[Pnews] 6500 Palestinians, Including 200 Children, Currently Held By Israel

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Fri Dec 26 11:08:54 EST 2014

  6500 Palestinians, Including 200 Children, Currently Held By Israel

author Wednesday December 24, 2014 16:51author by Saed Bannoura

    Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee,
    and a member of its follow-up committee in the Gaza Strip, stated
    that the ongoing arbitrary kidnappings, carried out by the Israeli
    army, especially since the second half of this year, have led to
    increasing the number of Palestinian detainees to more than 6500.

Ferwana said the arrests are largely carried out as “acts of revenge” 
and retaliation against a civilian population, and that most of the 
kidnapped Palestinians have nothing to do with acts “that could endanger 
the security of Israel.”

He added that hundreds of Palestinians have been kidnapped and released 
shortly afterwards, without even being sent to court or facing any charges.

The army kidnapped more than 4000 Palestinians since June 12, when three 
settlers went missing and were later found killed, while most of them 
were released later on.

“Latest statistics indicate that the current number of detainees is 
6500, held in 18 prisons, detention camps and interrogation centers,” 
Ferwana said, “200 of them are children. 21 are women, and nearly 500 
are held under administrative detention, without charges or trial.”

Israel is still holding captive the elected head of the Palestinian 
Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, along with the Secretary-General of 
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Saadat, 
member of the Executive Committee of the Fateh Movement Marwan 
Barghouthi, and several former government ministers, and officials.

There are 31 detainees who have been imprisoned since more than 20 
years; 30 of them were taken prisoner before the establishment of the 
Palestinian Authority on May 4 1994, and sixteen of them have been 
imprisoned since more than 25 years, including one imprisoned since 32 

The former political prisoner added that 478 detainees are serving at 
least a life term each, including detainee Abdullah Barghouthi, who has 
been sentenced 67 life terms and additional 250 years.

Ferwana also said the number of ailing detainees is dangerously 
increasing, especially due to the lack of adequate and specialized 
medical attention, and even basic treatment, adding that the number of 
ailing detainees is more than 1500.

The ailing detainees suffer from different conditions, some very serious 
conditions that require surgery and advanced medical attention. Many 
detainees lost the ability to walk, while several detainees are amputees.

In addition, Ferwana said every Palestinian detainee suffered from at 
least one form of torture or violence, physical and emotional, in 
addition to degrading treatment targeting them and their families, and 
bad living conditions that violate the basic principles of human rights, 
all related international agreements and conventions.

He called on the international community, all related human rights and 
legal groups, to perform their duties and pressure Israel into abiding 
by all agreements, and human rights treaties.

Abdul-Nasser Ferwana
Head Of The Census Department Of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
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