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Israel arrested 337,000 Palestinians since 1987

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian boy who was demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 20 December 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian boy who was demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 20 December 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israel has arrested 337,000 Palestinians since the start of the First Intifada in 8 December 1987, the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said yesterday.

In spite of the arrests, the centre’s spokesperson Riyadh Al-Ashqar said, the occupation has failed to achieve its goals of suppressing the Palestinian resistance and its efforts to liberate Palestine.

Israel has arrests Palestinians on an almost daily basis, he added.

According to the report, occupation forces arrested 210,000 Palestinians between 1987 and 1994, when the Palestinian Authority was established.

Israel built and opened a number of prisons in order to administer the detentions. The most famous is Al-Naqab Prisoner, which is located in the middle of the desert and which hosted tens of thousands of the Palestinian detainees.

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Between 1994 and 2000, the Israeli occupation arrested 10,000 Palestinians, 97,000 others were detained between 2000 and 2015. Since 2015 until today, Israeli occupation forces have arrested 20,000 Palestinians.

The report reiterated that detainees’ medical needs are ignored and as a result they suffer negligence and abuse in Israeli jails.

Al-Ashqar said that there are 27 Palestinians prisoners inside the Israeli jail who have been serving sentences since before the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994.

They are, he said, the prisoners who Israel refused to release prior to the anticipated resumption of peace talks in 2014, meaning negotiations never got underway.

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