Israel detained 1,600 Palestinians, 230 children in 2019

An Israeli solider can be seen violently arresting a Palestinian boy

An Israeli solider can be seen violently arresting a Palestinian boy

Israel has detained 1,600 Palestinians in the first few months of 2019, including 230 children and 40 women.

According to a new report by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Department of Public Diplomacy and Policy, since the start of this year, Israel has detained 1,600 Palestinians, 230 of whom were children and 40 of whom were women. Of these Palestinians, 500 were placed in administrative detention, which allows detainees to be held indefinitely without charge or trial.

The report also issued figures on child detentions in 2018, showing that Israel detained some 3,255 Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 17 over the course of the year. According to the Jerusalem Post, some 70 per cent of these children “were threatened with violence, including rape, castration, home demolition, imprisonment for life and denial of food”. “More than 75% of child prisoners reported being blindfolded,” the Israeli daily added.

The Israeli army has sought to defend its conduct in the wake of the report, with an army spokesperson telling the Jerusalem Post that: “In such cases, there is no choice but to take steps, including interrogation, detention and prosecution […] Cases against minors are handled in the juvenile military court, which examines the severity of the offense and the risk posed by the minor, taking into account his age and other special circumstances.”

The report was released yesterday to coincide with Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement to commemorate the occasion: “On this day, Palestinians honour those who have sacrificed their freedom and endured abuse, torture, and injustice so that their people may enjoy their fundamental right to freedom, dignity, and justice.”

The statement continued: “Today, 5,700 Palestinians, including 250 children, are held captive in Israeli prisons and detention centres, enduring deplorable conditions and subjected to systematic and grave human rights violations […] we urge the international community to take action to compel Israel, the occupying power, to cease these condemnable practices.”

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Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners was thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks by events taking place in the Ramon and Al-Naqab (Ketziot) facilities, located deep in the Negev desert in the south of the country.

In March, the Israeli Prison Service imposed fines on 96 prisoners in Al-Naqab prison and 74 prisoners in Ramon prison thought to amount to 250,000 shekels ($68,000). The fines were imposed in addition to other disciplinary measures, including holding prisoners in solitary confinement, forcing them to sleep while handcuffed and preventing their families from visiting.

Just days earlier, Israeli prison guards attacked Palestinian prisoners in Al-Naqab, raiding their cells, targeting them with teargas and severely beating them. Over 25 prisoners were injured in the crackdown, 15 of whom sustained life-threatening injuries. Israel claimed this came following the stabbing of two Israeli wardens by prisoners, which it says escalated into a riot.

The crackdown also came against the backdrop of a longer assault on the rights of Palestinian prisoners. In February, Israel’s prison administration installed phone jamming devices at Al-Naqab and Ramon prisons, which emit powerful radiation to stop radio and television signals from penetrating into the area, in a bid to stop prisoners maintaining contact with the outside world.

As a result of the jamming devices, prisoners suffered from depression, headaches, and fainting, with experts saying the radiation can lead to “genetic deformities of human cells and cancer”.

In response, prisoners began a hunger strike in protest against their treatment, calling on the Palestinian people to stand by them and support their “battle of dignity”. Hundreds of prisoners across a number of facilities joined the strike, before finally calling an end to the protest this week after Israel agreed to their demands to remove the devices and install pay phones to allow prisoners to call their families.

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(Source / 18.04.2019)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nineteen Palestinians In West Bank”

18 Apr 11:58 AM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted overnight and on Thursday at dawn, nineteen Palestinians, including one woman and two children, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS stated that the soldiers invaded and ransacked dozens of homes across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks across the West Bank, especially in and around Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, before stopping and searching dozens of cards, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Among the invaded areas are the neighborhoods surrounding Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the Israeli army claimed that a Palestinian hurled a grenade at an army vehicle, during an invasion into ‘Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, causing no injuries.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as:

