Friday, April 22, 2011

Video: The use and abuse of Palestinian political prisoners

Dear friends,

Israel's Channel 2 TV aired a story a few days back on the appallilng treatment and abuse of Palestinian political prisoners by the Israeli military, police and prison guards. The Channel 2 story on the Uvda program (a sort of 60 minutes style program) revolves around footage shot three years ago of a Israel combat raid on unarmed sleeping Palestinian prisoners in Ktziot prison, located near the Egyptian border. The specific goal of the raid was to raise the morale of the prison guards. The raid resulted in a Palestinian prisoner being killed and many injured. The footage from the raid was kept hidden for three years.

There are currently over 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israel's jails. Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been jailed by Israel. This equates to approximately 40% of the male population of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Many of the prisoners have been held under administrative detention ie. without charge or trail (with this lasting from 3 months to 8 years in some cases).

The footage is quite sickening to watch but it is important story which needs to be shared. Please distribute to your networks.

For english subtitles, press "cc" in the bottom panel of the youtube link.

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