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Amidst Political Unrest, Palestinians Escape Egyptian Prisons
IMEMC - Monday January 31, 2011 - 14:30, Four Palestinians who were held in an Egyptian prison returned to the Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Israel rearrests Hamas lawmaker in West Bank
1/31/2011 - HEBRON (AFP) -- The Israeli army on Monday rearrested Hamas lawmaker Mohammed Jamal Al-Natsh, five months after he was released from prison, Palestinian security officials said. Natsh, 53, was arrested in the West Bank town of Hebron. He spent eight years in detention, Palestinian officials said, during which time he ran elected for office. An Israeli....
More Palestinians escape Egypt prisons
1/31/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four more Palestinians who were held in an Egyptian prison returned to the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Mu'tasem Al-Quka, jailed than seven years in Abu Za'bal prison, said, "I was detained while I was on my way to Egypt, on the accusations that I am an....
Detainee receives cancer treatment
1/31/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee held in Israel has received treatment for cancer following several appeals by human rights organizations, a detainees' center reported Monday. Ahmad An-Najjar, from Silwad in the Ramallah district, is in remission from throat cancer following treatment, the center said. In Tubas, a detainees' center urged human....
Political Prisoner Ameer Makhoul Update
Uruknet January 31, 2011 - .... Ameer Makhoul is one of many thousands of victims, vilified for being Muslims in a Jewish state. An Israeli citizen, human rights activist, and head of the internationally recognized Ittijah NGO for Palestinian empowerment, he also chairs the Public Committee for the Defence of Political Prisoners within the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel. Besides...
Hope ends here: The children’s court at Ofer Military Prison
Uruknet January 31, 2011 - "Courtroom number 2. The military court for Palestinian children. Every Monday. On the podium, Judge Sharon Rivlin Ahai. From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Boy follows boy. One child and then another child. Wearing brown prison garb. Chained feet. Shackled hands, one hand shackled to that of another boy. Some of them are so small...
Israeli army detains 22 Palestinians in WB
31 Jan 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Monday morning 22 Palestinians after raiding different parts in the West Bank . Security sources told that five Palestinian citizens were captured from the west of Jenin, northern West Bank.
Israel's human rights abuses in the name of security | Janan Abdu
The Guardian 31 Jan 2011 - My husband and other Palestinian prisoners are being denied basic rights and subjected to harsh treatment in detention "Israeli security" is the sacred cow of the Israeli street and ruling establishment. Practically all the manifestations of...
Egypt shuts Gaza border as militants break out of jail
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - AlertNet - Egypt shut its crossing with the Gaza Strip on Sunday as countrywide protests spread to the border area, and five Palestinian militants fled a Cairo prison back to the Islamist-ruled territory, officials said. At...
In their own Words: A report on the situation facing Palestinian children detained in the Israeli military court system
Relief Web 31 Jan 2011 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section
Palestinian human rights activist jailed in Israel
Amnesty International 1/30/2011
      Makhoul is known for his advocacy for Palestinians in Israel and under occupation
     Amnesty International has urged the Israeli authorities to end their harassment of Palestinian human rights activists after a well-known campaigner in Haifa was jailed for nine years and given an additional one-year suspended sentence earlier today.
     Ameer Makhoul, a longstanding Palestinian activist, was convicted on various counts of having contact with enemies of Israel and espionage after a plea bargain agreement at his trial. He was originally charged with an even more serious offence, "assisting an enemy in war", which could have carried a life sentence, but that was dropped by the prosecution when he agreed to a plea bargain.
     "Ameer Makhoul's jailing is a very disturbing development and we will be studying the details of the sentencing as soon as we can," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa deputy director.
     "Ameer Makhoul is well known for his human rights activism on behalf of Palestinians in Israel and those living under Israeli occupation. We fear that this may be the underlying reason for his imprisonment."
     "We are also extremely concerned by allegations that he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated following his arrest on 6 May last year in a dawn police raid on his home in Haifa, by the fact that he was not permitted to see his lawyers for 12 days after his arrest, and by the gag order that prohibited media coverage on the case during this time."
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Palestinian prisoner escapes Egyptian jail
1/30/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian held in an Egyptian prison has returned to the Gaza Strip, his family said Sunday. Relatives of Hassan Washah said he returned to the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the fate of dozens of other Palestinian prisoners in Egyptian custody is still unclear. Egyptian....
IDF commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term
Ha'aretz - Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one.
IDF commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term
Ha'aretz 30 Jan 2011 - Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one.
