JENIN, Friday, August 28, 2020 (WAFA) – Palestinian political prisoner and veteran in Israeli detention Ra'ed Saadi completes today 31 years in Israeli occupation's prisons, said the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS).
Saadi, who comes from the town of Silat al-Harithiya in the occupied West Bank, was arrested by the Israeli occupation authorities on August 28, 1989, and was served two life sentences and an additional 20 years in prison for his activism in the armed resistance against the Israeli occupation.
Saadi was first detained by the occupation authorities in 1948 for six months for hoisting the flag of Palestine in his hometown. Following his release, he became active in the resistance movement against the Israeli occupation, and had been wanted for the occupation for many years until he was kidnapped by undercover Israeli troops on the said date.
Like many Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Saadi has been denied family visitation several times by the Israeli occupation authorities as a punishment against him and his entire family.
The Israeli occupation authorities are still incarcerating more than 5,000 Palestinian and Arab prisoners for resisting its occupation of their homeland. Many of these prisoners have been in prison for more than 25 years.