• Detainees' institutions: occupation authorities arrested (197) Palestinians on April 2020

    Detainees' institutions: occupation authorities arrested (197) Palestinians on April 2020

  • Palestinian Prisoner's Day 2020

    Palestinian Prisoner's Day 2020

  • Despite  the fears of Coronavirus spread out, the Israeli authorities arrested (357) Palestinians on March 2020

    Despite the fears of Coronavirus spread out, the Israeli authorities arrested (357) Palestinians on March 2020

  • On the occasion of the Palestinian Child's Day / Abu Baker: violations against children in Israeli jails never happened throughout the history of United nations

    On the occasion of the Palestinian Child's Day / Abu Baker: violations against children in Israeli jails never happened throughout the history of United nations

  • Conferees at Ramallah: the occupation authorities did not take any precautionary measures at Ofer prison after discovering a coronavirus case for the released detainee Sarsour

    Conferees at Ramallah: the occupation authorities did not take any precautionary measures at Ofer prison after discovering a coronavirus case for the released detainee Sarsour

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Detainees' institutions: occupation authorities arrested (197) Palestinians on April 2020

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The Israeli occupation authorities continue to arrest Palestinian people, and in accordance with monitoring reports, the occupation authorities arrested (197) Palestinians on April 2020, including (18) minors and one woman.

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) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (92) citizens from Jerusalem, (10) from Ramallah, (28) from Hebron, (22) from Jenin, (11) from Bethlehem, (5) from Nablus, (11) from Tulkarem, (7) from Qalqilia, (8) from Gaza Strip, (1) from Salfit, (1) from Jericho and none from Tubas. (4700) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (39) women, (180) minors and (400) administrative detainees, while (62) new administrative detention orders have been issued.

 On April 2020, the administration of prisons continued its abusive measures against detainees such as solitary confinement, and depriving 3 women detainees from contacting their families at Ramadan.

 The policy of solitary confinement

The occupation authorities isolated a group of detainees on April 2020, including the detainee Muhammad Fahmi Khurwat, Hatem Qawasmi, Ayman Sharabati and Walid Daqqah.

The detainees Hkurwat and Qawasmi are isolated since two months, where Hkurwat is imprisoned at Mejiddo prison and Qawasmi at Jelboa prison, and both of them are sentenced to life term. The detainee Sharabati is isolated due to his protest against the procrastinate of prisons' administration to apply the preventive measures to stop the spread-out of coronavirus inside prisons' sections. In addition, the detainee Daqqah is targeted by a series of abusive measures including solitary confinement, where his isolation ended after pressure by detainees and then he got transferred to general sections at Jelboa prison, knowing that he is one of the long term detainees who were imprisoned before the Oslo Accord.

Detainees' institutions confirmed that the continuation of the solitary confinement against detainees constitutes a violation that increase the suffering of the isolated detainee, especially that the prisons' administration continue its procedures related to the state of emergency. These procedures are implemented since the beginning of March 2020. It includes preventing lawyers visits, preventing family visits and constrain the work of courts.

The prisons' administration deprive the isolated detainee from family visits and lawyer visits. The last procedures of prisons' administration contributed in disrupting the contact between detainees and human rights organizations.

Despite the claim of prisons' administration that it allowed the phone calls for detainees, detainees at Hdareem prison were preventing from calling their families, where children were allowed to contact their families only once. In this context, we shed light on the issue of the three women detainees who were deprived of calling their families.

 During April 2020, the Israeli occupation authorities allowed some female detainees to make phone calls with their families on a non-continuous basis. However, the Israeli intelligence issued a decision to prevent them from contacting their families. The detainees are; Inas Asafreh from Hebron, who was arrested since August 2019, the detainne Mais Abu Ghosh from Qalandia camp, who was arrested since August 2019 and the detainee Khalida Jarrar from Ramallah, who was arrested on October 2019.

It is worthy to mention that since the spread-out of coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli authorities announced a number of military orders against Palestinian detainees, included preventing the visitors and lawyers from entering the places of detention. The detainees were allowed to contact their lawyers through phone calls only. However, the prisons' administration prevented the detainee Khalida Jarrar from making a phone call with her lawyer.

