Israeli occupation authorities arrested (446) Palestinians from the occupied territories on October, including (63) minors and (16) women.
Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (200) citizens from Jerusalem, (34) from Ramallah, (70) from Hebron, (34) from Jenin, (37) from Bethlehem, (27) from Nablus, (10) from Tulkarem, (17) from Qalqilia, (2) from Jericho, (8) from Tubas, (2) from Salfit and (5) from Gaza strip.
(4500) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (40) women, (170) minors and (370) administrative detainees, while (68) new administrative detention orders have been issued.
The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees during October 2020, such as: solitary confinement, continuous systematic arrests especially in Jerusalem and depriving tens of detainees of family visits.
Solitary confinement policy
Occupation authorities continued with its suppressive system and forces to cause physical and psychological hurt against detainees inside jails, starting with holding nearly (4500) detainees in its jails, using the policy of solitary confinement, depriving them of contacting other detainees and depriving them of family visits.
The administration of prisons used solitary confinement as a means of humiliation and punishment against detainees under the pretext of "breaching prison security or state security", where they are isolated for a long time, in an attempt to break their determination. However, when detainees started a hunger strike in 2012, which lasted for 28 days, it ended with the isolation of 19 detainees under "security reasons", in which the detainees remained for 22-23 hours.
The decision of isolation is issued by a civilian court, without any legal representation of the detainee, at the request of the Israeli Intelligence Device, under the pretext of the existence of a "confidential file".
The law allows occupation courts to issue a decision to place the detainee in isolation for 6 months in a single cell and 12 months in shared cells.
The detainee Wael Jaghoub
The detainee Wael Jaghoub narrated the details of his isolation at Magiddo prison to a lawyer from Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, where he lives 22 hours in a cell containing toilet and television, and he is deprived of family visits and using the telephone.
He is 41 years old, sentenced to a life imprisonment and detained since 2001. On June 28, 2020 he was moved from Jelboa prison to the isolation of Megiddo prison for 20 days in difficult situations, and then he was moved to Jalamah interrogation center for 24 days, and then he returned to the isolation last August.
The detainee Imad Batran
He has been isolated since March 3, 2020 at Megiddo prison. He is an administrative detainee who was arrested on January 1, 2020. He is a former detainee who spent nearly 10 and a half in prison, including 9 and a half in administrative detention. He entered a hunger strike in 2013 for 105 days and another one in 2016 which lasted for 35 days, protesting against his administrative detention.
He suffers from many health problems since 5 months, but the administration of prison procrastinates in making medical checkups for him until today.
At the time of the epidemic, solitary confinement gets worse due to the irregularity of lawyers' visits, which is the only way detainees can communicate with their families.
In 2011, Juan Méndez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, called on all countries to prohibit solitary confinement, except in extremely exceptional circumstances and for the shortest possible period .
The way used by the state of occupation in solitary confinement against Palestinian detainees vioaltes the rights guaranteed by the Forth Geneva Convention and the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
It should be noted that the Human Rights Committee Comment No. 7 on Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights affirms that solitary confinement, especially when the detainee is completely isolated, is one of the inhumane and degrading methods of treatment banned by the same article.
However, the occupation authorities are still holding 12 detainees in solitary confinement.
Jerusalem confronts the systematic campaigns of arrests and humiliation
The occupation authorities increased the arrest campaigns in Jerusalem during October 2020, where 200 cases have been recorded in Jerusalem, including 45 minors and 15 women, and the arrests focused on Alezarya town with 90 cases.
Israeli forces tended to put face masks on the eyes of detainees inside the police cars and during being in interrogation centers, and continued to chase former detainees. For example, they arrested the former detainee Areen Za'aneen immediately after releasing him from Nafha prison, after serving 5 months in prison. He has been released under the condition of exile from Jerusalem for 10 days. Another case in point, they arrested the former detainee Odai Ebaid from Essaweya town on the same day of releasing him, after serving 15 months in prison.
Al Bashiety family as an example
Al Bashiety family lives near Al-Majles gate, one of Al-Aqsa gates, which suffer on a daily basis from the occupation's policies, such as storming their house, destroying its belongings, arresting their three children and imposing fines or house arrest against them.
Occupation forces arrested their eldest son 'Hisham' from Essaweya town and beat him, where he directly moved to prison, and also arrested the other sons Hatem and Abdulrahman and released them under the condition of exile from Jerusalem and house arrest.
Al Bashiety said that storming campaigns to their house never stop, where in any event in the town occupation forces storm their house, arrest their sons and release them at the same day with paying financial guarantees.
Hatem said that the repeated arrests made him lose his school year, while Abdulrahman said that he suffers from diabetes and that he was arrested many times for holding the diabetes screening machine with him. He told them that it is necessary but they deprived him from eating and taking his medicine during interrogation and detention.
Occupation authorities continued to chase children from Jerusalem and prosecute them
The judge of magistrate court issued in October a sentence of actual imprisonment for two years and a fine against the child Ashraf Hasan Edwan (13-year-old), under the charge of trying to stab a soldier near Al-Aqsa gates in 26/9/2019.
The judge decided during the session of 28/10/2020 to keep Ashraf in "Yarka internal institution", so he will be sentenced to 3 years "from the date of his arrest" and he has to pay a fine of 5000 NIS.
