The Commission of Detainees' Affairs denounced the awful crime committed by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was doing her job and delivering her message today at Jenin refugee camp.
The Commission emphasized that this crime against the martyr Shireen Abu Aqleh indicates that Israel targets every Palestinian, where the extremist instructions of the Israeli government are obvious in dealing with the Palestinian voice in the utmost hatred and arrogance.
The Commission requested to form an international investigation committee for this crime, which caused the martyrdom of the journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh and the injury of the journalist Ali Samoudi, where the targeting was public and direct. Wishing that the international Federation of journalists to take its responsibility in condemning Israel and hold it accountable for such crimes.
May her soul rest in peace
This is how the occupation's army let the dog tear and frighten the lad Malek M'aala
M.G Abu Baker denounces the recurrent barbaric attacks against the Palestinian youth during arrest
The Head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs denounced the criminal attacks against the Palestinian people while arresting them, indicating that using this manner contradicts all international charters and treaties that guarantee human rights.
Abu Baker emphasized that the Israeli army use the excessive force and torture intentionally against detainees, especially minors and lads, which is represented in attacking them with intensive beat, drag along the ground, humiliation, cursing, holding them harsh conditions, torturing and threatening them. He asserted that 99% of detained persons are subjected to many kinds of humiliation, suppression and physical and psychological torture.
In this context, the Commission of Detainees' Affairs observed distressful and cruel details for detaining the 19-year-old lad Malek M'aala from Al-Beirah/Ramallah.
The Commission explained the surrounding conditions of detaining the young man, indicating that last Monday the occupation forces broke in to an industrial facility in Al-Beirhah, where Malek was working as a guard. He got surprised and they started to put the laser light towards him and then let the dog bite him. They took him to unknown destination and his family does not know anything about him.
It is worthy to mention that M'aala was working as a guard in order to attain the university fees so he can be able to register for next semester. It is another proof that clarifies the ongoing methods of the occupation aiming at breaking the will of our people to build a successful and stable future. This barbaric act coincides with absence of the role of human rights organizations in defending the minimum rights of our people in building their future and obtaining freedom.
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated that the detainee Zakaria Zubaidi (45 years) ,who is currently detained at the isolation of Ayalon prison, lives in a difficult conditions and on hunger strike since 12 days, in support of his colleagues who are on hunger strike protesting against their administrative detention.
The Commission confirmed, by the advocate Fawaz Shalloudi, that Zakaria Zubaidi won't end his strike unless the two detainees awawdeh and rayan are transferred to a hospital.
The administration of prisons imposed many punishments, since announcing his strike, represented in isolating him in individual cell and take all the electric appliances from his cell.
The Commission pointed out that Zakaria Zubaidi is one of the six detainees who escaped from Jelboa prison last September, where he was rearrested on September 11. He got sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of 5000 NIS.
It is worthy to mention that Zakaria Zubaidi is from Jenin camp, and a symbol of the second Intifada, since he participated in many operations against the occupation. He is of a struggler family, where he has two siblings who are former detainees, and his mother and brother are martyrs.
The administration of Israeli prisons is still practicing the policy of administrative detention against Palestinian detainees, which is considered among systematic policies, that does not take into consideration the rights to appropriate medical care guaranteed to them in accordance with international agreements and treaties.
In the same context, the Commission of Detainees' Affairs revealed several cases of sick detainees in Israeli prisons, including the detainee Abdulkareem Rimawi (45 years) from Ramallah, who is currently detained at Naqab Prison. He suffers from the procrastination by the administration of prison and the prison's clinic in proving the appropriate medical care, and he is just given painkillers. Whereas he suffers from a gunshot in his right leg and abdomen, in addition to several pains in his back and right leg. He underwent medical examinations and x-rays and he was diagnosed with fragments that spread all over his body, where the doctor informed him that no surgery could be done and he has to adapt with this condition.
Another case in point is the detainee Mustafa Odeh (45 years) from the city of Tulkarem, who is detained at Megiddo prison. He underwent a surgery at the Hospital of Jenin before being detained, and he told the administration that he was supposed to undergo another surgery. However, the administration of prisons is procrastinating in making the needed medical tests that should be done before the surgery.
In addition, there is another case for the detainee Yaser Sharabati from Hebron, who is sentenced to life imprisonment and 20 years. He is detained at Ramoun prison and suffers from diabetes and pain in his right eye, but the clinic of the prison keeps delaying in his treatment.
The Commission of Detainees stated that the Israeli prisons' service must hold full responsibility on the policy of medical ignorance against Palestinian detainees, and called on the international institutions, the Red Cross and human rights organizations to be committed to their roles towards the cause of Palestinian detainees.
Ramallah: the Israeli occupation Forces arrested (8000) during 2021, including (1300) minors and (184) women, in addition to (1595) orders of administrative detention.
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 there are currently (4600) detainees in Israeli prisons, including (43) women, (160) minors, (500) administrative detainees and (9) representatives of the Legislative Council.
