73 children among 436 Palestinians arrested in September

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces arrested 436 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in September 2016, including 73 children and 11 women, human rights groups reported. 151 of those arrests took place in Occupied Jerusalem, 81 in Al-Khalil, 40 in Bethlehem, 40 in Nablus, 35 in Jenin, 32 in Ramallah and El-Bireh, 23 in Tulkarem, eight in Qalqilya, six in Tubas, six in Salfit, five from Jericho and nine from the Gaza Strip. There are approximately 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 59 women, 12 of them minor girls. There is a total of approximately 350 children in Megiddo and Ofer prisons.  According to the report, there are 700 Palestinians held in administrative detention without charge or trial. 122 administrative detention orders were issued in September, including 44 new orders. The Battle of Empty Stomachs in September Palestinian prisoners Mohammed and Mahmoud al-Balboul, along with Malik al-Qadi, carried out hunger strikes for over 70 days against the administrative detention orders. They ended their strikes on 22 September after reaching an agreement for their release without renewal of their administrative detention. Al-Qadi received pledges to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital while the Balboul brothers received promises to be released on 8 December 2016. Palestinian prisoners Ahmad Abu Fara and Anas Shadid launched their hunger strike in September against administrative detention while Jawad Jawarish and Maher Abayat announced their strike against arbitrary transfer and isolation. The popular uprising which began on 1 October 2015 has had a clear impact on the issue of prisoners. The number of daily arrests has increased over the past year and has culminated in the abduction of civilians from different ages and social groups. At least 7,955 Palestinians were arrested, including 1963 children, 229 women and girls, 41 journalists and five members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The highest number of recorded arrests was in Occupied Jerusalem, with 2,355 Palestinians detained since last October, including 842 children and 128 women (among whom 24 minor girls.) There has also been a surge in the number of administrative detention orders throughout the year.  For the first time since 2008, occupation authorities have issued 1,436 administrative detention orders in 2016 so far, including 546 new orders issued without charge or trial under the so-called “secret file” pretext.  Many administrative detention orders were issued against young people and students who are not affiliated with the Palestinian political factions. Since last October, the Israeli occupation authorities have pursued systematic and deliberate policies of mistreatment against Palestinian prisoners at all stages, from the pre-detention to the post-detention phases.  Notorious among these violations are the use of excessive force and the extrajudicial killing of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers. The human rights organizations also monitored violations and torture against Palestinian detainees, including aggressive beating, intensive interrogation, break-ins into prison cells, and preplanned medical neglect. A series of draft laws was also enacted against Palestinians, including the extension of prison sentences against “stone throwers,” and administrative detainees in an attempt to quell anti-occupation activism.  In addition, new charges were issued to arrest or deport hundreds of Palestinians on account of their statements on social media networks.

(Source / 04.10.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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