Israel carries out mass arrests of Palestinians inside occupied West Bank, 17-year-old boy killed in Jenin

The Occupied West Bank is governed by Israeli military law which gives the occupation forces complete judicial, executive and legislative rights over nearly three million Palestinians

August 02, 2022 by Peoples Dispatch
Israeli raids in Jenin
(Photo: Palinfo)

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed 17-year-old Palestinian Derar Riyad al-Kafini on Monday, August 1, during a late night raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. At least two other persons were injured during the raid conducted as a part of a mass arrests campaign initiated by the occupation forces, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.  

One of the persons injured was identified as Bassem Saadi, one of the top leaders of Islamic Jihad in the occupied territories. His wife was also assaulted by the Israeli forces. Saadi and his son-in-law were arrested. 

According to Israeli news reports, a large number of Palestinians gathered to oppose the raid and the occupation forces opened fire at them. The midnight raid was carried out by special forces using helicopters and bulldozers.   

In opposition to the killing and arrests, residents of Jenin called for a general strike on Tuesday. Thousands of residents of the Jenin refugee camp participated in al-Kafini’s funeral. 

On Sunday and Monday, July 31 and August 1, Israeli forces illegally arrested over 40 Palestinians from different locations inside the occupied territory, including a 17-year-old boy, Press Tv reported.   

Palestinian Prisoners Society reported that more than two dozen Palestinians were arrested from Al-Khalil, or Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank by the occupation forces. 

In Nablus, where two Palestinian youths were killed last week by the Israeli forces, several people were injured by Israeli forces who dispersed locals who were resisting the illegal arrest of two Palestinians on Monday. Four others were arrested from Jenin and one each from Ramallah and occupied East Jerusalem. 

Wafa reported that the raids and mass arrest campaign continued on Tuesday and more than 18 Palestinians were arrested by the occupation forces from across the occupied West Bank. 

Israeli forces also arrested the governor of occupied East Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, on Monday. Ghaith was arrested from his home in Silwan for the 17th time since he was appointed the governor of occupied East Jerusalem in August 2017.   

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was injured when Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas on demonstrators opposing the demolition of house in Salfit in the occupied West Bank. Dozens of other Palestinians were injured in the attack. 

Israeli security forces have been raiding Palestinian villages and cities in the occupied West Bank for months now. Such raids have led to a large number of arrests and demolitions of Palestinian houses. Occupation forces have killed over 60 Palestinians in such raids. Jenin has been the center of these raids, where more than 30 Palestinians have been killed so far this year by the Israeli forces, including Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

According to Addameer, there are at least 4,600 Palestinian prisoners inside various Israeli prisons, including 180 children and 30 women.

Occupied West Bank is governed by Israeli military law which gives the occupation forces complete judicial, executive and legislative rights over nearly three million Palestinians. The illegal settlers, on the other hand, are governed by the civil laws of Israel. This apartheid system gives Israeli forces impunity to arrest and kill Palestinians.