[Ppnews] Palestinian Political prisoners hope international attention may solve their plight
Political Prisoner News
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Tue Dec 5 11:39:10 EST 2006
Political prisoners hope international attention may solve their plight
(Jenin) Ali Samoudi
Tuesday, 05 December 2006
In the Israeli Al Naqab (Negev) Prison, 2,309 Palestinian political
prisoners are collectively expressing great hope that a government of
national unity will soon be formed. After a Mandela Institute lawyer
visited the desert prison, she reported that the Palestinians inside
are resentful of the faltering dialogue.
The unity government means a possibility of release, not for all, but
for some of the political prisoners. And "some" is better than none,
as all report that living conditions are "sub-human." The information
gathered by Mandela confirmed most reports from Israeli prisons.
"Health situations are difficult. Any medical treatments are delayed,
and right now in particular we cannot get dental treatments and the
pain can be excruciating. Prisoners who are ill are all but ignored
and we cannot get warm clothing from our families. If they bring it,
the Israeli prison guards will not accept it."
The Mandela report issued today continued to indicate that the
Israeli prison administration is imposing fines and penalties for
reasons described as trivial, and that family members who are allowed
to visit are forced to undergo humiliating inspections and inhumane
treatment. "There is a shortage of cleaning materials and in turn a
noticeable spread of insects and mice."
Another concern is that of the Palestinians being held under
Administrative Detention, meaning without charge or trial, of which
there are currently 390 in Al Naqab. Most are described as suffering
from the psychological toll this takes as oft-times they are just
hours from release before having their sentences extended again. Some
have been imprisoned under this system for years.
Former Foreign Minister, Dr. Nasser Al Kidwa, met with Mandela
officials and thanked the Institute for its efforts on behalf of the
political prisoners. He said that it is of the utmost importance to
bring international attention to the issue, focusing on the most
egregious offenses, such as the delay in, or lack of, medical
treatment and surgical operations, cruel treatment, torture,
deprivation of visits and deficiencies in the quality and quantity of
food. Solitary confinement and the policy of Administrative Detention
are also of particular concern to Al Kidwa in his hopes to bring
international intervention via international law and resolutions. In
the meantime, the prisoners themselves are resting their hopes on
forming a national unity government that will bring international
light to all of the dark corners of the Israeli prison system.
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