Anderson calls for release of Palestinian prisoners
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners detained by Israel.
Speaking today on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Parliament's Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said;
"More than 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners are currently being held by Israel, according to human rights organisation Addameer.
"More than 160 of these are children, some of whom are under 16 years-old.
"Fifteen-year-old schoolboy Khaled Sheikh had been one of those detained and while I welcome his release last night, Israel must also release the remaining Palestinian children it is holding.
"Israel has also imprisoned at least 13 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, democratically elected representatives of the people, and regularly arrests others.
"The continued detention of these prisoners, many of whom are denied access to the families, is a major obstacle to peace in the region.
"I am calling on Israel to release all Palestinian political prisoners immediately as a step towards a sustainable peace."