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 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 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
"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.
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.
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.
Israeli occupation authorities arrested (471) Palestinians from the occupied territories in January, including (95) minors and (11) 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 occupation authorities arrested (156) citizens from Jerusalem, (49) from Ramallah, (120) from Hebron, (37) from Jenin, (24) from Bethlehem, (16) from Nablus, (10) from Tulkarem, (25) from Qalqilia, (2) from Tubas, (2) from Salfit, (21) from Jericho and (9) from Gaza Strip. (5000) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (43) women, (180) minors and (430) administrative detainees, while (107) new administrative detention orders have been issued. Administrative detention The Israeli authorities continue to impose the administrative detention on (430) Palestinian detainees, based on military orders issued by the Israeli Intelligence, under the pretext of "confidential file". However, and according to the International Law, this detention affects human rights due to the absence of judicial procedures, and does not take into consideration the rules of International Law which set many restrictions on applying this kind of detention. Reports showed that the Israeli authorities issued (107) administrative detention orders in February 2020. The detainee Ahmad Zahran The Israeli authorities issued an order of renewing the administrative detention of the detainee Ahmad Zahran in March 2020. However, he was supposed to be free according to an agreement with the Israeli Intelligence. Zahran entered a hunger strike at the end of 2019, against his administrative detention and lasted for 113 days. He ended his strike in 14/1/2020, after reaching an agreement stating to reopen the interrogation after suspending his strike. After interrogating him at Al-Maskoubya detention center, the results showed nothing, but the Israeli authorities breached the agreement again and issued a new order of administrative detention against him. Zahran still suffers from bad health conditions due entering hunger strike twice at 2019. The first one lasted for 39 days and suspended after promising him to be freed, but the Israeli authorities renewed his detention for 4 months. The second strike was at the end of 2019 and lasted for 113 days, during which his health condition deteriorated, but the Israeli authorities breached the agreement again and renewed his administrative detention. It worths mentioning that Zahran spent a total of (15) years in prison, he is a father of 4 kids and he is arrested since March 2019. Minors at Damoun prison, continuous suffering The Israeli authorities continued practicing the arbitrary measures against detainees in general and minors in particular. The suffering of minor detainees who have been transferred from Ofer prison to Damoun prison is going on. Minors were subjected to a series of punishments and arbitrary measures since their transfer in January 2020, as they announced a hunger strike protesting against their transfer and holding them in a section that lacks the minimum elements of human life. The strike lasted for 5 days. In response of the strike, the administration of prison imposed many punitive measures against minor detainees, such as closing the section and preventing them from going out to the prison's yard, confiscating their belongings and depriving them of family visits. In addition, they were subjected to attacks and beating during the break in to their rooms, and they got tied to the beds. In a testimony of the adult detainee Mohammad Hamed, who was transferred to Damoun prison, he stated that he found all minor detainees tied with plastic ties. Another detainee testified that the conditions at Damoun prison are very bad, where the section of minors is under the ground and it is consisted of five rooms, three of which have no windows. There are no doors for the toilet, and there is no place for preying. The majority of minors have no covers or blankets, and the rooms are full of insects. Based on prolonged talks between detainees and the administration of prisons, it was agreed on February 2020 that the representatives of minor detainees to be transferred to Damoun prison to follow up the minor detainees. The Detainee Muwafaq Erouq encounters cancer and jailor The detainee Muwafaq Erouq, 77, who has cancer and going on a difficult health condition after removing a large part of his stomach and intestines. He is suffering from severe pains and high temperature and that he lost weight and could not eat or drink. He is being fed through a tube inserted in his abdomen. The repeated transfer of the detainee between Berzilai Hospital and Al-Ramlah clinic increased his pain and worsen his health condition. Institutions reviewed the suffering of the detainee Erouq since his detention in 2003. He was charge of transporting two young men who had committed martyrdom operation, and he was sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment. During his detention, he was transferred from Ishel prison to Hadareem prison and then to Jelboa prison where he spent 8 years and then to Ashkelon prison. Doctors diagnosed him with cancer in the liver and stomach on July 2019, but the administration of prison procrastinated in his chemotherapy which worsened his health condition. He is married and a father of 6 sons and daughters (Maher, Muna, Nuha, Waseem, Manar and Murad, and he has 21 grandsons. His family could not visit him since the beginning of 2020.
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.
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.
The 18th of March comes every year loaded of pain and suffering for Palestinian women. While women all over the world celebrate this day, the occupation authorities continue targeting the Palestinian women and arresting tens of them in bad conditions, violating the simplest human rights.
The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated, in a report issued on the occasion of the International Women's Day that the Israeli forces intended to arrest Palestinian women since 1948, where 16.000 women have been arrested.
The Commission also stated that 27 of the total women Detainees are serving different sentences, where 12 of them are currently held without a sentence and 4 under the administrative detention.
The detainee Amal Taqatqa from Bait Fajjar/ Bethlehem is detained since 1/12/2014 and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment.
The Head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs, Qadri Abu Baker, stated that the occupation authorities practice the cruelest methods of torture and medical negligence against women detainees. They are subjected to brutal attacks, physical torture, continues threatening, deprivation of family visits, high fines and deprivation of education.
He also stated that institutions of women's rights are not doing their job effectively in terms of protecting Palestinian women detainees, in the light of the Israeli stubbornness and breaching all international rules which guarantee women detainees' rights.
Abu Baker confirmed that the world celebrates women on the 8th of March every year, in appreciation of them and honoring them on their roles in different aspects of life, but ignores the Palestinian women and their suffering, especially female detainees whose rights are violated and subjected to repression and abuse.