He was arrested one year ago from Al Aqsa mosque, and after interrogation he was held at Yarka institution. His mother was able to visit him one time, since she is from the West Bank and needs a permit to enter Jerusalem.
Wafa' Abu Jum'a,, an example of chasing women and sick persons
"Serving the public" is free work for 8 hours daily in Israeli organizations. This sentence is imposed against women, elderly people and minors under the supervision of an Israeli officer.
Wafa' Abu Jum'a (52-year-old) has been sentenced to "serving the public" for 8 months, and then she has been sentenced to actual imprisonment for 6 months and a half, after rejecting her by the organization due to her difficult health condition.
She stated "this sentence is not easy, since I can't work even in my house and I have diabetes, and this sentence hurts me a lot"
It is pointed out that chasing Abu Jum'a started in 2015, where she has been arrested three times under various charges such as" incitement on social media and threatening settlers and attacking them.
"Corona" is a punitive measure that increases the pain of deprivation of family visits for Gaza detainees
Detainees' families visits are legal rights guaranteed according to international covenants and agreements. In case it is stopped due to coronavirus, there should be an alternate way of communication between detainees and their families, especially detainees who are deprived from family visits long years ago.
There are 255 detainees from Gaza who suffer due to the continuation of visits prevention and interrupting communication between them since the beginning of coronavirus pandemic.
It has been discovered that the administration of prisons misused this pandemic as a means of punishment and deprive detainees from contacting their families through visits or phone calls.
The detainee Basil Iraif as a case in point
The case of the detainee Basil, from Gaza Strip and sentenced to a life imprisonment, is one of the most difficult cases for those who are deprived of family visits, since he has not seen his father since 20 years, under the pretext of "security prevention". The Israeli authorities use this pandemic to prevent him from making any phone call with his family.
We call on the International Committee of the Red Cross and all humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene and practice pressure against Israel to find a mechanism for communication especially for detainees from Gaza.
Detainees' institutions renew their calls for international human rights organizations to release elderly and sick detainees, and allow an international committee to follow up detainees' health conditions, and practice pressure against Israel to stop daily detention, in addition to the systematic torture policies carried out against detainees in Israeli prisons.
The Head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, met the deputy manager of the International delegation of the Red Cross Mr. Roberto Pitronio at the headquarter of the commission in Ramallah.
The meeting was attended by the director of the Red Cross office in Ramallah, Suha Musleh, the director of public relations and media department at the Commission Fouad Al-Houdli, the director of international relations unit Raed Abu Al-Hummus, and the deputy director of the legal affairs unit, lawyer Jamil Sa'adeh.
Abu Baker reviewed all the violations that detainees suffer from, especially in light of the Corona virus pandemic, the outcomes of dozens of infections among detainees in addition to what happened at Ofer prison of suppression and humiliation, which came as a result of the pressure practiced by the extremist parties in the Israeli Knesset.
He talked about the suppressive policy of isolation, where the detainees Omar Khurwat and Hatem Qawasmeh are isolated in Ayalaon and Megiddo prisons for 6 months. He also asked for releasing the detainee Fuad Shobaki and the sick detainees, and allowing detainees to have books and clothes.
Abu Baker reviewed the Israeli terrorism and the robbery of the financial dues of Palestinians, the issues of the financial crises and salaries and enacting racist laws against detainees.
On his part, Roberto Pitronio talked about the hard situation of the Red Cross, especially the financial issues, stressing that they will continue with the same efforts to help in detainees' issues. He also confirmed that they will establish a specialized team to follow up detainees' visits.
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs applied for the so-called "the committee of early release" to release the detainee Hussain Masalmeh, who suffers from cancer and currently held at Soroka Hospital.
He was suffering from severe pains in the abdomen, but the administration of prison did not care about his health condition and delayed taking him to hospital, and then he was diagnosed with leukemia. His health condition is very serious and he started chemotherapy sessions.
The Commission also pointed out that they applied for allowing his lawyer and family to visit him.
The Commission also said that the occupation holds full responsibility on the life and fate of the detainee Masalmeh, because he is one of the medical negligence victims inside the prison.
With the spread-out of Corona virus, there is a real threat on the fate of sick detainees, especially those who have weak immunity.
It is worthy to mention that the detainee Masalmeh, 39 years old, is detained since 22/11/2002, and sentenced to 20 years. He was held at Negev prison before transferring him to Soroka hospital.
Israeli occupation authorities arrested (341) Palestinians from the occupied territories in July, including (32) minors and (3) women.
Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (117) citizens from Jerusalem, (25) from Ramallah, (80) from Hebron, (28) from Jenin, (30) from Bethlehem, (9) from Nablus, (13) from Tulkarem, (10) from Qalqilia, (6) from Jericho, (4) from Tubas, (4) from Salfit and (15) from Gaza strip.
(4400) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (39) women, (155) minors and (350) administrative detainees, while (98) new administrative detention orders have been issued.
The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees during September 2020.
