Israelis Have Abducted Hundreds of Palestinian Youth for “Information”
Amin Abu Wardeh
Palestine News Network
January 10, 2009
Hundreds of Palestinians have become the captives of Israeli forces during the current military operation in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset and head of the
parliamentary assembly, Dr. Jamal Zahalka, said Friday that the
detainees were moved to a military camp northwest of the Israeli city
Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Defense Minister, established the detention camp last Sunday.
When PNN first reported the story last week there were approximately
500 Palestinians in four detention camps throughout the Strip, however
they have now been moved outside.
Zahalka noted that “most of the detainees are civilians, according
to Israeli law.” He said, “The detainees from the Gaza Strip were not
considered prisoners of war because they are not part of the regular
army.” When the Israeli administration withdrew its settlers and
military from inside the Gaza Strip in 2005, it enacted its own law
that this meant that the occupation had come to and end. Under
international law and the United Nations, the Israeli state remained
the occupier. It is through the Israeli law that the status of the
Palestinians taken from the Gaza Strip was established.
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Zahalka said that hundreds of families in Gaza who have been
searching for their children do not know whether the Israeli army took
them or they have been killed. He appealed to the Red Cross and Barak
to disclose the names of the imprisoned Palestinians so that families
can know the fate of their children.
The MP pointed out that Israeli soldiers are trying to capture the
largest possible number of young people in the Gaza Strip in order to
obtain information from them through coercion and torture. The Israeli
administration is also using extortion and people as bartering tool
with the Hamas government, despite the fact that the Israelis have
imposed a news blackout on the subject.
There was limited footage shown of an Israeli soldier gingerly
leading a row of bound Palestinians that was shot by embedded camera
crews. Those are the foreign journalists who were “allowed into the
Gaza Strip,” but only in the areas of Israeli ground troops. Foreign
journalists are still banned by the Israeli administration from being
among the people of the Strip. Another Palestinian journalist, Ala’
Murtaja, was killed last night when Israeli forces targeted a home in
Gaza City’s Al Zeitoun neighborhood.
Information that is available indicates that there are hundreds of
Palestinians who have been taken from Gaza during this period of
attacks. The majority of them are over the age of 16. Again, Zahalka
reiterated today, these Palestinians are not being treated as normal
prisoners of the occupation of which there are 11,000.
Amin Abu Wardeh