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Study: Over 3,000 Palestinians arrested in 2011
Published Monday 26/12/2011 (updated) 28/12/2011 13:06
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Israeli soldiers pictured making an arrest in Nabi Saleh. (Reuters)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A report published on Monday has found that over 3,000 Palestinians were arrested by Israel's military in 2011.

Researcher on prisoner affairs Abdul Nasser Ferwaneh said that the average number of arrests in 2011 numbered 276 per month, or around nine a day.

A total of 3,312 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli authorities in 2011, 113 of whom were prisoners released in the October exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.

The detainees represented a cross section of Palestinian society, Ferwaneh said.

The number of annual arrests has actually decreased, Ferwaneh added, noting that in 2007 a total of 7,612 people were arrested by Israel military forces.

Ramallah based prisoner group Addameer said in early December that Israel had detained nearly the same number of Palestinians they had freed in the first stage of a prisoner exchange deal.

Israeli forces detained nearly 470 Palestinians since the Oct. 18 release of 477 prisoners from Israeli jail in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Ramallah-based rights group Addameer said.

"This wave of arrests reveals that the exchange deal has not deterred Israel’s policy of detention of Palestinians; rather, Israeli prisons are being refilled with almost the exact number of Palestinians that were released in October," the prisoners group had said.

Palestinians are routinely arrested by Israeli forces, with some being interrogated for hours and others detained for months or years.

There are currently 283 administrative detainees who are being held without charge in Israeli jails in a practice started under British mandate rule.

A total of 4,937 Palestinians are being detained by Israel, according to latest figures collected by Addameer.

Since 1967, Israel has detained more than 750,000 Palestinians, including women and children, Palestinian Authority reports say. Around 40 percent of Palestinian men living in the occupied territories have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since 1967.
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1 ) ronen / israel
26/12/2011 23:41
damn criminal nation

2 ) WTF / USA
27/12/2011 08:58
I think these stats are fake and made-up by people who just want to insult Israel. These fake reports are from dishonest, lying groups.

3 ) AKeenReader / UK
27/12/2011 16:33
3000 captured and only 1027 released in 2011. Thus no gain at all as regards prisoners. These are the tactics which Israel now use. I think next time Palestinians should be more careful when negotiating a prisoner swaps.

4 ) West Banker / Palestine
28/12/2011 01:05
@ WTF/USA: Prove it. @ Article: We're down from 7612 to 3312 from 2007-2011! Yay!

5 ) Deborah / USA
30/12/2011 08:41
WTF/USA--it must be a conspiracy that drives people to note these facts. And everyone in the world must sweat over whether Israel feels "insulted" or not. I know that the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night is whether Israelis are insulted over the exposure of the crimes of their insane government, military, and gazillion security forces, groups, and think tanks.

6 ) John / USA
03/01/2012 02:46
Rewarding terrorists only encourages them to kidnap more innocent people. The terrorist Shalit should not have been released.

7 ) Carlos / USA
13/01/2012 19:57
I agree with John 100%. I believe many of the Palestinians who had been in custody and released for the prisoner exchange had done nothing to deserve being imprisoned. Shalit definately was involved in keeping food and nourishment from innocent Palestinian children who had never done anything to Israel or anyone else.

8 ) Peacebuddy / Bible belt
15/01/2012 18:04
"Since 1967, Israel has detained more than 750,000 Palestinians, including women and children, Palestinian Authority reports say." What percentage of these prisoners have been tortured in Israeli jails? Many experienced torture until the Israeli Supreme Court publicly banned torture in 1999, meaning it allows "more gentle techniques", but a number of scandals have shown that Israel still tortures its prisoners.

9 ) Business / Israel
17/01/2012 04:27
Wow that figure is pretty low, considering it includes common criminals, car thieves etc. Israel will have to do a better job, otherwise crime will be out of control. The US has a far higher arrest rate. And now that we have Gilad back, btw, we have a lot more freedom of action. So thank you for that Hamas.

10 ) southparkbear / usa
19/01/2012 19:26
#3 you are using fuzzy math
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