June 23, 2024

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Thousands of Palestinians are imprisoned in Israel under controversial regulations

Thousands of Palestinians are imprisoned in Israel under controversial regulations

The non-governmental organization said in a statement that the number includes about 40 minors and 11 women, in addition to legislators, journalists, and social activists.

He pointed out that even during the first intifada (1987-1993), as the Palestinian uprisings are known, this number was not reached.

Israel uses this rule to detain Palestinians for renewable periods, usually ranging from three to six months, on the basis of undisclosed evidence, which even the accused's lawyer is prohibited from seeing.

Systematically, many detainees under this measure begin indefinite hunger strikes to denounce their cases and force the Israeli authorities to release them.

Palestinians and human rights groups say administrative detention violates due process because it does not allow any evidence to be presented against prisoners while they are held for long periods without being charged, tried or convicted.

The Prisoner's Club's complaint coincided with the publication of a report by the Israeli Attorney General's Office this week about overcrowding and poor conditions suffered by Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

The organization stressed that the Prison Service declared a “state of emergency in prisons,” which allows the basic rights of prisoners to be violated.

For example, he noted that thousands of them sleep on mattresses on the floor of overcrowded cells in prisons across the country.

Among the problems discovered were overcrowding, poor sanitary and hygiene conditions, pest problems, as well as a lack of adequate ventilation and basic equipment for inmates.

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