Three Palestinians Wounded in Clashes With Police in East Jerusalem

Incident part of an ongoing operation by police forces and the Jerusalem municipality on Isawiyah. Locals claim it is collective punishment for children throwing stones

Israel police clash with Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah, June 19, 2019.

Three Palestinians were wounded on Wednesday during a confrontation with the police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah.

The wounded, two men and a woman, were taken to the hospital for medical treatment. At least one teen was arrested.

The police and the Jerusalem municipality have been carrying out an operation in Isawiyah for about a week now in which a sizable police force enters the neighborhood every afternoon and hands out fine notices for various violations, such as improperly maintained vehicles.

Residents claim this is a kind of collective punishment for neighborhood children throwing stones and that the operation severely disrupts their lives.

“The commander said that as long as there’s a single stone, the police will remain in the village, until we raise the white flag,” said one resident, Omar Atia. “It’s hard to describe what’s happening. They enter and start handing out notices, here for a mirror and there for a tire. People are afraid to leave their homes. All the stores have been closed for a week already.”

On Wednesday, neighborhood leaders and local activists met to discuss the issue when the police once again entered the neighborhood. The activists came to the area where the police were operating when resident Mohammed Abu Hummus, confronted the policemen.

Someone pushed him, and he hit his head and briefly lost consciousness. Hummus was taken to Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus for treatment.

His brother’s nose was also injured, and a woman suffered from tear gas inhalation. Both of them were also taken for treatment.