Phone calls is the only way of communication between detainees and their families and lawyers. However, preventing three detainees from calling their families is an arbitrary decision which aims at taking revenge of them, after they were deprived of their basic rights of family visits which is guaranteed by international humanitarian laws, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Detainees are facing duplicated suffering in Ramadan

The suffering of detainees in Israeli prisons increase in Ramadan, with continuing the abusive and punitive measures against them by the administration of prisons.

Administration of prisons impose many procedures that deprive detainees from practicing their religious rituals, which violates Geneva Convention. Detainees are forced to recook the meals because the prisons' administration provide the meals very early before Maghreb Prayer, which also make the detainees buy their own food stuff from the cantina at a high price.

The prisons' administration intends to play with the hours of break (in the prison's yard), where detainees are allowed to go out to the yard in hot weather, which make many detainees refuse to go out and stay at their rooms, especially at Negev Desert prison.

  

 

 

 

On the occasion of the Palestinian Child's Day / Abu Baker: violations against children in Israeli jails never happened throughout the history of United nations

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The Head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, stated that the Israeli authorities is holding nearly 200 minors distributed at Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun prisons, which lack the minimum elements of human life. They are subjected to torture and degrading treatment which contradict the international principles of human rights.

Abu Baker stated that the violations against children in Israeli prisons never happened in the history of the United nations, which is a shame on this organization and all human rights organizations, that were unable to protect those children.

He pointed out that the Israeli forces have arrested more than 17.000 Palestinian minors since 2000, and many cases of detention have been recorded to children under the age of 10. The majority of them were subjected to physical and psychological torture.

Abu Baker said that the rate of detaining children from Jerusalem is the higher rate, where tens of them got arrested on a daily basis and held illegally. In addition, Israeli authorities impose the policy of house custody against them, displace from Jerusalem and impose high fines on them.

Abu Baker stated that targeting children from Jerusalem is part of the policy of isolating the city of Jerusalem from the other cities.

However, Abu Baker called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Human Rights Council and other international organizations, especially the UNICEF and Amnesty International to move and take serious measures to practice pressure against the Israeli government to release all detainees, especially children.

 

 

Fatah Movement and the Commission of Detainees' Affairs launch an urgent call to release detainees and save their lives

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The Fatah Movement and the Commission of Detainees' Affairs called on the international community and its all organizations and institutions to instantly oblige the Israeli government to release all detainees, especially those who have chronic diseases and elderly detainees, who are considered the most vulnerable in light of the spread of Coronavirus. They stressed, in a joint declaration, that this call which holds many risks and concerns on our detainees, comes in a crucial stage, preceded by a real catastrophe in the history, whose victims are more than 5.000 Palestinian and Arab detainees in the prisons and detention centers of the occupation, in light of the high increase of Coronavirus cases in the occupying state. Fatah Movement and the Commission of detainees revealed that in light of uniting all aspects of the occupying state to confront this crisis and take all necessary procedures to protect the Israelis, Palestinian detainees are left as victims to this virus in prisons that lack the minimum elements of human life. In addition, the Israeli government did not take any preventive procedures to protect detainees and did not provide sanitizers and other preventive stuff. However, the administration of prison withdrew 140 kind of the cantina stuff, the most of them are cleaning stuff and sanitizers. They added "the real danger lies in the decision of the prison administration of preventing the sick detainees from going to the clinics of the prisons, where they are deprived of medicine and treatment, which constitute risk on 700 sick detainees who need daily health care. Fatah Movement and the Commission of detainees pointed out that the Israeli occupation committed tens of massacres against the Palestinian people, and stressed that the international community should not allow itself to be a witness to a new Israeli massacre against our detainees. Our call under the name of detainees and their families: "save 43 women detained at Damoun prison, save 200 minors at Ofer, Damoun and Megiddo prisons, save 700 sick detainees including 18 who are currently held at Al-Ramla clinic,, save all detainees,,, we call on you to do your duties and obligations,, today we call on you to refuse the racism of the occupation,, be bold and stop your silence." Fatah Movement and the Commission of detainees pay tribute to our Palestinian people and its leadership on the unique international status formed by the President Mahmoud Abbas and the government in confronting the crisis of Coronavirus. They also pay tribute to our detainees behind the bars of the occupations and confirmed the stable Palestinian attitude towards the cause of detainees, and stated that they will continue to mobilize all local, regional and international efforts to defend and support detainees.

