[Pnews] Palestinian killed during jailbreak protests across Palestine
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Fri Sep 10 14:49:53 EDT 2021
killed during jailbreak protests across PalestineSeptember 10, 2021
Palestinians protested on Friday in several towns in the occupied West
Bank, East Jerusalem and the besieged Gaza Strip in a 'day of rage' in
solidarity with prisoners inside Israeli jails, following the escape of six
from the high-security Gilboa prison on Monday.
On Friday, Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa compound, following the end of
prayers, and dispersed a sit-in protest in solidarity with the prisoners,
arresting one young man.
At the gates of the compound, a Palestinian man was severely wounded by
Israeli fire. Israeli police said that Hazem al-Jolani attempted to carry
out a stabbing attack and wounded a policeman.
Jolani, 50, a doctor from East Jerusalem's Shuafat neighbourhood, succumbed
to his wounds in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital on Friday afternoon. Israeli
forces closed al-Aqsa's Lion's Gate following the incident and stormed
Jolani's house in Shuafat, according to footage on social media.
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Jolani, who according to his Facebook page had worked in China, at
hospitals in Guangzhou, Hunan and Shandong, specialised in nerves and
orthopaedics at the Shamir Medical Center near Tel Aviv.
Elsewhere, to the north of the West Bank, in Araba, dozens of Palestinians
protested and gathered at the house of Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah, one of the
six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Gilboa, in solidarity with his
In nearby Azzoun, there were confrontations between Israeli forces and
Palestinians, two of whom were injured, according to local media. There was
also violence in Hebron, near the old city.
The Israel Prison Service (IPS) has launched a crackdown on Palestinian
prisoners following Monday's escape, cutting break time to one hour a day,
closing the prison canteen, and decreasing the number of inmates able to
walk in the yard.
It also began relocating some 400 Islamic Jihad-affiliated inmates to
separate them from one another. These measures, seen as "collective
punishment" by Palestinian factions, rights groups and activists, led to
rising tensions inside Gilboa, Megiddo, Rimon and Katziot prisons in Israel.
Some Palestinian prisoners inside Katziot prison in the Negev desert set
seven cells on fire on Wednesday
in response to a raid on a section of the prison carried out by special
units and Israeli soldiers deployed from a nearby military base.
Israel has also banned family visits for Palestinian prisoners and extended
its "general closure" of the occupied West Bank to Saturday, as it
continues searching for the prisoners who escaped from Gilboa.
On Monday, six Palestinian inmates tunnelled out of Gilboa prison after
digging a hole leading from their cell toilet floor to access passages
built during the prison's construction.
One of them is a former commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, and the
rest are members of al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad.
They dug the tunnel over the course of several months, according to an IPS
A 'resounding security failure'
which governs Gaza, has called for a day of rage on Friday
in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners. It called on Palestinians to
go "to points of contact, and engage with the enemy's army in response to
its aggression towards the prisoners.
"Our prisoners in prisons are not alone, and our heroic people and their
resistance are ready to make sacrifices and fight battles for the freedom
of prisoners," Hamas said in a statement.
Islamic Jihad described the Israeli crackdown on Palestinian prisoners as a
"retaliatory response from the occupation after the resounding security
failure that afflicted the occupation and its security services," following
the escape from Gilboa. "Any harm to the prisoners will not be tolerated,
and we will not leave our prisoners alone and will not let them down,"
Islamic Jihad's statement said.
Wasel Abu Youssef, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine
Liberation Organisation, said that Palestinian factions reject the Israeli
"policy of harassment and Israeli violations against [the prisoners].
"What is required is a large popular rally in all [Palestinian]
governorates, including Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in support of the
prisoners… The issue of prisoners unites the Palestinian people in all
areas of their presence," Abu Youssef said.
Since Monday, Israel has increased its military presence in the West Bank.
Authorities have installed checkpoints at entrances to Palestinian towns,
especially in northern West Bank towns, including Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm
and Qalqilya, where Israeli security officials believe the prisoners could
have fled to.
Gilboa prison is 4km north of the West Bank and 14km west of Israel's fence
with Jordan. On Thursday Jordanian officials
denied media reports that the escapees had crossed into their territory.
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