Moreover, the number of sick detainees is (600), including (4) detainees who suffer from cancer and (14) detainees who have tumors in different degrees. A case in point is the (81-year-old) detainee Fuad Shobaki, in addition to (Khaled Shaweesh, Mansour Muwqadeh, Mu'tasem Raddad and Nahed Aqraa). The vast majority of them are held at the clinic of Ramlah prison, and they witnessed the martyrdom of a number their colleagues over the years during their detention. The number of martyrs of the Captive Movement reached to (227), after the martyrdom of the detainee Sami Al-Omour who passed away due to deliberate medical ignorance, in addition to hundreds of former detainees who passed away as a result of illnesses inherited during their detention, such as the detainee Husain Masalmeh.
There are currently (547) detainees who are sentenced to life imprisonment, the highest of whom is the detainee Abdullah Barghouthi, who is sentenced to life imprisonment (67) times. 4 of them have been sentenced in 2021: (Yaser Hattab, Qasem Asafreh, Nsiar Asafreh and Yousef Zhour).
The Israeli occupation continues to implement its systematic policy of retaining martyrs bodies, where (8) martyrs' bodies are currently retained: Anees Doleh, Azeez Ewaisat, Fares Baroud, Nassar Taqatqa, Bassam Sayeh, Saad Gharable, Kamal Abu Waar and Sami Al-Omour.
The number of long-term detainees, who were detained before the Oslo Accord reached 25, the oldest of whom were Karim Younis and Maher Younis, who have been detained since January 1983, in addition to the detainee Nael Al-Barghouti, who is serving the longest detention period in the history of the captive movement. He entered his 42nd year in the prisons of the occupation. It is worthy to mention that he was released in 2011 in an exchange deal, but he got re-arrested in 2014.
The report showed that the Israeli occupation authorities continued in 2021 the systematic policy of torture, where it violated the detainees' rights which are guaranteed by international agreements and treaties.
The operation of the "freedom tunnel" which took place on September 2021 constituted an important transformation on the confrontation inside the prisons and on the abusive measures imposed against detainees, the most prominent of which was the solitary confinement.
The report presents an observation for all policies and procedures implemented by the occupation authorities against Palestinian detainees, in addition to the situations of detainees in Israeli prisons, based on documentation and observation works in addition to field and legal follow-up conducted by the four institutions.
Occupation's policies and measures
The report shows part of the occupation's policies and violations that accompany the daily arrests and interrogation sessions, in addition to the breaches related to trial guarantees which violate detainees'' rights guaranteed in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and the Human Rights International Law, including:
The Israeli occupation authorities continue to use the policy of daily arrests in an attempt to confront the Palestinian struggle. The number of daily arrests reached to (22) case, the highest of which was recorded on May 2021 and reached (3100) cases, including (2000) cases from the lands occupied in 1948. The lowest rate of arrests was recorded on August 2021 with (345) cases.
Related to cities, the highest rate of arrests was recorded on Jerusalem since the beginning of the year with (2784) cases, including (750) minors and (120) women.
Occupation authorities escalated targeting towns and refugee camps that witness a continuous confrontation with the occupation. Baita Town was a case in point, where the number of arrest cases exceeded (60) cases on May 2021, and included women and children.
Moreover, released detainees were also targeted, where the majority of them have been arrested under the administrative detention.
Violations during arrests and collective punishments
The daily arrests are accompanied by many measures, starting with breaking into houses late at night, abuse and attacks against the detainee and his family. In addition, the occupation forces use excessive force during arrests, in an arbitrary and collective manner. The collective punishment extends to all stages of detention, such as abusing the family as a means of pressure against the detainee during the investigation process.
A case in point is the 18-year-old detainee Ahmad Abu Snaineh, who was shot with a rubber coated bullet that led to the loss of one of his eyes during storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Besides, the 13-year-old detainee Omar Ajlouni from Jerusalem, who was arrested near Al-Amoud Gate, and he got beaten on his head during arrest which led to injury in the skull.
Furthermore, the Israeli occupation forces have implemented collective punishments against towns and villages, such as Turmusayya, Aqraba, Beer Al-Basha and Jenin city, by intrusions, raids, checkpoints and preventing people from passing by and interrogating them in the field.
Torture during interrogation
The occupation forces pursue the policy of physical and psychological torture in different methods, which are represented in deprivation of sleep during long sessions of interrogation, handcuffing, beating, slapping and cursing. In addition, detainees are threatened of arresting family members, sexual harassment or house demolishing. They are also deprived of using the toilet, taking a shower or changing their clothes. A case in point is the 36-year-old detainee Jalal Jabbareen from Hebron, who was subjected to interrogation at Al-Maskoubya detention center and was tortured for ten days. He underwent an interrogation for (38) hours while being handcuffed and tied to the chair, in addition to depriving him of sleeping, eating and meeting his lawyer. Another case in point is the 41-year-old detainee Hazma Zahran from Jerusalem, who underwent a harsh interrogation at Ofer and Ashkelon detention centers for (56) days, and got subjected to intensive beat, slaps on his face, handcuffing, hanging and he got interrogated for (42) hours continuously.
