One girl has lost teeth, another is in poor health, and the rest live with back pain, serious skin diseae or other ailments. These descriptions are not of prisoners in the middle ages, but descriptions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention camps in the 21st century. Sima Anbes and So'ad Nazal, two female Palestinian prisoners who have served long sentences in Israeli detention camps, were freed recently and can now talk about their experiences.
As Sima Anbes talked, she told the story of a prisoner who was only 16 years old when she was sentenced for a long time. After four years the teenager prisoner was surprised that some of her teeth had fallen out from the poor conditions and food quality.When they went to the detention camp clinic to try to save what could be salvaged of her teeth, the prison administration refused dental treatment until she paid 2500 shekels that was sent by her family to the detention camp administration.
Anbes, who now volunteers in the prisoners society club in Tulkarem city, added that the horrors committed by the Israeli detention camps administration against women prisoners are the isolation of 23 female Palestinian prisoner in Ramallah, Gelboa and Jalama detention camps since September of 2006, during which the prisoners are hold captive in a very narrow cell without any means of comfort like Television, in addition to chaining the prisoners for 48 hours to their prison bed.This leaves prisoners isolated from the outside world.
So'ad Nazal, from the city of Qalqilia, who was released sevral days ago after serving nearly four years in detention camps says: "I my health was so bad inside the detention camp at some points I was not even strong enough to stand, I will be kept for several days on this case until they pot me on IV line then will recover again.The general health situation is so bad that the life of female prisoners is at risk especially when they are sent to solitary imprisonment and chained in the narrow rooms; the prisoners then show signs and symptoms of disease after that". Nazal concluded.