GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian prisoners with Israeli citizenship entered their 25th year in Israeli prisons on Friday and Saturday.
Riyad al-Asqar, a researcher for the Palestine Prisoners’ Center for Studies, said that Muhammad Tawfiq Suleiman Jabbarin, 65, from Umm al-Fahm, was detained on March 3, 1992, while prisoner Yahiya Mustafa Muhammad Ighbariya, 48, from the village of al-Mushir was detained on March 4, 1992.
Al-Ashqar said that Jabbarin is married and a father of four boys and five girls. One of his children died while in Israeli prison, al-Ashqar noted. At the time, Israeli authorities did not permit him to say goodbye to his son.
Jabbarin was sentenced to three life sentences and an additional 15 years in prison after being charged with taking part in an attack which exploded a bus in Israel and killed several passengers.
Al-Ashqar added that Ighbariya was also sentenced to three life sentences, and 15 years in prison, after being charged with carrying out an attack on the Gilad military camp, which killed three Israelis and injured four with knives.
Ighbariya’s mother, Ruaqayya, died in June 2014 with the hope that her son would be released following Israel’s expected gradual release of prisoners in 2013 who were detained before the establishment of the Oslo peace agreements, as his name was included in a group of prisoners expected to be released
following the release of three previous groups of Palestinian prisoners, according to al-Asghar.
However, he was never released due to failed negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
According to the center, 14 Palestinian prisoners with Israeli citizenship have spent more than 20 years in Israeli prisons.
Prisoners’ rights group Addameer has reported that, as of January, 6,500 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons, including 70 Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli territory.