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Iran deplores ‘abhorrent’ Israeli assault on female Palestinian prisoners

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file picture shows Palestinian women behind bars at a detention center in the Israeli-occupied territories. (Via Twitter)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has strongly condemned Israeli forces’ brutal aggression against Palestinian women at Damon Prison in the occupied territories, after a report said the female detainees were assaulted and beaten violently.

“Beating female Palestinian inmates in #ZionistRegime’s Damon Prison [is] abhorrent,” Nasser Kan’ani tweeted late on Tuesday.

Kan’ani also denounced the Western governments’ double standards on human rights and women’s rights.

“Do self-proclaimed rights defenders in Europe & US believe #HumanRights and women’s rights apply to Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s horrifying jails?” he asked rhetorically.

Earlier in the day, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said in a statement that officers from the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) had violently assaulted and beaten female Palestinian detainees inside Damon Prison.

The NGO further noted that Israeli prison authorities imposed several repressive measures against the female prisoners, including confiscation of their electronic devices and personal items.

A state of tension prevailed in Damon Prison after Israeli officers assaulted the prisoners’ representative Yasmine Shaaban and placed her in solitary confinement, the PPS added.

Hamas condemns vicious assault

The report also prompted the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement to denounce the vicious assault on Palestinian inmates, warning that the Israeli regime’s increasing violations against Palestinian inmates will not go unpunished. 

The movement said the Palestinian nation will not leave the prisoners alone in their battle and called on young Palestinians to confront Israeli crimes through all available means.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.

Over 500 detainees, including women and minors, are being held under the so-called administrative detention in various Israeli prisons, with some of whom being held in that condition for up to 11 years without any charges brought against them.

The detention takes place on orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the Israeli regime calls “secret” evidence.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express their outrage at the detentions and harsh conditions in Israeli jails.

Senior Palestinian officials say Israel must be held accountable for its persecution of Palestinian people, including its mass and arbitrary detentions.

Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment and repression all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Israeli jail authorities also keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions, lacking proper hygienic standards.

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