Adams calls for international inquiry into treatment of Palestinian prisoners
March 7, 2013
Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD, has expressed his concern at the deteriorating situation in the Middle East.
The Sinn Féin leader has warned that without a “significant political intervention by the international community there is a real danger that the current worsening situation could return to the violent levels of recent years”.
Teachta Adams has also called for an independent international inquiry into Israel's treatment of Palestinian detainees.
Teachta Adams said:
“The death in disputed circumstances of Arafat Jaradat, who was arrested by the Israeli Army for throwing a rock and who died five days later in Megiddo Prison, has witnessed an escalation in Palestinian protests against the ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. The Palestinian authorities allege that Jaradat died as a result of torture.
“The situation has been exacerbated by the shooting of two children by Israeli troops and the death today of a Palestinian protestor shot in the head two weeks ago.
“The continuing detention of over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners and their conditions of imprisonment has been the catalyst for much of the recent violence.
“It is usual for prisoners to be held in solitary confinement, some for years, and they are frequently denied visits from their family.
“Many of those being held are also kept in constant lockup with little access to fresh air or exercise.
“There is an urgent need for an independent international inquiry into Israel's treatment of Palestinian detainees.”