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Wadi Hilweh Information Center: Weekly update on Silwan

06 March 2011 | Wadi Hilweh Information Center

3 March 2011 | 4 youth arrested in dawn raid on Silwan

Israeli forces raided Silwan today at dawn, arresting 4 local children. The boys arrested are aged between 13 and 15 years, and are scheduled to appear in the Israeli Magistrates Court on charges of stone-throwing in the near future

3 March 2011 | Undercover forces seize 12 year old boy in Silwan

Undercover Israeli forces arrested a 12 year old Palestinian boy from Silwan yesterday afternoon. Walid Zaloom was seized by plainclothes Israeli officers in the Ein Silwan area during clashes that swept through the village yesterday. Confrontations took place between Palestinian residents and the Israeli military, concentrated largely in Ras al-Amoud. A heavy presence of soldiers was seen throughout Silwan.

3 March 2011 | Jeep fires gas inside shop, 7 children inside

A tear gas grenade was fired from a speeding Israeli military jeep in to a minimarket in Bir Ayyub district of Silwn last night. Inside the shop, owned by Palestinian resident Hammouda Siyam, were 7 children, all whom suffered severe asphyxiation due to gas inhalation.

Eyewitnesses report that a second gas cannister was fired at the shop 10 minutes later as the jeep drove past again.

2 March 2011 | Israeli court extends detention of 57 year old woman from Issawiya

The detention of a 57 year old Palestinian woman was extended by the Israeli court yesterday, after she was arrested one week ago during a raid on her village of Issawiya, in north Jerusalem. The woman, whose name has not been revealed to the public, is accused by police of involvement in recent clashes that gripped Issawiya.

Her eldest son told Silwanic yesterday that: “I myself have spent three years in Israeli prisons on security charges. I got out of prison six weeks ago, then was arrested again last week when I was travelling home from visiting Ramallah for the first time since my release through Qalandia checkpoint. I was taken in to military investigation, then released several hours later. I arrived home to the news of the arrest of my mother. I did not even have a chance to see her before she was taken.”

2 March 2011 | Abbasi sentenced to over 2 years in prison

Abdul Rahim Abbasi, 26, was sentenced by the Israeli Magistrates Court yesterday to 28 months imprisonment. Abbasi was arrested on 14 May 2010 on suspicion of involvement in clashes that took place in Silwan during that month, with his hearing initially scheduled to take place on the day set for his wedding day, one week after his arrest.

This is the third time that Abbasi has been arrested by Israeli police, having been detained for a period of 6 months in 2002 and 1 year in 2007. Abbasi’s family have received news of his new detention with great sadness, particularly in light of the continued prolongment of his wedding date.

2 March 2011 | Court extends Center director Jawad Siyam’s house arrest; police raid family home again

Wadi Hilweh Information Center director Jawad Siyam’s house arrest sentence was extended until March 14 by the Israeli Magistrates Court in Jerusalem yesterday. Israeli police raided Siyam’s house again last night, summoning him to the station this morning.

Two City of David settlement guards employed by Elad testified against Siyam, stating that he had broken the conditions of his house arrest but provided no further evidence.

Israeli police raided Siyam’s family home in Wadi Hilweh district of Silwan last night to arrest him. A crowd of neighbors quickly gathered around the house, several filming the incident with video cameras and refusing to allow police to take Siyam, who eventually agreed to leave without him but issued an order for him to present himself at the police station this morning for investigation.

27 February 2011 | Clashes continue throughout Silwan

Violent clashes resurged in Silwan yesterday evening, 26 February, with Israeli forces firing round after round of tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian demonstrators. 20 Palestinian residents were injured by rubber bullets. Eyewitness accounts report that Israeli forces ambushed a number of young demonstrators. 3 paramedics were also injured.

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