Palestinian Prisoner's Day 2020

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Occupation authorities arrested more than (1300) Palestinian people since the beginning of 2020

On the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoner's Day: Fact sheet issued by: the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights and Hurreyat Center for Defending Human and Civilian Rights.

The 17th of April marks the national and international day for supporting Palestinian detainees in the Israeli prisons. It was approved by the Palestinian National Council in 1974, being the supreme authority of the Palestine Liberation Organization. This day represents faithfulness for the souls of the martyrs of Captive Movement and for detainees in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Day comes this year with the anniversary of the martyrdom OF Khalil Al-Wazeer, and the 19th memorial of arresting the leader Marwan Barghouthi, and with difficult circumstances for detainees, due to the fear of Coronavirus pandemic. It is accompanied by a carelessness of the prisons' administration and the lack of necessary preventive measures for stopping the spread-out of Coronavirus.

With this real danger that threatens the lives of detainees and the concerns of their families, our leadership and its organizations and political powers took serious attitude which holds the Israeli government responsible for detainees' lives, and called on the International Community to fulfill its  legal and moral obligations towards detainees, and intervene and practice pressure against the government of the occupation to release all detainees especially sick ones, elderly, females, minors and administrative detainees.

However, the occupation authorities practice a systematic policy for targeting detainees and keep ignoring all its obligations as an occupying power. It also challenges the rules of International Humanitarian Law, refuses to release any detainee and arrest Palestinian people on a daily basis.

  • Detainees' institutions confirmed that the Israeli authorities arrested (1324) Palestinians since the beginning of 2020, including (210) minors and (31) females, and issued (295) new administrative detention orders.
  • The Israeli authorities arrested (357) Palestinians since the spread-out of Coronavirus pandemic, including (48) minors and (4) women.

Data on detainees in Israeli prisons

  • (5000) detainees are currently held in Israeli prisons.
  • (41) Females imprisoned at Damoun prison.
  • (180) minors distributed to (Ofer, Megiddo, Damoun prisons).
  • (26) Detainees are imprisoned before the Oslo Accord such as; Kareem Younis and Maher Younis who are detained since 1983.
  • The detainee Nael Barghuothi spent the total of 40 years in jail; he was released in a bargain in 2011, bet he was rearrested in 2014.
  • (51) Detainees spent more than 20 years in prison.
  • (541) detainees are sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • (222) martyrs from the Captive Movement since 1967.
  • (67) Detainees have been killed due to the policy of medical negligence by the occupation authorities, which is part of the systematic torture policies.
  • (5) Detainees have been killed due to medical negligence and torture in 2019; Fares Baroud, Omar Younis, Nassar Taqatqa, Bassam Sayeh and Sami Abu Dyak.
  • (5) detainees whose bodies are retained by the Israeli occupation authorities; Anees Dolah who martyred at Ashkelon prison in 1980, Azeez Ewaisat, Fares Baroud, Nassar Taqatqa and Bassam Sayeh.
  • (430) administrative detainees
  • (13) Journalist detainees.
  • (700) sick detainees, including (300) cases with chronic diseases, and there are tens of detainees who have cancer including the detainee Fuad Shobaki.

 

Systematic Policies practiced against detainees

Detainees are encountering the Coronavirus pandemic and the Israeli racist policies

 

Fear and concern increase on the conditions of detainees in Israeli prisons in light of the spread-out of Coronavirus pandemic, due to the policy of medical negligence, where 5 detainees have been martyred in 2019 due to this policy practiced by the prisons' administration.

In the light of Coronavirus pandemic the Israeli racist practices increased against the Palestinian people in general and detainees in particular. Despite of all International conventions, the Israeli authorities deal with Palestinians inhumanely and neglect the possibility of spreading the coronavirus inside prisons. It also neglects all national and international demands to take serious measure to protect detainees.

