Ministry of detainees: Israel uses Arab prisoners as political hostages

[ 21/10/2010 – 11:05 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs said that Israel uses Arab detainees in its jails as political hostages at the pretext that their countries do not want them and called on the Arab governments to work on their release.

In a statement on Wednesday marking the Jordanian prisoner day, the ministry said that there are 28 prisoners from Jordan, 11 from Syria, seven from Egypt, one from Saudi Arabia and many others from Sudan in Israeli prisons.

The ministry demanded the Arab governments to highlight their issue at all levels and not forsake them.

In another context, Mandela foundation for human rights launched a campaign in solidarity with prisoner Muataz Hijazi from Al-Thawri neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem who is in solitary confinement for the ninth consecutive year.

Representative of the foundation Buthaina Duqmaq, who visited Hijazi in Nafha jail, said that the prisoner enjoys high spirits despite the harsh incarceration conditions.

Duqmaq explained that an Israeli court sentenced Hijazi to six years in prison after his detention in 2000 on a charge of incitement against Israel, but it added three more years to this sentence in 2002 and two other years in 2003 on charges of stirring up trouble with his jailers and the prison administration.

The human rights activist pointed out that Hijazi complained of ill-treatment, poor food and the presence of rats inside his isolation cell.

Mandela foundation called for moving to end the policy of solitary confinement and transfer Hijazi and all other isolated prisoners to communal sections.

Ministry of detainees: Israel uses Arab prisoners as political hostages.

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