Palestinian women are subjected to arrests and attacks by the Israeli occupation authorities, without taking into consideration their health, psychological and social situations. Special Forces implemented recurrent and unprecedented suppressive actions against women detainees on December 2021, where they got beaten and threatened and punished with different measures such as depriving them of visits and three of them got isolated.
There are currently (34) women detainees in Israeli prisons, the youngest of whom is the 14-year-old detainee Nufouth Hammad, and the oldest of whom is the detainee Maysoun Mousa. The highest sentence goes to the detainees Shurouq Dwayat and Shatella Abu Ayyad who are sentenced to (16) years of imprisonment, and Maysoun Mousa and Aysha Afghani who are sentenced to (15) years. Moreover, there are (11) mothers in prisons such as Shuroiq Badan, in addition to injured detainees such as the detainee Israa Jabees from Jerusalem, who is sentenced to (11) years of imprisonment.
The occupation authorities still violating Palestinian women's rights in Israeli prisons, contradicting the 1987 United Nations Convention against Torture, which banned the inhumane and degrading treatment, and also contradicts the United Nations Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners of 1955.
Women detainees live in inhumane conditions, where their rights of physical and psychological safety are not taken into consideration and they are subjected to physical attacks and medical ignorance. They are also deprived of enjoying their privacy due to installing surveillance cameras at the prions yard, which force the detainee to stay in their hijab most of the time.
Furthermore, they are deprived of their right to make handicrafts, in addition to being subjected to abuse during the process of transportation to the courts or hospitals, where the transportation process takes long hours, during which they are attacked by the forces of “Al-Nahsun.”
The Israeli occupation authorities does not differentiate between adults and children in arrests and violations, but it was proved that they do this deliberately and take advantage from their sensitive conditions and the effects of detention on their psychology. This contradicts all International Laws regarding the treatment of children, despite of signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1991, which guarantees a special care for children and their rights to health care, education and social integration.
Children are subjected to attacks and mistreatment during arrest. A case in point is the child Muhammad Natsha who was beaten severely during his detention. They are also subjected to humiliation, deprivation of sleep, threating of harming family members and naked inspection. Cases in point are the minors Muhammad Daa'na, Amal Nakhla and Saleem Jwabreh who got tortured and humiliated.
Children are held at three prisons: Ofer, Damoun and Magiddo in harsh conditions, where they are deprived of contacting their families and their right to education.
More than (1300) children have been arrested in 202, (6) of them are arrested under the administrative detention, where (4) of them are still held: Muhamad Mansour, Amal Nakhla, Baraa Muhammad and Ahmad Bayed, which contradicts Convention on the Rights of the Child that stipulates "children detention should be the last resort and for the shortest possible period of time".
Arresting representatives and candidates of the Legislative Council
The Israeli occupation authorities escalated its violations against the rights of Legislative Council representatives and breached the immunity they enjoy. It is estimated that more than 50% of the representatives have experienced detention in Israeli prisons, and the vast majority of them were arrested under the administrative detention. The occupation authorities also pursued the candidates for the Legislative Council elections, after announcing the holding of legislative elections during the first months of 2021.
The occupation forces arrested tens of candidates, and the arrests were accompanied by night raids on houses, inspections and vandalism of family belongings. They also practiced systematic methods of repression and intimidation, which extended to collective punishments.
The process of targeting and arresting elected representatives is a retaliatory political measure that is not based on any legal justification, and constitutes a flagrant violation of the human, moral and democratic values.
Till the end of 2021, there are currently (9) representatives of the Legislative Council held at the Israeli prisons, such as Marwan Barghouthi, who was arrested since 2002, and Ahmad Saadat, who was arrested since 2006, in addition to Nizar Ramadan, Khaled Tafesh, Yaser Mansour, Ahmad Mubarak, Nayef Rjoub, Muhammad Abu Tair and Hasan Yousef.
Arresting journalists and activists based on posts on social media
Israeli occupation authorities arrested tens on journalists, the oldest of whom is the detainee Mahmoud Issa from Jerusalem, who is sentenced to life imprisonment.
The intensity of the attacks escalated with the confrontations took place in May 2021, and was concentrated in Jerusalem and increased with the arrest and beating of journalists, Guevara Al-Budairi, Heba Makiya and Zina Sanduqa.
Another prominent case in point is the journalist Raafat Abu Ayesh (27) years old from Naqab, who was arrested while practicing his journalistic work covering a stand for Palestinian students at Beersheba University. He was subjected to many violations such as interrogating him for long hours, handcuffed and tied to the chair, and deprived of meeting his lawyer. The occupation authorities pursue the policy of arresting journalists and activists in an attempt to undermine their social, cultural and political role.
