israel vows to ‘worsen’ conditions for #Palestinian
Planned moves unveiled by israeli security minister include limiting water supplies and cutting number of family visits.
03 Jan 2019 01:08 GMT
People gather in front of International Committee of the Red Cross office in #Gaza
City to show their support to Palestinian prisoners in israeli jails [File: Anadolu Agency]
People gather in front of International Committee of the Red Cross office in Gaza City to show their support to Palestinian prisoners in israeli jails [File: Anadolu Agency]
israel’s Public #Security
gilad erdan has announced plans to “worsen” conditions for #Palestinian
jails, including #rationing
and reducing the number of #family
The planned moves, which are expected to come into force in the coming weeks after being approved by the israeli #cabinet
, were sharply criticised by Palestinian #leaders
who described as them as another escalation of #human
Speaking to #reporters
on Wednesday, erdan said the plan will also see jails removing cooking #rights
and limiting prisoners’ access to television as well as blocking #funds
to the Palestinian Authority.
The minister said that family visits had already been halted for prisoners affiliated with the Palestinian movement Hamas.
“The plan also includes preventing members of the #Knesset
[Israel’s parliament] from visiting Palestinian #detainees
,” added erdan, who last year set up a committee to make #prison
for those who “committed acts of terrorism”.
The policy of separating Hamas prisoners from those affiliated with rival Palestinian faction #Fatah
will also come to an end, as erdan said that holding inmates in cells based on organisational affiliation resulted in “strengthening their organisation identity”.
The minister also said that there will be “clear limits” on the amount of #water
a prisoner consumes each day, including a cap on the number of times they are allowed to shower.
‘israel behaving as if above #international
, head of the #Palestinian
National Initiative party, told Al Jazeera that the israeli government acts like it has a free hand to #oppress
Palestinians in any way they want.
“The only way to force #israel
to abstain from this behaviour is to impose #sanctions
on israel,” he said, speaking from the occupied West Bank city of #Ramallah
“israel is behaving as if it is above international law and this must change.”
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission denounced erdan’s plans and said they were an attempt to make Palestinian prisoners’ lives even more unbearable.
, the head of the Prisoners’ Commission, called for a strong national stand against these measures.
Such decisions and laws “calls for everyone to rally at the official, popular, #legal
, media and human rights level to expose these arrogant #policies
against our heroes in prisons”, he told Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.
According to official statistics, the number of Palestinian prisoners behind bars has reached 5,500, including 230 #children
and 54 #women
Rights groups say more than 1,800 are in need of #medical
care, with about 700 suffering from serious or #chronic
say they have been subject to #torture
while in #custody
. There have been many #protests
against poor conditions in recent years, including several hunger strikes.
During Wednesday’s press conference, erdan said the israeli #government
would “not be deterred by threats and [hunger]strikes”.
“We must make conditions worse [for prisoners] to fulfil our #moral
duty to terror victims and their #families
,” he added, going on to assert that the israeli prison service was ready to “deal with any scenario”.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies
Israeli security minister Gilad Erdan presented a number of plans to 'make prison conditions worse' for Palestinians.www.aljazeera.com