• The Commission of Detainees' Affairs reviews the suffering of minor detainees with the testimony of two minors

    The Commission of Detainees' Affairs reviews the suffering of minor detainees with the testimony of two minors

  • The detainee Samer Arbeed during the hearing session

    The detainee Samer Arbeed during the hearing session

  • In the International Human Rights Day \ The Commission of Detainees: occupation authorities arrest 5000 Palestinians

    In the International Human Rights Day \ The Commission of Detainees: occupation authorities arrest 5000 Palestinians

  • Detainees' Institutions: occupation authorities arrested 374 Palestinians in November 2019

    Detainees' Institutions: occupation authorities arrested 374 Palestinians in November 2019

  • The Commission of Detainees' Affairs reveals grave violations practiced by the administration of prisons against children from Jerusalem

    The Commission of Detainees' Affairs reveals grave violations practiced by the administration of prisons against children from Jerusalem

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs reviews the suffering of minor detainees with the testimony of two minors

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs cited the testimony of two minors within (34) minors that have been transferred from Ofer prison to Damoun prison, in preparation for implementing the policy of secluding minor detainees from the administrative committees.

 The lawyer of the commission cited the testimony of the minors Ahmad Anati, 15 years old, from Fawwar Camp/Hebron, and Fadi Ashraf Kesbeh, 17 years old, from Qalandia camp/Jerusalem, during a visist to Damoun prison.

She stated that the administration of Ofer prison started to transfer (34) minors in January 13, 2020 and allowed them to take their clothes, covers and a pillow in addition to stuff from the cantina. They did not allow minors to take their necessary stuff from the cells such as electric supplies, preventing them from being accompanied by their representatives.

The two minors confirmed that they arrived at section (1) at Damoun prison, which is deserted many years ago, full of insects, inappropriate for living and there is neither sunshine nor ventilation.  It is consisted of five narrow cells, including three without windows and two with very small windows and low ceiling. The walls are moist and toilets are located outside the cells. Minor detainees are not allowed to go out to the prison's yard except in case of beating. Besides, the section has a stinky smell, with torn mattress and bad quantity and quality of food is served, which minors refuse to eat the most of the time.

 The two detainees pointed out that the minors began protesting by knocking on the doors and screaming, in protest against the prevention of the representatives from accompanying them.

The also stated that the administration of the prison summoned Special Forces to suppress minors since the first day of transfer. Forces tend to break into the cells, cut off the power and water and attack them.   Each time, they choose two or three detainees, take them out of the section and beat them severely. The most cruel break in was in the fourth day of transfer, where (4) special units broke into minors' section, attacked them, handcuffed them for four hours, prevented them from using the toilet and beat them if they moved.

They also stated that minors declared entering a hunger strike in the second day of transfer, but the Special Forces tend to break in the section every one hour, beat the detainees, drag them while being asleep, use tear gas and confiscate their clothes and mattresses. Minors were forced to sleep on thin mattresses provided by the administration of the prison, where four detainees have been moved to solitary confinement at Jalamah detention center; Khalil Jabareen, Mahmoud Ewais, Reyad Al-'emor and Yehya Sbeiah.

They also affirmed that the administration of the prison tried to negotiate each minor separately, to force them accept the existing conditions in exchange of providing facilities and privileges. However, they all refused and insisted on having their representatives of adult detainees.

Moreover, they pointed out that the administration of the prison allowed three adult detainees to enter minors' section on January 16, 2020, who asked the administration to untie the handcuffs and return the confiscated clothes and covers.

However, the administration of the prison made a promise to end the crisis and put actors on minor detainees, but it did not keep the promise and returned the adults to their prisons. It also announced the prevention of administrative committees to enter the minors' sections in all prisons, and tried to gather all minors in one prison.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs pointed out that the administration of the prison has informed detainees of its decision to impose punishments against them such as depriving them of family visits and imposing fines.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs called on the international organizations concerned with children's rights, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Amnesty International to intervene urgently to pursue the complaints of minors who live in bad conditions.   

 

Detainees' Institutions: occupation authorities arrested 374 Palestinians in November 2019

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Israeli occupation authorities arrested 417 Palestinians from the occupied territories in November including 66 minors and 6 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 137 citizens from Jerusalem, 42 from Ramallah, 70 from Hebron, 22 from Jenin, 43 from Bethlehem, 12 from Nablus, 15 from Tulkarem, 7 from Qalqilia, 5 from Tubas, 2 from Salfit, 8 from Jericho and 11 from Gaza Strip.