Regarding the detention based on social media activities, tens of arrest cases have been recorded this year. The prosecution justified this kind of detention as posing a threat to the state of occupation, because it contained inciting expressions.
Targeting university students
The occupation authorities launched a fierce attack against the university students in 2021, where tens of them have been arrested in an attempt to prevent them from enjoying their basic rights in participation in political life. Through using this policy, the occupation intends to intimidate Palestinian students and deprive them of their right to practice and participate in union and student activities, breaching all international charters and treaties which guarantee this right. A case in point is arresting (35) students from Birziet University after visiting the house of the detainee Muntaser Shalabi, and arresting (100) students during 2021.
The policy of administrative detention and the hunger strikes as a response
(1595) orders of administrative detention have been issued in 2021, where this year witnessed an increase in the number of detainees who faced the policies of the occupation. The most prominent policy used by the occupation authorities is the administrative detention "without charge or trial", which is faced by hunger strike. (60) Administrative detainees have entered a hunger strike, in addition to collective hunger strikes conducted by detainees of Islamic Jihad.
The institutions followed many transformations that accompanied the issue of individual strikes, which is related to holding detainees in bad conditions in spite of the deterioration of their health conditions.
The policy of administrative detention was and still is the most prominent policy that forced the detainees to engage in individual strikes, in addition to a number of abusive policies, such as deliberate medical ignorance (slow killing), solitary confinement, arbitrary transfer, and repression and torture in interrogation centers.
The administration of prisons continued practicing a series of abusive and retaliatory measures against detainees on hunger strike, which constitute part of the systematic policies, in an attempt to force detainee end their strike, such as; depriving them of family visits, prohibiting lawyer meeting, repeated transfer between prisons and isolation in inappropriate cells.
Occupation authorities delay responding to detainees' demands in order to cause them serious health conditions, in which it will be hard for detainees to be treated later.
The military courts were the basic tool to inforce the policy of administrative detention, through breaching the guarantees of fair trial such as refusing to inform the detainee and his lawyer about the charges.
It is worthy to mention that the majority of detainees have suspended their hunger strike after making agreements that determine the period of their detention.
The Israeli occupation authorities exploit the Palestinian detainees financially by imposing compensations and fines against detainees and their families. There are two kinds of fines: the first one is related to courts and sentences, the second one is related to penalties, which is imposed by the administration of prison illegally.
The average of fines imposed against Palestinian detainees annually is nearly (15 million shekels). This sum is transferred directly to fund the Israeli military courts, army and prisons' administration.
Children were the major victims for these fines in 2021, where they got arrested without any charge. They are subjected to many violations which contradict the Convention on the Rights of the Child, where 100% of minor detainees are sentenced to financial penalties. This act became a firm policy to take revenge of Palestinian childhood and make money. The families of the detainees, especially the minors, are forced to pay the financial fines imposed on their children in order to set them free, and if they did not pay the detainee will be held at prison for months or years.
However, there is another aim of the financial fines which is the collective punishment against Palestinian families, through putting them in a real economic crisis. It is worthy to mention that the Palestinian National Authority has stopped paying the fines imposed on detainees since 2014, to prove for the occupying state that we will not be partners in the crime.
The occupation invented a new means to rob the money of detainees, which is represented in financial penalties imposed on detainees, starts from (200 shekels) and reaches to (5000 shekels). This penalty is justified by (breaching the laws of prisons' administration).
Situation of detainees in Israeli prisons
Palestinian detainees are subjected to different kinds of violations in Israeli prisons, which affect the rights guaranteed to them in accordance with the international standards of detainees.
Medical ignorance and slow killings
Depriving detainees of appropriate medical care and procrastinating in providing treatment are systematic measures conducted by the Israeli authorities to undermine the will and body of Palestinian detainees.
Through monitoring the health conditions of detainees, it is obvious that the level of medical care is very poor, especially with the spread of Coronavirus among detainees. Due to the difficult health conditions in Israeli prisons, tens of detainees have been martyred since the beginning of the occupation, and the number of sick detainees has risen. Therefore, medical care of detainees has become a means of blackmail by the Israeli authorities, where the administration of prisons including jailors and medical staffs have went too far in the methods that increase the torture and suffering against detainees.
Accordingly, (72) detainees have been martyred in Israeli prisons due to medical ignorance since 1967, where there are (600) sick detainees who need intensive health care, (4) detainees who suffers from cancer, such as Naser Abu Hmaid, in addition to (14) detainees at least have tumors in different degrees.
The most prominent medical crime committed in 2021 is the murder of the detainee Sami Al-Omour. He martyred in 18 December 2021 after being subjected to a series of violations during transferring him by the "Bosta" vehicle, and making him wait for long hours before taking him to the hospital. He remained 14 hours at Beersheba prison before transferring him to hospital, neglecting his bad health condition.
The occupation prison service did not ever stop using the solitary confinement policy, where it’s the most prominent systematic policies that the occupation system uses to target the detainees physically and psychologically.
