[Pnews] February 2017 - 498 Palestinians arrested, 99 administrative detention orders issued

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  February 2017 report: 498 Palestinians arrested, 99 administrative
  detention orders issued

March 6, 2017

Palestinian prisoners’ institutions, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, 
Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission and 
the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, issued a 
report detailing the arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians in 
February 2017. <http://www.wattan.tv/news/199577.html> This report is 
translated by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

498 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli occupation forces in the West 
Bank including Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in February 2017, including 
108 children, 19 women and one journalist; one Palestinian prisoner, 
Mohammed al-Jallad, died in occupation custody of his injuries at the 
hands of Israeli occupation forces.

The four institutions documented that occupation authorities arrested 
161 Palestinians from Jerusalem, 90 from al-Khalil, 55 from Bethlehem, 
43 from Ramallah and el-Bireh, 39 from Nablus, 32 from Qalqilya, 25 from 
Jenin, 22 from Tulkarem, 10 from Tubas, 9 from the Gaza Strip, 7 from 
Jericho and 5 from Salfit.

In the context of the ongoing policy of administrative detention, the 
Israeli occupation authorities issued 99 administrative detention 
orders, including 25 new orders. These included administrative detention 
orders against journalists Mohammed al-Qeeq and Hammam Hantash, as well 
as the renewal of the administrative detention order against Sabah Faraoun.

There are approximately 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, 
including 61 women prisoners, of which at least 12 are minor girls. 
There are a total of approximately 300 children in Israeli prisons, 516 
administrative detainees and 23 detained journalists.

Last month, two repressive units, the Masada and Keter units, invaded 
section 16 in the Negev desert prison, severely beat the prisoners held 
there and sprayed gas inside the section, imposing a series of harsh 
sanctions and tampering with and ransacking the belongings of the detainees.

The occupation also continued its policy of medical neglect against 
hundreds of ill prisoners, alongside increased rates of administrative 
detention, isolation, the arrest of children and women, the imposition 
of heavy financial fines against Palestinian detainees and the denial of 
family visits to hundreds of prisoners.

The institutions also warned of the seriousness of the conditions inside 
Israeli jails heading toward an explosion, amid the continued repressive 
measures against Palestinian prisoners.

They also strongly condemned the ongoing grave Israeli violations of 
international humanitarian and human rights law against Palestinian 
detainees and expressed pride in the struggle of the Palestinian 
prisoners confronting their tormenters, confirming their continued 
efforts to defend Palestinian prisoners and expose the abuses committed 
against them.

Further, they emphasized that the issue of prisoners, in addition to 
being a Palestinian national issue and a humanitarian and moral issue, 
must also receive significant Arab and international efforts to put 
maximum pressure on the occupation state to stop its gross and 
systematic violations of international humanitarian law and human rights 
principles and to work to liberate Palestinian prisoners. In this 
context, they renewed their call to institutions of civil society and 
human rights organizations, political parties and progressive forces 
around the world to work to expose abuses and violations of 
international law by the occupying forces.

They also called for the United Nations and the international community 
to take action to stop the grave violations against Palestinian 
detainees, particularly the ongoing use of torture and other cruel and 
degrading treatment, and the continued violation of the human rights of 
children, whether through arbitrary arrests among children or during 
interrogation and detention. They also called for international action 
to hold Israeli authorities accountable to their legal obligations to 
respect the rights of detainees to be protected from torture and 
ill-treatment and to receive their health care needs, family visits and 
proper access to communication. They urged the release of child 
prisoners, women prisoners and administrative detainees on the road to 
the release of all Palestinian prisoners.

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