Political Prisoners in Israel/Palestine

Up to 0 Israelis are possibly being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 6,700 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel.


“Since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). This number constitutes approximately 20 percent of the total Palestinian population in the oPt and as much as 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population… 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested since 2000.”


Source: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association statistics page. In October of 2015, there were 6,700 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 450 administrative detainees, 41 women, and 320 children.

Breakdown of Palestinian Prisoners

Type of Prisoner Number of Prisoners
Total Number of Political Prisoners 6700
Administrative Detainees 450 (2 PLC member)
Female prisoners 41
Child prisoners 320 (21 under 16)
Palestinian Legislative Council members 5
East Jerusalem prisoners 550
1948 Territories prisoners 90
Gaza prisoners 355
Prisoners serving life sentences 501
Prisoners serving a sentence above 20 years 457
Prisoners serving more than 20 years 30
Prisoners serving more than 25 years 15
Prisoners before Oslo 30
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Fact Sheet – Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Detention

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Defence for Children International, Palestine

Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association

The Mandela Institute for Human Rights - Palestine

Palestinian Prisoners’ Society

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