Instead of protecting detainees and take preventive measures, the Israeli authorities issued racist decisions such as; withdrawing 140 materials from the cantina including cleaning materials and sanitizers.

This decision comes at the same time of issuing decision on the favor Israeli criminal prisoners, where (500) criminal prisoners have been released, but the Israeli authorities refused all the international and national requests for releasing Palestinian detainees, especially sick ones and elderly who are at greater risk of catching the virus, in addition to females and minors, detainees whose sentence is about to end and the administrative detainees who are not charged yet.

One of the racist practices against detainees is preventing them from calling their families, unless in exceptional cases like the death of parents, while criminal prisoners have public land lines in all sections.

Despite the difficult conditions, Israeli authorities allowed minors and females to phone call their families, under inhumane conditions such as the jailor's right to hear the conversation between the detainee and his family and the right to end the call whenever he wants.

In 31/3/2020, the detainee Nour Al-Deen Sarsour has been released and the medical examinations confirmed his infection with coronavirus, which created a state of fear and concern among detainees at Ofer prison. Detainees asked for many demands to protect themselves, such as making checkups for all detainees in all sections, especially section (14) where the detainee Sarsour was held, in addition to section (13) where many detainees contacted with Sarsour.

The prisons' administration isolated detainees in section (14) without taking samples, and the only taken procedure was to measure their temperature. Later on, (9) detainees have been moved to other prisons and (2) minors got quarantined without taking samples from them.

 

 

 

The policy of physical and psychological torture

 

 The Israel occupation authorities continued to practice physical and psychological torture against Palestinian detainees.

Interrogation is used by the occupation authorities against detainees to take revenge of detainees and steal their humanity. Moreover, it is used to get information from detainees, where 95% of them were subjected to torture since the first moment of arrest, during interrogation and after detaining them.

Torture takes many forms, such as; depriving detainees of sleep, due to the long sessions of interrogation, handcuffing them during interrogation sessions, beating, and humiliation and degrading treatment, in addition to threatening them to arrest family members or sexual harassment, demolishing their houses and preventing them from using restroom.

There are other procedures practiced against detainees under the so-called "military investigation" such as hanging them for long hours, under the pretext of "the need of defense".

Moreover, detainees got isolated in narrow cells, without windows and very cold. They are also deprived of sleep and deprived of the right to have the basic cleaning materials. These kinds of torture have killed (73) detainees since 1967.

It is worthy to mention that the cruel and illegal practices against detainees in interrogation cells breach the rules of International Law, including article 2 (1) of the Anti-torture United Nations Convention, which is signed by Israel in October 3, 1991, that prevents any state party from using torture and related practices.

The policy of deliberate medical negligence

Detainees are facing the most dangerous risk in the light of coronavirus spread-out, however the prisons' administration did not stop its medical negligence toward detainees nor responded to the calls for releasing sick detainees.

The policy of medical negligence affected all detainees, and took advantage from the sick detainees' need for medical care to take revenge from them. All over the years, detainees' institutions monitored hundreds of cases for detainees, whose medical files have been closed under the pretext of "no available treatment". In many cases, many detainees die.

Medical negligence took many forms, such as; depriving detainees of having medical check-ups, and putting them on the waiting list that may take long months and years.

The sick detainees Muwafaq Erouq and Kamal Abu Waar who have cancer

Muwafaq Erouq:

Detainee Muwafaq Nayef Hasan Erouq, 75, from Yafa-Nasrah. He was arrested in 7/1/2003 with the charge of transporting persons who committed martyrdom operation in 2002. He is sentenced to 30 years and spent 17 years of the sentence.

Health condition: he has Anemia since 2014, he was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia without making sure of his case. In June 2019, he suffered from many side effects, and then he was diagnosed with cancer. He had many treatment sessions and then doctors confirmed that he had finished his chemotherapy. He had many symptoms such as nose bleeding, vomiting and weight loss. Later on, doctors decided to conduct surgical operation to him in the stomach and intestines.

Kamal Abu Waar:

Detainee Kamal Najeeb Ameen Abu Waaris 46 years old and he is from Qabatya\Jenin. He was arrested in 15/1/2003 and sentenced to 5 life sentences.

