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BA4P: Prisoners & Imprisonment
  • Abeer BAKER & Anat MATAR (edd.), "Threat. Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel. " Pluto Press, 2011, 261pp., ISBN 978-0-7453-3020-4.
  • Smadar BEN-NATAN, « The One Carceral State: Mass Incarceration and Carceral Citizenship in Israel/Palestine. » ( Social Science Research Network - SSRN, 11p., 3 Jan 2023 ): click here. Abstract ─ Paper (pdf).
    The discussion about the one state condition in Israel/Palestine can greatly benefit by looking at Israel's carceral state. This paper shows that underneath the formal separation of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), lies one carceral state. Following the 1967 occupation, Israel initially designed the legal and carceral systems of the OPT as separate, in accordance with international law, and created a military prison system in the OPT. However, this situation has changed dramatically after the failure of the Oslo Accords and the Second Intifada in 2000.
  • DETAINEES' INSTITUTIONS: “The occupation authorities arrested 7000 Palestinians in 2022” (4 January 2023) : click here.
    The Commission of Detainees' Affairs, The Palestinian Society Prisoner's Club, Addameer Association for Human Rights, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center pointed out, in the joint annual report, that 2022 was the bloodiest year full of crimes and violations. The report showed that there are a lot of changes across arrest campaigns implemented by the Israeli forces, which were basically connected to the escalation of struggle against the occupation. The Israeli occupation forces arrested (7000) Palestinian people, including Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, where this was the highest rate of arrests in comparison with last year, especially in the West Bank. Last year, arrest cases in the West Bank and Jerusalem were (6000) cases, including (2000) arrests in the lands occupied in 1984. (882) minors have been detained in 2022, in addition to (172) women and (2409) administrative detention orders. There are (40) injured persons who got arrested in 2022, including children.

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    • Hagar SHEZAF: « Number of Palestinians Under Detention Without Trial Has Doubled in Israeli Prisons” (Haaretz, March 27, 2023, Ref: 13/2023): click here.
      As of March 1st, Israeli prisons hold 971 administrative detainees, the highest number of prisoners without trial in 20 years, data from the Israel Prison Service provided to the Center for the Defense of the Individual (Hamoked). The figures show all but four of the detainees are West Bank Palestinians, East Jerusalem residents or Israeli Arabs. The other four are Israeli Jews.
    • Elis GJEVORY: « Israel introduces bill to limit medical treatment for Palestinian prisoners « (Middle East Eye, March 24, 2023): click here.
      Israel's parliament on Thursday passed the first stage of a bill to stop funding non-essential medical treatment for Palestinians in Israeli prisons, in the latest series of punitive measures taken against detainees. The authors of the bill, which was supported by 42 Knesset members, described Israel's existing prison policy as "unreasonably lenient" towards security prisoners... The bill was introduced by the Jewish Power, the party of far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, and the opposition National Unity Party.
    • AL MEZAN: « Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Abu Ali dies because of Israel’s deliberate policy of medical negligence” ( Al Mezan Human Rights Center, press release 13 Februari, 2023, Ref: 13/2023): click here.
      10 February 2022, Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Badr Abdullah Abu Ali, a 48-year-old from Yatta (Hebron), was pronounced dead at Soroka Hospital (Beersheba) following the deterioration of his health while in detention at Al-Naqab Prison.
    • « Palestine: Women prisoners assaulted by Israeli jail authorities » (Middle East Eye, January 31, 2023): click here.
      Detainees monitoring group warns punitive measures 'will have consequences in all Israeli jails.' Israeli jail authorities assaulted Palestinian women prisoners on Tuesday morning amid a push to enforce strict new measures against Palestinian inmates introduced by Israel's far-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society said in a statement that Israeli forces beat women prisoners in Damon jail, fired tear gas at them and used pepper spray. The Palestinian Authority's prisoners' affairs commission said the Israel Prison Service (IPS) also confiscated electronic devices and some personal items from the prisoners in what it called "collective punishment". In response, the prisoners set some cells ablaze. The IPS said Yasmeen Shaaban, the representative of the Palestinian women prisoners who was among those assaulted, was put in solitary confinement for attempting to set her cell on fire.
    • ADDAMEER: « The Impact of Israel’s New Ultranationalist Government on the Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement » (Addameer, Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association, January 31, 2023): click here. For the report (pdf, 5p.): click here.
      By the end of 2022, the Israeli occupation forces arrested in total around 7,000 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territories, with April 2022 recording the highest number of arrests reaching 1,228 cases, followed by May and October 2022, with 690 cases.
    • HAMOKED: « On Flimsey Grounds: Israel's Pervasive Night Arrests of Children » (HAMOKED - Center for the Defense of Individuals, January 2023 (11p.): click here.
      Each year, hundreds of Palestinian boys ages 13-17 are arrested from their homes in the middle of the night by the Israeli security forces. Such arrests begin when a large group of soldiers arrives at the home without warning. Sometimes they pound on the door to wake the family, but often, they burst in after blowing open the door.
    • Baker ZOUBI: “Ben Gvir turns up the heat on Palestinian prisoners” (+972, Jan 24, 2023): click here!
    • Faylah SHAHASH: "Dying in the ‘Waiting Prison’: Why Palestinian Prisoners Die in Israeli Detention at High Rate" (The Palestine Chronicle, Jan 6, 2023): click here!
      From restricting visitations to demanding the death penalty, the national security minister has begun rolling out his harsher vision for Israeli prisons.

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