Jerusalem prisoner enters 26th year in Israeli prison
Published Friday 20/12/2013 (updated) 21/12/2013 20:19
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner from Jerusalem named Bilal Ahmad Yousef Abu Hussein, 44, has entered his 26th year in a row in Israeli jails.
Hussein was detained on Dec. 20, 1988, during the First Intifada, and was sentenced to 38 years in prison. He was 19 at the time of his detention.
He was jailed first at Jalbou prison and later moved between several other prisons.
Hussein is originally from al-Fariq neighborhood in Jabal al-Mukaber area in Jerusalem.
Some 5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of October 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.
Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.