Over 30 Palestinians held beyond sentence in Negev prison

[ 12/09/2011 – 05:52 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Over 30 Palestinians are being held two to four months beyond their sentences in the Israeli Negev prison, the Palestinian Prison Committee said Monday.

The committee said that those prisoners were being kept in detention under a policy to stop a law passed by the Israeli occupation authorities in the mid-90s, where prisoners would be released early after deducting 21 days a year from their sentences.

Separately, on Sunday, Palestinians in the Negev and Israel amassed outside of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in occupied Jerusalem to protest the Prawer-Goldberg plan, designed to confiscate the land of native Arabs in the Negev desert and relocate them.

Among those present were official members of the Supreme Arab Follow-up Committee and Arab members of the Knesset.

Under the plan passed by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday, Bedouin villages in the Negev not recognized by Israel will be demolished.

The PPC said that more protests would be staged outside the courthouse in Beer Sheva and Netanyahu’s office and that tents would be pitched and protesters would fast until the plan was abrogated.


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