Hizb Ut Tahrir: PA detained member
1/29/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hizb ut-Tahrir on Saturday accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining a party member in the West Bank district of Hebron on Friday. The movement said PA forces seized Mus'ab Abu A'rqub after noon prayers on Friday in Dura. Hizb Ut-Tahrir is an international pan-Islamist party seeking....
IDF commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term
Ha'aretz - Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one.
Salah Hamouri: One of Thousands of Israeli Political Prisoners
Uruknet January 29, 2011 - In March 2005, French/Palestinian Hamouri was arrested, tortured and imprisoned for allegedly co-conspiring with Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) members to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ultra-Orthodox Shas party's spiritual leader and former Israeli Chief Rabbi. At age 91, he's very much alive as of January 25, 2011, Israel National News saying he...
IDF commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term
Ha'aretz 30 Jan 2011 - Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one.
IDF commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term
Ha'aretz - Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one.
The Price of Dignity: Palestine's Political Prisoners
Uruknet January 28, 2011 - Currently there are more than 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners locked up in Israel's jails. This week, I found out that my friend Hasan (not his real name) is one of them. When in Ramallah, I mentioned to a mutual friend that I had planned to ring him to let him know I was in Palestine....
Political Prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat Update
Uruknet January 28, 2011 - As General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), he was sentenced in 2002 to 30 years in prison "for a range of 'security related' political offenses," including his prominence in a prohibited organization. For over 40 years, Israel targeted him relentlessly, subjecting him to numerous arrests, torture, false imprisonments, and...
Police detain 20 involved in clash at Hirbat Safa
Jeruslalem Post 28 Jan 2011 - Settlers, Palestinians clash in Gush Etzion; as a result teen, 17, shot, critically injured; Israeli hikers say Palestinians opened fire at them.
IDF commander involved in shooting bound Palestinian evades jail term
Ha'aretz 28 Jan 2011 - Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one.
Ahrar: Palestinian prisoner’s health deteriorates after assassination attempt
PIC 28 Jan 2011 - Um Saif Salheyyah, sister of captive Haitham Salheyyah who was the victim of an assassination attempt, called on human rights organisations to intervene to save her brother’s life.
The real Palestinian concession
Amira Hass, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive 1/26/2011
      Both Palestinian rivals know how to use the resilience and creativity of their people in the face of the daily torture that is foreign rule. But they do not help translate this personal and collective stamina into a strategy of unarmed popular struggle.
     The real concession of the Palestinian leadership is on its occupied people as an active force in the struggle for independence. For this, there is no need for leaked documents.
     Indeed, the “Palestine Papers” confirm an open secret: Contrary to the declarations recited in public, the leadership of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority is prepared for far-reaching concessions on the holy grail of the traditional Palestinian position: the right of return of refugees from the Palestinian “nakba” of 1948.
     “When we demand a two-state solution, we do not mean two Palestinian states,” a senior Fatah official told me with regard to the question of the return of the refugees to pre-1967 Israel. Had the PLO leadership respected its people, it would not be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, but conducting an open debate about this demand. It would have shared its conclusions with its public (at home and in exile ): The dreamed-of right of return is not attainable, at least not at this stage in history, and that it is not fair to continue to keep four million people hostage under the boot of the occupation for its sake. Others would have replied that under cover of the negotiations, and despite the Palestinian concessions, Israel simply expanded its settlements anyway.
     It is not technical problems that are preventing such a democratic debate, but the failure to see the people as an agent of change. -- See also: Source
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Price of Dignity: Palestine's Political Prisoners
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Jan 2011 - By Kim Bullimore – The West Bank Currently there are more than 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners locked up in Israel's jails. This week, I found out that my friend Hasan (not his real name) is one of them. When in Ramallah, I mentioned to a mutual friend that I had planned to ring him to let him know I was in Palestine. Our mutual friend informed me that Hasan was being held under “Administration Detention” and had been in prison for three months. I last saw Hasan more than a year ago, when I was last in Palestine. A year previous to this last meeting, he had emailed me to apologise for not answering my phone calls and emails when I had tried to contact him when I was in Palestine. Unfortunately, he apologised, he had been in prison for seven months held without charge or trial by the Israeli...more
Teenager 'arrested' en route to Israeli jail
1/27/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - A Palestinian activist said Wednesday that Israeli forces detained a teenager on his way to visit his brother, who is serving time in Eshel prison in Beer Sheva. Human rights activist Muhammad Awad said soldiers west of Hebron stopped a bus carrying Palestinian families to visit their children in jail. The....
Palestinians: Rock-throwing teen shot dead by West Bank settlers
Ha'aretz - Suspects deny opening fire on an 18-year-old at their settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus; IDF investigating reports., Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one., Chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat says he asked France, U.S. and Britain to help investigate the men, but stresses that he is not accusing them of wrongdoing.
