UN urges end to mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners


For the Palestinians, the right to return to homes they fled or were forced to leave is a prerequisite for any peace agreement with Israel, but it is a demand the Jewish state has rejected.Last week, Vladimir Putin met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Sochi, who once again stated that it is impossible to solve the Palestinian issue without Russia’s meaningful participation. Ahead of Abbas’ visit, India had declared that it would continue to assist developmental projects in Palestine.Abbas, on the other hand, condemned terrorism and said he has agreed with United States to end conflict with Israel.The Palestinian president said during his meeting with Modi and Mukherjee, he will also apprise them of the ongoing political developments in Palestine and the Middle East.The two countries today inked five Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), including visa exemption on diplomatic and official passports, on cooperation in youth affairs and sports, on agricultural cooperation, on cooperation in health sector, and on cooperation in information-technology and electronics.Under Israel’s 10-year-long blockade on Hamas-run Gaza, fishing off the northern part of the Palestinian territory is limited to six nautical miles offshore and the Israeli navy regularly fires at Palestinians at the zone’s outer limit.He said that Palestine was ready to make peace and hoped for a response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Around 6,500 Palestinians are now detained in Israeli prisons, most for terrorism convictions, although Palestinian leaders and prisoners’ groups maintain that many have been unfairly tried or are political prisoners.The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said several boats were chased in separate incidents in the 24 hours prior to the shooting that claimed Bakr’s life.”Reinforcing support to Palestine”. Mahmoud Abbas expressed confidence that the updated look of the city’s major sights will attract even more pilgrims and tourists from Russia, recalling that more than 300,000 Russian citizens visited Palestine in 2016.Israel stresses that its prison conditions complies with worldwide lawyer, but hundreds of Palestinians, led by convicted murderer Marwan Barghouti, have nonetheless gone on hunger strike for better conditions. “Without acknowledging what has taken place in 1947, 1948 we will not move ahead in the path we all desire to move ahead with”, said Zomlot.