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Detainees' institutions: occupation authorities arrested (446) Palestinians on October 2020

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Israeli occupation authorities arrested (446) Palestinians from the occupied territories on October, including (63) 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 and Wadi Hilweh Information Center) pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested (200) citizens from Jerusalem, (34) from Ramallah, (70) from Hebron, (34) from Jenin, (37) from Bethlehem, (27) from Nablus, (10) from Tulkarem, (17) from Qalqilia, (2) from Jericho, (8) from Tubas, (2) from Salfit and (5) from Gaza strip.

(4500) detainees are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails including (40) women, (170) minors and (370) administrative detainees, while (68) new administrative detention orders have been issued.

The report includes the most prominent policies of the occupation authorities practiced against detainees during October 2020, such as: solitary confinement, continuous systematic arrests especially in Jerusalem and depriving tens of detainees of family visits.

Solitary confinement policy

Occupation authorities continued with its suppressive system and forces to cause physical and psychological hurt against detainees inside jails, starting with holding nearly (4500) detainees in its jails, using the policy of solitary confinement, depriving them of contacting other detainees and depriving them of family visits.

The administration of prisons used solitary confinement as a means of humiliation and punishment against detainees under the pretext of "breaching prison security or state security", where they are isolated for a long time, in an attempt to break their determination. However, when detainees started a hunger strike in 2012, which lasted for 28 days, it ended with the isolation of 19 detainees under "security reasons", in which the detainees remained for 22-23 hours.

The decision of isolation is issued by a civilian court, without any legal representation of the detainee, at the request of the Israeli Intelligence Device, under the pretext of the existence of a "confidential file".

The law allows occupation courts to issue a decision to place the detainee in isolation for 6 months in a single cell and 12 months in shared cells.

The detainee Wael Jaghoub

The detainee Wael Jaghoub narrated the details of his isolation at Magiddo prison to a lawyer from Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, where he lives 22 hours in a cell containing toilet and television, and he is deprived of family visits and using the telephone.

He is 41 years old, sentenced to a life imprisonment and detained since 2001. On June 28, 2020 he was moved from Jelboa prison to the isolation of Megiddo prison for 20 days in difficult situations, and then he was moved to Jalamah interrogation center for 24 days, and then he returned to the isolation last August.

The detainee Imad Batran

He has been isolated since March 3, 2020 at Megiddo prison. He is an administrative detainee who was arrested on January 1, 2020. He is a former detainee who spent nearly 10 and a half in prison, including 9 and a half in administrative detention. He entered a hunger strike in 2013 for 105 days and another one in 2016 which lasted for 35 days, protesting against his administrative detention.

He suffers from many health problems since 5 months, but the administration of prison procrastinates in making medical checkups for him until today.

At the time of the epidemic, solitary confinement gets worse due to the irregularity of lawyers' visits, which is the only way detainees can communicate with their families.

In 2011, Juan Méndez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, called on all countries to prohibit solitary confinement, except in extremely exceptional circumstances and for the shortest possible period [1].

The way used by the state of occupation in solitary confinement against Palestinian detainees vioaltes the rights guaranteed by the Forth Geneva Convention and the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

It should be noted that the Human Rights Committee Comment No. 7 on Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights affirms that solitary confinement, especially when the detainee is completely isolated, is one of the inhumane and degrading methods of treatment banned by the same article.

However, the occupation authorities are still holding 12 detainees in solitary confinement.

Jerusalem confronts the systematic campaigns of arrests and humiliation

The occupation authorities increased the arrest campaigns in Jerusalem during October 2020, where 200 cases have been recorded in Jerusalem, including 45 minors and 15 women, and the arrests focused on Alezarya town with 90 cases.

Israeli forces tended to put face masks on the eyes of detainees inside the police cars and during being in interrogation centers, and continued to chase former detainees. For example, they arrested the former detainee Areen Za'aneen immediately after releasing him from Nafha prison, after serving 5 months in prison. He has been released under the condition of exile from Jerusalem for 10 days. Another case in point, they arrested the former detainee Odai Ebaid from Essaweya town on the same day of releasing him, after serving 15 months in prison.

Al Bashiety family as an example

Al Bashiety family lives near Al-Majles gate, one of Al-Aqsa gates, which suffer on a daily basis from the occupation's policies, such as storming their house, destroying its belongings, arresting their three children and imposing fines or house arrest against them.

Occupation forces arrested their eldest son 'Hisham' from Essaweya town and beat him, where he directly moved to prison, and also arrested the other sons Hatem and Abdulrahman and released them under the condition of exile from Jerusalem and house arrest.

Al Bashiety said that storming campaigns to their house never stop, where in any event in the town occupation forces storm their house, arrest their sons and release them at the same day with paying financial guarantees.

Hatem said that the repeated arrests made him lose his school year, while Abdulrahman said that he suffers from diabetes and that he was arrested many times for holding the diabetes screening machine with him. He told them that it is necessary but they deprived him from eating and taking his medicine during interrogation and detention.

Occupation authorities continued to chase children from Jerusalem and prosecute them

The judge of magistrate court issued in October a sentence of actual imprisonment for two years and a fine against the child Ashraf Hasan Edwan (13-year-old), under the charge of trying to stab a soldier near Al-Aqsa gates in 26/9/2019.

The judge decided during the session of 28/10/2020 to keep Ashraf in "Yarka internal institution", so he will be sentenced to 3 years "from the date of his arrest" and he has to pay a fine of 5000 NIS.

He was arrested one year ago from Al Aqsa mosque, and after interrogation he was held at Yarka institution. His mother was able to visit him one time, since she is from the West Bank and needs a permit to enter Jerusalem.

Wafa' Abu Jum'a,, an example of chasing women and sick persons

"Serving the public" is free work for 8 hours daily in Israeli organizations. This sentence is imposed against women, elderly people and minors under the supervision of an Israeli officer.

Wafa' Abu Jum'a (52-year-old) has been sentenced to "serving the public" for 8 months, and then she has been sentenced to actual imprisonment for 6 months and a half, after rejecting her by the organization due to her difficult health condition.

She stated "this sentence is not easy, since I can't work even in my house and I have diabetes, and this sentence hurts me a lot"

It is pointed out that chasing Abu Jum'a started in 2015, where she has been arrested three times under various charges such as" incitement on social media and threatening settlers and attacking them.

"Corona" is a punitive measure that increases the pain of deprivation of family visits for Gaza detainees

Detainees' families visits are legal rights guaranteed according to international covenants and agreements. In case it is stopped due to coronavirus, there should be an alternate way of communication between detainees and their families, especially detainees who are deprived from family visits long years ago.

There are 255 detainees from Gaza who suffer due to the continuation of visits prevention and interrupting communication between them since the beginning of coronavirus pandemic.

It has been discovered that the administration of prisons misused this pandemic as a means of punishment and deprive detainees from contacting their families through visits or phone calls.

The detainee Basil Iraif as a case in point

The case of the detainee Basil, from Gaza Strip and sentenced to a life imprisonment, is one of the most difficult cases for those who are deprived of family visits, since he has not seen his father since 20 years, under the pretext of "security prevention". The Israeli authorities use this pandemic to prevent him from making any phone call with his family.

We call on the International Committee of the Red Cross and all humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene and practice pressure against Israel to find a mechanism for communication especially for detainees from Gaza.

Detainees' institutions renew their calls for international human rights organizations to release elderly and sick detainees, and allow an international committee to follow up detainees' health conditions, and practice pressure against Israel to stop daily detention, in addition to the systematic torture policies carried out against detainees in Israeli prisons.


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