GAZA,(PIC)-- The Prisoners' Centre for
Studies reported that the detainee Rizq Ali Khedr Salah, 49, from the
town of Al-Khedr on the outskirts of Bethlehem, has entered his 20th
year in Israeli jails continuously.
The center's media director, Riad Ashkar,
stated that the detainee is one of Captive movement's leaders. He was
arrested in 1993 and sentenced to life after planting two improvised
explosive devices near the Israeli military base near Bethlehem, killing
one soldier and wounding two others. He is the father of two sons who
has not seen their father for almost four years, his brothers are
prevented from visiting him as well, and sometimes the prison
administration prevents his wife from visiting him under the pretext of
Ashkar pointed out that the detainee Salah
suffers several illnesses. He underwent three surgeries while in prison.
He underwent his first gallbladder removal surgery in 2009 after
suffering severe abdominal pain. In 1995 he underwent appendectomy only a
few months after undergoing a surgery to remove accumulated fluid in
his left knee.
Salah's mother died two years ago after
visiting him while she was very ill. She suffered a lot from moving from
prison to prison to see her son. She had suffered like all prisoners'
families from occupation's practices on barriers and prison gates. The
center stated that the detainee has sent a letter on the Palestinian
Prisoner's Day in which he warned against the prison service's
aggression campaign against the Captive movement, calling for a mass
official and popular Palestinian support for the movement against all
the occupation's oppressive practices such as strip searches, night
raids of detainees' rooms, collective punishment, punitive isolation,
and many other humiliating practices.
center indicated that the occupation is still detaining 120 abducted
detainees since before the Oslo accords, among them 20 detainees who
have been held for 20 years and who are called deans of the Palestinian
prisoners, in addition to the list of prisoners who spent more than a
quarter of a century in the Israeli prison which increased to 23