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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 11 Palestinians From West Bank Districts

RAMALLAH, June 15, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Forces detained 11 Palestinians, including a mentally-disabled young man, from various West Bank districts, said security sources and Palestinian Prisoners Club.

Israeli police raided the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Issawiya, where they detained three Palestinians after breaking into their homes.

The detainees were identified as Bashar Mahmoud, Nasim Mhaisen and Muhammad Mousa.

They also re-detained another Palestinian after physically assaulting him in the Silwan neighborhood of ‘Ayn al-Louza to the south of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The detainee was identified as Suhaib al-A‘war, 18, who had been released at the beginning of this year after being sentenced to 21 months in jail.

Meanwhile in the Bethlehem district, Israeli forces raided Taqou town to the east of the city, where they detained three Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their homes.

The detainees were identified as Shadi, 27, and Murad Hajahja, 20, and Feras al-Badan, 20.

In Jenin, a Palestinian was reportedly detained by Israeli police after crossing into Israel.The detainee was identified as Tareq Abu Tabikh, 19.

In the meantime in Hebron district, forces raided al-‘Arrub refugee camp to the north of the city, where they detained a Palestinian after storming his home. The detainee was identified as Islam Mhaisin, 18.

Israeli army units also detained another mentally disabled Palestinian. The detainee was identified as Fadel al-Karaki.

Israeli soldiers also raided Surif town to the north of the city, where they broke and wrecked havoc into a local home. The homeowner was identified as Ayman Hmaidat.

Army troops also raided Yatta and Adh-Dhahiriya towns and set up checkpoints at the northern entrance of Hebron as well as the entrances of Sa‘ir, where they stopped and inspected Palestinian registered vehicles and examined passengers’ identification cards.

In the meantime in Nablus district, forces stormed ‘Asira Ash-Shamaliya town, where they detained a Palestinian after breaking into his home. The detainee was identified as Bara’a Jara‘ba, 21, who is a sophomore student in An-Najah University.


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Israeli Occupation Special Units Brutally Attack Sick Palestinian Prisoner

RAMALLAH, June 14, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers from the Nahshon special unit Sunday severely assaulted a sick Palestinian prisoner, while he was being transferred to hospital to undergo medical examination.

Prisoner Mohammed Abd Rabo, 29, told a Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) lawyer, who visited him in the Israeli Nafha jail following the assault, that around 20 soldiers from Nahshon unit severally assualted him for asking them to untie his hands and feet during his transfer to Soroka Medical Center, in Israel, for medical examination.

He said that soldiers brutally attacked him and threw him on the floor before sending him back to jail without taking him to hospital.

Abd Rabo, who was sentenced to 16 years in jail, suffers from what he described as unbearable pain due to chronic stomach pain and vomiting. He said that the Israeli prison administration only provides him with over the counter pain killers.

Palestinian prisoners are held in overcrowded cells that lack basic health standards, including the infestation of insects and rats, extreme cold and lack of heating methods, and wastewater leakage into their cells, which further aggravates their already poor conditions.

Prisoners are often subjected to physical abuse during their detention, interrogation and transfer between prisoners, which is prohibited by international law.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained and it is very difficult for the families of Palestinian detainees to obtain permits to visit their detained relatives.


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In Two Months Israeli Occupation Forces Have Arrested 24 Students, Wounded 200 Students And Teachers

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The Palestinian ministry of higher education on Thursday issued a report on Israeli violations against education in Palestine during the months of  April and may. The report showed that Israeli occupation arrested about 24 students from the southern provinces of the West Bank. The ministry published the list of names of detainees in the report as well.

Other than the arrests, the report showed that about 200 students and teachers were targeted and injured by Israeli forces, a majority of them who suffered teargas suffocation.

Israeli occupation forces also delayed 9 teachers from reaching their places of work, by detaining them on checkpoints.

The ministry pointed out that the occupation obstructed school day on the 9th of April in two schools. One because of the marathon in Al-Sawiya school, and another in Hebron since soldiers were showering the school yards with teargas.

The ministry called on the human rights defenders and organizations to stop the Israeli violations against the education in Palestine and exposing those arbitrary acts through international media.

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450 Palestinians Held Without Being Charged In Israeli Occupation Prisons

RAMALLAH, June 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) said that the number of Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in Israeli jails has reached 450 prisoners.

PPC said that the Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 30 prisoners for a period ranging between two to six months, bringing up the total number of administrative detainees to 450.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.

The use of administrative detention dates back to the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine, said the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

It stated, “Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative reasons of security.”

Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails. Jarrar is not the only lawmaker to be imprisoned; 18 of the Palestinian Legislative Council members are currently held in Israeli detention without charge or trial.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.


