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Israeli forces detain four Palestinians from West Bank

RAMALLAH, Friday, July 22, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today detained at least four Palestinians from the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They said that Israeli forces rounded up a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his house in the old city of Hebron.

Meanwhile, the gun-toting soldiers detained two brothers adjacent to the section of Israel’s apartheid wall, northeast of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The sources confirmed that another was detained after being stopped at Allenby border crossing, also known as King Hussein or al-Karameh crossing, on his way back from Jordan to the West Bank.

On Thursday night, Israeli police detained two young men from their vehicle in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, leaving behind a child alone in the car.

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.

According to the latest figures from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, there are currently 4,650 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

This number includes 650 Palestinians placed under “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.

Mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel, this figure is now believed to be closer to 1 million. This means that about 40% of Palestinian men and boys living under military occupation have been deprived of their freedom. Almost every Palestinian family has suffered the imprisonment of a loved one.


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