Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983
The PPC’s statement said that among those detained are 13 Palestinian citizens of Israel, Wafa
reported. Among the 13 detainees is Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated
since 1983. Younis, from the village of ‘Ara southeast of Haifa, was arrested for “resisting the Israeli occupation” while attending Ben Gurion University.
adds that those Palestinians who have been imprisoned since before the signing of the Oslo Accords
in 1993 “were supposed to be released as part of a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority [PA], but Israel has reneged on their release”.
Other Palestinians being held on long-term sentences include Maher Younis
, also from ‘Ara, Ibrahim and Rushdi Abu Mukh who were both arrested
in 1986, and Samir Sarsawi from Ibtin, east of Haifa.
The PPC’s statement comes a day after Mahmoud Jabarin was released
from Israeli prison. A Palestinian political prisoner from Umm Al-Fahm, northern Israel, Jabarin was arrested in 1988 and has served 30 years in prison. Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Sunday in Umm Al-Fahm to celebrate Jabarin’s release.
Last week Israel also released
and then rearrested French-Palestinian activist Salah Hamouri. Hamouri was ordered to pay a fine worth 3,000 shekels ($800) and sign a statement agreeing never to take part in popular Palestinian activities, before being released from Al-Naqab Prison. He was then immediately rearrested and taken to a detention centre in Jerusalem. Hamouri has spent 13 months in administrative detention
and a total of six years in Israeli prison.
In addition to those Palestinian citizens of Israel and internationals imprisoned, Israel also incarcerates hundreds of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank. Last week it emerged that Israel fined
Palestinian child detainees being held in the notorious Ofer prison 46,000 shekels ($13,000) in September alone. In a statement, PPC reported 35 children were arrested and detained in Ofer prison in September, four of whom were arrested from their homes, 20 from the road side and seven at military checkpoints. September’s arrests brought the total number of children being held in Ofer prison, located south of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, to 108.
According to the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, known as Addameer
, as of August 2018 there were 5,781 political prisoners being held by Israel. Of these, 456 were administrative detainees, meaning they are held without charge or access to a fair trial. Among the highest numbers were those Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and the besieged
Gaza Strip, at 401 and 316 respectively.