Monday, June 15, 2009

Wa’ed: Hamas and Islamic Jihad female inmates will be sent to notorious Damon

[ 15/06/2009 - 11:45 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Wa’ed society for detainees and ex-detainees said Sunday that the Israeli occupation authority has decided to transfer early next month 34 female prisoners affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Hasharon prison to Damon prison that is notorious for its very poor incarceration conditions.

In a statement received by the PIC, Wa’ed added that the transfer decision is aimed to pressure and tighten the screws on these Palestinian women.

The society explained that Damon is not suitable to be a prison where the rooms are very packed and full of prisoners, noting that 12 Palestinian women are locked up in one room.

The society, in light of the bad imprisonment conditions inside this jail, expressed deep concern over the lives of those women to be transferred to Damon prison especially in the presence of a one-year old infant, the son of prisoner Fatima Al-Zak.

Damon was built during the British mandate as a repository of tobacco leaves and designed to provide moisture for the conservation of the tobacco stock and in 1948, Israel took control over it and later used it as a military prison.

The society pointed out that the prison building and its premises are old and filled with mold and humidity and there is no one drop of water safe to drink inside this prison which poses a threat to the health of female prisoners and their children.