[Pnews] Israel Tortures Palestinian Women Prisoners

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Wed Nov 27 12:19:10 EST 2013

    Report: Israel Exercises Torture Against Palestinian Female

    Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:1


The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies said in a report that the 
Israeli occupation has been exercising all forms of torture and violence 
against Palestinian female prisoners in its jail.

The center's report was marking the International Day for the 
Elimination of Violence against Women that falls on November 25th.

The center said that the international institutions, which enact laws 
prohibiting torture and violence against women, have been turning a 
blind eye to the occupation's abuses and practices against Palestinian 
women and female prisoners.

Media spokesman for Palestinian Prisoners Center, researcher Riad 
al-Ashqar pointed out that Israel has arrested since the occupation of 
the Palestinian territories more than 10 thousand Palestinian women and 
since the Aqsa Intifada more than 1,100 women, 14 of whom are still held 
in Israeli jails, including 5 patients.

He added that the Palestinian women are held under harsh conditions in 
Israeli custody, as they are subjected to humiliating treatment and 
repeated attacks by jailers, in addition to the policy of strip searches.

The Israeli prison administration has also been holding Palestinian 
female prisoners in the solitary confinement, depriving them of 
education, and imposing heavy fines on them for trivial reasons.

Freed prisoner Muntaha Mahmoud al-Hih said she was tortured and severely 
beaten by the Israeli soldiers during her interrogation, which caused 
her bleeding in the kidney. She was also put in solitary confinement and 
was cuffed for long hours, she added.

For her part, recently liberated captive Inam Qalambo asserted that a 
number of Israeli soldiers arrested her and beat her on the face, and 
then transferred her to Moscobiya interrogation center where they used 
electricity in torturing her, during the interrogation.

Researcher Riad al-Ashqar also pointed to the suffering of the patient 
prisoners from the deliberate policy of medical neglect adopted in the 
occupation jails.

The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies appealed to the 
international and human rights institutions, particularly those 
concerned with women's issues, to immediately intervene to put an end to 
the worsening suffering of female prisoners, to work on releasing them 
from jails, and to force the occupation to commit to the Fourth Geneva 

Source: Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
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