[Pnews] Palestinian women prisoners denied family visits, isolated for raising Palestinian flag

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Tue May 5 15:41:04 EDT 2015


  Palestinian women prisoners denied family visits, isolated for raising
  Palestinian flag

May 5, 2015
*http://samidoun.net/2015/05/palestinian-women-prisoners-denied-family-visits-isolated-for-raising-palestinian-flag/*

Six Palestinian women prisoners were prohibited family visits for one 
month for raising the Palestinian flag in HaSharon Prison on “Israeli 
Independence Day,” commemorating the dispossession of the Palestinian 
people and the establishment of the Israeli state on the land of 
Palestine, including Palestinian student and political prisoner Lina 
Khattab <http://samidoun.net/2015/02/call-to-action-free-lina-khattab/>, 
imprisoned lawyer Shireen Issawi 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/04/law-society-of-england-and-wales-issues-letter-in-support-of-shireen-issawi/>, 
Nahil Abu Aisha 
<http://samidoun.net/2014/12/palestinian-women-political-prisoners-in-israeli-jails-resources-and-information/>, 
Ihsan Dababseh, Haniyyeh Nassar, and Yasmin Shaaban.

Issawi, Abu Aisha, Dababseh, Nassar and Shaaban were then isolated in 
solitary confinement after they confronted prison administration about 
the prohibition of family visits. Denial of family visits and solitary 
confinement are two of the major forms of repression and targeting used 
by Israeli prison officials against Palestinian prisoners. The denial of 
family visits is a form of collective punishment, preventing mothers, 
fathers, spouses and children from accessing their loved ones and family 
members.

Solitary confinement is also frequently used as a means of control and 
repression inside Israeli prisons; the demand to end long-term isolation 
sparked the April 2012 Karameh mass hunger strike of thousands of 
Palestinian prisoners, which ended with an agreement to end the use of 
solitary confinement. Despite this agreement, Israeli prison officials 
continue to regularly use solitary confinement and isolation against 
Palestinian prisoners.

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