[Pnews] Report on Palestinian prisoners: 3412 arrested in the first half of 2016

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Mon Jul 4 14:55:43 EDT 2016


  June 2016 report on Palestinian prisoners: 3412 arrested in the first
  half of 2016

July 4, 2016

The institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs revealed that the 
Israeli occupation has arrested in the first half of 2016, 3412 
Palestinians, including 706 children and 96 women and girls.

6326 Palestinians have been detained since the beginning of the popular 
uprising in October 2015.

According to the Prisoners Affairs Committee, 483 Palestinians were 
arrested in June 2016.

The use of administrative detention has in particular escalated sharply. 
1028 administrative detention orders have been issued in the first half 
of 2016, including 412 new orders; the number of orders issued since 
October 2015 for detention without charge or trial is 1471. Among them 
are 7 administrative detention orders against women and girls, two 
against deputies in the Palestinian Legislative Council, and 11 are 
against children. There are currently nearly 750 Palestinian prisoners 
held under administrative detention, the highest total since 2008.

The total number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is 
approximately 7000, including 330 children and 64 women. The Israeli 
occupation authorities continue to imprison six members of the 
Palestinian Legislative Council, as well as 30 Palestinians who were 
arrested before the signing of the Oslo accords.

*Gaza Strip: Between the siege and arbitrary detention*

The Israeli occupation forces are engaged in grave and systematic 
violations of the rights of the popularion of the Gaza Strip, through 
the imposition of a comprehensive blockade, which has led to a serious 
detetioration in the humanitarian situation and ongoing violations of 
the human rights of the Palestinian people; the Palestinians of Gaza are 
also subject to the policy of arbitrary detention.

There is a systematic targeting of several categories of Palestinians 
during their passage through the Beit Hanoun/Erez Crossing, as well as 
on the border areas in the north and east of the Gaza Strip and the 
fishermen at sea.

The attacks on the fishermen clearly violate international law and are a 
deliberate exploitation of the naval blockade, imposing on the Gaza 
Strip a transformation of the crossings, border areas and the sea into a 
trap for detention of Palestinians. They are exposed to cruel and 
degrading treatment in interrogation by the Israeli occupation 
intelligence forces.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested during the first half of 2016, 
123 Palestinians from Gaza, including 83 fishermen arrested at sea. The 
vast majority of these were later released without charges, however, 
these arrests have long-term consequences, especially to fishermen who 
have been injured or whose boats have been confiscated or damaged, 
severely impacting their livelihood.

*Palestinian children: The greatest witness to the violations of the 

The occupation authorities are imprisoning in Ofer and Megiddo prisons 
over 330 children, including 18 injured and sick children, and 15 minor 
girls in HaSharon and Damon prisons.

Israeli occuupation authorities also issued more than 65 home 
imprisonment orders against Jerusalemite children since the beginning of 
the year. The use of home imprisonment against children is a growing 
phenomenon, and prevents them from leaving the home even for medical 
treatment or for school. This comes in addition to, as noted above, the 
imprisonment of 11 children under administrative detention orders, 
without charge or trial.

The Israeli occupation forces have escalated the violations of the 
rights of Palestinian children in Israeli jails, including the use of 
torture, ill-treatment, and violation of the rights of the child, from 
the first moment of arrest, most frequently in the late hours of the 
night or early morning in violent military raids, or during their 
detention by “special units”, the so-called “Mustaribeen. Children are 
shackled hand and foot and blindfolded and taken for interrogation 
without parents or lawyers, often threatened during interrogation, and 
forced to sign statements in Hebrew without understanding them. This 
comes in addition to the use of various methods of torture, including 
beating and kicking, and verbal and psychological abuse against 
children. They are then subjected to the military and civil courts of 
the occupation, and face unfair sentencing and financial penalties.

*Growing number of Palestinian women in Israeli jails*

There are 64 Palestinian women imprisoned in Israeli jails, including 15 
minor girls, in HaSharon and Damon prisons. They face difficult 
conditions of life within the prisons. The number of arrests of women 
and girls in the first half of 2016 is the highest in several years; 
women also suffer mistreatment at the hands of occupation forces during 
arrest, and especially during imprisonment for those who are sick or 
injured. Palestinian women prisoners have specifically denounced the use 
of the “Bosta” transportation wagon; they are transferred frequently to 
the courts or to medical treatment via this vehicle, with metal seats 
where prisoners are shackled. The vehicle is extremely hot in summer and 
cold in winter, and prisoners can spend three days at a time making 
these journeys. This comes in addition to the overcrowding in the women 
prisoners’ sections, especially as arrests continue to increase.

