Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians over the course of Rosh Hashanah

03:00 Sep 24 2017 Qalqiliya, Bethlehem, Beit Ummar, Tel Rumeida, Beit 'Awwa, Silwad

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians in predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank on Sunday, in addition to 21 other Palestinians who were detained over the course of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and the weekend, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

The spokesperson did not provide additional details on the locations of the detention raids.

Severe restrictions on movement for Palestinians are typically implemented by Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes. Israeli authorities implemented a "general closure" on the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip for the holiday, starting Tuesday night and ending Saturday night.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society documented 10 detentions carried out in predawn raids Sunday -- five Palestinians were detained from Qalqilya, three from Bethlehem, and two, including a former prisoner, from the Hebron area.

Muhammad Ayyad Awad, a local activist in the southern occupied West Bank town of Beit Ummar, reported that Israeli forces stormed Beit Ummar before dawn Sunday morning and arrested 20-year-old Essam Muhammad Issa Bahr, after raiding and searching his family's house.

Awad noted that Bahr had previously spent more than a year in Israeli prison. Israeli soldiers took him in a military jeep to Israel's Gush Etzion detention center north of Beit Ummar.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said Saturday evening that Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man, identified as Mamoun Hussein al-Natsheh, in the Tel Rumeida area of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, with Israeli forces claiming the man had a knife in his possession and was planning to stab soldiers.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, eyewitnesses told Ma'an that a young Palestinian man was detained after Israeli police forces rammed into his vehicle and physically assaulted him.

According to the witnesses, an Israeli police vehicle forcefully rammed into 20-year-old Zaid Fawaw Hamid's car near the entrance to the village of Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, and then proceeded to violently beat him.

Israeli forces were seen preventing local Silwad medics and ambulance crews from approaching the area to treat Hamid, who Israeli soldiers detained for unknown reasons.

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 85 search and detention raids carried out thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

Israeli forces detained 522 Palestinians, including 130 minors and 16 women, over the course of the month of August, according to a joint report released Palestinian institutions focusing on prisoners' rights.

The total number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons reached 6,300 prisoners, the report said, 64 of them women. Among them are 10 girls under the age of 18 and 300 underage boys, 450 administrative detainees imprisoned without charge or trial, and 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Palestinian parliament.

by IMEMC News

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, eleven Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank governorates of Qalqilia, Bethlehem and Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. Israeli colonists burn olive trees Near Nablus.

The Qalqilia office of the PPS, in the northern part of the West Bank, has reported that the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in various parts of the governorate, and abducted five Palestinians.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as journalist Ragheed Abu Tabsiyya, 24, Tareq Abdul-Rahim Ba’ja, 26, Ahmad Abdul-Rahim Ba’ja, 19, Farid Qaddoum, 19, and Mahmoud Sobhi ‘Adwan.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, identified as Islam Mohammad Deeriyya, 25, Waleed Mahmoud Sheikh, 27, Mohammad Ribhi al-‘Amour, 22, and Omar Hammad Hmeid, 19.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Issa Mohammad Bahar from Beit Ummar town, and Raslan Rezeq Masalma, from Beit ‘Awwa town.

In related news, several fanatic Israeli colonists invaded Palestinian olive orchards owned by villagers of Kafr Qalil, near Huwwara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Raslan Rezeq Masalma detained 9/24/2017
Mamoun Hussein al-Natsheh detained 9/24/2017
Essam Muhammad Issa Bahr, 20, detained 9/24/2017
Islam Mohammad Deeriyya, 25, Waleed Mahmoud Sheikh, 27, Mohammad Ribhi al-‘Amour, 22, and Omar Hammad Hmeid, 19, detained 9/24/2017
Ragheed Abu Tabsiyya, 24, Tareq Abdul-Rahim Ba’ja, 26, Ahmad Abdul-Rahim Ba’ja, 19, Farid Qaddoum, 19, and Mahmoud Sobhi ‘Adwan detained 9/24/2017
Zaid Fawaw Hamid detained 9/24/2017
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