[Ppnews] Israeli forces arrest 420 Palestinians so far this month in the silent war
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MP Qaraqa': Israeli forces arrest 420 Palestinians so far this month
in the silent war
(Bethlehem) Najib Farag
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Palestinian Legislative Council member and former Director of the
Palestinian Prisoner Society, Issa Qaraqa', reports that Israeli
forces have arrested 420 Palestinians in less than two weeks. The
daily arrest campaigns are carried out in Palestinian cities, towns
and refugee camps and are not exclusive to this month. But they are
part of what Qaraqa' refers to as the silent war.
Men, women, children, members of the armed resistance, school
teachers and students, journalists and medics, and elected officials
are all targets, continuing to illustrate what a man trapped in the
Church of Nativity in Spring 2002 said. "In the eyes of the Israelis,
all Palestinians are wanted."
Qaraqa' said, "The arrests waged by the occupation forces is a war
without noise. It is no less harsh or severe than a military war,
with the accompanying detention campaign attacks and maltreatment and
torture of detainees."
There is arguably no greater authority on Palestinian political
prisoners than Qaraqa', having dedicated his life to their justice.
"The arrests in the ongoing war against Palestinians are silent
because the focus of the media and the international community is
limited to the seriousness of what is happening to detainees, and the
indiscriminate arrests which affect the entire civilian population."
A great portion of Palestinian male society has been arrested at one
time or another, and if not, most everyone has a son, brother, or
husband within the confines of the Israeli prison system.
Qaraqa' says that the international committees and human rights
organizations have not been properly briefed on what is happening,
from the humiliation and oppression against Palestinians in custody
and the investigations. The government of Israel is well-documented
in advocating the use of physical torture as a method of extracting
information, real or false, points out Qaraqa'. "Humiliation and the
failure to provide the minimum humanitarian requirements for food and
medical treatment is common place."
Regarding the prisoner exchange deal, Qaraqa' said, "The racist
Israeli mentality still deals with Palestinian political prisoners as
criminals and not freedom fighters. They want to use the prisoners as
bargaining chips to pressure Palestinians to do their bidding."
The number of political prisoners in Israeli prisons has exceeded
10,500, with the Israeli government building more prisons. He is
calling on the International Red Cross and human rights organizations
to provide humanitarian and political protection for Palestinians
caught in the arbitrariness of occupation.
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