Monday, April 2, 2012

Khafsh: My cell is like a grave

GAZA, (PIC)-- Detainee Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of the Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies, described his isolation cell in the Israeli Megiddo jail as a grave.
Ismail Thawabtah, the director of the Palestinian Center for the Defense of Prisoners, revealed in a statement on Sunday evening that he received a message from Khafsh saying that he decided to go on an open hunger strike since Thursday 15/3/2012 in protest at the policy of administrative detention and in solidarity with the captives MP Sheikh Ahmed Haj Ali and Hana Shalabi.
Has said that as soon as he declared hunger strike the Israeli jail administration transferred him to solitary confinement, where he described his condition as "buried" in a dark and very narrow cell. He said that the Israeli jailers treated him harshly and violently.
Khafsh continued describing the cell, saying it is very dirty, very cold. He said the mattress is very old and dusty and stained with blood and vomiting. Besides, flies and rodents fill the stinking cell, he added.
Thawabtah asked the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon as well as the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Dr. Nabil Al Arabi, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and all the international institutions concerned with human rights to intervene immediately to save the captive Khafsh, who is exposed to slow death, as well as all Palestinian prisoners, who are suffering continuously, and to rein in Israel, which is committing crimes against captives and violating human rights.
Khafsh: My cell is like a grave