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Israeli Occupation Arrests Eight Palestinians In West Bank

HEBRON, June 8, 2015 (WAFA) – At least eight Palestinians were arrested on Monday by Israeli army and police in the West Bank districts, according to local and security sources.

An Israeli army force stormed the city of Hebron in southern West Bank, where they arrested two local residents identified as Tareq Salhab and Nizar Salhab.

Army further stormed the nearby town of Samu and arrested an elderly identified as Hassan Daghameen, after raiding and searching his house.

Meanwhile, forces arrested two Palestinians from Hebron’s Surif and Deir al-Asal areas. They were  identified as university student Jihad Baradiyeh, and 28-year-old Rami al-Shawamrewh, respectively.

In the meantime, the army broke into the village of Hosan, west of Bethlehem, and arrested 22-year-old Ibrahim Shosheh.

Army also stormed the town of Asira Shalaliya, north of Nablus, and arrested Makeen Saadeh, 22, after raiding his house.

In Ramallah, army stormed the village of Silwad to the east and raided a number of houses, interrogating their residents; however, no arrests were made.

Meanwhile, Israeli police arrested a girl while she was visiting her father, who is detained in Israeli Negev jail. The girl, Sumaia, was visiting her father Abdullah Gunaimant from Hebron – who is serving a life sentence in Israeli jails – when police arrested her, an attorney with the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) told WAFA.

In the meantime, special undercover Israeli force at predawn Monday cordoned off a public hospital in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, in an attempt to arrest two local residents who were wounded during confrontations with the army last night, according to security sources.

Motasem Shweki, 21, and Mahmoud Shweki, 18, were injured last night in the shoulder and thigh bone respectively during confrontations that broke out at the DCO checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Jala town. They were transferred to the town’s public hospital.

Forces withdrew from the area without making any arrests.


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93 Palestinian Minors Held Captive In Ofer Occupation Prison Alone

RAMALLAH, June 7, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority’s Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA) said, in a statement Sunday, that 93 Palestinian minors are currently incarcerated in the Israeli Ofer prison near Ramallah.

It said while eight of them are serving prison sentence, the other 85 are detained on remand.

Since the beginning of this year, the report said, some 161 Palestinian minors under the age of 18 were brought to jail by the Israeli authorities, a rate of one minor every day. This includes 30 children under the age of 15 arrested in May alone.

Recently, a number of Palestinian minor prisoners arrested by Israel told the CPA they had experienced a surge of flagrant violations against them during and after detention by the Israeli authorities, including physical assault and strip searches.

Heba Masalha, an attorney with the Detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs Committee, who was allowed to visit minor prisoners in Israeli jails, gained the testimony of four minor prisoners, who indicated a relentless disregard of their basic human rights.

In the prisoners’ testimonies, the violations included physical assault, eye-folding, hand-cuffing, strip-searches, beating among others.

A previous report which was also published on January 19, also indicated that Palestinian minor prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails were routinely subjected to physical torture during their arrest and interrogation as well as in detention.

“By the end of January 2014, it was reported that a total of 183 Palestinian children were prosecuted and detained in the Israeli court system, a rise of 18.8% over the month. The figure includes twenty children between the ages of 14 and 15,” reported the Middle East Monitor in a story.

“Around 500 – 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system,” said Defense for Children International (DCI).

With more than 200 minor prisoners currently incarcerated in Israeli jails, Israel is the only state to automatically and systematically prosecute children in military courts that lack basic standards of due process.


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Israeli Occupation Forces Arrest Palestinian Youth, Summon Two For Interrogation

HEBRON, June 6, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday arrested a Palestinian youth from Hebron, as well as summoned two Palestinians, including a teenager  from Bethlehem, for interrogation,  according to local and security sources.

Coordinator of the anti settlement and wall committee in northern Hebron, Mohammed Awad, informed WAFA that forces arrested 24-year-old Ahmad Al-Alami, a resident of the town of Beit Ummar in northern Hebron, at a military checkpoint to the south of Jerusalem and led him to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, forces raided the home of Samir Yosri in the city of Hebron and handed him a notice summoning him to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation.

Forces further set up surprise military checkpoints at the northern entrances of Hebron city and the town of Sair, northeast of Hebron, where they proceeded to stop and search Palestinian-registered vehicles.

In the meantime, forces also summoned 17-year-old Mosab Diryeh to appear for interrogation after raiding and searching his family’s home in the town of Beit Fajjar to the south of Bethlehem.


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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 11 Palestinians From West Bank Districts

JERUSALEM, June 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained early Thursday eleven Palestinians from West Bank districts, said security sources and detainees’ families.

Israeli police stormed al-Madares Street in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukaber, where they proceeded to detain two Palestinians.

