Israel detains Jerusalem governor and 40 others in occupied West Bank

More than 40 Palestinians, including the governor of Jerusalem, have been arrested as part of a mass detention campaign launched by Israel across the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said Monday.

Governor Adnan Ghaith was arrested during an Israeli raid on his house in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, his spokesman Mauruf al-Rifai told Anadolu Agency (AA).

He said Israeli forces had not provided any reason for the governor’s arrest.

“We have not been able to communicate with him,” he added.

According to the official Wafa news agency, Ghaith has been detained more than 17 times by Israeli forces since his appointment as governor of Jerusalem in 2018.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces rounded up more than 40 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) said 26 Palestinians were detained in the city of Hebron, while other arrests were reported in Bethlehem, Qalqilya, Jenin and Nablus.

PPS spokesman Amani Sarahna, however, said most of the detainees were later released, without giving an exact figure.

The Israeli army frequently conducts extensive arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem under the guise of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

Palestinian NGOs estimate that there are approximately 4,650 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including at least 160 minors and 34 female detainees.

During the 1967 Middle East War, Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Syrian Golan Heights and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which was later returned to Egypt as part of the peace deal of 1979 with Israel.

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