Health condition: He suffers from throat cancer and vocal cords, swelling in the left vocal cords and hoarseness voice. He needs a laryngologist consult.

The policy of women detention

More than 16.000 Palestinian women have been arrested since 1967

Documentation and monitoring studies showed that the Israeli authorities have arrested more than 16.000 Palestinian women since 1967. The first woman to be arrested is the detainee Fatima Bernawi from Jerusalem. She was arrested in 1967 and sentenced to a life sentence, and then she was released in 1977.

(41) women are currently held at Israeli prisons including, (26) with high sentences, such as the detainees Shuruoq Dwayat and Shatella Abu Ayyad who are sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment. There are (18) mothers in prison including Wafa Mahdawi, the mother of the martyr Ashraf Na'alweh.

There are (3) women detainees under the administrative detention and (7) wounded.

The two uprisings in 1987 and 2000 witnessed the high rate of women detention. In 2015, the rate increased unprecedentedly with Al-Aqsa popular uprising, where (200) women were arrested in 2015, (164) in 2016, (156) in 2018 and (128) in 2019.

They are subjected to all kinds of torture, starting from arresting them from their houses, moving them to detention and interrogation centers and detaining them in prisons.

The Israeli authorities get back to torture women in 2019 and 2020, such as torturing the detainees Mays Abu Ghosh, Samah Jaradat and Halemah Khandakji.

Torture against women is represented in shooting them during arrest, naked inspection, holding them in cells not suitable for human beings, interrogates them for long hours, hanging them for long hours, depriving them of sleep, isolation, threatening, beating and many other abusive treatments.

After putting them in prison, the prisons' administration implements a series of abusive policies and measures such as: medical negligence and depriving them of family visits. The Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club confirmed that women detainees are suffering from difficult life conditions at Damoun prison such as: installing surveillance cameras at the prison's yard, high moist in cells, no doors for restrooms. The prisons' administration intends to cut the power off; in addition, they procrastinate in providing the appropriate health care for them, especially the wounded ones.

The policy of children detention

 (180) children are currently held at Israeli prisons, where (210) minors have been arrested since the beginning of 2020. The Israeli authorities try to steal their childhood and destroy their future. Children got tortured in the same way as adult detainees, where this abusive measure is taken since the first moment of arrest.

The Israeli authorities commit flagrant violations against Palestinian children, which contradict many agreements related to child protection. These violations are represented in storming their houses late at night, keeping them without water or food for long hours, threatening them, forcing them to sign papers written in Hebrew without providing translation in Arabic, depriving them of the right to have a lawyer and prevent their parents to attend interrogation sessions and many other violations.

Since the beginning of this year, the cause of children detainees witnessed dangerous changes imposed by prisons' administration, such as moving them from Ofer prison to Damoun prison without being accompanied by adult detainee representatives. Children were subjected to attacks by Israeli forces, where they got beaten, isolated and held in cells inappropriate for human life and deprived of family visits.

The Israeli occupation passed many racist laws that allow high sentences against children, which reached to ten years and life sentence.

Military law is applied against children in the West Bank, while the Israeli civil law is applied on children from Jerusalem. This procedure is followed to divide the Palestinian society.

The highest rate of children detention occurs at Jerusalem, where children got arrested at a daily basis. Some children were unable to resume their education due to detention and house arrest.

Children are distributed to three prisons: Ofer, Megiddo and Damoun. Since 2015, (67000) children detention cases were recorded, and the highest rate was in the last three months of 2015 which witnessed the popular uprising.

  

The policy of administrative detention

The Israeli authorities use the policy of administrative detention against our people since 1967, where (295) administrative detention orders have been issued in 2020.

This detention is used to arrest civil Palestinians without charge and without trial. There are (430) administrative detainees in Israeli prisons including, (3) children and (3) women.

The Israeli occupation forces implement administrative detention through issuing orders by the military commander which ranges from one month to six months. These orders are issued based on confidential information, which could not be known to the detainee or his lawyer. It is also used when there is no evidence on the charges. This is considered a violation to the detainee's right to know his charge.

