Arab League releases report on Palestinian, Arab prisoners in Israel
Published Sunday 23/02/2014 (updated) 24/02/2014 15:15
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Arab League released a report on Sunday focusing on Palestinian and other Arab prisoners currently in Israeli custody, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Issued by the office of the Arab League's secretary general, the report highlights how the Arab League has been following up on the developments on the cases of Arab and Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.
More than 5,000 Palestinian and other Arab prisoners held in Israeli jails suffer repeated and ongoing violations of their rights, dire humanitarian conditions and abuse of their dignity, according to the report.
Although the majority of the detained are Palestinians, several dozen individuals from other Arab countries are also being held in Israeli prisons.
The report said that several Palestinian prisoners who were previously released were subsequently detained again by Israeli forces, who either imposed new sentences or forced prisoners to finish previous sentences despite the fact that they had already been pardoned and released.
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.