Palestinians: Rock-throwing teen shot dead by West Bank settlers
Ha'aretz 27 Jan 2011 - Suspects deny opening fire on an 18-year-old at their settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus; IDF investigating reports., Despite prosecution's request for active prison service, IDF court rules Lt. Col. Omri Burberg will not be eligible for an upgrade in military rank for two years and cannot serve in a commander position for one., Chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat says he asked France, U.S. and Britain to help investigate the men, but stresses that he is not accusing them of wrongdoing.
Palestinian families barred from visiting detainees before being strip searched
PIC 27 Jan 2011 - Some families of Palestinian prisoners said they are deprived of visiting their sons in Israeli jails before they accept to be strip searched by soldiers.
Harassment in Nabi Salih: Intimidation tactics in Israel's wider strategy of expropriation.
Palestine Monitor: 27 Jan 2011 - As a quick Google search for ‘Nabi Salih' will demonstrate, it is clear that intimidation tactics are standard fare from an Israeli military whose presence in the village has increased significantly since 2009. But a more in depth look reveals the wider goal at hand. Palestine Monitor reports. In December 2009, settlers from Halamish seized control of Nabi Salih's main water supply, a natural spring called Ein Al Kus. That same month, the villagers retaliated by staging unarmed demonstrations, protesting the theft of the well and Israel's policy of supporting the settlers' encroachment. Despite the fact that Halamish settlement itself is illegal under international law, as is the seizure of the village spring, the IDF has made it its business to protect the settlers at every turn, and punish the villagers for protesting. The punishments themselves make for troubling statistics. Since the protests began, 58 villagers have been arrested. Detainment...more
Group: PA arrests Palestinian rights group lawyer
1/26/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations condemned Sunday what it called the "arbitrary arrest" of a rights lawyer by the Palestinian Preventive Security Force. The detention, a statement said, took place on Jan. 10 in the early morning, and targeted Mazen Abu Aoun, a lawyer for the Addameer Prisoner Support.... Related: Addameer
Israeli police detain Palestinian 'cell'
1/26/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israel lifted a gag order on its investigation into the murder of a US tourist and attempted murder of a British tour guide, news reports said Wednesday. Police say a "Palestinian cell" killed Jewish tourist Kristine Luken and severely injured recent immigrant to Israel Kaye Susan Wilson in a....
PA lobbying blocked Shalit swap
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers26 Jan 2011 - The PA blocked potential prisoner swaps that would have freed thousands of Palestinians and Shalit.
Dayton’s mission: A reader’s guide
Mark Perry, AlJazeera 1/25/2011
      Mark Perry explains what The Palestine Papers reveal about Gen. Keith Dayton's training mission in the West Bank.
     The Palestine Papers provide unprecedented access into the internal workings of the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian negotiating process. But the leaked documents and meetings also touch on other key issues surrounding U.S. intervention in the conflict – including dozens of documents on Palestinian security issues. At the heart of these is the work of the Office of the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC), what many refer to as “The Dayton Mission,” – a designation derived from the USSC’s chief, Lt. General Keith Dayton, who retired last October. Among other things they confirm – from Dayton’s own mouth – that Palestinian Authority forces supported by the United States engaged in torture.
     Background
     The establishment of the USSC – its mandate and purpose -- is fraught with misunderstandings. The first is that U.S. military officers are training Palestinian security personnel. That’s not true. Palestinian security personnel were initially trained by American contractors (in this case, Dyncorp) – the same kind of contractors who have given the U.S such problems in Iraq. Later, these private contractors were joined by trainers provided by the Jordanian Public Security Directorate. While the facilities for the training (located outside of Amman) are provided by the United States, the Palestinian trainees were (and are) equipped by the Egyptians.
     While the now-retired Dayton was a senior three-star military officer (he was preceded by General William Ward and has been succeeded General Michael Moeller), he never reported through a military chain of command. Rather, he reported directly to the Secretary of State – first to Condoleezza Rice, under the Bush administration and, later, to Hillary Clinton, under President Barack Obama.
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Palestinian detainee in coma
1/25/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 45-year-old Palestinian jailed in Israel is in a coma, a detainees' center said Monday. Detainees in Be'er Sheva prison in the Israeli desert smuggled a letter to the center detailing Saed Fahmi Salah's condition, the group said. Israeli forces beat Salah when he....
10-year-old detained in West Bank village
1/25/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Israeli forces abducted a 10-year-old Palestinian boy from his home early Monday in the occupied West Bank. Karim Tamimi's arrest comes two days after his brother, 14-year-old Islam Tamimi, was seized in a similar raid on Nabi Salih village. The popular resistance movement in the village called....
