[Pnews] Over 850, 000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel since 1967

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  Over 850,000 Palestinians detained since 1967

May 13, 2015 7:10 P.M. (Updated: May 13, 2015 7:10 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- In light of the 67th commemoration of the 
Palestinian Nakba, prisoners' affairs committee head Issa Qaraqa said 
that Palestinian prisoners today are facing a legal Nakba carried out by 
the Israeli government and its security services.Qaraqa estimated 
Wednesday that Israeli authorities have detained over 1 million 
Palestinians since 1948, as over 850,000 Palestinians were detained 
since 1967 alone, according to Palestinian Commission of Detainees and 
Ex-detainees.
Around 9,000 Palestinian detainees were held in Israeli camps following 
the end of the 1948 war that established the state of Israel, Qaraqe 
said. Prisoners were reportedly held in five detention camps including 
Atlit and Sarafand, in addition to jails that Israel inherited from the 
British Mandate and temporary detention camps set up in Palestinian 
villages from which residents were forced out.As there was not a policy 
for detention by Israel during and directly after 1948 war, Qaraqe 
added, execution of prisoners was common and revealed through 
documentation of many group executions carried out for detained 
civilians.Large numbers of Palestinians who were left homeless, ran away 
from massacres, as well as those arrested were the reason that Israeli 
leaders built detention camps. Camps were run on the basis that any 
prisoner that needed to be released or "gotten rid of" must first 
receive approval by an intelligence officer, Qaraqe said, adding that 
speedy executions without trial were often carried out in these 
camps.Qaraqe said that detention camps were supervised by members of the 
Irgun, Haganah and Stern groups whose brutal treatment of Palestinian 
detainees was well-documented.Qaraqe said that the ongoing Israeli 
occupation and imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians since 1948 
consecrates the longest colonization in history.
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