Palestinian prisoners forced to do hard labour in jail

Palestinians gather to stage a demonstration organized by The Palestinian National Interest Committee as they hold a placard and Palestinian flags to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, in Nablus, West Bank on 14 August, 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians gather to stage a demonstration to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, in Nablus, West Bank on 14 August, 2017

Prisoners’ Centre for Studies revealed yesterday that Israeli prison authorities have forced Palestinian prisoners to complete hard labour which is not part of their sentence.

In a report, the organisation said that this started in 1967 when Palestinian prisoners were forced to work in the military’s metal shops and carpentries to produce and repair military equipment.

Raafat Hamdouna, a former prisoner in Israeli jails and current director of the Prisoners’ Centre, said that the detainees were also obliged to make carpets, iron the clothes of prison officers and clean their rooms, but this ended in the 1970s as the prisoners protested against this and a number died in the process.

Palestinian prisoners wanted to work in prison facilities related to their detention, Hamdouna explained, including the bakery and kitchen, however they have been refused this and instead Israeli detainees work there.

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(Source / 01.05.2018)

Israel refuses to disclose open-fire policy for Gaza

Palestinians attend the funeral ceremony of Marwan Kadeh, who was murdered by Israeli soldiers during "Great March of Return" near Gaza-Israel border, at Al-Taqwa Mosque in Khoza'a town of Khan Yunis, Gaza on 9 April, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians attend the funeral ceremony of Marwan Kadeh, who was murdered by Israeli soldiers during “Great March of Return” near Gaza-Israel border, at Al-Taqwa Mosque in Khoza’a town of Khan Yunis, Gaza on 9 April, 2018

Israeli occupation army has refused to disclose the rule of opening fire at peaceful Palestinian protesters along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday.

The refusal came after a petition filed by a number of Israeli and Palestinian rights groups to the Israeli High Court of Justice requesting clarification of policies regarding demonstrations being held as part of the Great March of Return which was launched on 30 March in Gaza.

Responding to the petition, the Israeli army said that the policy regarding the use of force along the Gaza border is “confidential”.

It insisted, according to Haaretz, that the rules of engagement in this regard could only be disclosed in a closed court session.

Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have repeatedly called on Israel to stop using live ammunition against peaceful Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

READ: Amnesty renews calls for arms embargo against Israel

Some 45 Palestinians have been killed in the past five weeks of demonstrations as part of the Great March or Return, with some 5,511 others injured, including at least 592 children