15 Hamas members arrested by PA
1/25/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - The Palestinian Authority arrested 15 Hamas members in the West Bank, the party said Tuesday. The Islamist movement said in a statement that Hamas affiliates were detained in Nablus and Jenin....
Sa'adat Salutes Tunisian People from his Isolation Cell; Campaign condemns French Foreign Minister
Uruknet January 25, 2011 - Ahmad Sa'adat, Palestinian national leader and political prisoner, remains in isolation, for nearly 700 days, prohibited from family visits, reading material confiscated, and barred from his friends and fellow prisoners, and accompanied by his fellow prisoner in isolation, Jamal Abu el-Hija. Isolation and prevention of human contact is widely understood by human rights advocates to...
10 Palestinians detained in WB by Israeli forces
25 Jan 2011 - West Bank,  (Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Tuesday ten citizens from different parts in the West Bank.
MI6 offered to detain Hamas figures
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers25 Jan 2011 - British government also provided financial support for two Fatah security forces linked to torture.
Palestinian reporter faces trial for insulting PA President Abbas on Facebook
Palestine Note 24 Jan 2011 - Haaretz - A Palestinian reporter tagged in a Facebook image that mocked the Palestinian president said Saturday he faces trial for insulting a public figure despite already being detained for more than 50 days. Read Full...
IOA blocks travel of lawmaker
PIC 25 Jan 2011 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) blocked the travel of Hamas MP Dr. Nasser Abdeljawad via Karame crossing from the West Bank to Jordan after detaining him for a few hours.
Palestinian reporter faces trial for insulting PA President Abbas on Facebook
Palestine Note 24 Jan 2011 - Haaretz - A Palestinian reporter tagged in a Facebook image that mocked the Palestinian president said Saturday he faces trial for insulting a public figure despite already being detained for more than 50 days. Read Full...
MKs attend pro-Palestinian conference in Morocco
Jeruslalem Post 24 Jan 2011 - Tibi, Barakei sing Palestinian anthem, compare prisoners to Gilad Schalit at meeting for "conscientious freedom fighters."
Tibi, Barakei attend pro-Palestinian conference in Morocco
Jeruslalem Post 24 Jan 2011 - Arab MKs sing Palestinian anthem, compare prisoners to Gilad Schalit at meeting for "conscientious freedom fighters."
Tibi: Palestinian prisoners rot while Shalit famous
YNet News - "Palestinians who are imprisoned in Israel are freedom fighters," Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) said Monday during a conference in Morocco. .......
MP Attal administratively detained following military trial
PIC 24 Jan 2011 - The Israeli military court of Ofer on Sunday sentenced Palestinian lawmaker Mohamed Attal to six months in administrative detention.
Political detainees from Hamas and Islamic Jihad tortured in Al-Khalil and Jenin
PIC 24 Jan 2011 - A number of Palestinian prisoners affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad were reportedly tortured by interrogators from the Palestinian authority (PA) in the cities of Al-Khalil and Jenin.
Palestinian detainees in Gilboa prison denied access to some newspapers
PIC 24 Jan 2011 - Yousuf Al-Sadeeq foundation in the 1948 occupied lands said the Israeli administration of Gilboa prison stopped providing Palestinian prisoners with some newspapers.
Vigil in Dublin for Palestinian Prisoners
Alternative Information Center - Around 25 people attended a candle light vigil at the Israeli embassy in Dublin on Wednesday (January 19).
Two Settlers, Detained By P.A Police In Nablus, Handed Over To Israel
IMEMC - Sunday January 23, 2011 - 11:39, After a group of extremist settlers went to the northern West Bank city of Nablus reportedly to visit Joseph’s Tomb, when Palestinian police arrested two of them as they did not coordinate the visit with the Israeli and the Palestinian Coordination Offices. The Israeli army arrested six while the two arrested by P.A police were later handed to Israel.
Prison service cancels family visits at Nafha jail
1/23/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Israel's prison service informed the Red Cross that family visits for Palestinian prisoners held at Nafha prison scheduled for Sunday were cancelled. Activist in Palestinian prisoners affairs Muyassar Atiyani told Ma'an that the decision came to punish prisoners after they carried out comprehensive strike on Friday and....
PA returns settlers who entered Nablus
1/23/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security on Saturday night detained two Israeli settlers who attempted to visit Joseph's Tomb near Nablus in the northern West Bank. Fifteen settlers arrived in the village of Kafr Qallil before midnight and clashed with locals, officials said. Youths pelted the settlers with stones forcing them to....
