Israeli police have arrested activist Muna al-Kurd, who has been at the forefront of efforts to prevent the deportation of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Muna’s father, Nabil al-Kurd, told reporters that the 23-year-old fighter was arrested after police arrived at his home in Sheikh Jarrah, WAFA also said police had issued a statement ordering his twin Mohammad to surrender to police.
They also said their son was taken to Israeli police station on Salaheddine Street in East Jerusalem.
“Don’t be afraid,” he appears to be telling his family, as he is being escorted out of the house by Israeli police, according to a video broadcast on television.
Mohammad al-Kurd, along with his sister, is behind a three-month #SaveSheikhJarrah media defense against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes.
His arrest comes a day after Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri was arrested on Saturday while protesting at Sheikh Jarrah. Buddha was was released hours after his arrest he was prosecuted around the world.
Thanks to the brothers, the story of Sheikh Jarrah – a pro-Israeli close to East Jerusalem – has been a global hashtag since last month.
– aliraza (@alirazaaliraza) June 6, 2021
In recent months, Sheikh Jarrah’s region has seen a number of Palestinian settlements protesting against Israeli occupation, which they say is a continuation of the ethnic cleansing that began with the 1948 Nakba.
Israel annexed east of Jerusalem in 1967, and later occupied it in a way unknown to foreign powers.
Under Israeli law, Jewish groups could take over Jewish territory before the establishment of Israel in 1948, although Palestinian families have been living there for many years.
Palestinians whose ancestors fled their homeland in the 1948 war have no way of restoring their homes or territories to modern-day Israel. More than 700,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes in 1948 when Israel was declared an independent state.
On Monday night, several Israeli soldiers stormed the area and attacked Palestinian families, beating them with tear gas and mortar. According to Palestinian media, 20 people were injured, and at least four Palestinian men and one girl were arrested, two released Tuesday.
Half of al-Kurd’s family was abducted by Israeli civilians in 2009. Al-Kurd’s twin brother, Al-Kurd’s brother Mohammed, told Al Jazeera earlier that sharing their home with “Brooklyn translators and translators” would not be tolerant. [and] dangerous ”.
“They are living in our house, harassing us, harassing us, doing everything they can so that they do not force us to leave the second half of our house and harass our friends to leave their homes as a way to destroy the presence of Palestinians from Jerusalem,” said Mohammed, a former. and 11 years when the heirs entered.
Last March, the Israeli district court in East Jerusalem ruled that six Palestinian families – al-Kurds – should be included – in Sheikh Jarrah, to leave their homes to make way for residents. The same court also ruled that seven other families should leave their homes on August 1.
An Israeli court is due to announce its decision in the case.
Protests against Sheikh Jarrah spread earlier this month to the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third largest mosque in Islam, prompting Israeli forces to attack Palestinian worshipers. The destruction of Al-Aqsa by the Israeli military has caused outrage throughout the world.
The Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the occupation of al-Aqsa prompted Hamas, the Gaza-based group, to stone Israel.
Israel waged an 11-day war in Gaza that left more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children.