Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

LAW Report: 11 Female Palestinian Detainees in Israel, Three under 15, Suffer Appalling Conditions in Neve Tirza Prison, Al Ramleh

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

LAW Report: 11 Female Palestinian Detainees in Israel, Three under 15, Suffer Appalling Conditions in Neve Tirza Prison, Al Ramleh

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LAW Report: 11 Female Palestinian Detainees in Israel, Three Under 15, Suffer Appalling Conditions in Neve Tirza Prison, Al Ramleh

ELEVEN FEMALE Palestinian detainees in Al Ramleh Prison have filed a complaint regarding their situation at the hands of the prison warden administration. LAW's attorney, Safwat Younis, met the 11 detainees and took note of their complaints.

The detainees explained the prison administration wardens inspect their cells and perform body searches. The detainees also stated that the wardens chain their hands and legs. Attorney Younis noticed chain marks on some of the detainees. They added that they had been put in solitary confinement, after the detainees' representative, Amneh Muna, was transferred on Sept. 13, 2001, from Al Ramleh to another prison. In light of this the prisoners went on strike. In an attempt to stop the strike, the prison administration began to maltreat the detainees.

Complaints were also made about the lack of clothes, sheets, towels and stationery. The prison administration also deliberately delays handing mail and journals to the detainees, and family visits are prevented for extended periods of time.

List of detainees:

Sumayya Abed, from Ramallah, arrested on Aug. 3, 2001 for stabbing a soldier at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Given a two-year sentence.

Nisreen Taha, from Bidya in Salfeet, arrested on March 24, 1998 for stabbing a settler, threatening and beating a warden, sentenced to four years and three months. Taha stated to LAW's attorney that she had been tortured and chained to a bed twice, from 9:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. the following day.

Iman Ghizawi, 26, from Nablus, arrested on Aug. 3, 2001 for planting bombs at the central bus station in Tel Aviv. Transferred from Al Jalmeh prison on Sept. 16, 2001. Since being held at Al Ramleh prison, Ghizawi has been subjected to torture and has been chained twice, on the first occasion for roughly 12 hours. Ghizawi was forbidden from using the toilet for eight days and her possessions were confiscated. Attorney Safwat Younis noticed chain marks on the detainee's hands and legs.

Maha Al Ak, 24, from Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, arrested on July 27, 2000 for stabbing a soldier. Al Ak has been subjected to torture, and both her legs and hands were tightly enchained for approximately eight hours until they bled. Al Ak was put in solitary confinement and all her possessions were confiscated. The detainee was also prevented from using the toilet, given hot water for drinking, and lights were put on in her cell at night. The lawyer also noticed chain marks on her legs and hands.

Suna Al Ra'i, 33, from Qalqilia, arrested on April 13, 1997 for shooting soldiers, was sentenced to 12 years. Al Ra'i spent six days in solitary confinement during October and has been refused family visits for a year and two months. The wardens have been subjecting Al Ra'i to psychological torture and it has become apparent that she needs a psychologist, although this request has been refused.

Sawsan Abu Turki, 14, from Hebron, arrested on Sept. 6, 2001 for attempted murder. Abu Turki is now detained and awaiting trial. The detainee was admitted to Al Ramleh prison three weeks ago, and has been subjected to torture. Her hands are chained during the night. She has also been prevented from using the toilet for eight days. Medication used to treat an eye infection has also been refused. Abu Turki was also held in solitary confinement for several days, and Attorney Safwat Younis noticed chain marks on her legs and hands. …

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