World Bulletin/News Desk
A Palestinian man has been imprisoned in Israel for 33 years now, a Palestinian NGO advocating the rights of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails said Sunday.
Maher Younis, who hails from the northern Israel town of Arara, has completed his 33 year in an Israeli jail, the Palestinian Prisoners Society added in a statement.
It said Younis was arrested in 1983 as part of a group of other people arrested prior to the signing of the Oslo Accord between the Palestinians and the Israelis in 1993.
The accord calls for the release at the end of March 2014 of Palestinian prisoners, but Israel refused to honor this requirement, causing the suspension of peace talks with the Palestinians.
Younis, 57, is the second longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Another prisoner, Karim Younis, was put in jail earlier in the same year.
Both prisoners are currently serving a life sentence at Hadarim Detention Center in northern Israel, the society said.
Maher Younis is accused of belonging to Palestinian faction Fatah, killing an Israeli soldier and possessing a weapon. Karim Younis is accused of killing an Israeli soldier.
Israel had agreed to release Palestinian prisoners detained before the 1993 Oslo Accord in return for the Palestinian Authority refraining from seeking membership in the United Nations and other international institutions.
The Israeli government, however, refused to release the prisoners, saying they held the Israeli nationality, and thus are technically Israeli citizens.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, according to official Palestinian figures.
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