Palestinian Prisoners:A political issue
Detention and imprisonment became oneof the tools for Israeli forces to oppress thePalestinian people calling for freedom andself-determination. This led to never-endingarrests campaigns that imprisoned hundredsof thousands Palestinians over the past sevendecades. According to Addameer DetentionReport there were 4,812 Palestinian politicalprisoners in Israeli prisons and detentioncentres in February 2013, including 178administrative detainees, 12 women and219 children (31 under the age of 16).UFree Network, established to defend therights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees,mentioned in previous reports that there areno juvenile prisons for Palestinians. As aresult, children often serve their sentencesin the same cells as adults. More than 6,000Palestinian children have been detainedsince 2000. In February 2013 there were219 Palestinian prisoners and detaineesunder 18, more than %10 of them beingunder the age of 16. A large number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees areaccused of executing acts of terrorism orparticipating in such acts. However, thoseprisoners were calling for freedom andself-determination, but they did not selectterrorism as the appropriate strategy.
Living conditions in prisons
In addition to the arbitrary practice of administrative detention, the restrictionson family visits and the practice of torture,Palestinian prisoners and detainees aredenied access to basic health services. Israeliauthorities refuse to provide the neededmedications to prisoners suffering varioushealth problems. On different occasions,the prison authorities were reported to giveprisoners with chronic health disease solelypain killers.According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz,a report issued by the Justice Ministry›s Public
overcrowding, inadequate access tomedical care, poor hygienic conditions,and excessive punitive measures in mostIsraeli facilities. In a recent report by theIndependent Commission for Human Rights,the organisation stated that they are “gravelyconcerned over the extreme deterioration of the Palestinian prisoners’ conditions in theIsraeli prisons and detention centres”
Torture in Israeli Jails3