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Palestinians serving 25+ years in Israeli prisons reaches 43

February 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

The number of Palestinians who have spent more than twenty five years in Israeli prisons has now reached 43 out of a total of around 6,500 Palestinian prisoners held by the Zionist state. According to the Ministry of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs in Gaza, the new figure was reached because a prisoner from Palestine occupied in 1948, now part of Israel, has just completed his 25th year behind bars.

The ministry’s spokesman, Riyad Al Ashqar, said that Prisoner Ahmed Ali Hussein Abu Jaber (51), from Kafr Al Kassem, has been detained since 8 July, 1986. He is married and has three children, the youngest of whom was one month old when his father was detained. Abu Jaber is serving a life sentence, having been accused of killing an Israeli soldier. He is the ninth longest-serving prisoner from the Arab Israeli community.

The previous prisoner to pass this landmark was Alaa El Din Ahmed Reda Al Bazian, from Occupied Jerusalem. Al Bazian, who is blind, has been in an Israeli prison since 20 June, 1986, and is also serving a life sentence.