*Sick prisoners: Delay and neglect in treatment*

The occupation authorities continue to engage in a policy of medical 
neglect and delays in provision of treatment to Palestinian prisoners in 
Israeli jails. There are approximately 700 injured and sick prisoners, 
many of them waiting for treatment or even tests for years. There are 15 
prisoners held in the Ramleh prison clinic, suffering from very 
difficult conditions of life, where five healthy prisoners are held with 
them to assist them.

Several prisoners have engaged in hunger strikes and other protests to 
demand medical treatment, including Mansour Moqtada of Salfit, serving a 
30-year sentence, who engaged in a partial hunger strike and is one of 
the most severely injured and ill prisoners; in addition, Muhannad 
al-Azzeh, serving a 13-year prison sentence, engaged in a hunger strike 
for medical treatment.

*Arrests and suppression of freedom of expression on social networking 

There has been an escalation of arbitrary arrests and attacks on freedom 
of opinion and expression. Israeli occupation forces have arrested over 
170 Palestinians on charges of “incitement” for posting on Facebook, 
from October 2015 until the end of June 2016. The Israeli authorities 
have also formed a special “Cyber-Arab” unit to surveil and prosecute 
Palestinians for social media postings. Those targeted for incitement 
charges include Qusai Issa of Bethlehem; Sami Janazrah, who fought a 
70-day hunger strike against administrative detention and then was 
indicted for inciement; as well as imprisoned professor Imad Barghouthi, 
accused of incitement after a decision to release him from 
administrative detention.

*Bilal Kayed: a new battle confronting the jailer; 33 prisoners engaged 
in hunger strikes in the first half of 2016*

Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed, from Asira al-Shamaliya in Nablus 
district, has been engaged in an open hunger strike since 15 June, 
against the imposition of an administrative detention order against him 
after he was scheduled to be released on 13 June, completing a 14 1/2 
year prison sentence, on the same day in which he was to be release.

The occupation ordered him to six months in administrative detention. 
This was not the first targeting of Kayed; during his sentence, he was 
held in solitary confinement after September 2015 and denied family visits.

33 prisoners engaged in open hunger strikes during the first half of 
2016 against a number of policies of the occupation prisons, especially 
administrative detention.

*ICRC reduces family visits to prisoners*

Palestinian prisoners are today facing a new policy by the International 
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to reduce the rate of family visits 
from twice monthly to once monthly. This is viewed by the prisoners and 
institutions defending their rights as a new violation on top of all the 
other violations they faced. As noted in several statements, this action 
fully comports with the repressive policies of the occupation 
authorities and poses a danger to the rights of prisoners that have been 
achieved through over 35 years of struggle inside the prisons. Further, 
it deepens the suffering of the families of the prisoners, who face 
increased financial burdens arising from the illegal detention of the 
prisoners outside of the West Bank and Jerusalem. This action has come 
without consultation with public institutions, prisoners or their 
families, and comes amid actions by the occupation prison authorities to 
deny hundreds of prisoners family visits under the pretext of security.

In light of the escalating violations by the Israeli occupation 
authorities against Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people, 
the international community continues its silence. Rather than impose 
sanctions on Israel, the occupying power is elected as president of the 
Legal Committee of the United Nations.

The four institutions renewed their condemnation of the gross and 
systematic Israeli violations of international law and human rights 
against Palestinian prisoners. They expressed pride in the struggle of 
the Palestinian prisoners and their commitment to continue their efforts 
to defend Palestinian prisoners and expose the abuses against them. The 
issue of prisoners is a Palestinian national issue and also a human and 
moral issue; Arab and international efforts to exert pressure on the 
occupation state to stop its violations and to free Palestinian 
prisoners must be intensified. In this context, they called upon 
institutions, civil society organizations, political parties, and human 
rights organizations around the world to act to expose the abuses of the 

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