Friday, April 24, 2009

Nahshon units beat Palestinian captives for rejecting orange uniform

[ 24/04/2009 - 03:34 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The PA ministry of prisoners and ex-prisoners' affairs in Gaza has condemned Thursday the repressive IOA measures against Palestinian captives in Ashkilon prison for refusing to dress themselves with the orange uniform.

In a statement he issued in this regard, and a copy of which was obtained by the PIC, Riyadh Al-Ashkar, the information officer of the ministry, warned that that assault of the Israeli Nahshon units on the 19 Palestinian detainees who refused to put on the uniform could be a prelude for further repressive measures against the captives.

Palestinian prisoners have decided to reject wearing the orange uniform, underling that they were prisoners of war (POWs), and not criminals. They added that the uniform could inflict bad psychological repercussions on the captives and on their families.

At least three Palestinian prisoners were wounded when the Nahshon unit beat them up, according to Ashkar, who added that the IOA wants to impose its will over the Palestinian detainees by forcing them to wear the uniform.

In this regard, Ashkar urged all human rights and legal institutions to immediately interfere to rescue the Palestinian captives of the despotic Israeli measures.

Meanwhile, in Ramallah city, the Palestinian prisoner club society revealed that the Israeli Ofer, Salem courts, and the interrogation centers of Al-Maskobeyyah and Jalama have extended the detention terms of 24 Palestinian citizens from the West Bank, and imposed fines on a number of them.

Around 11,500 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of women and children, are locked up in different Israeli jails, many of them for more than 20 years now, in very tragic conditions.