ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Israeli forces have rounded up 402 Palestinians in November, according to Palestinian rights groups on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported. Sixty-six minors and three women were among those detained by Israeli forces last month, said a joint statement by the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, the Addameer Prisoner Support, Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.
The occupied city of Jerusalem came first with 160 detentions, including 54 children, the statement said.
According to the rights group, Israeli officials also issued 123 administrative detention orders. The policy of administrative detention allows Israeli authorities to detain Palestinians for up to six months without charge or trial.
In total, the report estimates that 4,550 Palestinians are still held in Israeli prisons so far, including 32 women, 170 minors, and 500 people detained under Israel's administrative detention policy.
Some parties have expressed concern about the survival of Palestinians jailed by Israel. The international media has also highlighted violent cases against detainees and invasions of their privacy. Women detainees frequently lack access to a private area where they can change. Many Palestinians, who have been arrested, have gone days without eating.
Furthermore, Israeli prison personnel routinely violate administrative norms by denying Palestinian detainees access to their families. It has happened to Sabah Shorbaji (39), a Palestinian mother who was arbitrarily detained by Israeli troops. Sabah's family was barred from seeing her during her months in prison.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, visit permits for the inmate’s families should be issued at least three months after the date of detention. The injustice in Sabah did not end there.
When her prison term was up and it was time for her to be released, Sabah was given a four-month extension for no apparent reason. Not once, she had her detention extended four times.
"I cried the whole time thinking about my children if they had had their food. It was a shock for us. I was counting days to my freedom," Sabah recalled being imprisoned in Israel.