On the eve of al-Adha Muslim feast, Palestinian researcher specialized in detainee’s affairs, former political prisoner, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, has reported that Israel is holding captive around 4500 Palestinians, including 39 women, 160 children, 6 legislators and 360 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.
Ferwana stated that, among the imprisoned Palestinians, are dozens with special needs, or have cancer along with other serious health issues, and many who are elderly, including Fuad Shobaki, who is more than 80 years of age.
He added that %86 of the Palestinian detainees are from various parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital Jerusalem, and that the detainees are held in 22 prisoners, detention and interrogation facilities, including the Negev desert detention camp, Ramon, Nafha, Hadarim, Be’er as-Sabe’, Galboa’, Asqalan, Damoun, Shatta, Ofar, Ramla and al-Maskobiyya.
“As we celebrate the al-Adha feast this year, the Palestinian detainees continue to face continuously deteriorating health and living condition, in addition to being subject to constant assaults and violations by the soldiers,” Ferwana stated, “The coronavirus pandemic is also adding more suffering and serious risks to the detainees, especially since Israel is denying their basic rights, and refuses to provide safety measures.”
The Palestinian official also said that the detainees, while they cannot be with their families, they celebrate al-Adha with full determination and longing for liberty and freedom.