[Pnews] Over 3,100 Palestinians detained by Israeli occupation in May 2021: Prisoners’ associations report
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Over 3,100 Palestinians detained by Israeli occupation in May 2021:
Prisoners’ associations report
by samidoun <https://samidoun.net/?author=1>
*Palestinian prisoners' rights and human rights institutions, the
Prisoners' Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners' Society, Addameer
Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh
Information Center - Jerusalem, issued their monthly report on Sunday,
13 June <https://www.addameer.org/ar/media/4408>, detailing the latest
statistics and reports on Israeli repression targeting Palestinian
detainees. The report covers key issues in the current uprising in
Palestine, including ongoing violations and abuses by occupation forces,
and documents specific cases followed by the institutions that prepared
the report. The report is translated into English by Samidoun
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.*
According to the research and follow-ups made by the Palestinian
prisoners' institutions, Israeli occupation authorities arrested 3100
Palestinians, including 42 women and 471 children, throughout the month
of May, in different areas of Palestine, at demonstrations, in night
raids and random arrests.
As of the end of May 2021, there are approximately 5,300 Palestinian
detainees, including 40 women and 250 child prisoners. Of these, 81
child detainees are from occupied Palestine '48 - that is, Palestinian
citizens of Israel. There are currently approximately 520 Palestinians
jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention, after 200
administrative detention orders were issued since the beginning of May.
The month of May 2021 marked a serious escalation in repression and
attacks against the Palestinian people in multiple forms, especially
with the spark of events that began at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on
13 April 2021, where occupation forces attempted to prohibit
Palestinians from entering the area. This repression came hand in hand
with the forced displacement and forced expulsion being planned and
threatened against the Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in
As events continued and the confrontations with occupation forces
escalated, the occupation launched massive repression and attacks,
including mass arrests that affected all sectors. These continued to
escalate, especially with the launch of the Israeli aggression on Gaza,
which lasted for 11 days and prompted Palestinians everywhere to take
action in the streets to confront the grave crimes of the occupation.
This is not the first instance in which Palestinians face this type of
escalation, including attacks during which the occupation has used all
of its mechanisms and policies over the past decade. Systematic arrests
are among the most prominent of these colonial mechanisms by which the
occupation seeks to suppress any efforts by the Palestinian people to
seek liberation and self-determination.
Since 2015, which also constituted a turning point for Palestinian
prisoners and detainees, especially regarding the number of arrests at
one time, this moment also constituted a milestone in terms of the
number of detainees and the large number of serious violations
documented by institutions, activists, journalists and citizens, who
played an important role in conveying and exposing these crimes.
The highest number of arrests were recorded in occupied Palestine '48,
where approximately 2,000 Palestinians were arrested, including 291
children, as documented by Palestinian human rights institutions in
occupied Palestine '48. Many serious crimes were recorded, accompanying
mass and systematic arrests in various cities and villages. These did
not stop at the moment of arrest against the detainees and their
families, but continued through a series of mechanisms and policies
later, including intimidation, threats and torture. Over 170 Palestinian
detainees later had indictments filed against them, and the most common
of these charges was participation in demonstrations rejecting the
policies of the occupation.
Israeli occupation forces of various types, along with settlers,
contributed to attacking and attempting to intimidate the Palestinian
population, storming their homes, destroying their property, deploying
undercover forces among them, firing live ammunition and rubber-coated
metal bullets at them and brutally assaulting them physically.
Similar to the situation in occupied Palestine '48, harsh campaigns of
arrests targeted many Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps in
the West Bank, including Jerusalem, where 1,100 Palestinians were
arrested, including 180 children and 42 women and girls -- the highest
number of arrests took place in Jerusalem, where 677 were detained.
The institutions documented the continued series of arrests targeting
Palestinian Legislative Council election candidates; occupation forces
seized six candidates from the "Jerusalem is Our Promise" list, one of
the electoral lists for the Legislative Council, in addition to two
former Palestinian Legislative Council members, along with nightly raids
on homes and searches and vandalism targeting families' properties.
Occupation authorities engaged in systematic methods of repression,
intimidation and suppression, extending to collective punishment for all
sectors of society.
There were 200 administrative detention orders issued during the month
of May, including 116 new administrative detention orders.
