The Palestinian Prisoners Club in Hebron said that the rate of arrests of Palestinians from the Hebron district is the highest of all of the Palestinian governorates, in the context of the Occupation’s wave of arrests since the beginning of the year.
Amjad Al Najjar, the Director of the club, said that the number of prisoners from Hebron in Israeli jails amounts to 1,540 prisoners from among the governorate’s villages, towns and camps, and that the number of prisoners detained since the beginning of this year (2010) has reached around 350 detainees, including 80 children arrested in February.
Al Najjar clarified that the occupation authority’s escalation of arrests comes in line with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to include the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Israel’s Jewish Heritage site list. He also pointed to the Israeli army’s campaign of house raids and arrests carried out against Palestinian citizens.
He called upon humanitarian entities and human rights organisations to pay attention to the governorate of Hebron, which is being subjected to a broad wave of arrests that is including children, students and medical patients.