[Pnews] On International Human Rights Day, Palestinian People's Suffering Continues

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  On International Human Rights Day, Palestinian People's Suffering

December 10, 2019

Palestinians mark *International Human Rights Day* following a year of 
nonstop violence and widespread human rights violations by Israeli 
Occupation Forces (IOF), against the Palestinian population used, as a 
form of collective punishment and a method of control of Palestinian 
society. These consistent and systematic policies by the occupation 
include, extrajudicial executions and issuance of discriminatory 
legislations, mass arrests campaigns, torture, administrative detention, 
and medical negligence against Palestinian political prisoners.

*Arrests of Palestinians*

Under *Article 3* and *Article 9* of the *Universal Declaration of Human 
Rights*, all human beings have the right to liberty and the right not to 
be subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention. Palestinians, however, 
have suffered from a widespread policy of arrests and use of arbitrary 
detention by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) for decades.

In 2018 alone, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested around 
(6500) Palestinians, including (1080) children, (133) women, (6) PLC 
members and (17) journalists. Additionally, they issued (912) 
administrative detention orders, (398) of which were new.

In 2019, the IOF continued its policy of arbitrary detention of 
Palestinians. By the end of November 2019, the Israeli occupation forces 
(IOF) arrested around (5190) Palestinians. The month of November 2019 
ended with around (5000) prisoners including (185) children, (38) women, 
(8) PLC members. Additionally, there are 460 administrative detainees, 
and around (700) prisoners with health issues needing urgent medical 
attention. There are also (26) long-term prisoners who were arrested 
before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993; including  the two 
longest serving prisoners, Karim and Maher Younis, who were arrested in 

*Administrative Detention of Palestinians*

The IOF detain Palestinians without charges or undergoing fair trial. 
This prevents the detainee and his/her lawyer from knowing the reasons 
for detention, and prevents building an effective and strong defense. 
The administrative detention order can be renewed indefinitely, *causing 
indefinite detention.* It is issued through the executive not the 
judiciary authority, which violates the principle of a fair trial. The 
systematic, widespread, arbitrary, and indefinite use of administrative 
detention by the Israeli occupying state, without guaranteeing the basic 
standards of a fair trial, is a form of psychological torture, a 
violation of international humanitarian law, and a war crime.

The number of administrative detainees in Israeli prisons, at the end of 
November 2019 reached around (460) detainees, including (5) PLC  
members, two female prisoners and two children.

*Imprisonment of Palestinian Children*

Under International Human Rights Law, children must be afforded special 
protection and their best interest should always be a primary 
consideration. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was 
ratified by Israel in 1991, prohibits the arbitrary detention of 
children and stipulates that the detention and imprisonment of children 
should only be used as a measure of last resort and for the shortest 
appropriate period of time. Palestinian children, however, are regularly 
subjected to arrests and detention by Israeli occupation. Children often 
undergo ill-treatment at the hands of IOF forces and are subject to a 
wide array of violations. Arrests usually take place in night raids and 
are often physically and verbally abused during arrest, transfer and 

As of November 2019, the number of Palestinian children in Israeli 
occupation prisons, is 185 children, including (2) held under 
administrative detention.

*Torture and ill-Treatment*

Despite the absolute and non-derogable prohibition against torture, 
enshrined under article (2) of the International Convention against 
Torture and ratified by Israel on 3 October 1991, Israeli torture 
against Palestinian detainees is systematic and widespread. Affidavits 
and documented cases gathered by various human rights organizations in 
the occupied Palestinian territories, including Addameer Prisoner 
Support and Human Rights Association, have shown that the Israeli 
occupation authorities use torture as a first measure for extracting 
statements from Palestinian detainees, in violation of their rights to 
bodily integrity, physical safety, and basic dignity.

Torture and ill treatment has continued throughout 2019 Addameer has 
documented an escalation of the use of violence and excessive force 
against Palestinians during arrest and detention. Several Palestinian 
were arrested after being shot by IOF forces in the aftermath of alleged 
attacks. Many of those who were arrested after being shot were subjected 
to field interrogations while bleedings, interrogations during treatment 
in hospitals while chained to bed as well as being subjected to harsh 
interrogations shortly after release from hospitals. Torture methods 
include, traditional physical violence, such as, harsh beatings, sleep 
deprivation, stress positions such as (the banana and frog 
positions),[1] deprivation of food and water, physiological torture, 
such as threats against family members, threats of sexual violence, and 
threats of administrative detention without charge or trial.

Addameer is particularly alarmed at the case of Samer Arbeed, who was 
arrested on 25 September 2019.  Samer was tortured nearly to the point 
of death, and was transferred to the hospital on 27 September 2019, 
following 2 days in interrogation at Al-Mascobiyya Interrogation Center, 
due to life-threatening injuries.

*Medical Negligence*

Medical negligence continues to be a policy, with not only specialized 
medical care, but also the minimum standards for medical care are 
unavailable to prisoners and detainees. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) 
has adopted a policy of deliberate medical neglect against prisoners and 
detainees. Human rights organizations estimate that since 1967, (222) 
Palestinian prisoners have died in Israeli prisons and detention 
centers, including (67) prisoners died as a result of medical 
negligence. In 2019 alone, 5 prisoners died in Israeli prisons, (3) out 
of which died as a result of medical negligence.

*Human Rights Defenders *

In 2019, the (IOF) continued its  crackdown and repression of human 
rights defenders. Currently, Addameer faces gag orders against around 
(40) of the cases they represent, who are in interrogation. The gag 
order prohibits us from releasing any information to the public 
regarding their detention status, or face grave consequences.

In the early hours of 19 September 2019, the Addameer office in Ramallah 
were raided, and essential equipment, including laptops, memory cards, 
books and publications were stolen by the (IOF), and have yet to be 
returned. Indeed, civil society organizations and their staff are 
targeted for doing the work of upholding and being vocal about human 
rights violations. Several of Addameer’s staff have travel bans that 
prevent them from traveling outside of Palestine. Moreover, Addameer’s 
legal coordinator Ayman Nasser has been under administrative detention 
since September 2018 without charge or trial. His administrative 
detention order has been renewed for three times after the end of his 
first detention order.


On the International Human Rights Day, Addameer calls for an end to 
ongoing violations by Israeli occupation forces in the form of mass 
arrest campaigns, rapidly increasing use of administrative detention, 
continued denial of fair trial, and illegal torture and ill-treatment of 
Palestinian detainees. Addameer calls on members of the international 
community, particularly UN Member States and UN bodies and agencies, to 
hold Israel accountable for its ongoing violations against the 
Palestinian occupied population.

Addameer believes Israeli mass incarceration of Palestinians is an 
inextricable part of the ongoing violence of occupation.  Tearing at the 
fabric of Palestinian society, recent arrest campaigns seek to quash 
Palestinian ability to endure in their struggles against the occupation. 
It is important that on this day, we all stand united to call for an end 
to Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and an end to the Israeli 
occupation.  As Israel acts with ever growing contempt for international 
law and the will of the international community, action is now needed 
more than ever.


[1] The frog stress position is a position in which the detainee is 
forced to squat while bending the tips of his toes. The banana stress 
position, includes shackling the hands and feet of the detainee behind 
the back and stretching his body into a banana shape.

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