Saturday, January 22, 2011

Prisoners of Israel hunger strike over solitary

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The National Prisoners' Committee announced on Friday, the start of a two-day hunger strike in Israel's Nafha prison in the Negev desert.

The committee said it called the strike to protest the solitary confinement of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine secretary-general Ahmad Sa'adat and Hamas lawmaker Jamal Abu Al-Haya.

Supporters say the men have been frequently placed in solitary confinement for long durations throughout their terms in prison.

The political leaders suffered deteriorating health and Israel's prison authorities refused them treatment, the committee said.

Further, the strike was called to protest regular night raids on cells and confiscation of detainees' property. Prison guards also frequently seized family members' visiting permits on their arrival to the prison, the committee added.

Israeli authorities also prevented prisoners from enrolling at universities, and canceled the enrollment of those already studying.

In addition, the committee said prisoners were denied hot water or mattresses in order to force detainees to pay for them at their own expense.


Nafha prisoners start two-day hunger strike
[ 22/01/2011 - 07:29 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The ministry of prisoners in Gaza Strip said that the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Nafha jail have gone on hunger strike on Friday to protest their cruel incarceration conditions.
The ministry's spokesman Riyadh Al-Ashqar said in a press release that prisoners in all wards in that jail had joined the strike that would continue on Saturday.
He said that the prisoners are protesting the continued solitary confinement of internees and constant rough search of their rooms.
Ashqar noted that the prisoners presented a list of their demands to the prison's administration including ending the isolation of Hamas leader Jamal Abulhaija and PFLP leader Ahmed Saadat in addition to stopping to the daily violent storming of their rooms that include beating prisoners and spraying them with gas in addition to breaking their belongings and confiscating some of them.
They demand reducing the four daily searches of their rooms that take 40 minutes each time during which they are crammed in small areas, he said, adding that the prisoners also ask for allowing all prisoners to get out of their cells for the daily stroll at one time to see each other. He pointed out that the administration only allows groups of 60 prisoners to get out of their cells in order to block meeting of all prisoners.