[Pnews] Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians in extensive predawn raids

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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians in extensive predawn raids*

April 5, 2016 - *http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=770992*

NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces launched a wide-scale predawn detention 
campaign across the occupied Palestinian territory on Tuesday, detaining 
at least 21 Palestinians including local leaders of the Hamas movement, 
locals and Palestinian security sources said.

In the village of Deir Istiya in the northern West Bank district of 
Salfit, Israeli troops raided and detained Jihad Tawfiq Khalid, 30. 
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces thoroughly ransacked Khalid’s 
house, damaging its interior before they handcuffed him and took him 
into custody.

Palestinian security sources confirmed that Israeli forces detained two 
local Hamas leaders from the northern occupied West Bank. They were 
identified as Nazeeh Abu Oun from the village of Jaba in Jenin and Adnan 
Khader al-Husari from the Tulkarem refugee camp.

The sources added that Israeli forces detained Tamir Shawar Rimawi from 
the Beit Rima village in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces 
detained Ali Abu Se and Yazan Muqbill from al-Arrub refugee camp, 
Mahmoud Hmeidat from the village of Surif, Mahmoud Fawzi Amr and Mahmoud 
Badwan Ibeyush from Dura, and Wasim Jamal Bahar from Beit Ummar, 
Palestinian sources said.

In occupied East Jerusalem, locals said Israeli forces detained Iyad Ata 
Uweisat and Ahmad Aziz Uweisat from the Jabal Al-Mukabbir neighborhood 
and Abd al-Qadir Dari and Muhammad Abu Riyala from Al-Issawiya.

Abdullah Badir Abu Asab was detained in occupied East Jerusalem's Old 
City, and in the Hizma neighborhood, Israeli forces detained Adel Khader 
Jumaa, Abed Rabbo Ziad Kanan, Abed Faris Kanan, Sufyan Kanan, and Audah 
Abdullah Audah, Palestinian sources said.

Israeli troops also stormed the campus of al-Quds University in the 
occupied West Bank village of Abu Dis east of Jerusalem's Old City, 
damaging property. Locals said Israeli forces detained Ahmad Jamil 
Dandan in Abu Dis.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that three Palestinian were 
detained in Hebron, two in the Tulkarem district, one in Qalqiliya, nine 
in Ramallah, and six in the Bethlehem area, all for "illegal activities."

Since the beginning of 2016, Israeli forces have carried out a weekly 
average of 92 search and detention operations in the occupied 
Palestinian territory, according to The United Nations Office for the 
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israel is currently holding 7,000 Palestinians in its jails, according 
to prisoners' rights organization Addameer.


*Student leader Abdullah Ramadan seized by undercover occupation forces 
in Dheisheh refugee camp*

April 5, 2016

Student leader Abdullah Nayef Ramadan, the Secretary of the Progressive 
Student Labor Front at Al-Quds University in Beit Jala, was arrested 
mid-morning on Tuesday, 5 April in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, 
occupied Palestine.

Ramadan, 23, was seized by 10 Israeli occupation soldiers disguised as 
local Palestinians and driving two Ford vehicles. They jumped from the 
cars, invaded Ramadan’s home. Visible Israeli occupation army units then 
invaded the camp and seized Ramadan, forcing him into an army jeep and 
securing the undercover forces as they left the camp with Ramadan; 
occupation soldiers shot into the air as children of the camp confronted 
them with stones.

Ramadan has spent four years in Israeli prison in the past, accused of 
membership in the leftist Palestinian political party, the Popular Front 
for the Liberation of Palestine. The attack on Ramadan came hours after 
Israeli occupation forces invaded Al-Quds University’s Abu Dis campus, 
ransacking the offices of both the Islamic Bloc and the Progressive 
Student Labor Front.

Ramadan is the latest Palestinian student leader to be imprisoned by the 
Israeli occupation forces. Other students targeted recently for 
imprisonment include Asmaa Qadah, secretary of Bir Zeit’s student union 
with the Islamic Bloc – among 90 Bir Zeit students arrested in late 
2015; Amjad Samhan, a Bir Zeit activist with the Progressive Democratic 
Student Pole; and Donya Musleh, a student activist with the PSLF at 
Palestine National University.

As Samidoun wrote in response to attempts to suppress Students for 
Justice in Palestine at the City University of New York, “Students in 
Palestine are constantly subject to arrest, torture and imprisonment on 
the basis of their political activity. Student union offices are raided, 
and members arrested and imprisoned – often held under administrative 
detention without charge or trial – by the Israeli occupation due to 
their activity in student blocs and organizations. Palestinian 
journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, who just ended a 94-day hunger strike for 
freedom, is the former president of Bir Zeit University’s student union; 
folkloric dancer Lina Khattab was imprisoned for 6 months for 
participating in a student protest to free Palestinian political 
prisoners; Asmaa Qadah, secretary of Bir Zeit’s student union, was 
arrested in January and sent to administrative detention without charge 
or trial. Their student unions, blocs and organizations – representing 
the whole spectrum of Palestinian politics – are frequently designated 
supporters of ‘prohibited organizations.'”

These arrests often become more frequent in April and May as annual 
student elections approach, in an attempt to remove prominent activists 
from Palestinian universities and undermine the student political process.

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