Two Arrested in Beit Ommar as Night Raids Continue

28 October 2010

On Thursday, October 28th, 2010, Israeli Forces on foot raided the village of Beit Ommar and arrested two Palestinian youth. Two groups of soldiers came into the village from the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur at 3am. The soldiers raided two residences on the outskirts of the village and arrested two youth, both of whom were blindfolded, handcuffed, and brought back to the settlement. Muhammad Ibrahim Abdul Hamid Abu Maria, age 15, and Muhammad Samir Mhana Abu Maria, age 18, have been identified as those arrested. Both boys are participants in the weekly Saturday demonstrations that are organized against the settlements built on Beit Ommar farmland.

Israeli Forces also arrested six additional Palestinians in other areas of the West Bank the same night. The Israeli military enters Beit Ommar nearly every night to arrest Palestinians, particularly youth. Since October 2nd, 2010, 25 Palestinians from the village have been arrested and continue to be held in Israeli prisons.