4,701 security detainees and prisoners are incarcerated inside Israel
As of the end of June, 2012, Israel holds 4,701 detainees and prisoners, classifies as "security" inmates. Of them, 1118 are on remand awaiting trial and 267 are administrative detainees, held without trial. The data consists of a sweeping majority of Palestinian inmates and a handful of Jewish inmates.
HaMoked recalls that while prison walls restrict an inmate's freedom of movement, they do not warrant the deprivation of his other basic liberties and rights, other than those denied to him by an express legal stipulation.
Security inmates incarcerated inside Israel are held in conditions different than those of "regular" inmates, and their rights to equality, dignity, family life, education, etc., are violated, contrary to international law.
Furthermore, the holding prisoners and detainees from the Occupied Palestinian Territories inside Israel constitutes a blatant breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, prohibiting the transfer of prisoners and detainees outside the occupied territory, and of basic human rights, enshrined, inter alia, in Israeli law.
As shown by the data provided by Israel Prison Service, in the last four years, the number of security inmates declined by about half, mainly following the swap deal to secure the release of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit and "goodwill gestures" by Israel towards the Palestinian Authority.
Table showing the numbers of security inmates held inside Israel