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Israel arrests Palestinian youth, searches their homes as protests continue

May 18, 2021 at 4:03 pm

Israeli police take Palestinian youths, who were standing guard to prevent fanatic Jews to raid the Masjid al-Aqsa Compound, into custody in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Muath Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli police yesterday launched a round of arrests of young Palestinian citizens of Israel, searching their homes and vandalising their properties as mass protests continue against Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and the deadly Israeli military raids on the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli arrest campaign targeted youth in Kafr Manda and Kaukab in Galilee, Lod in the southeast of Tel Aviv, and Jisr Az-Zarqa and Fureidis in Haifa.

Israeli police said last week that they had arrested 850 Palestinians, most of whom were minors, during their crackdown on protests in Arab towns and cities, as Palestinians came out in support of those living under Israel’s brutal occupation.

Both the Israeli security agency Shin Bet and the border police took part in yesterday’s arrests.

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