Prisoners: The Prison Authority Foresees An Uprising The Next Month

PNN/ Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner’s Affairs issued a report according to which the 17 Israeli Occupation jails house 7,000 Palestinian prisoners. Sources within have predicted uprisings and a series of protests during the next month due to the very poor living conditions.  Data from the prisoners themselves reveal a possible hunger strike in the next few weeks.

Prisoners and humanitarian aid workers have compiled a list of step required in order to contain an escalating feeling of discontent among the detainees.

• Improve the medical treatment of patients;

• End to solitary confinements;

• Stop the raids and inspections;

• Start again to broadcast media channels;

• Stop arbitrary detention without charges;

• End the closure of inmates’ accounts;

• Stop individual and collective punishments;

• Stop raising prices of canteen purchases;

• Stop moving prisoners between prisons without any reason;

• Stop preventing family visits;

•  Allow prisoners to study for higher education;

The report continues by highlighting the difficulty to manage an increasing situation of dissatisfaction and anger among prisoners.

Palestinian Authority said that the illegitimate movement of prisoners is the factor of the increasing anger and acts of rebellion among prisoners, used as double weapon by Israeli reports on prisoners’ behaviors.

Since 2014 to date, convicts have seen more than 400 raids in the prison and abuse of force by the Israeli police: wrecking of rooms, incursions and searches made with police dogs, assaults on detainees and confiscation damage of their belongings.

The value of the fines imposed on the prisoners has reached, during the mentioned period, to more than a million and a half shekels, individual and collective punishments are deducted from the prisoners’ personal accounts.

This period has seen a big increase in the number of arrests, where the number of detainees augmented from 4,000 to 7,000 arrests since June 2014, including mass arrests among children.

The medical negligence and failure to provide treatments for prisoners and the renewal of administrative detention are routinely and continuously re-imposed, along with solitary confinement. Indicators show the clear escalation of violence carried out by the Israeli government against the prisoners.

The Department of Prisoner’s Affairs reported that from March 1, the prisoners might take steps toward an uprising.

Starting with a hunger strike, every two days for two weeks, followed by a complete hunger strike and refusal to the daily arbitrary room examinations.

Then the rejection of evening diagnosis and finally general disobedience for all the month of April.

Possibly, the escalation of their protest could reach the point when the prisoners refuse drinking water and announce an open-end hunger strike.

The department demanded external support to the prisoners by all national institutions and the Islamic forces.