Political Prisoners in Israel/Palestine

0 Israelis are possibly being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 6,279 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel.

Number of Political Prisoners Currently Being Held

0 Israelis (one, a Bedouin Muslim) are being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 4,800 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel. (View Sources & More Information)

“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.”


Last updated: 10/09/2023


Israeli Prisoners: According to Israeli authorities, 238 people are held captive in Gaza, including Israelis and foreign nationals. On 26 October, Hamas claimed that 50 of the hostages had been killed by Israeli airstrikes.

According to The Times of Israel, Hamas publicly acknowledged, in 2016, that it is holding 2 Israeli citizens. Both entered Gaza voluntarily. The two men have been deemed mentally unstable and are presumed alive by Israeli authorites. One is a Bedouin Muslm and the other an Ethiopean Jew whose family accuses the Israeli government of deliberately neglecting their son and not working for his release because he is black.

Note: Israeli sources include 2 deceased Israeli soldiers whose bodies have not been returned, but neglect the fact that the bodies of hundreds of Palestinians (some of them children) are being held by Israel under specific governmental policies. source, source, source

2023: During the attacks on Israel that began October 7, approximately 150 Israelis were taken prisoner, with the intention to exchange them for Palestinian prisoners.

Palestinian Prisoners: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association statistics page. As of November 2023, there are 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 2,070 administrative detainees, 62 women, and 200 children.

Breakdown of Palestinian Prisoners

Type of Prisoner Number of Prisoners
Total Number of Political Prisoners 6279
Administrative Detainees 465
Child prisoners 300
Female prisoners 65
Palestinian Legislative Council members 13
East Jerusalem prisoners 480
1948 Territories prisoners 70
Gaza prisoners 322
Prisoners serving life sentences 520
Prisoners serving more than 20 years 43
Prisoners serving more than 25 years 21
Prisoners before Oslo 30
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