5000 detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including 38 women, 200 minors and 450 administrative detainees, while 90 new administrative detention orders have been issued.

 

The martyrdom of detainee Sami Abu Dyak

The detainee Abu Dyak was assassinated in November 26, 2019 by the Israeli occupation forces, which used the policy of deliberate medical negligence that is classified as systematic torture tools.

He was not suffering from any disease before detention, but in September 2015 he was transferred to Soroka Hospital, where he had severe pain in his intestines. He was diagnosed of intestinal obstruction due to cancerous tumor.

He underwent a surgery in 6/9/2015 to treat the intestinal obstruction and then he got moved prison again. His health condition deteriorated after few days and then he was transferred to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital, and he was diagnosed with poisoning due to the lack of cleanliness of the prison. Then, he underwent many surgeries but to no avail due to the renal failure.

  Sami Abu Dyak, 38 years old, is from Seilet Al-Daher village near Jenin. He has been arrested in 17/7/2002 and sentenced to 3 life terms in addition to 30 years. He has a brother who is also detained and sentenced to a life term.

However, lawyers of the commission submitted another request to early-release Abu Dyak in 4/8/2019, but the Israeli authorities refused and did not care about his serious condition and kept him held in Al-Ramlah prison clinic.

His last letter from prison: "I appeal every conscientious to work for releasing me from the Israeli jails. I call on you to let me spend my last hours and days with my mother and family, I don’t want to die handcuffed in a mean cell by a jailor who prefers death to us".

The number of Captive movement martyrs since 1967 became 222 with the martyrdom of the detainee Sami Abu Dyak, including 67 detainees who were killed by medical negligence, 5 of them killed in 2019: Fares Baroud, Omar Younes, Nassar Taqatqa, Bassam Sayeh and Sami Abu Dyak.

 Detainees' institutions state that the occupation authorities hold full responsibility on killing Abu Dyak by systematic torture methods such as: depriving detainees from medical treatment and late diagnosis of the disease. There are tens of detainees who have been waiting for years to have surgeries, and some of them reached to stage in which treatment is difficult to be attained.

The battle of administrative detention is continuous

3 detainees continued their open hunger strike in November protesting against the policy of administrative detention, which is practiced by the Israeli authorities against 450 Palestinian detainees.

The detainee Ahmad Zahran is on hunger strike since 77 days, the detainee Mus'ab Hindi started his strike since 75 days and the detainee Ismail Ali who entered a strike for 112 days and ended it after having an agreement to determine the period of his detention of six months.

Zahran and Hindi are suffering from bad health conditions, where Zahran suffers from dizziness, continues headache and severe pain in all joints. He is not able to stand up or move, and he has pain in the eyes and weak vision, and he lost 27 kegs of his weight.

Hindi suffers from dizziness, continues headache, weak vision, shortness of breath, joints pain and he lost 25 kegs of his weight.

Detainees' institutions warns of the bad health conditions of Zahran and Hindi, and call on the international community and the member states that signed the Fourth Geneva Convention to practice pressure on the occupation authorities to stop violations against detainees and end the policy of administrative detention.

No exceptions in detention… tens of aged detainees in Israeli jails

Israeli occupation authorities intend to arrest old men, where they are subjected to many forms of torture, which starts from the first moment of arrest. Prisons administration isolated many of them in solitary confinement, deprived them of family visits and practiced medical negligence against them.

Occupation authorities did not exclude old women of detention and humiliation, where tens of old women have been arrested and some of them were sentenced to house arrest.

Detainees' institutions pointed out that the Israeli authorities hold tens of Palestinian elders above 60 years in harsh conditions.

A case in point is the detainee Fuad Shobaki, the eldest detainee, 81 years, and he needs a special medical care where he suffers from many chronic diseases including cancer. He is detained since 2006 and sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment.

Another case in point is the detainees Kareem Younis, 64 years old who is detained since 1983, and the detainee Youssef Abu Alkhair 73 years old, Nael Barghouthi 62 years old and Badran Jaber 74 years old.

 

 

 

 

The Commission of Detainees narrates the suffering of the sick detainee Abu Dyak in Israeli jails

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs revealed in a report issued today the details on the suffering of the sick detainee Sami Abu Dyak, who is facing death alone in the Israeli jails.

The following information clarifies the violations practiced against Abu Dyak in the past years.

