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Palestinian Women Forced to Undress

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

The women, one visiting her husband and the other visiting her son, told Ynet on Monday that in their recent visit to the prison, they were ordered to undress for inspection by a female warden.

They said this was the first time they were asked to do so, and that previously, security checks were carried out using the metal detector.

“I’m not talking so much about who can see, although the curtain doesn’t close hermetically, but the feeling is humiliating, and so I would rather not visit my son than undergo this degrading check,” Huda Farraj, whose son Yasin is held in an Israeli prison, told Ynet.

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Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association: Torture of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons

Posted in Official Publications by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Terror: This is usually done in the first stages of torture, by displaying the tools of torture to the prisoner, or threatening to use physical  torture. Throughout history, it has been documented that this is often enough to get a prisoner to confess. Palestinian child prisoner Wajdi Salem Najajra (17 years old), in a sworn affidavit, reported the following:

“The interrogator “Ibrahim” said to me that he had two ways to get me to confess, one was human and the other was barbaric, and he gave me the opportunity to choose one of them. When I denied the accusations he was making against me, he told me that it was time to start using the barbaric methods. He started beating me on my face and head. He then pulled me by my hair and started hitting me on my throat. After that, he picked up two electrical wires and rubbed them against each other to create a spark. He told me he would use the wires on me if I didn’t confess. He blindfolded me and cuffed my hands behind my back. Then a soldier lif ted up my shirt and Captain “Ibrahim” put the two wires on my nipples. I started shaking and screaming. Then he removed the wires and asked me if I rethought my answer. I told him that I had nothing to say. He then put the wires back onto my nipples, and I started shaking and screaming again.”

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Report: 101 Hebronites taken by Israeli troops during March; 361 since Jan 1

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

One-hundred and one Hebronites were taken by Israeli troops from their homes, shops and public streets during the month of March, the Palestinian Prisoners society said Friday.

In its monthly report the society noted that since the start of 2009, at least 361 individuals from Hebron were taken by Israeli troops. In February there were 91 detentions.

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Palestinian mother’s solidarity with 40 adopted prisoners

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009
Umm Jaber (left) and Umm Ibrahim at one of the weekly demonstrations in solidarity with political prisoners in Israel

Umm Jaber (left) and Umm Ibrahim at one of the weekly demonstrations in solidarity with political prisoners in Israel

Adopting more children seemed to be an unusual thing to do for Handoma Wishah, known as Umm Jaber, as she had already raised six children of her own and got most of them into college. Yet she says it was easy to make what could have been a tough decision. Umm Jaber “adopted” about 40 adult men of several Arab nationalities without hesitation. The story began in the 1980s, after four of her sons were jailed by the Israeli army.

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Detainees in Ramon Prison demand Israel to stop nude searches

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

The detainees stated that several days ago, they were undress in front of each other, while the soldiers insulted them and searched their rooms.

They added that the soldiers, and a special police unit, claimed that they were searching for “illegal materials” in the rooms.

The detainees also said that the army escalated its attacks against them recently, repeatedly broke into their room, searched them, and placed a number of detainees in solitary confinement.

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