[Pnews] Israeli Occupation arrested 574 Palestinians during the month of july
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July 2016 Report: Occupation arrested 574 Palestinians during the month
August 2, 2016
/*The following is a report issued
Palestinian prisoner organizations (Prisoners Affairs Commission;
Palestinian Prisoners’ Society; Addameer Prisoner Support and Human
Rights Association; Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights.) Translation by
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. File photo for
illustration purposes only.*/
Palestinian prisoners’ institutions (Prisoners Affairs Commission,
Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human
Rights Asociation, and Al-Mezan Human Rights Association) issued a
statement on 2 August reviewing key statistics and notes regarding
Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians in July 2016. 574 Palestinians from
the West Bank and Gaza were arrested during the month, including 111
children; 12 of those arrested were women, including one girl child.
This increases the number of Palestinians arrested since the beginning
of the popular uprising in October 2015 to 6900 citizens.
189 Palestinians from Jerusalem were arrested, 130 from al-Khalil, 55
from Nablus, 50 from Bethlehem, 44 from Jenin, 31 from
Ramallah/Al-Bireh, 27 from Qalqilya, 13 from Tulkarem, 11 from Jericho,
six from Tubas, two from Salfit and 16 from the Gaza Strip.
Approximately 350 Palestinian children remain in Israeli prisons,
particularly in Megiddo and Ofer prisons. There are 62 women prisoners,
including 13 girls under 18. 21 Palestinian journalists are imprisoned
as are six members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. There are
approximately 7000 total prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons.
127 administrative detention orders were issued in the month of July;
there are approximately 750 Palestinians held without charge or trial
under administrative detention.
*Continuing policy of arbitrary arrests in the Gaza Strip*
The occupation forces continue arbitrary arrests in the Gaza Strip in a
systematic manner with no regard for international humanitarian or human
rights law. This is particularly highlighted through heavy shooting
targeting the fishermen, forcing them to disrobe and swim long distances
and subjecting them to insults and profanity prior to arrest.
In addition, the Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing remains a trap for the arrest
of the Palestinians; applicants are sometimes approved for permits and
then arrested when they arrive at the crossing. This comes in addition
to the continuing denial to hundreds of patients in Gaza of permits for
transit to hospitals outside Gaza. In July 2016, 16 Palestinians from
Gaza were arrested, including 13 fishermen practicing their trade at
sea, 2 traders at the crossing and 1 patient seeking treatment at Beit
Hanoun/Erez. It is clear that traders have become a group targeted for
arrest and cancellation of permits, subjecting their business operations
to severe pressure.
Nahed Alghorani, the brother of the detainee Shadi Alghorani, 33, of
Gaza City, noted that at about 8:00 am on Tuesday, 26 July, Shadi went
to the Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing after receiving an approval for transit
to the West Bank for the purposes of trade and import of goods as a
merchant. At 2:00 pm his family lost contact with him; his brother
traveled to the crossing, but the Palestinian liaison told him that
Shadi had been detained by the Israeli occupation forces at the crossing.
*Battle of empty stomachs*
The prisoner Bilal Kayed is on his 49th day of hunger strike in protest
of his order to administrative detention on the day of his release after
he had served 14.5 years in prison. Approximately 100 prisoners are also
on hunger strike, joining the strike in successive groups, including
Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front. Kayed is held in
Barzilai hospital, shackled to the bed, consuming water and subject to
constant harassment by the prison guards as his room is subject to
extensive surveillance and alarms.
Kayed suffers from severe pain in the head, the stomach, fatigue, severe
tiredness and insomnia; his eyes are yellowing and he has lost a
significant amount of weight. He is showing serious heart muscle damage
and the risk of a stroke according to tests conducted in an an emergency
situation after serious health deterioration.
A number of other prisoners also engaged in individual hunger strikes to
protest various aspects of their condition, including the wounded minor
prisoner Jalal Sharawna, 17, who engaged in a five-day strike to protest
the difficult conditions in the Ramle prison clinic despite his health
Four prisoners are engaged in a hunger strike against administrative
detention, including Mahmoud al-Balboul and Mohammed al-Balboul, and
joined by Ayed Herama and Malik al-Qadi since July 15. Their fellow
prisoner Muhannad Mutahna joined them on strike which ended with his
release. Four more prisoners, Ahmed Barghouthi, Mahmoud Sarahna, Ziad
al-Bazza, and Amin Kamil, went on hunger strike since 18 July in protest
of the Red Cross’s decision to cut visits to once per month per prisoners.
*Prison conditions heading towards escalation and explosion*
In the past month, the Israeli prison administration conducted dozens of
night raids in many prisons, including breaking into sections and rooms
of prisoners, ransacking and damaging personal belongings, as well as
the continuing medical negligence against hundreds of ill prisoners,
increased administrative detention rates, solitary confinement, the
arrest of women and children, and the imposition of heavy financial
fines against the prisoners. Hundreds of prisoners have been deprived of
family visits. The serious conditions inside Israeli jails are heading
in all directions toward explosion in light of the continued escalation
of repressive measures against the prisoners as dozens of Palestinian
prisoners join the battle of the open hunger strike.
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