The Israeli regime has escalated its arrest campaign in the occupied West Bank since the disappearance and death of three Israeli settlers in June, Press TV reports.
The arrest campaign gained momentum in September with over 500 Palestinians being jailed by Israeli forces across the West Bank for what Tel Aviv authorities say were “security reasons.”
Helmi al-Aaraj, with the Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights, told Press TV that the arrest campaign is going on nonstop and 30 Palestinians were recently arrested without any certain charges.
Shawan Jabarin, a Palestinian human rights activist, said this is part of a campaign by Israel to break down the Palestinian society and its struggle to achieve freedom.
There are now more than 7,000 Palestinians in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps. Among Palestinian prisoners behind Israeli bars, there are 18 women, 250 children, 1,500 sick detainees, who are mostly in a critical condition, and 540 Palestinians held without any trial, also known as administrative detention.
The number of Palestinians in administrative detention is the highest since 2008.
Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Esam Baker, the coordinator of Palestinian Powers, said Tel Aviv’s policy is to treat Palestinian prisoners badly and humiliate them on a daily basis, a move which runs counter to the international law.
Most of the Palestinian prisoners are held for a long time in Israeli prisons without any accusation while they cannot even meet their basic needs, including visiting their family members.