Sami Abu Dyak, 38 years old, is from Seilet Al-Daher village near Jenin. He has been arrested in 17/7/2002 and sentenced to 3 life terms in addition to 30 years.

It is worth mentioning that he was not suffering from any disease before detention, but in September 2015 he was transferred to Soroka Hospital, where he had severe pain in his intestines. He was diagnosed of intestinal obstruction due to cancerous tumor.

He underwent a surgery in 6/9/2015 to treat the intestinal obstruction and then he got moved prison again. His health condition deteriorated after few days and then he was transferred to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital, and he was diagnosed with poisoning due to the lack of cleanliness of the prison. Then, he underwent many surgeries but to no avail due to the renal failure.

Soon after, his health condition recovered slowly after undergoing a surgery to join the intestines and having chemotherapy.

Abu Dyak and many other detainees are victims of the deliberate medical negligence in Israeli prisons, where he was not provided with direct medical follow-up and began to suffer against from spreading the cancer in addition to a lot of side effects caused by the chemotherapy.

Their medical reports showed a good response to the chemotherapy and that he does not suffer from any side effects. Later medical examinations showed different estimates and that he would live for only two years.

In spite of the medical reports that prove the poor health of Abu Dyak, prisons' administration refused the request of the commission to release him.

However, lawyers of the commission submitted another request to early-release Abu Dyak in 4/8/2019, but the Israeli authorities did not care about his serious condition and decided to hold another session to discuss the early release request in January 2020.

It is worthy to mention that Abu Dyak's health condition deteriorated in the last two weeks and he may die at any moment. He got transferred many times to Assaf Harofeh Hospital because of the bleeding and weight loss which reached to 40 kg, and the sugar level reduced to 20.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated that the Israeli occupation authorities hold full responsibility on the life and fate of Abu Dyak, and called on the International institutions and human rights organization to immediately intervene and stop the medical crime committed against him. It also requested to release him immediately to live his final days with his mother.   

The detainee Samer Arbeed during the hearing session

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Israeli Special Forces arrested Samer Arbeed, 44, in 25/9/2019 in front of his workplace. He was accompanied by his wife, and he was subjected to beating during arrest process. Israeli forces prevented his lawyer from visiting him since the first moment of detention. In 27/9/2019, after two days of his detention, Samer arrived at the hospital with a state of unconsciousness, and he was diagnosed with 11 fractures in the chest, bruises all over his body and renal failure. Due to the seriousness of his health condition, he was anesthetized and linked to respirators because of the severe pasin he was suffering from. In 25/10/2019, Maariv newspaper published that Samer inhaled gas in his room at Hadassah hospital, noting that he was and still suffering from a difficult health condition. The Israeli occupation forces have revealed this matter from his lawyer and family, where his lawyer was prevented from visiting him for unknown reasons.
 
האסיר סאמר עראביד במהלך משפטו
  האסיר סאמר (44 שנה) נעצר על ידי כוחות מיוחדים מול מקום עבודתו בתאריך 9/25/2019, בעודו מלווה על ידי אשתו, והוא הוכה בכלי נשק במהלך תהליך מעצרו.
 מרגע מעצרו, כוחות הכיבוש מנעו מעורך דינו לבקר אותו או אפילו לדאוג לשלומו , ויומיים לאחר מעצרו ב- 9/29/2019 הגיע סאמר לבית החולים במצב של חוסר הכרה, שברים ב -11 צלעות בכלוב החזה, חבלות ומכות בכל גופו ואי ספיקת כליות.  קשה, ובשל חומרת מצבו הבריאותי, הוא הופנט והוצמד למכני הנשמה עקב חומרת הכאב ממנו סבל, וב- 10/25/2019 פרסם העיתון הישראלי "מעריב" כי סאמר נחשף לשאיפת גז בחדרו בבית החולים הישראלי "הדסה", כתוצאה משחרור הגז על ידי  אחד האסירים שליווה אותו בחדר.  שימו לב שהוא היה ונמצא עדיין במצב בריאותי קשה, וכוחות הכיבוש הסתירו עניין זה מעורך הדין של סאמר ומשפחתו, ועורך הדין מנוע מלבקר אותו באותה תקופה מסיבות שבית המשפט לא הסביר לעורך הדין.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs reveals grave violations practiced by the administration of prisons against children from Jerusalem

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs revealed in report issued today that the Israeli occupation seeks to deprive minors from Jerusalem their Palestinian identity through a series of violation against them in particular.

