August 31 2009
A mass demonstration will be held outside Ofer prison in the West Bank on Monday, according to a statement.
An organization of Palestinians, Israelis and international solidarity activists said it would gather in front of Ofer prison to protest against Israeli arrest and intimidation campaigns.
Israeli forces have conducted arrest and intimidation campaigns on villages that resist Israeli “apartheid infrastructure,” the campaign said.
Israeli forces have arrested 176 Palestinians from five villages alone over their resistance to construction of the wall, human rights organization Addameer and Stop the Wall said. An estimated 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners are currently being held in Israeli jails.
The northern West Bank jail houses only Palestinian detainees.
The family of Na’el Barghouthi will be in attendance to demand for his release. Barghouthi was taken by Israeli forces on 4 April 1978 and has been behind bars for 31 years.
The number of Palestinians arrested since the beginning of the second Intifada in September 2000 is over 40,000, including detainees in interrogation centers and detention centers.