RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 01, 2020 (WAFA) – A Palestinian detainee in Israeli custody was today rushed to a hospital after being subject to brutal beating, according to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
It said that Mohammad Munir Muqbel, a 16-year-old teen from al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, had to be hospitalized at the Hadassah Hospital after being brutally beaten by Israeli forces during his detention two days ago.
The Muqbel family added that as a result of the beating, Mohammad sustained a fracture in the left lower jawbone and teeth fractures. He was supposed to undergo a surgery today.
Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.
These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.
Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.
Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
The US State Department has said in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the “opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.”
Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.