Is­raeli po­lice ‘set up East Jerusalem check­points’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­raeli forces have be­gun a ma­jor se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in Arab ar­eas of oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem, af­ter a surge in at­tacks by Pales­tini­ans.

Po­lice are block­ing the en­trances to the Ja­bal Muk­aber, where three men ac­cused of killing three Is­raelis on Tues­day came from.

Overnight, Is­rael’s se­cu­rity cab­i­net au­tho­rised po­lice to close or sur­round “cen­tres of fric­tion and in­cite­ment”.

It also said that the homes of Pales­tini­ans who at­tacked Is­raelis would be de­mol­ished within days and never re­built, and that their fam­i­lies’ right to live in Jerusalem would be taken away.

Shoot­ing and stab­bing at­tacks by Pales­tini­ans have left eight Is­raelis dead in two weeks. Sev­eral as­sailants and at least 18 other Pales­tini­ans have also been killed.

A po­lice spokes­woman told the AFP news agency yesterday that check­points were be­ing set up at “the ex­its of Pales­tinian vil­lages and neigh­bour­hoods in East Jerusalem”.

Is­raeli news­pa­pers later re­ported that sev­eral en­trances to Ja­bal Muk­aber had been blocked by po­lice, with nei­ther peo­ple nor ve­hi­cles al­lowed in or out.

Hu­man warned on Rights Tues­day Watch night that lock­ing down parts of East Jerusalem would “in­fringe upon the free­dom of move­ment of all Pales­tinian res­i­dents rather than be­ing a nar­rowly tai­lored re­sponse to a spe­cific con­cern”.

“The check­points are a recipe for ha­rass­ment and abuse,” said Sari Bashi, the group’s Is­rael/Palestine coun­try di­rec­tor, in a state­ment.

Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cers were search­ing ve­hi­cles at en­trances to Ja­bal Muk­aber on Wed­nes­day

Late Thomas Sankara

Ms Pauline Caf­fer­key

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