Days of Palestine – Ramallah
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escalated during the current year the policy of arrests carried out against Palestinian people, which has become a daily crime against Palestinians, the Palestine Center for Family Studies said.
The Center monitored that IOF arrested 1460 Palestinians during the first quarter of the year.
The Centre’s report stated that, since the beginning of this year, the IOF continued to target all sectors and categories of the Palestinian people with arrests and summonses.
IOF clearly escalated arrests on the city of Jerusalem, of which the number of detained Palestinians reached 560 cases, which constitutes 38% of the total arrests in the Palestinian occupied lands.
The report described the policy of arrests as an attempt to exhaust the Palestinian people and as an instrument of repression used by the occupation to combat the Palestinian people and influence their resistance.
The targeting of children through arrest, domestic confinement and the imposition of financial fines had continued during the past three months, with 182 arrests among children, the majority of whom were from the occupied Jerusalem, and some of whom were sick and required constant medical care that endangered their lives.
The youngest detainees kidnapped by the IOF were two children, Muhammad Sanqarat (age 9) and Dawoud Hijazi (age 11), from the village of Al-Issawi, North-East of occupied Jerusalem, and Qusa Wael Jadu (age 11), from the Aida camp north of Bethlehem, and a 14-year-old girl, Jenin Al-Salman, from the city of the Negev.
During the first quarter, the IOF imposed domestic confinement on 34 children from Jerusalem who were detained for various periods of time, and forced the majority of the children who were arrested to pay fines for their release.
IOF refused to release the sick child under administrative detention, Amal Nakhla from Ramallah, and renewed her detention for the fourth time so that he would be the most serving child under administrative detention.
The Israeli occupation frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Palestinian NGOs estimated that there are around 4,500 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, with at least 500 held under the Israeli administrative detention policy without charge or trial.