*The 1948 Occupied Territories: Blurring the Image Through Fabricated
Israeli occupation police arrested journalist and former political
prisoner Raafat Abu Ayash, 27, from the occupied Naqab, while he was
actively reporting on a sit-in for Palestinian students at Beersheba
University in protest of events in Jerusalem, in front of the university
building. They were attacked by far-right Jewish Zionist groups, who
outnumbered the Palestinian students and threatened to kill them,
prompting the Palestinian students to move their protest to the
students' residence. Abu Ayash reports that police, including the
special "Al-Yasam" unit came to the scene of event and attacked the
Palestinian students, despite the fact that they had called for
protection from the attacks by the right-wingers. The police violently
beat the students with batons and arrested two Palestinian students.
As Abu Ayash documented the police repression against Palestinian
students, he was arrested. He was asked for his name. As soon as he
identified himself, undercover police began to beat him, seized him and
took him by police car to several locations, eventually ending at the
Ashkelon Detention and Interrogation Center, where he was held for three
days before his release.
When he asked for the allegations against him, he was accused of
assaulting a settler and burrning his car while he was detained, and
accused of joining a "terrorist faction." He was subjected to three days
of interrogation by the Shin Bet for four sessions that lasted for six
hours each. After he finally proved that he was at the university to
cover the event - where he was initially detained - due to camera
footage, he was finally released from the interrogation center.
During his detention, Abu Ayash was subjected to several violations, in
addition to the wrongful arrest and the trumped-up allegations against
him. He was subjected to "shabeh," or stress positions, in the
interrogation chair for long hours, while he was handcuffed to the
chair. His detention was extended for 5 days pending interrogation,
during which he was not provided with clothes other than those of the
prison administration. During his interrogation, he was repeatedly
screamed at, cursed, insulted and threatened with "destroying his life."
He was unable to open his eyes when he arrived at the interrogation
center due to Israeli occupation forces' severe beating of his face.
*Detaining candidates for postponed elections, attacking the role of
politicians and activists*
Two months after his release on 21 March 2021, Israeli occupation forces
once again detained former prisoner and electoral candidate for the
Palestinian Legislative Council on the "Jerusalem is our Promise" list,
Yousef Qazzaz, 49. They seized Qazzaz after invading the family home in
Dura, al-Khalil on 20 May 2021, as nearly 20 soldiers removed the main
door of the home and ransacked it, storming the bedrooms and pointing
guns at the heads of the sleeping residents, as his wife recounted.
Qazzaz is a former prisoner who has spent 5 years in Israeli occupation
prisons. In his previous detention he was held without charge or trial
under administrative detention for 18 months; he previously was held in
administrative detention for 24 months. Qazzaz suffers from several
illnesses, but was prohibited from taking his medication with him by the
On 9 May 2021, occupation forces seized Nasser Abu Khdeir, 59, a
candidate rom the "Pulse of the People" electoral list, after storming
his home in Shuafat, Jerusalem. He was ordered into forcible house
arrest at his home in Shuafat for an unspecified period of time,
stripped of his health insurance and national insurance and prohibited
from entering the West Bank for 6 months.
Abu Khdeir was last released the previous March from Israeli occupation
prisons. He has spent almost 17 years in occupation prisons over various
periods of detention.
*Child abuse: 13-year-olds detained*
During May 2021, Israeli occupation forces seized 180 children from the
West Bank, and cases of abuse and mistreatment were documented through
field researchers for Palestinian human rights institutions.
Occupation forces seized the 13-year-old child, J.A., while he was in
Al-Balou Park near the illegal settlement of Beit El outside Ramallah.
He was beaten repeatedly by an Israeli soldier in the pelvic area,
causing him severe pain, and pepper-sprayed in his right eye at zero
distance while laying on the ground.
J.A. was ordered to lie on the ground and handcuffed with plastic ties
before being taken to Beit El military camp. He was blindfolded and
taken to the Benjamin police station, where he was placed on a chair
facing the wall and tied with plastic handcuffs and ties. The soldiers
deliberately held him there for approximately 3 hours, unable to move,
until the interrogation began. In the end, he was thrown out of the
military vehicle in which he was taken, hit on the neck and the head and
his blindfold and handcuffs removed. The child discovered that he had
been thrown out of the back of the vehicle in the Hizma area of occupied
The child K.D., 13, from Tayseer village, was detained near the Tayseer
military checkpoint east of Tubas on 15 May 2021, where a demonstration
was organized against the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Occupation forces
followed him and shot at him before beating him in the face and
arresting him. He was then taken from Tayseer Checkpoint, handcuffed and
blindfolded. He was released the next day at the same checkpoint.
