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Posted: 8/21/2004 6:29:51 AM EDT


Friday, August 20, 2004
Document: Official list of demands by Palestinian Prisoners [Not a hoax]

Document: Official list of demands by Palestinian Prisoners

[IMRA: When IMRA first saw this list of demands being circulated by third parties on internet it did not distribute it as the list is so absurd that it might possibly have been a hoax. These demands are being made by prisoners who have already have a record orchestrating numerous murderous terror attacks from within prison using telephones, weapons, etc. smuggled into the prisons via family members,]

August 15, 2004
Palestinian Prisoners Demands Presented to Israeli Prisons Service (IPS)

One: Family and/or Lawyers Visits
1. To remove the glass/plastic barrier between prisoners and visitors
2. To increase the period of family visit to one hour
3. To allow personal contact with children as in the past
4. To allow all family members and relatives to visit
5. To allow brothers and sisters to visit as in the past
6. To allow private visits (without barriers)
7. To allow second and third degree relatives to visit
8. To relocate detainees/prisoners in areas close to their residential areas
9. To relocate prisoners who are immediate relatives in one prison
10. To allow personal belongings and clothes to be brought during visits
11. To allow prisoners to take photos with family members and children
12. To allow family visits for Arab prisoners once every 6 months for at least four hours
13. To allow visitors to bring with them an unlimited number of photographs of relatives
14. To allow visitors to bring with them bed-covers, watches, Palestinian head scarves, head wear, etc.
15. To make family visits on Fridays as in the past
16. To bring in families to visit as soon as they arrive to the prison. No delays either at the prison or at checkpoints.
17. To allow prisoners to take out cantina (canteen food and drinks) to the visit without limitations
18. To allow prisoners to take to any kind of drinks to the visit and not limit it to "Sprite"
19. To allow prisoners to be in plain clothes during the visit and not restricted to uniforms of certain colors or design
20. To allow prisoners' handwork to be given out at the visit after coordination
21. To allow bringing in all kinds of cigarettes, audio-tapes, and video-tapes during the visit

Two: Phone Calls
1. To install pay phones in prison sections and/or yards and/or cells or allow mobile phones in every cell or for every prisoner
2. To allow prisoners representatives to make phone calls to prisoner's organizations and lawyers and to Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs.
3. To remove all signal-distortion equipment - known to cause various health problems including cancer

Three: Food
1. To prepare and define a list of quantities of all sorts of food that prisoners have the right to receive and to provide this list to prisoners representatives
2. To change the basket of vegetables and fruits and end the practice of the administrations taking part of it
3. To allow prisoners to buy vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats of all sorts on a monthly basis
4. To allow prisoners in all prisons to prepare their own food according to their customs and religions
5. To give back kitchen equipment that was taken away from prisoners in all "security" prisons
6. To change old kitchen utensils and replace them with new ones
7. To open bakeries and allow Palestinian prisoners to work at them; to allow bread to be brought in during visits

Four: Health Care / Treatment
1. To develop and expand clinics and equip them for emergency cases especially at Nafha prison; A practicing physician should be at the clinic 7 days a week
2. To allow a Palestinian prisoner to be present and working at the clinic
3. To conduct surgery for prisoners immediately (without the usual intentional delay)
4. To allow physicians from outside to be able to check prisoners and ease the procedures in doing so
5. To widen the range of physicians to include all specialties
6. To allow dental surgeries/ teeth implants at the expense of prisoners by their own doctors
7. To perform kidney, cornea and prosthetic transplants for those prisoners who have been waiting for years.
8. To allow the purchase of medical mattresses, pillows, shoes and some pharmaceuticals through the cantina
9. To solve all problems related to the hospital in Ramleh
10. An overall medical checkup for every prisoner at least once a year
11. A optician visit to every prison on a regular and constant basis; eye checkups for every prisoner once every 6 months, changing of glasses when needed, allow the use of eye lenses; and to provide all needed supplies to solve health problems related vision
12. To allow prisoners to have the equipment necessary to measure blood pressure and sugar levels where needed

Five: Counting
1. To end all practices and policies accompanying counting the prisoners; allow all those prisoners in isolation back to regular sections

Six: Collective Punishment
1. To end all collective punishments
2. To end the policy of fines
3. To end the policy of confiscating personal belongings and punishing prisoners by denying them family visits
4. To return all money confiscated from prisoners accounts to be able to use them in enhancing the health care and the education of prisoners
5. To compensate prisoners for every item that was damaged intentionally through raids on cell-blocks
6. To define the maximum isolation period as a punishment to a week and to provide humane detention conditions in isolation cells: access to toilets, a washing sink, a two hour recreation period, to allow a fan, to allow books and radio and cantina, not to handcuff prisoners inside the cells, to end the policy of handcuffing prisoners while meeting prison administration