The administrative detainees before the second uprising was (12) detainees, but increased in 2003 to become (1000), which confirm that the Israeli occupation uses this detention as a collective punishment against resisting the occupation which is guaranteed for Palestinian people according to international standards.

The administrative detention as used by the Israeli authorities is illegal and arbitrary, and according to International Law "administrative detention should not be used unless there is a real risk threatens the national peace of the state".

Solitary confinement policies

Solitary confinement is one of torture methods used by occupation authorities against Palestinian detainees to isolate them from the outside world. It is used under the pretext that those detainees "threatens the security of the state" and the existence of "a confidential file". The isolation process is dome through keeping the detainee in cell all over the day except for one hour to go out to the prison's yard, and he is not allowed to contact anyone except for the jailor, and he is also deprived of family visits.

About the cell of isolation, it is a small cell with no sunlight. It has a toilet inside and one opening in the iron door to get the food in. there are many testimonies by detainees that insects spread in the cell. The cell also is very cold in winter and hot in summer. It is used for detainees who entered hunger strikes as a punitive measure.

The policy of solitary confinement increased after 2000, and constituted one of the most causes that detainees entered a hunger strike against it. The number of isolated detainees decreased in 2012, after the hunger strike which has been conducted to end this policy.

 

The policy of collective punishment

 

The Israeli authorities used the policy of collective punishment against the families of detainees. It is represented in summoning family members to practice pressure against the detainee. It included arresting fathers and mothers of detainees, storming their houses and demolishing their houses as part of revengeful procedures against their families.

Since the beginning of this year, the Israeli forces demolished three houses for detainees inside prisons: the detainee Ahmad Qunbo' from Jenin and Waleed Hanatsheh and Yazan Maghames from Ramallah. The family of the detainee Qassam Barghouthi is waiting the order of demolishing, after giving them an extension period.

Detainees encountering the policies of prisons' administration

  The repressive policies and procedures practiced by the Israeli forces against Palestinian detainees pushed the detainees to encounter the administration of prisons with protesting steps such as hunger strike and closing sections.

Protests also were against withdrawing tens of material from the cantina including sanitizers and cleaning materials which are very important to stay safe from coronavirus.

Detainees' institutions demands:

  • Oblige Israel to release all detainees, especially sick ones, elderly, women, children and administrative detainees to save their lives.
  • Sending an international medical committee to supervise the health conditions of detainees inside the prisons to save them from coronavirus and provide them with all protection and safety requirements.

Conferees at Ramallah: the occupation authorities did not take any precautionary measures at Ofer prison after discovering a coronavirus case for the released detainee Sarsour

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society prisoner's Club and the Supreme Commission of following Detainees' Affairs held a press conference in Ramallah, regarding the coronavirus case of the released detainee Nour Aldein Sarsour. The head of the Commission, Qadri Abu Baker, stated that in spite of the confirmation of the Palestinian Health Ministry of Sarsour's case, the Israeli authorities did not take any precautionary or preventive measures to sort detainees who dealt with Nour Aldein, and did not take any sample from those who are held in section 14 at Ofer prison. However, the Israeli authorities issued a denial to the examinations of the Palestinian Health Ministry. Abu Baker added "we communicated the Red Cross and the World Health Organization to hold Israel accountable for the deliberate ignorance in protecting detainees". On his part, the Head of the Palestinian Society prisoner's Club, Qaddura Fares, stated that the administration of occupation prisons is procrastinating and despising the fate of detainees". Despite the protesting of detainees in the same section, the administration deals with the case in carelessness. Fares pointed out that the detainees refused to communicate with the administration, and protested against its denial to take samples from detainees who dealt with the released detainee Sarsour. The Head of the Supreme Commission of following Detainees' Affairs, Amin Shouman, called on the necessity of forming a neutral international committee to examine detainees and make sure of their safety, and called the Red Cross for a more effective role to be played at this stage.

