Arrests, imprisonment and torture[1]

To read the relevant Articles in international humanitarian law applying to arrests, prisoners rights and torture click on the blue links.

  • From 1967 to 1988 more than 600,000 Palestinians have been held in Israeli jail for periods ranging from one week to life.

  • During the first intifada (1987-1994), Israel arrested some 175,000 Palestinians.

  • According to the Israeli Human Rights Organization B’tselem, 2,755 Palestinians were by 3 October 2002 detained or imprisoned by IDF and 1,306 were detained or imprisoned by Israeli Prisons Service (does not include Palestinians held by Israel Police Force).

  • According to B’Tselem some 85% of Palestinian detainees have been tortured during interrogation.     


[Last updated 4 October 2002]