“Israel” re-arrests 11 Palestinian freed in November prisoner exchange deal

Palestine

Published: 2024-03-05 16:50

Last Updated: 2024-05-18 07:07


“Israel” re-arrests 11 Palestinian freed in November prisoner exchange deal
“Israel” re-arrests 11 Palestinian freed in November prisoner exchange deal

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) stated that “Israeli” authorities have re-arrested 11 Palestinians who were free in November 2023 prisoner exchange deals between Hamas and the Israeli Occupation.

Two female prisoners are present among the 11. The latest arrest was of Hanan al-Barghouti, who was detained from the town of Kufr in a morning raid on Tuesday. She had been released on November 24, 2023, after being held under administrative detention at that time.

According to the PPS’ statement on Tuesday, among those re-arrested are three minors under the age of 18: Mohammed Anis Turabi, 17, from Nablus; Ahmed Walid Khushan, 17 and a half, from Jenin; and Muad Omar Abdullah al-Hajj, 17, from Jericho.

Four others, who are above the age of childhood, have also been re-arrested: Youssef Abdullah al-Khatib, 18, from Jericho, who has been reconverted to administrative detention for five months; Ahmed Naiman Abu Naem, 18, from Ramallah, who has been converted to administrative detention for 6 months; Yahya Mohammed Arhimiya from Ramallah remains detained, and Abada Hussam Khalil, 19, from Ramallah, who has been converted to administrative detention for 4 months.

The Prisoners Club further stated that among the re-arrested detainees are two female prisoners: Asil Sameh Khader, 22, from Ramallah, who remains detained, and Hanan al-Barghouti, 60, from Ramallah, the sister of the detainee Na'il al-Barghouti, who spent a total of 44 years in “Israeli” prisons.

The PPS emphasized that the re-arrest of former prisoners, while not a new policy, constitutes a clear violation of the release agreements. It is a serious matter and a message from the occupation to all former prisoners that they are always a target for arrest, despite these agreements being made within the framework of a ceasefire, not a comprehensive exchange deal with specific guarantees.

In this context, the Prisoners Club stressed the need for intervention by mediators and supervisors (Egypt and Qatar) to facilitate the release of more prisoners, and to pressure the occupation to ensure that the released detainees are not re-arrested and to stop pursuing them.