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Israel refuses to distribute extra blankets to Palestinian prisoners
Published Sunday 15/12/2013 (updated) 16/12/2013 10:28
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison administration refused a request from the Palestinian Authority to allow extra blankets and clothes for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails during the recent storm, the PA prisoners' affairs minister said on Sunday.

Issa Qaraqe told Ma'an that despite coordination between the PA, the Red Cross, and the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Israeli administration of Ofer prison refused to allow hundreds of blankets prepared by the PA to be distributed to inmates.

Qaraqe said the "the Israeli prison administration did not provide prisoners with the basic requirements to protect them from the extreme cold and it is responsible for their lives during these conditions."

"Israeli jails do not provide for the basic needs of prisoners, and they lack the sufficient number of blankets, clothes, or heating sources," he added.

He said that rainwater managed to enter a number of cells and detention centers where dozens of Palestinian prisoners reside, and that some detainees who are suffering from illnesses related to extreme cold are in need of medical check-ups.

Qaraqe also called for international medical committees to visit Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

The Palestinian Center for Prisoners' Studies said that female prisoners also suffered throughout the storm as their rooms had many leaks, and that they were not given any extra blankets or hot water despite extremely cold conditions.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
15/12/2013 19:44
Shame on you sadistic "Israel". Everything you do to others one day it will happen to you.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
15/12/2013 20:54
Inhumane Israel again shows its true colours to the world!

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/12/2013 16:05
Even I cannot believe this anti-Israel demonization piece. C'mon Maan, let's be reasonable in our denigration of Israel.

4 ) Francoise / Ireland
16/12/2013 20:53
@1 and @2 They are convicts, why do they deserve blankets. Give the Islamic and Christian Arab refugees in Syria the blankets.

5 ) JoeUSA / USA
16/12/2013 22:08
@5 you say they are convicts>>> Do you know that many prisoners in Israeli jails are political prisoners under administrative detention. They are never charged or convicted of anything. Check your facts first before you engage in arguing. Many are " Juveniles" as young as 12 years of age. To deny them blankets under extreme weather conditions , under international norms , is considered sadistic and inhumane.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/12/2013 22:09
re 'Colin Wright' #4: 'Even I cannot believe this anti-Israel demonization piece. C'mon Maan, let's be reasonable in our denigration of Israel.' I did not make this post. It's a redundant expression, but this is the work of a Zionist liar.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/12/2013 22:13
Re 'Colin Wright" #4: Certain word choices make me guess 'Colin Wright' here is actually Brian Cohen. Fits.

8 ) Outlier / USA
17/12/2013 02:27
It may not be the need, but the source that is the problem.

9 ) gabi / australia
17/12/2013 02:45
Francoise/Ireland - you can bet that Israeli "convicts" get extra blankets when needed. (I guess you are from Northern Ireland . . .)

10 ) Julie / USA
17/12/2013 10:14
@7 the REAL Colin Wright - don't worry, those of us who know you well after being around your comments for a long time can immediately detect the game zionists play. sorry they resorted to using your good name, but it's obvious hasbara to us. also, the silver lining message is this: they've booted themselves so far off the world stage that they've nothing left to win by! and besides, the rest of us can play the same DUMB game, though i personally won't lower or degrade my morals that much
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