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'Celebrating' Palestinian prisoners moved to isolation

Twenty-seven Palestinian prisoners filmed celebrating security prisoner's engagement moved to solitary confinement for violating prison rules

Raanan Ben-Zur
Published: 01.16.13, 19:05 / Israel News

The 27 Palestinian security prisoners in Eshel prison who celebrated and filmed Samar Abu Kwick's engagement were moved to solitary confinement in different prisons around Israel, following an Israel Prison Service decision on Wednesday.

 

The prisoners are likely to be penalized further once the IPS probe into the matter is concluded. 

 

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The IPS revoked the rest of the wing's prisoners' privileges, such as using TVs and radios, visitation rights and use of the prison's canteen.

 

A video posted on social networks shows Abu Kwick's engagement celebration. Abu Kwick is serving three life-sentences for two terror attacks perpetrated 10 years ago near Ramallah, which claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers. 

 

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The video, which seems to have been shot by the prisoners themselves with the help of a mobile phone smuggled into the prison, shows the party held in Abu Kwick's cell and includes music, food and beverages.

 

During the video, Ramzi Aubayd, a senior West Bank militant from the Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, can be seen congratulating Abu Kwick on his engagement.

 

Security prisoners are no longer allowed to take courses in the Open University or to take the Palestinian Authority's high-school matriculation exam, rights that were revoked when Gilad Shalit was in captivity.

  

They are however allowed a one-hour break in the prison yard and access to the prison's canteen. For the rest of their time, prisoners are confined to their cells, and this is presumably when the engagement party video was shot.

 

Unlike criminal prisoners, security prisoners are denied conjugal visits and the right to marry while serving time. More so, they are denied even the right to meet their bride or fiancé.

 

 

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