[Pnews] 520 Palestinians Abducted by Israeli Forces in July

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  520 Palestinians Abducted by Israeli Forces in July

August 15, 2018
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In July 2018, Israeli occupation forces arrested 520 Palestinians from 
the occupied Palestinian territories, including 69 children, nine women 
and five journalists, according to Palestinian human rights and 
prisoners’ institutions that released their monthly report 
<http://maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=958230> on 13 August. This 
translation was produced by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity 
Network.

The Israeli occupation authorities seized 122 Palestinians from the city 
of Jerusalem, 100 from Ramallah and El-Bireh, 75 from al-Khalil, 52 from 
Jenin, 48 from Bethlehem, 55 from Nablus, 15 from Tulkarem, 31 from 
Qalqilya, 7 from Tubas, 8 from Salfit and 8 from Jericho.

As of 31 July 2018, the number of Palestinian prisoners in occupation 
prisons was approximately 6000, including 53 women, among them three 
minor girls, while there were approximately 300 children in Israeli 
occupation prisons. The occupation authorities issued 86 administrative 
detention orders, 36 of which were new and 50 of which were renewals; 
the total number of administrative detainees jailed without charge or 
trial rose to 430.

*Fines for child prisoners: Extortion and collective punishment for 
prisoners and their families*

The military occupation courts do not restrict themselves to issuing 
unfair sentences against child prisoners, but also impose heavy fines on 
their families, on top of the lengthy years and months of detention. 
These fines can amount to tens of thousands of shekels for just one 
person. This is theft in the name of the law and a policy of extorting 
prisoners’ families with the aim of pressuring the prisoner and the 
families.

The prison administration also imposes fines for small reasons against 
the minors inside the prisons, such as being too noisy when calling for 
prayer, being late to daily roll call, posting pictures on the wall, 
hanging a clothesline to dry clothes inside the room and similar pretexts.

It is reported that the total fines on child prsioners in Ofer prison 
reached 85,000 NIS ($22,970 USD) in July 2018. The fines imposed on 
child prisoners each year are estimated at over 1 million NIS ($270,000 
USD) each year.

The imposition of these fines is a form of long-term punishment for the 
family, obliging families to borrow the money or go without basic needs. 
In addition, the parents are told that their child is the cause of this 
debt, despite child prisoners’ arbitrary arrests and regardless of their 
innocence.

This material extortion against the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli 
jails is a systematic policy imposed by the occupation to pressure the 
entire Palestinian society by exploiting its difficult financial 
situation. This is far from any form of justice or credibility, 
especially given the dubious reasons for these fines. The aim of the 
policy is also to relieve the occupation of its material 
responsibilities toward the prisoners by forcing them to fund their own 
confinement.

*Occupation renews its historic policy of arresting journalists*

The Israeli occupation authorities carried out a string of arrests 
targeting five journalists 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/08/palestinian-journalists-under-attack-call-for-global-solidarity/> in 
the month of July.

The Israeli occupation authorities continued their policy of attempting 
to silence the voices of journalists and violating the rights of freedom 
of opinion and expression, as the number of journalists in Israeli 
prisons rose to 23, including four women journalists.

Four of the arrested journalists were Alaa Rimawi, Mohammed Sami Alwan, 
Hosni Anjas and Qutaiba Hamdan, all from Ramallah and El-Bireh. Alaa 
Rimawi went on hunger strike for several days in protest of his arrest.

In addition, writer Lama Khater 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/08/israeli-occupation-keeps-palestinian-journalist-alaa-rimawi-jailed-writer-lama-khater-under-interrogation/>, 
42, from al-Khalil governorate, was arrested on 24 July. Lawyers who 
visited her in detention reported that she was subjected to harsh, 
continuous interrogation lasting more than 10 hours each day, on the 
subject of her writings, which interrogators described as “time bombs.” 
She is a mother of five.

*Individual hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners in July*

/** Please note: Anas Shadid, Dirar Abu Manshar, Alaa Rimawi, Bassam 
Abidu and Mohammed al-Rimawi all suspended their hunger strikes in 
August 2018. For a current report on hunger strikers, please see this 
article 
<http://samidoun.net/2018/08/palestinian-prisoners-launch-new-hunger-strikes-against-administrative-detention/>.**/

Five Palestinian prisoners and detainees conducted open hunger strikes 
in Israeli jails during July, including: Anas Shadid, 21, from 
al-Khalil, who began his hunger strike on 19 July rejecting his 
administrative detention. The Ofer detention center transferred Shadid 
to isolation in the Hadarim detention center after he launched his 
strike. This is the third strike Shadid has carried out in the past two 
years, one for 90 days in 2016. He has been detained since 22 June 2017 
and has been issued three administrative detention orders, all for six 
month periods, prompting his hunger strike. He refrained from consuming 
salts or vitamins. During his strike in Hadarim prison, he was held in a 
small cell with no windows or screens and was very cold. He suffered 
from nausea and dizziness and fell unconscious on multiple occasions, as 
well as suffering from pain throughout his body and shortness of breath.

Hassan Shokeh, 30, from Bethlehem, carried out an open hunger strike for 
more than two months. Arrested on 27 September 2017, this was his sixth 
arrest. He was seized only 27 days after his last release on 31 August 
2017 and ordered to administrative detention for 6 months. Shokeh went 
on an open hunger strike, which concluded with an agreement that he 
would be sentenced and released on 3 June 2018. Instead, he was issued a 
new administrative detention order for six months, accompanied by a 
claim that new secret material had entered ihis file. He immediately 
launched a hunger strike in Ofer prison.

He was strip-searched and put in isolation in Ofer prison before being 
transferred to Hadarim prison for 10 days and then back to Ofer for five 
days. His lawyer appealed to the Israeli occupation Supreme Court 
against his administrative detention given the deterioration of his 
health. His strike ended with an agreement for his release on 1 December 
2018.

Bassam Abidu, 47, from al-Khalil governorate, launched a hunger strike 
on 22 July against his administrative detention. A former prisoner, he 
spent a total of seven and a half years in Israeli prison. He was 
rearrested on 30 May 2018 by Israeli occupation forces and ordered 
jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention. He is 
married and the father of six children.

In addiiton, Mohammed al-Rimawi, 27, from Ramallah governorate, began an 
open hunger strike on 19 July in protest of his arrest and the 
conditions of his interrogation in Ashkelon detention center. He was 
seized after being summoned for interrogation. A former prisoner jailed 
previously for three years, his father, Nimr al-Rimawi, was then seized 
by occupation forces in an attempt to pressure his son to confess.

Dirar Abu Manshar, 40, from al-Khalil, launched a hunger strike on 27 
July against his administrative detention. Jailed since 7 June 2017, his 
imprisonment without charge or trial was renewed three times. He is the 
father of four children.

Alaa Rimawi, a 40-year-old journalist from Ramallah, began his open 
hunger strike on 30 July 2018 in rejection of his arrest for 
journalistic work. He is currently jailed in Ofer prison, and he is 
married with five children.

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