Man sentenced to 12 years on treason charge
1/23/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian Authority court on Sunday sentenced a man to 12 years hard labor in prison on a charge of treason. Three judges presided over the court in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, and reduced a life sentence to 12 years due to the young age of the man. Qalqiliya....
Detainees in PA jail declare hunger strike
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - 13 detainees in the PA jail of Junaid in Nablus have declared their intention to go on hunger strike as of tomorrow Monday demanding their release.
Nafha prison authority cancels relatives' visits
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - The Israeli administration of the Nafha desert prison told the Red Cross on Sunday that it would not allow visits by relatives of detainees until further notice.
UK officer: Britain involved in the torture of detainees in PA jails in W. Bank
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Senior British officer James MacInnis admitted that Britain are involved in the torture of Palestinian political detainee in the Palestinian authority's jails in the West Bank.
The World is No Golem
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2011 - By Uri Avnery – Israel Israel is, as we well know, the land of unlimited impossibilities. In Israel, for example, the diplomats are striking. A strike of diplomats? But that is impossible! Postmen strike. Longshoremen strike. But diplomats? The most conservative, the most establishment people? The people who serve any Israeli government, whatever its complexion? Who find pretexts for all its actions, whatever they may be? Well, in Israel it is possible. All the Foreign Office services have ceased to function. No new passports for citizens who have lost their papers in Moscow, no consular assistance for citizens who have been thrown into prison in New York. No preparations for Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Paris. For years, Foreign Office people have suffered from miserable working conditions. Their salaries are bordering on the ridiculous. So they went on strike. Does this is infuriate the Prime Minister? Is the Foreign Minister upset?...more
Palestinians present testimonies in Morocco
1/22/2011 - RABAT, Morocco (Ma'an) -- Palestinians presented testimonies on Saturday to rights organizations, politicians and lawyers at a conference in Morocco to support political prisoners held in Israeli jails. The 3-day event, staged in Rabat, was an important opportunity to for supporters of Palestinian detainees to reach an international audience, Palestinian Authority Prisoners'....
Report: Journalist faces PA court for insulting Abbas
1/22/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority prosecutors have set a final court date for a journalist accused of mocking the president on Facebook, the reporter told The Associated Press on Saturday. Mamdouh Hamamreh was detained for several weeks in September after he was tagged in a picture on Facebook allegedly ridiculing President Mahmoud Abbas, the....
In photos: Israeli detained at south Bethlehem protest
1/22/2011 - MaanImages / Luay Sababa - Palestinians, Israelis and internationals protest in Al-Ma'sara, over the construction of Israel's separation wall and the land grabs they say it makes into Palestinian territory on January 21, 2011. Protesters gathered on the road to the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrata, demanding an end to the continued construction....
Hamas: PA continues to carry out political arrests
1/22/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in the West Bank said Saturday that Palestinian Authority security services detained three party supporters in the West Bank. In a statement, the officials claimed that politically-motivated detentions were carried out in the Jenin and Nablus areas of the northern West Bank. Speaking to Al-Jazeera TV on Friday night....
PA detains 18 at Allenby crossing
1/22/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained 18 people "wanted on criminal charges" at the Allenby Bridge during the week, police said. Meanwhile, over 15,000 travelers crossed the bridge between the West Bank and Jordan. Crossings officials said 8,063 people entered the West Bank, while 7,759 left to Jordan. Eighteen patients were transferred....
Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel - Adalah series
Uruknet January 22, 2011 - Since the beginning of the illegal occupation of West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza (the Occupied Palestinian Territories or OPT), over 700,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel.* This is approximately 20 percent of the population of the OPT. Over 40% of the male population of the OPT has been imprisoned. On 30 November 2010,...
UK rights groups release distinguished report on torture in PA prisons
PIC 22 Jan 2011 - Rights groups in London have issued a well-received report documenting the West Bank-governing PA's crime of torture against Palestinians held in its prisons.
Prisoners of Israel hunger strike over solitary
1/21/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The National Prisoners' Committee announced on Friday, the start of a two-day hunger strike in Israel's Nafha prison in the Negev desert. The committee said it called the strike to protest the solitary confinement of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine secretary-general Ahmad Sa'adat and....
Palestinian student detained in Egypt over spy technology
1/21/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian police are holding a Palestinian student accused of inventing a hi-tech telecommunication network for use by terrorists, Egyptian security sources said. Al-Mu'tasem Bellah Ali Nouh worked with other Palestinians to create the device which could bypass Egypt's communication network, security officials said, adding that he....
