[Pnews] 500 Palestinian Detainees since Trump's Declaration on Jerusalem
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Thu Dec 21 10:09:11 EST 2017
500 Palestinian Detainees since Trump's Declaration on Jerusalem,
Including Around 85 Detainees in less than a Week
21 December 2017
The Israeli occupation forces continue with this violent and
intensifying arrest campaign since Tump’s declaration on Jerusalem on 6
December 2017, since then around 500 Palestinians have been detained. In
fact, since the early hours of Monday 18 December 2017 until the early
hours of Thursday 21 December 2017, the Israeli occupation forces have
arrested around 85 Palestinians from different areas in the West Bank
and Jerusalem. Some of these arrests happened during protests against
the occupation forces in several places, other arrests were implemented
on checkpoints and finally, some of the arrests occurred late at night
during a raid on Palestinian homes. Those few past days included the
following arrests, but not limited to them:
· *Jerusalem*: The number of detainees from Jerusalem reached 16
Palestinian including one child and some human rights activists. On 18
December 2017, Israeli occupation forces arrested 14-year-old Ahmad
Salaymah. Furthermore, Wednesday morning, 20 December 2017, the human
rights activist Amjad Abu A’ssab who is the head of the Families of
Prisoners Committee, was arrested along with the other activist A’wad
Salaymah. Most of those who got arrested from Jerusalem received
conditional release, Amjad Abu A’ssab was released yesterday, though, he
is now placed under house arrest, had to pay 1000 Shekels bail and is
prevented to use his phone until Sunday 24 December 2017.
· *Ramallah*: In the past days the number of detainees from Ramallah was
20 Palestinians including two young girls, one woman, and four children.
For example, 14-year-old Ahmad Daraghmah was arrested during a protest
near Bait El checkpoint. Also, Israeli special forces arrested four
Palestinians from Deir Jereer village near Ramallah.
*Al-Tamimi Family*: on the early hours of Tuesday, 19 December 2017,
Israeli occupation forces attacked al-Nabi Saleh village and raided the
home of Basem al-Tamimi and arrested his 17-year-old daughter A’hed
al-Tamimi. Yesterday, Wednesday, A’hed’s detention was extended for
interrogations until Monday 25 December 2017. A’hed is suspected of
assaulting Israeli occupation forces, obstructing the work of the
occupation forces and incitement. A’hed faces now an intense Israeli
media campaign which demands her prosecution and detention.
On the same day, 19 December 2017, A’hed’s mother, Narmeen al-Tamimi
was arrested from Benyamin police station, when she was going to check
on her daughter, she is waiting for a hearing today. In addition,
Wednesday, 20 December 2017, during A’hed’s hearing, Basem her father
received a summon for interrogations. Both of A’hed’s parents as
ex-detainees and human rights activists mainly against the wall and the
Also, on Wednesday, 20 December, the Israeli occupation forces
arrested 21-year-old Nour al-Tamimi from her home in al-Nabi Saleh, who
is Basem’s niece. Nour is waiting for a court hearing today.
· *Hebron*: The number of detainees from Hebron in the past few days
reached 12 people, five of them were arrested this morning.
· *Qalqiliya*: The Israeli occupation forces have arrested Yousef
Eslayem and his 12-year-old son Ayhman Eslayem from A’zoun village.
· *Bethlehem*: Israeli occupation forces arrest around five Palestinians
from the city including the 15-year-old Muhammad A’qel.
Since Turmp’s declaration on Jerusalem, 6 December 2017, the Israeli
occupation forces have arrested around 500 Palestinians including 170
children and 10 women. Most of the detainees from Jerusalem received
conditional release, which is usually house arrest, financial guarantees
or both. As for Palestinians in the West Bank, they are tried in Ofer or
Salem military courts despite the difference in their age. Actually,
there are now 200 Palestinian children detained in Ofer, 77 children of
them were detained only during December 2017. Moreover, documentation
shows that 37 children of those detained in Ofer only after Trump's
declaration of Jerusalem have experienced humiliation and brutal direct
beating from Israeli occupation soldiers while getting arrested.
These mass arrest and harassment campaigns are part of Israeli’s
collective punishment measures that are in direct violation of Article
33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 50 of the Hague
Regulations which specifically prohibits collective punishment. In point
of fact, this arrest campaign shows an Israeli policy of targeting
valuable groups, whether children, women of disabled people. Israeli
occupation forces systematically detain children and violate
international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The
Convention on the Rights of the Child underlines in Article 27(b) that
“No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or
arbitrarily.” The article further underlines that in the case of arrest,
“the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity
with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for
the shortest appropriate period of time”.
As such, Addameer calls on the immediate release of all prisoner. In
addition, we call on third state parties to immediately pressure the
Israeli occupation authorities to respect their obligations under
international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Also,
to stop this systematic policy of targeting vulnerable groups including
children, women and disabled people and allow Palestinians to practice
their right to peaceful assembly and protest.
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