Imprisonment of Palestinians is an essential element in Israel’s occupation
and control of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This includes the imprisonment of Government Ministers, other elected
members of Government and senior officials. Israel has been and remains in violation of international conventions and international
law on the treatment of prisoners.
Over 2500 children have been arrested and many Palestinian women have arrested
as a means of placing pressure on their husbands.
Many Palestinians are detained and imprisoned without trial. In many cases
“administrative detention” has lasted for years, with no prospect of charges ever being brought.
The Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, a 33-year old Palestinian, husband
and father, has now been on hunger strike for 60 days after being kidnapped by the Israeli military from his house on December
17, 2011. He has been hospitalized as his health condition is deteriorating. Rallies have been organized in various parts
of the West Bank in solidarity with Khader Adnan, while others are on hunger strike at the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies
in support of his fight for freedom.
The chief Palestinian negotiator, Dr. Saeb Ereikat, has called upon the international
community to intervene to secure his release. The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation has called
upon all defenders and supporters of human rights to condemn Israeli behaviour and to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners.
The Workers’ Party of Ireland demands the immediate and unconditional
end of the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian and Arab lands, an end to the kidnapping and detention of Palestinian political
leaders and politicians, an end to mass arrests and administrative detention without trial, ill-treatment and torture
of persons under detention.
The WPI demands the immediate release of Khader Adnan and calls on the Irish government
to intervene with the Israeli authorities to secure his release before it is too late.
The International Committee
Workers Party of Ireland