- Psychologist expert: a new method is used by occupation authorities in chasing Palestinians
- The detainees Maher Akhras and Abdulrahman Shuebat face the policy of administrative detention
- Break-ins as a systematic torture method against detainees in prisons
- Sick detainees at Al- Ramla clinic
- Jerusalem, systematic arrest cases targeting the Jerusalemite society
Psychologist: a new method is used by occupation authorities in chasing Palestinians
Occupation devices depended on several ways to chase and track Palestinians, including psychological methods represented in using a psychologist to meet the detainee and question him on military operations implemented earlier. This interview is preceded by the breaking into detainees' homes at midnight, searching them and destroying their contents, and then arresting the person, taking him to a military checkpoint to meet the "psychological expert."
This method is used only to frighten people, and despite that they really got interrogated in a room at a military checkpoint, they got released at the same day. The occupation targets the released detainees, their friends, or people who share a friendship with persons who have been tried on charges related to military operations.
The psychiatrist deludes the detainee that he will not be released if he does not answer his questions, and the detainee is threatened to be arrested if he was lying, and released if he was honest.
The detainees Maher Akhras and Abdulrahman Shuebat face the policy of administrative detention
Administrative detainees have not stopped facing the policy of administrative detention through open hunger strike, which is the most prominent way of detainees to confront the occupation policies in the prison system. Maher Akhras and Abdulrahman Shuebat were among the detainees who started a hunger strike.
According to detainees' institutions that followed up the strike, the administration of prisons used systematic torture methods to break the strike.
- The detainee Maher Akras, 49, from Jenin continued his strike till issuing this report since 80 days, where he is detained at Kabalan Hospital in dangerous health conditions.
He has been arrested on June 27, 2020, and he announced his strike from the first day of detention, refusing his administrative detention. A week later, the Israeli intelligence decided to issue the administrative detention against him for four months. During his strike, the administration of prisons moved him many times. He was first detained at Huwara and then moved to Ofer prison, and then to Al-Ramla prison clinic. He was moved to Kabalan hospital since the beginning of September.
Detainees' institutions confirm that the occupation courts have essentially contributed to exacerbating the suffering of the detainee Akhras, through their decisions in collusion with the occupation intelligence. Part of these decisions is what the Occupation Supreme Court calls "freeze the administrative detention", which constitutes one of the basic deceptions methods that have contributed to the reinforcement of the administrative detention policy over the past few years.
It is worthy to mention that the detainee Al- Akhras is a released detainee who spent 4 years in the occupation's prisons, and he's married and have 6 children.
- The detainee Abdulrahman Shuebat, 30, from Beit Sahour entered a hunger strike for 34 days, in refuse of his administrative detention. He has been arrested on June 2020 and sentenced to administrative detention for four months. During his strike he got moved many times to isolation cells at Naqab and Ishel prisons, and then to Al-Ramla clinic.
He was subjected to difficult conditions in the solitary confinement, represented in forcing him to sleep on an iron bed without a mattress. He was detained at Naqab isolation for 14 days, where his health condition deteriorated. However, the occupation authorities renewed his administrative detention for four months. He got moved to Ishel prison where his health condition got worse, and he began to complain of severe pains in his stomach, joints and bones, high temperature, and he was unable to move, but the administration refused to provide him with cold water because he was on strike. At "Ramla Clinic", the detainee Shuaibat escalated his hunger strike by stopping drinking water, in protest against the administration's prevention on meeting his lawyer, and then he suspended his water strike after the administration promised him to meet his lawyer.
After 34 days, he suspended his strike after having an agreement with the occupation authorities to set a limit of his detention.
It is worthy to mention that he spent 4 years in prions and was subjected to hard and continuous interrogation for more than 60 day at Betah Tekva and Jalamah interrogation centers in 2008.
It is indicated that the occupation authorities issued (772) administrative detention orders from the beginning of this year until September 2020.
Break-ins as a systematic torture method against detainees in prisons
The administration of prisons uses incursions and searches as a systematic policy, to impose more violence, abuse and control over detainees, by Special Forces "Metsada, Drour and Alyamaz". Since the beginning of last year, 2019, the occupation prisons administration has escalated the incursions, and the most violent of them were recorded in the prisons of "Ofer" and "Naqab", which resulted in dozens of injuries, some of which were described as serious, and used new types of weapons. During the current year, they continued to carry out incursions, and the most violent one was in Ofer prison on September, after the death of the detainee Dawood Al-Khatib.
The risk of those incursions rises in the light of the spread out of corona virus. In "Ofer" prison in particular, which was subjected to incursions, the highest percentage of injuries was recorded among the detainees, specifically in the sections of the so-called "al-Maabar", which are designated for the newly arrested detainees.
Thus, detainees' institutions consider incursions to be one of the most dangerous methods which affect the fate of detainees inside prisons, and pose a direct threat to their lives.
Sick detainees at Al-Ramla, the clinic of death
Documentation reports showed that 13 sick detainees at AL-Ramla clinic are face very difficult health conditions, including detainees who have cancer such as Kamal Abu Waaer, and disabled detainees such as Mansour Mwuqadeh and Nahed Aqraa, and detainees who got injured during their arrest such as Haitham Bilal, Jihad Beairat and Mahmoud Mubarak.
Detainees' institutions stated that Al-Ramla clinic is constituted of four rooms; each room has three or for detainees separated by a narrow passage, assisted by three detainees.
