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Brutally Isolating Detainees in Israeli Prisons

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In December 2010, a scathing Israel Bar Association report concluded that isolation conditions "in most of the various Prisons Service facilities do not meet minimal standards and are not suitable for living and certainly not for an unlimited period of time."

Conditions for isolated Palestinians are far more severe than for Israelis. All are classified as "security prisoners" subject to cruel and unusual treatment. Many get no family visits for extended periods, even years, nor have telephone privileges. 

In addition, they're denied due process rights, including to compulsory legal representation before courts that rule on whether to extend isolation periods. They also have no access to "secret evidence" or ability to contest it. Overall, they've subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment for extended periods up to years.

As a result, Mezan et al concluded that isolation shouldn't be used for any prisoner "for any reason, as it undeniably causes harm to (their) physical and mental health....constitut(ing) illegal and disproportionate punishment and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment."

In fact, for Palestinian prisoners, including "security" ones, that's precisely Israel's intent, in violation of fundamental international law and its own.

A Final Comment

On July 21, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) "strongly condemn(ed)" the Israeli Prisons Administration July 20 decision to deny Palestinian prisoners higher education henceforth.

Moreover, PCHR "call(ed) on the international community to (compel) respect international law and (cease) systematic and continued inhumane and degrading treatment of" thousands of Palestinian prisoners.

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