aspacpalestine.com – Palestine. The Israeli occupation forces continue with this violent and intensifying arrest campaign since Tump’s declaration on Jerusalem on 6 December 2017, since then around 500 Palestinians have been detained. In fact, since the early hours of Monday 18 December 2017 until the early hours of Thursday 21 December 2017, the Israeli occupation forces have arrested around 85 Palestinians from different areas in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Some of these arrests happened during protests against the occupation forces in several places, other arrests were implemented on checkpoints and finally, some of the arrests occurred late at night during a raid on Palestinian homes. Those few past days included the following arrests.
Since Turmp’s declaration on Jerusalem, 6 December 2017, the Israeli occupation forces have arrested around 500 Palestinians including 170 children and 10 women. Most of the detainees from Jerusalem received conditional release, which is usually house arrest, financial guarantees or both. As for Palestinians in the West Bank, they are tried in Ofer or Salem military courts despite the difference in their age. Actually, there are now 200 Palestinian children detained in Ofer, 77 children of them were detained only during December 2017. Moreover, documentation shows that 37 children of those detained in Ofer only after Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem have experienced humiliation and brutal direct beating from Israeli occupation soldiers while getting arrested.
These mass arrest and harassment campaigns are part of Israeli’s collective punishment measures that are in direct violation of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 50 of the Hague Regulations which specifically prohibits collective punishment. In point of fact, this arrest campaign shows an Israeli policy of targeting valuable groups, whether children, women of disabled people. Israeli occupation forces systematically detain children and violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The Convention on the Rights of the Child underlines in Article 27(b) that “No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.” The article further underlines that in the case of arrest, “the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time”.