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Palestinian Female Prisoners Call Satellite TV

Published: Tue 23 Dec 2003 09:18 AM
Palestinian Female Prisoners Call Arab Satellite Channels to Prepare Programs about Their Plight
GAZA -- The Palestinian female political prisoners at "Al Ramlah" lodged an appeal to all the Arab satellite channels, especially the Al Manar, Al Jazeera And Abu Dhabi channels, to address their harsh detention conditions inside the Israeli jails with special programs, after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) officers have been prevented from visiting them inside the jails.
Prisoner Fadya Abul Hayyat sent a letter from the "Al Ramlah" jail, of which IPC got a copy from, in which she demanded that special programs be prepared about their situations inside the Israeli jails and in coordination with the Palestinian journalists. "We have to defend our rights inside jails as we defend ours outside….. Please be in favor of the female prisoners’ situation…" excerpts from Abul Hayyat's letter read.
Abul Hayyat also mentioned that the Palestinian female prisoners have stopped accepting visitations by their families after the Israeli jail administration prevented the ICRC staff from visiting the prisoners, in an effort to isolate them from the outside world. She pointed out that not accepting family visits and returning all of their daily meals each Sunday comes in protest of the arbitrary measures the Israeli jail administration have taken against them.
Abul Hayyat criticized the scant attention of the world, while world’ media outlets spotted light on the issue of the three kidnapped Israeli soldiers in Hizbullah's hands, they omitted to mention at all on 75 female and 7,500 male Palestinian prisoners suffering behind Israeli bars.
"Nobody cares about us, neither Arabs nor Westerners … nobody is losing a word about male or female prisoners. I'm afraid that one day Hassan Nasrallah (chairman of Hizbullah organization) would forget us," Abul Hayyat wrote in her letter.
Exposing the acts of the Israeli jail administration, Abul Hayyat explained that the jail administration has installed three barriers on the visiting windows, so prisoners would not be able to hear or speak directly from the windows, hinting that they also prevent anything from the families to be delivered to the prisoners, such as food supplies, clothes, knitting tools…. etc.

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