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Detainees report arbitrary practices in Israeli jails

Aug. 14, 2008 1:56 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2008 1:56 P.M.)
Jenin - Ma'an - Visits to Israeli prisons reveal unlawful and arbitrary practices, said the head of the Prisoners' Society in Jenin, Raghib Abu Dyak.

Reporting on conditions in the Jalama detention center north of Jenin, the Salem detention center north west of Jenin, as well as prisons in Ashkelon, and Nafha prison on the outskirts of the Negev town of Mitzpe Ramon, Dyak related visiting lawyers' observations.

In Jalama, an Israeli military court extended the detention periods of ten Palestinians from eight to 25 days during a hearing of the court on Thursday.

Anan Khader, one of the society's lawyers, visited 38 new detainees at Salem detention center. It was reported that detainees reported being handcuffed and blindfolded, and many had their noses held shut to prevent them from breathing. Dyak highlighted that this practice is against humanitarian laws.

Hassan Uweis, another lawyer for the society, visited Nafha prison, and reported that Palestinian detainees there expressed great resentment about being transferred so far away from their families.

At the Shikma prison in Ashkelon, Fahmi Eweiwi, a third lawyer for the society, visited Tawfiq Rabay'a. He reported that despite the continued separation of Fatah and Hamas prisoners, Palestinians are working together and support efforts of national unity.

Those in Jalama whose terms of detention were extended were: Qassem Ragheb As-Sa'di for eight days until 19 August, Bilal Usama Sbeih for fourteen days until 25 August, Yousef Ali Asa'sa for eight days until 19 August, Mohammad Abdel Ghani Abu Qandileh for fourteen days until 25 August, Wa'el Adel Abu Hatab for fifteen days until 26 August, Zakaria Mohammad Maloul for eight days until 19 August, Tamer Jalal Al-Qash for eight days until 19 August, Baker Mohammad Maloul for fifteen days until 26 August, Nader Nabil Abu Ubeid for fifteen days until 26 August and Majdi Jihad Ayyash for fifteen days until 26 August.

Those visited in Salem prison were: Rami Isma'il Dawahdeh from Jenin, Rabi' Fawzi Ghazal from Jenin, Ahmad Samir Salah from Kafr Dan, Ahmad Khaled Awadin from Kafr Dan and Murad Mahmoud Hassan from Kafr Dan who are all 'new' detainees.

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