On the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Prisoners’ Suffering in Israeli Jails Continues

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, April 17, 2017

Today, 17 April 2017, marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Over 6,500 Palestinian and Arab prisoners have been detained in the Israeli jails and detention centers under cruel and inhumane conditions.

The Palestinians commemorate this day since 1979, supporting the cause of prisoners detained in the Israeli jails, as it marks the anniversary of the first prisoner released in the first prisoners’ exchange deal between the Palestinians and the Israeli occupation on 17 April 1974.

This occasion comes in a time whilst the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons has exacerbated due to the Israeli violations and punitive measures taken against them. These prisoners are regularly subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, including torture; denial of family visitation; naked search; night raids; solitary confinement; medical negligence…

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