Report “Politics of Punishment Solitary Confinement of Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons March 2016”
Over the last two years, Israel has doubled its use of solitary confinement for all of its prisoners, both criminal and political, according to a new report from Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHRI).
While the total number of Palestinians currently in isolation is reportedly 14, that figure does not represent the uncounted number of Palestinian detainees who are placed in solitary confinement during their interrogation or for “punitive” reasons.
“Solitary confinement is chosen for the duration of interrogations precisely because of its devastating psychological effects on individuals,” the report states.
In 2009, the United Nations Committee against Torture found that Israel used isolation against Palestinians to “encourage confessions from minors,” as well as to punish violations of prison rules.
PHRI writes that Israel’s secret police agency, the Shin Bet, places Palestinians in solitary confinement on the grounds of “protecting state security,” often based on secret information that a prisoner cannot appeal.