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Israel vows to ‘worsen’ conditions for Palestinian prisoners

Israel is already on legal shaky ground when it comes to its prison system, with 5,500 Palestinian prisoners currently incarcerated, a 99% conviction rate for Palestinian brought to court, and sentences up to 20 years for throwing stones.

The Israeli security minister has unveiled new plans to make the prison experience even more problematic, such as limiting water supplies and cutting number of family visits.

Past experience should suggest to Israel that more vigorous oppression only makes Palestinians more determined and shines a brighter light on the illegal occupation – but as usual, the option of greater cruelty is too attractive to resist.