Issa QaraqeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society in the West Bank said that there are 650 detainees from the Gaza Strip still imprisoned in Israeli detention facilities.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Israel refused to release them, their families, wives, and children are still waiting to be with their themÃ¢â‚¬Â, QaraqeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Israel is trying to show the world that its withdrawal from Gaza complies with the international law, it simply doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, because evacuating from an occupied area should, in accordance to the internal law, include releasing the political detaineesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Also, QaraqeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ stated that the coming period is very sensitive especially amidst the continuous arrests in the Palestinian territories, and the bad treatment the detainees face in Israeli prisons.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is causing tension in the Palestinian areas, Israel is treating the political detainees as criminals, and abusing them, it should comply with the principles of human rightsÃ¢â‚¬Â, QaraqeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ added.
QaraqeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ criticized using the detainees and their families in order to achieve political goals, especially during elections.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The detainees are holding talks regarding the elections, it is one of their basic political rightsÃ¢â‚¬Â, QaraqeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ stated, Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are internal talks in detention facilities to conduct protest steps during the electionsÃ¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â