The Palestine Podcast #3: Randa Wahbe of Addameer on ‘Repression and Palestinian Resistance in Apartheid Israel’s jails’
The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
PP#3 – Randa Wahbe of Addameer on ‘Repression and Palestinian Resistance in Apartheid Israel’s jails’ [2014-03-05] – (Download here)
INFO: Randa Wahbe, Advocacy Officer of Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association spoke in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin on 5th March 2014 as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. Ms. Wahbe talked about the situation of the Palestinian political prisoners, of which there are now over 5,000 in Israeli jails, including 155 Administrative Detainees, 12 parliamentarians, 17 women and 154 children.
Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, between 750,000-800,000 Palestinians have been detained by the Israeli military. According to Amnesty, “many [have been] held incommunicado for prolonged periods”. This figure represents approximately 40% of the total male population in occupied Palestinian territory.
The issue of prisoners, particularly child prisoners, is one that is often overlooked in discussions around the Palestine-Israel issue, usually only mentioned when Israel releases prisoners as a so-called ‘goodwill gesture’. Yet the prisoners issue goes to the very heart of Israeli policy in Palestine – the decapitation of political movements, the criminalisation and ‘securitisation’ of young people who resist occupation, not to mention the psychological and traumatic effects detention and abuse has on young people who go through the prison system. Even NGOs who work with prisoners are targets of Israeli policy, with offices being raided and advocates themselves detained.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast reflect the opinions of the speaker(s) only and do not reflect the views of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign unless otherwise explicitly stated.