[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
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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