The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the
Environment (LAW) has organized a campaign of visits to Palestinian
prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons including Hadareem, the Prisons¹
Authority Hospital in el Ramla, Majido, and Shata. The campaign¹s aims are
two fold. To support Palestinian detainees, especially in the current
situation and to support prisoners¹ families who have been deprived of the
right to visit their loved ones for the past two months (since the start of
the intifadah on September 29, 2000).
During their visit to Hadareem prison, LAW Society¹s lawyers met
following four Palestinian prisoners: Ali Amudi (representing prisoners).
Amudi is from Khan Yunis and has been serving his three life sentences since
1994, Mohammad Taqatqa, from Beit Fajar, who has been serving a life
sentence since 1994. Ibraheem Nawahda, who has been serving a ten-year
sentence since 1993, and Jalal Rumani, serving an 18-year sentence. Jalal is
also ill and requires treatment but the prison¹s administration has
repeatedly delayed access to medical treatment.
The Palestinian prisoners complained of maltreatment received from the
prison¹s administration. They also complained about the bad medical
treatment they received from the prison¹s doctor who reportedly showed
carelessness toward the cases he treated. According to the prisoners, the
food at Hadareem, prepared by common criminals, is of bad quality and
insufficient. Consequently, many prisoners suffer from stomach problems.
The prisoners also stated that the administration of Hadareem declared
state of emergency inside the prison at the beginning of the Intifada which
has added to the stress of prison life.
El Ramla Prison
LAW Society¹s lawyers also visited prisoners Mohammad Marar and
Harash, currently receiving medical treatment at (Marash) the Prisons¹
Authority Hospital in el Ramla. Mohammad Marar told LAW Society¹s lawyer
that he had been arrested on October 2, 2000 after being wounded in the leg
on the fourth day of the current Intifada. He was standing on top of his
house when he was wounded. Marar added that after his arrest, the Israeli
soldiers dragged him on the ground for 100 meters and took him to Surka
hospital in Bir el Sabi¹a, where he spent 23 days before he was taken to
Khashabiyit el Majnuni in Hebron and then eventually taken on to el Ramla.
The lawyers also met with prisoner Ribhi Harash from Tulkarem who has been
serving a 12-year sentence since 1989.
The following Palestinian detainees are also held at el Ramla hospital
they need continuous medical attention: Ali Shalalda, Mohammad Khateeb,
Mohammad Abu Hadwan, Juma¹a Ismail (all from Jerusalem), Amjad Husni from
Qalqilia, Mohammad Bsharat from Tubas, and Akram Salami from Khan Yunis.
The Palestinian prisoners at el Ramla hospital complained of bad quality
food, they also complained of being deprived of recreation facilities. As a
result, the prisoners rarely leave their rooms.
LAW Society¹s lawyers visited three prisoners at Majido, Khalid
Bethlehem who has been serving a four and a half year sentence since 1997,
Mu¹tasim Dawood from Qalqilia, and Muayad Abu Baker from Jenin, sentenced to
two and a half years in 1999.
The prisoners complained of the temperamental prison administration.
stated that the food supplies have been reduced by 15%, the administration
claims that this is for budgetary reasons. Moreover, prisoners complained of
neglect vis-a-vis their medical conditions and treatment, which is limited
The prisoners stated that they were locked up in 32 tents, each with
capacity of holding 20 people. There are also prison cells where 60
prisoners are kept in each cell. They complained of cold weather inside the
tents during winter. Families have been unable to bring them winter clothes
due to the closure imposed on the Palestinian territories.
The prisoners also complained of the conditions of the visitors¹
there are no toilets and there exists a glass barrier that separates
prisoners from their families and lawyers.
Majido holds approximately 640 Palestinian prisoners mostly from the West
Bank, as well as 11 administrative detainees.
LAW Society lawyers also visited Jasir Sawafta from Tubas who has been
at Shata prison since his arrest on November 18, 2000. He was arrested at
Bisan (beyond the Green Line). Sawafta was sentenced to 21 days detention
and fined NIS 800.
LAW The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights
Environment is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving human
rights through legal advocacy.LAW is affiliate to the International
Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Fédération Internationale des Ligues de Droits
de l¹Homme (FIDH), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Member of
the Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Network.