If anyone still has any illusions regarding the “missing” Jewish settler colonist teens (and one adult) and Israel’s military operations in the West Bank, let this shine some much-needed light and clarification. This situation is being exploited by Israel to fulfill several goals, one of which is to round up Palestinian political prisoners released, round up Palestinian members or supporters of Hamas, exert such pressure so as to force breech of the new Palestinian government, thereby triumphing in a classic ‘divide and conquer’ approach. These goals are proceeding nicely, but Israelis are upset that not enough Western media is paying attention to the “missing” Jewish settler colonists and Israel is being upstaged by other, much more important events. So, as usual, Israel takes its frustration, fury and perpetual rage out on Gentiles from the West Bank, and is finding new and creative ways to punish Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli military custody (obviously separate from the torture of adults and children).
New series of punishments against Palestinian prisoners
20 June, 2014 Ma’an
RAMALLAH — Israeli Prison Services have begun a series of punishments against more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons in response to the disappearance of three Israeli teens in Hebron last week.
A report by the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said that Israeli Prisons Services have determined a series of new rules against Palestinian prisoners as punishment for the disappearance, with the approval of the Israeli minister of internal security.
The punishments include:
- Allowing visits only once every two months for Hamas-affiliated prisoners, and possibly all prisoners.
- Shutting the canteen and lowering the allowed amount of money from 1000 NIS ($290) a month to 400 ILS ($116).
- Prisoners allowed to go out into the prison yard for an hour in the morning and an hour in evening, instead of eight hours, in addition to applying a search device at the gate of the yard.
- Hamas-affiliated prisoners are not allowed to receive newspapers.
- Hamas-affiliated prisoners are not allowed to watch TV.
Guards are allowed to search prisoners while they are in the prison yard.
- Non-hunger striking prisoners are not allowed to interact with hunger-striking prisoners.
More than 5,300 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails. Of these, more than 200 are being held indefinitely without charge or trial as part of a procedure called administrative detention.
Around 125 prisoners have been on hunger strike for nearly 60 days in protest against their administrative detention.