However, intelligence officers then called his father the day after his
release, demanding he hand over his son for interrogation.
K.D. suffered psychological trauma as a result of his experience. His
father reported that he was shocked and unable to speak for a lengthy
time after his release.
*Al-Moskobiya: Continuous witness to the crime of torture*
Al-Moskobiya, known as the Russian Compound, once again came to the fore
during the escalation of repressive attacks carried out by the
occupation forces. Dozens of detainees were subjected there to physical
and psychological torture. Since August 2019, occupation forces and
interrogators have escalated their methods of torture, returning to many
of the same tactics of physical and psychological torture used in the
1960s and 1970s. During the current confrontation, Palestinian human
rights institutions have continued to document testimonies of torture to
which detainees were subjected.
*The case of the detainee, Jalal Jabarin (36 years), from the town of
Jabarin was arrested from his home at dawn on 14 May 2021, after
occupation soldiers forced him to take off his clothes, searched and
ransacked his house using police dogs. He was taken to an area near the
Etzion military camp, where he was taken out of the military vehicle and
beaten severely by occupation soldiers. He fell to the ground twice from
the severity of the beating, and later he was transferred to the Etzion
detention and investigation center, where they asked him to sign a paper
exonerating the soldiers from assaulting him. However, he refused to sign.
Jabarin indicated that he was transferred on the same day to the
Al-Moskobiya interrogation center, where he was tortured for ten days
and for long hours, including being interrogated for 38 hours
continuously, while he was forcibly held in stress positions on a chair,
while handcuffed, with his hands and feet tied. He was denied sleep and
clean, safe food, forcing him to refrain from eating during the first
two days of his detention.
During his detention, an order was issued preventing him from meeting
with a lawyer. Jabarin is a former prisoner who had previously been
arrested several times.
*Maryam Afifi: Arrest, abuse, and unconditional release*
Israeli occupation forces arrested Mariam Afifi, 26, on 8 May 2021 at
about 10:30 pm while she was in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. A
witness stated that they saw occupation soldiers attacking a girl,
causing her to fall to the ground. They went towards the girl and while
attempting to get close to the girl, one of the soldiers shouted at her
and pushed her harshly. The witness attempted again to approach her to
check on her as a soldier attacked her and started violently pulling at
her hijab. As he pulled her back, her shoes came off and the soldier
stepped on her legs and joined a number of other soldiers who began to
kick and hit her. They handcuffed her behind her back and tied her legs,
dragging her to an area where many soldiers and police had gathered, and
forced her to the ground. After around 30 minutes, she was taken to the
occupation police station, where she was held until the morning of the
next day in a room with many other detainees.
The next day, she was transferred to the Al-Moskobiya interrogation
center, where she remained in a very cold cell, and when she asked to
turn off the air conditioner, they did not respond to her request. Then
she was transferred to the court to extend her detention in the
Al-Moskobiya center, during which a female soldier handcuffed her hands
with iron handcuffs and pulled them, tightening her shackles and causing
her severe pain. Maryam stated that she was taken twice to the court,
the first time where the judge was not present because of the court
break in the afternoon hours, and then they brought her back to the
cell, and after a period of time they returned and brought her to the
court, and during these movements the shackles were digging into her
hands and feet. Maryam was presented to the court, and while the public
prosecutor asked to extend her detention, the judge ordered her released
without conditions on 9 May after seeing the photo and video evidence of
*Jerusalem: a double confrontation*
The occupation authorities continued their unprecedented campaigns of
daily arrests in the city of occupied Jerusalem during the month of May.
They arrested hundreds of people on the streets in addition to the
storming of homes throughout the city. In Jerusalem, 677 people were
detained, including 124 children, of which 20 of whom were aged 13 or 14
years, in addition to 32 women, including 8 girls.
Arrests on the street took place around Al-Aqsa and its gates, where 117
Palestinians were detained; 138 were arrested from Bab al-Amoud and the
nearby areas; 79 were detained in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, and
hundreds from different areas.
From 13 April 2021, the beginning of confrontations and protests at the
Damascus Gate, through the end of May, 845 Palestinians were detained.
Most detainees were released under conditions, most commonly forced
exclusion from the place of detention, home confinement for 3 days to
two weeks, payment of cash bail, while a number of them were presented
with indictments and others are still detained in interrogation centers.
