[Pnews] Israel stops providing cleaning products to Palestinian prisoners
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Wed Mar 18 10:37:40 EDT 2020
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Israel stops providing cleaning products to Palestine detainees
March 18, 2020
March 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Palestinian prisoners have today rejected their meals in protest against
the Israeli Prison Service’s plans to stop supplying 140 products,
including cleaning products, from the canteen and halt medical visits
There are approximately 1,200 prisoners in need of treatment who suffer
from medical negligence. Some 700 urgently need surgery and 24 suffer
with cancer.According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, 90 per cent of
prisoners have become ill while in prison due to poor conditions and
negligence which may have exacerbated their health.
Palestinian rights group Addameer’s Alaa Alskafi said: “We sent a letter
to Israeli authorities, asking them about any coronavirus measures they
take in their prisons. They replied only that they have prevented prison
visits from families and lawyers.”
This was however brought into question as Israeli prison authorities are
also banning Palestinian detainees from communicating with their
families via telephone.
Addameer also noted that while prison authorities are supposed to
provide sterilisers they have banned nearly 150 cleaning materials from
the canteen.Ali Almoghrabi, spokesman of the Asra information office,
said: “The Israeli prison system is the perfect environment for disease
like coronavirus to spread easily among inmates due to the regularly
overcrowded and unsanitary cell conditions.”The authorities don’t take
any preventive measures for Palestinian prisoners, even though they deal
directly with their Israeli jailers, who of course can also become
infected.”Rights groups have called for the immediate release
<http://v/> of 500 Palestinian prisoners who are currently jailed in
Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial, in an effort
to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Israeli Prison Services’ Measures in Regards to Covid-19
March 16, 2020
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers
constantly suffer from clear medical negligence. At the moment, while
the world is suffering from the pandemic, covid-19, Palestinian
prisoners are still suffering medical negligence. Despite the fact that
prisons are over-crowded, rooms, cells and sections are small, and lack
proper ventilation the Israeli Prison Services is yet to make clear
preventive procedures. In addition to this, Israeli prisons lack
sterilizers, cleaning materials, and medications such as antibiotics and
This comes in spite of Addameer’s letter to the Israeli Prison Services
last week asking about the preventive procedures taken in prisons to
protect Palestinian prisoners from covid-19. Addameer did not receive
any official response until this moment, though some prisoner were given
certain cleaning materials.
Part of the recent procedure the Israeli occupation authorities took
were canceling all family visits. Since the beginning of March 2020, all
family visits to prisoners were suspended until no further notice.
Furthermore, there are new instructions to also suspend lawyers’
counseling visits. Also, on 15 March 2020, the Israeli occupation
authorities issued emergency instructions which included instructions on
court procedures for civil courts in the Israeli occupation prisons.
*Lawyers’ and family visits to Israeli detention centers and prisons are
suspended – 2020*
The Israeli occupation authorities gave the Minister of Security the
authorization to prevent lawyers and visits the entry to detention
centers and prisons. They also announced that those instructions are
valid for one month subject to renewal for another month. The
instructions also included allowing the prisoner or detainee legal
counseling via phone call with his lawyer, whether upon his/her own
request or the lawyer’s request. The new instructions do not prevent
interrogators from taking any procedures against detainees who are yet
to be charged.
As for security prisoners who are charged and sentenced, they are
allowed a phone call to their lawyer in case of further legal procedures
to their files, such as appeals. Those prisoners are allowed one phone
call prior to the legal procedure and another after it, but with the
supervision of the prison administration. The length of this phone call
can also be determined by the prison administration.
As for Israeli military courts, detainees who are held at Israeli
interrogation centers, will have their court sessions, extensions of
detention periods, with the having both the detainee and his/her lawyer.
In cases where the detainee is issued an order banning lawyers’ visits,
the ban order will continue as usual despite the state of emergency. As
for other procedural sessions, the military court is postponing the
As for security prisoners from Jerusalem who are having their trial at
Israeli civil courts, the Israeli occupation authorities instructed that
their sessions will be held with their absence. The sessions will be
held with the lawyer and the detainee will be allowed to be in contact
through visual or sound communication method from the prison.
Even at the Israeli High Court, Addameer found that it was necessary for
the court to intervene to end the ban order on meeting the lawyer issued
against the prisoner Muhammad Abu Salah. The court found un-necessary to
intervene in the ban order despite the state of emergency virus covid-19
Finally, the new instruction did allow lawyers visits in certain
emergency cases. The suspended visits do not include the regularly
conducted visits by the ICRC to Palestinian prisoners. Also, all the
mention instructions are taken with all prisoners including Palestinian
children in Israeli detention.
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