Gaza – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: Statistics indicate that the occupation authorities have escalated their bloody attacks against the Palestinians since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, whose 21st anniversary falls on these days. Children and women, as well as the targeting of live bullets and missiles, which caused thousands of martyrs.
The Palestine Center for Prisoner Studies explains that the arrests carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, have affected 130,000 Palestinians, including 2,364 women and girls, and 18,500 children.
In a report, the Center indicated that the occupation, during the years of the intifada, adopted a policy of arrests largely in an attempt to abort the resistance of the Palestinian people, pointing out that the occupation arrested tens of thousands, especially after the reoccupation of the West Bank in 2002, and when it broke out in the occupation prisons, there were only 700 prisoners Just.
He explained that the number of prisoners increased significantly as a result of arrests in the early years of the intifada, and at one time reached 12,000 Palestinian prisoners, noting that the occupation did not exclude women from arrest campaigns, as it escalated in recent years its targeting of killing, arrest and summons.
The Center has monitored 2,364 cases of arrests of Palestinian women and girls since September 2000, including dozens of minors, wounded, sick, elderly women, academics, wives of martyrs and prisoners, pointing out that during the Al-Aqsa Intifada, four female captives put their newborns in prisons, where they were arrested while they were pregnant and placed in prison conditions. “It is least called inhumane”.
According to the report, when the “Al-Aqsa Intifada” broke out, there were no children in the prisons of the occupation, and that during the years of the intifada, the occupation kidnapped more than 18,500 children under the age of 18, dozens of whom were shot and injured before arrest, and they were taken to investigations and prisons. In harsh conditions, they were interrogated before being treated.
The center clarifies that the number of child prisoners now stands at 220, distributed among the “Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun” prisons and the various detention and investigation centers, including a number as young as 14 years old.
During the years of the “Al-Aqsa Intifada,” 103 martyrs from the captive movement rose, bringing the number of its martyrs to 226 as a result of medical negligence, severe torture, premeditated murder, and physical liquidation after arrest. During the years of the “Al-Aqsa Intifada,” the occupation courts issued more than 31,800 administrative detention decisions. Among the new decisions, and the renewal of arbitrary administrative detention without clear charges, as the occupation pretexts the existence of a secret file of these people that no one is allowed to view except the representative of the Military Prosecution and the judge who issues the administrative order.
In this context, Ayed Qutaish, Director of the Accountability Program at Defense for Children International, said that since the year 2000, specifically with the start of the second intifada until today, 2,194 children have been martyred, the majority of them from the Gaza Strip, pointing out that since the beginning of this year, 74 children have been martyred, 61 of them are in the Gaza Strip, and 13 are in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
He stressed that the documentation and field investigations conducted by the movement proved that Israel does not adhere to international standards, and that there was no need to shoot the children. Palestinians,” noting that the occupation did not hold its soldiers accountable for their crimes, and if there is accountability, it does not rise to the extent of the crime.
He pointed out that the killings of children by shooting were by direct targeting. As for the bombing operations in the Gaza Strip, he said that Israel resorted to striking cities, despite the prior awareness of the results of the bombing, in violation of the principles of international humanitarian law in distinction and relativism, and did not deviate civilians from its military operation.