(MAY 6, 2012) — Israeli Occupation Forces today arrested Jamela Shalaldeh, of Shuhada Street in Al Khalil, for defending her home against violent attack by colonial enterprise settlers, according to activists there.
Members of Youth Against Settlements posted pictures and an announcement of the attack and arrest on Facebook. Settlers apparently attacked the house while Jamela was home alone with her daughter.
But, instead of arresting the vandals, Occupation Forces arrested Jamela because she acted as any parent would to defend her daughter and home from invasion.
Pictures show vast amounts of broken glass on the street. Jamela lives on Shuhada Street, the Old Market area’s main thoroughfare, which is off-limits to Palestinians. Jews may travel on the street, while Palestinians are kept to a narrow, barricaded sidewalk for a portion of the street. They may not cross the street or continue alongside it after a certain point because of illegal settlements there,
(When I was in Al Khalil in October 2010, IOF soldiers prohibited me from crossing Shuhada Street simply because I wear hijab. They finally relented after making me and the American Christian group I was traveling with stand in the sun for 20 minutes.)
Updates will be provided as they become available.