Director of the Prisoner Club Al-Fateh: “Prisoner’s Day” is an icon of struggle and resistance to the arrogance of the enemy

Last Sunday coincided with Palestinian Prison Day. The prisoner spends most of his life inside the prison and behind walls for decades and years, and he may remain in prisons until he meets his Lord.

The prisoners in the occupation prisons are the biggest humanitarian issue in Palestinian history, they are the icons of freedom and prisoners of war, and this day, which coincides with April 17 of each year, represents a day to sharpen their determination and shed light. on their just cause, especially since prisoners in the occupation prisons are exposed to crimes against humanity between Physical torture, coercion, solitary confinement, or the like.Which aggravates the pain that the phenomenon of arrests has become a phenomenon and behavior that occurs around the clock.

Due to the seriousness of the matter, we interviewed the director of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Abdullah Al-Zaghari, to learn together about the situation of prisoners in the occupation prisons..

First, what are the practices to which the prisoner is exposed, and how does the captivity process take place?

The occupation practices the policy of arrest on a daily basis against Palestinian citizens. Almost a day goes by without constant arrests by the Israeli occupation army, which storms cities, towns and camps in large numbers. Children and women are intimidated and assaulted, and sometimes with the help of tear gas and stun grenades, and all this comes in the context of the terrorist act of the occupation.

How many prisoners are in the occupation prisons?

Within the prisons of the occupation, there are now about 4,400 male and female prisoners detained in 24 prisons and detention and investigation centers attached to the occupation authorities. more, and most of them are the prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouti, who is sentenced to life imprisonment of 67. More than 20 years have passed since his arrest.

There are prisoners who have spent more than 30 years in prisons. About 25 inmates spent more than 30 years, led by the two inmates, Karim Younis and Maher Younis. They spent 39 years and have one year left until they are released, and they are not included in any transactions, negotiations or agreements.

What about women in occupation prisons?

Among the detainees are about 32 Palestinian female prisoners, some of whom are in administrative detention, and some of whom have been released from prison. These prisoners often visit in violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions 3, 4.

What about children in occupation prisons?

The occupation prisons hold about 16 minor children under the age of 18, including the arrested prisoners and the convicted prisoners. We may remember the child prisoner Ahmed Manasra, who was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, grew up and is until now still in custody.

When we talk about administrative detention, what do you say?

Administrative detention is an important file that requires legal follow-up, and they number about 500 administrative detainees.

This type of detention is considered a crime against humanity and against the Palestinians before the eyes and ears of the world, without charge. These detainees have intentions as she believes this Palestinian youth may think he will take any action to resist the occupation. , and therefore she arrests him.

Is not the arrest a kind of cruelty and barbarism after the escape from Gilboa?

Conditions of detention inside prisons after the Freedom Tunnel operation were at their worst. strong military fortification. These six prisoners were able to escape and free themselves for six days. .

Just getting out of jail was a major blow to Israeli security, prompting the occupying authorities to impose a series of punitive and retaliatory measures on prisons. it begins with a series of measures of oppression and abuse that have been represented in the policy of solitary confinement for many months. A large number of prisoners, not just the six prisoners who were deprived of their liberty, then started the war and aggression against all the prisoners, which means that the profession took more steps by not allowing the prisoner, who is not considered a danger to the occupation system, even if he is in prison, so it is forbidden to stay in one prison for a period of more than 6 months. He is being transferred from prison. to prison and from ward to ward, and this is one of the steps that the prisoners rejected. Financial fines and internal hearings were imposed on prisoners such as depriving them of family visits, depriving them to go to the prison clinic and most basic human rights, in addition to the ongoing inspection policy. .

Is there medical neglect and torture to which the prisoners are subjected, and can lead to their lives?

Yes, that’s true. About 227 Palestinian detainees were tortured in the prisons of the occupation, from 1967 until now. A large proportion of these detainees have been tortured as a result of torture, and some of them have been subjected to medical negligence policies, such as the prisoner Kamal Abu Waer, the prisoner Bassam Al-Sayeh and Sami Abu Diak. These are all prisoners. They contracted cancer in the prisons of the occupation, and the necessary treatment was not provided to them inside the prisons, and the occupation authorities still detain 8 bodies of the martyrs in refrigerators inside prisons, on the pretext that they do not have their period of detention has not completed.It is a state above the law and practices all means of organized terrorism.

How are sick prisoners treated in prisons?

The ordinary person outside the prison, if he feels any illness, finds his family and children, and if the illness increases, he goes to the hospital. The Palestinian prisoners inside the prisons are exposed to a constant series of deliberate and systematic medical neglect and murder, which led to dozens of prisoners being infected with various diseases. Now, nearly 600 sick prisoners, including 14 prisoners with cancer, led by the prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, and Nasser, like the rest of the sick prisoners, are subject to a policy of medical neglect.

What do we mean by medical negligence in prisons?

When a Palestinian prisoner has pain in any part of his body, he is given an “atamol” pill, and periodic examinations of the prisoners are not carried out. This is difficult for him to treat, especially cancers, so some prisoners was supposed to perform certain operations, whether appendectomy, stone removal or catheterization The operation is postponed and not carried out in time, which worsens the health condition of the Palestinian prisoner, leading to the deaths of dozens of prisoners in prisons.

Currently, the issue of prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid is at the forefront of events, as he has been subjected to systematic medical neglect, as he complained of pain in his chest about a year ago, and after six months, after his health condition worsened . , he was taken out for medical examinations.The tumor spread quickly and strongly again, and the prisoner did not receive the necessary medical treatment.He is now languishing in a military clinic without the necessary medical treatment.His health has deteriorated so much that the Israeli doctors who monitored his condition through a medical report confirm that he has stage 4 cancer.

We hear about injuries that prisoners incur when they are arrested, so how are they treated?

There are prisoners who were shot before and during arrest and detained in interrogation centers and not provided with the necessary medical treatment, which means they may have been given first aid after their arrest, but they were returned to prison and with intentional medical neglect. .

As for the transfer of prisoners between the prison and the court or hospital, this is done by a military vehicle called the bosta, which is an iron box that has been closed from all directions. The prisoners are placed in it for long hours, even the sick among them, their disease is increasing, and this is also one of the most difficult things that prisoners face in prisons.

Are the prisoners waiting for an agreement?

The agreement is related to the party talking about the issue, namely the Palestinian factions in Gaza, and we really hope that there will be an honorable agreement that restores hope for the Palestinian prisoners, especially those with high sentences. That these prisoners remain hostages in the hands of the Israeli occupation system, which they are already using as hostages in the absence of a political horizon, there is no political horizon at the moment, and there are no negotiations and there are no serious moves not at the international or Arab level in order to develop solutions, even if temporary provision is made for some of the key issues related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and consequently prolonged detention and occupation

POWs and international credibility double standards?

In view of the current situation in the absence of all signs of hope, I think international credibility is at stake, especially after the Russo-Ukrainian war, which means that the Palestinian people have suffered under this horrific occupation since ’75. a time when Russia invaded Ukraine and the whole world moved and within a week there were sanctions It was practiced by the international system, led by the United States and the Security Council, and began to implement these sanctions against Russia, so why this double standard in dealing with the Palestinian issue, for hundreds of resolutions issued by the UN Security Council, condemns the oppressive policy of occupation, but it is time for the international system to reconsider finding a political solution that the state of Palestine ends, with Jerusalem as its capital.

Director of the Prisoner Club Al-Fateh: “Prisoner’s Day” is an icon of struggle and resistance to the arrogance of the enemy

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