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Palestine prisoners subjected to heinous crimes amid war in Gaza

November 4, 2023 at 12:12 pm

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes as the attacks continue on the 28th day in Rafah, Gaza on November 03, 2023 [Abed Rahim Khatib – Anadolu Agency]

As the Israeli aggression on Gaza started, significant arrests and violations against Palestinians took place in the West Bank camps. Violations of Palestinians arrested by the occupation soldiers were documented, including being subjected to torture, inhumane treatment, beatings and being dragged along the ground.

The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) emphasised that these arrests and the violations accompanying them are crimes against humanity, whose perpetrators must face deterrent penalties. Furthermore, countries that support the Israeli occupation must realise that they are complicit in these crimes, which are unjustifiable under any legal or humanitarian grounds.

The occupation is guaranteed impunity for all its crimes and knows that the position of the countries supporting it will not change despite the ongoing massacres it commits, including the current war on Gaza, which has left more than 9,000 dead and around 32,000 wounded so far.

The Israeli occupation is imposing a policy of collective punishment of Palestinian civilians. It publishes pictures and videos to humiliate and insult the prisoners and suppress any attempt to demand the inalienable rights of the people to reject Israeli aggression and war crimes, desecration of sanctities, illegal settlement expansion and other grave daily crimes.

While the world is preoccupied with the aggression on Gaza, the Israeli occupation launched many arrest campaigns, raided prisons and secluded prisoners, especially women. It deprived them of their rights to receive visits from family or lawyers. In addition to this, it beat prisoners, threw tear gas canisters inside their cells and carried out sadistic practices, all of which were documented.

The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons is more than 5,250, including 39 female prisoners, 170 children and 1,913 administrative detainees. It is worth noting that all Palestinian prisoners suffer from inhumane detention conditions, which extremist Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir is worsening in order to guarantee the prisoners a slow death.

AOHR UK calls on all humanitarian and international bodies, political parties and the media to shed light on the suffering that Palestinian prisoners endure on a daily basis without any kind of international oversight or protection and urges them to use all means to deter the Israeli occupation from its criminal practices.

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