Israeli Fire Critically Injures Palestinian in Gaza, 8 Kidnapped in Jerusalem

November 17, 2014 3:07 AM IMEMC Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0
17 Nov
3:07 AM

Israeli soldiers, on Sunday, shot and critically injured a Palestinian to the east of the town of al-Qarara, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.WAFA correspondence reports that soldiers stationed at a watch tower near Israel’s Kissufim military base, opened fire at a Palestinian, critically injuring him.

Israeli soldiers open fire at Palestinians along the border areas almost on daily basis, in violation of the declared Egyptian-brokered truce agreement reached, between the Palestinian-Israeli sides, on August 26th of this year.

Related: 09/16/14 26 Post-ceasefire Violations Documented by Canadian-based Think Tank

At least eight Palestinians were abducted, late Saturday night and early Sunday, by the Israeli authorities in occupied East Jerusalem, whereas at least five others in the West Bank were summoned to appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence, say local sources.

Six Palestinians, identified as Islam and Rabah Odeh, Sharif Rajabi, Abud Abu Sbeih, Anwar Jamjoum and Kayed Kiswani, were taken during predawn raids across Jerusalem.

Later Sunday, Israeli police arrested two brothers from Bethlehem at their workplace in Jerusalem, under the pretext of ‘entering Israel without a permit.’ The brothers were identified as Adham, 19, and Mohannad Zawahra, 17.

(Israel only rarely issues permits for Palestinians seeking work in Jerusalem.)

Meanwhile, in occupied Bethlehem and the nearby villages of Taqu, Aida refugee camp, and al-Khader, the Israeli army served summons to five Palestinians to appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence, in nearby Etzion military complex.

WAFA notes that the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) reported, on Sunday, a growing discontent among Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in ‘Eshel’ prison, due to infestation of bedbugs, continuing Israeli restrictions on family visits, and the daily midnight provocative raid and searches of their cells.

Israeli prison administration throughout Israeli jails, according to the PPC, prohibits prisoners from bringing blankets and warm winter clothes from outside, but allows them to buy blankets from the prison’s canteen; the blankets sold there are very expensive, very bad in quality and do not provide an acceptable amount of warmth.

More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are still detained in Israeli prisons, of whom dozens are serving a life sentence and many still on hunger strike, in protest of Israel’s ongoing policy of Administrative Detention. Through this practice, which dates back to the time of British Mandate Palestine, prisoners are held without charge or trial under severe conditions, not knowing when or if they will ever be released.

The number of sick prisoners detained in Israeli jails has now reached 1,500, of whom 80 prisoners are suffering from serious health problems and neglected of necessary and adequate treatment.

Prisoners suffer from malignant diseases, paralysis and other disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illness and neurological disorder, Palestinian Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqi, has stated.

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