[Pnews] Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation - Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers
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Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation, Support
Palestinian Hunger Strikers
Dec 16, 2014
Over 100 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are now
participating in a collective hunger strike, as prisoners from Eshel and
Ramon prisons joined the strike demanding an end to the policy of
solitary confinement and in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi
who has been held in solitary confinement since May 2013 and has been on
hunger strike since 20 November. The collective strike was launched by
70 prisoners on 9 December. The strikers are demanding al-Saadi's
release from isolation; regular family visits for al-Saadi; and an end
to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian
Al-Saadi, in isolation for a year and seven months, has been denied
family visits and medical treatment, and was denied a lawyer visit just
this week. *Take Action today: Demand an end to solitary confinement and
Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights issued an urgent call
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=740> regarding the situation
of Nahar al-Saadi, calling for an immediate end to solitary confinement.
Isolation and solitary confinement are forms of torture, and Israel's
use of administrative detention is contrary to international law and
human rights standards. Isolation is recognized by the UN's Special
Rapporteur on Torture as a form of torture when used for extended
periods, as it is in Israeli prisons.
As Addameer and PHR report
<http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=740>, "The United Nations
Special Rapporteur on Torture details
severe psychological effects of solitary confinement, including that it
causes 'psychotic disturbances'... anxiety, depression, anger, cognitive
disturbances, perceptual distortions, paranoia and psychosis and
self-harm.' Solitary confinement can also cause physiological damage.
Prisoners often develop 'gastroenterology, vascular, urinary and
reproductive system illnesses as well as suffer from sleep disturbances
and extreme fatigue. They also complain of tremors, recurrences of heart
palpitations, recurrences of excessive perspiration.'
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society also reported that a meeting is being
held between the leadership of the strike and the prison officials in
Nafha prisons, as of the evening of 16 December.
Depending on the outcome of these discussions, it is expected that more
prisoners will join the strike in coming days, in the event that the
prison administration continues to reject the demands of striking
prisoners. The Israeli prison administration has been imposing severe
repression on the hunger strikers in an attempt to break the strike,
transferring them from prison to prison, isolating 30 of them,
threatening them and in some cases transferring them to Israeli
"criminal" prison sections, away from other Palestinian political
prisoners, as well as engaging in frequent violent raids and inspections
in strikers' rooms. Hussam Abed, one of the prisoners on hunger strike,
said that he was denied salt and sugar, which he had been taking with
water, by occupation prison officials.
IMEMC reported that "the detainees, held in solitary confinement, are
currently in the prisons of Eshil, Nafha, Majeddo, Asqalan, Ramla and
Ramon, facing very harsh living conditions and constant violations.
In addition, the Palestinian Prisoners Society has reported that the
Prison Administration in the Negev Detention Camp has informed 45
striking detainees it intends to transfer them to other, unspecified
Rafat Hamdouna, director of the Prisoners Center for Studies, said that
the prisoners' movement will not allow an open hunger strike to drag on
for tens of days, urging international institutions to intervene and
resolve this issue, and for broad actions in solidarity to ensure the
success of the strike which aims, once more, to end the policy of
isolation and solitary confinement.
In May 2012, in order to end the collective hunger strike of thousands
of Palestinian political prisoners, the Israeli prison administration
agreed to end the use of solitary confinement and isolation, releasing
the 19 then held in isolation into general population. Since that time,
the use of isolation and solitary confinement by Israeli prisons has
been escalating, sparking this renewed hunger strike.
*TAKE ACTION! *Demand:
* the release of Nahar al-Saadi from solitary confinement
* restoration of family and legal visits to Nahar al-Saadi, and proper
medical access and treatment
* an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against
Palestinian political prisoners
*1. Take action and demand an end to the use of solitary confinement and
isolation, and the release of Nahar al-Saadi from solitary confinement.
*Sign the letter here and send it to Israeli officials, including Prime
*2. Take action for Palestinian prisoners*: protest at an Israeli
consulate or embassy <http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel>,
or hold an educational event Palestinian prisoners. Share this alert on
solitary confinement and the hunger strike.
*3. Join the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions.* Isolate
Israel for its mass political imprisonment of Palestinians. Boycott
products like HP and SodaStream, and demand an end to security contracts
with G4S, which operates in Israeli prisons. Learn more at
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415
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