In the latest set of abductions through invasion of Palestinian areas, a nightly occurrence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli forces took 32 Palestinians from their beds in pre-dawn raids New Year’s morning.
According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the invasions occurred in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shoefat, at-Tur and Jabal al-Mukabber, where nine Palestinians were detained; the Ramallah area, where 19 were detained, the Jenin area in the northern West Bank, where 2 were detained, and the Salfit area, where 2 were detained.
PPS identified the Palestinians abducted in Jerusalem neighborhoods as Alaa Haddad, Ashraf Eweisat, Ayman Daajneh, Marwan Najib, Subhi Najib, Mohammad Gharabli, Youssef Abu al-Hawa, Hashem Abu al-Hawa and Amin Abu al-Hawa.
In the Ramallah area, the majority of those abducted were from Kobar village, where 14 Palestinians were taken.
The other 5 were taken from Ramallah and al-Bireh.
PPS identified these 5 as Hamed Riyad Hamed and Saed Hamed from Silwad, Ashraf Saaf from al-Mazraa al-Sharqiya, former prisoner Abdullah Abu Shalbak and Jaber Mamdouh Jaber from Kafr Nimeh.
The 14 Palestinians detained from Kobar village were identified as Jawdat Sarhan al-Barghouthi, Mohammad Sarhan al-Barghouthi, Mohammad Munir al-Barghouthi, Muhannad Rayyan al-Barghouthi, Miqdad Zahi al-Barghouthi, Ismail Zahi al-Barghouthi, Zahi Ismail al-Barghouthi, Yasser al-Fahl, Nael Omar Yassin, Mohammad Ibrahim al-Barghouthi, Abed Judeh Abu Maher, Mohammad Lutfi al-Barghouthi, Saher al-Barghouthi and Imad al-Barghouthi.
The two Palestinians taken from Jenin were identified as Mohammad Jihad Abu Bakr and Usama Amarneh.
Another two unidentified Palestinians were taken from Salfit in the northern West Bank.
These invasions and abductions are a nightly occurrence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where the Israeli military retains full control of Palestinian land and forces the Palestinian population there to live under military occupation.
Many of those abducted in these night raids are then held in Israeli prisons for months on end with no charges under so-called ‘administrative detention’.