Israeli forces have run over a Palestinian child in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds as he was carrying a Palestinian flag on his bike before detaining the wounded minor.
The Palestinian Shehab news agency reported that the occupation forces chased 15-year-old Jawad Abbasi with their vehicle in Ras al-Amud neighborhood in Silwan, south of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, on Sunday afternoon before running over him and wounding his legs.
The news agency posted footage of the heart-wrenching incident on its Twitter.
شرطة الاحـ ـتـ ـلال تدهس طفلاً وتحتجزه في حي رأس العامود ببلدة سلوان في القدس؛ بداعي وضعه علم فلسطين على دراجته الهوائية pic.twitter.com/AH3u3sJfFV— وكالة شهاب للأنباء (@ShehabAgency) May 30, 2021
The brutal attack on the Palestinian minor was carried out under the pretext of raising the Palestinian flag on his bicycle, it added.
Silwan, home to about 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds and its sacred sites. Israeli officials have been moving Jewish extremists to the neighborhood since the 1980s, and currently, several hundred settlers live there in heavily protected settlement compounds.
This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents. The Silwan properties are claimed by extremists backed by Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing foundation that works to strengthen the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem al-Quds.
In a statement on Thursday, Amnesty International harshly lambasted the planned eviction of several dozen Palestinian families from their homes in Silwan as “another illustration of Israel’s criminal policy of forced displacement of Palestinians.”
Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the London-based rights organization, Saleh Higazi, said the Israeli regime was “fanning the flames of the latest upsurge in violence and perpetuating the same systematic human rights violations against Palestinians” by continuing to pursue the Jerusalem al-Quds District Court’s decision on a pending appeal against the ordered eviction.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.
The development came days after Israel’s war machine breathed fire on the besieged Gaza Strip, depicting once again the regime’s brutality against Palestinians and their occupied land.
Throughout the 11-day onslaught, from May 10 to 21, Israeli airstrikes killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, wounded almost 2,000, and displaced over 72,000 people in the besieged enclave.
In response, Palestinian resistance factions fired more than 4,000 rockets and missiles into the occupied territories, killing 12 people.
In response to the Israeli bloodshed, the Gaza-based resistance movements fired more than 4,000 rockets into the occupied territories, some reaching as far as Tel Aviv and even Haifa and Nazareth to the north.
The Israeli regime was eventually forced to announce a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, which came into force in the early hours of May 21.
Earlier this week, over 300 academic departments, programs, centers, unions, and societies worldwide, in an unprecedented wave of solidarity, endorsed statements in support of Palestinian rights in response to Israel's war on Gaza.
They said that Israel has been committing the crime of "apartheid" by seeking to maintain its domination across the occupied territories.