One Arrested in Late-Night Army Raid in Beit Ommar
Beit Ommar 11th October 2011:
Yousef Ahmad Halil Abu Hashem was arrested along with his father, Ahmad Abu Hashem, at 02:30 Tuesday morning in the old city of Beit Ommar. Ahamd Abu Hashem is an active member of the popular committee in Beit Ommar.
The Israeli army came to Ahmad Abu Hashem’s house in the middle of the night with more than a hundred soldiers, seven jeeps and two buses, including three dogs. The soldiers used a ladder to climb the wall, and established a command point on the roof, after having broken open the front door of the house on the ground floor.
All family members were made to lie on the floor, while the soldiers brought in the three dogs which were used to search and intimidate the family. Many members of the family were beaten. Ahmad Abu Hashem had bruises on his hands and Yousef was beaten outside the house. The soldiers also threatened to arrest the family’s nine-year-old son.
The soldiers took Ahmad and Yousef with them. Ahmad was released after some hours, while his son was sent to a prison near Ashkelon. There was given no reason for arresting Yousef, an 18-year-old school student.
Yousef’s family were told to pay 800 NIS to bail out their son.