  1. Odai Khaled Ghneimat (lawyer), Surif, north of Hebron.
  2. Ziad al-Hasanat, Bethlehem.
  3. Abed Bodeir, Bethlehem.
  4. Malek Zboun, Bethlehem.
  5. Luay Zboun, Bethlehem.
  6. Hamza Sarara, Bethlehem.
  7. Arij Hamed, Far’un village, Tulkarem.
  8. Ahmad Amarna, Tulkarem.
  9. Moayyad Mahmoud Sa’adi, (child), Jenin refugee camp, Jenin.
  10. Abdul-Rauf Mohammad Nathour, (child), Jenin refugee camp, Jenin.
  11. Mustafa Hijja, Nablus.
  12. Ma’an Noureddin Sha’er, Nablus.
  13. Kathem Radwan, Qalqilia.
  14. Qussai Abed Oleyyan, Jerusalem.
  15. Yousef Darwish, Jerusalem.
  16. Yazid Darwish, Jerusalem.
  17. Mohammad Khaled Abu al-Hummus, Jerusalem.
  18. Ahmad Haitham, Jerusalem.
  19. Mohammad Walid, Jerusalem.

(Source / 18.04.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In Jerusalem

18 Apr 7:12 AM

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, a Palestinian home in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly for being built without a permit from the City Council, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.

Several days ago, the soldiers and employees of the City Council, invaded the home of Omran al-Masri, and informed him of the decision to demolish his property, and he hired a lawyer who managed to postpone the demolition for one month.

However, the soldiers invaded the property, Wednesday, and forced the family of seven out of their home, which was built eleven years ago, before demolishing it.

On Wednesday morning, the soldiers demolished stores, a kitchen and a residential room, owned by Burqan family, and a horse ranch, owned by al-Qaaq family, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that Israel has issued orders for the demolition of more than eighty Palestinian homes in Silwan.

Earlier this week, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Palestinian families from Silwan, allowing the demolition of 500 homes and commercial buildings, which were built without an Israeli-issued permit, to take place.

(Source / 18.04.2019)

Israeli Settler Kills Palestinian Woman After Ramming Her With Car, Soldiers Shoot And Seriously Injures Teen

18 Apr 6:26 PM

A Palestinian woman was killed, earlier Thursday morning, near her home in Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, after being rammed by the car of an illegal colonialist settler. The soldiers later shot and seriously injured a Palestinian teen while handcuffed, when he reportedly attempted to escape.

The slain Palestinian woman has been identified as Fatima Suleiman, 42.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailant was driving a large truck when he struck the woman’s car, throwing her out of the vehicle, and then rammed and killed her, before fleeing the scene.

The slain Palestinian woman was a teacher at the Rashayda School.

The Israeli Police did come to the scene, but only to remove all security camera footage from a house overlooking the area where the incident took place.

The incident led to protests as dozens of residents, mainly youngsters, took to the streets, and hurled stones at the Israeli army jeeps, while the soldiers attacked them with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

The soldiers then detained a Palestinian teen, before handcuffing and blindfolding him, and later shot him from a very close range, after he attempted to escape while he was still cuffed and blindfolded.

The shooting took place following the funeral procession of the Palestinian woman.

A picture was posted on social media showing the young man, who was cuffed and blindfolded trying to run away, before the soldiers shot him.

A video posted on social media (below) shows the teen on the ground when witnesses lifted the teen’s limp body, bleeding heavily, carrying him from the scene, as the Israeli soldier stood pointing the same pistol at another young Palestinian man.

The young man is reported to be critical condition, due to the location of the bullet, which severed a main artery in the thigh.

(Source / 18.04.2019)

Israeli Jewish settler runs over and kill female Palestinian Teacher

Israeli Jewish settler has run over and killed female Palestinian teacher in Khirbet al-Dira in Taqou Neighbourhood, east of West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The teacher was identified as Fatima Sulieman, 42 years old.

Local sources told Palestine Post 24 that the Israeli Jewish settler hit the car of the teacher and when she took off to see what happened, the settler hit her and ran over her body.

According to the sources, the extremist Jewish settler continued driving his way carelessly as if he did nothing wrong.

Israeli Jewish settler, who live in illegal settlements build in usurped Palestinian lands, continuously commit crimes against the Palestinians.

Rights groups, including Israeli ones, have several times investigated the continuous settlers’ crimes against the Palestinians and found that they are encouraged by the government.

The rights groups said that the settler criminals go unpunished even if they killed Palestinians.

(Source / 18.04.2019)