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Committee: Israel transferring Palestinians between prisons, sending others in solitary

Aug. 2, 2017 6:29 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2017 9:14 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israel Prison Service (IPS) decided on Wednesday morning to transfer 25 Palestinian prisoners from Israel’s Nafha prison in southern Israel to Ramon and Ktziot prisons, while dozens of Palestinian prisoners have been placed in solitary confinement or separated from other prisoners, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

The committee noted that in addition to 25 Palestinian prisoners being transferred from Nafha to Ramon and Ktziot prisons, IPS had also transferred 40 Palestinian prisoners to solitary confinement.

An additional 40 prisoners were also separated from each other and transferred to different sections of Nafha prison, the committee reported.

A representative for Palestinian prisoners held in Nafha, Mahmoud Said, said that he considered the decisions to be “vindictive” and part of Israel’s ongoing punitive policies targeting Palestinian prisoners since the suspension of a mass 40-day hunger strike launched in April.

Said added that prisoners have met with Israeli intelligence and a Nafha prison officer to express their rejection of such punitive procedures, and have threatened to take “escalating steps” in coming days if IPS did not reverse its policy trends, according to the committee.

A spokesperson for IPS was not immediately available for comment.

Since the suspension of a large-scale 40-day prisoner hunger strike at the end of May, which the committee had claimed resulted in 80 percent of demands being met, despite Israeli authorities consistently denying such statements, reports have emerged of the continued mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners -- particularly women and those in need of medical treatment -- at the hands of IPS authorities.
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