Lawyers' reports showed that detainees are not provided with the proper medical treatment and only given painkillers.
Detainees' institution confirmed that there is no special hospital for treating detainees since 1967, where prisons' administration transfers serious cases to Al-Ramla clinic, which resembles the prison in suffering and pain.
Jerusalem: systematic arrest cases targeting the Jerusalemite society
Occupation authorities continued its arrests in the city of Jerusalem and focused on Al-Essawyeh district, then the old city and Al-Aqsa mosque. Wadi Hilweh Center monitored 117 arrest cases including 19 minors and 3 women. On September 2020, the occupation authorities issued many decisions including three military decisions against the Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith:
- Preventing the Governor Ghaith from contacting 51 Palestinian persons including the President Mahmoud Abbas, the prime minister and other leaders for six months. (by the head of the internal front in the Israeli army)
- Imposing house arrest in Silwan district, and giving him a map showing the allowed paths. (by the head of the internal front in the Israeli army)
- The third decision is signed by the Minister of Internal Security, states on preventing the Governor from establishing any activity sponsored by the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem, it includes collecting or distributing money, except for activities of persons in need, holding meetings and symposiums.
In the same context, the Israeli court confirmed the administrative detention against the detainee representative from Jerusalem Ahmad Attoun for four months. He has been arrested in 26/8/2020, noting that he served 15 years in the Israeli prisons.
Occupation authorities tend to chase detainees after releasing them. A case in point, the former detainee Salah Hammouri, where the Israeli intelligence handed the former detainee Salah Al-Hammouri a decision by " the Minister of Interior in the occupation government to withdraw the residency in Jerusalem" identity "from him, under the pretext that he is" dangerous to the security of the occupation state, disloyalty to it, and his activity in the Popular Front. "
Hammouri was first detained in 2001 for 5 months, and then in 2004 for 4 months under administrative detention, in 2005 for 7 years, in 2017 for 13 months. In 2016, the occupation authority exiled his wife when she was pregnant to France, after holding her for 3 days in the airport.
Occupation forces arrested the Secretary of Fatah Movement in Jerusalem Shadi Mtour twice during September. The first time he and wife and they got released after imposing the house arrest against his wife. They withdrew her residency under the pretext of "the danger of her husband to the security of the state", and he was arrested for the second time in late September on charges of "violating the decision preventing him from communicating with Palestinian figures and leaders."
Israeli occupation authorities arrested (429) Palestinians from the occupied territories in July, including (32) minors and (10) women.
Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (201) citizens from Jerusalem, (46) from Ramallah, (35) from Hebron, (34) from Jenin, (22) from Bethlehem, (20) from Nablus, (15) from Tulkarem, (17) from Qalqilia, (215 from Tubas, (3) from Salfit, (8) from Jericho and (13) from Gaza Strip.
(4500) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (41) women, (160) minors and (360) administrative detainees, while (98) new administrative detention orders have been issued.
The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees, such as misusing the corona virus pandemic as a means of punishment
Detainees confronting jailors and epidemic
The administration of prisons continues to announce new corona cases among jailors and Special Forces, and they are the main source to infect detainees. They announced that the two captives Kamal Abu Waaer and Abdullah Sharakah had been infected with Corona virus.
The infection of the captive Abu Waaer was known after moving him from Jelboa prison to one of the Israeli hospitals, since he has cancer. He had a surgery and then got moved to Al-Ramlah prison clinic despite his difficult health condition.
Indeed, the administration of prisons has turned the pandemic into a punitive measure against detainees, where they isolated more detainees, which caused many problems such as preventing them from getting new clothes, and family visits deprivation.
In spite of the continuous calls made by human rights organizations, for having a neutral medical committee to follow up detainees' health conditions and the results of their samples, the prison administration ignored all calls and demands and went on in its systematic violations by psychological and physical torture.
Detainees' institutions confirmed that before the spread out of corona virus pandemic, detention conditions were very difficult and inhumane, which increased after the pandemic.
Detention Centers: "Quarantine" and unjust policies
The Israeli occupation forces are using unfair policies to harass detainees, especially with the situation imposed by the "Corona" virus. The pandemic is being used to undermine the work of lawyers and prevent them from visiting detainees, and also preventing family visits. Many detention centers were turned into a quarantine for newly arrested persons for (14) days, without interrogating them or providing tools for sterilization.
Quarantine centers are distributed to three detention centers: Huwara center, Ghosh Itzion center and Sharon center. Detainees suffer from difficult conditions in quarantine centers which lacks minimum preventive methods.
Detainees at Huwara center confirmed that they suffer from harsh situations, where every room includes 6 detainees with a small bathroom. Rooms were not sterilized or cleaned, and the detainees were not provided with face masks. Detainees in quarantine suffer from the lack of food and water, which made them to collect the jailers' waste, water bottles and soda cans (Coca-Cola) to use them.
The situation in Itzion does not differ, while detainees suffer from the barbarity of occupation forces in spite of the epidemic. Detainees are prevented from contacting their families throughout the "quarantine" period. In addition, they are provided with bad and expired food, and there are no sanitizer tools. Sick detainees suffer from medical negligence in quarantine and they were not provided with their medication, which affected their health conditions.