Harsh excessive force was used during many arrests and detentions,
including assaults inside police vehicles and during transportation to
detention centers. Scores of detainees were injured, including people
with broken hands, noses and ribs, as well as wounds in the face and
head. Dozens of Palestinian detainees were transferred from
interrogation centers to hospitals for treatment, some of whom remained
in detention, and some were released on condition that they return to
interrogation after treatment.
The detainees were accused of a number of charges, the most common of
which were: participation in confrontations and demonstrations, throwing
stones, using firecrackers and Molotov cocktails, raising the
Palestinian flag, protesting at Al-Aqsa, tearing the flag of the
occupation state, destroying surveillance cameras or burning property
for nationalist reasons, assaulting police or assaulting settlers.
Dozens of Palestinian detainees were indicted, others are still held
under interrogation, and hundreds were released under various conditions
During May, Israeli occupation authorities ordered 11 Jerusalemites to
administrative detention by order of the "Defense" Minister, for periods
ranging from three to six months, including Palestinian prisoners whose
health insurance was cut off.
The occupation also escalated deportation orders during the past month,
as over 270 orders forcibly excluding Palestinian Jerusalemites from
various areas, including Al-Aqsa, the Old City, Bab al-Amoud and
adjacent streets, the entire city of Jerusalem, and the rest of the West
Bank, were issued in May for periods ranging from one week to six
months. These decisions were issued through the courts or after hours of
interrogation in various centers, especially the Al-Qashla detention
center in the Old City of Jerusalem and the Salah al-Din police station.
Dozens of young men and women seized from Sheikh Jarrah were excluded
from the neighborhood, and a number of young people were forcibly
expelled from their areas of residence in Al-Tur, Issawiya and Jabal
*Ahmed Abu Sneineh: He lost his eye and was arrested inside the hospital*
Israeli occupation forces wounded, Ahmed Abu Sneineh, 28, with a
rubber-coated metal bullet fired inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the 25th day
of Ramadan, while he was heading to the mosque to deliver an item to his
mother, who was praying Tarawih prayers in the mosque.
The occupation forces hit Abu Sneineh's eye with a rubber bullet,
causing him to lose consciousness. He was taken to the hospital in
serious condition and approximately two weeks after the injury, he was
seized from inside the hospital by occipation forces.
Abu Sneineh said, "My eye was hit inside Al-Aqsa, then I completely lost
consciousness and was transferred in a very serious health condition to
the hospital due to a fractured skull. I had several surgeries during my
treatment, for injuries to the eye, head and abdomen, and the medical
staff said I needed to stay in the hospital for treatment and follow-up
for 60 days."
Abu Sneineh continued: "On 27 May, I was surprised by the presence of a
nurse who told me he would get me out of the hospital, and a few minutes
later a group of 'Shabak' agents invaded the room wearing civilian
clothing. They showed their badges and identified themselves and then
they arrested me."
He said that he was transferred to the detention center, and stayed for
more than 6 hours, being moved between the police and the Shin Bet
intelligence, despite his fatigue and dizziness. He was then released
and transferred to house arrest for four days on condition that he
return to interrogation. On the appointed day, 30 May, he returned to
interrogation at the Al-Qashla police station where he was left to wait
in the sun for several hours before being released and ordered to
another day of house arrest.
*Cancellation of health insurance*
As part of the policy of collective punishment against the released
prisoners and their families, the occupation authorities cut off their
right to national health insurance for 19 Palestinian Jerusalemites,
including three jailed prisoners and the wife of a Palestinian prisoner.
The remaining victims of this policy are all former prisoners. The
families were surprised to learn of the cancellation of their health
insurance when they went for treatment in health centers, without any
legal warning or clarification.
This measure targeted former prisoners who were subjected to arrest and
forced exclusion or deportation from Jerusalem or Al-Aqsa. They were
also barred from entry to the West Bank and their bank accounts were seized.
The pretext given for the cancellation of the former prisoners' health
insurance was an allegation that they maintain "residence outside the
city of Jerusalem", which they denied, emphasizing that most of their
homes are inside the walls of the Old City or its surroundings.
*Collective punishment: Turmus Ayya and Aqraba*
The villages of Turmus Ayya and Aqraba were repeatedly invaded and
raided by Israeli occupation forces during the first third of May 2021,
following the shooting of Israeli occupation soldiers at Za'atara
checkpoint south of Nablus. Nine residents of Aqraba and five residents
of Turmus Ayya were seized by occupation authorities, while many homes
were raided with police dogs as occupation soldiers threw gas bombs and
posed a constant threat to the people.
