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Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli detention center

Posted in Palestinian Prisoners by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Radio said that Ahmad Ismail Samara, in his fifties, died at the Hasharon prison. Samara is from the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

He was arrested in 1989 and was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment after he was convicted on “criminal charges” and of staying in Israel without a permit.

It is worth mentioning that a detainee died several days ago in an Israeli detention facility. Israel only said that he was found dead in his cell.

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/59892

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  1. Michael Horesh said, on April 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

    However sad this man’s death and however man Palestinians are locked up in Israeli pisons, all of them receive conditions supervised openly by the Red Cross. When will Hamas allow just one visit to Gilad Shalit, held annonymously for over 1000 days?

  2. beyondtheborder said, on April 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    From B’tselem, The Israeli Center for Human Rights:

    “Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial, authorized by administrative order rather than by judicial decree. It is allowed under international law, but, because of the serious injury to due process rights inherent in this measure and the obvious danger of abuse, international law has placed rigid restrictions on its application. Administrative detention is intended to prevent the danger posed to state security by a particular individual. Israel, however, has never defined the criteria for what constitutes “state security.”

    Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates these restrictions. Over the years, Israel has held Palestinians in prolonged detention without trying them and without informing them of the suspicions against them. While detainees may appeal the detention, neither they nor their attorneys are allowed to see the evidence. Israel has therefore made a charade out of the entire system of procedural safeguards in both domestic and international law regarding the right to liberty and due process. ”

    Israel does not treat its prisoners as lovely as you think they do.

    Not only that, but they hold minors, people under 18, which is illegal under international law. In fact, they have 54 detainees under the age of 16, and 324 between the age of 16 and 18. (http://www.btselem.org/english/Statistics/Minors_in_Custody.asp)

    For more on Palestinian Prisoners, visit http://www.btselem.org/english/Administrative_Detention/Index.asp or http://www.addameer.org/index_eng.html .

    For more on children prisoners, visit http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4715.shtml .

    Israel holds thousands and thousands of Palestinian Prisoners. Palestine holds one prisoner, Gilad Shallit. Why are they holding Gilad Shalit? So that they can swap him for hundreds of Palestinian Prisoners.


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