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Arrested for a Comment on Facebook

Arrested for a Comment on Facebook

On 11 December 2012, the office of then Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stated that since 1967, 800,000 Palestinians, or roughly 20% of the total population and 40% of the male population, had been imprisoned by Israel at one point in time. About 100,000 had been held in administrative detention. According to Palestinian estimates, 70% of Palestinian families have had one or more family members sentenced to jail terms in Israeli prisons as a result of activities against the occupation. Rory McCarthy, The Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent, estimated that one-fifth of the population has at one time been imprisoned since 1967.
Why is the number of the Palestinian prisoners so high and for which type of crime are they being arrested? Listen to Laith Abu Ziad, the international advocacy officer for prisoners’ rights group Addameer interviewed by Abby Martin.