[News] 9,200 Prisoners Still Imprisoned in Israeli Prisons
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Thu Dec 29 15:00:42 EST 2005
9,200 Prisoners Still Imprisoned in 28 Israeli Prisons and Detention Camps
GAZA, Palestine, December 28, 2005 (IPC) - - Ministry of Detainees'
Affairs announced Tuesday that nearly 9,200 prisoners and detainees
are still in 28 Israeli prisons as well as detention camps. Some 270
prisoners were arrested during last November and they are now in
investigation centers and jails. A statistical report that was made
available for the IPC pointed out that Israeli occupation forces
(IOF) arrested more than 650,000 prisoners since 1967 until today.
That is 20% of the total population of the Palestinian territories.
The report said that there were new detainees who were detained in
the last few months and their procedures have not been completed yet.
Furthermore, there are newly detained prisoners among which nearly
250 citizens were arrested during last October and 270 citizens last November.
The report pointed out that despite the current period of calm, the
number of Palestinian prisoners increased continually since the
Israeli occupation forces resumed its campaign of random arrests. The
total number of the citizens arrested reached almost 3,000 prisoners
and detainees since the Sharm Al-Sheikh Conference.
The report of the ministry made clear that 570 prisoners were
arrested before Al-Aqsa Intifada and have since then been in custody.
They represent 6.2 % of the total number of prisoners. Moreover, 369
prisoners who were arrested before the establishment of the
Palestinian National Authority (PNA) represent 4% of the total number
of the Palestinian prisoners. 201 prisoners were arrested after the
Oslo Accords and before the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and they are all still
in custody and form 2.2% of the total number of prisoners.
The report mentioned also that more than 400 female prisoners were
arrested during the Al-Aqsa Intifada, 116 of them are still in
custody which represents 1.3% of the total female prisoners. 107
female prisoners are from the West Bank; 6 from Jerusalem, and 3 from
the Gaza Strip who do not exceed 18 years of age. Moreover, 25 female
prisoners were arrested this year, and 35 were arrested last year in 2004.
The report pointed out that almost 4,000 children were arrested from
the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada. 15 children were from Jerusalem, 6
from the Gaza Strip, 280 were from the West Bank; 77 from Nablus, 62
from Ramallah, and 27 from Hebron. They consisted of 295 males and 6 females.
The report also mentioned that 79 children form 26.2% of the children
detainees. The children detainees are sick and suffering from many
different diseases, and that hundreds of the children detainees
exceeded 18 years inside the Israeli jails and they are still incarcerated.
99 % of the children who were arrested were subjected to torture,
particularly by putting a special kind of bag that gives off
obnoxious smell on their heads, let alone to the many other sorts of
physical torment. 200 others are in Talmond jail, 67 children in the
detention camps of Ofer; 20 in Majedo; 10 in Negev detention camps in
addition to other concentration camps.
As for the health conditions of the prisoners, the Prisoners' Affairs
report pointed out that nearly 140 prisoners were arrested before
Al-Aqsa Intifada and that they are suffering badly. Some of them are
suffering heart diseases and arthritis as well as 1,200 prisoners who
suffer from different chronic diseases. Some of them were arrested
after being injured by shooting and no treatment was offered.
Also, torturing is still practiced by the Israeli occupation against
the prisoners. The report confirmed that Israel is still torturing
the prisoners which is banned against international prisoners of war,
referring that Israel is still the only country that permits torture
and imparts legitimacy on it. The crime of torture was officially
allowed in Israel backed by the Israeli High court, in an effort to
make the Israeli secret services in Israel enjoy a new rotten
technique of extracting information, or to force prisoners to confess
to crimes they did not commit.
The report mentioned the martyrs who died in prisons are 181
prisoners. They died as a result of torture, murder, and lack of
health care. The latest case in point was Abu Mgheiseeb who died at
the age of 18, in the Negev detention camp on July 8, 2005 as a
result of medical carelessness.
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