AL-QUDS (Dispatches) – A 12-year-old Palestinian child was run over by Zionist troops in East al-Quds’s Silwan neighborhood for placing the Palestinian flag on his bicycle while riding to a nearby grocery to buy bread, Anadolu reports.
“I was on my bike to buy bread when three Israeli policemen chased me because I put the [Palestinian] flag on the bike,” Jawad al-Abbasi said in a report he provided to the Hadassah Hospital where he has been receiving treatment.
The boy said he sustained injuries on his head, neck, and leg.
He also said Zionist troops held him at gunpoint and beat him. “I was afraid that they would shoot me or arrest me,” he added.
Jawad said passers-by had to call an ambulance because Zionist troops refused to, noting that he fainted before reaching the hospital.
“I am now at the hospital and I am afraid that Israeli police will come to arrest me before I get the necessary treatment,” the boy said.
Silwan, home to about 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of al-Quds and its sacred sites. Zionist regime officials have been moving extremists to the neighborhood since the 1980s, and currently, several hundred settlers live there in heavily protected settlement compounds.
This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents to make way for Zionist settlers.
In a statement on Thursday, Amnesty International harshly lambasted the planned eviction of several dozen Palestinian families from their homes in Silwan as “another illustration of Israel’s criminal policy of forced displacement of Palestinians.”
‘Systematic Extermination of
Entire Palestinian Families’
The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) says the Zionist regime pursues “systematic and deliberate extermination of entire Palestinian families.”
The rights group made the remarks in a fact sheet issued on Monday, stressing that brutal extermination by the occupying regime is carried out based on a “pattern,” the Palestinian Information Center reported.
The regime’s war machine breathed raging fire on the besieged Gaza Strip recently, killing hundreds of people.
Throughout the 11-day onslaught, from May 10 to 21, the Zionist regime’s bombardment killed at least 253 Palestinians, including 66 children.
“During the last aggression and over the course of 11 continuous days, the Israeli occupation army bombed dozens of homes and housing units directly and deliberately and destroyed them over the heads of their residents, which exterminated entire families and wiped them off the civil registry system,” ICHR said in its fact sheet.
In another development, the Zionist regime’s authorities have issued demolition orders for the homes of ten Palestinian families in the West Bank, as the occupying regime goes ahead with its land expropriation and settlement construction policies in the occupied territories.
The measure comes despite the fact that the house owners hold legal building permits in the villages of Deir Qaddis and Ni’lin near Ramallah, Palestine’s Wafa news agency, citing a local source, reported on Monday.
Emad Khawaja, head of the Ni’lin village council, said given the fact that the land the houses have been built on is under the civil jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, they possess legal permits.
However, he said, the Zionist regime claims that the houses have been built near the controversial separation wall that separates Palestinian-owned lands from illegal settlements.
According to local sources, the regime is planning to build a new settlement outpost on the Palestinian-owned land.