Palestinian prisoner subjected to longest trial since detention

Ramallah (QNN) – The Palestinian Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs said today that Mohammad Halabi, a prisoner from the Gaza Strip, has been subjected to 124 court sessions since being placed under Israeli detention in 2016.

The Commission said in a statement quoted by official Palestinian agency Wafa that the number of court sessions Halabi has been subjected to shows how much the Israeli judiciary system is dependent on the Israeli intelligence, noting that Halabi is not charged with anything and that Israeli authorities are aiming to come up with false charges while putting off his trial.

The statement added that Halabi’s trial is considered the longest trial in the history of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, saying it falls within the crimes of inhumanity and immorality, while it disregards all components of international and international judiciary.

The Commission called on all human rights organizations, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross, to act urgently to stop Halabi’s inhuman treatment and secure his release.

Halabi, a 41-year-old father of five from Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip has obtained a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He was arrested while traveling through the Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on June 15, 2016.

He’s now held in the Israeli Rimon prison under poor living conditions. The Israeli prison authorities deliberately harass him and aggravate his suffering through constantly moving him. He is subjected to torture, abuse and humiliation, in addition to prolonged isolation.

Injustice and abuse have forced many Palestinian prisoners into desperate and dangerous hunger strikes.

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