[Pnews] September 2018 report: 378 Palestinians arrested as Khader Adnan, Omran al-Khatib continue hunger strikes

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Thu Oct 11 10:30:46 EDT 2018


  September 2018 report: 378 Palestinians arrested as Khader Adnan,
  Omran al-Khatib continue hunger strikes

11 October 2018

In September 2018, Israeli occupation forces arrested 378 Palestinians 
in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, according to a 
monthly report by Palestinian prisoners’ associations 
The arrests included 52 children and 10 women. The following translation 
was produced by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Palestinian prisoners’ associations, including Addameer Prisoner Support 
and Human Rights Association, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, the 
Prisoners’ Affairs Commission and Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, 
issued the report on Tuesday, 9 October. During September, Israeli 
occupation forces seized 104 Palestinians from Jerusalem, 56 from 
Ramallah and el-Bireh, 73 from al-Khalil, 30 from Nablus, 29 from 
Bethlehem, 19 from Jenin, 13 from Tulkarem, 23 from Qalqilya, five from 
Tubas, seven from Salfit, three from Jericho and 16 from the Gaza Strip.

These arrests bring the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails 
on 30 September 2018 to approximately 6,000. Of these, 52 were women, 
including a minor girl. The number of children held in Israeli jails 
reached around 200. In the context of the policy of administrative 
detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – the occupation 
authorities issued 38 administrative detention orders, including 24 new 
orders, bringing the total number of administrative detainees to 
approximately 430.

*Abuse and execution of Palestinians during their detention*

The prisoners’ institutions documented the testimonies of hundreds of 
Palestinian detainees who were beaten during their arrest. They were 
most frequently beaten with guns on different parts of the body, 
including detainees suffering from diseases and ill health.

Many of these testimonies were taken from detainees in the initial 
detention centers such as Etzion and Huwarra centers, where dozens of 
detainees confirmed during the visits shortly following their arrests 
that they had been severely beaten and abused. These testimonies were 
received from all prisoners, including children, elderly people, wounded 
and sick detainees. Since the beginning of 2018, human rights 
organizations documented the deaths of two detainees during the arrest 
process and due to shooting, beatings and torture, including Yassin 
from Jericho, killed during his arrest on 22 February 2018. He was 
severely beaten during his arrest, and the autopsy revealed that he was 
killed by a bullet in his lower abdomen fired from a point-blank 
distance. On 18 September 2018, Mohammed al-Rimawi 
of Ramallah was killed after being beaten by special forces of the 
occupation army during an arrest raid on his home.

It is the view of the institutions that the abuse, torture and killing 
of Palestinian detainees by the occupation army and its special forces 
during arrest and detention is clearly an excessive use of force that 
indicates that the occupation’s policy of the extrajudicial execution of 
Palestinians is continuing. This is being given full cover by the 
political, security and judicial institutions of the occupation state. 
Further, they note that the excessive use of force during the detention 
of Palestinians who do not pose a direct threat to the occupying force 
violates the rules of international human rights law, which prohibits 
the use of lethal force against civilians when they do not constitute a 
real and direct threat or danger. The use of lethal force in this manner 
is extrajudicial execution outside the scope of the law, especially as 
Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories are protected 
persons under international humanitarian law.

*Detainees in detention centers face unsanitary conditions*

According to monitoring and documentation, detainees held by the Israeli 
occupation in interrogation and initial detention centers complain 
continuously of the unhealthy and unsanitary conditions in which they 
are held by the occupation authorities, especially in the detention 
centers of Eisayoun, Jalameh and Huwwara.

A large number of prisoners are held in these centers without hygienic 
or healthy conditions. The rooms are narrow, dirty and have high 
humidity and little to no ventilation. The detainees receive dirty or 
contaminated water, and the rooms have a continuous stench and are 
infested with insects. It is a clear, systematic policy of abuse of 
detainees that creates a breeding ground for disease and contagion, and 
is mirrored by the lack of proper healthcare in prisons and detention 

Palestinian prisoner Khair Abu Rujaila, 41, from Atara village north of 
Ramallah, who was recently transferred to Ofer prison, said that during 
his interrogation at the Jalameh detention center several months ago, 
the administration intentionally provided the detainees with unhealthy 
and contaminated water. This resulted in pain in his side, specifically 
in the kidney area, but the prison administration did not pay attention 
to the detainees’ suffering and did not provide healthcare.

*Adnan and al-Khatib continue their hunger strikes*

Omran al-Khatib, 60, from Gaza, and Khader Adnan 
40, from Jenin, continued their hunger strike in Israeli prisons in 
September 2018.

Al-Khatib, sentenced to 45 years in prison, began his strike on 5 August 
to see his early release after 21 years in detention. The occupaiton 
authorities deliberately transferred him from one prison to another as a 
means of pressure. He has since been transferred to the Israeli 
hospital, Barzilai, after the deterioration of his health.

Palestinian prisoner Adnan began his hunger strike on 2 September, 
rejecting his arbitrary arrest on 11 December 2017. During his strike, 
he has been transferred repeatedly, most recently to the Jalameh 
detention center, and the prison administration continues to prevent him 
from seeing his lawyers, saying that his health does not permit him to 
have a legal visit.

It should be noted that this is the third long-term hunger strike 
carried out by Adnan since 2012, noting that his previous strikes were 
against his administrative detention. The first was in 2012 and the 
second in 2015.

During the month of September, a number of prisoners carried out hunger 
strikes, including Jamal Alqam, Jawad Jawarish, Ismil Alayan and Salah 

Women prisoners protest surveillance cameras, refuse recreation

Palestinian women prisoners at HaSharon prison have refused to go to the 
recreation yard in protest of the surveillance cameras installed by the 
prison administration since 5 September. As of the publication of this 
report, they continue to refuse to go to the yard. Originally, the 
cameras were covered several years ago after the protest of the 
prisoners at the time, but the prison administration reactivated them 
after the visit of the committee designed to withdraw the achievements 
and rights of the prisoners chaired by Israeli Minister of Public 
Security Gilad Erdan. This followed the first repressive action of 
confiscating thousands of books from the prisoners. It should be noted 
that the prisoners have taken measures to protest against this violation 
of privacy, and the women prisoners are negotiating in order to achieve 
their demands. 34 women prisoners are held in HaSharon prison, while 20 
more Palestinian women are jailed in Damon prison.

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