Palestinians call for international support to prisoners in Israeli jails
prisoners’ day on Wednesday, expressing support to Palestinian prisoners
in Israeli jails.
The Palestinians called for international support to prisoners who face
ill treatment and inhumane incarceration conditions.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry urged parties to the Geneva Conventions to shoulder their legal responsibility and honour their obligation under the international law to provide the Palestinians,
especially children, with protection.
The ministry also called for necessary measures to hold Israel, as an
occupying power, accountable for its crimes and continued violation against
the Palestinian people.
According to the latest statistics released by the Palestinian Prisoners
Club (PPC), there are currently 5,700 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including
250 children, 47 women, and 500 under administrative detention.
The PPC said in its latest report that Israeli ill treatment of Palestinian
prisoners is “grave and systematic violations of international laws,” adding
that Israel neglects fair trial in accordance with international humanitarian
law and human rights principles.
It urged the international community to “immediately intervene to fulfil
its legal and ethical obligations towards Palestinians and hold Israel
accountable for its daily crimes.”
It said the total number of Palestinians arrested since 1967 has reached
one million, adding that Israeli “systematic medical negligence” of
prisoners has led to the death of 218 Palestinians in custody since 1967.
The Palestinian National Council, which is considered the Palestine
Liberation Organisation (PLO) parliament, has declared April 17 as
national prisoners’ day since 1974.
The National Prisoners’ Day is a day set aside to unite efforts in support of