• Abu Baker: the Israeli competition in the elections of the Knesset to avenge from Palestinian detainees reached the level of degradation

    Abu Baker: the Israeli competition in the elections of the Knesset to avenge from Palestinian detainees reached the level of degradation

  • 6 detainees continue their hunger strike against the arbitrary policy of administrative detention

    6 detainees continue their hunger strike against the arbitrary policy of administrative detention

  • The Commission of Detainees' Affairs narrates tormenting testimonies of minor detainees humiliated during detention

    The Commission of Detainees' Affairs narrates tormenting testimonies of minor detainees humiliated during detention

  • A letter of appeal from the sick detainee Sami Abu Dyak

    A letter of appeal from the sick detainee Sami Abu Dyak

  • 22 detainees at Remon prison start a hunger strike and the administration respond by isolation and break in

    22 detainees at Remon prison start a hunger strike and the administration respond by isolation and break in

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Torturing Palestinian minors using dogs and solitary confinement

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Israel uses all means of torture against Palestinians, including dogs to attack or harm them, and in many times the Israeli forces take dogs in the Bosta "transportation" to intimidate them. It does not exclude Palestinian children, in a violation of all international conventions including the Anti-Torture Convention and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Israeli Human Rights Center (Betselem) stressed that urging the Israeli soldiers to use dogs to attack Palestinians is part of the policy adopted in Israel. In some cases documented by Betselem, dogs refused to leave the detainees who are under arrest, and the trainers had to shock them to leave the victim.
The testimony of the minor Mohammad Hammad, 16, from Qalandia camp, who is held in Ofer prison
He was tortured by dogs
In 16/1/2019, the Israeli forces surrounded my house in Qalandia refugee camp, accompanied by huge and terrifying police dogs. When they entered the house and made sure it is me who are they looking for, they let two dogs to attack me and bite me. My family was unable to intervene, where soldiers were holding my family members in another corner of the house threating them with weapons.
Four soldiers attacked me and started to beat me all over my body, and the dogs kept biting me for 15 minutes, which causes many wounds and bruises all over my body.
Then, the soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded me and forced me to walk while I was bleeding.
They took me to to a settlement called "Kochav Ya'akov" located on the lands of Kafr Aqeb, I fell on the ground and they forced me to walk, and I when I was able to walk they dropped me on the ground and cursed me.
When I arrived at the settlement, they transferred me to Atarot Interrogation Center east of Jerusalem without giving me any treatment. During the transfer in a military car, soldiers continued beating and insulting me.
The detective beat me and forced me to confess that I threw stone on soldiers at Qalandia checkpoint, and forced me to sign an affidavit written in Hebrew. Then, they transferred me to Ofer prison, where detainees bandaged my wounds as I was not given any treatment by the Israelis.
 The Euro-Mediterranean Observer for Human Rights considered the use of dogs in detaining unarmed children and civilians is "torture" and "inhuman and degrading treatment" which is criminalized by international law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and the 1984 Convention against Torture. The Center called on the (UNICEF) to act immediately to protect Palestinian children and to practice pressure on the Israeli Government to stop this inhumane policy.
In recent years, Israel practices the policy of solitary confinement against Palestinian children aiming at obtaining confessions and collecting intelligence information about other persons. Israel also practices a policy of isolation as a punitive measure aimed at destabilizing these children and depriving them of their rights by communicating with the outside world, where they are prevented from seeing their lawyers, the Red Cross or their families during the period of isolation.
In accordance with rule 45 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, it is prohibited to use solitary confinement against children.
Isolating a minor from Jerusalem at Al-Maskoubya for 15 days
The minor Ahmad Abu Ewais, 17 years
Ahmad was arrested near the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at around 9:00 pm, where there were clashes between soldiers and youths. Two police officers attacked him and pushed him into the car. They handcuffed him and beat him until he arrived at the police station on Salah al-Din Street. They left him without food or drink until 3:00 am, and then they took him to the interrogation room and remained there form 5 hours under beating, insult and threating. Ten, he got transferred to the isolation for 15 days, in a narrow and smelly cell, where he was unable to sit or sleep. He was given a rotten blanket and they intended to turn on the AC for 24 hours. He was sent to the police station to complete the interrogation. The interrogation lasted for many hours, and he was handcuffed to the chair. The interrogation included all kinds of physical and psychological humiliation. Then, he was transferred to Ovik prison in Jerusalem, which is dedicated for Israeli minor prisoners. He remained there for two weeks, where he was treated in a bad way by the Israeli civilian prisoners. After that, he was transferred to Megiddo prison upon the request of the of security detainees in Megiddo prison.
Isolating a minor from Jerusalem at Al-Maskoubya for 17 days
The minor Yousef Khaldon Izzat Salah, 17 years
Yousef was arrested from the downtown in Jerusalem during clashes with the police. He got transferred to Al-Maskoubya and was interrogated for long hours. Then, he was detained for 17 days in a narrow cell at Al-Maskoubya prison. He was subjected to physical and psychological torture during the interrogation, and he was handcuffed and beaten all the time. After the interrogation ended he was transferred to Megiddo prison at section 4 dedicated for minors.
Isolating a minor at Al-Maskoubya for 14 days in addition to 3 days at Ovik prison with Israeli civilians
The detainee Ameer Abdullah Mas'ood, 17, from Jerusalem
Ameer was arrested from his house in 16/8/2018 at 12:00 pm. The Israeli intelligence phoned his family and asked about him. They entered the house and took some of his clothes and arrested him. He was transferred to a police station on Salah Al-Deen Street. There, they inspected him and took him to the interrogation room for two hours. He then was transferred to Al- Maskoubya prison after the interrogation ended. He was held in the solitary confinement at Al-Maskoubya prison for 14 days and. After that, he got transferred to Ovik prison with Israeli civilians for 3 days and then he got moved to a prison for minors. He's currently held in minors' section at Megiddo prison and sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment and a fine of NIS 1500.
In isolating the Palestinian children, Israel violates all international conventions including the 1984 Convention against Torture and the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Solitary confinement is a form of psychological torture, and it is an inhuman and degrading treatment method prohibited under article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The circumstances in which Palestinian children are held do not fit the health standards set forth in articles 91 and 92 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the treatment of civilian persons in armed Conflicts and Occupation.
The former Special Rapporteur of human rights in Palestine, Richard Falk, condemned the solitary confinement of Palestinian children, and described it as a form of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment against minors, and that Israel violates the international human rights standards.

