Solidarity With Palestinian Prisoners
South Bank, London, Mon 10 Mar 2017
Inminds had set up the protest on theEmbankment in front of the Festival
One of the campaigners was walking up and down with two large Palestinian
Others were chalking messages on the pavement and handing out leaflets
to people walking by
A rectangle about 2 metres by 1m shows the size of underground dungeons
in Israeli torture prisons like AL-Jalame
Chalk states 'HP Powered Israeli Dungeon for a child', though women
such as Lena Jarboni are also held in these
window-less underground cells between interrogation sessions. She was
forced to stand stationary in stress positions
during interrogation for up to 20 hours and her joints have never recovered.
A chalk outline shows a child's body
and a circle for the earth closet - a hole in the ground..
HP provides computers and IT systems that keep torture dens and insanitary
prisons like HaSharon where Lena Jarboni
is serving a 17 year sentence running. Israel has a systematic policy
of medical negligence for Palestinian prisoners
with over a third of women prisoners suffering from treatable diseases
being refused treatment. Lena Jarboni
can no longer walk after 14 years in jail and is not expected to survive
the remaining time of her sentence.
The cells at HaSharon prison are overcrowded, dirty and infected with
rats and cockroaches. There is a total lack
of basic hygiene. There is little ventilation and little light,and the
food is often insufficient and often contains bugs.
Women prisoners are often subjected to beatings, insults and degrading
strip searches with intrusive internal
body searches used as punishments.
Lena Jarboni has Israeli citizenship. She was arrested in 2002 on suspicion
of "collaborating with the enemy"
and tortured for 30 days. Her younger brother was brought in and tortured
in front of her, then her young sister
finally they brought in her elderly month and threatened to torture
her unless Lena signed a fabricated confession.
She signed because her mother was frail, sufferring from heart disease,
diabetes and high blood pressure and
she feared the torture would end her mother's life.
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