Occupied Jerusalem - July 7 - Israeli occupation forces have detained 1,050 Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem over the first half of this year, the Palestine Centre for Prisoners Studies has found.
In a statement on Monday, the Centre explained that women, children, elderly people, patients, and Palestinian figures were among the arrested by Israeli occupation forces during that period.
The arrests carried out against Palestinians in Jerusalem comprise about 45 percent of the total arrests conducted throughout the occupied Palestinian territories over the past six months, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, the Centre's spokesman, said.
Israeli practices against Palestinians, including arbitrary arrests, aim to drive the indigenous Palestinians out of Jerusalem and come as part of a scheme targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque along with other holy sites and the city's religions and historical status, Al-Ashqar added.
Over the last six months, al-Ashqar explained, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 200 Palestinian minors in occupied Jerusalem, including 22 children under the age of 14, and 52 women, including young girls and elderly women.
The Israeli occupation has also issued dozens of orders banning Palestinians from accessing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and sending some of them to house arrest, al-Ashqr continued.
Al-Issawiya town has seen the largest number of arrests against Palestinians where 330 Palestinians were detained compared to 200 others at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, 150 others in Jerusalem's Old City, and 100 others in Silwan town.
Among the religious figures detained by the Israeli occupation forces are Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, a preacher at the al-Aqsa Mosque, Adnan Ghaith the mayor of Jerusalem, Fadi al-Hadmi, the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs, and Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, director of the al-Aqsa Mosque, along with Shadi Mutwar, Fatah secretary-general in Jerusalem.
Israeli occupation troops also arrested Palestinian worshipers, such as Handi al-Hilwani, a prominent pro-Aqsa activist and a teacher, for defending the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Israeli occupation has issued 235 orders banishing Palestinians from Jerusalem, 205 of them to bar Palestinians from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque compound for different periods of time ranging from one week to six months, al-Ashqr demonstrated.
Al-Ashqr noted that the Israeli occupation had also issued more than 65 house arrest orders against Palestinians, as it banned dozens of Palestinian volunteers from disinfecting roads and alleys of the holy site to curb the spread of the coronavirus.