Prisons Committee: Girls Treated Inhumanely

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report issued by the Israel Prisons Service Committee of the Israel Bar exposed the inhumane treatment of underage girls detained by Jerusalem police.

Five girls, aged 14 to 17, were arrested last week during a demonstration in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of the terrorist who murdered eight students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva on March 6.

The report states that the girls are being held in filthy and unsanitary cells, with unclean bedding.

"The underage girls were given used military blankets exuding a bad smell, to say the least," the report stated.

Three of the girls were placed in an unventilated cell with a heavy adult smoker.

The report further states that prison guards withheld food and water from the teenagers because they wouldn't reveal their names or identities.

"The root of the evil is the fact that medical attention and food and water were conditioned on the disclosure of the girls' identities. Such conditions are baseless and a serious violation of their rights…exposing the underage girls to "difficult, inhumane conditions that are against the law," the report stated.

Prison Committee Chairman Michael Attiya plans to file the report with Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, Public Security Minister Avi Dichter and Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.

Member of Knesset Zevulun Orlev (National Union/National Religious Party) said "the report reveals that the Israel Prison Services adopts the inhuman behavior of dark regimes, which have no place in the State of Israel as a lawful country. Even if the detainees were suspected of crimes, which I condemn in every way, I will fight for their right to be treated humanely and reasonably," he said, urging Dichter to "address these conditions urgently."

Source: Haaretz

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