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Israeli wardens assault PFLP leader in ongoing prison crackdown

July 28, 2015 12:00 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 2:19 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Prison Service on Tuesday morning assaulted the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine amid an ongoing crackdown on Palestinian detainees inside Nafha prison, a Palestinian minister said.

Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that the Israeli Prison Service assaulted Ahmed Saadat, PFLP's secretary-general, who is serving multiple life sentences in Nafha prison in the Negev in southern Israel.

Qaraqe blamed the Israeli government for the assault on both Saadat and on other Palestinian prisoners at Nafha.

He said that Israeli wardens use all means of aggression against Palestinian detainees including torture, beatings, and humiliation.

Qaraqe demanded that Israel stop that the "craziness," warning that the situation in Israeli prisons could "explode" at any moment.

He pointed to the fact that after the assault on Saadat, prisoners affiliated to PFLP said they would not fail to take action.

The situation in Nafha prison deteriorated sharply on Tuesday after the Israeli Prison Service raided prisoners' cells inside the jail and assaulted a number of detainees.

Palestinian prisoners afterward declared a campaign of disobedience and set fire to rooms inside the prison's old section.

The Israeli authorities also cancelled family visits for prisoners from Gaza inside the jail citing "security issues" in the jail.

There are around 5,750 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails as of May 2015, according to prisoner rights group Addameer.

At least 400 Palestinians are being held without charge or trial under the Israeli policy of administrative detention, which has been strongly condemned by the international community.
Dan / USA
I am sending this report everywhere, particularly to those who claim that Israel is so 'democratic' and 'decent' and law abiding. The misdeeds in the prison in Baltimore USA have resulted in the prison being closed -- that is democracy in one case at least
02/08/2015 18:49
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