Palestinian prisoner in Israel for 33 years warned of punishment if he publishes book

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, A Palestinian prisoner who served 33 years out of a 39-year prison sentence in Israeli jails for resisting the Israeli occupation was warned by the prison administration of severe punishment if he publishes a book he wrote in prison, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said on Tuesday.

It said Walid Dakka, a Palestinian from inside Israel, who previously was severely punished after publishing a book in Arabic called The story of the secret of oil, was told that he would be put in isolation if he goes ahead and publishes another book.

The prison administration banned Dakka from family visits for two months, confiscated all his books and writings, fined him 500 Israeli shekels (app. $135) and moved him from one prison to another as a punishment for publishing the book.

A PPS attorney who visited Dakka in prison said that the prison administration is threatening more severe punishment against Dakka if he publishes the new book, which it claimed failure in monitoring made it possible for the prisoner to get his writings out of prison.

PPS director Qaddoura Faris condemned the Israeli threats against Dakka saying Israel is waging a war against prisoners even in their writings.

Dakka is one of the longest serving Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. He was arrested in 1986 and sentenced to 39 years in prison.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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