Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gaza art exhibit highlights prisoner plight

PressTV - Gaza art exhibit highlights prisoner plight:

Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:12PM
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza

"An exhibition displaying artwork and handicrafts of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails was held in Gaza in their honor.

Thousand of Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails including women and children. Many of them suffer from chronic illnesses.

Many believe there is a double standard, because worldwide publicity surrounds Gilaad Schalit, the sole Israeli prisoner that is currently held in a Palestinian prison, while the world remains largely silent about thousands of Palestinians that are incarcerated in Israel.

Despite Israeli claims that torture and the abuse of prisoners have been outlawed and no longer occur, Human rights groups and prisoners continue to report cases of maltreatment and torture in Israeli detention facilities and that almost half of those arrested before the so-called 1993 Oslo peace Agreement have been in Israeli jails for more than 20 years.

To this day, over 200 Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli prisons. According to Palestinian officials, the deaths were the result of torture, medical negligence and shooting.

Many here say these prisoners are the symbols of resistance to Israeli occupation. According to prisoner advocacy groups currently, there are at least 7000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many without being charged or facing trial.

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