[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 
<http://solitaryconfinement.org/uploads/SpecRapTortureAug2011.pdf> the 
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 
Minister Netanyahu. 

*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 
bdsmovement.net <http://bdsmovement.net/>.

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