Israel Arrests 8 in Jerusalem, Summons Others for Interrogation

JERUSALEM, November 16, 2014 (WAFA) – At least eight Palestinians were arrested late Saturday night and early Sunday by the Israeli authorities in Occupied East Jerusalem, whereas at least five others in the West Bank were summoned to appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence, according to local sources.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested six Palestinians during predawn raids across Jerusalem. They were identified as Islam and Rabah Odeh, Sharif Rajabi, Abud Abu Sbeih, Anwar Jamjoum, and Kayed Kiswani.

Later on Sunday, Israeli police arrested two brothers from Bethlehem while they were at their workplace in Jerusalem, under the pretext of ‘entering Israel without a permit.’ The brothers were identified as Adham, 19, and Mohannad Zawahra, 17.

Israel rarely issues permits for Palestinians seeking work in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army stormed the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and the nearby villages of Taqu, Aida refugee camp, and al-Khader, where the army handed summons to five Palestinians to appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence in nearby Etzion military complex.

To be noted, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) Sunday reported a growing discontent among Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in the Israeli ‘Eshel’ prison due to infestation of bedbugs, the continuing Israeli restrictions on family visits, and the daily midnight provocative raid and searches of their cells.

PPC said that the prison administration, throughout Israeli jails, prohibits prisoners from bringing blankets and warm winter clothes from outside, but allows them to buy blankets from the prison’s canteen; the blankets sold there are very expensive, very bad in quality and do not provide them with the necessary warmth.

More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are still detained in Israeli prisons, of whom dozens are serving a life sentence.

The number of sick prisoners detained in Israeli jails has reached 1500, of whom 80 prisoners are suffering from serious health problems and do not receive the necessary treatment; they suffer from malignant diseases, paralysis, and disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illness and neurological disorder, reported Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqi.