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Detainees' institutions: occupation authorities arrested (297) Palestinians in August 2020

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Israeli occupation authorities arrested (297) Palestinians from the occupied territories in July, including (12) minors and (10) women.

Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (103) citizens from Jerusalem, (33) from Ramallah, (42) from Hebron, (40) from Jenin, (23) from Bethlehem, (10) from Nablus, (20) from Tulkarem, (11) from Qalqilia, (8) from Jericho, (4) from Tubas, (2) from Salfit and (1) from Gaza strip.

(4500) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (41) women, (140) minors and (340) administrative detainees, while (73) new administrative detention orders have been issued.

The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees, such as  detainees on hunger strike, besides violations committed against women and children, in addition to monitoring arrest cases in Jerusalem.

The continuum of the empty bowels battle at the time of the epidemic

Detainees in Israeli jails continued their confrontation against the policy of administrative detention by entering a hunger strike, while 8 detainees entered an open hunger strike in August 2020.

Detainees' institutions focused on the detainees Maher Akhras who started his strike since (50) days and Abdulrahman Shuebat, who entered his strike since (26) days, in rejection of their administrative detention.

 Detainees' institutions confirmed that those detainees are suffering from difficult and risky health conditions, besides other violations committed by the prisons' administration such as: repeated transfer between prisons, putting them in solitary confinement and obstructing lawyers' visits.

Despite the danger of their fate, the occupation authorities issued an order of administrative detention against them for four month.

The institutions consider their continued detention in these circumstances, with the escalation of the epidemic, as a double threat to their fate, especially since the occupation prisons administration claimed that they had contacted two prison guards suspected of being infected with the virus.

Moreover, the detainees' institutions hold the occupation prisons administration fully responsible for their fate, and renew their demands for the international human rights organizations to practice pressure against the occupation to release them, and to stop the policy of administrative detention.

It is said that the detainee Akhras is (49-years old) and he is from Jenin, while Shuebat is from Bethlehem and he is (30-years-old).


Women in Israeli jails confronting torture and humiliation

Occupation authorities continued to arrest Palestinian women and girls and practice all kinds of torture and mistreatment against them, and detain them in difficult and inhumane conditions. Torture against them has increased at the end of 2019, especially during interrogation under which they are subjected to violations by detectives and jailors, where they are deprived of their basic rights such as: health care, food and water and going to the toilet. Women and girls are subjected to naked inspection and isolation, in addition to physical and psychological harm, cursing, threatened to arrest their family members and killing their children and husbands.

Cases in point:

  • the detainee Ruba Assi

Ruba is (20-years-old) from Bait Leqia/ west of Ramallah. She stated that she got arrested on 10/7/2020 after storming her house by many soldiers. She added: "occupation forces forced her to get in the military jeep and sit on its dirty ground, and then they moved her to a camp of occupation army. They dragged her violently while being handcuffed and she fell on the ground many times which caused a bleeding in her leg. She was threatened to remain in jail and be deprived of her education".

  • The detainee Eman A'war

Eman is (43-years-old) from Silwan/ south of Jerusalem. She stated that she got arrested on 17/6/2020. She added: "occupation forces attacked her family and that she was subjected to humiliation and abuse during detention and interrogation. She got detained at Al-maskoubya detention center in very difficult conditions in a room full of insects. She was also threatened, and insulted during the interrogation, knowing that she suffers from several diseases and needs personal health care."


Arresting children during the pandemic: a psychological torture

The occupation continues to practice pressure against the Palestinians to give up their land and surrender to colonial policies, as it uses detention as a means of suppressing and terrorizing the Palestinian people.

There are (140) children currently held in Israeli prisons, distributed to Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun prisons.

They are subjected to violations and harassments during arrest and interrogation, and they got threatened of being sentenced to administrative detention.

During the current pandemic, the occupation authorities carried out unfair and continuous arrests, and despite the spread of the virus inside and outside prisons, this did not prevent them from completing this policy. However, instead of taking strict measures to protect children or release them, they proceeded to detain them in bad and difficult conditions that lack all preventive measures related to the virus.

A case in point is the detainee Mahmoud Ghalith from Jalazon refugee camp/ Ramallah.

He got infected on 6/8/2020 and was isolated for 45 days at Remon prison in a cell that lacks the basics of life elements.

Ghalith is (15-years-old), arrested on 23/7/2020. His father also was beaten by Israeli soldiers. His arrest was extended two times before announcing his infection with coronavirus. Then, he got isolated in a cell that lacks the basic cleaning stuff. He was provided with a large pajama and served his isolation with the same clothes till 3/9/2020.

The court delayed the sentence for 8 times, where he was prevented from seeing anybody. During his isolation, he underwent four tests for the Coronavirus. The first and second results were negative, while the third examination showed that he was still infected, but the last examination was negative, and as a result, he was transferred to Ofer prison.

Occupation authorities still arresting children, branching all international agreements and charters that criminalize all kinds of torture and mistreatment. In situations of armed conflict, children enjoy general protection as civilians guaranteed by the Fourth Geneva Convention (Article 27), and thus they enjoy guarantees related to humane treatment, such as respect for their lives, physical integrity and dignity and the prohibition of torture.

The Convention on rights of the child issued by the United Nations General Assembly guaranteed that child should not be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This agreement defines a “child” as any person who has not reached the age of eighteen, but the Israeli military decision 132 considers a child under the age of sixteen.

Jerusalem: (103) arrest cases including (12) minors and (9) women

Wadi Hilweh center monitored (103) arrest cases in Jerusalem including (12) minors and (9) women. Arrests focused in Essawyeh town with (38) cases and (7) cases in the old city. A 16-year-old girl from Essawyeh town got arrested and released after a few hours under the condition of house arrest for two days.

She got inspected at Nablus Street, and she was attacked and beaten by a police officer and then arrested with other people under the pretext of not wearing a face mask in the bus.

In terms of administrative detention, occupation forces renewed the administrative order for a second time against the representative Mohammad Abu Tear for four months, noting that he served (36) years in jail.

They also renewed an administrative detention order for Adel Silwadi, who has been detained since 2019 at Megiddo prison.

Occupation authorities continued to use the policy of arresting detainees after releasing them immediately, where they arrested the detainee Nour Aldeen Castro (21-years-old) immediately after releasing him, knowing that he served 5 years in jail.

In this context, the detainees' institutions indicate that Jerusalem and its towns face the highest rate of arrests compared with other Palestinian cities.

Detainees' institutions reaffirm their demands to practice pressure against the Israeli occupation to release sick detainees, women and minors, and to establish a neutral international committee to check up on detainees' health situations and the results of the samples related to coronavirus. They also ask the International Committee of the Red Cross to double its efforts in the occupied Palestinian territories to cover all needs of detainees and their families.


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