Report: Jan−Feb 2018, Israel Detained 1,319 Palestinians

During January and February 2018, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 1,319 Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territories, including 274 children, 23 women and 4 journalists. These figures appear in a report released last week following its joint preparation by four Palestinian NGOs: the Prisoners and Liberties Affairs Association, the Palestinian Prisoner Club, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The report details that those arrested during the first two months of this year included 381 individuals from Jerusalem; 233 from the Ramallah and al-Bireh district and 20 from the Salfit district in the central West Bank; 140 from the Hebron district and 118 from the Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank; 133 from the Jenin district, 107 from the Nablus district, 59 from the Tulkarem district, and 54 from the Qalqiliya district in the northern West Bank; 21 from the Jericho district, and 30 from the Gaza Strip.

The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails, as of February 28, 2018, was 6,500, Addameer reported. Of the 6,500 prisoners, 63 were women, including six girls, and 350 were children.

As for the policy of administrative detention – Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial – during the first two months of this year, Israeli authorities issued 169 administrative orders including 52 new ones. By the end of February, the total number of administrative detainees held by Israel was 500.