• Deliberate targeting against leader detainees in Shatta prison

    Deliberate targeting against leader detainees in Shatta prison

  • *Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (285) days*

    *Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (285) days*

  • Statements of the commission’s lawyer Khaled Mahajna on his visitation to detainees from Gaza in Ofer prison: journalist Muhammad Arab and Tareq Abed

    Statements of the commission’s lawyer Khaled Mahajna on his visitation to detainees from Gaza in Ofer prison: journalist Muhammad Arab and Tareq Abed

  • Commission of Detainees Affairs: Continuation of poor living conditions and deliberate medical negligence in Itzion detention center, Ofer, Ashkelon and Remon prisons

    Commission of Detainees Affairs: Continuation of poor living conditions and deliberate medical negligence in Itzion detention center, Ofer, Ashkelon and Remon prisons

  • *Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (277) days*

    *Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (277) days*

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(2017) the year of legislating war crimes, gross violations and systematic incitement against detainees and their legal position

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The Commission of Detainees Affairs issues a comprehensive report reviewing the incidents of 2017

 The Commission of Detainees Affairs issues its annual report which monitors detention cases and documents the Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian detainees during 2017.

The report shows that the past year witnessed a lot of arrests, and it's characterized by organized crime and systematic incitement against Palestinian detainees and their identity of struggle. Moreover, the report shows that the Israeli occupation authorities have used all their potentials to suppress and harm detainees.

In this context, the Israeli Knesset and the political leadership discussed many decisions which distort the detainees' struggle and legal position, and represent them as "criminals and murderers" rather than freedom fighters.

The Commission affirmed that the Israeli hostility against detainees comes in the context of the dominance of Israel's extreme right-wing discourse, spreading of racist, fascist and religious trends in the Israeli society and the turning of Israel into an apartheid state that practices the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people.

The Commission also considers the year of 2017 as the year of legislating war crimes against humanity, and systematic incitement against detainees and their legal position under the arbitrary laws which target the Palestinian nationality and identity.

 

(6742) arrests during 2017

The Israeli occupation forces have increased the arrests of Palestinian civilians from the beginning of last year. (6742) arrests were recorded during 2017 including, (1467) children, (156) females, (14) deputies and (25) journalists. The highest number of arrests in 2017 was in December, where arrests have increased dramatically since the announcement of the US President "Trump" Jerusalem as Israel's capital, where (926) arrests have been recorded.

Geographical distribution of arrests during 2017

Arrests have been distributed to all Palestinian governorates, where the total number of arrests was 4218 constituting 62.6% of the total arrests during last year in the West Bank. It is followed by Jerusalem, where (2436) arrests were recorded, constituting 36.1% of the total number of arrests.

Arrests also included (88) Palestinians from the Gaza Strip (sea, boarders and Bait Hanun checkpoint) constituting 1.3% of the total number of arrests. However, it is noteworthy that all those who experienced detention have been exposed to one or more forms of physical and psychological torture, moral abuse or humiliation, where 30 arrest cases were implemented after shooting young men and women.

Arrests contradicting the rules of International Law

  The daily arrests of Palestinians by Israeli occupation constitute a flagrant violation of the rules of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. Arrests became a collective punishment for Palestinian people, where the occupation authorities did not abide by the guarantees of protecting civilians, nor did they abide by the rules governing the rights of detainees.

(37300) arrest cases during 7 years and the chart line is rising

Figures related to arrest cases formed an increase of 1.6% in 2016, 11.3% in 2014, 74% in 2013, 75.2% in 2012 and 103.6% in 2011. This means that the chart line is rising since seven years.

The total number of arrests during the past seven years reached to (37300) arrest cases, where (3312) cases were recorded in 2011, (3848) cases in 2012, (3874) cases in 2013, (6059) cases in 2014, (6830) cases in 2015, (6635) cases in 2016 and (6742) cases in 2017.

Arresting women and children in 2017

Arrests included males and females, youths and minors. The most worrying is increasing targeting of Palestinian children under the age of 18. In 2017, we documented (1467) arrest cases of children ranging between 10-18 years-old, in an increase of 6% compared with the previous years, forming 21.8% of the total arrests for the same year. Most of children were exposed to torture during detention. A case in point is the child Fawzi Jnaidi, 16 years old from Hebron who was arrested in 7/12/2017 by 23 Israeli soldiers. He was beaten by them which led to many fractures in his arm and shoulder. Israeli courts still sentence high verdicts against children, in addition to fines. These acts were approved by an arbitrary law endorsed by the occupation government in 2015.

