Female prisoners endure hard situation inside Israeli jails

Sexual harassment is form of the unethical Israeli violence practiced against the female prisoners

Fifty-eight Palestinian female prisoners including seven minors are being held in Israeli jails are enduring hard conditions, a Palestinian Authority (PA) lawyer said on Friday.

The lawyer said: “Some of the prisoners concede their right to stand before the court in order to avoid the miserable journeys to the Israeli courthouses.”

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Fifty-eight Palestinian female prisoners including seven minors are being held in Israeli jails are enduring hard conditions, a Palestinian Authority (PA) lawyer said on Friday.

Hanan al-Khatib, the lawyer working with the PA Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said that the youngest female prisoner is 14-year-old Kariman Swidan from the West Bank village of Azzun.

According to Al-Khatib, five of the female prisoners were wounded by the Israeli occupation forces before they were arrested and they are denied proper medical treatment.

In addition, Al-Khatib said: “The female prisoners are being held in miserable conditions”, noting that the Damon Prison, which was recently reopened, lacks electrical equipment.

“There is also a problem with overcrowding cells as each one has a total of 17 beds and just one toilet,” the lawyer said.

She noted that the prisoners are afraid of diseases and pollution, and there are already cases of infections among prisoners.

About the journey of the female prisoners to the courts, Al-Khatib said: “The prisoners are transported in cold cars, and the trip takes long hours, even days to the courthouse where the prisoners have to wait for long hours in the cold.”

She added: “Some of the prisoners concede their right to stand before the court in order to avoid the miserable journeys.”

Al-Khatib warned that the prisoners are suffering from great psychological pressure, a form of which is sexual harassment, and that many of them need medical assistance.

(Source / 30.01.2016)

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