Ref: 126/2009 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns Palestinian security services arrest and illegal detention of Hamas supporters in the West Bank.  PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and security services in Ramallah to stop arbitrary arrests and to release all political detainees.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, Palestinian security forces have waged a campaign of arrests in the past two days, during which they have arrested dozens of members and supporters of the movement. This campaign coincides with the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of the Hamas movement. The Preventive Security Service (PSS) and the General Intelligence Service (GIS) have arrested members of Hamas in numerous locations throughout the West Bank.  At least 116 individuals have been arrested: 50 in Hebron; 17 in Ramallah and al-Bireh; 5 in Nablus; 6 in Jericho; two in Bethlehem; 3 in Tubas; 26 in Tulkarm; 4 in Qalqilya; one in  Salfit; and two in Jenin.  The detainees have included journalists, lawyers, engineers, school teachers and students, university professors and students and a number of children. 

 

According to information gathered by PCHR’s field workers, the detainees are:

 In Hebron Governorate:  

1.         Sobhi Qaffisha, 48;

2.         Mahmoud Hamdi Shabana, 45;

3.         Dr. ‘Adnan ‘Abdul Hamid Abu Tabbana, 48;

4.         Jawad Bahar al-Natsha, 55;

5.         Attorney ‘Abdul Karim Farrah, 30;

6.         Ra’ed Salhab;

7.         ‘Abdul Fattah al-‘Amla;

8.         Hammad al-‘Amla;

9.         ‘Abdul ‘Azim al-Natsha;

10.     Ma’ath Abu Hussein;

11.     Tha’er al-Fakhouri;

12.     Isma’il al-‘Awawda, 45, an engineer;

13.     Hatem Naji ‘Amru, 45, an engineer;  

14.     Ghassan al-Sharha, 45;

15.     Majdi Jaber al-Rajoub, 27, a teacher;

16.     Salama al-Masri, 31, a teacher;

17.     Maher al-Hroub, 33, a teacher;

18.     Mofeed ‘Abdul Rahman Abu Za’nouna;

19.     Muntasser Nassar, 21, a university student;

20.     Mousa al-‘Awawda;

21.     Yousef Qazzaz;

22.     Eyad al-Swwaiti, a college lecturer;

23.     ‘Aadel ‘Amru, a nurse;

24.     Hussam Swaiti, 25;

25.     Shaher al-Darabee’;

26.     Saddam Hraibat;

27.     Munther Hraibat;

28.     Ibrahim Hraibat;

29.     Maher al-Rajoub;

30.     Dr. Mohammed al-Shalash, a university lecturer;

31.     Taleb al-Najjar;

32.     ‘Aayed al-Othara;

33.     Ziad al-Nawaj’a;

34.     Mohammed Shraiteh;

35.     Kamal No’man;

36.     Ibrahim al-Kharouf; 30;

37.     Mohammed ‘Abdul Ghani ‘Ar’ar;

38.     ‘Eissa Shalalda;

39.     ‘Ezzat Shalalda;

40.     Jihad Shalalda;

41.     Mousa Shalalda;

42.     Ra’ed Abu Juhaisha;

43.     Salama Abu Juhaisha;

44.     Saher Yahia Abu Juhaisha;

45.     Jebril al-Jayawi;

46.     Isma’il Sawaifa;

47.     Isma’il al-Nattah;

48.     Mohammed Ahmed ‘Awawda;

49.     Ibrahim al-‘Allami; and

50.      Khalil al-Taraira.

  

In Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate: 

1.    Maher Abu Kwaik;

2.    Faraj Tummana;

3.    ‘Essam Rummana;

4.    Yasser al-Qattawi;

5.    Isma’il Hamad;

6.    Nasser Qasrawi;

7.    Ibrahim al-Sabe’;

8.    Khaled Hassan;

9.    Mohammed Mtair;

10.     Fadi Hamad

11.     Ameer Abu ‘Arram;

12.     Ayham Jarab’a;

13.     Fahed Samhan;

14.     Eyad Abu ‘Arqoub;

15.     Mohammed al-Khatib; and

16.     Ayman Tamliya.

 In Tulkarm Governorate: 

1.    Ahmed Hamdan al-Ashqar, 19, a school student;

2.    Ahmed Riad Raddad, 27;

3.    Hassan Rashed al-Ashqar, 26, a school teacher;

4.    Siraa’ Muneer Raddad, 19;

5.    Mohammed Mustafa Raddad, 40;

6.    Murad ‘Abdullah ‘Ouda, 40;

7.    Nawaf ‘Afeef Raddad, 44;

8.    Eyad Kamal ‘Abdul Ghani, 38;

9.    Sayed Ziad Raddad, 19, a school student;

10.     ‘Emad Ahmed Sabri, 16;

11.     Mo’men Nawaf Raddad, 20, a university student;

12.     Anas Mohammed Raddad, 20, a university student;

13.     ‘Abdul Samad Na’im Raddad, 27;

14.     Mahmoud Fahmi ‘Ouda, 19;

15.     Mohammed Salama al-Safi, 44;

16.     Eihab Ayman Khader, 17;

17.     Ra’ed Qawzah, 39;

18.     ‘Aamer Shadeed, 35;

19.     Fadi Samara, 25;  

20.     Fat’hi Mohammed Twair, 51, an engineer;

21.     Eyad Nasser, 28, a mosque Mo’azen;

22.     Hatem Yassin, 40;

23.     Tayseer Jaber, 37;

24.     Mohammed Abu al-Khair, 38;

25.     Nidal Abu Hilal, 40; and

26.     Eyad Shelbaya, 37.

 In Qalqilya Governorate:  

1.    Wa’el Jamal Shamsna, 37;

2.    Mohammed Taher Qddoumi, 36;

3.    Mahmoud Mustafa Shraim; and

4.    Mahmoud Sa’id Daoud.

 In Salfit Governorate: 

1.    Yahia ‘Azmi Mar’ei, 13.

 In Nablus Governorate: 

1.    Darwish Nemer ‘Aqqouba, 36;

2.    Mos’ab Hussam al-Qatalouni, 26, a journalist;

3.    ‘Aassem Mustafa ‘Assida, 27;

4.    Mohammed Ibrahim ‘Assida, 25; and

5.    Bassel Yousef Yamin, 22.

 In Tubas Governorate: 

1.    Mustafa Mohammed Abu ‘Erra, 47, a school teacher;

2.    ‘Adnan Mohammed Abu ‘Erra, 40; and

3.    Mohammed ‘Aassef Abu ‘Erra, 17.

 In Jericho Governorate:  

1.    Majed Darahma;

2.    Mohammed Yahia Masmad;

3.    Rasheed ‘Othman al-Khatib;

4.    ‘Abdul Qader al-Matari;

5.    ‘Emda Hamdi Wahdi; and

  

6.    ‘Emad Khaled al-Qatawani. 

 In Bethlehem Governorate:  

1.    Yousef ‘Adawi; and

2.    Mohammed al-Wardian.

 In Jenin Governorate:  

1.    Mohammed Jalghoum, 21; and  

2.    Hussein Zakarna, 20;

 

Both of them are university students and were later released.

 

PCHR reiterates its condemnation of all politically motivated arrests and torture, and:

 

1)   Reminds all parties of the Palestinian High Court of Justice ruling of 20 February 1999 which considered political arrests illegal, and calls upon all executive parties to respect the Court ruling and refrain from conducting illegal political arrests.

2)   Affirms that all forms of detention under Palestinian Law are the mandate of judicial warranty bodies, represented by the civil police, working under instruction and supervision of the Attorney-General.

3)    Calls for the immediate release of all political detainees held by security services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.