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529 Palestinians Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Forces in Ten Days

June 24, 2015

Editor's Note:

Media use of the word "arrest" is inaccurate when it comes to the acts of Israeli occupation soldiers taking Palestinians by force from their homes to Israeli detention centers.

These Israeli occupation soldiers are operating illegally outside the borders of their country and have no jurisdiction over the Palestinians living in the West Bank. Therefore, a more accurate term to describe their acts is "kidnapping" or "abduction."

Israeli occupation soldiers continue their rampage arrest campaign of arresting Palestinians in the West Bank, June 24, 2014  

An armed illegal Israeli settler terrorizing Palestinians in the West Bank, file. Illegal Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians in Bethlehem, guarded by Israeli occupation soldiers, file.

Two Palestinian youths injured in grenade attack by an illegal Israeli Jewish settler

[ 24/06/2014 - 02:54 PM ]


Two Palestinian young men suffered from severe suffocation and minor paralysis last night when an atypical smoke grenade thrown by an illegal extremist Israeli Jewish settler fell inside their car near Deir Ibzi village, west of Ramallah.

Local sources said an Israeli settler from Talmon settlement chased a Palestinian passenger vehicle traveling on the public road that leads to towns and villages of west Ramallah.

The smoke that emitted from the grenade caused the two young passengers to suffer from severe suffocation and made their limbs feel numb for a while.

The injured young men rushed to Israeli soldiers posted at a nearby military checkpoint and reported what happened to them, but the soldiers ignored their complaint and forced them to leave the area.

In an earlier incident yesterday, eight Palestinian workmen miraculously survived death after armed Jewish settlers opened fire at them in an area to the north of Ramallah.

Settlers Throw Gas Bomb At Palestinian Car, Injure Two Palestinians

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 10:40

 by IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinians were wounded after a number of settlers chased their car and threw a gas bomb at it, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Local sources said the attack took place near Deir Bzei’ village, west of Ramallah. The settlers came from a nearby illegal Israeli settlement.

The sources said that a settler’s car chased a Palestinian car on a joint road that is used by Israeli settlers and also leads to a number of Palestinian villages and towns, west of Ramallah, before a settler threw a gas bomb at the car.

Medical sources said the bomb appears to contain ingredients that target the nervous system, causing symptoms similar to paralysis.

Barely able to move and speak, the two wounded Palestinians told Israeli soldiers, at a nearby roadblock, that the settlers have attacked them, and even identified the vehicle, as it was parked nearby the roadblock.

The soldiers did not listen to the complaining Palestinians, and pushed them away after threatening to kidnap them.

On Monday, a number of settlers fired rounds of live ammunition at eight Palestinian workers, near al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya village, north of Ramallah, and fled the scene. The Palestinian managed to escape unharmed.


529 arrests reported during the last ten days

[ 24/06/2014 - 04:46 PM ]


529 Palestinians have been detained since Israel started its arbitrary mass arrest campaign throughout the occupied West Bank on Thursday evening 12th June 2014.

61 arrests were carried out on Monday in different parts of occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), 179 arrests were carried out in al-Khalil, while 87 arrests were reported in Nablus. 75 Palestinians were also detained in Bethlehem, while 52 detainees were documented in Jenin.

49 Palestinians were detained in Ramallah, while 36 from Jerusalem were detained and 23 others in Tulkarem, and 13 Palestinian citizens were arrested in Qalqiliya.

7 arrests were reported in Tubas, and 7 others in Salfit, while one Palestinian was detained in Jericho.

Israeli raids and arrests throughout West Bank

[ 24/06/2014 - 04:21 PM ]


The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Tuesday Nablus, Jenin, and al-Khalil in occupied West Bank. Break-ins into dozens of homes were carried out.

Local sources told PIC reporter that Israeli forces have launched a large-scale raid and search campaign into Palestinian homes. 50 Palestinians were arrested during the campaign before being released after a while.
In Nablus, a Palestinian student affiliated to the Islamic bloc was arrested in Tel town after violently storming and searching his home for two times.

In al-Khalil, 4 Palestinian were arrested and 120 homes were stormed during the Israeli campaign in the city, Israeli military sources confirmed.

