Israeli occupation authorities arrested (341) Palestinians from the occupied territories in July, including (32) minors and (3) 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 (117) citizens from Jerusalem, (25) from Ramallah, (80) from Hebron, (28) from Jenin, (30) from Bethlehem, (9) from Nablus, (13) from Tulkarem, (10) from Qalqilia, (6) from Jericho, (4) from Tubas, (4) from Salfit and (15) from Gaza strip.
(4400) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (39) women, (155) minors and (350) administrative detainees, while (98) new administrative detention orders have been issued.
The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees during September 2020.
- Psychologist expert: a new method is used by occupation authorities in chasing Palestinians
- The detainees Maher Akhras and Abdulrahman Shuebat face the policy of administrative detention
- Break-ins as a systematic torture method against detainees in prisons
- Sick detainees at Al- Ramla clinic
- Jerusalem, systematic arrest cases targeting the Jerusalemite society
Psychologist: a new method is used by occupation authorities in chasing Palestinians
Occupation devices depended on several ways to chase and track Palestinians, including psychological methods represented in using a psychologist to meet the detainee and question him on military operations implemented earlier. This interview is preceded by the breaking into detainees' homes at midnight, searching them and destroying their contents, and then arresting the person, taking him to a military checkpoint to meet the "psychological expert."
This method is used only to frighten people, and despite that they really got interrogated in a room at a military checkpoint, they got released at the same day. The occupation targets the released detainees, their friends, or people who share a friendship with persons who have been tried on charges related to military operations.
The psychiatrist deludes the detainee that he will not be released if he does not answer his questions, and the detainee is threatened to be arrested if he was lying, and released if he was honest.
The detainees Maher Akhras and Abdulrahman Shuebat face the policy of administrative detention
Administrative detainees have not stopped facing the policy of administrative detention through open hunger strike, which is the most prominent way of detainees to confront the occupation policies in the prison system. Maher Akhras and Abdulrahman Shuebat were among the detainees who started a hunger strike.
According to detainees' institutions that followed up the strike, the administration of prisons used systematic torture methods to break the strike.
- The detainee Maher Akras, 49, from Jenin continued his strike till issuing this report since 80 days, where he is detained at Kabalan Hospital in dangerous health conditions.
He has been arrested on June 27, 2020, and he announced his strike from the first day of detention, refusing his administrative detention. A week later, the Israeli intelligence decided to issue the administrative detention against him for four months. During his strike, the administration of prisons moved him many times. He was first detained at Huwara and then moved to Ofer prison, and then to Al-Ramla prison clinic. He was moved to Kabalan hospital since the beginning of September.
Detainees' institutions confirm that the occupation courts have essentially contributed to exacerbating the suffering of the detainee Akhras, through their decisions in collusion with the occupation intelligence. Part of these decisions is what the Occupation Supreme Court calls "freeze the administrative detention", which constitutes one of the basic deceptions methods that have contributed to the reinforcement of the administrative detention policy over the past few years.
It is worthy to mention that the detainee Al- Akhras is a released detainee who spent 4 years in the occupation's prisons, and he's married and have 6 children.
- The detainee Abdulrahman Shuebat, 30, from Beit Sahour entered a hunger strike for 34 days, in refuse of his administrative detention. He has been arrested on June 2020 and sentenced to administrative detention for four months. During his strike he got moved many times to isolation cells at Naqab and Ishel prisons, and then to Al-Ramla clinic.
He was subjected to difficult conditions in the solitary confinement, represented in forcing him to sleep on an iron bed without a mattress. He was detained at Naqab isolation for 14 days, where his health condition deteriorated. However, the occupation authorities renewed his administrative detention for four months. He got moved to Ishel prison where his health condition got worse, and he began to complain of severe pains in his stomach, joints and bones, high temperature, and he was unable to move, but the administration refused to provide him with cold water because he was on strike. At "Ramla Clinic", the detainee Shuaibat escalated his hunger strike by stopping drinking water, in protest against the administration's prevention on meeting his lawyer, and then he suspended his water strike after the administration promised him to meet his lawyer.
After 34 days, he suspended his strike after having an agreement with the occupation authorities to set a limit of his detention.