The detainees were identified as Ahmad, 23, and ‘Atta ‘Uwaisat, 43.

They also stormed the Silwan neighborhood of ‘Ayn al-Loza, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where they proceeded to detain a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his home.

The detainee was identified as ‘Ali Abu Diab, 19.

Meanwhile in Hebron city in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians.  They were identified as Nasr Abu Hadid as well as Muhammad and Amjad Abu Turki.

In Nablus district, troops raided Kufr Qalil, a village to the south of the city, where they broke into and ransacked several homes and detained three Palestinians, said Head of Kufr Qalil Local Village Council, Samir Sayel.

Sayel identified the detainees as ‘Asem, 23, and Nabil ‘Amer, 25, and Saddam Mansour, 25.

Meanwhile in Ramallah district, a military force stormed Silwad, a town to the east of the city, where they broke into several homes and detained two Palestinians.

The detainees were identified as ‘Ali, 19, and Tareq Hamed, 21.

Israeli forces have recently conducted extensive raid and detention operations in the town, arresting 18 residents and detaining over 10 children for several hours before releasing them.

In Bethlehem district, forces raided Taqou town, located to the east of the city, where they stormed and ransacked several homes.

The homeowners were identified as Hamza, Hasan, and Mahmoud Jibril, Ibrahim ‘Issa and Muhammad Za‘oul.

They also stormed Husan town to the west of the city, breaking into and ransacking two homes. The homeowners were identified as ‘Ayed and Ahmad Za‘oul.


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Israeli Occupation Arrests Eight Palestinians In West Bank Raids

WEST BANK, June 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army on Wednesday arrested at least eight Palestinians during predawn search and arrest operations in multiple towns in the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron district, the army stormed the town of Beit Ummar and searched multiple homes before arresting two Palestinians, after raiding their homes and sabotaging their furniture. The two were identified as Belal Awad, 19, and Mohammad Za’akeek, 21.

The army also broke into the nearby town of Beit Awwa and Hebron and arrested two locals, identified as Omar Sweiti and Waleed Abu Turki.

Meanwhile, army units stormed the villages of Erak Tayeh, Beit Imrin and Deir Sharaf in Nablus district, where they arrested three Palestinians, identified as Mahmoud Judeh, Alaa Samara and Ghassan Antari.

Israeli soldiers stormed the village of Ramin, northeast of Tulkarm, and arrested 54-year-old Jamal Barham, who is an official in the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), his wife told WAFA.

She said an army force cordoned the house at midnight before raiding it in a barbaric manner, adding that the soldiers sabotaged the content of the house and smashed a laptop of their own.


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Israeli Occupation Military Court Reverses Ruling On Palestinian MP’s Release

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military judge reversed a ruling to release Khalida Jarrar on bail, deeming the Palestinian parliamentarian as a “security risk” based on secret evidence, prisoner rights group Addameer told Ma’an.The ruling came May 28 after an appeal by the prosecution was upheld by the military judge, who made the decision based on secret evidence provided by the prosecution.Jarrar was initially ordered on May 21 to be released on bail of 20,000 shekels ($5,160) in cash and a guarantee from a third party for the same amount. The judge ruled at the time that the prosecution had provided insufficient and out of date evidence that Jarrar would be a security risk if released, rights group Amnesty International reported.The prosecution reportedly told the judge during the May 21 hearing that they would ensure Jarrar remain in prison under an administrative detention order.As Jarrar has already been charged, the ruling to keep her in military custody comes as a “clear form of arbitrary detention,” Addameer says.Jarrar was detained on April 2 from her home in the Ramallah neighborhood of al-Bireh. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an at the time that Jarrar had been detained for being the leader of a “terrorist organization,” and had encouraged “terror activities” in the previous few weeks.Official charges made against Khalida Jarrar on May 21 included membership of an illegal organization, carrying out services for the illegal organization, participation in protests and incitement to violence. The majority of Palestinian political organizations are considered illegal by Israel, including those that make up the PLO, and association with such parties is often used as grounds for imprisonment, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.Jarrar was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 as a member of PFLP.Addameer condemned the May 28 decision against Jarrar as “vengeful, arbitrary and political, with an aim to punish her for her political opinions and activism for Palestinian human rights, especially in supporting Palestinian prisoners and detainees.”According to Amnesty International, Jarrar’s legs were shackled throughout the hearing, during which she apparently told foreign diplomats and Israeli and international activists attending the trial, “They want to silence our voice but we will continue the struggle against the oppression until we achieve our freedom. Jerrar’s case comes before a military court on June 22, where Amnesty International says she will face an unfair trial.She faces up to two years in prison if convicted.