Sunday, 7 February 2010

Helping at the prisoners museum

This morning i went to the prisoners museum in Abu Dis to help them translate their publicity into english.

The museum is dedicated to the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Since 1967 hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been arrested for resisting the occupation. This includes everything from joining or being near a peaceful protest, joining a political party, throwing stones at Israeli soldiers or taking up armed resistance. The sentences are usually punitive and the conditions in jail very harsh.

There are currently 3,100 Palestinians imprisoned under 'administrative detention' - arrested without a judicial decision, never given a list of charges or a date for a trial. Israel is also the only state in the world that has formally legalised the torture of it's own prisoners.

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