This policy is the most dangerous and cruelest kind of violations practiced by the Israeli authorities against detainees, which has become a systematic method, where the detainee is imprisoned for long time individually in a dark, narrow and dirty cell.
In 2021, the detainees' institutions monitored isolating tens of detainees, which increased after the "operation of freedom tunnel", where the confrontation between the detainees and the prison service became more serious. The prison service isolated a number of detainees, from the Islamic Jihad Group, including the six detainees who were able to set themselves free from Jalbou prison last September, this came as a punishment for their actions. Some sections have been turned into isolation cells, such as section (6) at Negev prison, which was burnt in a refusal of the punishments against the Islamic Jihad detainees. 14 detainees have been isolated in burnt rooms without any belongings for more than 35 days.
It is worthy to mention that the isolation process undergo many levels, where detainees witnessed collective solitary confinement, through turning some sections into cells, by taking out all their belongings. This coincides with the incursions and suppression attacks that took place in all prisons. The last of which, is what happened with women detainees at Damoun prison of unprecedented attacks and torture actions and isolating three of them, such as Shoruq Dwayyat, Marah Bakeer and Muna Qaa'dan, which was followed by a acts of suppression at Nafha prison, where many detainees are still at the solitary confinement as a punishment till the issuance of this report.
The institutions also monitored an increase in the number of detainees, who started to suffer from psychological health conditions, due to this policy in comparison with previous years.
Policy of collective punishment in Israeli prisons
The administration of prisons escalated the use of collective policy against detainees in 2021, especially after the "freedom tunnel" escaping, through collective punishment including detainees of Islamic Jihad. This policy is represented in a series of abusive measures and systematic violations, and imposing a higher level of violence such as isolation, preventing visits and imposing high fines.
Detainees faced this policy through organized struggle methods which took part by all detainees, represented in the hunger strike conducted by the detainees of Islamic Jihad.
Since 2019, detainees witnessed an increase in suppressive measures as one of the most prominent tools of collective punishment policy, during which dozens of detainees were injured. A case in point is the attacks took place at Jelboua prison, especially after the "freedom tunnel" escaping, where tens of detained were subjected to torture and punitive measures. Many detainees got injured, especially those who are held at section (3) after the confrontation escalated between detainees and the administration of prison. The confrontation extended to "Negev" and "Remon" prisons.
Obstacles to regular family visits
Family visit is of the basic rights to detainees guaranteed by international charters, where the international agreements included obvious texts in this regards, and guaranteed the right to receive visitors on a regular basis. A case in point is article (116) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, stipulating "Every internee shall be allowed to receive visitors, especially near relatives, at regular intervals and as frequently as possible. As far as is possible, internees shall be permitted to visit their homes in urgent cases, particularly in cases of death or serious illness of relatives".
Such texts remained as a favor given by the occupation authorities to the Palestinian detainees whenever they decide and taken at any time under feeble pretexts. The occupation authorities have resorted to this measure in order to abuse detainees and used it as a collective punishment procedure, where they prevented the vast majority of detainees from relatives' visits, including their children and parents. Furthermore, the Israeli occupation authorities have legislated laws that contradict the core of the International Humanitarian Law, and invented new methods of physical and psychological torture. Family visits were turned into a pressure and bargaining method and a means of punishment based on trivial reasons, which made it a double punishment for the detainee and his family, and a complex crime committed by the occupation authorities against them.
Since the outbreak of the "Corona" pandemic on March 2020, the Israeli occupation authorities have stopped all visits under the pretext of avoiding transmitting the infection to detainees. However, it did not take the necessary measures to protect the detainees in its prisons. Instead, it used Corona as an excuse to punish the prisoners and their families, and to deprive the two parties of visiting and meeting, which exacerbated their suffering and anxiety.
(547) detainees are sentenced to life imprisonment
The number of detainees sentenced to life imprisonment has risen to (547) in 2021, where four new detainees have joined the list: Yaser Hattab, Qassem Asafreh, Nsair Asafreh and Yousef Zhour.
It is worthy to mention that 25 detainees are imprisoned before the Oslo Accord, and these detainees are called "senior detainees", being the oldest detainees in Israeli prisons. On the Palestinian level, they are known as "the fourth group", who were supposed to be released in 2014 under negotiations, but the Israeli government went back on its word and kept the detainees held. The oldest of which are the detainees Kareem Younes and Maher Younes who were detained in 1983, in addition to Muhammad Tous, Ibrahim Abu Mukh, Waleed Daqqah, Ibraheem Bayadseh, Ahmad Abu Jaber and Samir Abu Ne'meh.
By the end of 2021, the number of detainees who served more than (20) years has risen to (112) detainees, including (35) detainees served from (25) to (35) years, (13) detainees served more than (30) years, and (8) detainees served more than (35) years.
In addition, there are (49) detainees who got released in 2011 and rearrested in 2014, such as the detainee Nael Barghouthi who served (42) years on two terms, which considered the longest term in the history of the Captive Movement.
