The Prisoners Affairs Body (PAB) has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 100,000 Palestinians since the outbreak of the Second Palestinian Uprising on September 28, 2000.
PAB added that these arrests included all segments of the Palestinian society, men and women, old and young, patients, injured, the disabled, MPs, political leaders, ministers, academics and prominent figures in society.
PAB noted that all those who experienced imprisonment have been exposed to at least some form of torture and humiliation.
Yasser Hamdouni's mother carrying her son at his funeral. He died inside Israeli prison after years of medical neglect the autopsy confirmed pic.twitter.com/EavqOwErIZ
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Abdelnasser Firawna, the head of documentation Department at PAB said 15,000 children, and 1,500 women were detained since 2000, in addition to 65 Palestinian MPs.
He noted that four Palestinian women gave birth in Israeli jails during the same period. Firawna explained that the Israeli Prison Service has issued 26,000 administrative detention orders since 2000. As a result, dozens of administrative detainees went on hunger strike to attain their freedom.
Firwana also said that 85 Palestinian detainees died in Israeli jails since 2000 as a result Israel’s systemic policy of medical negligence towards Palestinian detainees. Most recently, Palestinian detainee, Yasser Hamoduni, 40, died in an Israeli prison, which rose the number of Palestinian detainees who died in Israeli jails since 1967 to 208. Dozens also died soon after they were released .
290 Palestinian detainees were deported from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip or outside Palestine during the same period with 205 detainees deported to the Gaza Strip as part of the Schalit prisoners exchange in 2011.
Firawna has called on the international community to pressure Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian political prisoners in its jails and to treat them according to international human rights conventions.
(PC, Palestine Now)