Ramallah (In Palestine Today)- Four new cases of COVID-19 were recorded among Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ramon and Negev prisons, raising the total number of Palestinian prisoners who contracted the virus inside Israeli prisons to 295 since March 2020, today said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
PPS said Israel’s exclusive possession of the narrative concerning the coronavirus outbreak in the prisons poses a greater risk to the lives of the prisoners, especially the sick ones, given the inhumane imprisonment conditions in most of the Israeli prisons.
The group called on the international human rights organizations, on top of which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to follow up the situation of the prisoners and to defy all the restrictions put in place by the Israeli prison authorities in the way to ensuring the safety and health wellbeing of the prisoners.
It also stated that the number is set to rise, saying that the deliberate procrastinations by the administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prisons is the reason behind the spread of the virus.
It’s worth mentioning that Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana refuses to give coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners, which Palestinian organizations call “racism” and aimed at “increasing the suffering of prisoners and to psychologically torture them and their families.”
According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 170 children, and around 380 people held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.