Israeli occupation forces have detained more than 5,200 Palestinians in 2023, according to figures provided by the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC). This wave of detentions has left a particularly heavy footprint in the city of Jenin and its refugee camp, with 500 arrests recorded in this region alone.
Surge in April Arrests
The PPC’s data reveals that April 2023 witnessed the highest rate of arrests, with an alarming count of over 900 detentions during that month. This surge in arrests has raised significant concerns about the widespread crackdown on Palestinian individuals.
Jenin: A Hotspot of Arrests
In July 2023, Jenin experienced an intense wave of arrests, with Israeli forces conducting mass detention campaigns during their aggression against the city and its camp.
During this period, an astonishing 151 arrests took place, underscoring the gravity of the situation in this region.
Use of Force and Torture
Israeli forces have not hesitated to employ various weapons and systematic torture tactics against detainees and their families, marking a disturbing pattern of brutality.
Additionally, there have been documented cases of extrajudicial executions during arrest operations, further heightening concerns over the treatment of those detained.
As a consequence of these arrest campaigns, the number of wounded individuals due to gunfire has been steadily increasing, compounding the suffering of Palestinian families.
Targeting Families of Prisoners, Martyrs
Among the most targeted groups are the families of prisoners and martyrs, as the occupation persists in implementing a strategy of collective punishment against them.
The Club considered this ‘grave crime’ as one of the most heinous and systematic violations committed by Israel on a large scale.
In a concerning incident that unfolded recently, an elderly citizen, 65-year-old Hussein Ahmad Zeidan, was arrested by Israeli forces in Jenin camp.
During his detention, he suffered a heart attack, prompting his subsequent release by the occupation forces.
Escalation of Home Sabotage
Israeli forces have significantly escalated acts of sabotage within the homes of detainees and their families, with instances of vandalism extending to the level of refugee camps, as witnessed in Jenin and Tulkarem.
Currently, there are 5,200 prisoners in Israeli detention, including 37 female prisoners and 170 children. Among them, 1,264 administrative detainees are being held, including 20 children and four female detainees.