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Israel transfers Palestinian prisoner as punishment for his role in hunger strike

June 7, 2017 4:22 P.M. (Updated: June 10, 2017 7:33 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- The Israel Prison Service (IPS) has subjected a Palestinian prisoner to an arbitrary prison transfer as punishment for his leading role in a 40-day Palestinian hunger strike across Israeli prisons that was suspended nearly two weeks ago.

Waddah al-Bizreh was transferred from Israel’s Gilboa prison in northern Israel to Ramon prison in the southern Negev desert, his brother Firas al-Bizreh told Ma’an on Tuesday.

Waddah, has been in Israeli prison for 15 years serving multiple life sentences, and was a leading figure of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in occupied West Bank.

Firas said that transfer of his brother was a punitive measure taken by IPS to punish Wadah for having led the hunger strike inside Giboa.

According to Firas, following Wadah’s transfer out of Gilboa, tension has risen among Palestinian prisoners who denounced the move as an effort to suppress dissent in the prison. 

Arbitrary prison transfers are a common IPS tactic aiming to suppress resistance among Palestinian prisoners. 

In response to a request for comment, an IPS spokesperson told Ma'an that the transfer "was an administrative decision and as far as I know there was no protest or tension in prison as a result."

Since the suspension of the hunger strike, which the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs claimed resulted in 80 percent of demands being met, reports have emerged of the continued mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners -- particularly women and those in need of medical treatment -- at the hands of IPS authorities.
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