Abu Sabh: Israeli new laws will make Shalit’s captors raise their demands

29/03/2011 – 06:23 PM

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Attallah Abu Sabh has called on the world community to intervene as the Israel Knesset is expected to approve a law tightening restrictions on Palestinian war prisoners.

He asserted that the new set of laws contravenes the fourth Geneva convention.

Members of Knesset drafted four laws enforcing stricter conditions on Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. It was discussed by the internal committee, which decided concluding its last session to consolidate them into one draft law to be put to a vote in the Knesset’s first reading during its next session.

The law is aimed at accelerating the liberation of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by resistance forces in Gaza three years back.

Minister Abu Sabh added that ”All attempts by the occupation to pressure the factions that captured Shalit using captives held in its prisons will not work to force its conditions on the prisoner swap deal, which is aimed at losing the importance of the swap deal and eliminating the most important component, which is to free the heavily sentenced prisoners.

”The [move] could in fact perpetuate the positions of the factions and cause them to increase their demands. This is what Shalit’s father understood as he attended the hearing and called for the non-implementation of the law to change conditions of prisoners, and also demanded that his son’s name not be used on the laws if they were passed, for fear that it would have a negative effect on negotiations.”

He pointed out that Israel already violates many norms and laws and deprives prisoners of basic rights. He said they are not given quality food and medicine and are deprived of education and visits and thrown into solitary confinement. Their cells are also raided and searched regularly, and they are beaten.

He added that Israel also intends to side-track the world from its crimes against war prisoners and make it appear that it provides prisoners all of their needs.




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