Palestinian families barred from visiting detainees before being strip searched

[ 27/01/2011 – 10:57 AM ]


NABLUS, (PIC)– Some families of Palestinian prisoners said they are deprived of visiting their sons in Israeli jails before they accept to be strip searched by soldiers.

Fatima Mahmoud, a mother of prisoner from Nablus city, said the Israeli soldiers order the visiting mothers, sisters or daughters to enter a room and ask them to remove their clothes if they want to visit their kinsmen.

She added the women always reject the strip search, and thus they have to leave without seeing their relatives.

The families appealed to human rights organizations to pressure the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) to stop the policy of strip search at checkpoints and jails.

In a separate incident, the Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon jails protested the search raids carried out on a daily basis on their cells by Israeli jailers who deliberately cause damage to their personal belongings at the pretext of looking for hidden cellphones.

The Palestinian prisoner society said that the jailers in this prison ransacked section five days ago and refused to provide the detainees there with food and medication which prompted them take protest steps against the prison administration.

For her part, activist in prisoners’ affairs Mayser Ityani said the administration of Damon prison and the Israeli intelligence apparatus renewed the administrative detention of female detainee Linan Abu Gilma.

Ityani stated that detainee Abu Gilma was kidnapped months ago along with her sister Tagreed and went on hunger strike for 22 consecutive days to demand her transfer from Hasharon prison and her solitary confinement.

Palestinian families barred from visiting detainees before being strip searched.

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