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The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs narrates the details of torturing 5 detainees during their arrest

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The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs documented in its report on Thursday the testimonies of 5 detainees, who narrate the details of torture and degrading treatment they were exposed to during their arrest and interrogation in Israeli detention centers.

 In this context, Obada Qnais (16 years old) narrates his detention conditions, indicating that he was arrested after the occupation forces broke into his house in Ayda camp near Bethlehem. He was beaten and slapped on the face in front of his family, and then transferred to Al- Maskoubya detention center to interrogate him. During his existence at the interrogation cell, interrogators deliberately humiliated him and forced him to sit handcuffed on the chair and did not allow him to go to the restroom. He remained at the same situation all the day. Later, he was transferred to the minors' section at Ofer prison.

The occupation army attacked the 16-years-old Mohammad Sbaih after breaking into his house in Khader village near Bethlehem. He was transferred to Itzion detention center for interrogation; while they intended to yell at him and frighten him in order to force him confess guilt. He was also forced to go out of the interrogation cell and stay outside in the cold weather for 6 hours before transferring him to Ofer prison.

The Israeli soldiers tortured the minor detainee Qais Jamous (16 years old) during clashes broke out in his hometown Qalqilia. He was attacked by many soldiers who beat him in an arbitrary way. He was then transferred to Are'ail interrogation center and then to the minors' section and Megiddo prison.

The report also showed that the Israeli occupation forces severely beat Mohammad Bahsh (21 years old) and Mohammad Shakhsheer (20 years old) from the city of Nablus. This happened during breaking into their houses and arresting them. They were transferred to Megiddo prison.

A documentary report on the situation of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails (2)

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About one million Palestinians have experienced detention

The Commission of Detainees Affairs affirmed that the history of the Palestinian Captive Movement started with the beginning of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1948. It also affirmed that the Israeli authorities used detention as a policy of controlling the Palestinian people and as a means of collective punishment. The number of arrest cases is estimated to one million cases throughout the years of Israeli occupation.


Detainees,, facts and figures

Total number of detainees in Israeli jails

6000 male and female detainees








Minor detainees

Female detainees











Arrested before Oslo


Arrested before

 30 years







The most prominent violations practiced by the prisons administrations against Palestinian detainees:


·       Medical negligence

The policy of medical negligence has increased recently, where the number of sick detainees has risen to more than 700 cases of illness, including 95 cases of disability, paralysis and chronic diseases. Moreover, there are more than 30 detainees who suffer from cancer, and 25 detainees who have mental diseases.

Studies conducted by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs indicate that 60 martyrs died since 1967 due to deliberate medical negligence, bringing the number of martyrs to (217)

·       Minors' detention

Israeli occupation forces did not exclude children from detention, whether be males or females, and did not respect the international agreements in dealing with them. They arrested thousands of children putting them in jails without taking into consideration their age or their weak body structure. Moreover, they practiced many types of physical and psychological torture, bad treatment and many other violations. The rate of torture and bad treatment is estimated of 90%, where Israel has legislated their detention and torture not based on security reasons as they claim, but it is a punitive measure against children to destroy their future and dreams. 300 male and female children under the age of eighteen are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails.

·       Administrative detention

Administrative detention is the most arrogant method practiced by the Israeli occupation forces as a systematic policy against Palestinians. They made it a firm policy since 1967 and resorted to it as an easy choice to justify detaining Palestinians without charges or trails under the pretext of the so-called "secret file". It is practiced as a collective punishment against thousands of Palestinians contrary to the rules of International Law. Since 2000, nearly 25.000 administrative detention sentences were issued against males and females, and currently there are 450 administrative detainees imprisoned in Israeli jails.

·       Solitary confinement

The punishment of solitary confinement has escalated through a decision by the Israeli Intelligence, where this isolation is renewed every 6 months under the pretext of security reasons and that the detainee poses a threat to Israel's security.

The number of isolated detainees reached to 15 during 2017, detained in harsh conditions where the cells are very small, narrow and full of insects. The majority of them are prohibited form family visits.

·       Depriving families of visits and imposing fines

The Israeli occupation authorities continue to deprive hundreds of detainees of family visits under feeble security reasons, including the detainee's relatives of first class such as: (mother, father, son and wife), which falls under the policy of collective punishment.

The Israeli Prison Service deliberately use the visit as a means of punishment for detainees, and also for their families due to the searches on checkpoints and preventing many of them of entering the checkpoint. They also practice the policy of imposing high fines on detainees and minors.

·       Transportation

The transportation among prisons is a real suffering for detainees. "Bosta" is a term used for the process of transferring detainees from one prison to another or to the court. This "journey" may take many days, where detainees are transferred by huge buses and kept for many hours in iron cages.

