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The Israeli military kidnaps four civilians and attack kindergarten near Hebron

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

Local sources said Israeli troops invaded the village of Beit Ruosh, near Hebron, and searched homes. Troops left the village after kidnapping four teenagers. Another force attacked the village of Saffa, where troops searched homes, storming and ransacking a local kindergarten. The villagers said Israeli troops removed a Palestinian flag on the roof of the kindergarten before leaving.

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Israeli Occupation Army kidnaps two international peace activists in Hebron

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Saturday afternoon twenty international peace activists in the southern West Bank City of Hebron, and released them later on keeping two in custody.

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A German national and an Italian national were taken by Israeli forces while accompanying farmers at 11am. Both individuals have been taken to the police station at Kyrat Arba. Palestinian farmers in At-Tuwani rely on the presence of International and Israeli human rights workers to mitigate violence from settlers.

As soldiers in the area frequently ignore settler violence and rarely interfere to protect the farmers, international volunteers provide support for the Palestinians. The grazing action began around 8.30 am, and the German and Italian nationals were arrested at 11am.

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Father, Uncle of Negev girl released

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

The Be’er Sheva District Court released on Wednesday the father and the uncle of the Negev girl who was shot dead after she, according to the Israeli army, attempted to shoot Israeli soldiers at a military base in the Negev.

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1600 detainees need medical attention

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, Medical Issues by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

There are 16 detainees who use wheelchairs and crutches, 80 detainees who are diabetic, two bind detainees, 40 detainees who were shot prior to their arrest and still have fragments in their bodies, in addition to 14 detainees who are permanently at the Al Ramla Prison Hospital which lacks the basic equipments.

Dozens of detainees became sick and wounded due to extreme torture during interrogation, as they were subjected to physical abuse and are placed in tiny, cold and dark cells that are filled with humidity.

Other sorts of torture used by Israel are forcing the detainees to stand for extended periods, and subjecting them to streams of very cold wind, in addition to tying them to chairs for long periods with their hands tied behind their backs and heads bent down or forced back.

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Israeli military attacks Nablus, kidnaps seven civilians

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Witnesses reported troops searched and ransacked a number of homes before taking the seven men to unknown detention camps.

Among those kidnapped were Abdullah Al Dirie, 21, Ahmad Al Massri, 19, Fadi Salem, 18, and Yazan Al Assi, 16, the local sources added.

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Stuart Littlewood: Student Foils Israeli Bid to Wreck Family’s Hopes

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, Checkpoints, Restrictions on Movement, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

In 2004, the Israelis arrested her eldest brother, a 22 year-old artist who designed posters and banners for university student groups. They accused him of taking part in student political activities, which can mean anything from running for student council to organizing speaking events, and for this he spent 4 years in prison.

In 2007, they came back for Merna’s 18-year-old brother. He is still incarcerated under ‘administrative detention’, which means he hasn’t been charged or sentenced for any crime because the Israeli military claims to have secret evidence, which only a military judge can see. The Israelis use this device to lock up Palestinians – mostly students – for up to 6 months, to be renewed if the mood takes them. Merna’s 19 year-old cousin is also in prison waiting to be charged with a ‘crime’.

Merna in Azzeh Camp where she lives. The bright smile hides a steely determination

Merna in Azzeh Camp where she lives. The bright smile hides a steely determination

Then a few months ago the military came again, this time to take her youngest brother. Merna was in despair. He had only just turned 16. “As he was being taken away, he told us to take care of ourselves,” said Merna, her eyes brimming with tears. “He’s my little brother!  He is the one who needs taking care of. What is he doing in an awful prison cell and how are his spirits?”

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Israel seizes, deports 208 Palestinian workers

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

The Secretary-General of Palestinian Workers’ Public Union, Shaher Sa’d, condemned the arrests of the workers as a violation of international law. He also accused Israeli police of beating Palestinians during arrest raids.

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