Arab Prisoners in Zionist Jails.


Since 1967 there have been about 800,000 people who have been either imprisoned, jailed, detained or incarcerated

– with a total of 12,000 women and 10,000 children, thousands of non-Palestinian Arabs, and several other nationalities.

Now (2010) there are a total of 7,300 Arab prisoners. 400 are from Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied areas, 745 from Gaza Strip, and 6,155 from the Palestinian West Bank.
Among the prisoners are:

33 women

300 children

296 under administrative detention


800 life imprisonment;

570 sentenced for 50 years, including 4 from 1948 areas;

460 spent between 10-15 years of their 50 year sentence;

110 have spent more than 20 years in prisons;

13 have spent more than 25 years in prisons;

3 prisoners have spent more than 30 years in prison. Nael Al Barghouthy, who is the Dean of the Palestinian Prisoners, has spent more than 32 years in prison;

720 prisoners are currently serving between 10-50 years;

40 prisoners have been sentenced for 20 years;

130 prisoners have been sentenced for 15 years;

245 prisoners have been sentenced for more than 10 years;

There are 325 prisoners who have been imprisoned since before the signing of the Oslo agreement of September1993;

There are 555 prisoners who have been imprisoned prior to the Al-Aqsa Intifada of September 2000;

Since the Cairo declaration of the Palestinian groups of al-Hudna in March 2005 the Zionists have imprisoned 5,060 Palestinians and many after the war on Gaza in January 2009;

There are more than 421 prisoners that have been sentenced to light imprisonment, including 10 who have spent over 25 years in prison.

Zionist Prisons, Jails, and Detention Centers:

There are tens of prisons, jails and detention centers in Occupied Palestine, holding the Arab freedom fighters. Many of those prisons were inherited since the British Mandate era of Palestine and others were built by the Zionists; but they are all similar in building styles, rooms’ sizes, and security systems. The rooms in the prisons vary in areas but over stuffed with detainees, the rooms of the size of 2.5-5 Sq.M. has 2-3 prisoners, while the rooms of the size of 10-14 Sq.M. has 18 prisoners as in A’asqalan prison. But all the cells suffer from inadequate ventilation, and lack of sunlight, high humidity, in addition to the unbearable temperatures (heat and cold) in the summer or the winter. While the security measures add to the misery around the rooms. The cells and the barracks and the isolation areas are literally very tight concrete boxes with thick walls and heavy iron doors.

Jalbou’ Prison: Near Jinen; approximately 800 prisoners in 7 sections.

Shatta Prison: approx. 250 prisoners in 2 sections.

Hasharoun Prison: Has 3 sections for children, 2 sections for women (120) and 2 sections for adults
(260), and have prisoners from Jerusalem and 1948 occupied areas.

Hadariem Prison: Has 2 sections of 240 prisoners.

Al Damoun Prison: For children.

Al Ramleh Prison: Has 230 prisoners and includes Ministers and Legislative Council members, and also has the annexed hospital that has 40 sick prisoners.

Bier Al Sabe’ Prison: That includes 2 prisons (Ieshel and Ahlekedar) and these 2 prisons have 1000
prisoners and the non- Palestinian Arab Prisoners, and contains the isolation cells.

Kfar Youna Prison: Has isolation section that had Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Abdul Karim Obeid, and Mustafa Al Dierani.

A’sqalan Prison: A very old prison in the center of the town and has 450 prisoners.

10- Nafha Prison: It is the most famous Zionist prisons located South-East of Bier Al Sabe’, and has very
famous leaders.

Ramoun Prison: Is a desert prison near Nafha, and contains around 1350 prisoners.

Majedo Prison: A famous old prison that has 10 sections for 1350 prisoners.

O’ufar Prison: In a Zionist military camp near Ramallah and has 9 sections for 800 adult and children

An Naqab Prison: South-West of Bier Al Sabe’, near the Egyptian borders, made of tents and has 20
sections of 2350 prisoners.

Al Damoun Prison: On top of Al Carmel Mountain in Haifa, and has 2 sections for adults of 250 prisoners and 1 section for 90 children.

