Journal of Social Sciences

The Reality of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails: Haytham Jaber's Novel "The Captive" as a Model

Dr. Amal Abu Hanish

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2018.192.202

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 14, 2018

Pages 192-202


The theme of prisons, torture and absence of freedoms is part of the discourse of the Palestinian narrative, specifically those written by the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, making prison descriptions and the colors of torture and humiliation both enjoyable and disturbing. There is a precise description of the violence and brutality of torturers in the cells of prisons and interrogation centers. The main purpose of this research is examine and analyze Haytham Jaber's novel "The Captive" in order to find out and shed light on the reality of Palestinian prisoners in the prisons of the Israeli occupation and the way they manage their life including daily routines, politics and struggle against their jailors in addition to the ugly image of the prison and prisons. The study findings show that, despite the weakness of its linguistic structures and complexity and the large number of spelling and typographical mistakes, the novel is still an important addition to the prison literature for its detailed information about the lives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.


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