April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners Day, when Palestinians remember their friends and family members held in Israeli prisons.

According to the Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, at the end of February 2018, there were  6,500 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, including 350 children and 62 women.

Since Israel began its military occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip in 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been abducted and imprisoned by Israel.  This figure represents 20% of the total Palestinian population and 40% of the Palestinian male population. It also includes 10,000 women imprisoned since 1967 and more than 200 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons as a result of torture and lack of medical care. Furthermore, 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested by Israeli authorities since 2000.