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Palestine Remix: Cruelty inside Israeli prisons

March 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Palestine Remix is an interactive tool that allows users to view or use parts of various Al Jazeera documentary films on Palestine to create their own productions. MEMO will be remixing one video every week, highlighting an aspect of life in Palestine or an issue related to the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Our first Palestine Remix video takes a quick look at cruelty inside Israeli prisons and the domino effect it has on their day-to-day lives. The second video of our remix series will be published next week.

Having combined together various clips from the Remix database, we can see the different forms of maltreatment experienced by detainees during their imprisonment as well as the effects of their sentences on their lives after they have been released.

Prior to their sentencing, Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails face inhumane interrogation techniques, which often result in false confessions drawn out of torture and fabricated evidence created in order to justify the nature of the sentence. During their imprisonment, prisoners face long spells of solitary confinement and repeated interrogations, including physical torture such as standing for long periods, sleep deprivation, beatings and psychological torment by way of threats and abuse.

Female prisoners are often threatened with rape or fall victim to this gross form of torture. After their release, former female prisoners are sometimes ostrasised and excluded – as certain segments of their communities consider them as having ‘lost their honour’ during their time in jail.

Israeli occupation authorities also adamantly refuse to adhere to international standards regarding the detention of minors, by refusing them juvenile proceedings and continually arresting children as young as eight. As a result, minors and children are often tried in military courts and are subjected to the same torture techniques as adults. The children are repeatedly handed down long sentences.

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