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#Occupation365 - Updates from the West Bank routine

2 Dec. 2017 - 15 Dec. 2017

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In the first half of December, Israeli security forces arrested at least 237 Palestinians, including 61 minors; raided at least 123 towns and villages and at least 104 homes; and set up at least 155 flying checkpoints.

  1. In the Hebron District, Israeli security forces arrested at least 77 Palestinians, including 45 minors; raided at least 4 towns and villages and at least 68 homes; and set up at least 32 flying checkpoints.
  2. In the Ramallah District, Israeli security forces arrested at least 54 Palestinians, including 7 minors; raided at least 27 towns and villages and at least 12 homes; and set up at least 52 flying checkpoints.
  3. In the Nablus District, Israeli security forces arrested at least 49 Palestinians; raided at least 26 towns and villages and at least 4 homes; and set up at least 12 flying checkpoints.
  4. In the Jordan Valley, Israeli security forces arrested at least 9 Palestinians; raided at least 8  towns and villages and at least 5 homes; and set up at least 3 flying checkpoints.
  5. In the northern West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested at least 48 Palestinians, including 9 minors; raided at least 58 towns and villages and at least 15 homes; and set up at least 56 flying checkpoints.

Sources: Palestinian DCO and B'Tselem field researchers.


Israel’s control over millions of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is not limited to the extreme incidents, occasionally reported by the media, of severe physical violence by soldiers and settlers. Rather, it is an insidious part of daily life that takes its toll in numerous ways, many of them hidden from view. Yet whether this control takes the form of direct use of physical force or otherwise, it amounts to organized state violence.

Soldiers enter Palestinian homes throughout the West Bank every day – and night – without search warrants or providing any explanation. These raids are an invasion of privacy that intimidates entire families within their own homes.

The Israeli military restricts the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank as it sees fit, often disrupting daily life with no prior notice. Soldiers close off roads for indefinite periods of time, hold Palestinians up at checkpoints and demand they obey their orders, degrading them and sometimes using physical force against them.

Israel also continues to arrest and prosecute thousands of Palestinians a year in its military courts, which issue convictions almost automatically and serve to create a mere semblance of due process.

Every day, Israel determines what the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank will look like – while they, themselves, are barred from taking part in decisions that shape their present and their future. Israel uses its power in a violent, arbitrary fashion, with blatant disregard for the safety, wellbeing and quality of life of the Palestinians who live under its control.

This reality will change only when the occupation ends.