RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies (PCPS) said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) had escalated its arrest campaigns against the Palestinian people over the past month in order to quell the popular intifada (uprising) that erupted four months ago. The PCPS recorded in its monthly report that 490 Palestinians were arrested in January in various Palestinian territories. The PCPS indicated in a report that among those arrested during the first month of this year, are 140 minors, some were arrested although they were injured, and 13 women and young girls, including the wives and mothers of prisoners, in addition to two MPs of the Legislative Council and a former minister. The IOA also detained 10 citizens from the Gaza Strip, including six fishermen, while they were fishing, and a 53-year-old citizen while accompanying his sick wife on their way to a Al-Maqased hospital in occupied Jerusalem. Also in January the captive journalist, Mohamed Al-Qeiq of Hebron, continued his open hunger strike which started on 24-11-2015 against being arrested administratively. His health has reached a life-threatening stage. The Israeli supreme court hinged the consideration of his case on the developments in his health status, which might pose a real danger to his life. Arrest of MPs Riad Al-Ashqar, media spokesman for the PCPS, explained that the number of kidnapped MPs in Israeli jails has risen to seven MPs in January, after the kidnapping of the MP Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Tir, 65, after breaking into his home in Kafr Aqab, searching it and sabotaging its contents before arresting him and taking him to an unknown destination. Abu Tir was a deportee from Jerusalem to Ramallah and had spent a total of more than 30 years in Israeli jails at several periods of detention. His last release from prison was in July last year after spending 25 months in detention. Furthermore, the MP Hatem Rabah Kufaisheh, 55, was arrested after raiding his house in Hebron, only one hour after his car was burnt by unknown assailants. His car was parked in front of his house. The MP was then held in administrative detention for six months. Kufaisheh was a former prisoner who was held in Israeli jails for more than 12 years. He was released from his last arrest on 31.3.2015. He suffers from blood pressure and diabetes. The former Minister of Local Government, Issa Khairi Jabari, also from Hebron, was arrested and held under administrative detention for 4 months. He was a former prisoner and had spent several years in Israeli jails. Al-Ashqar pointed out that during the last month 140 minors under the age of eighteen were arrested as well as 13 women and young girls, including a 64 years old woman from the Gaza Strip. She was detained for hours on Beit Hanoun crossing, while she was returning to Gaza from occupied Jerusalem, then she was later released. The wife of prisoner Ahmed Mughrabi, who is sentenced to life imprisonment, Hanadi Musa Mughrabi, 37, was also arrested, in addition to the arrest of the mother of the Jerusalemite prisoner, Ameer Salloum, while she was waiting in the prison halls to visit her son. Among the women arrested also were Rabia Ourouj, 27, the wife of the prisoner Ismail Ourouj and his mother Feddah, 52. Administrative decisions Al-Ashqar pointed out that the IOA issued during the month of January 117 administrative detention orders in a continuation of this arbitrary policy. Among these administrative detention orders, 54 were passed against new prisoners, while 63 were renewals for prisoners held already under administrative detention, ranging from three to six months, he added. Hebron occupied the highest percentage in administrative detention orders, which reached 42, the majority of which were renewal decisions, including the decision orders issued for the MP Hatem Kufaisheh and the former minister Issa Jabari. Al-Ashqar went further to point out that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) increased in the last month the use of its repressive policy against the prisoners, as well as unexplained transfers, and assaults against the prisoners. He said that the PCPS monitored 16 raids in prisons by special forces, mostly in the Nafha prison and the Negev prison. The Negev prison sections were stormed several times, and the IPS cut down the entry of clothes to the prisoners to once every 3 months, while in Nafha prison the IPS management isolated three brothers of Abu Ayash family. It also transferred 13 prisoners from the Eshel prison to other prisons because of their protest at the offensive inspection policy agaisnt their families during visits, and it limited, at the same prison, the number of family members allowed to visit to 10 people per group of visitors instead of 30. The PCPS renewed its calls on the UN agencies to urgently intervene to stop the non-ending arbitrary arrests campaigns carried out by the IOA.
(Source / 01.02.2016)