Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails have long been held under harsh conditions imposed by Israeli prison officials. Many are deprived of visitation rights, and are held in solitary confinement or in prisons too far from their original place of residence so as to render any visits effectively impossible.
Prisoners are usually transferred in badly maintained buses for hours at a time without any thought to their most basic of needs. Whilst held in custody, their prison cells are raided on regular basis, during which, many inmates have reported being physically assaulted with batons, rifles and teargas, or forced to strip naked for inspection. Most requests made by prisoners to continue their education whilst in prison are denied. Hefty fines and medical neglect are also major issues that prisoners have complained about.
“Sick Political prisoners at Israeli jails” refers to Palestinians who have been held at Israeli prisons for so-called security reasons and suffer from ailments which they already had when they were arrested or developed later in prison. This also includes prisoners who were shot during their arrest, sustained injuries due to torture, or developed mental illnesses as a result of the harsh prison conditions.
‘Medical Neglect at Israeli prisons’ refers to the process of denying Palestinian political prisoners, arrested for security reasons, access to medical services or delaying offering them such services, which prolongs their suffering, negatively impacts upon their health and sometimes results in their being given the wrong treatment. It has also become evident that Occupation forces have a adopted an inhumane policy of not offering prisoners full treatment while at the same time ensuring they don’t die in prison, in effect holding these prisoners hostage to a grey area between life and death.