[Pnews] Palestinian women prisoners protest surveillance cameras for 34 days

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  Palestinian women prisoners protest surveillance cameras for 34 days

9 October 2018
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Palestinian women prisoners 
<https://samidoun.net/2018/06/palestinian-women-prisoners-suzan-owawi-faces-harsh-interrogations-serious-health-deterioration/> 
in HaSharon prison have launched a series of protests 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/10433/> against their conditions of 
confinement. For 34 days, they have remained inside their rooms, 
refusing to go to recreation time in the prison yard since surveillance 
cameras were installed there in early September, in an attack on 
prisoners’ previous accomplishments inside Israeli prisons. The cameras 
have also been installed in the corridors leading to their rooms where 
they wash, cook and pray. Palestinian male prisoners elsewhere have also 
joined their campaign in solidarity with the women prisoners’ protest.

The women prisoners have closed their sections since 5 September in 
protest of the surveillance cameras and other repressive tactics of the 
prison administration. They have refused to return to recreation until 
the cameras are removed completely and refused a proposal to cover the 
cameras for two hours a day. They noted that the cameras affect their 
personal privacy and freedom and that their presence denies the women 
access to air, sun and exercise. In addition, the yard includes not only 
the recreation area but also the kitchen, canteen (prison store) 
<https://samidoun.net/2016/10/2017-the-year-of-prisoners-freedom-challenges-and-ideas-for-action-by-wael-jaghoub/> 
and washing machine.

The mothers of the young women prisoners 
<https://samidoun.net/2017/02/new-report-highlights-economic-exploitation-of-palestinian-prisoners/>, 
Shorouq Dwayyat 
<https://samidoun.net/2016/12/palestinian-student-shorouq-dwayyat-19-sentenced-to-16-years-in-israeli-prison/> 
and Malak Salman 
<https://samidoun.net/2017/02/palestinian-child-prisoner-malak-salman-convicted-in-jerusalem-court-appeal-rejected-for-imprisoned-palestinian-mother/>, 
said that their daughters are suffering from bad conditions inside 
HaSharon and have not left their room for 33 days. In addition to being 
prevented from accessing the canteen, they have experienced continuous 
electricity cuts inside their rooms. They also said that other mothers 
of the women prisoners have been severely traumatized by seeing their 
children’s experience inside the prison.

The cameras were previously removed several years ago 
<http://hadfnews.ps/post/46937/> after a protest by the women prisoners, 
but they were reinstalled in early September, sparking the protest. 34 
of the 54 women prisoners are held in HaSharon prison; they others are 
held in Damon prison. In either case, transportation to and from the 
prison to the military courts is particularly arduous, requiring travel 
of up to 12 hours at a time in harsh, uncomfortable conditions in the 
so-called “bosta.” 
<https://samidoun.net/2013/09/facing-imprisonment-in-israeli-jails-a-palestinian-womans-testimony-by-leena-jawabreh/> 
In addition, the prison administration has threatened to transfer the 
prisoners collectively if they will not stop their protest.

Male prisoners in Ramon prison affiliated with the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad and Hamas have refused to go out 
for recreation time in support of the women prisoners in HaSharon. After 
the solidarity action in Ramon prison, the prison administration ordered 
all sections closed. The prisoners in Ramon are also struggling against 
intensified repression, especially after a new director was appointed, 
issuing threats of escalation against the leadership of the prisoners’ 
movement. This director has also pledged to “restore the conditions of 
the prison to 2008,” meaning an attempt to roll back important 
achievements of the prisoners’ struggle.

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