Monday, July 27, 2009

New Israeli committee undermines achievements made by Palestinians through protest in Israeli jails

25.07.09 - 20:37

Gaza / PNN - The Ministry involved in the issues of political prisoners said this evening that the situation for Palestinians in all Israeli detention centers is worsening by the day.

Although the number is reported between 9,500 and 11,000 Palestinians and Arabs in Israeli prisons the exact count is difficult as arrests occur on a daily basis. The Hamas government’s Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs is using the higher number as it reports on Saturday.

Citing both mental and physical health, it is notable that an increase in policies contravening international standards continues to be carried out. Within the past few months the intensity of mistreatment is up, says the prisoners’ ministry, because of a decision made by the Special Committee created by the Israeli government.

The director of the information department of the Palestinian prison ministry said today that the occupying administration “has spared no effort to undermine the achievements of the prisoners and their rights, while interfering in both large and small details of the lives of prisoners.” The Ministry of Detainees added that this is done “in order to ensure that their lives are narrow and disrupted, with the prisoners constantly employed in how to cope with a new situation after withdrawing from the last.”

The report includes severe deprivations of food and medical attention, along with an additional policy to revoke achievements such as no orange uniforms, news watching and visits held away from the confines of closed plastic.