Israel goes on a detention rampage

Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained Haitham Ghawadra in the village of Bir al-Basha in Jenin. PPS said three Palestinians were detained in the Tulkarem district. In the central West Bank, the army listed one detention in the Ramallah-district village of Deir Abu Mashaal, and four others in the Jerusalem-area town of Abu Dis. PPS did not mention the Abu Dis detentions, but identified the Palestinian detained in Deir Abu Mashaal as 40-year-old Taha Dar Taha. In the Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detained Bassam Ibrahim al-Salihi during a raid in al-Duheisha refugee camp.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 85 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation. According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of July. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.