A human rights center working on Palestinian prisoners’ affairs documented the arrest of 310 Palestinian citizens, including 33 children and 9 women during August at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.
The Palestine Center for Prisoner Studies said in a report on Thursday, September 2, 2021, that more than a third of the arrest cases, 115 cases, took place in occupied Jerusalem alone, while 8 cases were in Gaza, including 6 young men who crossed the separation wire and the majority of them were released. Meanwhile, two merchants were arrested at the Beit Hanoun “Erez” checkpoint.
The report added that arrested 7 journalists for covering the occupation’s attacks on citizens and their property in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, and released them hours later on the condition that they return for interrogation two days later in Kiryat Arba settlement. They were interrogated until the evening and released soon after.
The occupation forces continued to target Palestinian women, arresting nine women and girls, including two wives of prisoners, Ghadeer Adnan Qararia, the wife of the prisoner Malik Fashafsha, who was arrested after storming her home in the village of Al-Fadqumiya, south of Jenin, and ‘Hiam Rajoub’, the wife of the prisoner Salim Rajoub from Hebron, according to the report.
The report stated that the occupation forces re-arrested the freed prisoner Nahil Abu Eisha from Hebron, during her participation in a protest against the occupation policies in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.
The occupation continued to arrest children, with 33 who are school students being arrested, the youngest of whom are the two Jerusalemite children Mahmoud Abu Juma’a and Mohamed Raja’i Khweis, who are 11 years old, said the report.
The report also highlighted that until the end of last month, 6 prisoners continued their hunger strike, protesting against the policy of administrative detention practiced against them. This came after 19 prisoners suspended their hunger strike, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prisons Authority administration to put an end to their detention. The report pointed out to the deteriorating health conditions of a number of prisoners as a result of medical negligence.
The Palestine Center report pointed out that, during August, the occupation courts continued to issue administrative detention decisions against prisoners, issuing 90 administrative decisions including new decisions and renewal decisions, ranging between two to six months.
The Israeli occupation authorities are detaining about 4,850 prisoners, including 41 female prisoners, 225 children, and 540 administrative detainees, according to institutions working on prisoner affairs.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) has repeatedly called on the international community to act to restrain the Israeli occupation authorities from committing multiple violations against the Palestinians, as there are no indications that they would stop their violations or abide by their obligations under international law.
AOHR UK stressed that the delay in achieving justice for the Palestinians, amid lack of serious actions taken against “Israel” to deter it, has contributed to encouraging it to commit more violations against the innocent Palestinian people.