Telmond Prison: Near Natania, with a maximum capacity of 300 persons and specified for children but it has 300 male children, and 200 female children.

Al Mascobieh Detention Center: Near Jerusalem, and set for detainees under questioning.

Non-Palestinian Arab Prisoners

Among the non-Palestinian Arab prisoners are:

323 Jordanian detainees on security and political basis, and 35 Jordanian prisoners.

After being imprisoned for 20 years under by the Zionists, Sultan A’ajlouni along with another 4 Jordanian prisoners had been moved to finish their sentences in the Jordanian prisons according to a mutual agreement among the governments.

37 Syrian prisoners for more than 25 years, Bashir Al Maqt, who is the Dean of non-Palestinian Arab Prisoners, Sudqi Al Maqt, A’sem and Seitan Wali, who is suffering from a critical medical condition.

115 Sudanese who entered illegally and 10’s are Egyptians that include 3 persons who have leukaemia, Omar Shalabi, Haiel Abuzeid, and Hasan Swarkah from Al A’areish.

A Saudi prisoner, Abdel Rahman Al A’twi who finished his term, but still imprisoned.

An Iraqi prisoner Ali Al Bayati.

Women Prisoners

17 of the women political prisoners are mothers, and 2 women, Mervat Taha and Manal Ghanem, have given birth while imprisoned.

There are currently many girls under 18 years of age.

The 34 Women prisoners undergo continued sexual harassment.

Zionist Abusive Illegal Methods, Measures and Procedures Against the Prisoners in

200 Martyrs have been killed in cold blood mostly by direct shooting as per the latest Goldstone Report, or others died due to improper medical treatment or because the lack of it. Others died from being exposed to
dangerous and trial medications and repetitive imprisonments;

Administrative detentions, imprisonment without due process and imprisonment inside the Zionist entity are both illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention;

Palestinian prisoners are routinely held in detention centers and prisons that do not meet the minimum
international standards;

Many of the Palestinian prisoners (2150) are held without trial, and (400) held as administrative detentions.
According to Amnesty International, the trials that do take place often fall short of international fair trial standards;

Torture in interrogation;

Sexual Harassment;

Illegal body search and personal inspections;

Humiliating daily practices;

Excessive unpredicted abusive movements between different prisons;

Deprivation from family visits, and prisoners are routinely denied visitation rights by their legal representation
and family members;


Among the prisoners there are 2000 sick persons, of which 160 have permanent medical conditions, and 16
have fatal medical conditions including cancer, while many other prisoners need urgent surgeries;

Bad medical treatment;

Bad health and building conditions;

Using prisoners as Guinea Pigs for new medicines;

Killing many POW’s from Egypt and Syria after 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, and 1982 wars;

Putting children with adult Zionist criminals.

Prisoner Exchanges

Prisoner exchanges between Arab governments and Israel date back to 1948, and most of the exchanges
occurred after the many wars of 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, and even during special times as in 1954, 1955,
1957, and the last in 1984.

There have been four prisoner exchange deals between Zionists and Hizballah, which in total released all the
Lebanese prisoners, Moroccan, and German prisoners in addition to some Palestinian prisoners and the
remains of Martyrs, and the maps for the Zionist mines on the Lebanese souls; those deals were made in: July
1996, June 1998, January 2004, and the latest in July 2008.

In July 1968 was the first Palestinian Prisoners’ Exchange by the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine after releasing the passengers of the hijacked planes.

In the “Jibril Deal” between the PLO and Israel in May 1985, the Zionists released 1,150 Lebanese and
Palestinian political prisoners in exchange for three soldiers held by the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine – General Command.

In October 2009, Hamas released a video about a Zionist soldier; in return the Zionists released 20 Palestinian women prisoners.

Statistics are constantly being updated due to conditions on the ground. Sources for the data in this factsheet as well as updated information can be found at:
Palestine Center Information Brief No. 141, ADDAMEER – Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, Aserart, Prisoners Studies Center, Al

figures as of March 2010


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