·       Female detainees

Female detainees are exposed to beating, insults, cursing and threatening during their interrogation and detention. Their suffering continues through solitary confinement, denial of family visits, deprivation of medical treatment and education. Currently, there are 64 female detainees in Hasharon and Damoon prisons, including 11 mothers, 10 minors and 7 females who have relatives in prisons.


·       Imposing racist laws against detainees

1.    Force-feeding law against detainees on hunger strike

2.    Raising sentences against minors who throw stones

3.    Raising the minimum penalty for stone throwers in Jerusalem.

4.    Law of prosecuting minors under the age of 14

5.    Law of body inspection without any suspicions

6.    Law of exempting the Intelligence from documenting the interrogation

7.    Law of executing detainees

8.    Bill draft to condemn Palestinians without suspicions

9.    Anti- Terrorism law

10.                    Law of the Israeli civil courts recognition of the resolutions of the military courts

11.                    Draft bill to deprive detainees of education

12.                    Law of retaining the allocations of detainees and martyrs

13.                    Law of forbidding visits for detainees who belong to Palestinian organizations that hold Israelis

14.                    Draft bill that allow retaining the bodies of martyrs   

Detainees' institutions: occupation authorities arrested (486) Palestinians during last November 2018

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Ramallah/ the occupation authorities arrested (486) Palestinians

during November 2018, including (65) minors and (9) females.

 Human rights and detainees institutions (the Palestinian Society

Prisoner's Club, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, and

the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs)

indicate that the occupation authorities have arrested (150)

citizens from Jerusalem, (71) from Ramallah, (77) from Hebron,

(28) from Jenin, (34) from Bethlehem, (36) from Nablus, (32)

from Tulkarem,(23) from Qalqilia, (12) from Tubas, (8) from

Salfit, (6) from Jericho and (9) from Gaza Strip.

The total number of detainees in Israeli jails is nearly (5700)

including, (54) females, (230) minors, and (104) administrative


Renewed policy,,, arresting deputies from the Palestinian

Legislative Council

The Israeli occupation continue targeting deputies of the

Palestinian Legislative Council and political activists, in order to

prevent them from practicing their social role in the Legislative

Council, such as: Muhammad Abu Jehaisha from Hebron and

Ahmad Atoon who is deported from Jerusalem.

This is not the first time to arrest deputies under the

administrative detention, since many of them were frequently

arrested. The number of deputies arrested in Israeli jails is (6) ,

including (3) under the administrative detention, such as

Khalida Jarrar who got arrested July 2017.


In accordance with some provisions of the International Law,

arresting deputies is illegal. However, Palestinian leaders got

arrested periodically as part of the ongoing occupation policies

to suppress Palestinian political efforts. This entails the

suppression of the right of the Palestinian people to self-


Transferring female detainees to Damoun Prison

The administration of the occupation prisons transferred all

female detainees from the prison "Hasharon" to the prison

"Damoun" during last November. All female detainees were

gathered in the same prison. The transfer came after the females

have rejected the decision of operating the cameras in the yard

of Hasharon prison. This led the females to abstain from going

out to the yard, and then penalties were imposed on them.

Penalties are represented in preventing their families of visits,

cutting off the hot water and the ill treatment by the doctor.

Females confirmed that there are tight measures on their

educational and cultural program. The prison administration did

not give them the books they had taken with them from

Hasharon Prison.

Detainees and their suffering during the winter

The suffering of the Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails

increases in winter, while suffering is more severe for those who

are newly arrested or whose trials coincide with cold waves and


Suffering also increases when the occupation authorities prevent

detainees' families from entering winter clothes to their sons,

and forcing them to buy clothes from the cantina with high

prices, along with the policy of medical negligence and lack of

health care.


In addition to the intentional use of repression means against

detainees in winter, they break into prison cells and force

detainees to sit in the yard for long hours under the pretext of


The Feminist Captive Movement at Damoun Prison issues a statement of Anti-violence against women

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The statement issued by the Feminist Captive Movement at Damoun Prison, discusses the issue of violence against women and the violations they are subjected to, especially Palestinian female detainees who suffer in the Israeli prisons.

 The statement declares the following: "on the occasion of the Anti-violence against women campaign and the World day of Anti-violence against women, and being a part of the world's women who are subjected to violence, slavery and cultural, political and social abuse, we the Palestinian female detainees in Israeli jails consider ourselves part of the national and international feminist movement, we salute and appreciate women's struggle wherever they are. We call to continue struggle to abolish all forms of discrimination, violence and exploitation. We cannot separate our national and social struggle, and we call you to strict to real resistance to eliminate all forms of discrimination, and fight to free the occupied people who are subjected to apartheid".