15 sick detainees at Al-Ramlah clinic are about to die at every moment

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The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs warned of the aggravated health conditions of sick detainees at Al-Ramlah clinic, who are facing death at a daily basis.
The Commission stated that 15 sick detainees are held Al-Ramlah clinic, suffering from poor health and medical conditions. Most of them have paralysis and move using wheelchair, depending on their colleges to help them.
In addition, the Commission affirmed that they are suffering from deliberate medical negligence, where medical services and health care are not provided. They are only given painkillers instead of being treated in a proper way.
The Commission reviewed the aggravated health condition of the detainee Sami Abu Dyak, whose health is deteriorating due to the cancer in the intestines since three years.
The advocate of the commission Fawaz Shalloudi visited Abu Dyak and cited his message, in which he states "for the sake of God, work seriously to release me because I am about to die, and I want to spend the rest of my life in my father's lap".
Cases of sick detainees at the clinic of Al-Ramlah prison are the most difficult, where there are injured and disabled detainees and other detainees who have chronic diseases due to the policy of medical negligence.
Sick detainees at Al-Ramlah clinic:

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Name

City

Dwell time

Illness

Sentence

1

Khalid Shawish

Jenin

Permanent, using wheelchair

crippled

Life term

2

Naser Shawish

Jenin

 

 

Life term

3

Mansour Mouqade

Salfit

Permanent, using wheelchair

crippled

Life term

4

Ashraf Abu Alhuda

Nablus

Permanent

tumor in the testicles, and fragments in the pelvic area and spine

4 years

5

Mo'tasem Raddad

Tulkarem

Permanent

Intestinal cancer

20 years

6

Nahed Aqra'

