[Pnews] 100 Palestinian prisoners injured in Israeli attacks

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  100 Palestinian prisoners injured in Israeli attacks

Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 22 
January 2019


Israeli forces injured more than 100 Palestinian prisoners at Israel’s 
Ofer military prison 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ofer-military-prison> near the 
occupied West Bank city of Ramallah in a series of raids since Sunday.

Several Israeli military units raided two other prisons since then, 
Nafha prison <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/nafha-prison> in the 
Naqab region in southern Israel and Gilboa prison 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/gilboa-prison> in the north, after 
allegedly receiving an intelligence tip that members of Islamic Jihad 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/islamic-jihad>, a Palestinian 
political and resistance organization, had mobile phones, Israeli daily 
/Haaretz/ reported 

This video shows the prison authorities’ special forces unit Metzada 
raid Ofer prison on Monday:

    لحظة اقتحام وحدة "المتسادا" التابعة لإدارة معتقلات الاحتلال قسم 15
    والتنكيل بالأسرى في معتقل عوفر، صباح اليوم.
    pic.twitter.com/A9dvpN4IvP <https://t.co/A9dvpN4IvP>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) January 21, 2019

Soldiers used rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, military 
dogs and sound bombs against Palestinian prisoners, according 
<https://twitter.com/qudsn/status/1087400197062307841> to Quds News 
Network. Three rooms were also fully burnt.

Most injuries were caused by rubber-coated steel bullets, according 
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2112581928806495> to the 
Palestinian Prisoners Club, and many prisoners were transferred to 
hospitals. About 20 remain hospitalized.

This has been the biggest attack on Palestinian prisoners in more than a 
decade, the club stated, adding that it poses “grave danger to the life 
and fate of the prisoners.”

    Collective punishment

Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/gilad-erdan> stated that the Israel 
Prison Service will “continue to act with full force” and “use all means 
at its disposal” to control what he called “riots,” according 
to /The Times of Israel./

Erdan reaffirmed his intent, announced earlier this month 
to worsen conditions for Palestinians in Israeli prisons and reduce 
their standard of living to “the minimum required.”

Erdan announced the blocking of prisoner welfare funds from the 
Palestinian Authority, reducing prisoners’ autonomy and restricting 
water supplies.

He claimed that prisoners’ water consumption is “crazy” and a way for 
them “to subvert the state,” according 
to /Haaretz./

The newspaper did not spell out how much water Palestinian prisoners are 
alleged to use.

The prisoners club called on human rights organizations, especially the 
International Committee of the Red Cross, to intervene to stop Israel’s 
brutal assault on prisoners at Ofer, which holds approximately 1,200 

Israeli occupation forces also raided the section holding Palestinian 
child prisoners at Ofer, forcing them to stand against a wall and 
threatening them with guns and military police dogs, the prisoners club 
stated <https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2113497305381624> after 
speaking to Louai al-Mansi, a representative of child prisoners at Ofer.

Children at Ofer are in a state of panic and terror, the prisoners club 
said, adding that one 15-year-old went into a state of shock and could 
not speak until Tuesday morning.


Prisoners at Ofer announced a resistance campaign against Israel’s 
assault, dubbing it the “Battle of Unity and Dignity.”

“We are facing a new phase of repression threatening our lives as 
prisoners,” detainees said <https://qudsn.co/post/164857> in a statement.

They warned Israeli political parties and leaders not to try to use them 
for political gain in the context of forthcoming Israeli elections, by 
imposing harsher measures on them.

Palestinians protested in solidarity with prisoners in Israeli detention 
in several cities, including Ramallah:

    مسيرة نصرة للأسرى وسط #رام_الله
    تنديداً باعتداءات الاحتلال على أسرى معتقل
    pic.twitter.com/RrJBDQ1MI4 <https://t.co/RrJBDQ1MI4>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) January 22, 2019

    "شعبي بده آر بي جي.. مش تنسيق وسي آي ايه".. من هتافات مسيرة
    الداعمة للأسرى في معتقل "عوفر".#معركة_الوحدة_والكرامة
    pic.twitter.com/PbuTvlRv8J <https://t.co/PbuTvlRv8J>

    — شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) January 22, 2019

Activists protested in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus as well:

    مسيرة نصرة للأسرى وسط نابلس ، تنديداً باعتداءات الاحتلال على أسرى
    معتقل "عوفر".#معركة_الوحدة_والكرامة
    pic.twitter.com/FuE9jUX9FF <https://t.co/FuE9jUX9FF>

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) January 22, 2019

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip also protested Israel’s attack on prisoners:

    وقفة نصرة ودعم في غزة لأسرى معتقل "عوفر" تنديداً باعتداءات قوات
    الاحتلال عليهم. pic.twitter.com/BOzr3FAuMJ <https://t.co/BOzr3FAuMJ>

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) January 22, 2019

    صورة: وقفة نصرة ودعم في غزة لأسرى معتقل "عوفر" تنديداً باعتداءات
    قوات الاحتلال عليهم. pic.twitter.com/gKp6E268Z8

    — شبكة قدس | الأسرى (@asranews) January 22, 2019

Islamic Jihad prisoners condemned Israel’s attack and promised a response.

“We will not allow prisons to be a platform for election propaganda, and 
we affirm that we have taken a decision to confront and defend ourselves 
and our dignity,” the political and resistance group’s prisoners 
organization said in a statement 

The Islamic Jihad prisoners reaffirmed they would burn any cell raided 
by the “Metzada terrorist unit,” a reference to Israel’s special forces.

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