RAMALLAH, Sunday, May 9, 2021 (WAFA) – Palestinian political prisoner and veteran in Israeli detention Abbas al-Sayyid completes today 19 years in Israeli occupation's prisons, said the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS).
Al-Sayyid, 56 years old, who comes from the city of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, was arrested by the Israeli occupation authorities on this day in 2002, and was served 35 life sentences and an additional 150 years in prison for his activism in the armed resistance against the Israeli occupation.
Al-Sayyid is one of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been denied family visitation several times in the past by the Israeli occupation authorities as a punishment against him and his family. His wife was allowed to visit him for the first time only after he had spent seven years in prison.
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.