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  • Pro-Palestine demonstrators hold signs during a rally in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 07 April 2018.

    Pro-Palestine demonstrators hold signs during a rally in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 07 April 2018. | Photo: EFE

Published 15 April 2018

The figure includes 85 children and 13 women.

The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 609 Palestinians, including 85 children and 13 women, only during March 2018, according to a joint report published by several human rights organizations.

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As for March 28, 2018, the report counted a total of 6,500 Palestinians held in occupation prisons up to 28 March 2018, of which 62 are female, including 8 female children. A total of 350 Palestinian children are currently detained.

Published by The Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, The Prisoners’ Club, Addameer Human Rights Association, and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the report deals with Israeli practices used against Palestinian prisoners, including solitary confinement, violating international human rights laws, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Prison conditions for Palestinians in Israel include denial of medical treatment, as most women are deprived of treatment for injuries and health-related issues, low-quality food, overcrowding in places of detention, and physical and psychological abuse.

The same organizations reported 1,319 Palestinians were arrested by occupation forces in the first two months of 2018, including 274 minors, 23 women, and four journalists.

The arrests happened as protests over Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem have been increasing, faced with an also increasing repression from Israeli authorities.

Ahed Tamimi, who became an icon of Palestinian resistance for confronting occupation forces in her village, was sentenced to eight months in prison after slapping an Israeli soldier. She was denied the right to a public hearing and the court ended up reaching a plea bargain deal. She was repeatedly intimidated and sexually harassed by interrogators during her detention, a practice that many claim is common in Israeli detention centers.


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