News ID: 213388
Published: 0301 GMT April 17, 2018

Thousands of Palestinians protest in solidarity with prisoners

Thousands of Palestinians protest in solidarity with prisoners

Thousands of Palestinians staged rallies across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in a show of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who are being held captive in Israeli jails and detention centers.

Activists from nationalist and human rights organizations in addition to school students converged in the central West Bank city of Bethlehem, located about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Al-Quds, on Tuesday, waving Palestinian flags and holding up pictures of long-term serving prisoners, Press TV reported.

The demonstrators demanded the immediate release of the inmates.

Elsewhere in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, situated approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Al-Quds, protesters took part in a similar rally.

People also flocked streets in Jenin to commemorate the Prisoners Day to show their support for Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails.

In the Gaza Strip, resistance movements and prisoners’ institutions called upon people to participate in a sit-in protest in Al-Khayyam area.

On Monday, the torch of freedom was lit at Khaduri University in Tulkarem in the presence of official and popular, and this marked the launch of the activities of the prisoner day, PNN reported.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to eleven years.

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said on Monday Israel has issued some 50,000 orders for the so-called administrative detention against Palestinians since 1967, when the regime occupied Palestinian territories.

The Committee said that the number of administrative detention orders has increased sharply since 2002, adding 427 Palestinians are currently being held in jails under this mechanism.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) has called on human rights and international bodies to pressure Israel to abide by the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and respect the rights of Palestinian prisoners.

PPCS chief Raafat Hamdouneh said in a statement that Palestinian prisoners are facing difficult conditions and warned of the highly explosive situation in light of the daily abuses committed against them by Israeli forces.

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