Israeli forces on Sunday arrested a prominent community organizer in Issawiya, occupied East Jerusalem, reported NGO Ir Amim.
Muhammad Abu Hummus remained in detention at the time of writing, ahead of a hearing today.
According to Ir Amim, Abu Hummus, a local leader and residents’ representative in Issawiya, “was pulled from his bed in the middle of the night and arrested by Israeli police forces based on unfounded claims of incitement and support of terrorism.”
Members of ATL, Free Jerusalem and others are here at the central Jerusalem police station where they are holding Issawiya community leader, Abu Hummus. They arrested him in the middle of the night in order to intimidate and terrorize him. It won't work. pic.twitter.com/2VNdJS1Yla
— All That's Left: Anti-Occupation Collective (@ATLCol) August 25, 2019
In fact, as the NGO noted, Abu Hummus is “a well-known activist and community leader who plays a central role in the nonviolent civil resistance to Israeli policies in East Jerusalem.”
Because of his activism in Issawiya in particular, Israeli police have targeted Abu Hummus on a number of occasions. Only a few months ago, Abu Hummus sued the police for false arrest, which concluded when the police agreed to pay him 4,000 shekels ($1,137) to drop the lawsuit.
But Mohammed Abu Hummus, a longtime Issawiya activist who was injured during protests, said it was hard to compare between happened to him with the action he saw against Ethiopian Israelis on TV.
— Abrar Khan (@khanabrar643) July 5, 2019
After Abu Hummus was arrested early Sunday, police requested a five-day extension of his arrest at Jerusalem Magistrate Court, on the grounds of preventing obstruction of the investigation.
The judge rejected the request and ruled that Abu Hummus could be released on the condition he remains outside Issawiya until September 1. However, the police appealed the decision, forcing Abu Hummus to remain in jail overnight.
— خيبر آل غازي (@iKhaybar) August 26, 2019
Yesterday, the Jerusalem District Court heard the appeal and decided to hold an additional court session today to hand down a final ruling.
Israeli police have targeted Issawiya with violent raids and various forms of collective punishment for the past two and a half months.
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