As many as 4500 Palestinians are currently imprisoned in Israel many of whom are on the so-called administrative detention that allows Israeli prisons to hold them for months without any accusations.
Palestinian prisoners have been subject to human rights violations such as the use of torture during interrogations.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Greta Berlin, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: We were watching there about the plight of the Palestinian prisoners. We’ll get to the Free Gaza Movement in the next section but let us talk about your experience in Gaza because when you were there in 2008 you would have met families who had prisoners in Israeli detention.
Berlin: And we did, we met with the families when we were there. We met with them, we talked to them. Many of those people are still in prison. You are talking now what, four years later? They are still in prison.
I mean Gaza is its own prison and it is an enormous injustice that many of them have no charges, they are thrown into jail. You have got children now who are in jail, who are 12, 13, 14 years old. What happened to them? They threw stones.
Press TV: I think Greta what you would have seen firsthand and what you will know from speaking to Palestinians is the injustice on the families. Often we can say figures, 4700 Palestinians in prison and then people will say what did they do? Maybe they deserved it. What is the knock-on effect of 4,700 prisoners?