Abbas al-Sayyid, a Palestinian political prisoner and veteran of Israeli detention, has served 19 years in Israeli occupation jails, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS).
On this day in 2002, Israeli occupation authorities arrested Al-Sayyid, a 56-year-old Palestinian from Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, and sentenced him to 35 years in prison and an additional 150 years in prison for his activism in the armed resistance against Israel.
Al-Sayyid is one of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons who have been refused family visits by Israeli occupation authorities on several occasions as a form of revenge against him and his family. Only after he had served seven years in jail was his wife able to see him for the first time.
Over 5,000 Palestinian and Arab prisoners are now being held by Israeli occupation authorities for opposing the occupation of their homeland. Many of these inmates have been incarcerated for over 25 years.