Bahar urges Arab leaders to prioritize the issue of Palestinian prisoners

[ 04/12/2010 – 10:39 AM ]


ALGIERS, (PIC)– First deputy speaker of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC) Dr. Ahmed Bahar appealed to the Arab leaders to pay more attention to the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and work on pressuring the Israeli occupation state to release them.

Dr. Bahar told the Algerian newspaper Ash-Shorouq published on Friday that the issue of Palestinian prisoners is more sacred than Makkah in Saudi Arabia because their issue is related to human lives, and stressed that the Arab leaders should play a role in having them released.

“The issue of prisoners is one of our priorities in the PLC and we have held several sessions on what the occupation is doing against the prisoners, so we strongly call on the resistance to necessarily work on liberating all detainees,” the deputy speaker underlined.

He also criticized the comparison that is made between the Israeli soldier being held by the resistance and the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. “Shalit was captured aboard his tank destroying and killing the unarmed Palestinian people, while the Palestinian prisoners were kidnapped as they were inside their homes and among their families.”

In a related development, the Palestinian assembly in Germany is getting prepared to hold its largest annual event for the third consecutive year under the tile “Our prisoners are free, despite the long wait.”

The meeting will kick off on December 10, 2010 in three German cities, Berlin, Hamburg and Bochum. The issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will be the focus of this event.

Representatives of the Palestinian communities in Europe and international human rights organizations will be the prominent participants in this event.

For its part, the national and Islamic forces’ committee of prisoners in the Gaza Strip called for providing international protection for all Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

The committee also demanded the Arab international committee for the support of prisoners to highlight the issue of more than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and expose the violations committed against them during its upcoming meeting to be held soon this month.

“It is incumbent on the international and humanitarian organizations to take serious and responsible action to visit the prisoners in Israeli jails and form international probe committees to uncover the conditions of prisoners and the dangers threatening their lives,” it emphasized in a statement on Friday.

Bahar urges Arab leaders to prioritize the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

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