Despite the ongoing truce between Israel and Hamas, marked by the release of Palestinian prisoners, Israel has persisted in arresting dozens of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The complex dynamics surrounding the prisoner exchange continue to unfold, raising concerns about the enduring challenges faced by Palestinians.
In the first four days of the truce initiated on Friday, Israel released 150 Palestinian prisoners, a move aimed at fostering a semblance of reconciliation.
However, the juxtaposition of this gesture with the arrest of at least 133 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank underscores the underlying tensions.
The continuous arrests draw attention to the enduring policy of occupation against Palestinians, with a spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners Society emphasizing that as long as occupation persists, arrests will not cease.
“As long as there is occupation, the arrests will not stop. People must understand this because this is a central policy of occupation against Palestinians and to restrict any kind of resistance,” Amany Sarahneh, spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told Al Jazeera.
“This is a daily practice – its not just after October 7,” she added. “We actually expected more people to be arrested during these four days.”
The Qatar-mediated truce, a result of 51 days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, has provided a momentary pause in hostilities.
However, the multifaceted challenges persist as Israel doubles down on arrests in occupied territories. The extension of the truce, while offering hope for additional releases, raises questions about the broader implications of the ongoing struggle between Israel and Hamas.