JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained at least five protesters, including two Palestinian minors, on Friday during a nonviolent protest outside of the Shamasna family home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which was taken over by Israeli settlers on Tuesday, while a mother was injured when she attempted to prevent the arrest of her 14-year-old son.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli police had assaulted and pushed Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah, after Palestinians performed Friday prayers outside the Shamasna family home of 53 years in an act of nonviolent protest against the eviction.
The family was expelled from the home during a widely condemned eviction after Israeli settlers claimed ownership over the property.
Israeli forces detained Mutaz Mahmoud al-Sau, 14, and his brother Muhammad, 12, during the protest.
When Mutaz was being detained, his mother attempted to prevent the arrest by hugging and holding on to him. Mahmoud, the boys’ father, told Ma’an that his wife had sustained bruises in the back of her head from Israeli police pushing her away. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.