Israel carries out mass arrests of Palestinians after jailbreak

Arrest marketing campaign began after the escape of six high-profile Palestinian safety prisoners from Gilboa jail.

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Israeli safety forces have detained dozens of Palestinians in current days in a marketing campaign of mass arrests in response to an embarrassing high-security jail escape earlier this month.

According to figures from the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) and the Palestinian prisoners’ organisation Addameer, greater than 100 Palestinians have been arrested since six high-profile Palestinian prisoners escaped from Gilboa jail in northern Israel on September 6.

“We have documented an average of 14 arrests per day in the occupied West Bank since the men escaped,” Milena Ansari from Addameer advised Al Jazeera. “This does not include the Palestinians arrested within Israel.”

All six males who tunnelled out of the jail are actually again in Israeli custody after the ultimate two Palestinians surrendered to troops in Jenin metropolis early on Sunday.

Amid the manhunt for the lacking males, Israeli forces carried out retaliatory raids in opposition to members of the family of the escapees within the Jenin space, which was already restive, arresting and interrogating them earlier than releasing some.

The arrests and raids have additionally targeted on Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and surrounding villages.

Arresting youngsters

Numerous Palestinian youngsters have been additionally swept up within the newest wave of arrests. Thirteen-year-old Mustafa Amira, from the city of Nilin near Ramallah, was arrested by Israeli troopers final week whereas he was on village land near a separation wall constructed by Israel to divide the world from settlements.

His father Khalil Amira advised Al Jazeera that Mustafa and his cousin Muhammad, 15, have been arrested and overwhelmed by about 10 Israeli troopers and held in detention in a single day by Israeli police with out being given meals or water.

Photos of Mustafa present him with a swollen and bruised eye and cuts on his face.

“He was dragged on the ground by the soldiers before being handed over to police who interrogated him for many hours,” Amira stated.

“Why did so many armed men have to beat a young boy? If they had a case against him why didn’t they deal with him legally and lay charges?”

Amira stated he was retaining his son home from college as a result of the boy was nonetheless traumatised by his expertise.

According to Ziad Abu Latifa, a paramedic with the Palestinian Red Crescent in el-Bireh, which frequently sends ambulances to Nilin, the beating and abuse of minors by Israeli safety forces is an ongoing difficulty.

“I have dealt with many cases of minors being beaten, including with rifle butts, leading to fractures, bleeding and deep facial wounds,” Abu Latifa advised Al Jazeera.

Numerous Palestinian college students have additionally been caught up within the dragnet.

“The targeting of students is a way to silence the voice of the youth and de-legitimise students because they have contributed to the mobilisation of popular resistance,” stated Ansari.

Several Palestinian organisations and their workers, together with agricultural and well being committees in addition to human rights teams, have additionally been raided or detained by the Israeli authorities in current days.

On Wednesday, Israeli troopers raided the headquarters of the General Trade Union of Workers in Services and Entrepreneurship Sector in Ramallah, seizing a number of pc onerous discs and paperwork.

The Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), the Health Work Committees (HWC) and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) have been additionally just lately raided, with workers arrested, computer systems and paperwork seized, and a few of the workplaces forcibly closed for six months.

Ansari stated Israel describing Palestinian teams as “illegal organisations linked to promoting public events” is a deliberate assault on grassroots actions and transitional solidarity in opposition to Israel’s apartheid coverage.

“It’s important not to be dragged into Israel’s narrative of events as they always try to justify their military operations on ‘security grounds’  and this has been going on for a long time,” stated Ansari.


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