Israel's messages from detention campaigns

The Israeli forces for a month have been carrying out arrest campaigns on a large scale in the various governorates of the West Bank, and then releasing the detainees after hours or days.

Unusually, the forces have launched arrest campaigns focused in Hebron, Ramallah and Nablus, targeting dozens of activists, leaders of the Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas and members of the Legislative Council, all of whom were ex-detainees, without any cause to detain.

The prisoner club confirms that the recent detention campaigns targeting former detainees is a crime in light of the spread of the Corona epidemic, which endangers their lives.

The club points out that the arrest of more citizens is a way to turn the epidemic into a tool of repression and abuse.

The ex-detainee, Adham Abu Arqoub, from the town of Bir Zeit, told SAFA that the aim of the short arrest, which may be for hours or days, is a message from the occupation to build its presence and remind activists that it will continue to pursue them.

Abu Arqoub, who was arrested for one day, added that the campaign aims to break into homes, search them and terrify their residents, under the pretext of searching for weapons, and to deliver a message that the person is under the radar and will be arrested after any action or activity.

However, Abu Arqoub points out that the occupation intelligence, in its investigations with the prisoners, raises in a big way the issue of normalizing the UAE with Israel, and that some Arab countries on their way to normalization.

According to Abu Arqoub, the occupation seeks to send a message to carry out pre-emptive strikes against activists, specifically those affiliated with the Islamic trends, with the aim of building its presence in any confrontation that takes place on the ground.

As for the specialist in prisoners' affairs, Fuad Al-Khuffash, he believes that the occupation has been pursuing a new policy two years ago, entitled "Actions on the Ground."

Al-Khuffash told SAFA that "The arrests have followed a new way to send a message of "we are here" to all activists who are expected to return to resistance work in case changes happen in the West Bank and focus on those who are prepared to resist, specifically those affiliated with Hamas."

"The occupation uses two methods: the first one is the periodic calls from intelligence officers to activists in the Palestinian territories; they always ask about reconciliation, and the calls have threatening messages, but the second one is storming houses and intimidation," Khuffash added.

Source : Safa