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Marking Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, groups say 4500 Palestinians remain incarcerated in Israel

Marking Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, groups say 4500 Palestinians remain incarcerated in Israel
Palestinian freedom fighters in Israeli jails for resisting the occupation. (File photo)

RAMALLAH, Saturday, April 17, 2021 (WAFA) – As Palestinians mark today the annual Prisoner’s Day, several advocacy groups said that some 4500 Palestinians are currently incarcerated in Israel, among them 41 women and 140 minors less than 18 years of age.

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission, the Prisoners Society, Hurriyat, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said in a joint report on the occasion of Prisoner’s Day that Israel has detained 1400 Palestinians since the start of this year, among them 230 minors and 39 women, while it issued 280 administrative detention orders bringing the total number of Palestinians held in administrative detention without charge or trial to 440.

Occupied East Jerusalem had the highest number of arbitrary detentions since January of this year and reached 500 people, among them 144 minors and 28 women.

The prisoners’ advocacy groups said 25 Palestinians arrested and sentenced to more than 30 years since before the signing of the Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel in 1993 remain behind bars despite the fact they should have been released as far back as 2014 in a US-brokered deal aimed at restarting the stalled peace negotiations, which Israel has reneged on.

In addition, 543 Palestinians have been sentenced to one or more life terms, one of them, Abdullah Barghouti, is sentenced to 67 life terms.

The Palestinian National Council, the highest decision-making body in the PLO, declared in 1974 that April 17 of every year will be marked as the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day during which activities will be held in support of the freedom fighters imprisoned by Israel and to demand their freedom.



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