23.08.11 - 13:30
Oslo – PNN – UFree, the Oslo-based European network to support the rights of Palestinian prisoners, has called on the United Nations and all other human rights supporters to speak out against Israel’s campaign of mass arrests now being waged in the West Bank.
Israeli military raids in the West Bank escalated on August 21 while at the same time attacks have stepped up in the Gaza Strip. As of now, more than 150 Palestinians residents of the West Bank have been arrested, mostly in Hebron.
In addition to detaining a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Israeli soldiers raided the house of the Mufti of Bethlehem in the al-Dheisheh refugee camp.
They also wounded three Palestinians and arrested two of them, and then refused to allow the Palestinian Red Crescent to care for their injuries. The raids are the most extensive in eight years, and have swept up children, the elderly, and lawmakers alike.
Mohammed Hamdan, the chairman of UFree, noted in a written statement issued today that Israel’s latest aggression comes just days before the Eid al-Fitr, a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
“This campaign of arrests in the West Bank and bombings in Gaza seems designed to wreak destruction not only on the people, but on our very culture," he said.
UFree promotes and defends the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees. More than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israeli jails, including about 300 children and more than 30 women living in often inhumane conditions, including torture and lack of medical care.
UFree's website can be found at http://ufree-p.net/eng/