To give recognition to all those Palestinians in Israeli prisons, April 17th, 1974 was declared Palestinian Prisoner’s Day. The day is April 17th because the first prisoner swap was done on this day releasing Mahmoud Hijazi from an Israeli jail. Since the occupation began over 650,000 Palestinians have been in Israeli jail and is sometimes used as a sign of respect to those who have been and the suspicion of those who have not been. Perhaps in the future I will give a blog post describing the process of administrative detention and the Israeli military courts in the West Bank and Gaza. For today I would just like the 6800 Palestinians currently in Israeli jails to know that you are not forgotten. As Alternative News states
“Of those, over 300 are children, 34 are women, 18 are elected Palestinian representatives and almost 300 are ‘Administrative Detainees’ – that is they have been interned without trial not having been charged with any crime or seeing the secret evidence against them.”
For those who want more information on the day please check out http://alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/news/3535-palestinian-prisoners-day
So when shedding a tear, justifying Israeli atrocities, or complaining about Gilad Shalit, maybe think of the hundreds of thousands who have fared far worse, were not militants and were taken when children.