Hamas Islamic Resistance

Report: Israeli occupation detained 19,000 Palestinians since Al-Aqsa Intifada

29 September, 19

Israeli occupation forces detained about 19,000 Palestinians since the outbreak of al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, a human rights group reported.

In a press release on the 19th anniversary of al-Aqsa Intifada, the rights group explained that 2,070 women, 16,490 children, 68 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council were among the detainees.

Israeli courts issued up to 29,821 administrative detention orders against Palestinians since the 2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada, the human rights group pointed out. 

When the Al-Aqsa Intifada erupted, there were only 700 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, but the number had risen dramatically due to the arbitrary arrests conducted by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians, particularly in the occupied West Bank, the group noted.

The number of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons reached its peak in 2004, about 12,000 detainees, but eventually decreased and reached approximately 5,700 detainees, including 40 women, 220 children, and seven MPs, according to the rights group.

The group documented the arrest of 2,070 Palestinian women since September 2000, dozens of them were minors, injured, sick, elderly, academics, and wives of Palestinian martyrs or prisoners.    

Israeli occupation is still imprisoning 40 Palestinian women in harsh and tragic conditions, while depriving them of their rights and imposing restriction against them, including the placement of surveillance cameras in the prison wards and yards.  

During the al-Aqsa Intifada, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped more than 16,490 children under the age of 18, dozens of whom were shot and injured before their arrest and transferred to interrogation in harsh conditions.

The number of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons hit 220, some of them are aged under 14, the rights group demonstrated.

Israeli occupation forces detained 69 Palestinian MPs, including the parliament speaker along with a number of ministers, during the al-Aqsa Intifada, most of whom were released after severing their sentences in Israeli prisons, ranging from 30 to 50 months. 

Some 98 Palestinian died in Israeli detention during the Al-Aqsa Intifada, raising the number of Palestinian detainees who died due to medical negligence, severe torture, or extrajudicial execution before arrest to 221, the group pointed out. 

Israeli courts issued more 29,821 administrative detention orders against Palestinians without any clear charge and up to 500 life sentences in prison against Palestinian detainees.