Threat: Palestinian political prisoners in Israel

Abeer Baker, Anat Matar

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Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel's security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners' actions and their desire for liberty. By highlighting the various images of Palestinian prisoners in the Israel-Palestine conflict, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar chart their changing fortunes. Essays written by prisoners, ex-prisoners, Human rights defenders, lawyers and academic researchers analyze the political nature of imprisonment and Israeli attitudes towards Palestinian prisoners. These contributions deal with the prisoners' status within Palestinian society, the conditions of their imprisonment and various legal procedures used by the Israeli military courts in order to criminalize and de-politicize them. Also addressed are Israel's breaches of international treaties in its treatment of the Palestinian prisoners, practices of torture and solitary confinement, exchange deals and prospects for release. This is a unique intervention within Middle East studies that will inspire those working in human rights, international law and the peace process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPluto Press
Number of pages261
ISBN (Electronic)0745330207, 0745330215, 1783714328, 1849645922, 9780745330204, 9780745330211, 9781849645928
ISBN (Print)9780745330204
StatePublished - 2011


  • Political prisoners -- Israel
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Israel
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Political prisoners -- Israel -- Public opinion
  • Public opinion -- Israel
  • דעת קהל -- ישראל
  • الرأي العامّ -- إسرائيل
  • אסירים פוליטיים -- ישראל -- דעת קהל
  • سجناء سياسيّون -- إسرائيل -- الرأي العامّ
  • הסכסוך הערבי-ישראלי
  • الصراع العربيّ الإسرائيليّ
  • ערבים פלשתינאים -- ישראל
  • العرب الفلسطينيّون -- إسرائيل
  • אסירים פוליטיים -- ישראל
  • سجناء سياسيّون -- إسرائيل

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Government policy -- Israel
  • Political prisoners -- Israel
  • Israel-Arab relations
  • Middle East conflict
  • Israel-Arab conflicts
  • Israel-Palestine conflict
  • Israeli-Arab conflict
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Eretz Israel-Israel conflict
  • Eretz Israel problem (1948- )
  • Palestinian-Israeli conflict


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