Education in Israeli prisons
Detainees in Israeli prisons were able to obtain many achievements in 2021, including their education. They pursued to follow a national strategy based on guiding each new detainee to invest in his time in prison and develop his abilities, as part of a confrontation method and to protect themselves from the policies of jailors.
According to the latest information, there are (113) detainees who pursued their education and had their BA degree through Al-Quds University and (564) detainees has the BA from Al-Quds Open University.
As for the master’s program through Al-Quds University/ Abu Dis, the number of detainees enrolled is (49), and the number of those enrolled through the University of Palestine in the Gaza Strip is (44) detainees, in addition to (486) who met the conditions of the Secondary School Exam (Tawjihi).
Liberated sperm (freedom ambassadors)
Many detainees were able to make a new life and have children from behind the bars of Israeli prisons through the liberated sperm, especially detainees with long terms. The detainee Ammar Zeben from Jenin was the first detainee to succeed in this experience on August 2012, which increased the motivation for other detainees and their wives to go through this experience.
Thereafter, sperm liberation operations continued, and detainees' wives gave birth to tens of children. In recent years, attempts have increased and the number of children who came through this procedure is (102), the last of which was the detainee Nahed Hmaid from Gaza Strip, who had twins by the liberated sperm. It must be noted that the occupation authorities, as soon as they know of the birth of a child through a liberated sperm, they begin to take revenge of the detainee who took this step, by imposing disciplinary punishments such as: increasing his term, isolating him, and imposing high fines against him, in addition of taking revenge of the children who came through this procedure by refusing to recognize their birth certificate or ID numbers given to them by the Ministry of Interior. In addition, they are deprived to visiting their fathers in Israeli prisons.
However, there are some cases of liberated sperm children who succeeded in visiting their parents inside prisons, such as the child Milad Walid Daqqa, after conducting a DNA test to prove her lineage, and submitting a petition to the occupation courts to allow her to visit.
Changes on the legal and political levels
In this aspect, the report monitors the Israeli political and legislative attempts regarding Palestinian detainees, which affects the rights guaranteed to them in accordance with the international law.
Designating 6 human rights organizations as terrorist organizations
Since the decision of the Israeli Minister of Army of designating six Palestinian civil society organizations as “terrorist” organizations under the Israeli Anti-Terrorism Law of 2016, and following his decision by a military order granting the army a permission to “pursue them and close their headquarters”, the organizations have been exposed to the imminent danger of closing them and prosecuting their employees. This decision came as an attempt to inforce the occupation policy based on apartheid and systematic discrimination, by imposing control over the Palestinian people and silencing the voices of defenders of their rights.
After two months of designating the six organizations as terrorist organizations: (Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Defense for Children International, Al-Haq, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Union of Palestinian Women's Committees and Bisan Center for Research and Development), the organization continue to work to achieve their goals in exposing the racist occupation regime and exposing its crimes, despite the continuous obstacles they face in monitoring and documenting human rights violations.
These organizations contributed since decades in activities of the Palestinian civil society, and participated in improving human and detainees' rights, protecting children, supporting women and reinforcing the research, agricultural and economic aspects.
The occupation's policies in Jerusalem
The judicial advisor of the occupation Avichai Mandelblit and the Minister of Justice Gedon Saer approved the resolution of withdrawing the Jerusalemite ID from the liberated detainee, the lawyer Salah Hamouri on October 2021, under the pretext that he poses a threat to the state and citizens, disloyalty to Israel and affiliation to the Popular Front).
Hamouri was handed an order on September 2020 provides for the intention of the Ministry of Interior in the Israeli Government to withdraw the Jerusalemite ID from him.
It is worthy to mention that Hamouri served nearly nine years in Israeli prisons and he was prevented to enter the West Bank. In 2016, his wife was prevented from entering to Palestine.
The occupation authorities continued to implement the decision of the Minister of the Army issued last year, to cut off the salaries of Palestinian detainees from Jerusalem on the pretext that they “receive monthly salaries from the Palestinian Authority, which encourages them to do terrorist actions and carry out operations,” according to their description.
Through the past two months, the occupation authorities carried out incursions to houses of liberated detainees, and confiscated their money and imposed a seizure on their bank accounts.
The Israeli authorities also cut off the health insurance for more than 30 detainees in Israeli prisons and their families, as a means of collective punishment.
They also imposed house arrest on four detainees: Ya'qoub Abu Asab, Naser Hedmi, Saleem Ju'beh and Majed Ju'beh for 3-6 months, and renewed the house arrest for Abu Asab for 3 months, and turned the detainee Majed Ju'beh to administrative detention.
Draft laws targeting detainees
The occupation government sought to prove its racism through declaring many draft laws and racist legislations, which target to impose abusive measures against detainees.
It should be confirmed that detainees' cause face dangerous challenges in regard with the legislations declared by the occupation government and the committees formed by a political decision to impose torture and abusive measures against detainees.
