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A hundred Palestinians serve over 20 years in Israeli prisons

Ramallah, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Bahaa Yusuf Masarweh became the 100th Palestinian to serve an uninterrupted sentence of over 20 years in Israeli prisons, an authorized source denounced today.

The Palestinian Center for Prisoner Studies (PCPS) referred in a statement that Masarweh has been detained since October 4, 2001 and was sentenced to 35 years by an Israeli court.

The list includes 13 people imprisoned for over three decades, including Karim Younis and Maher Younis, who have been in jail since 1938, and 36 others for over 25 years, the PCPS added.

The Center’s leaders noted that all of them suffered over the years ‘all forms of abuse and violation’ of their human rights.

Some 4,650 Palestinians are currently held in 23 prisons in the neighboring nation, including 200 minors and 40 women, another non-governmental organization recently denounced.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society set out that 544 of them are serving one or more life sentences, and 520 are behind bars under the concept of administrative detention.

Questioned as violating international law, Israel’s policy of administrative detention allows for the arrest of Palestinians without charge or trial, for renewable intervals usually ranging from three to six months on the basis of undisclosed pieces of evidence, which even the defendant’s lawyer is barred from seeing.

Since the onset of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, there have been, at least, 226 Palestinian deaths in Israel’s prisons, PCPS’s authorities unfolded.