Beita, Occupied West Bank – Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are gathering for a day of rage on Friday in help of the six Palestinian prisoners escapees, heeding the decision of Hamas and different Palestinian resistance teams.
They are additionally protesting in opposition to the punitive measures that the Israeli jail authorities have imposed on imprisoned members of the Islamic Jihad, one other group energetic within the Gaza Strip, within the wake of a brazen escape from one of the nation’s most safe prisons.
Several kinfolk of the escaped prisoners have been arrested, together with three individuals on Friday morning, as half of an Israeli manhunt to seize them. The six males tunnelled out of the high-security Gilboa jail on Monday, triggering celebration and solidarity protests within the Palestinian territories.
Israeli forces have been on their second-highest degree of alert on Friday, under declaring a state of emergency, ready for protests within the occupied Palestinian territories and attainable riots inside Israeli jails.
Abdallah Abu Rahme, an activist from Bilin within the occupied West Bank travelled to Beita within the north, to attend the protests.
“It is our duty as Palestinians and activists to support the escaped prisoners,” Abu Rahme advised Al Jazeera. “It is very good news that they escaped and we all support them.”
‘What can we do?’
Muhammad Khabeisa, who has misplaced agricultural land to the unlawful Israeli settlement of Evyatar in Beita, advised Al Jazeera that his complete village backed the escaped prisoners.
“The prisoners in Palestinian jails are longing for freedom. They want to live their lives. They are not ordinary criminals, but patriots fighting for freedom,” he mentioned.
He added: “The Israelis have put Palestinians in prison with the occupation of their land. When the Palestinians take up arms, the world calls us terrorists and when we lay down our arms and resist peacefully, the Israelis kill us.”
“And even when we don’t protest peacefully they take our land. What can we do?” Khabeisa advised Al Jazeera.
The Israeli high-handed measures, which varied rights teams say quantities to collective punishment, have already led to the burning of cells and riots inside the prisons in the previous few days.
At least 100 individuals have been wounded on Wednesday night after the Israeli forces fired reside ammunition and used tear gasoline at solidarity rallies in a number of cities within the West Bank.
Frustrated at their potential to trace down the escaped prisoners and fearing extra such makes an attempt, the Israel Prison Services (IPS) broke up teams of Islamic Jihad prisoners and forcibly eliminated them from their cells, transferring them to different prisons.
Angry prisoners responded by setting hearth to jail cells in a number of Israeli jails which prompted the IPS to ship within the infamous Masada jail unit, recognized for its brutality, to quell the riots and shift particular person prisoners to different jails.
Israeli army reinforcements have been despatched to complement greater than 1,000 safety pressure members who’re looking for the escapees within the northern West Bank and monitoring checkpoints.
Surveillance drones and members of the undercover Israeli brokers have reportedly been deployed in night time operation, because the Israeli authorities mentioned they needed the escapees – whom they see as a giant safety menace – “dead or alive”.
Warning from Islamic Jihad
At a information convention within the Jenin refugee camp on Tuesday night time, the place one of the escapees – Zacharia Zubeidi – comes from, armed and masked Islamic Jihad gunmen warned that if any hurt befell the escapees or any punitive measures have been levelled in opposition to different prisoners there can be a harsh army response.
Palestinians are already indignant on the deteriorating well being circumstances of not less than six Palestinian starvation strikers in Israeli jails, who’ve refused meals and water for weeks to protest in opposition to their administrative detention, or detention with out trial – thought of unlawful beneath worldwide regulation.
They have additionally raised considerations in opposition to the punitive measures the Palestinian prisoners are actually experiencing, together with solitary confinement, compelled switch to different prisons, poor high quality meals and beatings.
Over the previous few days, not less than 4 taking pictures assaults by Palestinian gunmen on Israeli forces within the northern West Bank have been reported in addition to the throwing of an explosive machine.
As effectively as riots in jails and solidarity protests within the West Bank, the Israeli authorities worry violent response from Gaza, the place the Palestinian resistance motion has threatened a army response if the escapees are harmed or killed.
Israeli intelligence believes Palestinians inside Israel might additionally stand up once more as they did in the course of the battle on Gaza in May.
Three Palestinians from Noura in Israel have been arrested by Israeli police for allegedly serving to the escapees.