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Detainee marks 25 years in prison, 14 without family visits

April 9, 2010 12:50 P.M. (Updated: April 10, 2010 5:07 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – The Gaza City Prisoners Society said Ibrahim Baroud marked his 25th year in Israeli prison on Friday, the last 14 years of which his mother has been prevented from visiting.

An expert in detainees affairs with the society, Abdel Nasser Farawneh, said Umm Ibrahim (mother of Ibrahim) was worried that she would die without seeing her son again.

Ibrahim was detained when he was 22 years old on charges of posing a threat to the state of Israel - what Farawneh described as resisting the occupation - and was sentenced to 27 years in jail.

On 1 April, Palestinians in Israeli prisons declared a strike in protest of cases like that of Ibrahim Baroud. Detainees say high-profile and factionally-aligned prisoners are often subjected to unfair treatment, particularly around family visits.

Prisoners began the month-long strike, which includes a boycott of all family visits, with a day-long hunger strike, and held a second day of hunger demonstrations on Wednesday, one week into the protest.

Representatives of the prisoners said all factions are participating in the strikes, which effects some 10,000 prisoners across 13 prisons and detention centers. Prisoners said they were demanding equal treatment for all Palestinians being held by Israel.

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