 

Permanent, using wheelchair

crippled

3 life terms

7

Saleh Saleh

Nablus

Permanent, using wheelchair

paralysis

5 years

8

Mohammad Abu Khader

Jenin

 

Kidney problems

17 years

9

Sami Abu Dyak

Jenin

Permanent

Intestinal cancer

3 life terms

10

Ezz-Aldeen Karajat

Halhoul

Non-permanent

Using cane

Under arrest

11

Ahmad Abu Khdair

Jenin

Non-permanent

Not nick, but he helps sick detainees

11 life term

12

Iyad Hraibat

Hebron

Non-permanent

Using wheelchair

Life term

13

Mahmoud Abu Hwailah

Nablus

Non-permanent

Using cane

Under arrest

14

Mustafa Daraghmeh

Bethlehem

Non-permanent

 

Under arrest

15

Anas Mousa

Bethlehem

Non-permanent

Using wheelchair

Under arrest

Continuous medical violation against the detainee Rami Hijazi

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The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs expressed its deep concern about the increasing medical violations pursued by the administrations of Israeli prisons against sick and wounded detainees who are currently imprisoned in various Israeli jails, in which they are targeted with neglecting their health conditions.
The Commission monitored one of these cases at Ashkelon prison, the case of the 38-year-old detainee Rami Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, from Tal Al-Hawa southwest of Gaza Strip. Hijazi suffers from a deflection in the spine many years ago, which causes severe pain and hindering his ability to move. The administration of prison gives him painkiller as an alternative of treatment.
The Commission stated that he gets transferred to the clinic of Beersheba prison from time to time to have Physiotherapy sessions, but sometimes Hijazi refuses to go to the clinic, just like his colleges in prison. This refusal is to avert the conditions of transfer by the Bosta car, where they are exposed to degrading treatment and spend long hours setting on iron chairs which worsens his health conditions.
 It is worth mentioning that the detainee Hijazi is detained since 2002 and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment.

Detainees declare the failure of conversations and 150 detainees enter an open hunger strike

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The Commission of Detainees and Ex=Detainees' Affairs declared the failure of conversations between the administration of the Israeli prisons and the representatives of the Captive Movement's factions in the Israeli prisons, after long hours of debate at Remon prison.
The Commission stated that 150 detainees entered an open hunger strike in Negev and Remon prisons in a battle called "the Battle of Dignity 2", and that many groups of detainees from various prisons will follow the strike in the coming days.
The Commission also stated that the conversations between the administration of prisons and the leaders of the Captive Movement had failed and arrived at a dead end. This failure came due to stubbornness of the prisons' administration in responding to the demands of the Captive Movement which are guaranteed by all international rules and regulations.
Detainees pointed out that the prisons' administration did not respond to the demands of the Captive movement such as removing the jamming devices, allowing family visits for detainees from Gaza, the lack of clear understandings on the installation of public telephone devices between prison sections, the continuity of isolating punished detainees in the recent events in Negev prison and stopping the breaking into sections, humiliation and medical negligence against them.
The detainees called on the Palestinian people to support their fair cause and their battle of struggle, in addition to supporting them with all possible means to expose the Israeli policies carried out against them, which contradicts all international laws and Human Rights principles

Detainees' institutions: occupation forces arrested (569) Palestinians in February 2019