Member of French FM's entourage injured in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 21 Jan 2011 - Alliot-Marie's assistant hit in head as convoy attacked in Gaza by dozens of Palestinian protesters angry at her stance on Schalit prisoner deal.
Member of French FM's entourage hit in head by Palestinians
Jeruslalem Post 21 Jan 2011 - Alliot-Marie's assistant lightly injured as convoy attacked in Gaza by dozens of Palestinian protesters angry at her stance on Schalit prisoner deal.
Palestinian protesters block French FM's vehicle in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 21 Jan 2011 - Dozens angry at her stance on Schalit prisoner deal surround Alliot-Marie's convoy, try to block passage through Erez Crossing.
Crime and punishment, Palestinian-style
YNet News - Palestinian Authority security officials have detained a meat dealer on suspicion of selling land to Jews, Palestinian media outlets reported Friday. According to .......
London- based organisations expose torture in PA jails
PIC 21 Jan 2011 - MEMO and AOHR held a press conference Thursday morning to launch their new joint report "Documenting the crime of torture in the Palestinian Authority's Territories".
57 detention extensions against Palestinian detainees since mid-January
PIC 21 Jan 2011 - Zionist courts have ruled to extend the detention of Palestinians until end of procedures (open-ended) on 57 occasions since mid-January.
Lebanese paper: Shin Bet gave Palestinian polio
Jeruslalem Post 20 Jan 2011 - 'A-Safir' claims an Israeli agent paid a prisoner to put a pill in a Palestinian prisoner's drinking, leading to his paralysis.
14 detained in large arrest raid near Nablus
1/19/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel's military carried out an extensive arrest raid in the northern West Bank early Wednesday, locals said. Fourteen young members of Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were seized in Burqa village, onlookers said. The military used ground vehicles and an aerial drone as soldiers....
A week of 'abandonment, desperation, suffocation, isolation'
1/19/2011 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - On 12 January 2009, one year ago today, nine Palestinian detainees were blindfolded, handcuffed, and transported to Israel's Erez border crossing. Several hours later, they were told to run into Gaza, to look straight ahead - and not to look back. During their time at Erez, the nine were subjected....
Hamas woman released from PA custody
1/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the release of Tamam Abu As-Saud, a Hamas-affiliated woman who has been detained on charges of involvement with a Hamas cell planning to assassinate Palestinian officials. A security source told Ma'an that the release was a response tot he woman's appeal for amnesty....
Israel detains 14 Palestinians, erects checkpoints in WB
19 Jan 2011 - West Bank, ( Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Wednesday 14 citizens from Barqa village southern Nablus, in the West Bank.
Farhat denounces IOA for detaining released prisoner
PIC 19 Jan 2011 - Hamas spokesman in central Gaza Yousef Farhat has denounced the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for detaining Gazan prisoner Mohammed Bawadi soon after his release.
Building a police state in Palestine
Aisling Byrne, Foreign Policy 1/19/2011
      "If we are building a police state -- what are we actually doing here?" So asked a European diplomat responding to allegations of torture by the Palestinian security forces. The diplomat might well ask. A police state is not a state. It is a form of larceny: of people's rights, aspirations and sacrifices, for the personal benefit of an élite. This is not what the world meant when it called for statehood. But a police state is what is being assiduously constructed in Palestine, disguised as state-building and good governance. Under this guise, its intent is to facilitate the authoritarianism which creates sufficient popular dependency -- and fear -- to strangle any opposition.
     The transition from the lofty aspiration of statehood to a scheme intended to usher West Bank Palestinians into a new alleviated containment -- a new form of remotely-managed occupation -- is not some unfortunate error. The roots of this manipulation of the Palestinian aspiration into its opposite -- cynically dressed up and sold as statehood -- were present from the outset. Professor Yezid Sayyigh has shown how U.S. and EU rhetoric "promoting democratic development and the rule of law is pious at best, at worst disingenuous". Both America and Europe bear responsibilities for this betrayal.
     The seed of this deception which was to grow into a new police state in the region was the US and European acquiescence to Israel's self-definition of its own security needs -- and by extension, Israel's definition of the requirements for Palestinian security collaboration. This Faustian pact, which prioritized Israel's security-led criteria as the boundaries for negotiations -- above any principles of justice -- set the scene for the inevitable inflation of Israeli demands of security collusion by the Palestinian leadership -- demands on which America's ‘war on terrorism' poured fuel.
     The hidden, and false, western assumption was that if a two-state solution was in the interest of the dominant party, all that the Palestinians needed to do was to establish that a stable two-state solution was available to Israel. And in the end, it would emerge simply because it was in Israel's demographic interest to give it...
