RAMALLAH, July 16, 2014 (WAFA) – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, Zayad Abu-Ein, director of the Palestinian Prisoner Club, Qaddura Fares, and Ex-Minister of Prisoners’ affairs, Essa Qaraqe’, said Wednesday the re-sentencing of six prisoners, who were released in Sahlit swap of 2011, to life imprisonment constitutes a new crime and a grave escalation by the Israeli politicians.
On Tuesday, Israel’s Special Pardons Committee ordered the re-sentencing of six Palestinian ex-detainees to life imprisonment. The six Palestinians, who were released in Sahlit swap, were re-arrested during the Israeli military operation in search of three missing settlers.
The committee ordered that the six Jerusalemite detainees serve the remainder of their prison sentences, said Qaraqe’, adding that Israel is intending to bring other ex-detainees before the court and will probably put them back in jail.
“What is happening to the ex-detainees and the continuing arrests of Members of Parliament is another face of the war, aggression and violation of the Palestinian people’s rights,” said Qaraqe’.
“This represents a disregard to the world and to the international and humanitarian values,” he added, accusing Israel of not honoring any agreements or understandings concluded with any party, whether regionally or internationally.
“This makes Israel a state above the law and a state of gangs that has no political credibility.”
In the meantime, Undersecretary Abu-Ein considered Israel’s returning of the pre-Shalit swap to life in prison a “kidnapping under a political decree” which would finally lead to a more stringent political deadlock in the face of any political settlement of the conflict.
Abu-Ein called upon international human rights organizations to prevent Israel from carrying out the sentence or from issuing other similar orders against other ex-detainees.
Meanwhile, Fares said the orders are evidence that Israel is waging an all-out war against the Palestinian people and that Israel pays no respect to the international community.
To be noted, the Israeli Military Committee is set to hear on Wednesday testimony from the representatives of Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, regarding “the secret file,” as Israel claims predominantly, pertaining to a number of Palestinian ex-detainees.