Seven: Education at Universities
1. To allow prisoners to study at Palestinian, Arab, and International Universities
2. To end the policy of punishing prisoners by denying them the right to continue their education
3. To allow newspapers, journals and magazines without any delay
4. To allow purchasing different electronic dictionaries not limited to one brand
5. To allow all cells to have access to a computer and not only students
6. To allocate study rooms and halls and to reopen all libraries
7. To allow stationary without limitation in type or quantities
8. To allow photocopying research material, educational material

Eight: Cantina
1. To allow buying from Arab sources and end the monopoly
2. To cancel the additional 17% tax
3. To unify the prices for all prisons
4. To end all restrictions on the items allowed
5. To form an investigation committee to check on the legality of the 17% additional tax and on the right of prisoners to benefit from the profit of the cantina

Nine: Movement within each section and the recreation area
1. To increase the recreation time to four hours a day as used to be the case
2. To restore visits between section and cells to day-long visits
3. To leave cell doors within each section open all day
4. To restore the right of elderly, ill prisoners, those who spent over ten years of imprisonment, and Prisoners with special needs to get to yards and recreation areas freely
5. To allow university students to choose recreation time suitable for them
6. To allow prisoners representatives to be able to visit sections, recreational areas, and to be present at family visits in order to be able to follow up on issues and concerns and solve any problem without making this right dependant on the mood of security guards
7. To open the gate to the recreational area every half an hour to enable prisoners to get to the area or back to sections
8. To allow freedom of movement within each section without restricting the time or period
9. To install water pipes in each section
10. To restore the weekly general cleaning day as in the past
11. To install water pipes to the recreation area and the yard as used to be the case
12. To restore the recreation time from 15:00 to 17:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00
13. To allow working prisoners to stay at the recreation area until 20:00
14. Not to transfer a prisoner from any prison before spending 2 years in it unless the prisoner applies for a transfer
15. To cancel the policy of moving certain prisoners constantly around the prisons, never settling in one
16. To allow Friday Imams to be able to move from one section to another
17. To allow having events, debates, celebrations in the recreation areas and yards as in the past
18. Freedom to transfer among cells within one section without any sort of restriction
19. To remove the ban on practicing Karate during the recreation period

Ten: Tools, Instruments, private and general equipment
1. To allow the following to be purchased at the cantina by every prisoner: a light-bulb for reading, electronic dictionary without restricting the brand, electric shaving-machine, and electric fan
2. To install air ventilation in the cells and section as well as air conditioning
3. To install air conditioning at the visiting area and waiting cells
4. To provide electric kettle
5. To provide an electric toaster for each cell
6. To provide a small refrigerator in each cell
7. A small photocopier in each section
8. To install an Antenna for the radio
9. To allow winter jackets
10. To allow waist belts
11. To allow sport ropes
12. To allow to have cameras in each section and to be able to take collective photos
13. To allow fruits knife in each cell

Eleven: Searching and Security Checks
1. To end the practice of body search by hand and to restrict it to electronic scanning
2. To stop searching children 14 years old and under during visits
3. End totally strip search
4. End night searches and the practice of Matsada unit, dissolve it or end it's services
5. Not to handcuff prisoners during the search
6. Never to damage or confiscate personal belongings while searching
7. To stop searching prisoners each time they leave to the recreation area or to prayers
8. Security search be limited to only once a day maximum and not to force prisoners outside the section during the search
9. Security search to be conducted during the recreation period
10. To limit the overall general search to once every 6 months

Twelve: Working Facilities
1. To increase the number of working prisoners in the various facilities
2. To restore kitchens, laundries, and sewing and allow Palestinian prisoners to work at these facilities
3. To allow at least two prisoners to work in the section (corridor) outside
the cells till 22:30 and extend their recreation time till 20:00
4. To re-allow a prisoner to work in yard and recreation area as in the past and to make available a storage room and a room for working and working tools
5. To allow a prisoner to work at the clinic
6. To restore the special recreation period for workers
7. To raise payment for workers
8. To allow an additional worker at the library
9. To allow a worker to fix electric equipment in each section as in the past
10. To allow all tools for hairdressing and to change them once every 6 months

Thirteen: Counting
1. To allow prisoners in the upper beds not to step down at the morning count and to limit to them just raising themselves up in their beds
2. To be content by showing the hands for those who are in toilets at the time of counting taking into consideration to avoid using the toilet around the time of count unless it's urgent or to pass the cell and return to it later

