Israel bars entry of warm clothes into unheated cells of Palestinian detainees

Palestinians gather to stage a protest in support of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails (Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 27, 2022

Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are suffering from the cold due to a lack of heating, along with authorities’ blocking of donations of winter clothes, a Palestinian official body said Thursday, and Anadolu News Agency reports.

“All detainees suffer from shortages of clothes and blankets and the lack of heating means that could protect them from the cold weather,” the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)-run Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs said in a statement.

The statement added that Israeli authorities also hindered and restricted the entry of cold-weather clothing and blankets to the inmates.

It added that Israel’s inhumane policy is part of a systematic effort to erode Palestinian detainees’ determination and resilience.

The statement demanded that international human rights groups intervene to help the Palestinian detainees.

As of last December, Palestinian NGOs estimated that there are around 4,600 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, with at least 600 suffering from illnesses as well as 160 juveniles and 34 women inmates.