Arrests and Raids

Palestinians can be arrested by the Israeli authorities at any time, taken from their schools, homes, workplaces, at checkpoints or at demonstrations. Some may never know why they have been chosen for arrest. Personal property is often damaged by soldiers in arrest raids.

Arrests usually include physical abuse of the detainee and sometimes of others present at the time. Detainees are blindfolded, handcuffed, and loaded into military vehicles. It’s then up to the families to call around and find out which detention centre their family member has being taken to.

Sometimes Israeli soldiers conduct raids to pick up several people at once. This is especially common in villages demonstrating against the Apartheid Wall. Children are often picked up in night time raids after demonstrations. Arrests connected to demonstrations are part of a wider practice of political repression, with the expectation that villages will be less likely to protest if children are targeted as a consequence.

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