IMEMC, January 30, 2010
Former prisoner, Palestinian researcher and the head of the census
department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser
Farawna, stated in a comprehensive report that there are currently 7300
Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.
In his report, Farawna states that there Israel is currently holding
captive 33 women, nearly 300 children, 296 administrative detainees, 17
legislators and two former ministers in addition to dozens of political
The report also states that nearly 5105 detainees (%70 of the total
number of detainees), were sentenced by Israeli military courts, and
that 800 detainees were sentenced to at least one life-term.
1893 detainees are still held awaiting trial, and six detainees are held under what Israel calls "illegitimate combatants".
2775 (%38) of the detained Palestinians are married, and 6155 (%84) of
total number of the detainees are from the occupied West Bank, and 748
(%10.2) are from the Gaza Strip, in addition to 400 (%5.5) detainees
from Jerusalem and Arab areas in Israel.
Israel is holding captive 300 (%4.1) children who are subject to
ongoing violations, torture and deprived of their basic rights
guaranteed by the International Law.
The Israeli army kidnapped during the Al Aqsa Intifada nearly 850
women, 33 of them including one woman from Gaza, four from Jerusalem
and 3 Arab residents of Israel.
The rest are from the West Bank. Five female detainees were sentenced to at least one life-term.
Farawna stated in his report that there are 316 detainees who were
kidnapped by the Israeli army before the Oslo Agreement of 1991. One of
them was kidnapped and imprisoned 32 years ago, while the rest were
imprisoned at least 16 years ago.
111 detainees were imprisoned since more than twenty years, and 13
detainees were imprisoned since more than 25 years, three of them were
imprisoned since more than 30 years; Nael Fakhoury, Fakhry Al
Barghouthi and Akram Mansour.
Furthermore, 197 detainees died in Israeli prisons. The latest casualty
is Maher Al Dweik, 25, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
He was shot and wounded by the army on August 26 2008, and died in
prison on September 13 2009 as he was deprived from receiving the
needed medical treatment.
49 detainees died due to medical negligence, 71 due to torture, 71 were
shot and killed after being arrested by the army, and seven died due to
excessive use of force against them.