Israeli Forces Arrest Beit Ommar Youth For 2nd Time This Year

26 January 2011

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ommar in the afternoon and arrested 18-year-old Amar Abed Al-Hamid Abu Maria while he was eating in his home. Israeli Forces entered the outskirts of the village from the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur, at 4pm. Large amounts of tear gas and sound bombs were fired at buildings and people in this area of Beit Ommar.

Upon reaching the the home of Mohammad Abu Maria, brother of Popular Committee members Yousef and Mousa Abu Maria, the soldiers broke into the residence and arrested his son, Amar, who was taken back to Karmei Tsur. Amar’s family was given no reason for his arrest.

In June, 2010, Amar’s home was repeatedly visited in the night by Israeli forces, seeking to arrest him. His father was finally forced to turn him in to the military or risk escalating violence against the rest of his family during the night raids. He was detained for 3 months, missing his end-of-school exams, which are required to graduate high school.