“. . . So he picks up one of those stones and throws it at the armored jeep and runs like hell . . .” (Sahar Vardi)

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Police detaining a Silwan teen on suspicion of throwing stones, 2011. (Photo: Haaretz/Reuters, Mar. 21, 2012)

❶ Joint Report Estimates that 554 Palestinians Arrested in October 2016
❷ Injured 14-year-old Palestinian prisoner prevented from attending court session

  • Background: “The Stones Of Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture

❸ 10 Palestinians detained in predawn raids, as scores of Israelis visit West Bank holy sites
❹ Home of Palestinian youth activist, former PA prisoner Basil al-Araj, invaded, family summoned to Israeli intelligence
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JOINT  REPORT ESTIMATES  THAT  554  PALESTINIANS  ARRESTED  IN  OCTOBER  2016 
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association   
Nov. 7, 2016
Palestinian prisoners’ affairs institutions (the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association) issued the following monthly joint report, reviewing the situation of Palestinian prisoners in October 2016.       ___The prisoners’ affairs institutions stated that 554 Palestinians were arrested in October 2016 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 130 children and 11 women, including one minor girl.       More . . .

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Israeli Forces blocking East Jerusalem School children in Search of “Stone-throwers,” Nov. 1, 2016 (Photo: IMEMC News & Agencies)

INJURED  14-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  PRISONER  PREVENTED  FROM  ATTENDING  COURT  SESSION   
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 13, 2016
The Israel Prison Service (IPS) prevented an injured 14-year-old Palestinian prisoner from attending his court session at the Ofer military court on Sunday, under the pretext that there were no ambulances to transfer him from the Ramla prison hospital where he is being held, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
___Usama Murad Jamil Marie Zeidat was shot and injured by Israeli forces after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Sep. 23. No Israelis were injured.
___He spent three weeks in Israel’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center and underwent foot surgery. Israeli media reported at the time of the incident that the teen had been shot in the stomach.      More . . . 

  • Vardi, Sahar. “The Stones Of Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 21.2 (2015): 24-27.  Full article.

[. . . .] In the past few months, I have been part of a group of activists, Free Jerusalem, who came together to grapple with the issue of child arrests in Jerusalem.
[. . . .]  By the time the Jewish High Holidays arrived, we couldn’t keep up. Sixty-eight minors were arrested in 10 days — seven of them under the age of 12. The following week the number doubled: 125 minors were arrested in Jerusalem alone between mid-September and mid-October. Almost every single one of them was arrested under the same charge: stone throwing.
___ But do any of us actually understand who these “stone-throwers” are? Let us imagine one of them: a 12-year-old boy from the neighborhood of A-Tur in East Jerusalem, or maybe he’s from Silwan or from Issawiye. Six schools in A-Tur were inaccessible by car for the last month of the school year last year, after Israeli police placed concrete blocks on one of the main roads of the neighborhood. Those roadblocks are now there again. Our 12-year-old boy studies in one of these schools, and now has to walk a much longer way to school every morning. Every morning he passes by the armed policeman standing outside of his school — sometimes they ask him to open his bag. Sometimes they just follow him with a glance. They glance at him the way one would look at a suspect because that’s what every 12-year-old is now.
[. . . .]   Then a heavily armored jeep enters the neighborhood while the boy and his friends are walking down the street. It is the same policeman he knows so well from the entrance to his school. The road is full of stones — they are badly paved with no sidewalks, just dirt and stones. So he picks up one of those stones and throws it at the armored jeep and runs like hell. It gets easier to do the second time, and the third, and it becomes one of the things he and his friends do. It is a 12-year-old’s form of resistance to what he has no control over. Born 10 kilometers east of where I was born, I would have been a stone-thrower, too.  [. . . .]

10  PALESTINIANS  DETAINED  IN  PREDAWN  RAIDS,  AS  SCORES  OF  ISRAELIS  VISIT  WEST  BANK  HOLY  SITES
Ma’an News Agency   
Nov. 13, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians during predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to local Palestinian and Israeli army sources.     ___Local sources in al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the camp and detained . . . .   ___In the Ramallah district of the central West Bank, Israeli forces raided several homes in the village of Silwad and detained . . . .
___Israeli forces also detained five Palestinians from the Jerusalem district. . . .
___Meanwhile, Israeli forces delivered interrogation summons to five young men from the Bethlehem-area town of Beit Fajjar. . . .        More . . .
Related . . .  Israeli occupation rearrests British citizen for “cooperating with Hamas”
HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  YOUTH  ACTIVIST,  FORMER  PA  PRISONER  BASIL AL-ARAJ,  INVADED,  FAMILY  SUMMONED  TO  ISRAELI  INTELLIGENCE 
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Nov. 11, 2016
Israeli occupation forces are continuing to harass the family of Palestinian youth activist Basil Al-Araj. On Thursday, 10 November, military occupation forces invaded his family home in the village of al-Walaja near Bethlehem for the seventh time, destroying property and ransacking their belongings, tossing their property around the home under the pretext of a “search”. The occupation soldiers delivered summons to his brothers and father to meet Israeli intelligence agents on Sunday, 13 November for questioning after the soldiers failed to find Al-Araj.      More . . .

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Basel al-Araj, 33 arrested, Apr. 11, 2016 (Photo: Tazpit [Israeli] Press Service)

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