[Pnews] Mass Arrests and Detentions Amidst the Escalation of Israeli Oppression Against the Palestinian People

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Fri May 21 10:31:24 EDT 2021




The past month has been marked by heightened violence by Israeli 
Occupation Forces against Palestinians across occupied Palestine, 
including: Jerusalem, historic Palestine (the 1948 occupied 
territories), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, reaching critical 
levels in the last two weeks. The events began at the start of the holy 
month of Ramadan, on 13 April 2021, when Israeli Occupation Forces 
stormed the outer minarets of Al-Aqsa Mosque, cutting the wires to the 
speakers to prevent the call to prayer, and placing metal barriers 
around Damascus Gate, assaulting Palestinians gathering near the gate. 
Further provocation was incited by Israeli settlers in the evening of 22 
April 2021, who roamed the streets chanting ‘death to Arabs’ and 
targeting Palestinian civilians.
Parallel to this repression is the case of Sheikh Jarrah, in which the 
Israeli Supreme Court—illegally applying Israeli discriminatory domestic 
law to occupied territory—intended to hold a hearing on 10 May 2021 on 
the forced expulsion of eight Palestinian families, who, themselves, 
were already forcibly expelled during the 1948 Nakba. Escalating 
violence by IOF and settlers, many armed, in Sheikh Jarrah, led to calls 
for local and international solidarity. Such acts, in turn, spurred 
intensifying repression by IOF and Israeli settlers, many armed. These 
acts of violence include physical assault, home raids, destruction of 
property, firing of tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, sound bombs, and 
skunk water, arbitrary arrests, and even extrajudicial killings of 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation has carried out a devastating 
war, targeting civilian infrastructure and killing over 230 
Palestinians, including 65 children, and 39 women,[1]in acts amounting 
to possible war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Rome 
Statute of the International Criminal Court. Still, the solidarity 
protests erupting across the occupied Palestinian territory, culminating 
in what many call the Palestinian Unity Uprising,continue to be met by 
repression and extraordinary violence.

Arbitrary arrests have been a key feature of the Israeli occupation’s 
attempts to repress the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberty all 
across the occupied Palestinian territory. The statistics are 
staggering: since April, at least 1800 Palestinians in the West Bank, 
Jerusalem, and historic Palestine have been arrested and/or 
detained.2The increased systematic practice of arbitrary detention 
undertaken by the Israeli occupation—IOF soldiers, police, special 
units, border police, secret service, and the undercover mista’arivim—is 
upheld by the Israeli apartheid judicial system.

Violence is imbued at each state of arrest: during the repression of 
peaceful protests and acts of solidarity, upon arrest and transfer to 
detention centers, and during the period of detention and trial. These 
methods of arbitrary arrest and detention are central to the practices 
of the Israeli occupation, yet they are differentially applied 
geographically across the occupied Palestinian territory.

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Addameer, Prisonner Support and Human Rights Association
info at addameer.ps






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