Isolated Prisoner in Israeli Jail Suffers Harsh Conditions

RAMALLAH, September 29, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian prisoner has been held in solitary confinement – under cruel conditions – by the Israeli prison authorities since September 30, Tuesday said the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA).

The prisoner, Nour-eddin A’mar, 37 from Qalqilia, has been placed under solitary confinement in Ayalon Israeli prison since September 20 2013, following a decision made by the Israeli security agency of Shin Bet and not by the prison administration, according to the commission. He has been denied family visitation for two years now.

The commission also said that A’mar, who was sentenced to 30 years in jail,  has been isolated in a cell that lacks the basic humanitarian standards, including high humidity and the infestation of insects.

A’mar’s two brothers, Abed es-Salam and Nedal, are also incarcerated in Israeli jails.

The commission said that A’mar has been subjected to repeated transfer between Israeli jails, which he noted, comes as a punitive measure against him.

Regarding Israel’s detention of Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory in detention centers and prisons outside 1967 occupied territory., Addameer stated, “This practice is illegal under international law and poses significant challenges to Palestinian prisoners’ ability to receive family visits as they must acquire permits to enter Israel in order to visit their relatives in prison, which it stressed, “In many cases these permits are extremely difficult to obtain, while in many others cases they are impossible to obtain.”

To be noted, solitary confinement is widely used in Israeli prisons against Palestinian political prisoners. Prisoners have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest Israel’s policy of solitary confinement and administrative detention without charge or trial.

Detainees in solitary confinement are held in empty cells containing only a mattress and a blanket, and rely on the Israeli Prison Service to address all other needs.

Adalah, a Haifa-based human rights group, says that “solitary confinement of Palestinian political prisoners who are classified as “security prisoners” is doubly harsh because of the restrictions imposed on their contacts outside of prison, even when they are not held in isolation.”

“All types of solitary confinement in prison should end, given its severe impact on the physical and psychological health of prisoners,” Adalah adds.

“Solitary confinement constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment and thus violates the International Covenant Against Torture (CAT) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The Israel Medical Association and Ministry of Health should strongly oppose its use as a method of imprisonment.”