He then described a typical prisoners’ day, during which prisoners spend their time “chatting, talking, eating, drinking, joking and playing.” This description also stands in sharp contrast to the oft-repeated libel by senior PA leaders that Israel mistreats prisoners:
“In the morning we’d exercise from 7:00 until 8:00… Then the guys would get together in the prison yard and we’d chat, talk, eat, drink, joke and play, etc., throughout the day… Noon roll-call is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Roll-call time is time for resting in the rooms… Nap time, reading time, study time… At 1:30 or 12:30 p.m. they’d take us out to the yard again. We’d spend [time] with the guys walking, laughing, playing, joking, etc., until dark.”
Similarly, PMW reported in 2010 on another former prisoner who stated that the Palestinian prisoners “lack nothing” in Israeli prisons.
Recently, PA TV interviewed some relatives about the conditions when visiting prisoners. The PA TV host claimed that “the harassment of prisoners’ families are well known,” but the brother of a murderer essentially described a security check similar to what most passengers experience in airports:
“The methods of inspection, the prison management’s behavior towards us. Of course all these things are hard… The visit was exhausting when we went through the [security] check. They would even pass our shoes through a machine.”
These interviews with Palestinians contradict various ongoing PA libels. One prisoner described the conditions of Palestinian prisoners as “joke and play, etc., throughout the day” and the visitors described undergoing typical necessary security checks. In addition, confirming what many have argued, the released Palestinian murderers do not feel remorse or regret for their crimes.