Israeli Forces Detain Two Palestinians in Hebron

HEBRON, September 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday, which marks the third day of the Islamic Eid of al-Adha, detained two Palestinians from Hebron district, according to security sources.

Sources informed WAFA that forces detained Isam Masharqa after raiding and wreaking havoc into his home in the town of Dura to the south of Hebron.

Forces further stormed the town of Halhoul to the north, and detained Mahmoud Zama’areh and led him to an unknown destination.

Forces also stormed several neighborhoods in the Hebron area, where they set up military checkpoints at their entrances, obstructing Palestinian locals’ movement.

According to the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), “since 1967 when Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel.”

It said that, “Despite prohibition by international law, Israel detains Palestinians in prisons throughout Israel, far from their families, who almost never obtain the necessary permits to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories to visit them.”

Currently, there are an estimated 6,800 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, of which 10 are members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), said CEPR.

Under Israeli military regulations, Palestinians can be detained for up to 18 days without the Israeli military informing them of the reason for their arrest and without being brought before a judge. The army is also not obliged to inform the detainees’ families of their arrest or the location of their detention.

After or within this period, the person is sent to an interrogation center, placed in administrative detention, or held in custody awaiting charge and trial.

“Lawyer visits can be prohibited for up to 90 days after the day of arrest for a Palestinian detainee. In contrast, a meeting between an Israeli detainee and his/her attorney can be delayed for a total of only 48 hours (for ‘regular’ violations) to 21 days (for ‘security’ violations),” it said.