Gaza, ALRAY- The Palestinians commemorate Palestinians Prisoners’s Day on 17th, April each year, through different activities from all over Palestine and some other countries to shed light on this significant issue.
Palestinians Prisoners’s Day is a solidarity day with Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli prisons and detentions. The Palestinian National Council in 1974, as the supreme authority of the Palestine Liberation (PNC), declared it as a National Day to honor the Palestinian Prisoners and their sacrifices.
In addition to stand with their families, mobilize their motivation, consolidate their efforts for entitled their right of freedom. This day was commemorated every year in multiple forms.
According to Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and ministry of detainees and ex-detainees affairs, the number of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli prisons has increased up to 6500 Palestinian prisoners, including 57 women and 300 children who are under 14 years old.
The issue of Prisoners is one of the most sensitive issues facing Palestinian people. It seems 20% of Palestinians have been in Israeli prisoners since the beginning of Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The number of arrests against Palestinian since 1967 is estimated to 800,000 arrests, more than 29% of Palestinian people have entered Israeli prisons for periods in different brutal ways.
In 2000, during Al-Aqsa Intifada, the numbers of arrests reached more than 40,000. Also, there are 6,000 detainees remain in Israeli prisons distributed on more than 27 prisons.
According to statistics, more than 80% of Palestinian prisoners and detainees were tortured during interrogation by Israeli interrogators. In addition of several forms of torture that was committed against Palestinian detainees such as sleep deprivation, stripping off clothes at night, severe beatings and attempted of rape in some cases never mentioning the psychological torture.