ISRAELI forces detained at least nine Palestinians, including a nine-year-old boy, during raids between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the Hebron district in the southern West Bank, including nine-year-old Muhammad Ammar Daana, Mumen Ayoub al-Qawasmeh and Adel Barakat Ghaith. A nine-year-old is not a terrorist; he poses no threat to the heavily armed soldier; he is but a prisoner in an elaborate system of control.

Also in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the Bethlehem district; Shadi al-Badawneh and Yousif Muhammad Daowud Salah. In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the Jenin district;. Sharaf Abu Obeid and Muhammad Saleh Sabaaneh. In Tulkarem, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian identified as Izz al-Din Abu Dayyeh. Meanwhile in the Qalqiliya district, Israeli forces raided more than 30 houses in the Azzun village and distributed flyers threatening sanctions against residents of the village if rock-throwing against occupation soldiers and illegal settlers on the main road near the village continues. More than 25 Israeli military jeeps raided the village from its northern entrance. According to the UN, Israeli forces conducted 166 search and arrest operations across the West Bank between October 24 and November 26 to try and subdue, terrorise and make life as unpleasant as possible for families. As of October 6198 Palestinians had been detained by Israel.

Some 40 per cent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives. No charges are usually filed, no evidence is required, no legal representatives can question the “detention” which can last for months. Such is life under occupation.
B McKenna