The list of Palestinian "prisoner deans" rises to 117
Deans of prisoners is a term used to refer to those who have been detained in the prisons of the occupation for more than (20 years) in a row.
The Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners Affairs announced that the list of "prisoners' deans" increased to 117 Palestinian prisoners, after the two captives Hazem Sadiq Al-Qawasmi, 43, from al-Khalil, and Imad Rajeh Sarhan, 43, from Haifa.
It indicated that the occupation authorities had arrested the two prisoners, Sarhan and Qawasmi, in two separate incidents, on January 20, 2002, on charges of resisting the occupation and belonging to the Fatah movement, sentencing Qawasmi for 25 years.
The commission indicated that among them are 35 prisoners who have been detained for more than 25 years whom Palestinians call them "generals of patience", including 25 prisoners who have been detained since before the Oslo agreement, 1993.
13 prisoners have been detained for more than 30 years in the occupation prisons continuously, and among these, eight prisoners have been detained for more than 35 years, the oldest of whom are Karim and Maher Younis, who have been detained since January 1983.
The commission indicated that in addition to these, there are dozens of others who were freed in a prisoner exchange deal in 2011, and arrested again in 2014, returning them to their previous sentences. One of them would be prisoner Nael Barghouti, who spent more than 41 years in two periods and is still in captivity.
It is noteworthy that "the deans of prisoners" is a term given to those who have been detained in the occupation prisons for more than 20 years in a row.