Prisoners’ Institutions issue a monitoring report for the most prominent data and events faced by detainees and prisoners in the occupation prisons.
October 24, 2021

(1282) cases of arrest carried out by the occupation forces from July to September of 2021.

The Prisoners’ institutions (Prisoners Affairs Authority, Palestinian Prisoners Club, Al-Dameer Institution for Prisoner Care and Human Rights Foundation, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwan) issued a report for the past three months (July, August, and September) for the year 2021. The report reflects on the arrests carried out by the occupation forces, in addition to a number of issues, such as the abuse of detainees, during and after arrests, as well as the reality of prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons.

It can be emphasized that a number of transformations were imposed by the escalating confrontation since May of 2021, and had effect over the reality of arrests in all of Palestine. The most prominent change was in the escalation of the arbitrary policies imposed by the occupation with each escalation or confrontation. Jerusalem, in addition to the occupied territories in 1948, lead the scene.

Despite the decrease in the rate of arrests compared to May in particular, the occupation continues to carry out daily and systematic arrests, targeting all groups and segments of Palestinian society, especially activists in Palestinian society, in a continuous attempt to undermine any confrontation that could lead to any change. The current detentions, especially the administrative detention policy, are a new wave of confrontation, represented by individual strikes, as 6 administrative detainees continue their open hunger strike to reject this policy, until the preparation of this report.

The “Tunnel of Freedom” operation, which was carried out by six prisoners on September 6, 2021, brought about a number of transformations on several levels, with regard to the reality of the prisoners' issue. This event brought the prisoners’ issue to the table once again, locally and in the Arab countries and International world, despite the occupation’s attempts to isolate prisoners and target them and undermine their struggle role and their right to freedom determination, struggle and self-determination.

As for the reaction of the occupation and its institutions to these transformations, it has implemented a number of arbitrary policies, foremost of which is the policy of solitary confinement, and the implementation of collective and retaliatory punishments against the prisoners, especially the prisoners of the Islamic Jihad Movement, in all prisons, to the point of abuse and torture in some cases.

_- The rate of arrests over the past three months:

Over the past three months, the prisoners' institutions have monitored (1282) cases of arrest, including (160) children and minors under 18 years of age, most of whom are from Jerusalem. Among the detainees were 37 females.

In July 2021, (513) arrests were recorded, including (47) minors and (17) females, while in August 2021, (345) arrests were recorded, including (46) minors, and (8) females. In September 2021, (424) cases of arrest were recorded, including (67) minors, and (12) females.

The Jerusalem governorate and its towns continued to witness the highest rate of arrests, as the total number of arrests over the three months reached (525) arrests, and Jerusalem witnessed the highest rate of arrests of children, reaching 80% of arrests of children in all governorates.

In addition to the statistical reading of arrest cases, there are still a number of policies implemented by the occupation army during its execution of arrests, represented by the policy of collective punishment and the arrest of family members to pressure the person to be arrested; to turn himself as being pursued, or to pressure him during his interrogation, in addition to the abuse, including various attacks against detainees and their families, in addition to the vandalism that affects citizens' homes and raids during the late hours of the night.

It is worth noting that these policies have become fixed during arrests, as systematic policies, and are not limited to a category of detainees, but affect all groups.

The policy of administrative detention remained one of dozens of policies targeting Palestinians, especially activists on several political, social and cognitive levels, and none of the groups were excluded.

The total number of administrative detention orders during the past three months reached (310) administrative detention orders, including (88) new orders, and (222) renewals.

In July, the number of arrest warrants reached (98), including (38) new orders, and (60) renewals, and in August the number reached (91), including (20) new ones, and (71) renewals, and in September (121) including (30) new ones, and (91) renewals.

These statistics reflect the fact that the majority of administrative detainees have been held for different periods, and the occupation authorities continue to issue more administrative detention orders against them.

The prisoners and human rights institutions indicate that the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the prisons of the occupation reached about (4600) until the end of September 2021, of whom (35) are female prisoners, while the number of children and minors detainees in the prisons of the occupation reached about (200), and the number of detainees under administrative detention orders reached (500).