Comprehensive documentary report to mark the Prisoner Day
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested since 1967 until 2016 nearly one million Palestinians, including more than 15 thousand women, and tens of thousands of children. These daunting numbers refer to the size of the Palestinians sacrifice in their struggle against the occupier’s arrogance and tyranny. According to a comprehensive documentary report, released by the Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Committee and the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), to mark the Palestinian Prisoner Day, the IOF had arrested more than 90 thousand Palestinians since the year 2000, including more than 11 thousand children, about 1,300 women, and more than 65 deputies and ministers. The report said that the arrests were not confined to a particular category of the Palestinian society, but affected all the categories and segments of Palestinian society. Brief introduction on the history of the National Palestinian Prisoners Movement The comprehensive documentary report singled out a brief history of the National Palestinian Prisoners Movement, stating that the Movement started its work since the Israeli occupation of Palestine in 1948. The prisoners case is one of the major humanitarian, political and legal issues in the contemporary times in light of the fact that more than one-third of the Palestinian people had been imprisoned throughout the long years of the conflict with the Israeli occupation and the Zionist movement. Statistics According to the report, nearly 7 thousand Palestinians, including 70 female prisoners and more than 400 children, are currently languishing in the Israeli occupation jails. The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is holding the prisoners in 22 prisons and investigation and interrogation detention centers in addition to the Israeli Etzion and Hawara army detention centers. 4,800 arrests since the beginning of the third Intifada The report pointed that the IOA had arrested nearly five thousand people since the outbreak of the Jerusalem intifada (uprising) last October, including 1,400 children and minors, the majority of the arrested are from Jerusalem and Al-Khalil. Racist laws The report listed a number of laws legislated by the Israeli Knesset against the National Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement, among which are: the force-feeding law for hunger-striking prisoners in addition to toughening punishment against stone throwers and the detention of children. In addition to the legislated laws there are draft laws, namely: The draft law of prisoners execution and denial of education and communication, noting that prisoners are deprived of education and communication services without legislated laws. In addition to the draft law of “terrorism”, tightening punishment for the released Palestinian prisoners in the Shalit swap deal and the application of the criminal law on security prisoners. Extrajudicial executions The report says: “Since last October, the IOF resorted to the policy of extrajudicial executions, therefore since October 2015 until today, organized crimes of executions and mass and unprecedented arrests are being committed, as more than 85% of the martyrs of the current Jerusalem intifada were executed at point blank range and even at zero point in some cases, although the Israeli police and army were able to arrest most of the alleged attackers instead of executing them. The National Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement’s classifications of prisoners: The comprehensive documentary report stated some of the movement’s classifications of prisoners: Former prisoners The term former prisoners means prisoners who were arrested by the occupation before the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993. In 2013, three groups of prisoners were released during negotiations that were interrupted because the occupation had refused to release the fourth group, which consisted of 30 prisoners in March 2014. This term refers also to the prisoners who have spent more than 20 years in Israeli jails. Female prisoners The number of female prisoners reached 70, 17 of whom are little girls. Children and minor Prisoners The number of Palestinian minors (less than 18 years) in Israeli jails reached 400 children. They are held in Megiddo and Ofer prisons. Children are exposed during their detention to different practices of torture, humiliation and cruel treatment, from the moment of their arrest. They are also brutally taken out of their homes in the late hours of the night; in addition to the humiliating and degrading treatment they are exposed to while being transported to detention centers or interrogation centers, not to mention the harsh treatment and torture against them. It is noteworthy that many of the minors’ confessions were extracted by force and threat, and some were sentenced in absentia. Furthermore, the Israeli military courts did not hesitate to issue high sentences against the minor prisoners accompanied with high fines, most of the minor prisoners were released in exchange of payment of fines or what is known as third