Fourteen: Transfer, Travel and waiting (passing) sections
1. To allow prisoners to have cantina with them while being transferred (canned food, etc.)
2. To be moved directly to the buses without being held and delayed in waiting rooms
3. To change seats in the buses to more comfortable ones
4. Each prisoner to be handcuffed separately from others and to stop using the plastic handcuffs and replace them with the metal ones
5. To allow prisoners representatives to meet newly transferred prisoners at the bus as they arrive
6. To improve all conditions at the passing (waiting) sections in each of Asqalan, Ramleh, and Birsheva prisons
7. To remove the darkened windows of the buses

Fifteen: General Demands
1. To return to prisoners all the cans (canned food) and cups and all what was confiscated in Asqalan and Nafha after the last raids
2. To allow handwork and to be able to purchase all needed at the cantina or to be able to get it during visits
3. To remove asbestos from the cells to improve ventilation in cells and sections
4. To provide once again what the administrations used to provide at their expense: tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, cleaning and hygiene provisions, etc.
5. To make available lists of IPS rules in every section in Arabic
6. To increase the number of allowed TV channels
7. To re-install wooden boards to all beds, change the beds each year, paint cells each year, and to install sides to the beds
8. To remove all male guards from female sections
9. To improve all conditions and to meet all needs of imprisoned minors
10. To end the use of arbitrary transfer of prisoners from one prison to another
11. To remove one bed in each cell
12. To end the use of the special classification of certain prisoners "prisoners sentenced for serious offences" and end all unjustified punishments against them and to allow them to be able to work at various facilities in the prisons
13. To implements the Geneva Convention and all international human rights standards and agreements
14. To use only the buses to transfer prisoners between prisons and/or to and from court hearings
15. To allow visits on special occasions as religious holidays
16. To double the number and the period of visits during holidays
17. To allow prisoners to send out written material: diaries, poems, studies, prose, etc. during visits
18. To define the life sentence as in the case of Israeli prisoners and to consider seriously the provision of parole
19. Not to interfere in Friday prayers and/or preaching and not to punish preachers for whatever they say
20. To allow hard covers for books and never to remove them
21. To separate shower area from toilets
22. To provide prosthetics for those prisoners with amputations

The Unified Leadership of the Hunger Strike
11 August 2004
Freedom for Prisoners

ADDAMEER Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association
P.O.Box 17338, Jerusalem
Ramallah Office: Al-Isra' Bldg., 7th floor, Al-Irsal St.
Tel: +972-2-2960446 Fax: +972-2-2960447
E-mail: [email protected]
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 6:35:23 AM EDT
Hell, and I was figuring they would have been requesting football helmets filled with ice cream and naked pictures of Bea Arthur!

LMAO! Would it not have taken up less space to just say......

1. Release me immediately

What buttmunches!
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 6:39:49 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 6:51:48 AM EDT
They just want to be left alone to do what they want without Izzy interference. I guess they forget they are in jail.

I liked that they want unrestircted access to their realitives and to be freely allowed to pass whatevery they want between them. Oh, and allowing the "fruit knives" in each cell was hilarious as well.

In all honesty the whole thing was hilarious.

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 6:53:50 AM EDT
I say they shoot one or a dozen just for coming up with the list.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 6:54:34 AM EDT
Sure they'll do all that for the prisoners.  The phrase "when Hell freezes over" comes to mind.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 6:56:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:20:42 AM EDT
If the Israelis deliver on those demands, I'm going to drop my HMO and get arrested in Tel Aviv.  I'm 21, white and free and I don't have it as good as those demands.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:33:07 AM EDT
When did the ACLU go international?

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:37:07 AM EDT

Hell, and I was figuring they would have been requesting football helmets filled with ice cream and naked pictures of Bea Arthur!

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:41:42 AM EDT
They don't ask for much do they.

18. To allow prisoners to take to any kind of drinks to the visit and not limit it to "Sprite"

Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:57:51 AM EDT
Cripes, where the hell do these guys think they are? An American prison?
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:59:34 AM EDT

One: Family and/or Lawyers Visits
1. To remove the glass/plastic barrier between prisoners and visitors

I made it that far before deciding their demands were unreasonable.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 8:01:06 AM EDT
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Palestinians are fucktards.

The only demands that make any sense are some of the healthcare ones, like "a practicing physician should be on hand 7 days of the week." Even then, I'd only grant that one and a couple others if, and only if they changed it from a list of demands to a list of "things that we decided we want and are so whiny we'll pretend it's our basic human right to keep a stabbing implement in our cell and to receive anything from outside visitors, even though in reality we're just lucky that we aren't dead or being bonked by Bubba who is in for child molestation and says we "look just like little kiddies" and has only served four of his thirty year sentence."
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 8:04:20 AM EDT

Cripes, where the hell do these guys think they are? An American prison?

An American prison wouldn't even consider these demands!  This shit is hysterical!
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