 

Arresting (156) females during 2017

 Israeli authorities do not distinguish between Palestinian males and females when it comes to gross violations and brutal treatment. They do not exclude females from random detention nor arbitrary arrests. (167) arrest cases for females were documented in 2017. However, (59) Palestinian females still jailed in Hasharon prison and Damoon prison, including (9) minors under the age of 18. A case in point is the 16-year-old child Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested with her mother and cousin in 19/12/2017. Israeli authorities still hold (9) injured females in prison: Lama Bakri, Abla Adam, Shuroq Dwayat, Jehan Hashemeh, Amal Taqatqa, Marah Bakeer, Nourhan Awwad, Isra' Ja'abis and Helweh Hamamreh.

Methods of female detention do not differ from methods of male detention in nature nor in brutal procedures. Females are usually arrested from their houses after midnight. They are also exposed to intense beating, insults and ill-treatment on their way to prison. Moreover, they are exposed to physical and psychological torture, solitary confinement and narrow dirty cells in investigation centers. Female detainees are jailed in harsh conditions, medically neglected and physically harmed. Sometimes they got jailed near Israeli criminal females who are accused of murder, drug dealing and porn.

 

Administrative detention is an easy alternative for normal criminal procedures for justifying arresting citizens, and a tool of torture and systematic collective punishment

Administrative detention is a detention without any charge or trial depends on a "confidential file" which contains secret evidences that cannot be reached by the detainee or his lawyer. Detention period is not limited to one month or six months, where occupation authorities are never satisfied by the administrative detention for one time or a limited period of time. According to the military orders, the administrative detention period may long to six months that could be renewed for one time or more without determining the date of release. There are many Palestinians who were sentenced to administrative detention many times and served a long time in prison without knowing the reason of detention.

Administrative detention is considered the most extreme, abnormal, brutal procedure. However, it is allowed to resort to it for compelling security reasons within a range of judicial procedures in the event of its implementation. The Israeli occupation authorities took advantage of the international exception and violated all judicial regulations, and did not abide by the restrictions established by international law. They made the administrative detention a firm policy in its dealings with Palestinians since 1967, to justify the continued detention without charges or trials. They also made it a collective punishment for tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens, which violates the rules of international law.

Occupation authorities have issued more than 52000 administrative detention orders since 1967, including (1119) sentences in 2017, and constituting 35.1% of the total sentences in 2017.  These orders included males and females; where there are (450) detainees are held under the administrative detention.

 Arresting journalists due to "Facebook" activities

 Israeli authorities tend to arrest activists on social networks (Facebook) since the outbreak of "intifada of Jerusalem" in October 2015. A significant escalation was recorded in 2017 on arresting people due to posting on Facebook, where (300) citizens were arrested including women, children, authors and journalists. The majority of the arrested people are from Jerusalem. They were sentenced with high fines on charges of incitement, and others were sentenced to administrative detention without trial.

 Arresting Palestinians because of posting on Facebook is considered arbitrary detention contradicting all international laws, agreements and conventions which guarantees the freedom of speech for all humans.

A case in point is the 16-year-old child Nour Kayed Issa, the youngest administrative detainee, who was arrested in 2017 because of his activities on Facebook.

It's worth mentioning that the Israeli government has formed a special unit in the Israeli army general staff called (Cyber Arab Unit) to monitor the social networks to prosecute activists through their publications on Facebook.

The Israeli authorities have also harassed media staffs in an attempt to deter them from saying the truth, and committed many violations against them. They arrested nearly (25) journalists in 2017 and held them in harsh conditions. They still hold about (22) persons who work in the field of press and media.

House detention and deportation from Jerusalem

The Israeli courts issued nearly (90) House detention orders in 2017, the majority of them were from Jerusalem. These orders are an alternative of prison and aims at restricting the freedom of persons. Israeli still holds 7 children from Jerusalem in Israeli rehabilitation centers and issues verdicts on many children to work in Israeli institutions for a certain period.

