Thursday, 18 September 2014

70 ex-prisoners re-arrested by Israelis threaten to launch protests

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- More than 70 Palestinians who were arrested in the last three months by Israeli authorities in violation of a 2011 deal that freed them on Wednesday threatened to take protest measures against their continued detention.

The prisoners -- who were among the 1,027 freed from Israeli custody in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit - -said in a letter published by the Palestinian Prisoners' Committee that detaining them after they were freed was an "illegal and abusive move" by the Israeli government.

Detention, the letter added, was done merely for political reasons and had nothing to do with justice.

"This is collective punishment against the Palestinian people ignoring all principles of humanity and law."

The 70 ex-prisoners were all arrested in a massive detention campaign across the West Bank carried out by Israel in the wake of the disappearance and death of three Israeli teenagers from a Jewish settlement. more


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