In Hasharon prison, women detainees who were quarantined in isolated cells, where provided with dirty covers and clothes. In addition, there is no privacy for women detainees, since the bathrooms have no doors and the rooms have surveillance cameras.
The detainees Fadwa Hamada and Jehan Hashemeh in isolation: inhumane harsh condition
The administration of prisons continue its punitive measures against detainees in Israeli jails, where at the same time the world is committed with safety and preventive measures, the two detainees are isolated at Al jalamah isolation in a room that lacks the minimum basic elements of human life for more than two months.
They got moved to Al jalamah isolation after the administration of Damoun prison claimed that they had a confrontation with a jailor. Despite of informing them of ending their punishment, they were not returned to their rooms at Damoun prison until this moment.
They suffer from many problems since their transfer, where the live in a narrow dirty cell, with surveillance cameras, two beds with dirty covers. They are also deprived of getting new clothes and prevented from taking a shower. In addition, they suffer from medical negligence, as they did not receive their medication until 21 days after isolation.
In light of the Corona pandemic and the unfair conditions of isolation against them, the cell is not sterile and dirty and they have not made any medical checkups, noting that the detainee Fadwa Hamada suffers from hypertension and needs medications.
Jerusalem: continues arrest campaigns
Occupation authorities continued in arrest campaigns in Jerusalem, where (201) arrest cases have been recorded in the city, including (6) females and (22) minors under the age of 12. The highest rate of detention was at Al Essawieh town, which is subjected to systematic arrest campaigns, where (50) arrest cases were recorded in last July, and (32) cases at Silwan town.
Re-arresting detainees at the same moment of releasing them turned to policy against detainees from Jerusalem, where the Intelligence device tend to arrest them from the gates of prisons and take them to the police station.
Cases in point:
- The detainees Sultan Abu Hummos, who was arrested immediately after being released in front of Negev prison, after serving 7 years in prison. After few hours he got released again under the condition of deportation from Jerusalem for five days.
- The detainee Muhammad Moussa, who was arrested immediately after being released in front of Negev prison, after serving 4 years in prison. He was arrested for 24 hours and then released under the condition of deportation from Jerusalem.
- The occupation forces arrested the freed prisoner, Muhammad Ali Al-Ghoul (16 years), after serving his 12-month sentence upon his arrival at his home in Ras Al-Amud in the town of Silwan. They also arrested his father and three boys from the neighborhood, and released under the condition of house arrest for five days.
- The occupation authorities deported the freed detainee Sami Obaid for four months.
Detainees' institutions reaffirm on their repeated demands to practice pressure against the Israeli authorities to release sick detainees, women and children and allow an international neutral committee to look at detainees' conditions and the results of their samples. In addition, they demand the International Committee of the Red Cross to increase their efforts in order to be able to fulfil its commitments toward detainees and their families, and to provide them with all necessities needed in light of the ongoing pandemic.
Israeli occupation authorities arrested (413) Palestinians from the occupied territories on November, including (49) minors and (7) women.
Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (157) citizens from Jerusalem, (40) from Ramallah, (74) from Hebron, (31) from Jenin, (33) from Bethlehem, (30) from Nablus, (18) from Tulkarem, (18) from Qalqilia, (3) from Jericho, (7) from Tubas, (2) from Salfit and (1) from Gaza strip.
(4400) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (41) women, (170) minors and (380) administrative detainees, while (102) new administrative detention orders have been issued.
The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees during October 2020, such as collective punishment, turning the corona pandemic into a means of oppression, deliberate medical negligence and Jerusalem which faces the highest rate of arrests.
The policy of collective punishment, Kobar village as a case in point
Occupation authorities continue using the policy of collective punishment against Palestinians through incursions and arrests. They practiced mass violations against Palestinian villages and camps through implementing incursions, arrests and intimidation acts.
During last November, Kobar village was subjected to a campaign of arrests and night incursions against "Zebar" family, in an attempt to practice pressure on family member to surrender. In addition, they arrested many members of the family as hostages until the wanted person surrender. 26 persons from the village have been arrested and 6 persons from Birzeit village. 13 persons from Kobar and 4 from Birzeit were kept in prison and most of them are under interrogation.
Continuous incursions to the village and destroying house belongings
Zebar family faced repeated targeting of daily arrests and incursions in the late dawn hours, where occupation forces stormed the houses in a barbaric way to horrify the family. They bombed the doors, destroyed its belongings, opened fire inside the houses and used dogs to attacks family members.
The occupation forces arrested the wife of the wanted person, his son and his nieces as hostages, and they were attacked with beating. They were released at the same day, except for his elder son who still at Al-Maskoubya interrogation center.
Other families from the village were attacked, where Al Dameer Association for Human Rights documented many cases in which people confirmed that many houses were inspected in the same way, even empty ones, and that many people were arrested and interrogated for several hours being released.
The occupation forces are still arresting the human rights activist Muhannad Al-Ezzah as part of their arrests in the village of Kobar, where they stormed his house and destroyed part of the home's possessions.
It is worthy to mention that the village of Kober has lived through continuous arrests and daily incursions since 2017, in addition to installing checkpoints at the entrance of the village, and storming the village with hundreds of soldiers and police dogs. This is also the case with Dheisheh camp, Deir Abu Mishaal and other Palestinian villages, cities and camps.
