We have real and justified fears about the health, safety, and basic rights of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel based on the conditions of these prisoners’ incarceration and recent developments inside the Israeli occupation’s prisons, as well as Israel’s criminally negligent behavior in the past, which has resulted in serious health implications for dozens of prisoners.
We also demand that the International Red Cross increase the number of its staff working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as the current staff cannot play an effective role in the event of an emergency. This must necessarily include a leading role of the ICRC in the medical examination of prisoners and the supervision of the procedures of managing the occupation prisons under the current situation.
Our fears of the spread of Corona virus in Israeli prisons are compounded by the following developments:
Palestinians imprisoned by Israel are protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention. They are entitled to their basic human rights, including the right to proper healthcare. As an occupying Power, Israel also has a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of thousands of Palestinians it has imprisoned unjustly and under illegal conditions.