Thursday, November 11, 2010

Statistics Show 6700 Prisoners Including 283 Children, 35 Women

10.11.10 - 11:49 Bethlehem – PNN - Abdul Nasir Farwaneh, director of the statistics department of the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, said 6700 Palestinians are in Israeli prison, including 283 children and 35 women. About 70,000 have been jailed since the 2000 al-Aqsa Intifada.
Since the beginning of the 1967 occupation, more than 750,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned including tens of thousands of women and children. Seventy thousand have been imprisoned since the beginning of the Second Intifada in September 2000, including 820 women and 8000 children.
Many of these prisoners, according to Farwaneh, are “deprived of their basic human rights, exposed to the dangers of death, injury, or various illnesses, clearly violating international treaties and laws.”
The 6700 prisoners are split among 20 Israeli prisons and include 192 imprisoned without charge under the “administrative detention” law, five Gazan “unlawful combatants,” and nine Palestinian lawmakers.
Of the prisoners, 82.5% are from the West Bank, 10.4% from the Gaza Strip, and 6% of other Arab nationalities. Eight hundred twenty are serving life sentences, 598 were sentenced to more than 20 years,  479 are serving between 15 and 20 years, 1782 are serving sentences between 5 and 15 years, and only 15 prisoners will live less than a year in jail.