National Committee for Planning and Building in the Israeli ministry of interior approved the expansion of Megiddo prison in pre-1948 Palestinian territories to accommodate 6000 prisoners.
Haaretz Hebrew newspaper said Wednesday the committee cancelled a former system which stated that every single prisoner must have a cell of 6.5 sqm. However, every prisoner now has only a cell of 3.5 sqm.
30 years ago, Planning and building systems in Israel stipulated to specify 6.5sqm or more for every prisoner. The total number of the prisoners must not exceed 400 prisoners per a prison.
According to law, prison and public facilities space must be five donums or more in addition to 7 donums to build factories that help prisoners habilitate. Yet, the IPS does not apply the law.
There are currently 25 prisons and military detention centers in which Palestinian prisoners are held, including four interrogation centers, four military detention centers and 17 prisons. Of these facilities, 20 are located outside the West Bank and Gaza, meaning that prisoners are illegally transferred outside of occupied territory.
This violates Article 47 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which explicitly states that “protected persons accused of offences shall be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted they shall serve their sentences therein.”