Israeli Forces Violently Subdue Peaceful Protest in Jerusalem

02 Dec
4:21 AM

Israeli forces, on Saturday, quelled a peaceful demonstration on al-Zahra St, in central occupied Jerusalem, that was held in support of wounded Palestinian detainee Israa Jaabis.

Jaabis, 33, a mother of a baby child and a resident of Jabal al-Mukkaber neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, was sentenced to eleven years in jail after she was charged of attempting to blow up an Israeli army checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, in October of 2015.

WAFA correspondence said that Israeli police and special forces attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, who were demanding the release of Jaabis, with tear gas canisters and stun grenades. No injuries or arrests were reported.

Jaabis, who is married to a Palestinian from Jericho, had a gas cylinder in her car when it blew up, apparently accidentally, when she was only meters away from the checkpoint to the east of Jerusalem. Her family said that, at the time, she was moving her belongings from Jericho to a new place in Jerusalem, and the cylinder blew up by accident. The army, however, decided otherwise and said Jaabis was intending to blow up the checkpoint.

The Jerusalem resident was seriously hurt in the accident, and left with third degrees burns on 60 percent of her body and face. She also lost eight fingers.

Jaabis’ medical condition has  worsened severely, since her arrest, due to medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

(image: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)

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