[Pnews] Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 1319 Palestinians during the months of January and February

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  Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 1319 Palestinians during the months
  of January and February

14 March 2018
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Ramallah / Gaza:

During January and February 2018, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 
1319 Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territories, including 
274 children, 23 women and 4 journalists.

These figures are drawn from a joint report for the months of January 
and February, which was issued by  the Prisoners and Liberties Affairs 
Association, Palestinian Prisoner Club, Addameer Prisoner Support and 
Human Rights Association, and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights) on Tuesday.

Those arrested included: 381 individuals from Jerusalem; 233 from 
Ramallah and Al Bireh governorate; 140 from Hebron governorate; 133 from 
Jenin; 118 from Bethlehem; 107 citizens from the governorate of Nablus; 
59 from Tulkarm governorate; 54 from Qalqiliya governorate; 20 from 
Salfit; 21 from Jericho; and 30 from the Gaza Strip.

The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails, as 
of February 28, 2018, was 6500. Of whom 63 were women, including 6 
girls, and 350 were children. In regard to the policy of administrative 
detention, the occupation authorities issued 169 administrative orders 
since the beginning of the year, which includes including 52 new orders. 
  At the end of the period, the total number of administrative detainees 
was 500.

Additionally, the report highlights the cases of Yassin al-Saradih from 
Jericho and Ismael Abu Riala from Gaza. In these particular instances, 
the occupation authorities violated their right to life during their 
detention. According to the human rights institutions, the Israeli 
occupation forces have killed 213 detainees since 1967. The majority of 
these died as a result of torture, which amounted to 72.

The report also drew attention to the issue of naked searches carried 
out by Israeli prison authorities. Several  testimonies were submitted 
by detainees, which claimed that these searches violated their basic 
dignity.

It also refers to violations against female prisoners in Israeli 
prisons, which have been documented through visits by human rights 
organizations. These violations include: the denial of medical 
treatment, which is especially pertinent as a number of them suffer from 
injuries and health problems, poor quality food, overcrowding in the 
places of detention, and physical and psychological abuse.

The report stresses that the occupying state is committing grave and 
systematic violations of the rules of international law and 
international human rights law. It calls for the establishment of a 
fact-finding committee by the Human Rights Council on Israeli violations 
of detainees, and for the activation of international accountability 
mechanisms towards perpetrators. The human rights organizations also 
call on the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to take 
up their responsibilities, and to pressure the occupying state to 
respect the rules of international humanitarian law and the rights of 
detainees.

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