The two longest-serving Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails complete this month 38 years behind bars, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
Karim Yunis starts today his 39th year behind bars, and his cousin, Maher Yunis, also starts later this month his 39th year behind bars, said the PPS.
Additionally, Bashir al-Khatib starts this month his 34th year behind bars, while Nasser Srour and Mahmoud Srour begin this month their 29th years in prison, said the PPS.
The five are among 26 prisoners arrested by ‘Israel’ for resisting its occupation since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
The 26 prisoners were supposed to be released in 2014 as part of a US-sponsored plan to revive the then stalled peace process between the Palestinians and ‘Israel.’
However, ‘Israel’ reneged on the agreement when it came to releasing this group of prisoners and after releasing three other batches of prisoners leading to a total halt to the peace negotiations.
According to Palestinian figures, nearly 5,700 Palestinians, including women and children, are currently detained in Israeli jails.
Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 3,000 Palestinians from the start of 2020 until the end of August, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).