[Pnews] Repression, isolation and confrontation in Israeli prisons

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  Repression, isolation and confrontation in Israeli prisons

January 2, 2016

Palestinian prisoners of all political affiliations were attacked and 
isolated in Israeli prisons as the Israeli cabinet announced its plans 
to implement further sanctions against Palestinian political prisoners 
on Monday, 2 January.

Kamil Abu Hanish 
a leader of the prisoners of the Popular Front for the Liberation of 
Palestine, was transferred into solitary confinement in Nafha prison and 
accused of possession of “incitement materials;” this came after the 
earlier denial of books and other materials to the PFLP prisoners, who 
pledged escalating protests if Abu Hanish was not released from isolation.

The isolation of Abu Hanish came as another prisoner, Ramzi Obeid of 
Fateh, was not released from isolation 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=884575> as originally ordered 
on 1 January. In Nafha prison, 13 prisoners from Fateh were isolated and 
three prisoners were injured and sprayed with tear gas when their 
sections in the prison were stormed by special forces and sprayed with 
tear gas. Issa Qaraqe noted that the injured prisoners included Mansour 
Shreim, Thaer Hammad and Ahmed Omar. In addition, the director of the 
prison was apparently wounded as the Israeli occupation forces clashed 
with the prisoners. The 13 prisoners had refused to return to their 
sections in protest of the continued isolation of Obeid.

The 13 prisoners were ordered to solitary confinement, were banned from 
family visits and each was fined 1,000 NIS ($260 USD). Among the 
isolated prisoners is Mohammed Dahnoun, a representative of the 
prisoners in Section 4 of Nafha. This came only one day after sanctions 
were imposed on Fateh prisoners 
<https://www.facebook.com/asranews/posts/10154216089607844> in Ramon 
prison for celebrating the anniversary of Fateh’s founding inside the 

These attacks have come amid the storming of section 1 of Nafha prison 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=884575> overnight on 1 January, 
locking down the section, where Hamas prisoners are held, as the Israeli 
cabinet announced a new set of sanctions seeking to target what it 
identified as the prisoners affiliated with Hamas, as well as its 
refusal to turn over the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli 
occupation forces, in an attempt to pressure the Palestinian resistance 
group over captured Israeli soldiers in Gaza.  Imprisoned Hamas leader 
Abdullah Barghouthi was transferred to isolation 
in Saba prison.

Palestinian political prisoners across all factions have condemned the 
measures and the Israeli attempt to segregate the prisoners by political 
affiliation, focusing on rejection of isolation and common struggle 
against repression. Spokespeople of Fateh, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned these sanctions 
as an attempt to divide the prisoners and suppress the resistance, 
noting that the prisoners were united against these attacks and viewed 
them as attacks on all Palestinian prisoners as a whole, as demonstrated 
by the attacks on prisoners of all political affiliations in Nafha.

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