Prisoner Kareem Younis, a 60-year-old citizen from Ara village in Haifa, has spent 34 years of steadfastness in detention, which makes him the longest-serving Palestinian captive in Israeli jails.
He was arrested on January 6, 1983 and sentenced to life imprisonment, which was later made 40 years. He was charged then with murdering an Israeli soldier.
During these long years of his incarceration, different developments and events happened in the history of the Palestinian struggle against the occupation, most notably the 1987-1993 intifada (uprising), the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, the second intifada between 2000 and 2005 and Israel’s three wars on the Gaza Strip.
He went on hunger strike several times and has been exposed to suppressive measures, violations and inter-prison transfers more than any other prisoner.
Israel excluded him from all prison swap deals that were brokered with the Palestinians and also from the initiatives that occurred as part of the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.
Several years ago, the father of Younis died without being able to see him, and now his octogenarian mother is longing for the day when her son is released in order to hug him before she dies.
(Source / 07.01.2017)