Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem
Two siblings injured in Kufur Qaddoum; army sprays homes with wastewater
IMEMC 4 June by Saed Bannoura — Israeli soldiers invaded, Friday, Kufur Qaddoum town, in the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, and assaulted the weekly protesters, wounding two siblings with live rounds. The army also sprayed many homes with wastewater mixed with chemicals. Morad Eshteiwy, media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers invaded the town while firing live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades against the protesters, and homes. Eshteiwy added that the soldiers shot a young man, Hikmat, 19, and his brother, Omran, 20, with live rounds in their thighs, before local medics moved them to Rafidia governmental hospital. Eshteiwy added that clashes took place between the soldiers and local youths after many army vehicles, including a large armored bulldozer, invaded the town and sprayed several homes with wastewater mixed with chemicals, a substance frequently used against the residents and their homes as an act of collective punishment. This week, the protesters marked the 49th anniversary of the NAKSA, when Israel occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967. Hundreds marched carrying Palestinian flags, and posters calling for liberation and independence, and the release of all political prisoners. The residents of Kufur Qaddoum hold weekly protesters also demanding army to reopen the town’s main road that was completely closed more than 13 years ago, to grant the colonizers easy access to their illegal Kedumim Israeli colony, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands. Also on Friday, the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil‘in village, west of Ramallah, has reported that Israeli soldiers used excessive force against the weekly nonviolent protest, causing dozens of injures, and leading to burning farmlands.
Two Palestinians injured, one seriously, in Nablus
IMEMC 3 June — Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and clashed with many local youths, wounding two Palestinians with live fire, while one of them suffered a life-threatening head injury. One Palestinian was kidnapped In Qalqilia. Media sources in Nablus said dozens of soldiers, and settlers invaded the city, and headed towards ‘Joseph’s Tomb,’ east of Nablus, The invasion led to clashes between the soldiers, who fired many live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets, and local youngsters, who hurled stones and empty bottles on the invading vehicles. Medical sources said Jamal Mohammad Dweikat, 20, from Balata, was shot with a live round in the head, leading to a very serious injury, while another young man suffered a moderate injury after the soldiers shot him in the leg. Both Palestinians were rushed to a hospital in Nablus, while the soldiers also invaded several neighborhoods.
Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the site was to remain under Israeli control. However, the Israeli army evacuated the premises in October 2000 shortly after the start of the Second Intifada. Following security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli army allows Jewish worshipers to make monthly nocturnal pilgrimages to the site; the Palestinians are not allowed access. Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure. Others believe that the tomb belongs to the Biblical patriarch Joseph.