The policy of collective punishment is one of the systematic revengeful policies which violates articles (33) and (34) of the Forth Geneva Convention.
Detainees' of Jelboa prison confronting Coronavirus Pandemic
The institutions followed up with great concern the continuous cases of corona virus among detainees in Jelboa prison during November, where more than 100 cases have been recorded, especially at section (3) Which threatened the fate of (360) detainees in "Jelboa" prison, including the sick detainees and the elderly.
Institutions confirmed that the risks to the fate of the detainee are escalating, where the administration of prison does not allow the existence of a neutral medical committee to supervise the samples of detainees and their health conditions.
With the spread out of corona virus pandemic at Jelboa prison, detainees suffered from the policies of the administration of prison, which turned the pandemic into a means of suppression. It procrastinated in taking the samples from detainees at the beginning of the symptoms on detainees in section (3), which led to the infection of the entire section and detainees from other sections. It also procrastinated in providing food and medical care.
One of the testimonies of detainees affirmed that the administration of prison allowed to give one lemon for each room, and reduced some kinds of food. It also tended to transfer many infected detainees to Al-Ramla isolation, which is considered the worst prison, turned section (3) to a quarantine and transferred many detainees to other prisons in which sections were allocated to isolate infected detainees.
Detainees' institutions noticed many acts by the occupation authorities since the beginning of the pandemic, such as the continuation of arrest campaigns against Palestinian citizens which included all categories of society: elderly, sick and injured detainees without taking into consideration the possibility of spreading the virus.
It also tended to hold captives collectively in interrogation centers in miserable and hard conditions pretending that it is the best place as quarantine. Moreover, it continued in transferring detainees between prisons which contributed to increase the concern on the possibility of transmitting the virus to all detainees in prisons.
In addition, the occupation authorities continued its campaigns of incursions and inspections which increase the interaction with jailors.
Despite all the demands by detainees' institutions, regarding the epidemic, which included releasing sick, elderly detainees, women and minors, the occupation authorities replied with more detention campaigns.
Medical negligence in the Israeli prisons is a deliberate and systematic policy
The administration of prisons uses the policy of medical negligence as part of its plans that target the fate of detainees and their lives. During the past few years, tens of detainees' testimonies have been recorded, affirming that this policy starts from diagnosing the disease and continues with negligence in following up the appropriate health care. The administration of prisons deliberately implements a series of systematic procedures to kill detainees, such as; procrastinating in providing medication, preventing surgical operations, and the lack of specialized doctors, supervisors and psychotherapists inside prisons, as well as the lack of isolation rooms for patients with infectious diseases.
It also transfers sick detainees by the "Bosta" car instead of the ambulance, which forms a journey of torture to them. Moreover, injured detainees are held in difficult conditions that lack of the necessary health conditions, which lead to the deterioration of their health conditions, and having serious and chronic diseases.
According to detainees' institutions, (700) detainees have diseases, including (300) who have chronic diseases and tens who have cancer.
Al Ramla clinic is evidence on the crime of medical negligence, which lacks the minimum elements of a clinic, where most of the detainees martyred there. There are (16) detainees reside in it permanently, including 7 detainees who move using a wheelchair, such as; Mansour Mowqadeh, Khaled Shawish, Nahed Aqraa, Mu'tasem Raddad and Saleh Saleh.
About the martyr Kamal Abu Waaer, the last martyr of the Captive movement
The detainee kamal Abu Waaer was sentenced 6 life sentence term and 50 years. He has gone through a journey of suffering with difficult detention conditions that led to his injury with cancer in the throat last year. He suffered from the policy of medical negligence where they procrastinated in providing the appropriate treatment for him. After many calls by organizations to release them or proving him with medical care, he underwent radiation sessions at the Israeli "Rambam" hospital, and during his transfer, he was tied to a bed, and surrounded by soldiers.
The administration of prisons announced his infection with coronavirus on July, after transferring him from Jelboa prison. He underwent a surgery and then got moved to Al Ramla clinic, despite his need to stay at the hospital. Again, he had a tumor in the throat and passed away in 10/11/2020. The Israeli occupation is still retaining his body, to be the 226 martyr since 1967 in the occupation prisons.
It is worthy to mention that 4 detainees have been martyred since the beginning of the year; Noor Aldeen Barghouthi, Saad Gharabli, Dawood Khateeb and Kamal Abu Waaer. The occupation is still holding 3 bodies of them; Saad Gharabli, Dawood Khateeb and Kamal Abu Waaer, in addition to other five detainees who martyred in the past years such as; Anis Dolah, Aziz Ewaisat Nassar Taqatqa, Fares Baroud and Bassam Sayeh.
Jerusalem: systematic detention campaigns and chasing after release
The occupation authorities continued the systematic operations of abuse and oppression against people from Jerusalem through systematic detentions, where (157) persons from Jerusalem have been arrested, including (30) minors and (2) women. Detention cases were focused at Al Essawyeh town, where (51) arrest cases have been recorded. The intelligence device summoned the minister of Jerusalem Fafi Hedmi and threatened him to restrict his movement inside Jerusalem and the West Bank. He has been arrested four times since 2019.
