In this report published by the Journal of Palestine Studies, Salman Abu Sitta and Terry Rempel research the cases of thousands of Palestinian civilians in Israeli-run prisoner of war camps during the 1948 war. International Committee of the Red Cross reports reveal conditions described as “slavery,” in which more than 5,000 Palestinian civilians were forced into at least 22 Zionist-run concentration and labor camps between 1948 and 1955.
Title: Journal of Palestine Studies report: “The ICRC and the Detention of Palestinian Civilians in Israel’s 1948 POW/Labor Camps”
Date of publication: August 2014
Photo caption: Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat, they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. (Photo: Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society)