House detention is an arbitrary and immoral procedure which violates the rules of the International Humanitarian Law and the International Human Rights Law. It also constitutes a collective punishment for the family as a whole, which is forced to remain in a state of constant alert to protect their son.

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to forcibly deport children from Jerusalem to challenge the provisions of the International Law which explicitly prohibits the forcible deportation of protected population.

Targeting Jerusalem, increasing the arrests and escalating the violations against its people

The occupation government has intensified campaigns of arrests in Jerusalem and all its neighborhoods and villages, and formed a special unit to chase children who throw stones.

(2436) arrest cases were documented at Jerusalem in 2017, constituting 36.1% of the total arrests, including (1467) cases of children constituting 50% of the total arrests among children, as well as the repressive measures, high fines, house detention and deportation from Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(82%) of those who were arrested in 2017, are from the youth and children categories

 Israeli occupation authorities targeted the Palestinian young men and children in order to distort their future. In figures, we documented that 82% of those who got arrested were of children and young men. 21.8% of the total arrests were of children during the past year, while the percentage of young people ranging between 18-30 years who got arrested was about 60.2% of the total arrests in 2017.

 

27.7% of detainees are sick; tens of them suffer from various disabilities

By the end of 2017, there is an increasing concern over the lives of 1800 sick detainees. They form 27.7% of the total number of detainees by the end of 2017. 700 of them need urgent medical intervention, including approximately 85 detainees suffering from physical and psychological disabilities. They live in tragic circumstances due to the difficult conditions of detention, the deliberate medical negligence, the lack of tools for assisting the disabled and the Israeli carelessness of their pain and suffering.

Assaulting detainees and breaking into their rooms were a phenomenon in 2017

The resort to the use of "excessive force" in dealing with detainees formed a phenomenon in 2017, where the most serious is that there is a deliberate physical, psychological and moral harm against detainees. Breaking into rooms and the use of excessive force have been a daily phenomenon throughout the past year, to the extent that they are repeated more than once in given day.   Attacks are accompanied by the imposition of individual and collective penalties under various pretexts, in addition to the policy of solitary confinement. However, housebreaking increased last year and 300 cases were recorded in 2017.

The Israeli authorities continued to deprive a large number of prisoners from family visits, in addition to being subjected to attacks and incitements by Israeli settlers and extremists. A case in point is what happened in 26/12/2017 when the Israeli Knesset member, Oron Hazan broke into a bus transporting the families of detainees from Gaza and abused them.

Three martyrs of detainees (Jallad, Taqatqa and Al Salhi), and other ex-detainees

-     The detainee Muhammad Amer Jallah (24 years) from Tulkarem, died in 10/2/2017. He was arrested since 9/11/2016 under the pretext of stabbing attack at Huwara checkpoint. He was suffering from Lymphoma.

-     The child detainee Fatima Taqatqa, 15 years old from Bet Fajjar South of Bethlehem. She died at the Israeli hospital Sh'ary Tsedek after being arrested on March 15, 2017. She was shot by the Israeli forces at the Etzion checkpoint and she entered a coma. Despite the seriousness of her health conditions, the Israeli occupation autjorities kept her in detention and did not give her the necessary medical care.

-     The injured detainee Raed Al Salhi from Duhaisha camp south of Bethlehem was arrested in August 9, 2017 and died in September 3, 2017.

The dignity strike

1500 detainees have conducted an open hunger strike in 17/4/2017 which lasted 41 days, demanding to improve their humanitarian conditions such as medical care, contacting their families, solitary confinement and education. This strike was led by the member of the Central Committee of Fatah movement, Marwan Barghouthi.

The occupation government used violent and cruel methods in dealing with striking detainees which led to the deterioration of their health conditions. The occupation government has violated their right to strike in protest against their living conditions by imposing cruel penalties and arbitrary procedures, such as collective and individual isolation, preventing lawyer visits, beating them, moving striking detainees to field clinics instead of hospitals, threatening them and spreading rumors, and other brutal methods to force them end their strike.

2017 witnessed individual strikes by 30 detainees protesting against the arbitrary administrative detention, the last of wich was the detainee Reziq Rjoub from Dura\Hebron, who is engaged in an open hunger strike since 25/12/2017.