Abu Baker: the United Nations should increase pressure on Israel to release the detainees

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The Head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres‏, to increase pressure on the occupation authorities to release the Palestinian detainees, to avoid a possible tragedy in prisons in light of the spread of the Corona pandemic. Abu baker stated in a declaration issued today that many countries around the world which are at risk of Coronavirus intended to release a large number of its prisoners to avoid the spread of Coronavirus in prisons. He added "the Israeli government announced its intention to release more than 500 Israeli criminal prisoners to decrease the crowd in prisons, in an attempt to avoid the spread of Coronavirus, while it ignored the Palestinian detainees imprisoned in crowded prisons, including 700 sick detainees, 200 minors and many women and elderly. However, the international community and its organizations are silent in terms of the suffering of the Palestinian detainees after the spread of coronavirus cases in Israel including soldiers and detectives. Abu Baker clarified that the United Nations know very well that the Israeli prisons where Palestinian detainees are held are the most crowded prisons in the world, and lack the minimum requirements of health and safety. He also stated "we call on the organizations that describe themselves of being protective of human rights, especially the United Nations, to release the Palestinian detainees imprisoned in Israeli jails, especially sick detainees and elderly who spent more than ten years in prison, to avoid a real humanitarian tragedy against them.

Despite the fears of Coronavirus spread out, the Israeli authorities arrested (357) Palestinians on March 2020

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The Israeli authorities continued to arrest Palestinians, and according to information provided by Palestinian organizations (357) Palestinians have been arrested on March 2020, including (48) minors and (4) 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) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (192) citizens from Jerusalem, (33) from Ramallah, (45) from Hebron, (19) from Jenin, (3) from Bethlehem, (23) from Nablus, (11) from Tulkarem, (18) from Qalqilia, (5) from Tubas, and (8) from Gaza Strip. (5000) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (41) women, (180) minors and (430) administrative detainees, while (92) new administrative detention orders have been issued. Suffering of detainees in Israeli prisons and the fears of spreading Coronavirus among them are increasing: There are many fears on the fate of detainees in light of spreading the coronavirus, accompanied by deliberate procrastinations by the administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prisons, in addition to the overcrowding inside prisons, which may lead to the infection of many detainees, especially after announcing cases for jailors. However, in spite of providing preventive measures to stop the spread out of coronavirus, the administration of prisons imposed punitive and abusing measures against detainees, such as withdrawing some cleaning materials from the cantina. In addition, (4) detainees have been held in quarantine at the clinic of Ramla prison, after discovering a confirmed case at Betah Tekva detention center. In 31/3/2020, the detainee Nour Al-Deen Sarsour have been released and the medical examinations confirmed his infection with coronavirus, which created a state of fear and concern among detainees at Ofer prison. Detainees asked for many demands to protect themselves, such as making checkups for all detainees in all sections, especially section (14) where the detainee Sarsour was held, in addition to section (13) where many detainees contacted with Sarsour. It is worthy to mention that the administration of prisons stopped family visits since the first week of March, pointing out that this measure is to prevent spreading coronavirus, but it did not take any other preventive measures inside prison sections. In addition, all courts have been suspended , where many detainees who are under interrogation or those who have not been charged yet are prevented from direct contact with their lawyers, and only allowed to contact them on phone. In the same context, the administration of prisons refused to provide public land lines for detainees to conact their families, where some detainees have been allowed to contact their families after efforts done by human rights organizations. The International Committee of the Red Cross is the only committee that contact with detainees. Despite the inability to obtain information on the conditions of detention in all Israeli prisons, institutions confirmed that a state of carelessness prevailed in prisons. (700) detainees are encountering the jailors and Coronavirus pandemic, while the world is facing Coronavirus pandemic with all possibilities. In light of the precautionary measures to combat the virus, approximately 5,000 Palestinian detainees are suffering from difficult conditions, which can be described as inhuman and unhealthy. This increases the fears of the spread of this pandemic among detainees, especially the sick ones. However, in lights of these hard circumstances of detainees, the lack of preventive measures and refusing to provide cleaning materials and sanitizers the, fears of coronavirus infection increase, especially among sick detainees and the elderly who suffer from immune deficiency. There are (16) detainees held in tragic conditions at Al-Ramlah clinic. Monitoring reports showed that (222) detainees have been martyred since 1967, due to the policy of medical negligence, which is one of the most prominent policies used by the administration of prisons against detainees. It is worthy to mention that many detainees did not have any disease before getting arrested, and that many detainees have been martyred after a short time of releasing them such as; Naem Shawamreh and Zuhair Lubbadeh. Detainees' institutions request immediate intervention to release detainees from the Israeli jails, especially sick detainees, elderly, children and women, and calls on the necessity to create a neutral international committee to participate in examining the detainees and make sure of their safety. Detainees' institutions also called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to do its best in contacting with detainees and their families, and practice pressure on the administration of prisons to provide the necessary preventive measures to stop the spread out of coronavirus among detainees.

