Israeli Lawlessness in Issawiya
Israel terrorizes residents ruthlessly.
by Stephen Lendman
Issawiya is a Jerusalem area Arab village. It's located on Mount Scopus. It's 2.5 km east of the Green Line. It's three km northeast of Jerusalem's Old City.
It's close to Hebrew University. It straddles Jerusalem's border. It's surrounded by Israeli settlements and military outposts.
Its 2006 population was 12,000. After Israel's 1967 Six Day War, Israel took control. Issawiya faced annexation and division. Thousands of dunums were confiscated.
Today's reality confines residents to 600 dunums. It's a fraction of Issawiya's original size. Israel used stolen land for settlements, expanding greater Jerusalem, commercial development, Jews-only roads, and planned E1 area construction.
According to Jerusalem's Planning and Building Committee, a future national park is planned. Activists call it a ruse. At issue is blocking Palestinian development east of the city. It's to establish a new settlement.
The park will confiscate hundreds of dunums of privately owned Palestinian land. One activist said doing so is "driving people crazy."
Jerusalem city council member Meir Margalit called the park project "a farce." Designated land is largely "rocks and thorns," he said.
Nothing justifies park development. At issue is stealing Palestinian land, demolishing their property, dispossessing them, and replacing them with Jews.
Palestinian rights are denied. They're brutalized for resisting. On January 1, Haaretz headlined "East Jerusalem villagers: Israel Police subjecting us to collective punishment," saying:
In recent weeks, security forces targeted Issawiya residents ruthlessly. Dozens of arrests and injuries followed.
Things escalated out-of-control. It happened after Samer Issawi's arrest. He's a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine activist. He was wrongly imprisoned for 10 years. Political activism got him incarcerated.
He was released in Israel's October 2011 Gilat Shalit prisoner exchange. Months later he was rearrested. Israeli deals aren't worth the paper they're written on. Terms are violated with impunity. Samer's hunger striking in protest.