Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on the Middle East Pat Sheehan has stated that there are concerns surrounding the death of a Palestinian prisoner in custody.
Arafat Jaradat, a 30 year old Palestinian father, died on Saturday 23rd February 2013 while under interrogation at Meggido prison.
Speaking today Mr Sheehan said:
“The death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian prisoner being held in Israeli custody is extremely concerning.Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
“There are also reports that have stated that Mr Jaradat had been tortured in custody.
“Many, both within Palestinian society and the International Community, have expressed their strong misgivings about these reports. Sinn Féin are adding our voice to this.
“We have previously raised that the conditions currently being imposed on Palestinian prisoners and detainees are shocking. It is usual for prisoners to be held in solitary confinement, some for years, and are frequently denied visits from their family.
“Further to this many of those being held are in constant lockup with little access to fresh air or exercise. If they are granted this it is very often in leg and arm restraints.
“The Israeli Government is very aware of what is happening within their prisons. Despite this little has changed and the International community must use whatever pressure it can to ensure that the rights of Palestinian prisoners are upheld.”