Israel's Bar Association Report
On December 27, Haaretz writer Tomer Zarchin headlined, "Groundbreaking report details Israel's inhumane conditions for isolated prisoners," saying:
"A classified report by the Israeli Bar Association (IBA) obtained by Haaretz provides a glimpse into the harrowing conditions prisoners separated from the main jail population must endure."
Ayalon and Shikma prison isolation wings aren't fit for human habitation and "look more like a dungeon, (while) most (Israeli) solitary cells in (are) crammed, rancid with smells of sewer and mold, and infested with insects."
According to IBA criminal law head Moran Kabalo:
"It's difficult to ignore the feeling that isolation as practiced today serves a function of punishment rather than imprisonment....This is a unilateral instrument of punishment used primarily against organized crime groups." Also routinely against Palestinians, especially human rights activists.
Based on a year-long review, including direct with inmates, the report explained that:
"Many isolated inmates testified to have developed paranoia, a tendency for uncontrollable fits of rage, and eyesight problems because of the lack of natural light through most hours of the day."