This issue has been discussed in a meeting organized by the Commission,  attended by many released minor detainees from Jerusalem, the released detainee Durgham A'raaj as their representative, Amjad Abu Asab the head of minor detainees' of Jerusalem committee and many lawyers from the commission to document minors' testimonies on the violations they were subjected to in prison.

The Head of the commission Qadri Abu Baker stated that the occupation's policies against minors aim at isolating Jerusalem from the rest of the Palestinian cities, in an attempt to destroy the future of the Palestinian people.

The released detainee Durgham A'raaj reviewed the practices of Israeli occupation authorities against minors from Jerusalem, which aim at taking out their national identity, in an attempt to control their minds in this sensitive age in a way that violates all moral conventions guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A'raaj stated that the occupation introduces dangerous alternatives of actual imprisonment, to avoid the integration between minors from Jerusalem and minors from the West Bank. Thus, minors from Jerusalem got separated in different sections to integrate them with Israeli criminal prisoners. This happened when they transferred many of them to Ofek criminals' prison, where in many cases minors where subjected to beating, cursing and stealing their personal belongings.

In addition, occupation authorities transfer minors to "Israeli Social Shelters", in which they got integrated with Israeli criminals. They are provided with curriculums that aim at "how to be an Israeli". They provide minors with weed by a psychological advisor and give them sedative medications at day hours and hypnotics at night which lead to addiction.

A'raaj discussed the topic of house detention, in which family became jailor against their son, after committing themselves to watch and confine their son and prevent him from being integrated with the society. This leaves bad psychological effects on the child and creates a state of aggression and excessive nervousness. Then, the child is transferred to actual imprisonment after he ends his house detention.

The Commission confirmed that the Legal department at the Commission of Detainees' Affairs had listened to testimonies of released minors from Jerusalem, and now it works on documenting forms and under oath testimonies of many minor detainees from Jerusalem to complain and try to put an end to these Israeli policies.

  

 

 

  

Detainees' Institutions: occupation authorities arrested 417 Palestinians in October 2019

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Israeli occupation authorities arrested 417 Palestinians from the occupied territories in October including 75 minors and 16 women.

Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out that occupation authorities arrested 188 citizens from Jerusalem, 30 from Ramallah, 60 from Hebron, 22 from Jenin, 22 from Bethlehem, 22 from Nablus, 26 from Tulkarem, 21 from Qalqilia, 5 from Tubas, 3 from Salfit, 9 from Jericho and 9 from Gaza Strip.

5000 detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including 40 women, 200 minors and 450 administrative detainees, while 85 administrative detention orders have been issued.

 

The battle of hunger strike is continuous

7 detainees in Israeli jails continued their hunger strike on October 2019 protesting against their administrative detention. Two of them made an agreement with the Israeli authorities to specify the period of their detention in exchange of ending their strike. Those detainees are Ahmad Ghannam who entered a strike for 102 days, Tareq Qa'dan 89 days, and Hiba Labadi 42 days.

Another 4 detainees continued their hunger strike: Ismail Ali since 111 days, Ahmad Zahran since 51 days and Mus'ab Hindi since 49 days. The detainee Yaqub Husain joined the strike at the end of October protesting against his solitary confinement.

Human rights organizations warned of the seriousness of health conditions for the detainees Ismail Ali, Ahmad Zahran and Mus'ab Hindi, where they are suffering from bad health conditions due to their strike such as weight loss, week vision, and inability to move.

However, the administration of prisons continues to implement systematic abusive measures against detainees on hunger strike through isolating them, holding them in narrow cells unfit for human life, depriving them of family and lawyer visits.

Administrative detention and minors

Israeli occupation forces use the policy of administrative detention as a collective punishment against Palestinian people. According to statistics in October 2019, occupation authorities issued 85 administrative detention orders, including 51 orders against persons arrested last month.

847 administrative detention orders were issued since the beginning of 2019, including 334 new orders.

Administrative detention is banned in accordance with International law, where Israeli militant laws related to administrative detention are based on the Mandatory Emergency law of 1945, in which the Israeli military commander depends on confidential files in most cases of administrative detention.

The Israeli Supreme court approved in many cases the possibility of not revealing this information, which violates the detainee's right to know the reason of his detention. Article 9 (2) of the International Special Covenant on Political and Civil Rights which stipulates "that any arrested person is entitled to be informed of the reason for his arrest and he shall be informed about any charge against him".

