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Report: Israel police detain 1,700 Arab citizens in Israel

May 29, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Israeli border guards detain a Palestinian youth during a demonstration outside the Lions Gate, a main entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque compound, due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities which include metal detectors and cameras, in Jerusalem’s Old City on July 17, 2017 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli occupation police have detained 1,700 Arabs in Israel during the last two weeks, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday, adding that 300 aggressions were registered against Arabs and their properties.

According to the Arab Emergency Committee, which is affiliated with the High Committee for Arab Citizens in Israel, these detentions and aggressions came amidst the violent Israeli crackdown on protests staged by Arab citizens against Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque and in solidarity with the Gaza Strip.

The Arab Emergency Committee confirmed that it is documenting Israeli aggression and the detentions of Arab citizens in Israel. The committee noted that the detention campaign has still not stopped, stating that about 100 Arab citizens are being detained every day.

The committee also documented more than 150 aggressions on individuals carried out by the Israeli police or settler gangs.

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On 13 April, the Palestinians started their protests against the Israeli aggression on Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Israeli plans to expel Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah.

The continuous Israeli aggression on Jerusalem prompted a reaction by the Palestinian factions. Israel carried out a brutal offensive on Gaza to deter this reaction, killing around 290 people, including 69 children, 40 women, 17 elderly, and wounded around 9,000 others, including 90 in critical condition.