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140 Israelis arrested abroad over past year — Foreign Ministry

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Illustrative photo of a person in handcuffs. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a person in handcuffs. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Foreign Ministry says 140 Israeli citizens were arrested around the world over the past year and 299 Israelis remain in foreign prisons.

The figures are from November 1, 2021 through October 31, 2022.

Russia holds the highest number of Israeli prisoners with 58, followed by the US with 50, and Germany with 16. The figures include dual nationals.

Seventy five of the Israeli prisoners are serving sentences for drug-related offenses, 53 for financial crimes and 36 for murder and manslaughter.

The Foreign Ministry consular section reports that it facilitated the transfer of 1,776 bodies to the country for burial, which includes 638 Israelis and 1,138 foreigners, presumably almost all Jews wishing to be buried in the Holy Land.

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