In a telephone conversation, Mrs. Basma al-Shalabi, the wife of
Palestinian detainee, former mayor Lafi Shalabi, explained that
occupation special forces known as the "Al-Yaman" unit invaded Turmus
Ayya village at 3 a.m., raided the family's home and seized her husband
on 5 May 2021. They forced off the doors of the home and attacked the
couple's 16-year-old son before one of the soldiers tried to throw the
child at his mother, who was isolated in another room of the home due to
her diagnosis with coronavirus. They then took Lafi Shalabi to the
second floor of the house, by himself, interrogating him while
threatening him, pressuring his wife and threatening her. They did not
allow her to take any medications despite her coronavirus infection and
high blood pressure diagnosis.
In Aqraba, large forces of the occupation army and special units
attacked the town, imposed full military control over it, locking down
the residents on 3 May and prohibiting them from moving, imposing
closure and erecting military checkpoints around the nearby villages.
The following day, they were joined by massive reinforcements and
armored vehicles invading the town, storming homes and deliberately
vandalizing, damaging and destroying property while searching the homes.
*Dozens of wounded and injured*
Israeli occupation forces used all manner of weapons and methods of
attack against the detainees, including severe beatings, dragging,
hitting with batons and rifle butts, release of "skunk" or sewage water,
firing tear gas, sound bombs, live bullets and rubber-coated metal
bullets at them, leading to dozens of injuries, some with live ammunition.
Among the cases followed by Palestinian human rights institutions is
that of the case of wounded detainee Fadi Daraghmeh, 18, from Tubas. He
was shot in the knee by occupation forces at Tayseer checkpoint with
live ammunition. After he fell to the ground, three soldiers severely
beat him and dragged him to their vehicle before he was transferred to
the Israeli Afula hospital.
Fellow wounded prisoner Osama Funoun, 23, from al-Khalil, was seized on
12 May 2021 after he was shot by occupation forces in the center of the
city, near the military checkpoint at the entrance to Shuhada street in
the city. He was then taken to the Ramle prison clinic and forced to
Maher Daraghmeh, 22, from Tubas, is also detained in the Ramle prison
clinic after being wounded by the Israeli occupation army when he was
shot while crossing the Huwarra military checkpoint south of Nablus. He
has since undergone several surgeries.
*The policy of administrative detention: Significant data*
There has been a serious increase in the number of administrative
detainees in the occupation prisons, a significant increase in
comparison with the past few years. During the current confrontation,
administrative detention was one of the most prominent policies of
repression. During the month of May 2021, occupation forces issued 200
administrative detention orders, including 11 against Jerusalemite
Of those orders, 116 were newly issued administrative detention orders,
while 84 renewal orders were also issued.
These numbers indicate a dangerous escalation in comparison to the
months immediately proceeding the uprising, confirming that occupation
authorities are continuing to use this policy on a large scale. The
Israeli occupation's use of administrative detention violates all
restrictions imposed under international law on the use of detention
without charge or trial. This form of arbitrary detention targets all of
those who have a leading role in Palestinian society, including leaders
in education and politics.
The Israeli occupation authorities also aim, through the use of
administrative detention, to undermine any popular action or uprising
for self-determination. This policy has been used in an escalating
manner since the early years of the occupation, increasing in the early
years and then decreasing after 1977, and then rising again in the
Intifadas of 1987 and 2000, and once again rose in 2015, with the
beginning of a popular uprising. The occupation once again escalated its
use, issuing 1,248 administrative detention orders at that time.
Over the past decades, occupation military courts constituted and remain
an essential tool in consolidating this policy, through their
implementation of the orders of the occupation intelligence (the Shin
Bet). This is confirmed by all the decisions issued by the military
courts, in various degrees, against the detainees.
Since the beginning of this year, Palestinian prisoners have carried out
individual hunger strikes against the policy of administrative
detention. To this day, five prisoners are continuing their open hunger
strikes in rejection of arbitrary administrative detention in occupation
prisons, including Ghazanfar Abu Atwan, 28, from Dura, al-Khalil, on
hunger strike for 40 days; Khader Adnan, 43, from Jenin, on hunger
strike for 15 days; Amr al-Shami and Yousef al-Amer, on hunger strike
for 14 days; and Jamal al-Tawil, on hunger strike for 11 days, demanding
an end to his daughter, Bushra's, administrative detention.
*samidoun <https://samidoun.net/?author=1>* | June 13, 2021 at 5:39 pm |
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