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PA: Israel should reimburse tuition for prisoners
Published Saturday 06/08/2011 (updated) 07/08/2011 14:20
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Palestinians attend a protest for prisoners at the Red Cross building in the West
Bank city of Qalqiliya [MaanImages/Khaleel Reash, File]
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority ministry of prisoners affairs wants Israel to return tuition money paid by the PA to detained students who are no longer permitted to enroll in courses.

The prison service has frozen all the money allocated for tuition on behalf of detainees enrolled in the Open University, after the government decided to deprive Palestinian prisoners of education.

Of the 6,000 detainees in Israel, 280 are enrolled in Open University. Some would be graduating soon.

Prisoners minister Issa Qaraqe said Saturday that his ministry would appeal to Israel's High Court of Justice seeking to restore the money allocated for prisoners’ tuition.

In a separate matter, Hussein Ash-Sheikh, a Palestinian lawyer who works for the ministry, said Saturday that Israeli soldiers tried to rape a 13-year-old Palestinian at Etzion detention center.

The lawyer based his claim on what he heard from the teen’s brother, whom he identified as 26-year-old Ammar Sa’di Jabir from Hebron in the southern West Bank.

He said Ammar was detained along with his brother Mahmoud, 13, from their home on July 25. He was taken to Kiryat Arba detention center where the soldiers beat him on the face and body before transferring him to Etzion.

Ash-Sheikh said he noticed during a visit that “Ammar’s body had bruises and swelling, and he lost some teeth.”

He added that Mahmoud was also beaten and soldiers took him to a deserted room and tried to rape him. When he saw the soldiers, Ammar added, he hurried to defend his brother and clashed with them.

Ammar was then accused of attacking soldiers, Ash-Sheikh said.

In another incident, Ash-Sheikh said Yousif Abdul-Aziz, 27, a prisoner from Jenin, filed a complaint against an Israeli warden accusing the official of taking inappropriate photos of him.

The photos were taken at Megeddo prison while he was being strip-searched, Ash-Sheikh said.

Officials at Israel's prison service could not immediately be reached for comment.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
06/08/2011 18:02
Amazing how this report started on one topic and then deteriorated into a sordid completely different matter of accusations and innuendos.

2 ) Malone / Hfx
06/08/2011 18:12
LOL....too funny....

3 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
06/08/2011 18:23
Room & Board costs money, funds should be assigned for that purpose

4 ) southparkbear / usa
06/08/2011 23:40
and the prisoners should pay for housing and food, cables and medicare

5 ) Michael / Canada
07/08/2011 06:40
Ben Jabo is right. Room and board does cost money. Hamas should send Netenyahu the bill for holding Gilad Shalit. Like you said, room and board isn't free. Regardless of politics, these people are human beings. It's simply amazing how morally deprived some Israelis have become. Not to worry though, you'll always be in good company with the likes of Netenyahu, Lieberman, and the Canadian government.

6 ) carine / UK
07/08/2011 14:13
#1 to 4
What a bunch of self-righteous individuals!! Always first up with their inane comments.

7 ) yankale / israel
08/08/2011 12:34
shalit isnt getting red cross visits, palestinian prisoners stopped getting education (means they did till now) but get to see family and get medical attention! and Israelis have become morally deprived?! why do we have to give people that were arrested for fighting us anything more then basic rights, when shalit isnt getting even that?!

8 ) Michael / Canada
11/08/2011 16:49
Basic rights Yankale? I’m not so sure that respect for Palestinian “basic rights” is really the theme of this article. And what about the extrajudicial killings Israel routinely carries out? Where’s the red cross when these death sentences are handed out? Do the besieged people of Gaza have their basic rights? They likely need red cross visits and might even visit family provided they live within the prison walls of Gaza, haven’t been killed by Israel, or arrested for fighting illegal occupation
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