The former minister of Jerusalem khalid Abu Arafa also was summoned for interrogation and he got sentenced to administrative detention for four months. He has been exiled from Jerusalem since 2014, by a resolution that allows to withdraw the residency from the Legislative Council; Mohammad Abu Tair, Ahmad Attoun, Mohammad Toutah and Khalid Abu Arafa.
In the context of collective punishment policy, the Israeli occupation forces arrested family members of the martyr Noor Shqair from Silwan town. His brother has been arrested when he just arrived at the place of his martyrdom. The Israeli forces also summoned his father and brother for interrogation at Almakoubya interrogation center.
Chasing and threatening released detainees and their families
Israeli authorities continued to chase and threaten families from Jerusalem, such as the family of the former detainee Ahmad Ghazaleh. They stormed their house repeatedly and arrested his wife under the pretext of illegal residency, because she has a Palestinian ID.
They arrested his wife on August with her new born baby, and she got released after few hours under the condition of being exiled to the West Bank, and they took her to Qalandia military checkpoint.
The Family has been separated for months, where Ahmad lived with two of his sons in Jerusalem and his wife lived with the two other sons in Ramallah.
Another case in point is the former detainee Anwar Sami
He got arrested many times and sentenced to house arrest and exile from Jerusalem. Then he has been arrested with three persons under the pretext that he breached the house arrest.
Also the former detainee Adel Silwadi from Silwan was exiled from Jerusalem for 5 days after releasing him from Israeli prisons, noting that he served two years under the administrative detention and five years in general.
Detainees' institutions affirmed that the Israeli authorities continued with using a series of abusive and oppressive against detainees and also arrested elderly, sick persons and minors, violating the rules of the International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.
Detainees' Institutions recalls the demands of obliging Israel to stop its violations and ending the state of silence which allowed the occupation to carry out more violations.
Israeli occupation authorities arrested (297) Palestinians from the occupied territories in July, including (12) minors and (10) women.
Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (103) citizens from Jerusalem, (33) from Ramallah, (42) from Hebron, (40) from Jenin, (23) from Bethlehem, (10) from Nablus, (20) from Tulkarem, (11) from Qalqilia, (8) from Jericho, (4) from Tubas, (2) from Salfit and (1) from Gaza strip.
(4500) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (41) women, (140) minors and (340) administrative detainees, while (73) new administrative detention orders have been issued.
The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees, such as detainees on hunger strike, besides violations committed against women and children, in addition to monitoring arrest cases in Jerusalem.
The continuum of the empty bowels battle at the time of the epidemic
Detainees in Israeli jails continued their confrontation against the policy of administrative detention by entering a hunger strike, while 8 detainees entered an open hunger strike in August 2020.
Detainees' institutions focused on the detainees Maher Akhras who started his strike since (50) days and Abdulrahman Shuebat, who entered his strike since (26) days, in rejection of their administrative detention.
Detainees' institutions confirmed that those detainees are suffering from difficult and risky health conditions, besides other violations committed by the prisons' administration such as: repeated transfer between prisons, putting them in solitary confinement and obstructing lawyers' visits.
Despite the danger of their fate, the occupation authorities issued an order of administrative detention against them for four month.
The institutions consider their continued detention in these circumstances, with the escalation of the epidemic, as a double threat to their fate, especially since the occupation prisons administration claimed that they had contacted two prison guards suspected of being infected with the virus.
Moreover, the detainees' institutions hold the occupation prisons administration fully responsible for their fate, and renew their demands for the international human rights organizations to practice pressure against the occupation to release them, and to stop the policy of administrative detention.
It is said that the detainee Akhras is (49-years old) and he is from Jenin, while Shuebat is from Bethlehem and he is (30-years-old).
Women in Israeli jails confronting torture and humiliation
Occupation authorities continued to arrest Palestinian women and girls and practice all kinds of torture and mistreatment against them, and detain them in difficult and inhumane conditions. Torture against them has increased at the end of 2019, especially during interrogation under which they are subjected to violations by detectives and jailors, where they are deprived of their basic rights such as: health care, food and water and going to the toilet. Women and girls are subjected to naked inspection and isolation, in addition to physical and psychological harm, cursing, threatened to arrest their family members and killing their children and husbands.
Cases in point:
- the detainee Ruba Assi
Ruba is (20-years-old) from Bait Leqia/ west of Ramallah. She stated that she got arrested on 10/7/2020 after storming her house by many soldiers. She added: "occupation forces forced her to get in the military jeep and sit on its dirty ground, and then they moved her to a camp of occupation army. They dragged her violently while being handcuffed and she fell on the ground many times which caused a bleeding in her leg. She was threatened to remain in jail and be deprived of her education".
- The detainee Eman A'war
Eman is (43-years-old) from Silwan/ south of Jerusalem. She stated that she got arrested on 17/6/2020. She added: "occupation forces attacked her family and that she was subjected to humiliation and abuse during detention and interrogation. She got detained at Al-maskoubya detention center in very difficult conditions in a room full of insects. She was also threatened, and insulted during the interrogation, knowing that she suffers from several diseases and needs personal health care."
Arresting children during the pandemic: a psychological torture
The occupation continues to practice pressure against the Palestinians to give up their land and surrender to colonial policies, as it uses detention as a means of suppressing and terrorizing the Palestinian people.