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3 Palestinians Detained in Hebron-area by Israeli Forces
IMEMC - Tuesday January 18, 2011 - 13:14, On Tuesday morning, the homes of three men in the southern West Bank towns of Beit Ummar and Adh-Dhahiriya were raided and searched by Israeli forces, resulting in the men's detention.
In photos: Tree memorial to commemorate prisoners
1/18/2011 - MaanImages / Khaleel Reash - In Qalqiliya, friends, family and loved ones of those detained in Israeli prisons gather to plant trees. Each tree in the project represents one of the more than 7,000 Palestinians jailed by Israel. The project began on 16 January 2011....
Hamas says PA detained 17 supporters
1/18/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in the West Bank issued a statement on Tuesday saying Palestinian Authority's security services detained 17 of the movement's supporters. The party listed 17 individuals they said were detained in Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Qalqilya and Nablus. Ma'an could not independently verify the report....
Islamic Jihad to PA: Release our activists
1/18/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two members of Islamic Jihad were detained by Palestinian Authority police without arrest warrants on Monday night, a statement from the party said, and demanded their immediate release. The men were said to have been detained in the Tulkarem region, and taken to the Juneid Prison in the northern West....
Palestinian prisoner paralysed after Shabak administered unknown substance
Uruknet January 18, 2011 - Palestinian detainees revealed that the Israeli Shabak had drugged a Palestinian prisoner which might have directly resulted in the onset of paralysis. The Palestinian prisoners said that a Shabak officer asked a collaborator in the desert prison of Eichel to put a pill in a coffee cup then hand it to a Palestinian prisoner who...
Israeli army detains 2 Palestinians in West Bank
18 Jan 2011 - West Bank,(Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Tuesday two citizens from Bait Amr town, northern Hebron and informed another to meet Israeli intelligence service.
Israeli police detain two Palestinian boys in OJ
PIC 18 Jan 2011 - Israeli police on Tuesday stormed the house of Nasser Qaws in occupied Jerusalem and took away his 16-year-old son Jihad.
Shin Bet agent makes attempted hit on Eshel prisoner
PIC 18 Jan 2011 - A Shin Bet agent inside the Eshel Prison in Beersheba made an obvious attempt to assassinate another prisoner in the facility, the Gaza prisoners ministry said Tuesday.
A melancholy Martin Luther King Day in Bil'in
Majida Abu Rahmah, Huffington Post 1/17/2011
      My family endured another heartbreaking setback last Tuesday in the case of my husband, Abdallah Abu Rahmah. Although Abdallah's prison sentence ended November 18th, the Israeli Military Court of Appeals ruled that he should be held for three additional months. My husband has been gone for 13 months already, since he was arrested in the middle of the night last December.
     Abdallah was convicted of incitement and organizing demonstrations in our West Bank village, Bil'in. The unarmed weekly demonstrations call for the removal of Israel's illegal wall, built arbitrarily through our village's farmland. Over half of our land has been annexed by the wall, mostly for illegal settlement construction. The whole of our lands have not been returned, though we keep demonstrating.
     Last Tuesday's ruling was attended by many European representatives, including German and Spanish heads of consulate in East Jerusalem, and diplomatic representatives from France, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, United Kingdom and the European Commission. Abdallah was called a 'human rights defender' by the European Union, and his imprisonment has been harshly condemned by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
     After the ruling, Philip Luther of Amnesty International called Abdallah a 'prisoner of conscience' stating that he remains in jail "solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and assembly."
     In 2009, President Obama addressed the Middle-Eastern world in Cairo. "America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world," he said. Despite this sentiment, the United States has done very little to help Abdallah or other Palestinian political prisoners....
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Palestinian Political Prisoners Punished for Organizing Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison
IMEMC - Monday January 17, 2011 - 12:15, Ahmad Sa’adat, the general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Jamal Abu Al-Haija , a leader of Hamas in the West Bank, are being punished for organizing a prisoner hunger strike to protest Israeli prison conditions.
Hamas: PA detains 26 party members
1/17/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has recently detained 26 members of Hamas, the party said Wednesday. The Islamist movement said the detainees were from Salfit, Tulkarem, Jenin, Hebron and the Nablus areas. Hamas said in a statement that 12 of the detainees were "school students" in Salfit, but provided no further details....
Israel blocks entry of medical team into Ramle prison hospital
PIC 17 Jan 2011 - The Israeli prison services (IPS) refused to allow an independent medical team to enter the Ramle prison hospital to check on Palestinian sick detainees.
Palestinian Prisoners Punished for Organising Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Conditions
Alternative Information Center - Palestinian prisoners Jamal Abu Al-Haija and Ahmad Sa’adat were placed in solitary confinement at Israel’s Nafha prison, Saturday night, 15 January. 
