The Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoner Movement Affairs is a three-storey museum, library, archive, and office space located on the campus of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, just outside Jerusalem in the West Bank. Organized around the history of Palestinian prisoners and their relationship to the national liberation struggle and human rights issues, the museum is one of several institutions in Palestine dedicated to telling the story of Palestinian prisoners.
Exhibits on display on the first two floors offer basic background about the history of prison struggles and the local and national solidarity movement, as well as information about specific prisoners. The museum also features revolving exhibitions of political posters, a wall commemorating the 200+ political prisoners who have died in Israeli jails, a large selection of prisoner artwork, and an educational display about prisoners’ “capsule” notes– that is, notes written on small sheets of paper, wrapped in plastic to form small pill-like capsules, and then swallowed and smuggled out of the prisons. Using this method, Palestinian prisoners have, for many years, communicated with each other across a wide network of jails, prisons, and detention centers. The architecture of these exhibits is meant to convey the sense of being in an Israeli prison.