Commission of Detainees: 3 jailors have confirmed Coronavirus cases, with bad preventive measures for detainees in Israeli jails

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Commission of Detainees: 3 jailors have confirmed Coronavirus cases, with bad preventive measures for detainees in Israeli jails 30/3/2020 The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated that the Israeli occupation authorities announced 3 Israeli jailors having confirmed Coronavirus cases; two officers at Ofer prison and one at Nitzan Ramlah prison. The Commission stated that the existence of such cases is a real catastrophe for detainees held in Israeli prisons, who are distributed to 23 prisons and detention centers, whose number exceeded 5000 detainees including 180 minors, 700 sick, 41 females and tens of elderly. The Commission pointed out "in light of the spread-out of Coronavirus Pandemic on a global level and in high numbers in Israel, we warn of spreading this virus inside the Israeli prisons, where the administration of Israeli prisons did not take real actions to protect detainees, such as preventing overcrowding, sanitizing prisons rooms and section and providing sanitizers and cleaning materials for detainees. The Commission stated that the administration of Israeli prisons must hold full responsibility for detainees' lives, and called on the international organizations and the Committee of the Red Cross to oblige the Israeli authorities to provide all health requirements and conditions for prisoners, conducting regular medical examinations and releasing the most vulnerable detainees who have weak health immunity, such as sick prisoners, the elderly, children and female prisoners.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs holds the occupation accountable on detainees' lives in case Coronavirus spreads in prisons

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated that the
administration of prisons must hold full responsibility on
detainees' lives and health conditions in case Coronavirus
spreads in prisons, God forbid.
The head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu
Baker, declared in a statement issued by the Commission that
the Israeli authorities are currently holding thousands of
Palestinian detainees, distributed to 25 prisons and investigation
centers. He added that the majority of prisons' sections lack the
minimum of human needs, where most of the prisons have high
moisture, not ventilated well and full of insects and
cockroaches.
"Israeli prisons are overcrowded with a high number of
detainees, and the spaces dedicated for detention contradict all
international and humanitarian laws, which led to the spread of
skin and respiratory diseases such as flu and allergies, the head
of the Commission stated.
He also stated that in the light of the widespread epidemic
"Coronavirus" on a global level, we warn that it might reach
inside the Israeli prisons, which will result in disastrous
consequences and the administration of prisons should be
responsible for the lives of detainees.
He added "there are 700 sick detainees inside the Israeli prisons,
and tens of old detainees who have low immunity and suffer
from medical negligence. This means that the infection with
Coronavirus will kill detainees directly.

Abu Bakr called on the international organizations and the
International Committee of the Red Cross to compel the Israeli
authorities to provide all health and safety requirements for all
detainees, and sanitize all rooms and conduct medical
examinations on a regular basis.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

  • The Commission of Detainees Affairs organized a symposium on "The Israeli terrorism and racial laws against detainees". >

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  • Abu Baker calls on the European Union to act immediately and hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian detainees >

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  • The director of Media Department presents a paper on minor detainees in Brussels Conference >

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  • The Commission of Detainees' Affairs arranges a specialized workshop on house arrest against children from Jerusalem >

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ARTICLES

  • Children are targeted by the Israeli government >

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  • 2016 is the year of political and legal targeting for detainees >

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  • Extrajudicial Executions Replacing Detention >

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  • The policy of arbitrary detention in the Occupied Palestinian Territories >

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REPORTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The law of execution of Palestinian detainees >

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  • Palestinian detainees… and the Israeli systematic suppression >

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