Israeli police ‘set up East Jerusalem checkpoints’
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
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