Postage stamps and onions the latest threat to the State of Israel, writes Palestinian political prisoner

Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and political prisoner who was persecuted for his work to uphold the rights of his community, describes the absurd measures taken to control Palestinian prisoners in a new essay written in an Israeli prison cell.

Makhoul says these practices include a ban on onions, in place since the beginning of the year, and the removal of postal stamps from letters of solidarity to Palestinian political prisoners (referred to by the acronym PPP in Makhoul’s handwritten essay below).

Makhoul writes that the authorities brought half an onion and a piece of fruit to each prisoner daily last year, a routine since discontinued for “security” reasons. “What was ‘normal’ in 2012 became dangerous in 2013,” Makhoul concludes.


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Maureen Clare Murphy is senior editor of The Electronic Intifada.