Violent raids by Israeli occupation forces have continued through Eid Al-Adha in Issawiya village, spoiling festivities for local residents.
According to a report in Haaretz, during one incident, âwhile most of the villageâs inhabitants were sitting down to a festive meal, a large police force arrived, entering the Masri familyâs parking lot and shooting point blank at a personâs legâ with a sponge-tipped bullet.
The paper adds that âa video recording of the incident shows policemen running into the parking lot and pushing Karim Masriâ. Although the shooting is not seen in the video, it âcan be heard clearlyâ.
In later videos, Haaretz reported, âchildren are seen crying due to the violence and police presenceâ.
âWe were having a party, my brothers, our children and wives,â relates Masri, a 32-year-old teacher.
â[The policeman] didnât let me speak. Someone shoved me and the other shot me point blank. Then they started beating everyone there, my brothers, my mother, everyone.â
In another incident, a resident was arrested by Israeli occupation forces âafter playing with his three-year-old son with a plastic pistolâ, and then âbeaten while being arrestedâ.
âI didnât see them coming. I told them it was plastic but they started beating me. I was handcuffed and taken to the station, continually beaten all the way. I heard them say theyâd caught a terrorist.â
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Haaretz reported that while âpolice confirmed it wasnât a real gun,â the man was âsummoned again the next day.â
School headteacher Khader Abeid said: âThis is the first time weâve celebrated the festival without opening holiday booths, with no shopping or preparations.â
Israeli authorities have targeted Issawiya with a campaign of harassment, âlaw enforcementâ, and violent arrest raids for two months.
Police have been entering the village daily, writing reports, searching and detaining residents. Many businesses remain closed. âPeople are afraid, you think twice before leaving home,â said Abeid.