Israeli forces have stormed a Palestinian prisoner’s home and arrested his brother before informing his family of their decision to demolish the home claiming that a weapons cache was discovered next to it.

Israeli forces have used police dogs while raiding and searching Palestinian homes in the city, causing a big mess.

In Jenin, Israeli soldiers detained an elderly man, a father of three prisoners held in Israeli jails, after raiding his home and damaging his furniture before the confiscation of his tractor.

On the other hand, at least one person was summoned for investigation in Salem military camp, while several homes were stormed.

Meanwhile, dozens have suffered breathing difficulties in Jenin after inhaling tear gas at dawn today following the outbreak of violent clashes.

Eyewitnesses confirmed to PIC reporter that dozens of Israeli military vehicles stormed the city and its refugee camp and carried out break-ins into a number of homes.

Heavy tear gas bombs and live bullets were fired during the clashes, the sources added.
Israeli soldiers have also deployed in the neighborhoods of Burqin town, which led to the outbreak of clashes.

36 Palestinians sent to administrative detention

[ 24/06/2014 - 04:59 PM ]


36 detainees arrested during the past few days were transfered on Monday to administrative detention, according to Ahrar Center for  Prisoners Studies.

Head of the center Fuad al-Khuffash said that dozens of Palestinians are daily arrested by Israeli forces as part of the military campaign waged in occupied West Bank 12 days ago targeting Hamas’ leaders and PLC deputies.

Al-Khuffash stressed the need to adopt a national strategy in defense of administrative detainees held in Israeli jails.

Along the same line, Ahrar center pointed out that 16 Palestinian female prisoners are currently held in Hasharon prison amid very poor detention conditions.

The center said that 9 female prisoners are still detained without trial, while 7 others are convicted including Lina Jarbouni who is sentenced to 17 years imprisonment.

Tough Israeli sanctions and punitive measures are imposed on the female prisoners, where most of them are deprived from family visits.

Palestinian record-breaking hunger-striker Issawi re-jailed by IOA

[ 24/06/2014 - 01:50 PM ]


The Israeli occupation authority on Monday afternoon rearrested Palestinian ex-detainee and record-breaking hunger-striker Samer al-Issawi following a raid on his house in al-Issawiya district, north of occupied Jerusalem.

Al-Issawi had gone on very long hunger-strike that lasted from early August 23, 2012 to April 23, 2013.

Al-Issawi was rounded up in 2012 after having been granted release in a prisoner swap deal in order to make him complete his previous prison term at the pretext that he violated the terms of the deal, but his long-time hunger strike forced his jailers to release him again in 2013.

Over 1,400 Palestinian children killed by Israeli gunfire since 2000

[ 24/06/2014 - 04:31 PM ]


An international human rights organization has issued a new report revealing the killing of 1,405 Palestinian children and the arrest of 8,000 other children in occupied Palestine since 2000.

A new report published by Defense for Children International (DCI-Palestine) said that Israeli forces have detained over 8,000 children since 2000. Since 2008, there have been at least 170 Palestinian children in Israeli detention at any given time.

Almost more alarming than the fact that 1,405 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers since 2000 is the climate of impunity that makes such violence possible, according to the report.

The report shed light the devastating impact on Palestinian children of growing up near increasingly violent Israeli settlements and Israeli military outposts.

The report, Growing Up between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers, details the experiences of children and their families living in villages and towns hemmed in by expanding and often violent settler communities.

It finds that attacks on schools, assaults on individual homes, and the physical abuse of children are occurring throughout the West Bank as a result of close proximity to settlements and military outposts.

“Settler and military violence against Palestinians in the West Bank is condoned by the state of Israel because it serves to further distress and control the occupied population,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. “Unfortunately children are consistently the victims of this persistent and unrestricted violence.”

The report stated that Israeli forces and settlers' attacks have been noticeably escalated during the past few months.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has revealed that more than 2,100 settlers' attacks were carried out since 2006 including 399 attacks reported in 2013.

Following incidents of settler violence, the report finds that lack of justice is the norm, and not the exception.

Though they live in the same territory, all Palestinians are subject to military law, while Israeli settlers fall under the Israeli civilian and criminal legal system, the report pointed out.


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