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End the Policy of Starving Security Prisoners

Following a series of testimonies by prisoners and their lawyers, including statements by representatives of the IPS and the Minister of National Security, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Gisha petitioned the High Court of Justice (Hebrew) on April 4, 2024, demanding that security prisoners be provided with food in the quantity and composition suitable for maintaining their health and identical to that supplied to the other prisoners.

Testimonies of prisoners and security detainees attached to the petition indicate that since October 7, 2023, the IPS have been deploying a policy of starvation towards Palestinian prisoners and detainees. Recently released prisoners testified that they suffered from constant and extreme hunger and very poor quality of food. Among the testimonies presented in the petition were those of a diabetic prisoner who ate toothpaste to raise blood sugar, and of prisoners who lost tens of kilograms in weight in recent months.

The petition argued that the food reduction policy amounts to starvation and torture, and contravenes Israeli and international law. It violates the constitutional right of security prisoners to dignity and health, constitutes a policy of collective punishment, and violates the IPS's obligation to provide detainees in its custody with appropriate prison conditions. The petitioning organizations noted that the state's obligations towards those in its custody are permanent and do not change due to war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Hamas against Israel.

HCJ 2858/24 Association for Civil Rights in Israel v. Minister of National Security

Attorney: Anne Suciu, Roni Pelli


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