Laws and legislations against detainees' rights

2017 witnessed an escalation in legislating racist and arbitrary laws by the Israeli government in support of the occupation and settlements.

160 laws and bills were drafted by the Israeli Knesset since 2015, which targeted the rights of Palestinian people and their right of self-determination, including;

The law of execution of detainees

The Israeli Knesset passed its first reading on January 3, 2018 on the so-called (bill of execution for those who perform operations), which was submitted by 3 extremist deputies in 30/10/2017.

The draft law stipulates that the Defense Minister orders the commander of the army to sentence the execution without requiring the consensus of the Commission, but only by regular majority, and that no court is entitled to mitigate the sentence issued by the military court, and that the law is applicable only to Palestinians. This law violates the international and legal obligations of Israel which require fair trials and respect the dignity of detainees.

 

Draft bill to deduct allocations of martyrs and detainees from the dues of the Palestinian Authority

 On 11 June, the Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of the draft bill to deduct the allowances of detainees and the returns of martyrs and wounded people from the tax revenues transferred by the Israeli authorities to the Palestinian Authority.

Draft bill to prevent the visits of those detainees who belong to factions that hold Israelis

On June 18, 1977, the Knesset member Oron Hazan submitted a bill than bans the visit of Palestinian detainees belonging to a Palestinian organization that holds Israelis and preventing visits by lawyers and Red Cross representatives.

Draft bill to allow retaining martyrs' bodies

The Israeli Minister of the Internal Security, Gilad Erdan, and the Minister Justice, Shakid, announced on January 3, 2018 that they will submit a bill to the Israeli Knesset allowing the detention of the bodies of the martyrs for the purpose of bargaining and negotiations and reducing the powers of the Israeli Supreme Court and subjugating them to the will of the government.

Arbitrary field execution instead of detention

Extrajudicial execution against Palestinians continued in 2017, and the deliberate killing became a normal act and a systematic policy of the occupation authorities. The soldiers turned to judges and executioners at the same time, and the martyrs who were executed did not pose any threat to the lives of soldiers, as the Israeli government claims, but they could have been arrested. This was encouraged by the Israeli prime minister, where the killers are not punished, but only subjected to unreal prosecution. A case in point is what happened with the Israeli soldier Azaria, who executed the martyr Abdul Fattah al-Sharif on 24/3/2016 in the city of Hebron after the martyr was wounded.  The soldier was sentenced to 18 months and his sentence was reduced to 14 months.

Another case in point is executing the disabled Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29 years old, from Al Shate' refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

Retaining martyrs' bodies

Israeli authorities still holding more than 250 martyrs' bodies in the cemetery of figures, where the occupation authorities refuse to release the bodies and hand them over to their families as a form of collective punishment. This act constitutes a violation of the rules of International law, especially the First, Second and Fourth Geneva Convention.

 

Number of detainees by the end of 2017

-     6500 detainees in the Israeli jails distributed to 22 jails and detention centers such as; Nafaha, Raymond, Gilboa, Shatta, Negev, Ofer, Majiddo, Hadarim, Ramlah, Beersheba, Ashkelon…etc.

-     350 children

-     58 females

-     11 deputies

-     22 journalists

-     450 administrative detainees

-     1800 sick detainees including 26 who have cancer

46 detainees that served more than 20 in jail, such as kareem and Maher Yunis who served 35 years in jail. 29 of them are jailed before the Oslo Accord, who were supposed to be released in 2014 but the Israeli government is still holding them.

 

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

  • The Commission of Detainees Affairs organized a symposium on "The Israeli terrorism and racial laws against detainees". >

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  • Abu Baker calls on the European Union to act immediately and hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian detainees >

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  • The director of Media Department presents a paper on minor detainees in Brussels Conference >

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  • The Commission of Detainees' Affairs arranges a specialized workshop on house arrest against children from Jerusalem >

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REPORTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • *Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (285) days* >

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  • *Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (277) days* >

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  • Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since the beginning of genocide over the past (271) days >

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  • On the 263rd day of Genocide Brief on detention campaigns carried out in the West Bank since October 7 until June 25, 2024 >

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