Al Mezan calls for international board to
investigate attack on Ofar Detention Camp
broke into Ofar Detention Camp this week injuring many detainees, among
them the Deputy Secretary General of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Mr. Abdel Rahim Mallouh.
administration at Ofar had previously requested to aggressively
transfer detainees from the Camp, a request which was turned down. On
an Israeli force of around 100 soldiers broke into the detention camp,
opened fire on them, using gas and water pipes to attack and beat
detainees. 23 injuries were reported, among whom was Mr. Abdelrahim
Mallouh, Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian
Liberation Organization PLO and Deputy Secretary General of the PFLP,
who was brutally beaten and left with a broken lower jaw and bruised
Detention Camp was established on 400 dunums of land in the vicinity of
Ramallah in the final years of the British Mandate; Ofar was
administered by Jordan
between 1948 and 1967, before the IOF took control. It was annexed by
the IOF, not even by the Israeli Prison Authority. The Camp holds
around 800 detainees who live in exceedingly harsh conditions.
Center for Human Rights emphasizes that the administration of Ofar is
entirely responsible for the wellbeing of Palestinian detainees; an
incident such as that of this week is exemplary of oppressive Israeli
policies against Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons.
Mezan has therefore directed a letter to the IOF Legal Advisor to open
an investigation into this latest IOF offense against Palestinian
detainees in Ofar and to pressure Israeli authorities to disclose the
location of injured detainees in order to facilitate lawyer’s meetings.
expresses its support to the Palestinian detainees in Ofar; it also
urges the international community to provide protection to Palestinian
detainees in accordance with International norms.