Israeli Prison Service (IPS) at Ofer prison threatened on Friday to intensify its punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners, which would aggravate the already poor health conditions in Israeli jails and their serious consequences on the right to health of Palestinian prisoners amid the global outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Palestinian prisoners in “Ofer” threatened to consider a set of measures starting next week in protest of IPS’s escalated measures against them – which could amount to launching a gradual hunger strike after talks with the Israel Prison Service have failed to meet their key demands.
Prisoners are protesting a recent surge in maltreatment and suppression by IPS, including the escalated provocative searches and repeated raids on prisoners’ rooms; as well as transfers of prisoners from one prison to another.
Prisoners have also complained that the poison service has been cutting off the water to their cells and depriving them of essential hygiene and cleaning materials amidst the spread of the novel Covid-19 pandemic.
There are 4500 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 37 women, 140 children, 45 held in administrative detention, 11 suffering from cancer, and 300 prisoners have chronic diseases.