Ramallah- A Palestinian prisoner who was arrested a few days ago and released on Friday said that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons live in “extreme danger the likes of which they have not witnessed” since the occupation. West Bank AndGaza strip 1967.
The prisoner – who preferred to remain anonymous – revealed that Prisoners They see death at every moment, and there is no doubt that other prisoners will join the two prisoners, Arafat Hamdan and Omar Daraghmeh, who were martyred during their arrest last week.
The prisoner said that the arrests taking place now differ from any previous arrests witnessed in the West Bank, whether the Stone Intifada in 1987 or the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, in terms of the violence and abuse used against the prisoners during and after the arrest.
Arrest campaigns expanded in the West Bank with the start of the battle.”Al-Aqsa floodAnd the devastating Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip on October 7.
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Regarding his experience, the prisoner says, “The violence begins from the moment of arrest by destroying all the contents of the detainee’s house, tying his hands and blindfolding him. In the military vehicle, the detainee is thrown to the ground and the soldiers begin beating them until they descend at the nearest military point.”
He added, “When they took me and other detainees to a military point north of Hebron, they forced us to sit on the ground, placing our knees on the gravel-filled ground, which caused severe pain in the knees, while we continued to be blindfolded and handcuffed behind our backs.”
He continued, “At this stage, the soldiers took turns hitting us violently: kicking with their feet on various parts of the body, slapping and hitting the abdomen and face with their fists, cursing and cursing with the ugliest and worst words. One of the detainees was sick and groaning from illness, and whenever his voice rose, a soldier would come to him and beat him severely.”
The Palestinian detainee – who was released due to his deteriorating health condition and was transferred to the hospital in Ramallah – explains, “I have been arrested several times since the 1990s, and I spent many years in prison, but this is the first time I have seen this torture.”
He says, “They do not take into account any consideration of age, profession, or social rank. One of the detainees is 65 years old and suffers from several diseases and was beaten like other young men.”
#tracking | The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority publishes details of the brutal attack on a prisoner:
An army force stormed the house of the family of the prisoner (A.D.) on 10/13, destroyed all its contents, and brutally beat the prisoner, causing him to suffer severe bruises all over his body, swollen eyes, in addition to blood flowing from his hands due to…
– Shehab News Agency (@ShehabAgency) October 26, 2023
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After more than two hours had passed since our previous sitting position – the speaker adds – “they transferred us to the Etzion Detention Center (between Hebron and Bethlehem), which I had previously entered, but today it has become a torture center par excellence. They made us sit on the ground for nearly 8 hours, handcuffed and blindfolded, with beatings in the face.” Every moment, all over the body.
The released prisoner relays testimonies from other prisoners. One of them was subjected to severe violence, and when he was taken out of the detention vehicle, the soldiers carried him and threw him to the ground from a height of two meters until he was almost killed, adding, “The martyrdom of more prisoners is a matter of time.”
It is reported that other prisoners attempted to execute a number of them when one of the soldiers quickly shouted, raised his weapon, and almost shot them, before other soldiers realized him.
The Palestinian prisoner adds that he asked some detainees if they had experienced these conditions in the late seventies or early eighties, and the answer was that they were not worse than today.
What has happened with the prisoners since October 7?
-They are subjected to starvation, thirst, denial of medication, and cutting off electricity.
– Physically assaulting them with sticks, until some of them had their limbs broken and their faces swollen.
– Collective strip searches of prisoners, “specifically in the Negev prison.”
-Verbal insult and belittlement with the filthiest insults.
– Fears of assassination… pic.twitter.com/SlTERBgvYR
– Jerusalem Compass (@alqudsalbawsala) October 19, 2023
The shoe is the pillow
After the detention phase in the army camps, according to the spokesman, the move came to Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, which is supposed to be a station of relative stability, but “there the situation was much worse, as all the prisoner’s clothes and belongings were destroyed, and every prisoner was given a Shabus uniform (a special prison uniform). Shirt, pants, and shoes), and it may not be of his size, with a blanket and mattress, and the shoes are the pillow.”
He continued, “Prisoners are not allowed to leave the rooms, and electricity is allowed from seven to ten in the evening, and there are no televisions or electrical appliances.”
Regarding the food, he says, “The ration allocated for a room containing 6 prisoners is served the same as for the same room, which now contains 14 prisoners. In addition, it is made in a poor manner and without salt, and the three meals are served together or very late.”
He said that the prisoners in all the prisons do not know anything about each other or about the prisoners in the isolation wards in light of the interruption of visits by lawyers and the Red Cross.
He concluded his speech, “The lives of the prisoners are exposed to real danger in every sense of the word.”
“What is happening in prisons has become exactly like Abu Ghraib prison,” this is how the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club described the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons.
Over the past few days, physical attacks have been repeated, with many prisoners having their limbs broken. The prison administration cut off water and electricity to them. pic.twitter.com/l0npY6sW9t
— AJ+ Arabic (@ajplusarabi) October 22, 2023
Prisoners’ institutions – including the Prisoners’ Club and the Prisoners’ Affairs Authority – issued a statement on Saturday in which they said they had monitored “horrific and unprecedented data and testimonies about the level of systematic crimes carried out by the occupation against prisoners and detainees in its prisons, which are the most dangerous in decades.”
These institutions stated that the prison administration worked “with all the tools at its disposal and through systematic measures to obstruct lawyers’ visits to prisoners.”
She continued, “Crimes and collective and individual attacks on prisoners take place during raids on sections and cells, which do not stop around the clock, and are on a very dangerous escalation, in addition to the starvation policy.”
According to the follow-up of institutions specialized in prisoner affairs, torture was usually practiced against prisoners in centers designated for interrogation distributed among various prisons, and a few detainees were subjected to torture during detention or in prisons after the end of the interrogation period.
The Prisoners’ Affairs Authority and the Prisoners’ Club monitored more than 1,555 arrests by the occupation forces from October 7 until Saturday, adding to about 5,500 prisoners inside prisons until that date.