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European fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli prison conditions
Published Saturday 08/03/2014 (updated) 14/03/2014 18:05
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A European fact-finding mission is scheduled to visit Palestine and Israel in March to investigate the humanitarian conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, an official said Saturday.

Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that a delegation would visit the region on March 19 and would spend three days visiting Israeli interrogation and detention centers, in addition to major prisons such as Ramla and HaSharon.

The group will also meet with politicians and representatives of human rights groups both in Israel and in the West Bank, Qaraqe said.

According to the statement, the mission will meet with Qaraqe, Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat, PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi, in addition to representatives of UNICEF, the Red Cross, and the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

Israel's minister of foreign affairs has said Israel would not allow the mission to enter the prisons themselves, the statement said.

"With this, Israel is defying the international community and the European Union," Qaraqe said. "It is an attempt to conceal war crimes and crimes against humanity that are being practiced against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails."

The statement said the mission was established by the European Parliament after Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died during interrogation in an Israeli detention center in 2013.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.
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1 ) Utterly / Pointless
08/03/2014 18:13
Such Investigations will change nothing, and Negotiations will change nothing either, since - Israel can just ignore the Investigations, and - Israel will not surrender to PLO demands ever.

2 ) Mel / USA
08/03/2014 18:24
Oh well! If delegations are coming in thru Al Lydda(Ben Gurion)airport,they should START by visiting Israel's"Arab Rooms",where Israeli security/Shin Bet&Mossad carry out their racial profiling,interrogations&indefinate detentions(w/out outside contact)of most,if not ALL non-Jews.There've been many INTERNATIONAL activists,academics,dissidents brutally interrogated/injured there B4 forced deportation.And that's only an IOTA of what indigenous Arabs have to go thru'.So,start at entry&work INWARD!

3 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
09/03/2014 05:11
4,200 Detainees out of a Palestinian population of 4.5 million, enjoying free university educations, internet access, satellite TV, cook own food, recreation 7 hours a day, contact visits (for those with medium security), and the EU is "investigating"? Hahaha. As Greece and Hungary have Neo Nazis in the EU Parliament, the EU labels stones travelling 120kph at hunan faces as "valid means of prptest" do you imagine any rational adult cares what the EU does? Solve its own problems then come see us

4 ) carine / UK
09/03/2014 14:59
#3 - You're spouting a load of drek, Dwek - who says Palestinian prisoners are enjoying free University education etc. You? As I said - you're spouting a load of drek, Dwek

5 ) Outlier / USA
10/03/2014 22:04
Shame Gilad Shalit didn't prompt similar concern. Methinks their bias is showing.
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