 In the same context, female detainees complained on the harassments they are subjected to recently. They explain that after moving the detainees from Damoun to Hasharon prison the suffering increased, where the administration of Damoun prison is striving to find ways in order to humiliate the dignity of female detainees, without taking into account their femininity and their special needs.

There are many arbitrary procedures taken by the administration of Damoun prison against detainees such as: decreasing the hours of taking a break in the yard, and distribute it into three stages to prevent female detainees from meeting and talking to each other. In addition, the head of the prison had deliberately visited the prison during the time of the break, which deprived them of going out. Thus, the prison administration violates the privacy of female detainees and deliberately retains their belongings especially books, let alone Damoun prison is very old and lacks the minimum necessities of life.

Detainees' Institutions: Occupation authorities arrested (551) Palestinians during October 2018

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Ramallah: the occupation authorities arrested (551) Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territories during October 2018,

 including (74) minors and (15) females.

Detainees and Human Rights Organizations (the Commission of

Detainees' Affairs, the Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club and

Aldameer Association for Human Rights) pointed out through a

fact sheet issued today that the occupation authorities arrested

(91) citizens from Jerusalem, (61) from Ramallah and Al-Bereh,

(75) from Hebron, (44) from Jenin, (26) from Bethlehem, (45)

from Nablus, (100) from Tulkarem, (28) from Qalqilia, (10)

from Tubas, (9) from Salfit, (10) from Jericho and (12) from

Gaza Strip.

The number of detainees in Israeli jails until October 31, 2018 is

about (6000) detainees, including (52) females, (270) minors

and (430) administrative detainees.

Collective punishment against the Na'alweh's family

Occupation forces still impose a series of collective punishments

against the family of Ashraf Na'alweh from Shwaikeh/

Tulkarem, who is accused of performing "Burkan" attack on

October 7, 2018. Occupation forces are imposing a siege at the

Shwaikeh neighborhood since a month, and break in the area

every day. They arrested (100) citizens form Tulkarem during

October including (11) females.

Other than that, the occupation forces tightened its measures on

checkpoints and towns surrounding Shwaikeh neighborhood, in

addition to the daily storming carried out to inspect people's

houses in the area and other arbitrary procedures that come as a

part of collective punishments practiced by the occupation


From the perspective of human rights organizations, the

occupation forces take the attack of "Burkan" as an excuse to

impose collective punishment, which is banned in accordance

with article (33) of the Fourth Geneva Convention. There is a

possibility of activating procedures that allow using the most

severe torture against detainees from the family and friends of

Ashraf under the pretext of having information that may help to arrest him.

The contracting parties at the Fourth Geneva Convention call

upon obliging Israel to respect the International Humanitarian

Law and to hold it accountable for the violations and collective

punishments committed against citizens in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Administrative Detention

The military leader issued a new administrative detention order

against the deputy in the Legislative Council Khalida Jarrar for

four months ending in February 28, 2019, where this is the

fourth administrative detention order against Jarrar.

The occupation forces arrested Jarrar from her house in

Ramallah on June 2, 2017, knowing that she was elected as a

member in the Legislative Council since 2006, and was

appointed as a chairman of Detainees Committee at the council.

She is a leading figure in the Palestinian society and a mother of two daughters.

Solitary confinement… the occupation's weapon to abuse detainees psychologically and physically

Solitary confinement for long periods aims at humiliating

detainees, as what happened with the detainee Ibrahim al-Ra'I

on 11/4/1988, who was killed after solitary confinement for nine months.

The occupation's intelligence still isolates the detainee Ibrahim al- Arooj (33 years old) from Bethlehem in difficult conditions.

During his visit by the lawyer he said that he's deprived of family visits and that he's prevented from going out to the

prison's yard without being handcuffed. Whenever he goes to

the clinic or being moved to isolation he must be handcuffed. In

addition, he suffers from the inspections to his cell and

damaging his belongings. The commission also documented the

cruel treatment he was subjected to recently during his transfer

to the Tselmon crossing border to attend the court.

It is worthy to mention that the detainee al- Arooj is the oldest

administrative detainee from Bethlehem, and he is jailed without

a charge since January 25, 2016.

Female detainees at "Hasharon" continue their strike during October

Female detainees at "Hasharon" continue their strike which is

represented in abstaining from going out to the prison's yard, in

a protest against operating cameras in the yard.

The prison administration did not cease to violate the privacy of

female detainees, but they impose humiliating penalties against

them such as depriving some family members of the visit,

preventing them from using hot water and treating them in a bad

manner by the doctors of the clinic.

In support of the females strike, four detainees at Hadareem

prison announced their open hunger strike: Khalil Abu Eram,

Kefah Hattab, Abdulrahman Abu Lebdeh and Ahmad al-Ser.

After more than 50 days of strike, the prison administration

transferred them to Al Damon prison.


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