Female Prisoners Face Harsh Imprisonment Conditions in Israeli Jail

RAMALLAH, November 3, 2014 (WAFA) – Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said on Monday that 17 female Palestinian prisoners, held in the Israeli jail of Hasharon, are currently facing harsh imprisonment conditions, including medical negligence and denial of family visits.

Hanan al-Khateeb, an attorney with the Committee, said that female prisoners have been deprived of adequate blankets to protect them from the cold winter and are deprived of needed medical care.

The Israeli prison administration prohibits prisoners from bringing blankets and warm winter clothes from outside, but allows them to buy blankets from the prison’s canteen; the blankets sold there are very expensive, very bad in quality and do not provide them with the necessary warmth.

Al-Khateeb added that prisoners are subjected to deliberate medical healthcare, noting that many of them have been deprived of family visits for months now.

Around 1500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails suffer from illnesses, of whom 80 prisoners suffer from serious health problems and do not receive the necessary treatment. Types of illnesses of prisoners range from malignant diseases, paralysis, and disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illnesses and neurological disorders.

To be noted, Palestinian prisoners detained in other Israeli jails suffer from similar conditions and maltreatment.