Raids by Israeli occupation forces in Issawiya, a Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, are continuing to disrupt daily life for residents, reported Israeli NGO Ir Amim.
Ir Amim said:
Sustained hostile police incursions (into Issawiya) have continued now for two and half months, severely disrupting daily life and creating intolerable conditions for area residents.
The organization noted that while Israeli police expressed intent to halt the raids particularly over last week’s holiday of Eid Al-Adha, the raids and harassment on the ground only intensified, precluding the residents from celebrating their holiday in peace.
Ir Amim warned that the recurring hostilities [provoked by raids] are liable to claim more lives.
Ir Amim stated:
Over the course of the past two and half months, the police have effectively imposed a perpetual state of collective punishment on the entire neighborhood, marked by nightly police raids, severe limitations on movement, and clashes with residents.
Hundreds of people have been arbitrarily detained, while an estimated 250 have been injured as a result of the police’s use of excessive force, which already claimed the life of one young man � a reference to the killing by Israeli forces of 20-year-old Mohammed Obeid.
Ir Amim urged Israeli authorities to immediately end the concerted punitive measures arbitrarily directed at the entire community of Issawiya and allow the residents to live free from the threat of constant harassment and inexplicable police targeting.
Source: Palestine Chronicle