[Marxism] Palestinian Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike (Fwd from IRSP)
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2 December 2004
Palestinian female prisoners in Telmond start hunger strike to protest
against inhumane treatment
On 30 November 2004, a DCI/PS lawyer visited the women’s section of Telmond
prison where he was able to talk to one Palestinian detainee, Samah
Abdallah. Samah informed him that on Sunday 28 November, the female
Palestinian prisoners in Telmond went out to the exercise yard as normal.
However, before the end of their allotted time outdoors, the prison
administration ordered the Palestinian women and girls to return to their
cells. The representative of the Palestinian female detainees, Amna Mouna,
complained to the guards that it was too soon for the women to go back
inside. As she did so, she was severely beaten by a group of prison guards
after which she was taken to the punishment cells, which are cold bare
rooms with no bedding, no heating and no natural light.
To protest against the manner in which the prison administration deals with
female Palestinian prisoners and in particular against the beating of their
spokeswoman and her subsequent isolation, the remaining Palestinian female
detainees began screaming and shouting. The guards responded by bringing in
other troops, armed with batons, water hoses and tear gas, who began to
beat the women and spray them with water and gas.
As a result of the brutal attack, one prisoner, Sana Amer, suffered
probable fractures to an arm and a leg, while two other Palestinian
prisoners, Suad Ghazal and Asma’ Hussain both sustained probable arm
fractures. Many other prisoners were also injured by the guards. The prison
administration did not provide medical or first aid treatment to the
injured detainees. Instead, they placed a further 13 prisoners in the
There were further reprisals awaiting those who returned to their normal
cells. The administration confiscated all electrical appliances in the
rooms, and the personal supplies of food and cigarettes which the women had
bought with their own money from the canteena. In a deliberate effort to
make the miserable living conditions even worse, guards sprayed cold water
all over the prisoners’ belongings, soaking their mattresses and clothes.
Given that it is winter, the women were not able to dry the bedding, so
were forced to sleep in cold damp beds. The prison administration cut the
prisoners’ electricity and water supplies, and the smell of the tear gas
continues to cling to the walls of the cells.
The person who has suffered the most is Nor, the 1-year old son of Manal
Ghanem. He was born in prison on 10 October 2003 and has never been outside
the Telmond compound. After being sprayed by water and gas, Nor developed a
serious cold. He was not provided with any medication.
Samah also informed the DCI/PS lawyer that during the last week of November
2004, 30 female Palestinian prisoners were transferred from Ramle
(Neve-Tertze) women’s prison to the female section of the Telmond Compound.
Lack of space was already a problem in Telmond when there were only 56
women prisoners there. Now the number has risen to 86, overcrowding has
become a serious issue – with as many as five detainees confined to cells
which are designed to house only two prisoners.
The Palestinian female detainees in Telmond, among whom there are at least
five aged under-18, have embarked on a hunger strike to protest against the
maltreatment they have suffered at the hands of the prison administration
and the appalling conditions in which they are held.
DCI/PS will continue to monitor the situation and will send out further
briefings as soon as it receives any additional information on the welfare
and condition of the Palestinian female prisoners in Telmond
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