For the 31st day in a row, Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails continue on Thursday, 16 March 2023 their mass civil disobedience actions to protest against punitive measures imposed by Israel’s new far-right government.
Since February 14, Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jail of Nafha have started measures in response to the Israeli Prison Service’s (IPS) decision to carry out unjust and inhumane punitive measures against them.
The far-right security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered the IPS to take more punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners. The measures included controlling the amount of water used in the jails and reducing access to bathrooms
The Far-right Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir wasted no time delivering on his plans to create harsher conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
On 6 January, one week after assuming the role, he visited Nafha prison, considered one of Israel’s most severe for Palestinians, tweeting afterward: “Those who murdered Jews would not receive better conditions than the existing ones”, before stating his aim to pass “the death penalty law for terrorists”.
Early in February, Ben-Gvir ordered the closure of Palestinian prisoner-run bakeries in the Israeli jails.
Human rights organizations have long condemned Israeli prisons holding Palestinian prisoners for their inhuman treatment of Palestinians.
Palestinian prisoners resort to hunger strikes to fight issues such as solitary confinement, denial of family visits, inadequate medical treatment, and other degrading conditions.
Israeli occupation is holding 4,780 Palestinian detainees, including 160 children, some 30 women, and five Palestinian Legislative Council members. All of them will be affected by Israel’s implementation of punitive measures.