Ihab Masoud, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was released on Sunday February 12th after spending 16 years in Israeli occupation prisons, where he had become one of the leaders of the PFLP’s ‘prison branch’.
He was received by a large group of well-wishers, including the wife of the imprisoned General Secretary of the PFLP, Ahmed Saadat, and Khalida Jarrar, member of Palestinian Legislative Council – herself a former political prisoner and a human rights advocate.
Ihab Masoud was accused by the Israeli occupation of planting a car bomb in occupied East Jerusalem during the early days of the second intifada. He had already imprisoned before several times by the Israeli occupation since the First Intifada.
This is one, small example of what he endured in the occupation prison, from a report by the human rights organization Addameer:
“Prisoner Ihab Masoud reported that the Massada Unit often raided prisoners cells in Nafha prison late at night. They treated the prisoners provocatively, such as ordering them to raise their arms while they conducted a thorough search that lasted over five hours each time.
Massada Unit members raided the prison on five occasions during the third week of October 2010. Masoud added that prison guards destroyed property and belongings, such as beds and lockers, every time they searched the rooms. It often took the prisoners up to one week to return their rooms to their normal state.”