipality claimed that its workers recently placed the demolish order on the main door of the home.

Furthermore, a warehouse was demolished in Shu’fat town, north of Jerusalem, and the police handed an order against a five-story home in Ras Khamis, in occupied East Jerusalem.

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Chronicle of Fear: Sixteen Year-Old Palestinian Boy Reports Abuse During Interrogation in Military Jail

Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

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Soldiers escorting the bound and blinfolded Mohammed into a military jeep on the day of his arrest. Picture credit: Hamde Abu Rahmah
December 1, 2010
Mohammed Abu Rahmah was arrested from his house during a military nighttime raid on his village of Bil'in on November 23rd. Abu Rahmah, the son of imprisoned Bil'in organizer, Adeeb Abu Rahmah, was released without charge on Monday, and reports being harassed and beaten during his questioning.
On November 23rd, 2010, Israeli forces entered the village of Bil'in and stormed the home of imprisoned Bil'in organizer, Adeeb Abu Rahmah. After conducting a short search of the premises, the soldiers arrested Adeeb's only son, sixteen year old Mohammed, who was taken away bound and blindfolded.
Mohammed reports being taken to the Maccabim military base, where he arrived at about 3 AM. He was then, still handcuffed and blindfolded, transported to the Ofer Military Prison, where the authorities refused to process him. Mohammed was then taken back to the Maccabim military base, where he was held until 11 AM, still with cuffed and blindfolded, and without being allowed to go to toilet.
Finally arriving at Ofer Prison at around noon, where the shackles and blindfold were eventually removed, Mohammed was taken into interrogation without allowing him to catch some sleep. On entering the interrogation room, he was cuffed again in both hands and legs, and sited on a chair in front of a man who introduced himself as "Captain Fares". The interrogator then told Mohammed that the case against him is rock solid and can lead to a sentence of up to a year in jail. "Captain Fares" then said that the only way for Mohammed to avoid imprisonment is to "cooperate" - by which he meant confessing to the unfounded suspicions against him, and incriminating others.When Mohammed refused to confess or incriminate others who the interrogator mentioned by name, "Captain Fares" responded by shouting at him, cursing him, and a few times even assaulting him physically with slaps to the face. At some point, as Mohammed kept insisting on his right to remain silent, the cuffs around his wrists and ankles were tightened even more then they were before, and the interrogator grabbed his neck as if he was about to choke him. When Mohammed refused to identify his imprisoned father in a picture shown to him, he was punched in the chest.
After about two hours of violent questioning, Mohammed was asked to sign a paper with a transcript of his interrogation, which he refused to do, and was then physically forced to give his fingerprints.It is common practice in Israeli interrogation rooms to try and extract confessions and incriminations from detained Palestinian minors using threats and abuse. Many cases and convictions at the military court, including that of Adeeb Abu Rahmah, Mohammed's father, are based on such incriminations by detained youth.Mohammed, who since his father's arrest, 17 months ago, Mohammed serves as the family's sole provider, was eventually released from custody Monday night (November 29th), on 8,000 NIS bail since the military prosecution could not present evidence justifying his remand.

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