party sponsorships, or were being locked in their homes or being kept away from their places of residence or outside Jerusalem. Most of the arrested minors were from Jerusalem. Administrative prisoners There are nearly 750 prisoners are held under administrative detention in the occupation prisons. Administrative detention is the unknown enemy that faces the Palestinian prisoners, a penalty without charge, where the prisoner is being held without trial and without giving him or his lawyer the chance of defense due to lack of incriminating evidence. Administrative detention decisions are based on the so-called “secret file” provided by the Israeli intelligence services (Shin Bet). Martyr prisoners Martyr prisoners are the prisoners who died while in detention at the hands of the Zionist army, or prisoners who were exposed to extrajudicial execution, and also the prisoners who died in prison as a result of deliberate medical neglect or as a result of the repression policies against them inside prisons. Martyr prisoners reached 207 martyrs. In addition to a number of prisoners who died only weeks after their release, among them are: Zakariya Isa, Zuhair Labadah, Ashraf Abu Thrai, and the last of them was the martyr Fadi Darby. Sick prisoners The IOA pursue medical negligence policy against the Palestinian sick and wounded prisoners, in addition to assaulting them and tying them up while transferred via the Bosta (an Israeli prison vehicle in which the detainees are transported shackled to iron chairs for long hours) without regard to their health. The number of sick prisoners is more than 700 prisoners, including 23 prisoners languishing in “Ramleh prison clinic”; most of them receive only painkillers and anesthetics. Two prisoners were martyred during the year 2015 as a result of medical negligence policy, raising the number of martyr prisoners of the movement to 207 martyrs, namely: the ex-prisoner Jaafar Awad, 22, from al-Khalil, who died on the tenth of April 2015 after suffering from several serious diseases during his arrest, which were diabetes, severe pneumonia and problems with his glands, and prisoner Fadi Ali Ahmed Darby, 30, from the city of Jenin, in October 2015, after suffering a stroke which caused him to enter a stage of clinical death for several days, and after suffering from medical neglect by the Israeli prison services for two years, especially since he suffered from bleeding in his navel while he was isolated and was not given any treatment. Isolated prisoners The “Shin Bet” holds 16 prisoners in solitary confinement under the pretext of “security reasons and secret files”, seven of whom are isolated since 2013, in addition to isolating many of the prisoners almost daily under the pretext of “punishment”, which is often a result of the prisoners’ protest to bad conditions. Re-arrested prisoners (Shalit deal) The IOA has re-arrested 70 prisoners of the released in Shalit swap deal in 2014, among the re-arrested is the prisoner Nael Barghouti, who languished in the Israeli prisons for (34) years. A special military commission was formed to look into their cases, the commission legislated re-sentencing them their same sentences under the so-called the “secret file”. 47 of them were re-sentenced with their pervious sentences. Violations in prisons The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and the IOF practice abuse and torture against prisoners’ movement in jails and interrogation and detention centers, and during interrogation, and during transfer to the courts and hospitals via the “Bosta”. Many violations against the prisoners have been recorded, such as the deprivation of medications and treatment, sudden incursions at night, arbitrary transfers between prisons and sections, depriving prisoners of being in one prison with relatives of the first class in some cases, assaulting prisoners by beating and firing tear gas between the sections of closed rooms, the shooting in the squares, in addition to depriving some prisoners of family visits, setting up a glass barrier between the prisoner and his family during the visit, the imposition of sanctions including isolation, payment of fines, and disconnecting power and water supplies. Torture against prisoners Legal reports indicate that 95% of the total detainees were subjected to torture and cruel abuse by investigators and the Israeli army. Different types of torture included, beatings, brutal and barbaric abuse against prisoners during their arrest and before being transferred to interrogation and detention centers, as well as forcing them to take off their clothes and leave them for long hours in the bitter cold with their hands and legs cuffed, and the denial of access to toilets. Upon the arrival of prisoners to interrogation cells and detention centers scattered in Israel, they are subjected to cruel interrogation, sleep deprivation, and continued denial of meeting their lawyers, in addition to demolishing the homes of dozens of them and punishing their families by the arrest of the some prisoners’ wives and mothers in an attempt to force the prisoners to confess, in addition to solitary confinement for long periods.
(Source / 16.04.2016)