Three Palestinian brothers out of five incarcerated in Israel complete 18 years behind bars
To understand what it means to be a Palestinian living under military occupation, read the story of the Abu Hmeid brothers.
RAMALLAH, April 21, 2020 (WAFA) — Three brothers out five incarcerated in Israel from the Abu Hmeid family from Amari refugee camp in Ramallah have completed yesterday 18 years behind Israeli bars, today said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
Nasser, 48, Nasr, 46, and Sharif Abu Hmeid, 44, have been in jail since 2002 for resisting the occupation.
Nasser spent a total of 31 years in Israeli jails and the first time he got arrested he was only 13 years. Nasr also spent a total of 28 years in jail and was 13 the first time of his arrest, while Sharif was 14 when he was first arrested and was in jail for nine years before his arrest in 2002.
Nasser was sentenced to seven life terms plus 50 years. Nasr was also sentenced to five life terms and has a son who was also arrested 10 months ago and is now in prison, while Sharif was sentenced to four life terms.
Two other brothers are also serving time in Israeli jails, said the PPS: Mohammad, 37, serving two life terms plus 30 years, and Islam, 34, arrested in 2018 and sentenced to one life term plus 8 years.
A sixth brother, Abdul Meniem was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in 1994.
At one point, the entire Abu Hmeid family members were in prison. The Israeli army had also demolished their home five times, the last of which was 2019.