There are (140) children currently held in Israeli prisons, distributed to Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun prisons.
They are subjected to violations and harassments during arrest and interrogation, and they got threatened of being sentenced to administrative detention.
During the current pandemic, the occupation authorities carried out unfair and continuous arrests, and despite the spread of the virus inside and outside prisons, this did not prevent them from completing this policy. However, instead of taking strict measures to protect children or release them, they proceeded to detain them in bad and difficult conditions that lack all preventive measures related to the virus.
A case in point is the detainee Mahmoud Ghalith from Jalazon refugee camp/ Ramallah.
He got infected on 6/8/2020 and was isolated for 45 days at Remon prison in a cell that lacks the basics of life elements.
Ghalith is (15-years-old), arrested on 23/7/2020. His father also was beaten by Israeli soldiers. His arrest was extended two times before announcing his infection with coronavirus. Then, he got isolated in a cell that lacks the basic cleaning stuff. He was provided with a large pajama and served his isolation with the same clothes till 3/9/2020.
The court delayed the sentence for 8 times, where he was prevented from seeing anybody. During his isolation, he underwent four tests for the Coronavirus. The first and second results were negative, while the third examination showed that he was still infected, but the last examination was negative, and as a result, he was transferred to Ofer prison.
Occupation authorities still arresting children, branching all international agreements and charters that criminalize all kinds of torture and mistreatment. In situations of armed conflict, children enjoy general protection as civilians guaranteed by the Fourth Geneva Convention (Article 27), and thus they enjoy guarantees related to humane treatment, such as respect for their lives, physical integrity and dignity and the prohibition of torture.
The Convention on rights of the child issued by the United Nations General Assembly guaranteed that child should not be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This agreement defines a “child” as any person who has not reached the age of eighteen, but the Israeli military decision 132 considers a child under the age of sixteen.
Jerusalem: (103) arrest cases including (12) minors and (9) women
Wadi Hilweh center monitored (103) arrest cases in Jerusalem including (12) minors and (9) women. Arrests focused in Essawyeh town with (38) cases and (7) cases in the old city. A 16-year-old girl from Essawyeh town got arrested and released after a few hours under the condition of house arrest for two days.
She got inspected at Nablus Street, and she was attacked and beaten by a police officer and then arrested with other people under the pretext of not wearing a face mask in the bus.
In terms of administrative detention, occupation forces renewed the administrative order for a second time against the representative Mohammad Abu Tear for four months, noting that he served (36) years in jail.
They also renewed an administrative detention order for Adel Silwadi, who has been detained since 2019 at Megiddo prison.
Occupation authorities continued to use the policy of arresting detainees after releasing them immediately, where they arrested the detainee Nour Aldeen Castro (21-years-old) immediately after releasing him, knowing that he served 5 years in jail.
In this context, the detainees' institutions indicate that Jerusalem and its towns face the highest rate of arrests compared with other Palestinian cities.
Detainees' institutions reaffirm their demands to practice pressure against the Israeli occupation to release sick detainees, women and minors, and to establish a neutral international committee to check up on detainees' health situations and the results of the samples related to coronavirus. They also ask the International Committee of the Red Cross to double its efforts in the occupied Palestinian territories to cover all needs of detainees and their families.
PNC called on the parliaments of the world and their unions to intervene urgently to save the life of the prisoner, Kamal Abu Wa’ar, who suffers from cancer and COVID-19 Through identical messages, PNC Speaker, Mr. Saleem Al-Za’anoun, addressed to the parliaments and unions warned that the life of the prisoner "Abu Wa’ar", who has been detained for 18 years, is in severe danger, and calls for immediate intervention to save his life. "Abu Wa’ar" suffers from a drastic deterioration of his health, and is in urgent need of proper treatment. We call on parliaments and unions, in the name of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, who are subjected to physical and psychological torture, deteriorating health conditions and outbreaks of serious and chronic diseases, to urgently intervene to release the prisoner Mr. "Kamal Abu Wa’ar" (46 years) and his fellow patients and the elderly. In its letters, PNC added that the lives of approximately (700) sick prisoners, of whom (300) are prisoners suffering from chronic diseases, and are at high risk of contracting the COVID-19, which requires quick action to save their lives and release them. PNC noted that despite the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation did not show a positive change, as the Israeli Prison Administration has not taken the necessary health measures to protect Palestinian prisoners, which raises the level of fear and anxiety for them, in the absence of communication between them and their families. The level of Israeli disregard for the lives of the Palestinian prisoners reached to the point that (12) prisoners lost their lives inside the occupation prisons during the past two years, PNC said, due to the policy of deliberate medical negligence, bringing the number of victims of this policy to (69), out of (224) prisoners who are the martyrs in prisons since the Israeli occupation in 1967. PNC affirmed that it’s the time to implement the relevant Geneva Conventions on Palestinian prisoners and detainees in occupation Israeli prisons, and that regional and international human rights and humanitarian institutions and parliaments of the world assume their legal, humanitarian and moral responsibilities towards these prisoners, and act urgently to release them to put an end to this Israeli disregard for the lives of ( 4700) Palestinian prisoners, among them (41) female prisoners, (160) children, hundreds of patients and the elderly