The Israeli military court of Salem, north of the West Bank, sentenced
on Saturday a Palestinian detainee to 21 years in military detention
Mohamed Taha, 23, was sentenced based on a list of charges presented by the army DA that included shooting at illegal settler roads, manufacturing home made bombs, and being a member of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah.
Taha was abducted by the army three years ago when Israeli troops attacked and surrounded his home, located in the northern West Bank city of Qalqlia. Taha's father told the Palestinian news network PNN that he has only been allowed to see his son once, and that the Israeli army has not allowed Taha's mother to visit him at all. The Israeli army stated that because Taha and his mother do not share the same last name they have no direct relationship and therefore they will not permit her to visit him.
Currently there are about 10 000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli army detention camps. Most of them remain in these camps for several years without a trials or charges pressed against them.