Israeli forces detain eight Palestinians from West Bank


Israeli forces today detained eight Palestinians from the West Bank, according to security and local sources. Israeli police rounded up five Palestinians and assaulted one of them at the gates leading to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound purportedly for entering the city without Israeli-issued permits. The detainees were identified as residents of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. In Hebron, heavily-armed soldiers rounded up a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his house in the southern part of the southern West Bank city. They also detained two others from Anza village, south of Jenin, and ransacked their houses, turning them topsy-turvy. Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents. These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers. Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.