Jewish zealots and extreme right-wing Israelis continued their daily provocative tours in Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. As usual, Israeli troops accompanied them in a show of force that is meant to deter angry Palestinians from confronting the unwanted guests.
While news reports throughout the day dealt with the planned rally in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday 29 May by extreme right-wing Jewish zealots and activists, sentiments among the Palestinians are rising very high and tension is already felt in the air.
Outside Damascus Gate, the most famous of Jerusalem’s Old City, a young Palestinian boy saw a number of Israelis walking up the stairs out of the Old City. One of them was carrying an Israeli flag. Irritated by the scene of the flag and knowing that he would see hundreds of those flags on Sunday, the boy ran toward the Israeli man, tore the flag from his hand and run away.
In the nearby village of Al Jeeb on the northwest edge of Jerusalem, Palestinian activists protested Israel’s continued use of administrative detention against Palestinians suspected of participation in resistance activities to the Israeli occupation. Administrative detention means allowing the Israeli authorities to keep Palestinians in custody for up to six months without being charged and without having to say why. Administrative detainees simply stay in prison and maybe be released without knowing why they were arrested and why released later.
Last April 17, the Palestinian people marked Prisoners’ Day in solidarity with Palestinian inmates held by the Israeli occupiers. The Prisoners’ Commission in Palestine released its annual data on the number of Palestinian prisoners as of the date of the announcement.
According to the latest figures, there are 4,450 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. Of those, 530 are held without charge or trial (administrative detainees), 160 are children
32 are women, 549 are serving life sentences, and 499 are serving a sentence of more than 20 years.
Because Al Jeeb village is where an Israeli army roadblock is positioned on the village edge on the way in and out of Ramallah into pre-1967 lines, the Palestinian protesters held leaflets which they left on windscreens of vehicles that belong to the diplomatic corp serving in Ramallah, Palestine, and international organizations that frequent this roadblock which Israel at the beginning dedicated only for diplomats but then opened it for civilians too only for those driving into Ramallah. Any Palestinian who wants to leave for Israel from Ramallah through this checkpoint, needs a special permit from the Israelis, a permit that is not easy to obtain.