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Ministry: Israel imposing collective punishment on prisoners

Aug. 3, 2014 4:41 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2014 12:52 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said on Saturday that Israeli prison authorities have imposed collective punishments on Palestinian prisoners over the last two months in tandem with ongoing Israeli offensives.

In a statement, the ministry quoted its lawyers who recently visited prisoners in Israeli jails as saying that the "collective punishment" which Israeli prison authorities began imposing about two months ago had intensified during the military offensive on Gaza over the last three weeks.

The lawyers said that the collective punishments included fines, arbitrary inspections nearly every day, ransacking prisoners' belongings, moving prisoners to different jails, deprivation of family visits, deprivation of access to the prison canteen, deprivation of daily breaks, and elimination of some TV channels.

The statement highlighted that all prisoners affiliated to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have been deprived of family visits for the last two months.

An Israeli prison services spokeswoman did not return inquiries for comment.

More than 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails, including 1,500 detained in just the last two months.
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