RAMALLAH, Friday, July 29, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Friday overnight detained at least five Palestinians from the West Bank, according to local and security sources.
They said that Israeli forces showed up at a house in Kafr Qallil town, south of Nablus, muscled inside, and conducted a thorough search, turning the house upside down before detaining two brothers.
The soldiers also barged their way into the nearby town of Tell, where they rounded up another and ransacked his family house.
In the southern West Bank, Israeli troops detained two others from Hebron city, including the Abu Sneineh neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the soldiers conducted a raid in Al-Maniya village, east of Bethlehem, broke into several houses belonging to the Jabarin family, and subjected the occupants to brutal interrogation.
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, including 180 children and 30 female prisoners.
This number includes approximately 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.