Israel/Palestine: women prisoners
plf13 at it.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Feb 14 15:42:24 MST 2002
Women's Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)
P. O. Box 31811, Tel Aviv; Tel and Fax: 972-3-5227124
The conditions for the women prisoners in Neve Tirza (at present there are 12
women) have become unbearable.
Lawyer Fuad Sultani from the "Association for the Welfare of the Prisoner"
visited the Palestinian women prisoners on 28 January 2002, and the
WOFPP lawyer, Allegra Pacheco, visited them on 31 January 2002, and
both report the following:
After the last suicide bombing in Jerusalem, the criminal prisoners in Neve
Tirza screamed death threats at the political prisoners and threw glasses into
About 30 riot police, men and women, sprayed the cells of the political
prisoners with tear gas, even though there are strict directives prohibiting
spraying tear gas inside a closed space. Part of the women fainted. The
police entered the cells of the Palestinian women and started beating them
with their truncheons.
Amne Muna was subjected to the worst beating; in addition, her mouth and
eyes were forcibly held open by two wardens, while tear gas was sprayed on
her face. Both lawyers have seen the burns on her face. She also told the
lawyers that an officer threatened her with murder.
Amne was later told by the prison authorities that she had not been punished
for any personal wrongdoing, but because she is the representative of the
All the women were put in isolation and were handcuffed for some hours.
Their electrical items such as heaters, radios, water jugs and TV sets were
confiscated; they are not allowed to shop in the canteen for one month; the
only two prisoners who are still being granted family visits at all (they
Jerusalem), will not be allowed to see their families for two months.
Please write letters of protest to:
Director of Neve Tirza Prison
Ramle 72101 / Israel
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