Factsheets

12 August 2013
With negotiations between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel re-commencing over the next nine months, the unsettled question of Palestinian political prisoners returns to the forefront of discussions among politicians.
13 September 2012
September 2012 marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Agreements. Today, nineteen years after the beginning of the “Oslo Peace Process”, Israel still holds a total of 111 Palestinian political prisoners who were arrested for alleged offenses occurring before 13 September 1993, the cutoff date for prisoners who were supposed to be included in subsequent releases. Approximately 66...
18 October 2011
On 11 October 2011, Israel and Hamas authorities concluded a deal whereby 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The Palestinian prisoners were released in two stages, with 477 prisoners released on 18 October and the remaining 550 on 18 December. This factsheet looks at who the released prisoners are, in terms of gender, origin and time...
01 October 2011
In May 2011, the Israeli military courts published their annual report on their activities during 2010, providing detailed statistics on files considered by the court, hearings held, administrative detention orders issued, and appeals filed by defense and prosecution lawyers. This English translation by Addameer provides a summary of the most important aspects of the report.
20 June 2011
The following paper looks at the current conditions of Jerusalemite political prisoners in the context of the Oslo “Peace Process” agreements. As well as addressing the interrogation and trial procedures pertaining to political prisoners from East Jerusalem, this paper reviews the history of the Palestinian political prisoner movement during and after the bilateral agreements of the Oslo years (...
31 December 2009
On September 6, 1999 the Israeli High Court of Justice, ruled to ban the use of torture during interrogation. This, however, did not explicitly forbid the use of torture but rather allowed that interrogation methods deemed as torture (named as moderate physical pressure) may be used in the “necessity of defence” and in situations where a detainee is deemed a ‘ticking bomb’. In some instances,...
01 August 2009
Since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in 1967, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which constitutes approximately 20 percent of the total Palestinian population in the OPT, and as much as 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population. There are currently at least 7,834 Palestinians...
01 July 2009
Israeli occupying authorities practice collective punishment against the Palestinian families who visit their sons and daughters in Israeli jails. They put as a condition the availability of a permit in order for families to visit their sons and daughters who were transferred to jails inside Israel after Israeli forces had finished redeployment in parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (...
15 May 2009
On September 26, 2005 the Israeli occupation forces launched their campaign of arrest and detained 450 members of the Hamas party. These members were mostly involved in the 2006 PLC elections, either through active campaigning or who were taking part in the municipal elections in the various West Bank cities. The majority of those detained were kept in administrative detention for different...
31 March 2009
As of March 2009, there were 650 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons and detention centers including 5 women and 13 children under the age of 18. Israeli military and civil laws related to the administrative detention orders are based on the British Mandate Emergency Law for the year 1945. Military Order 1226 (1988) empowers commanders of the Israeli army to detain Palestinian West Bank...

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