Jerusalemite Children Abused in Israeli Prisons, says Prisoners Committee

RAMALLAH, December 16, 2014 (WAFA) – Israel has maltreated, tortured, and physically abused Palestinian minors arrested in East Jerusalem during the recent months, according to the Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs.

Hiba Masalha, an attorney with the Committee, was granted permission to visit Palestinian inmates held in the Russian Compound detention center in Jerusalem, where a plenty of cases of maltreatment and physical abuse against minors during and after interrogation were reported.

Masalha narrated minor prisoners’ accounts on maltreatment, including, to name a few, prolonged physical restraining, arbitrary strip searches, brutal beating and hitting in the face and abdomen.

Meanwhile, the Committee said at least 35 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are isolated in solitary confinement cells.

The Prisoners’ Committee said such a policy is not necessarily practiced under security prentices, but is rather a means of reprisal and humiliation against detainees.

Prisoners in solitary confinement are also deprived of family visits and have no access to books. They also suffer severe medical negligence.

Around 100 prisoners had earlier started an open-ended hunger strike against the practice of solitary confinement.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC), the number of sick prisoners detained in Israeli jails has reached 1500, of whom 80 prisoners are suffering from serious health problems and do not receive the necessary treatment; they suffer from malignant diseases, paralysis, and disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illness and neurological disorders, according to the PPC.