Israeli police have announced plans to arrest hundreds of Israeli Palestinians in the coming days for their participation in recent sit-ins in support of Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem area and the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli police have in fact planned the arrest of 500 Palestinians inside Israel as part of the “Law and Order” operation, the authorities of the Tel Aviv regime announced, in a plan approved by the Minister of Internal Security Amir Ohana and by the Israeli police commissioner Kobi Shabtai.
Authorities have reportedly prepared a “target database” of 500 names, and say they have already amassed cases with evidence to allow for swift filing of allegations in court. The allegations range from vandalism to violence and incitement, all documented by IT unit Lahav 433, the Israeli equivalent of the FBI.
Also today, Monday, May 24, a Palestinian attacked two Israelis with a knife in East Jerusalem, near the headquarters of the Israeli police. The two Israelis were injured, one seriously. The security forces shot and “neutralized” the perpetrator of the attack who died shortly after. The attack took place in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jerrah, the Arab suburb where the disputed houses are located that have been the fuse that has rekindled the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On Sunday night, the Israeli police announced – with an official note – that about 1,550 people have already been arrested since May 9 and that the campaign will continue, because it aims to “prosecute” the demonstrators who have taken to the streets in the last two weeks. in cities throughout Israel.
Hassan Jabareen, director general of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said the campaign represents a declaration of “war” against Palestinian protesters, political activists and minorities, calling for a “swift response” from all pro-Palestinian political movements.
The purpose of the arrests is to “settle scores” with the Palestinians, in the words of the Israeli police – for their positions and political activities “.
Following the recent escalation between Israel and Gaza, groups of Palestinians with Israeli citizenship took to the streets to protest in cities such as Haifa, Tayibe, Lod and others. Numerous demonstrations broke out in some cities of Israel, starting on Monday 10 May, in correspondence with the first Hamas rocket launches and the beginning of the Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian citizens in the Israeli-occupied territories, who make up 20% of the country’s population, have widely shared a social media post warning of Israeli mass arrests.
“This is a declaration of war, the Israelis will storm more than 500 homes to kidnap our children and young people,” the post reads. “This is not just an attempt at intimidation, and it is not just an intimidation policy. This is an unprecedented war against Palestinians at home, and it will be waged under the cover of humiliating silence, ”he continued.
“Israel” forces in the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories have started a fierce campaign to arrest at least 500 Palestinians, in 48 hours, who demonstrated against racism, war crimes and ethnic cleansing!#Palestine pic.twitter.com/oa6dENoPsb
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