It is worthy to mention that he spent 4 years in prions and was subjected to hard and continuous interrogation for more than 60 day at Betah Tekva and Jalamah interrogation centers in 2008.
It is indicated that the occupation authorities issued (772) administrative detention orders from the beginning of this year until September 2020.
Break-ins as a systematic torture method against detainees in prisons
The administration of prisons uses incursions and searches as a systematic policy, to impose more violence, abuse and control over detainees, by Special Forces "Metsada, Drour and Alyamaz". Since the beginning of last year, 2019, the occupation prisons administration has escalated the incursions, and the most violent of them were recorded in the prisons of "Ofer" and "Naqab", which resulted in dozens of injuries, some of which were described as serious, and used new types of weapons. During the current year, they continued to carry out incursions, and the most violent one was in Ofer prison on September, after the death of the detainee Dawood Al-Khatib.
The risk of those incursions rises in the light of the spread out of corona virus. In "Ofer" prison in particular, which was subjected to incursions, the highest percentage of injuries was recorded among the detainees, specifically in the sections of the so-called "al-Maabar", which are designated for the newly arrested detainees.
Thus, detainees' institutions consider incursions to be one of the most dangerous methods which affect the fate of detainees inside prisons, and pose a direct threat to their lives.
Sick detainees at Al-Ramla, the clinic of death
Documentation reports showed that 13 sick detainees at AL-Ramla clinic are face very difficult health conditions, including detainees who have cancer such as Kamal Abu Waaer, and disabled detainees such as Mansour Mwuqadeh and Nahed Aqraa, and detainees who got injured during their arrest such as Haitham Bilal, Jihad Beairat and Mahmoud Mubarak.
Detainees' institutions stated that Al-Ramla clinic is constituted of four rooms; each room has three or for detainees separated by a narrow passage, assisted by three detainees.
Lawyers' reports showed that detainees are not provided with the proper medical treatment and only given painkillers.
Detainees' institution confirmed that there is no special hospital for treating detainees since 1967, where prisons' administration transfers serious cases to Al-Ramla clinic, which resembles the prison in suffering and pain.
Jerusalem: systematic arrest cases targeting the Jerusalemite society
Occupation authorities continued its arrests in the city of Jerusalem and focused on Al-Essawyeh district, then the old city and Al-Aqsa mosque. Wadi Hilweh Center monitored 117 arrest cases including 19 minors and 3 women. On September 2020, the occupation authorities issued many decisions including three military decisions against the Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith:
- Preventing the Governor Ghaith from contacting 51 Palestinian persons including the President Mahmoud Abbas, the prime minister and other leaders for six months. (by the head of the internal front in the Israeli army)
- Imposing house arrest in Silwan district, and giving him a map showing the allowed paths. (by the head of the internal front in the Israeli army)
- The third decision is signed by the Minister of Internal Security, states on preventing the Governor from establishing any activity sponsored by the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem, it includes collecting or distributing money, except for activities of persons in need, holding meetings and symposiums.
In the same context, the Israeli court confirmed the administrative detention against the detainee representative from Jerusalem Ahmad Attoun for four months. He has been arrested in 26/8/2020, noting that he served 15 years in the Israeli prisons.
Occupation authorities tend to chase detainees after releasing them. A case in point, the former detainee Salah Hammouri, where the Israeli intelligence handed the former detainee Salah Al-Hammouri a decision by " the Minister of Interior in the occupation government to withdraw the residency in Jerusalem" identity "from him, under the pretext that he is" dangerous to the security of the occupation state, disloyalty to it, and his activity in the Popular Front. "
Hammouri was first detained in 2001 for 5 months, and then in 2004 for 4 months under administrative detention, in 2005 for 7 years, in 2017 for 13 months. In 2016, the occupation authority exiled his wife when she was pregnant to France, after holding her for 3 days in the airport.
Occupation forces arrested the Secretary of Fatah Movement in Jerusalem Shadi Mtour twice during September. The first time he and wife and they got released after imposing the house arrest against his wife. They withdrew her residency under the pretext of "the danger of her husband to the security of the state", and he was arrested for the second time in late September on charges of "violating the decision preventing him from communicating with Palestinian figures and leaders."