Occupied WB, ALRAY - The Israeli occupation authorities have refused to release 36-year-old Palestinian detainee Ismail al-Arouj, even after serving his prison sentence, his family said Monday.
Citing al-Arouj’s lawyer, the family accused the Israeli occupation of trying to deny them of “joy and happiness” over the release of their son, supposed to be scheduled for Monday.
The Israeli occupation army detained al-Arouj on 3 March 2014 after storming and ransacking his home in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
During his imprisonment, al-Arouj was subjected to harsh military interrogation in Israeli prisons for more than 40 days. One year and a half after his detention, an Israeli court sentenced him to four years and a half in jail.
Two years later, al-Arouj was re-interrogated in harsh conditions in Israeli prisons.
In a bid to further humiliate and pressure him, the Israeli occupation authorities detained his wife and subjected her to interrogation before releasing her a month later.
Later, the Israeli occupation authorities added more three years to his sentence, reaching a total of seven and a half years in prison.
Al-Arouj was transferred to solitary confinement in Israeli prisons several times. An Israeli court, in addition, renewed his incarceration in solitary confinement four times and banned him from seeing his family at consecutive show trials.
His family also have been subjected to continuous Israeli violations; his brother, Jaafar, was imprisoned for several years in Israeli jails, mostly under administrative detention.
His brother Ibrahim, meanwhile, who was held for more than three years in administrative detention, is still incarcerated by the Israeli occupation authorities.
According to Palestinian figures, about 4,600 Palestinians, including 39 women and 170 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.
Among them, close to 500 Palestinians are currently being held under the Israeli occupation’s illegal policy of administrative detention, under which prisoners can be held for renewable six-month periods without charge or trial.