Palestinian prisoner completes 17 years in Israeli jails

Days of Palestine - Jenin

Qusay Hamdyeh, from the town of Yamoun, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Monday completed 17 years in Israeli jails for resisting its occupation, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

PPS Jenin director Muntaser Samoor said that Hamdyeh is serving 28 years in prison.

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He said Hamdyeh has been placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time and was denied family visits for years.

Since Israel began its illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, more
than 750,000 Palestinians have been detained, representing approximately 20 percent of
the current total Palestinian population in the Occupied Territories.

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Throughout the decades of this persisting conflict , Israel has illegally detained Palestinian men, women and children through an extensive and systematic set of regulations that control every
aspect of Palestinian life, which restrict or deny their basic human rights.

Moreover, the conditions of the prisons and treatment of prisoners are horrendous, violating numerous international as well as Israeli laws.

The Israeli military, which governs the Occupied Territories, constantly changes or issues new military orders, which are often unknown to local populations until implemented.

Palestinian prisoners are then subject to Israeli military tribunals, which rarely follow required international standards of fair trial.

Thus, Palestinians not only live under an illegal occupation, but also under an unstable and unjust system of law and order.