Barred from Contact: Violation of the Right to Visit Palestinians Held in Israeli Prisons
Reports | Report | 01.09.2006
This report sheds light on the many difficulties and the suffering faced by the prisoners' families, residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in their efforts to visit their relatives imprisoned in Israel. In light of the report's findings, B'Tselem urges the government of Israel to transfer all Palestinian prisoners to detention facilities inside the Occupied Territories. Also, so long as Palestinians are held inside Israel, B'Tselem calls on the government of Israel to: _x000D_
ease the granting of permits to enter Israel for family visits; increase the speed and efficiency of issuing permits; _x000D_
take measures to shorten the travel time to and from the prison, and ease the hardships entailed in the visits; _x000D_
refrain from imposing a sweeping restriction on all minor children from making physical contact with the prisoners, and improve the conditions in which the prisoners and their relatives communicate with each other during the visits. From B'Tselem website.