Sunday, 23 May 2010

Anti-Semitic Racist israel told of brewing prison intifada

Arab members of the Israeli Knesset warn of a third intifada if the newly passed bill against Palestinian prisoners intended to push Hamas into releasing a captive Israeli soldier, is enforced.

The Knesset's Ministerial Committee passed a bill called "Shalit Law" on Sunday to allow Israeli jails to treat Hamas prisoners opposed to the occupation as 'violent and dangerous criminals,' Maan news agency reported.

The bill has been proposed to pressure the Hamas resistance movement into releasing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas fighters in June 2006.

Palestinian member of the Knesset, MK Talab as-Sana of the United Arab List-Ta'al, denounced the bill and warned that enforcing harsher conditions for Hamas inmates in Israeli jails would not only delay Shalit's release, but would lead to a third intifada — a prisoners' intifada, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

"Hurting Palestinian prisoners will lead to riots in jails that will reach Palestinian villages and cities," the daily quoted as-Sana as saying.

Human rights groups have also complained several times that the conditions in which the Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli jails and the worsening conditions are in contravention of the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners.

Prisoners have the right to family visits, which is prohibited in Israeli jails, the rights groups say. Israel disregards the Geneva accord, to which it is a signatory, which stipulates that Prisoners of War and political detainees are not to be refused their right to family visits.

Director of the Prisoners' Studies Center Rafat Hamdouna also warned that worsening of conditions inside the Israeli jails and the cessation of the right to family visits will "bring the conditions inside Israeli facilities to a boiling point."

He expressed concerns over the possibility that fights would erupt among inmates igniting prison riots, giving Israeli guards the excuse to shoot and kill prisoners.

Meanwhile, a prisoner swap deal, brokered by a German mediator, still remains at a deadlock with both sides accusing the other for the failure of talks.

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