Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN Den Haag
The 17th of April marks the annual ‘Palestinian Prisoners Day’. It was set up to remind the public of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners that are imprisoned in Israeli jails, where they are routinely exposed to forms of torture and other inhumane treatment.
These prisoners include women and children in large numbers, and around 300 people who are held in so-called ‘administrative detention’. This is a process of imprisonment which happens without charge or trial, and enables Israeli occupation authorities to imprison people indefinitely, by continuing to renew the 6-month administrative detention period.
The total number of political prisoners varies between 4,000 and 4,500. Among Palestinian men living in the occupied Palestinian territories, around 40 % have been detained by the occupation forces at some point in their lives. In violation of international treaties, more than 3,000 prisoners cannot be visited by their families.
The issue of Palestinian political prisoners is currently going through a period of heightened public attention among Palestinians, due to the courageous hunger strikes against their detention held by various prisoners, most notably the ongoing hunger strike of Samer Issawi. The fact that Arafat Jaradat was tortured to death by the Israelis in Megiddo prison, and that Maysara Abuhamdieh was denied cancer treatment until he died, has heightened public outrage and tension over the issue. For these reasons, this year’s Palestinian Prisoner Day will be held with extra interest, attention, and public participation.
Our guests will be:
Raed M. A. Abu Alhomos
Waad B. M. Tamimi
The event is free and open to all.
No registration is necessary.
Room to be confirmed.
The event has been brought to you with the cooperation of the BRV Academy of the HHS.