Palestinian female prisoners prepare campaign to address abuse in Israeli prisons

In response to the isolation of two female prisoners and systematic abuse by prison authorities, prisoners are preparing a campaign of resistance

December 18, 2021 by Madaar

Detainees in Israeli prisons have launched a protest to reject the decision by Israeli prison authorities to isolate two prisoners Shorouk Dwayat and Marah Bakir in the Damon Prison and the attack by the Nashon* forces on Nafoud Hammad according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

The Prisoners Information Office confirmed that there has been a climate of high tension in the prisons in response to the systematic attacks launched by the Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian female prisoners, pointing out that “prisoners have refrained from leaving the rooms for security checks, and a state of alert in their ranks after the closure of sections in several prisons.”

The Handala Center for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners reported yesterday evening that the leadership of the prison movement is preparing a national program to address the prison administration’s measures against female prisoners.

The Prisoner Society clarified in a statement that the prisoners’ first steps are to wear the dress of the occupation prisons administration (the Shabab dress), which means that the prisoners are in a state of readiness for any confrontation, in addition to closing the sections, and refusing the so-called “security examination,” and holding the administration responsible for any confrontation that may occur inside prisons.

The same organization said, warning: “If the administration does not respond within 24 hours to the demand to end the isolation of the two prisoners, Dwaiyat and Bakir, the representatives of the organizations will leave their departments and go to the cells, and the administration must bear responsibility for what may happen later.”

It is noteworthy that the prisoners began last night to implement initial protest steps represented in the closure of the sections.

The female prisoners suffer from difficult living conditions, including the presence of cameras in the yard and high humidity in the rooms during the winter period. Their bathrooms do not have proper doors and they have to improvise with materials. The transportation within the system also constitutes addition torment for them, especially those who suffer from diseases. Another systematic practice of Israeli prison authorities is to delay necessary medical treatment to the prisoners, especially the wounded, many of whom suffer the impacts of their injuries with no medical attention, such as the prisoner Esraa Jaabis.

Dwayat, one of the prisoners who has been put in isolation, has been detained since 2015, and is serving a 16-year sentence. Marah Bakir was arrested at the age of 16 in 2015, and was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.

*The Nashon forces are affiliated with the Israeli Prisons Administration and were created with the objective to suppress the prisoners, and its members are equipped with the latest weapons and tools of oppression.

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