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Israel‘s mass crackdown enters its 11th day

June 23, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Collective Punishment] [Nablus] [Jenin] [Ramallah] [Birzeit University] [Education]

Israeli army raiding a house in Hebron. Photo by Lazar Simeonov.

The Israeli army detained 37 Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank overnight Sunday as the mass search operation to find three missing Israeli teens entered its 11th day.

Israeli troops conducted house-to-house searches in Nablus and the Balata refugee camp throughout the night. Moneychangers in both Hebron and Bethlehem were raided as well, with soldiers confiscating all computers and security cameras. 

Since search efforts began ostensibly in connection to the missing teenagers, Israeli forces have detained approximately 471 Palestinians, including 11 members of the Palestinian parliament. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, chairman of the Palestinian National Initiative, estimates that Israeli soldiers have raided upwards of 2,000 homes. 

Israel's military fast-tracked administrative detention orders for more than 100 of the Palestinians arrested during the on going mass arrest campaign, local agencies reported, nearly doubling the number of Palestinian prisoners held without charge or trial in Israeli prisons. 

Most of the orders, issued by a judge at Israel's Ofter military court, are for detention periods between three to six months. They were issued on the behest of the Shin Bet.

"Since the disappearance of the settlers we've seen a clear form of collective punishment, not only in arrests, but with raids, killings, injuries, and so forth," Gavan Kelly, Advocacy Coordinator for the prisoner support and advocy group Addameer, told Ma'an News Agency on Monday.

Israeli forces have killed five Palestinians thus far during raids allegedly in connection to search efforts for the three missing Israeli teenagers.

Ahmad Said Suod Khalid, 27, was shot and killed in al-Ein refugee camp in Nablus during a raid early Sunday morning. Israeli soldiers fired and hit the man with four live bullets from a distance of about 4 meters away, as he was headed toward a nearby mosque for morning prayer. An eyewitness told local press the soldiers asked Khalid to turn around, but the man refused and continued to walk. 

"Initial inquiry suggests that the suspect was mentally unstable," the Israeli military said in a statement, adding that "the incident is currently being investigated."

On the same night, Mahmoud Simail Atallah was shot dead on the roof of a building opposite the central Ramallah police station. Clashes between Palestinian youth and the Israeli army earlier in the night, led to clashes between Palestinian police after the Israeli jeeps pulled out of the city. It is unknown which side bears responsibility for the young man’s death, as both sets of forces shot live bullets during the night. 

Mohammed Dudin, 14, was shot and killed during a raid on the village of Dura, near Hebron, early Friday morning. The boy was shot directly in the chest.

Mustafa Aslan, 20, is currently brain dead in Hadassah hospitial in Jerusalem after he was shot in the head with live ammunition in Qalandiya refugee camp Friday morning. 

Jamil Ali Suf, a man in his 60s from, died on Friday as well after he was fatally struck by a heart attack as Israeli soldiers raided his home in the village Haris in the northern West Bank.

Ahmad Sabarin, 20, was shot and killed during a raid on the Jalazone refugee camp, just outside of Ramallah, on Sunday night 15, June 2014. The young man was hit in the chest with live bullets as troops conducted house-to-house searches in the camp. 

Throughout their mass raids, Israeli soldiers have invaded universities across the West Bank, including Al-Quds University in Abu Dis on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Arab American University of Jenin (twice) and the Polytechnic University in Jenin (twice) and Birzeit University near Ramallah. 

Israeli authorities have also threatened to destroy a major dairy factory in Hebron in addition to farms do to their association with Hamas members. 

“These threats against major facilities is an indication that Israel is interested in damaging the Palestinian economy as well,” Barghouti told Palestine Monitor.

During its widespread crackdown on the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military has bombed the besieged Gaza Strip on a daily basis.

“We have to emphasize Israel’s disruption of normal life throughout all of the occupied Palestinian territory. One day you are walking on the street after being in a café, or trying to get to a friend’s house or somewhere and you find the Israeli army in front of you. This is what happened with Ahmad Khalid in Nablus on Sunday morning. He was only going to the mosque,” Barghouti told Palestine Monitor

“Look at what happened Ramallah; they always advertise it as a city that is flourishing. It’s a place overflowing with restaurants, cafes and normal life, but look at what happened Sunday morning,” said Barghouti. “People walking home from the world cup game suddenly found themselves being shot at… Ramallah suddenly became a warzone. The army is doing this every night in different cities.” 

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