The most prominent draft law of the Israeli government is to withdraw the nationality form detainees of 1948 lands as a racist punitive measure, in addition to a draft law stipulates to decrease the number of visits to one visit each year.
The last draft law approved by the Israeli Knesset with the first read on December 2021 which aims at summoning more troops of the Israeli army to the prison service, in order to inforce the presence of the army in prisons to impose more suppression and terrorism against them.
These legislations came in line with a series of military orders issued in the last years, which increased the risk on this cause.
Robbing detainees and martyrs' allocations
It is pointed out that the war against detainees and martyrs' allocations still continuous, where it affects the Palestinian right to struggle and the right to self-determination.
Moreover, the Israeli Cabinet decided to continue the deduction of the Palestinian clearance tax under the pretext that it is paid for detainees and martyrs' families. This act came as an implementation of the law approved by the Israeli Knesset on July 2018, which allows deducting Palestinian allocations that equals the amount paid for detainees and martyrs' families.
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs published a report on the latest updates on the conditions of detainees in Israeli prisons, and the most prominent violations they are subjected to last May.
According to the documentation reports, the total number of arrests during May 2022 was (530) cases, the majority of them are from Jerusalem.
The orders of administrative detention reached to (157), including (82) new orders and (75) extending orders.
There are currently (4600) detainees in Israeli prisons, including (31) women, (172) minors, (682) administrative detainees, (500) sick detainees and (551) detainees sentenced to life imprisonment. In addition, there are (214) detainees who spent more than 20 years in prison.
The report includes the most prominent procedures and arbitrary measures implemented against detainees in May 2022.
- A fierce campaign of arrests, and an escalation in the confrontation and resistance
- Jerusalem arrests in May,, an organized apartheid
- Women and minors. .. a story of continuous suffering
- Sick detainees... a crime of slow death in Israeli prisons
- The list of life sentences increases to (551)
- Administrative detention.. a means of collective punishment
- (228) Martyrs of the Captive Movement.. unstoppable wheel
- Jelboa tunnel... a tournament broke the Israeli security system
- The detainee Ahmad Manasra... a witness on the suppression of the occupation
- The list of senior detainees is increasing
- The suffering of detainees from Gaza Strip
It is worthy to mention that the report is issued in Arabic and English language, and was briefed in French.
Detainees' Institutions: the occupation authorities arrested (504) Palestinians on January 2022
Ramallah: the Israeli occupation authorities arrested (504) Palestinians on January 2022, including (54) minors under the age of 12, and (6) women. In addition, (96) administrative detention orders have been issued, including (51) new orders and (45) renewals.
This report was issued in participation with detainees' institutions (the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Wadi Hilweh Information Center), where it shows that the number of detainees in Israeli prisons is currently (4500), including (34) women, (180) minors and (500) administrative detainees.
The report monitored the policies and measures implemented by the occupation authorities against detainees, in addition to the conditions lived by detainees.
Occupation's policies and measures
The report reviews part of the violations accompanies the daily arrest process and the conditions of interrogation and detention, which breach many rights guaranteed for detainees in accordance with the international humanitarian law and international human rights law, such as:
Collective arrests, exile and house demolishing
The occupation authorities proceeded in the campaign of arrest in an attempt to confront the struggle of Palestinians. The number of daily arrests reached to (16) cases, which are accompanied by many violations such as breaking through houses late at night and attacking the detainee and his family. Jerusalem witnessed a fierce campaign of arrests which included many towns such as AL-Tour, Issawyeh and Silwan. More than (70) persons have been arrested, under the pretext of throwing balls of snow towards police officers and army forces.
Sheikh Jarrah district witnessed a campaign of collective arrests in 19/1/2022 against 25 Palestinians during the demolishing of Salhyeh family, and then they released the most of them except for 5 persons, who got released in the next day under the condition of exile from Sheikh Jarrah.
Another case in point is the family of Hamed, where the occupation authorities arrested three of them; Hamed Yaseen Hamed (51 years), and his two sons Imad and Ahmad (24 years). They got arrested from their house at Silwad/ Ramallah after breaking through their house at 3:00 am and destroying its belongings.
Live ammunition and arrests at Birzeit University campus
The occupation authorities proceed in their policy in arresting students of Palestinian universities for their student activities, where (10) student have been arrested last month, including (7) from Birzeit University and (3) from The American Arab University. Although this constitutes an extension of the consecutive violations, starting with the killing, arresting and threatening of students, the recurrence of these violations sheds light on the grievousness of occupation's crimes.
A case in point is the student Ismail Barghouthi, who was gunshot in his leg before he was arrested with his colleagues Qassam Nakhla, Abdulhafeth Sharabati, Waleed Harazneh and Muhammad Khateeb. They have been arrested after the occupation army broke though the campus and attacked the students, and this is not the first time to break through the university.
