Every year on the 17th of April Palestinians commemorate Palestinian prisoner day. Palestinian prisoners live under harsh conditions suffering from violations against their basic human rights on a daily basis, for long periods of time. These daily violations and aggression against the prisoners include high levels of medical neglect as diseases run rife within prisons. Many prisoners have died in detention due to medical neglect. Thousands of families are denied visiting rights and have no idea of the state of their loved once whilst they are in detention. Those who are permitted to visit go through humiliating ordeals. Prisoners are subject to naked searches and the occupational forces regularly enter into the rooms of detainees to physically and mentally abuse them.
Many prisoners are kept under administrative detention which means they are basically detained without charge or trial and this is a well known tactic used by Israel to try and silence weekly protests and break the spirit of the Palestinian people, especially the youth.
Another tactic used is solitary confinement and many leaders of the PLC have been held in solitary confinement and this sort of attack is used against leaders of the uprisings. The most recent attacks have taken place against Abbass El Sayed and Jamal Abu Haijah who have been kept in solitary confinement for over ten years. Their confinement is used to show others who wish to take the same path, that they will be punished.
This all occurs whilst the international community is silent, whilst the international humanitarian law makers are silent and the occupation continues to take the lives of innocent Palestinians.
Today more than 4700 Palestinians remain inside Israeli jails and are divided over 27 prisons and detention centres:
- 185 of them are children under the age of 18
- 9 of them are women
- 27 of them are deputees of the PLC mostly under administrative detention
- 1200 are sick prisoners suffering from illnesses and medical neglect
- 310 detainees are held under administrative detention without trail or charge
- 57 have spent more than 20 years inside jails
- 19 are held in solitary confinement
- 23 have spent a quarter of a century inside jail
- 202 detainees have died inside jails as a result of medical neglect
The ministry of detainees, Khans Younis, Gaza.