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

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

Detainees' institutions and human rights organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (92) citizens from Jerusalem, (10) from Ramallah, (28) from Hebron, (22) from Jenin, (11) from Bethlehem, (5) from Nablus, (11) from Tulkarem, (7) from Qalqilia, (8) from Gaza Strip, (1) from Salfit, (1) from Jericho and none from Tubas. (4700) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (39) women, (180) minors and (400) administrative detainees, while (62) new administrative detention orders have been issued.

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

 The policy of solitary confinement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detainees are facing duplicated suffering in Ramadan

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

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

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