Israeli occupation army
blocks the only road connecting Beit Hanina with East Jerusalem
Israeli occupation army blocks the only road for
the residents of an east Jerusalem neighborhood
Thursday February 07, 2008 16:02 by maisa Abu Ghazaleh - IMEMC News
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The residents of Beit Hanina, a neighborhood of
occupied East Jerusalem were surprised by the blocking of the only road
that connects this neighborhood with east Jerusalem. The Israeli army
has blocked this road by installing barbed wires and cement blocks close
to the residents' buildings closing this road.
Lawyer Osama Al-Sa'adi sent a letter to Israeli Minister of internal
security Avi Dechter and to Meni Mazuz, the Israeli General Attorney
demanding them both to remove the barbed wires and cement blocks which
the Israeli soldiers installed earlier in week, near the buildings that
are located in front of the nearby new military checkpoint, effectively
closing the road to all of the residents in the neighborhood.
Al-Sa'adi said that "the residents of Beit Hanina had informed him that
they had not received any copy of written orders that this closure was
to take place". He added that "the Israeli commander of the area claimed
that the procedure was taken for security reasons and the barbed wires
were installed on empty properties."
Al-Sa'adi added that "this procedure is a severe violation of the
residents' properties and their rights; it restricts the freedom of
movement for scores of Palestinian families that are living inside East
Jerusalem. He added that there is no legal reason for this procedure."
He called for the removal of these blocks and confirmed that as a
precaution he will file a petition to the Israeli high court in case
these blocks are not removed. Al-Sa'adi indicated that he called for
Israeli Human Rights Organizations to join the petition which the
aggrieved families will file to the Israeli high court.
The residents of the neighborhood described armies' actions as unfair
and complained that the blocking of this road will isolate them between
the Separation Wall and new checkpoints that are installed in the area,
preventing them from reaching their relatives, medical centers and
schools. Around 2000 children will be prevented from reaching their
schools in East Jerusalem in addition to employees.
Hatim Abed al Qader, advisor of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr Salam
Fayyad, said that "this procedure is provocative and harsh and is part
of tightening the siege on the residents of East Jerusalem and is
detrimental to their lives." He added that the Palestinian care taker
government will make every possible effort to help the residents of the
Beit Hanina neighborhood in this issue.
Translated by Manar Jibrin-IMEMC News
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