European Parliament calls for investigation into treatment of Palestinian prisoners

The European Parliament has called for an investigation into the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails following the controversial death of Arafat Jaradat last month.

MEPs are demanding that Palestinians held in Israel without charge be tried or released promptly and repeated calls for the immediate release of all imprisoned members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The disputed circumstances surrounding Arafat Jaradat's death while in Israeli custody has renewed tensions in the West Bank leading to Parliament calling on all parties to "exercise maximum restraint".

SNP MEP Alyn Smith said:

"It is a sad fact that most Palestinians have at least one family member in an Israeli jail. The number of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails grew considerably last year and, without international action, the numbers will keep on growing.

"I grew up in the Middle East so this is close to my heart. I want to see a just peace in the region with security guarantees and safety for all parties. Praise, and indeed blame, should be allocated by the international community without fear or favour, and I'll continue to support EU efforts to promote a durable peace in the region."

"The European Parliament is trying to make progress in the Middle East. We need to keep up this pressure and continue with our efforts towards a viable two state solution."