Most of male administrative detainees are currently imprisoned at Ofer and Megiddo prisons, where female detainees are held at Damoun prison. A case in point on minor detainees is the 17-year-old Suliman Abu Ghos from Qalandia refugee camp. He got arrested under administrative detention in 14\9\2019 for 4 months. It is worthy to mention that he was arrested in 14\1\2019 and sentenced to 4 months of administrative detention and a fine of NIS 1000 on the charge of incitement.

Another case in point is the 18-year-old Nidal Amer. He was sentenced to 1 year of real imprisonment, but when he finished the sentence they arrested him back and sentenced him to 6 months of administrative detention.

The 16-year-old detainee Hafeth Zayod from Jenin was arrested in 26/8/2019 and was sentenced to 4 months of administrative detention.

 

In the International Human Rights Day \ The Commission of Detainees: occupation authorities arrest 5000 Palestinians

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 The Commission of Detainees' Affairs stated that occupation authorities still holding 5000 Palestinians in Israeli jails including 200 minors and 38 women.

This came in a statement in the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, where the commission confirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities violate the provisions of protection guaranteed by international law for prisoners through arresting tens of Palestinians on a daily basis, accompanied by abusive measures using excessive force and extrajudicial execution.

In addition, Israeli authorities continue to arrest former members of Legislative Council, defenders of human rights and journalists on charges of posting on Facebook, where women and minors are not excluded.

The commission also stated that the prisons' administration have implemented suppressive policies aiming at destroying Palestinian detainees and degrading their dignity. This was implemented through interrogation in which detainees are subjected to many forms of physical and psychological torture.

Prisons' administration practices abusive and suppressive measures against detainees after transferring them to prison, these practices are represented in isolation, imposing fines, intensive beating, destroying detainees' belongings, depriving them of family visits, depriving them of medical care and treatment using the policy of medical negligence and transporting them in military vehicles made of iron in which they do not feel comfortable, especially sick detainees.

The commission confirmed the existence of flagrant violations of International Law provisions practiced by Israeli authorities against Palestinian detainees, ignoring the guarantees of fair trial provided by International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, especially the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners 1955, and other declarations and international agreements that guarantee the rights of detainees.

The Commission of Detainees' Affairs called on the International Community to intervene and fulfill its legal and ethical commitments towards Palestinians, and to take actual procedures to hold the occupation authorities accountable for the daily crimes committed against our people. It also called on activating solidarity campaigns to support Palestinians and their cause.

 

A state of maximum alert and tension in Israeli prisons The martyrdom of the sick detainee Sami Abu Dyak

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The Commission of Detainees' Affairs announced today morning the martyrdom of the detainee Sami Abu Dyak in the prisons of Israeli occupation.

The commission stated that after long months of warning on the seriousness of his health condition he might die at any moment due to the crime of medical negligence and deliberate murdering by the Zionist occupation.

Abu Dyak is 36 years old and he was sentenced to a life term and 30 years. He was imprisoned since 2002, and he underwent a surgery at Soroka Hospital in 2015 in which they removed more than 80cm of his intestines. Soon after, he was diagnosed with cancer in the intestines, renal failure and lung insufficiency.

39 women detainees are currently held in Israeli jails including many wounded and 3 administrative detainees

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There are 39 women detainees in the Israeli jails, held at Damoun prison except for the detainee Hiba Al-Labadi, who entered a hunger strike since 41 days and held at Al-Ramlah prison clinic, and the wounded detainee Suhair Islamya who is held at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, the commission of Detainees' Affairs stated.

The commission pointed out that 28 women detainees are sentenced to maximum 16 years, 8 detainees are under custody and 3 detainees under the administrative detention such as Hiba Al-labadi, Alaa' Basheer and Shuruq Al-badan.

 The commission also stated that some detainees are suffering from bad health conditions. A case in point is the detainee Israa' Jaabees, Hiba Al-Labadai, Shuruq Dwayat, Marah Bakeer and Amal Taqatqa who do not receive any medical care.

The commission revealed that the occupation authorities issued insane sentences against women detainees with high fines and long years. Cases in point: the detainee Shuruq Dwayat who is sentenced to 16 years and a fine of NIS 80.000, Shatella Abu Ayyad sentenced to 16 years, Aysha Afghani and Maysoun Jabali 15 years, Nourhan Awwad sentenced to 13 years, Israa Jaabees sentenced to 11 years, Fadwa Hamada, Amani Hasheem and Malak Suliman are sentenced to 10 years.

 

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

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