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Ramallah: the occupation forces arrested (569) Palestinians from the occupied territories in February 2019, including (78) minors and (13) females.
Detainees' institutions and Human Rights Organizations (the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out in a fact sheet that the occupation authorities have arrested (229) citizens from Jerusalem, (73) from Ramllah and Al-Bireh, (60) from Hebron, (54) from Jenin, (44) from Bethlehem, (38) from Nablus, (15) from Tulkarem, (15) from Qalqilia, (9) from Tubas, (5) from Salfit, (10) from Jericho and (17) from Gaza Strip.
The most prominent policies practiced by occupation authorities against detainees in February:
Aggravated policies against detainees in Negev prison
Institutions observed a series of escalations by the occupation authorities and the Israeli prison Services that aimed to clampdown on the lives of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. Those escalations caused a state of tension that may increase and lead to unstable conditions in jails.
The wave of escalation started mid-February in Negev prison. At the beginning of the month, Negev prison administration informed the detainees about its intention to install jamming devices in section (4).
In February 15, the prison's administration emptied section (4) and installed the jammers. In February 18, the administration informed the detainees that it will operate the jammers at 10:00 am next morning. However, this notification came in spite of the negotiations with detainees that the jammers would not be operated. In response, the detainees informed the administration of the prison that they are willing to dissolve the factions and there will not be a representative of detainees to discuss matters with the administration, or take the responsibility of any action by the detainees. This action obliges the administration to deal with detainees individually, thereby keeping the prison administration in a permanent state of emergency.
This was the first step of protest which was followed by returning the meals by many sections, running at night in the prison's yard, and refusing to get inside their cells. However, the prison's administration responded by announcing the state of permanent emergency, doubling the numbers of forces and carrying out violent inspections in section (3&4).
The repression forces attacked detainees by beating them. In the same context, the detainees Ibrahim Natsheh and Fawzi Awwad burned their clothes, and then they were taken to solitary confinement, in addition to the detainee Saleh Ja'bari who also taken to solitary confinement after two days.
The escalations came after commencing the work of the committee formed by the Minister of Interior Security, Jel'ad Ardan, which aims to clampdown on the life conditions of detainees. The acts of the committee came in the context of the approaching Israeli elections, and in particular, the campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who is using the Palestinian detainees as electoral propaganda.


Spoiled food served for detainees
Monitoring reports pointed out that the administration of prison is deliberately provide bad food in terms of quantity and quality for detainees in prisons and detention centers, where the food served does not conform to international laws and health standards, which force detainees to buy their stuff from the cantina on their own expenses.
Detainees' institutions revealed during last February that the suffering increases in detention centers, especially (Itzion, Huwara and Al- Jalama), where those detention centers do not contain a cantina, thus, detainees are forced to eat the bad meals of prison.

Major General Abu Baker sends a message of thanks to Intal Globalize Solidarity for its role in advocating the issue of Palestinian detainees

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Major General Qadri Abu Baker, the head of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs, sent a letter of thanks on Sunday, 24 February 2019 to the Belgian Intal Globalize Solidarity praising its role in advocating the issue of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.
Abu Baker called on the international solidarity movements to make more efforts to break the international silence, and stated that solidarity events in various places help raising the awareness about the issue of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, empower their will and determination, and encourage them to achieve their goals under the pressure practiced against them by the Israeli prisons administration.
It is worth mentioning that the Belgian Intal Globalize Solidarity is an association subordinate to the Belgian Labor's Party (a left-wing party and one of the strongest advocates of the Palestinian issue), which organized an event in headquarter in Aalst on February 16, 2019 that included an explanation of the annual report issued by the Commission of Detainees Affairs. Many members of the Belgian Labor's party, representatives of the Belgian parliament, peace activists and lecturers have participated in the event.
The event ended with signing 15 letters which were sent to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling for releasing all sick and old detainees in addition to female detainees, minor detainees and the long-term detainees who were imprisoned before the Oslo Accord, especially the detainee Kareem Younes being the oldest long-term detainee in the world.
 
 

Urgent letter to the Human Rights organizations and the International Community on the conditions of Negev prison

