Israel immoral to keep women, children in jails: Palestinian official



RAMALLAH, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs, Wasfi Kabha, described on Tuesday the Israeli arrest of wives, mothers and sisters of wanted Palestinian activists as "immoral extortion and scurvy act".

The Israeli occupation has stepped up its campaign against the Palestinian women in recent days, Kabha denounced in a letter faxed to reporters.

The occupied Palestinian territories have seen arrests and raids targeted more than 10 women since the beginning of August, he said.

The number of Palestinian women in Israel has risen to 110, according to the minister.

His statement also spoke about mistreatment the women prisoners suffer during the detention by Israeli intelligence and security members, in addition to "psychological pressure and torture". Kabha appealed for international organizations, especially the humanitarian and legal ones, to intervene and work on releasing all female prisoners held in Israel.

Their conditions of living can only be described as inhuman, he said.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-08/22/content_4993709.htm



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