[Ppnews] Palestinian Detainee In Solitary Confinement For 10 Years - 75 year old mother is security risk

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Fri May 4 11:15:32 EDT 2012

Detainee In Solitary Confinement For 10 Years


  Friday May 04, 2012 05:31
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies 
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Mahmoud Issa is a Palestinian political prisoner who has been in 
prison since 1993 and in solitary confinement for the last 10 years. 
He is allowed only half-hour visits from his family while in February 
a judge denied Issa's 75-year-old mother the right to visit him. 
Israel claims she is a "security risk",

Mahmoud Issa, from Anata town north east of Jerusalem, has been 
imprisoned by Israel since 1993. He was sentenced by an Israeli 
military court to three life-terms, on the grounds that he 
participated in the abduction and killing of an Israeli soldier 
identified as Nissim Toledano, and that he attempted to kill two 
other Israeli soldiers.

A report by Israeli daily, Haaretz, revealed that the ruling was 
based on what the judge called "secret material" and information 
submitted by Israeli Internal Security (Shin Bet).

Issa's family stated that he has been kept in solitary confinement 
for all these years as an act of punishment.

His sister stated that it is unbelievable that Israel considers his 
75 yea -old mother a security risk despite her sickness, old age and 
partial deafness.

She added that even when they are allowed to visit Issa they do not 
have any body contact because of the glass barrier that separates 
them during visits, and they can only speak to him through an 
internal phone monitored by the guards, Haaretz reported.

Israel claims it has not received visitation requests from Issa's 
mother or family, and that should a request be submitted, "[i]t would 
look into it". The claim was denied by Issa's family who said they 
have filed numerous requests.

Israel's Shin Bet orders the prison service to renew Issa's solitary 
confinement every six months, so he remains at all times in his small 
cell and denied his right to be among other political detainees.

Haaretz further reported that lawyer Abeer Baker told the District 
Court in Nazareth, back in November 2011 that the Inter-American 
Court of Human Rights has ruled that extended periods of solitary 
confinement violate the American Convention on Human Rights.

But Judge David Cheshin ruled on November 30, that the prosecution 
had granted him "enough material to keep the detainee in solitary 
confinement", and claimed that "preventing family visits and phone 
calls is not meant to be a punishment".

An end to solitary confinement is one of the main demands that 
impelled Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel to launch 
their open-ended hunger strike. The detainees are also demanding that 
visits to detainees from the Gaza Strip be allowed, and that their 
basic rights guaranteed by International Law be granted.

Detainees Bilal Thiab and Thaer Halahla have been on hunger strike 
for 67 days; both were brought to court on Thursday where Arab member 
of Knesset Dr. Ahamd Tibi examined them and diagnosed serious health 
conditions which require immediate hospitalization.

On Wednesday, detainee Rateb Ad-Deek, also on hunger-strike, lost his 
sense of hearing, and was vomiting blood after being given the wrong 
medication in prison, the Palestinian Prisoners Society reported.

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