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Israel Detained 500 Palestinians, Including 89 Children So Far in 2019
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Friday, 15 February 2019 13:51

Excerpt: "This January alone, Israel detained 509 Palestinians, including 89 children and eight women, from occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian prisoners rights groups."

Israeli security forces hold a Palestinian child in a chokehold. (photo: AFP)
Israeli security forces hold a Palestinian child in a chokehold. (photo: AFP)


Israel Detained 500 Palestinians, Including 89 Children So Far in 2019

By teleSUR

15 February 19


"As Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party heads into the election, they are no doubt seeking to show they are even tougher on Palestinians," Nadia Hijab said.

his January alone, Israel detained 509 Palestinians, including 89 children and eight women, from occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian prisoners rights groups.

Israeli authorities detained 102 Palestinians from East Jerusalem, 88 from Ramallah, 80 from Hebron, 55 from Jenin, 62 from Bethlehem, 30 from Nablus, 30 from Tulkarm, 25 from Qalqilya, 8 from Toubas, 6 from Salfit, 10 from Jericho, and 10 from the Gaza Strip, according to a joint statement by The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners’ Affairs Committee, and Addameer,Ma'an News reported.

The organizations stated that as of Jan. 31, around 5,700 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons, including 48 women, and 230 children under 18 years of age. The total number of administrative detainees is at 500, with around 95 Palestinians being held in administrative detention without charge or trial in the same month -- 50 of them were newly detained.

The three rights groups said Israel is holding 18 journalists, including two who are serving life sentences and three in administrative detention, which is a controversial practice by Israel.

As B'Tselem states, "Administrative detention is a controversial policy in which prisoners are detained indefinitely, no evidence is required, and the terms are renewable indefinitely. " Earlier in January, detained Palestinians vowed hunger strikes if Israel worsened jail conditions.

Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense. It has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. Israel employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.

The joined statement added that Israel has intensified its collective punishment policy against families of Palestinians who are alleged to have attacked Israelis, including the detention of several members of the immediate and distant relatives.

According to the director of the Palestinian policy network, Al Shabaka, intensifying policies that make life harder and unbearable for Palestinian prisoners are a political tool for Israeli politicians who are looking to gain support in the lead-up to elections.

"As [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party heads into the election, they are no doubt seeking to show they are even tougher on Palestinians," Hijab told Al-Jazeera.

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+3 # elizabethblock 2019-02-15 23:25
People who think it's all Netanyahu should think again. The politicians lined up behind him are even worse. Look at Benny Gantz, whose campaign platform is all about how many people he killed in Gaza.
And people who think Israel is justified for killing people who are threatening it should look at what it does to NONviolent protesters.
 
 
-3 # Salburger 2019-02-16 04:41
All about how many are detained, but nothing about why. The implicit assumption is that there is no legitimacy to this, but if they have been charged with or convicted of serious crimes -- murder, attempted murder & etc. there is no basis for assuming that they are persecuted innocents. Are we really supposed to believe that the 2 "journalists" who are serving life sentences didn't commit serious crimes? This is pure propaganda and not reportage,
 
 
0 # DongiC 2019-02-17 04:18
Israel is a shameful place. If any nation should champion fair play, it should be Israel. The Jews were treated horribly by the Nazis and no one came to their rescue. Now, they are in the top spot and victimize the Palestinians who no one comes to help. I guess the lesson of suffering is that it is better to give than to receive, at least when it comes to pain and misery.