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Palestinian Prisoners Society reports poor health and severe beatings in Israeli jails

Aug. 4, 2008 5:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2008 5:14 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - A lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners Society reports poor health conditions of several Palestinian prisoners as well as harsh treatment.

One prisoner reported chronic headaches that have worsened during imprisonment and are causing his hands to shake; the prisoner has been in jail since 25 May 2005 and was sentenced to 25 years.

Most prisoners said that they had been beaten during interrogations, and that blows were aimed all over their bodies though mostly at the head. One prisoner was strip searched and said that soldiers had threatened to demolish his home and arrest his family if he did not cooperate.

The lawyer, who remains unnamed for personal security reasons, visited Hasharon Prison north of Tel Aviv where he met with Mansour Abu Oun from Jenin, Tha'er Samih Abu Asab from Qalqilia, Tareq Al-Asi from Nablus and Nasser Salman Abu Mayyaleh from Jerusalem. He also visited Al Mascobia prison in West Jerusalem where he met with 19-year-old Mohammad Abdel Rahman Shouli from Bethlehem.

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