The Palestinian Detaineesā Committee has reported that at least 15 political prisoners, held by Israel, have been held in solitary confinement for several years, denied the right to family visits, and held under very difficult, inhumane conditions. The Committee said that the Israeli ājustificationā for holding them indefinitely in isolated, small cells, is the allegation that they āpose a threat to Israelās security.ā
āThe cells are like tombs; they are small, dirty and lack proper ventilation; they lack basic requirements for human use,ā it stated, āThe detainees are not allowed to have any of their personal belongings, including books, and whenever they are allowed out of the cells to the prison yards (usually an hour a day), they always remain handcuffed.ā
Some of the detainees have been held in solitary confinement for more than three years; each receives a six-month solitary confinement order that is automatically renewed under direct orders from Israeli security officers.
āThe orders are a nightmare, constant and illegal violations to the detainees and their families,ā the committee added, āSuch types of punishments target the detaineeās minds and bodies; they are meant to crush their spirits and steadfastness.ā
The Committee also stated that all isolated detainees are denied the rights to family visits, not allowed access to books, newspapers, electric equipment, and are repeatedly transferred between different cells and prisons, in an attempt to keep them disoriented and to deny them the basic feeling of stability.
The Detaineesā Committee identified the detainees who have been in extended solitary confinement as;
1. Shokri al-Khawaja, from Ramallah.
2. Majed Ragheb Jaāba, from Jerusalem.
3. Mohammad Nayfa Abu Rabeaāa, from Tulkarem.
4. Hassan Omar, from Tulkarem.
5. Fares Saāada, from Hebron.
6. Hasan Kheizaran, from Lebanon.
7. Alex Mans from Belgium. (Iranian-born Belgian accused of spying for Iran).
8. Abdul-Rahman Othman, from Nablus.
9. Nour āAmar, from Qalqilia.
10. Abdul-Atheem Abdul-Haq, from Nablus.
11. Mousa Sofan, from Tulkarem.
12. Nahar Saāadi, from Jenin.
13. Issam Zeineddin, from Nablus.
14. Mohammad al-Bal, from Gaza.
15. Majed al-Jaābari, from Hebron.