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Palestinian Government Condemns Israeli Occupation Prison Policies

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – In light of the upcoming Muslim holiday, Eid al Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, the Palestinian Authority’s Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs condemned Israel’s policies and practices in regards to Palestinian prisoners.

The committee highlighted in a statement that thousands of Palestinians will be unable to spend Eid al-Fitr with their families due to such policies.

Around 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in 18 Israeli jails and detention centers.
Among those held in Israeli jails 24 are women, five of whom are married and have children.
The committee emphasized that eight democratically-elected Palestinian lawmakers are still serving in Israeli custody, including jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi and secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmad Saadat.Also among the Palestinians in Israeli custody there are 1,500 security officers employed through different PA security services, and 484 Palestinians being held under administrative detention, an Israeli practice that allows Palestinians to be held indefinitely and without trial.
Two hundred and fifty Palestinian teens are also currently held, the prisoners’ committee added.
According to the committee, 51 prisoners have served over 20 years in Israeli custody of whom 16 have served more than 25 years, emphasizing that 480 prisoners are serving life sentences.
The longest-serving prisoners are Karim Younis and his cousin Mahir Younis. Both have so far served 33 years in Israeli jails.

Eighty-four percent of the prisoners are from the West Bank.

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