[Pnews] 5200 Palestinian Political Prisoners Currently Held By Israel

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Mon Oct 14 15:53:51 EDT 2013

  5200 Palestinian Detainees Currently Held By Israel

author Monday October 14, 2013 07:13author by Saed Bannoura

    The Palestinian Ministry Of Detainees issued a press release
    revealing that Israel is currently holding captive 5200 Palestinians
    in 17 prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities.

It said that this year witnessed a sharp escalation in arrests as the 
soldiers kidnapped 2450 Palestinians, including 476 children and 49 
women since the beginning of the year.

It said that the army kidnapped at least 600 Palestinian security and 
police officers, and that the number of Hamas affiliated detainees is 
1100, and 365 detainees who are members of the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), while the rest are members of different 

The Ministry stated that Israel is currently holding captive 13 
democratically elected legislators, and that the Israeli military 
kidnapped a total of 60 legislators and ministers (%46 of the members of 
the Palestinian Legislative Council). Among the detained legislators are 
Marwan Barghouthi, Ahmad Saadat and Hassan Yousef.

Furthermore, the illegitimate Israeli policy of Administrative Detention 
without charges
remains a systematic Israeli strategy despite repeated and extended 
hunger strikes by Administrative Detainees held under those arbitrary 
orders under "secret files" that neither the detainees nor their lawyers 
have no access to.

There are currently 150 Palestinians held under arbitrary Administrative 
Detention orders, while 23.000 Palestinians have been held under these 
orders since the year 2000.

Currently, detainee Akram Al-Faseesy, from Ithna town, near the southern 
West Bank city of Hebron, is ongoing with his hunger strike that started 
on September 29 2013.

Palestinian detainees held under Administrative Detention orders started 
on October 10 a series of protests against their illegal detention, this 
includes returning meals, boycotting Israeli military courts, and a 
number of open-ended hungers strikes.

As for children and women currently held by Israel, the Ministry said 
that there are 250 children and 13 women who are still imprisoned, and 
that Israel soldiers kidnapped approximately 9500 children since the 
year 2000.

There are 520 Palestinian detainees who are serving a minimum of one 
life term; this includes detainee Abdullah Barghouthi who was sentenced 
to 67 life-terms and additional 250 years. He was taken prisoner on 
March 5 2003.

The number of detainees who have been imprisoned since before the 
establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994 is 78 detainees, 68 
of them have been imprisoned since more than 20 years, and 24 have been 
imprisoned since more than 25 years.

In its report, the Ministry said that Israel is ongoing with its 
illegitimate policy of depriving the ailing detainees from the urgently 
needed and specialized medical care, especially since there are 
currently 1400 sick detainees, including 25 suffering with different 
types of cancer.

Dozens of detainees have been shot and injured, suffering from various 
conditions including paralysis, and detainees who suffer from heart, 
kidneys and liver conditions, while others suffer from diabetes, eye 
diseases and conditions, Tuberculosis, in addition to other conditions.

The Ministry further stated that there are a number of detainees who are 
dying and are not receiving the needed extensive and specialized medical 

The oldest detainee held by Israel is Fuad Shobaky, 83 years of age, 
followed by Omar Akkawy, 64. The number of detainees who died in prison, 
either due to torture, or due to being shot by the soldiers during and 
after their arrest currently stands at 204.

The latest casualties among the detainees are Maisara Abu Hamdiyya, 63, 
who died on April 2nd 2013, and Arafat Jaradat, 20, who died on February 
22 2013.

Abu Hamdiyya suffered a fourth stage Carcinoma in his lung lymphatic, 
liver and spine, throat cancer extending to his vocal cords, and brain 

Despite the seriousness of his condition, the Israeli Prison 
Administration did not grant Abu Hamdiyya the needed specialized and 
urgent medical treatment, until it was too late.

Detainee Arafat Jaradat, died at the Mejeddo Israeli prison, seven days 
after his arrest, he was a healthy young man from Sa'ir town in Hebron, 
and was tortured to death by Israeli interrogators.

The Ministry said that the detainees are suffering from abuse and 
various violations and attacks carried out against them, especially 
since Israel violated an agreement reached with the detainees in May of 
last year following an extended hunger strike.

Seventeen of the detainees who were released under the Shalit prisoner 
swap agreement have been rearrested and imprisoned; three of the 
released detainees are still not allowed back home, while dozens of 
detainees are still held in solitary confinement in violation of the 
swap agreement.

Other violations include denying the detainees the right to education, 
provocative searches, including strip search of the detainees and their 
visiting families, collective punishment, medical negligence, and 
denying the ailing detainees the right to healthy meals that include 
dietary restrictions.

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