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The occupying state is practicing repression against Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails in the past few months, where Ofer prison witnessed unprecedented attacks of its sections in which jailers used gas and sound bombs in addition to rubber coated bullets. This act led to the injury of 150 detainees who have been taken to hospitals or to the clinic of the prison.
The repressive policy carried out by the prison services seems to conform to the recommendations of Jel'aad Ardan "the Minister of the internal security" which requested to suppress the Palestinian detainees.
During the past weeks, the administration of prisons installed jammers in the sections of Negev prison under the pretext that the Palestinian detainees have mobile devices. However, Palestinian detainees started to complain about the effects caused by the waves and radiations of this device. Yesterday, the Israeli forces broke into section 4 at Negev prison and started to transfer detainees to section 3. Tension prevailed at section 7, where news reported that the process of transfer was accompanied by violence against detainees. Detainees tried to defend themselves, and they were repressed by the prison services that used gas and sound bombs and rubber coated bullets. Furthermore, many detainees got wounded such as Isalm Yousri and Oday Salem.
 The Israeli forces kept some of the detainees handcuffed all over the night in section 3, 4, and 7. However, the situation in Negev prison got worse, where the attacks began in section 21, 22 and 23.
We in the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs realize the seriousness of the incidents in Negev prison, where 1300 Palestinian detainees are held in cruel conditions. In addition, we believe that the attacks practiced against our detainees emphasize the dangerous and repressive policy carried out by the prisons' services. We call on you and you organizations to work and intervene immediately to lift the injustice and save our detainees.
Best regards
 
Qadri Abu Baker
The head of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs 
 

Al-Shobaki turns 80 years inside the Israeli jails

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The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs stated on Tuesday that Major General Fuad Al-Shobaki the oldest Palestinian detainee in the Israeli jails has turned 80 years.
The Head of the Commission of Detainees' Affairs Qadri Abu Baker, the member of the Central Committee of Fatah Movement Muhammad Al-Madani, Dr. Muhammad Odeh, Reyad Qasrawi and Al-Shobaki's family has lighted a candle of freedom celebrating his 80th birthday. The cartoonist Ossama Nazzal made a portrait for him in this occasion.
Abu Baker stated: "Abu Hazem the oldest detainee in Israeli jails is sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment and he is detained since 2006. He suffers from many diseases and he was exposed to a deliberate medical negligence. The occupation bears full responsibility for his life, especially after refusing to release him, despite recognizing the deterioration of his health condition".
Abu Baker added "it is a shame on all the free people all over the world that Al-Shobaki enters his 80th year in the Israeli jails, while they just watch without taking a serious action towards the violations that he and all detainees are exposed to".
The Commission pointed out that the Military Court of Ofer Prison decided on September 2015 to mitigate his sentence by deducting three years of the sentence to be 17 years of imprisonment. Another session has been held on May 2018 to hear the final sentence, but it was postponed.   

A minor detainee in Ofer prison narrates the terrifying moments of his arrest when attacked with dogs

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The advocate of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs, Mo'taz Shqiarat, cited on Tuesday the story of the minor detainee Mohammad Abdullah Hammad,16, from Qalandia camp, in which he was exposed to humiliation and extensive beating during his arrest in 16/1/2019 from his house.
Hammad who still detained at Ofer prison stated that "a number of Israeli soldiers besieged my house in the camp, where many soldiers broke into the house accompanied by horrific dogs. The two dogs attacked me, while the soldiers were holding my family and threatening them with weapons".
He added: "then they handcuffed me, blindfolded my eyes and took me to a settlement called "Kochav Ya'akov". At that time, the soldiers kept beating, cursing and deliberately forcing me to fall down".
"After arriving to the settlement, they transferred me by a military vehicle to Atarot Interrogation Cetner and they forced me to confess guilt with the charge of throwing stones on soldiers at Qalandia military checkpoint, then they transferred me to Ofer prison".
The Commission pointed out that the Israeli occupation with all its authorities are deliberately causing harm, humiliation and abuse against Palestinian detainees, especially children during detention, interrogation and trials.
This is a clear and systematic plan to destroy the Palestinian childhood and its future, where 99% of those who got arrested are exposed to one or more kind of torture, abuse, and humiliation. 

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

  • The Commission of Detainees Affairs organized a symposium on "The Israeli terrorism and racial laws against detainees". >

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  • Abu Baker calls on the European Union to act immediately and hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian detainees >

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  • The director of Media Department presents a paper on minor detainees in Brussels Conference >

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ARTICLES

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REPORTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The law of execution of Palestinian detainees >

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