Israel Arrests Seven Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem

HEBRON, July 6, 2015 (WAFA) – At least seven Palestinians were arrested on Monday by Israeli authorities in the West Bank and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron, Israeli army broke into the towns of Beit Ummar, Idna and al-Arroub refugee camp, where they arrested at least four Palestinian locals.

In Beit Ummar, Israeli soldiers and undercover police forces accompanied by sniffer dogs raided a house at midnight and brutally assaulted 21-year-old Fatahi Khalil in the head and nose, causing him serious bruises. He was arrested afterwards.

Another undercover Israeli force attempted to assault Fatahi’s brother, Nasser, before they left the scene in a minibus that has fake Palestinian registration plate.

The three other detainees were identified as Khalil Balasi, 22, Abdul-Majid Titi, 25, while the third, 22-year-old Tamer Abu Ayyash from Beit Ummar, was arrested at Allenby border crossing while he was getting back home from Jordan.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed the village of Sur Baher, southeast of the city, and arrested a man, identified as Belal Afaneh, along with his son before they were taken to a nearby interrogation center.

In the meantime, Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 11 Palestinian prisoners. The sentences range between two months and six months.

Under administrative detention, prisoners are held without charge or trial and for indefinite and renewable period of time.

The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine. Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, “Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law. Israel carries it out in a highly classified manner that denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense. Moreover, the detention has no upper time limit.”