Chasing former detainees and expelling them
The Israeli authorities chase the former detainees after ending their sentences by re-arresting them and impose restrictions against them as a means of threat. A case in point is the former detainees Anas Ewaisat and Basel Obaidat, who have been re-arrested after being released from Naqab prison. They got interrogated for a long time at Maskoubya detention center, and then got released on the condition of deportation from Jerusalem for one week.
Another case in point is the former detainees Areen Zaaneen, Ashraf Hedreh, Ibraheem Zaghal and his father and his brother.
The situations of detainees in Israeli prisons
Palestinian detainees are subjected to several violations in Israeli prisons that breach many of their rights guaranteed by the international standards of detainees, such as:
The policy of medical ignorance (slow killing)
The Israeli occupation authorities practice a systematic policy in depriving detainees from medical care, and procrastinate in providing the appropriate treatment for sick detainees. Thus, many of them passed away due to this policy, and the sick cases are deteriorating such as the detainee Naser Abu Hmaid (49 years) from Ramallah, who suffers from cancer in the left lung.
Naser entered a coma since the beginning of January and has been transferred to Barzulai Hospital, and his health condition is very critical where he got transferred to the clinic of Al-Ramla prison. He uses a wheelchair and needs help in his daily activities.
The spread-out of Coronavirus increased the risk on detainees' lives, especially those who suffer from chronic diseases, where it spreads the most at Ofer prison with more than (500) cases. Many sick detainees are held at this prison, such as the detainee Amal Nakhla (18 years) who suffers from myasthenia, which is a serious and chronic disease that requires urgent medical care.
The occupation takes advantage from Coronavirus, and uses it as a means of torture and suppression against detainees, which is represented in depriving the detainees' of their rights under the pretext of the spread-out of the virus without taking into consideration the risks on their fate inside the prisons, which constitute a stimulating environment for the spread of diseases, with the absence of the necessary preventive measures.
Extreme cold... annual renewed suffering that affects detainees
Detainees' suffering is renewed every year in the Israeli prisons and increases in the winter, where there is a lack in blankets and clothes.
In such weather conditions, the occupation’s prison administration deliberately disregards the lives and demands of detainees, especially the newly arrested persons, and put them into tragic living conditions. Detainees are forbidden from obtaining blankets and clothes from their families, and they are given light clothes which does not protect them from the cold weather.
Detainees held at detention centers made of caravans are the most affected by the bad weather conditions, such as in Huwara detention center and Itzion detention center, where both centers are not suitable for human life, in addition to the prisons in the desert such as (Naqab, Nafha, beersheba and Remon) prisons.
The prison administration is still disclaiming its responsibilities and duties in providing detainees with the necessary blankets and clothes, which help them to overcome the hard climatic conditions, thus, detainees are forced to buy them at their expenses from the canteen.
Administrative detainees continues in boycotting the occupation's courts until achieving their goals
(500) Administrative detainees are proceeding in boycotting the military courts as a protest step to end the administrative detention and its arbitrary policy implemented by the occupation against the Palestinian people. The boycott campaign started last January under the slogan of "our decision is freedom", and it was coordinated between administrative detainees and institutions working in the field of detainees and human rights. It is worthy to mention that the Captive movement supported the courageous decision of the administrative detainees of boycotting the courts.
Administrative detainees suffer from the continuous extending for administrative detention orders against them, where (45) orders have been renewed including the representative in the Legislative Council Muhammad Abu Tair for the second time, in addition to Amin Shwaiki, Muhammad Mansour Amal Nakhla, Abdulbaset Maa'tan and Mujahed Najjar. It is worthy to mention that all administrative detainees are committed to the struggle steps for the boycott campaign, where it is necessary to take advantage from this bold step carried out by administrative detainees, to shed more light on the issue of administrative detention and the suffering of detainees, and to internationalize it through communication with human rights organizations.
The commission of detainees’ affairs revealed in its reports on Tuesday, that
The latest developments on the health condition of the Nasser Abu Hmeed (49) years old, who suffers from cancer, as where the prison service and prison's clinic is purposely delaying transferring the sick detainee to get his chemotherapy (12) session as his health condition is getting worse each day.
It is worth the mention that the detainee Abu Hmeed had a surgery where the doctors removed cancer tumor in his lungs last October, where 10 cm of the tumor were removed, and then he was transferred to Ashkelon prison before getting full recovery from the surgery. He still suffers from pains at the place of the surgery, meanwhile the prison service satisfied in giving him some pain killers which doesn’t work.
The detainee stated, through the commission’s lawyer, that “he refused to be transferred to Ramla prison’s clinic (Almarash) to get checkups, due to the difficult and inhumane conditions. He asked to have checkups in Berzalai hospital where it's closer to him.
It is worthy to mention that the detainee Nasser Abu Hmeed from Amary camp, Ramallah, is detained since 2002 and sentenced to7 life sentences and 50 years, where he is 1 of 5 brothers who are sentenced to life imprisonments. Their house was demolished couple of times by the Israeli forces, and their mother was deprived of visiting them for many years.