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Disobedience in the Israeli prisons

Jerusalem24 – This evening, the prisoners began implementing a gradual struggle program, which will continue until the end of this week, to demand the cessation of the abusive measures that were imposed on the prisoners of Islamic Jihad in particular, especially since the negotiations that continued regarding these measures over the past period did not lead to a radical solution.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club confirmed that the prisoners and from all prisons decided to agree on the program, which includes several steps represented in disobedience and rejection of prison “laws”, such as non-compliance with the daily counts and security check, and the partial closure of sections.

The Prisoner’s Club pointed out that these steps will be continuation dependent on the prison administration’s response to the prisoners’ demands during the coming period, and next Friday they will evaluate the results of their steps, especially since some of the restrictive measures that it imposed have not completely ended, specifically those imposed on the prisoners of Islamic Jihad who were subjected to “punitive” and abusive measures, most notably; isolation, deliberate transfer, and an attempt to dismantle their organizational structure, which constituted a dangerous shift in terms of the reality of prison life, where the organizational situation, including its details, is one of the most important achievements of the captive movement, which was achieved after a long struggle.

The Israeli Prisons Service, in the wake of the escape from Gilboa prison carried out by six prisoners on the sixth of last September, imposed double punitive measures against the prisoners. After extensive protest steps and continued dialogues with the prison administration, the prisoners were able to achieve some of the demands. However, with regard to the issue of Islamic Jihad prisoners, it continued its procedures despite the continuous demands to stop and retract them, and accordingly the prisoners decided yesterday evening to resume their protests.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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