2-year-old Jerusalem 'suspect' averts Israel arrest: NGO

The Zeidani family was caught by surprise when Israeli security forces arrived at their home in Silwan to arrest their son Hamza

2-year-old Jerusalem 'suspect' averts Israel arrest: NGO

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli police and intelligence forces went to East Jerusalem's town of Silwan on Monday to arrest a Palestinian suspect only to learn that their target was two years old.

The Zeidani family was caught by surprise when Israeli security forces arrived at their home in Silwan to arrest their son Hamza, Wadi Hilweh, a Palestinian NGO, reported on its website.

"After raiding the family's home, an Israeli intelligence officer demanded to see Hamza, for whom an arrest warrant had been issued," the NGO reported.

"The family responded by saying that Hamza was only two years old, and that he lived in the house next door if they still wanted to arrest him," it added.

Israeli police eventually left without detaining the child.

"Israeli forces seized three computers from the Zeidani family's home after arresting their 16-year-old son Mohamed," the NGO said without clarifying the relationship between Mohamed and Hamza.

It was not possible to obtain immediate comment from Israeli officials on the incident.

Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound late last month week following the shooting of an extremist rabbi in west Jerusalem.

The closure of Al-Aqsa, along with the killing of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, has fueled angry protests by Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, an Israeli police officer was killed when a Palestinian driver ran over a group of Israeli pedestrians in East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian motorist who ran them over was shot and killed by Israeli police in the immediate wake of the attack.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

In September 2000, a visit to the site by controversial Israeli politician Ariel Sharon sparked what later became known as the "Second Intifada," a popular uprising against the Israeli occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.

 

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