27 Detained by Israeli Police in Crackdown on Palestinian Movement

Israel cracks down on Palestinians. (Photo: via Ma'an)

27 undocumented Palestinians in Tel Aviv were detained by Israeli police over the weekend, as part of an ongoing crackdown on Palestinian following a shooting a Tel Aviv last week.

Luba al-Samri, Israeli police spokesperson said in a statement that 27 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank districts of Hebron and Ramallah were detained near the Azrieli Center and Shaul HaMelech Avenue in central Tel Aviv for not having the legal permits to enter Israel.

On Friday, Israeli police detained 12 undocumented Palestinian workers on two construction sites in Petah Tikva in central Israel. The owners of the construction sites were also detained for interrogation and ordered to pay a security deposit of 50,000 shekels (approximately $12,939) to “ensure” they would not hire undocumented workers in the future.

The UN has condemned what it said could amount to collective punishment of Palestinians following the Tel Aviv attack.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according rights groups.


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