The occupation isolates 5 female prisoners in remote and scattered prisons

“Solitary confinement” .. a sword that Israel wields over the necks of Palestinian female prisoners

  • The incident of isolating the female prisoners provoked angry reactions.

    Emirates today

  • The occupation practices punitive measures against the female prisoners.

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“Transferring female prisoners to solitary confinement cells is one of the most severe and cruel types of torture inside the prisons of the occupation,” at a time when some Palestinian female prisoners were subjected to movement between Israeli prisons and thrown into isolation rooms. Women who face this arbitrary and unfair policy, in addition to depriving them of the necessary health care, and of visiting their families behind the bars of the jailer.

Taqatqa said, "I was in a lot of pain, and felt the worst feeling, when my colleagues, with whom I spent seven years behind bars, were transferred to solitary confinement cells in several Israeli prisons, without any right or reason."

She added, "I know very well the bitterness of these practices, which are deliberate retaliation by the administration of the occupation prisons against Palestinian female prisoners, who are faced with their fragile bodies of the most severe forms of neglect and cruel torture."

On the 15th of this December, the administration of the Occupation’s Prisons Authority had placed five female prisoners behind the bars of Damoun Detention Center in solitary confinement cells in the same prison, and several other prisons, including “Nafha” prison, until December 21.

The occupation was not satisfied with these arbitrary punitive measures, but imposed double additional penalties and heavy fines on the five female prisoners, in addition to storming the prisoners’ rooms by the occupation forces and beating them.

isolation bitterness

Amal Taqatqa (27 years), the deputy representative of the former Palestinian prisoners, a resident of the town of Beit Fajjar, in the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank. .

As a prisoner recently liberated from the prisons of the occupation, the editor Amal describes the current situation of Palestinian female prisoners in the prisons of the Israeli occupation as tragic and very bad, especially the occupation's prevention of family visits to them, on the pretext that the room designated for visits is about to collapse, in addition to the practice of punitive and provocative measures against the female prisoners.

She points out that the administration of Damon prison, which is designated for the detention of female prisoners, pursues a policy of permanent and continuous solitary confinement against Palestinian women, unjustly, as it imposes this punitive method if the female prisoners refuse to implement any decision it imposes against them.

The deputy representative of the former Palestinian female prisoners told "Emirates Today", in an exclusive interview, that "the occupation has isolated my female prisoners in remote and scattered prisons, outside the walls of the Damoun prison, and this is a dangerous escalating step by the administration of the occupation prisons, as it is a message of intimidation to sow fear." In the hearts of all prisoners.

The former prisoner recalls the bitterness of solitary confinement against Palestinian female prisoners, especially the sick, especially that she was subjected to solitary confinement twice inside Damon Prison, the first for seven days, while she spent four days the second time.

Taqatqa goes on to say that "the transfer and detention of my fellow prisoners inside the solitary confinement rooms brought back to my memory years full of aches, especially in the winter, when I experienced the bitterness of solitary confinement, in addition to denying me visits to my family for two whole months, and imposing a heavy fine."

Amal describes the isolation rooms inside the occupation prisons as being very narrow, not accommodating a single bed, and lacking the minimum necessities of life, and the absence of a toilet inside them, in addition to providing them with surveillance cameras, violating the privacy and sanctity of female prisoners, in addition to the fact that these rooms are subjected to constant inspection by the prison forces. .

assault campaign

Regarding the campaign of attacks that female prisoners are currently facing, Hassan Abd Rabbo, the media advisor to the Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority, confirms that Palestinian women in Damon prison are subjected to repression, torture, isolation, and grave violations at the hands of repression units inside prisons.

Abed Rabbo told "Emirates Today", "The beginning of these attacks was on the 14th of this December, at exactly nine o'clock in the evening, when the Damon prison administration suddenly asked the representative of the Palestinian prisoners, Marah Bakir, to empty one of the prisoners' rooms, and this was rejected by the prisoners, Because the time was late, the weather was bad, and it was difficult to remove the contents from the room, they asked to postpone the matter until the morning hours, and to negotiate with the administration.”

He added, “The administration of Damoun Prison cut off the electricity to the entire Palestinian women prisoners’ section, at half past twelve after midnight, for a large force of repression units to storm the aforementioned room, despite the female prisoners’ representative requesting the administration to return the repression units, and the female prisoners to leave the room of their own free will. The administration refused that, and assaulted them by dragging and dragging them on the ground, and distributing them to other rooms.”

He points out that these arbitrary measures against the female prisoners continued on the next day, when the repression units stormed the section again in large numbers, and the prison administration cut off the electricity, under the pretext of conducting a search in the rooms, to withdraw the electrical tools from the prisoners’ rooms, namely: “water heater”, and “ heating plate, TV screen, and radio.

Immediately after these measures, the administration of Damoun Prison placed the female prisoners’ representative, Marah Bakir, and her deputy, the Palestinian prisoner, Shorouk Dwaiyat, and three other female prisoners, who are: Mona Qaadan, Yasmine Jaber, and Ruba Assi, inside the isolation cells. imprisonment, as well as beating them.

As a result, three female prisoners announced their hunger strike: Shatila Abu Ayada, Nourhan Awad, and Maysoon Musa, as a protest step to demand the return of the rights of the female prisoners and an end to isolation, so that the occupation returns the two female prisoners, Yasmine Jaber and Ruba Assi, to the prisoners’ section, while continuing the isolation of the three female prisoners. , Bakir, Doyat, and Qadan, according to Abd Rabbo.

And the media advisor to the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission continues, saying, "On the evening of Tuesday, December 21, all female prisoners were returned from isolation rooms in Israeli prisons to isolation in Damon prison, and then to the female prisoners section."

Abed Rabbo believes that the Israeli prisons administration's adoption of these practices would create a state of extreme tension and open clash with all the movement of prisoners in the occupation prisons.

• The isolation rooms inside the occupation prisons are very narrow, and do not accommodate one bed, and they also lack the most basic necessities of life.

• On December 15, the administration of the occupation prisons placed five female prisoners behind the bars of Damoun Detention Center in solitary confinement cells in the same prison, and several other prisons, including “Nafha” prison.

• The administration of Damon prison, which is designated for the detention of female prisoners, pursues a policy of permanent and continuous solitary confinement against Palestinian women, without right, as it imposes this punitive method if the female prisoners refuse to implement any decision it imposes against them.

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