Palestinian Prisoner's Day, a reminder of prisoners' legitimate struggle for freedom

April 17, 2022

On April 17 of each year, Palestinians commemorate Palestinian Prisoner’s Day to express their loyalty to those imprisoned for defying Israel’s occupation, and as a reminder to the international community of their legitimate struggle for freedom.

The commemoration of Palestinian Prisoner's Day comes amid the escalation of the Israeli occupation’s violations and crimes against Palestinian prisoners, as administrative prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons continue to boycott administrative courts for the 107th consecutive day, to demand an end to the policy of administrative detention under the slogan “Our decision is freedom.”

Some Palestinians have spent 40 years in captivity with 543 sentenced to several life sentences.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club’s director said that the Israeli occupation detentions are part of a systematic plan to deplete Palestinian communities of energy to resist the occupation and to create fear.

“Israel has arrested about a million Palestinians since its occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, and no sun has risen since the beginning of the Israeli occupation to this day,” the official added.

Detained children

Children in the Israeli occupation military detention system face inhumane treatment such as beatings, strip searches, psychological abuse, weeks in solitary confinement, and being denied access to a lawyer during interrogations, research by "Save the Children" found.

Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children are detained by Israeli occupation authorities. They are the only children in the world who are systematically prosecuted through military, rather than civilian, courts. The most common charge is throwing stones – for which the maximum sentence is 20 years in jail.

Sick detainees

Sick Palestinian detainees are dying a slow, painful death in the Israeli occupation jails. This is the fact the Israeli occupation ignores as its jails’ administration is a leading cause of it. The colonial jails’ administration’s disregard for their lives and the failure to provide the necessary medical care for them opens the door to a dramatic rise in the number of Palestinian detainees who have passed away during their detainment in Israeli occupation jails, which reached (227).

Over the past decades and until today, the Israeli occupation authorities have continued to implement a set of abusive policies that have turned into systematic policies that change only by creating more tools aimed at deepening their violations. Perhaps the policy of deliberate medical negligence (slow killing) constituted during the past few years the most prominent systematic abusive policy of the occupation, which has led to the death of (72) detainees since 1967, the last of whom was the martyr, Kamal Abu Waer, and about (600) sick detainees still need close health follow-up.
Other punitive measures adopted by the Israeli occupation government in addition to the aforementioned policies, the policy of collective punishment, and the frequent incursions and searches of the sections in which the detainees are held.

About 4,400 detainees are held in the Israeli occupation jails, 34 females, and 170 children included.