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Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French... What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

Editorial, The Harijan, 26-11-1938

InCACBI Endorses Palestine Solidarity Committee in India's Call to End Administrative Detention of Palestinians by Israel.

End Administrative Detention of Palestinians by Israel:

The Palestine Solidarity Committee in India stands in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners currently detained by Israel.

Addameer (addameer.org), an independent Palestinian organization, works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Organization calls on activists and people of conscience to stand in solidarity with all political prisoners by joining their upcoming global campaign, from April 17, 2013, against administrative detention.

What is “administrative detention”? Since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, Palestinians have been charged with offenses under Israeli military law and tried in military courts.

Over the last 43 years, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT). This constitutes approximately 20 percent of the total Palestinian population in the OPT. It constitutes as much as 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population.

While arrests can occur any time and anywhere, Palestinians are most commonly arrested at checkpoints, off the street, at border crossings, and from homes in the middle of the night. On arrest, detainees are usually cuffed with plastic handcuffs and blindfolded. The detainees may then be kept waiting, standing or kneeling, for long periods of time before being thrown on the floor of a military jeep, sometimes face down, for transfer to an interrogation center.

During the transfer, which can take up to several hours, Israeli soldiers often abuse detainees. Cases of beatings, kicking, insults, threats and deliberate humiliation are routinely reported. Palestinian detainees are typically not informed of the reason for their arrest, nor are they told where they will be taken. Most children are subjected to the same treatment.

All but one of the prisons where Israel detains Palestinian prisoners are located inside Israel, in direct contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power must detain residents of occupied territory in prisons inside the occupied territory. In addition to illegality under international law, the practical consequence of this system is that many prisoners have difficulty meeting with Palestinian defense counsel, and do not receive family visits as their attorneys and relatives are denied permits to enter Israel on “security grounds”.

Over 4,812 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel; 12 of them women, 219 of them children. 178 of them are held under “administrative detention”, a decrepit policy that Israel uses to hold Palestinians on secret information indefinitely without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Not only are these prisoners held arbitrarily, but also Israel’s use of administrative detention violates several international standards, such as deporting Palestinians from the occupied territory to Israel, denying regular family visits and failing to take into account the best interests of child detainees as required under international law. (For more information visit, Addameer.org)

The Palestine Solidarity Committee in India calls on all activists and people of conscience in India to stand in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners currently detained by Israeli Authorities. The Committee also appeals to the Indian government to condemn Israel’s flouting of international law. To do this in practice, the Indian government needs to urgently review its growing relationship on military, economic, educational and cultural fronts with Israel.

The Palestine Solidarity Committee in India

New Delhi

April 17, 2013

 

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