Another Hamas MP in Israel custody

PressTV – Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:29PM

An elderly man looks at pictures of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails during a protest in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on April 15, 2010.
Israel’s military has put another Hamas parliamentarian back in custody almost a year after the detainee was freed following a lengthy prison term.

On Thursday, the forces nabbed MP Khalil al-Rabai from his house south of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the occupied West Bank and searched the residence, AFP reported.

Rabai, who was freed last year following a three-year prison term, was the fifth such official to recently find himself back in Israeli detention.

There are around 9,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention. Their families have for long been calling on human rights organizations and groups to intervene in order to secure the release of their loved ones, many of whom incarcerated without charge, trial and sentence.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, nearly 200 Palestinian inmates have so far died in Israeli confinement, either due to medical negligence or under torture.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem, says at least 40 Palestinian prisoners have suffered chronic illnesses like cancer, renal failure and strokes.

The Israeli central prisons fail to offer the constant medical care required for the sick prisoners.

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