Israeli Police Arrests Attorney in Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, February 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police Monday arrested an attorney who works with the Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA), according to the Committee.

It said police condoned the car of Adv. Rami al-Alami, an attorney who works with the Committee, while he was on his way back home, and ordered him to get out. He was then handcuffed and taken by police to a nearby detention center.

Issa Qaraqe, head of the CPA – the Palestinian Authority’s agency in charge of monitoring the affairs of Palestinian prisoners detained by Israel – condemned the arrest of Adv. al-Alami, calling on international organizations to pressure Israel to release him.

More than 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, dozens of whom serve multiple life sentences. About 1,500 prisoners are believed to have health problems due to medical negligence.