Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families
Israel wears its racism on its sleeve.
by Stephen Lendman
William Blum once called the holocaust the worst thing ever to happen to Jews. The second worse thing, he said, "is the state of Israel."
It's also been nightmarish for Palestinians. Official Israeli policy persecutes them for praying to the wrong God. According to Israeli officials, it's tantamount to terrorism.
As a result, Palestinians have suffered grievously for decades. Thousands of political prisoners and their families suffer most. When loved ones are unjustly separated behind prison bars, those left behind bear enormous emotional and day-to-day burdens.
Israel compounds them by collectively punishing prisoners and families alike. Doing so violates international law. Fourth Geneva prohibits it. Under Article 33, it states:
"No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism, are prohibited."
Addameer condemns "collective punishment of Palestinian political prisoners." It also expresses grave concern for how prison conditions have deteriorated since Netanyahu last summer changed policy and increased harshness.