Political leaders moved back into solitary
1/15/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel's prison service sent the secretary-general of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine back into solitary confinement on Friday evening, along with a Palestinian lawmaker elected in 2006 with Hamas. Prisoners Affairs activist Muyassar Atiyani said that she had been informed of the news by other....
Hamas: PA detained 4 supporters overnight
1/15/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Saturday accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining four party supporters overnight across the West Bank. Hamas affiliates were detained from Tubas, Tulkarem and Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, according to a statement from the Islamist movement. Hamas and its rivals Fatah frequently accuse each other of political....
PA detains 26 at Allenby crossing
1/15/2011 - JERICHO - (Ma'an) - Palestinian Authority security forces operating at the Allenby Bridge border crossing apprehended 26 Palestinians during week who they said were wanted on various criminal charges. In a report released Saturday, police officials said the "fugitives" were detained as police performed checks on 6,579 Palestinian travelers who passed from the West Bank....
Israel punishes top Palestinian prisoners over hunger strike
Uruknet January 15, 2011 - The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has placed two senior Palestinian prisoners in solitary confinement for launching a partial hunger strike three weeks ago. The High Committee on Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs said that the administration of Israeli Nafha prison placed Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Sa'adat and West-Bank Hamas leader...
Netanyahu's Government: Israel's Worst Ever
Uruknet January 15, 2011 - ...A November Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PACTI) explains some, titled "When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Incommunicado Detention of Palestinian Security Detainees." Many, in fact, are uncharged or only accused of minor offenses because no seriously incriminating evidence exists, yet they're held and brutalized anyway. Moreover, Israeli and international law recognize the right...
Israeli troops raid Hebron , detain palestinians
15 Jan 2011 - Hebron, (Pal Telegraph) -Four Palestinians were captured Saturday by Israeli soldiers while they encountered  a military checkpoint in Heron , southern West Bank. Israeli forces sent the four detainees to Israeli security officials under the pretext of involving in terrorist activities . Their identities are unknown .
Political detainee Hardan on hunger strike for days in PA jails
PIC 15 Jan 2011 - Political detainee Mohsen Al-Hardan has been on hunger strike for days in protest at the poor incarceration conditions he is experiencing in the Palestinian Authority's jails in Nablus city.
3 merchants accused of sending arms to Hamas
1/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court in Beer Sheva on Wednesday extended the detention of three Gaza clothes merchants for 10 days accusing them of trading weapons to Hamas. Israel's Ma'ariv newspaper said the Palestinian merchants were detained by Shin Bet for smuggling weapons after receiving "security" information on a....
Hamas: PA detained 7 supporters
1/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Friday accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining seven party members overnight in the West Bank. The Islamist movement said PA security forces detained affiliates from the Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus districts. On January 2, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said PA forces detained 3,000 supporters in 2010. This figure included....
Britain & France lead European condemnation of Abdallah Abu Rahma's sentencing
1/14/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - After Amnesty International labeled Abdallah Abu Rahma a ‘prisoner of conscience’ on Wednesday, England and France have issued official statements of concern regarding the hashing of Abdallah Abu Rahma’s sentence. EU diplomats fear that Abu Rahma’s sentence is a clear attempt by Israel to silence legitimate forms of unarmed protest by Palestinians in the West.... Related: +972 Magazine and Amnesty Int’l: Abdallah Abu Rahmah a prisoner of conscience
Occupation interrogators torture minor
PIC 14 Jan 2011 - Malek al-Shareef, 16 years, was exposed to severe beating by the interrogator Captin Daud [pseudo-name] during the interrogation according to a statement on Thursday by a lawyer at Etzion prison.
Torture in PA jails
PIC 14 Jan 2011 - The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain and the Middle East Monitor recently issued a report documenting torture territory of the Palestinian Authority.
Difficult position for the PA
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 1/14/2011
      The choices facing Palestinian leaders as they try to navigate their responsibilities while the 44-year-long Israeli occupation continues are difficult.
     Some Palestinian activists of the Islamic Hamas movement were detained by the Abbas-Fayyad government in a general crackdown against armed resistance movements that sees attempts by the Palestinian Authority to apply the rule of law in the occupied territories as part of the Palestinian leadership’s commitment to the international community.
     Of course, in return for this, the Israelis were obliged (according to the roadmap) to freeze all settlement activities as the two parties prepare for peace talks that are aimed at ending the occupation and creating an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state.
     Last week, the Hamas activists went on hunger strike. Palestinian and Arab mediators intervened and the Palestinian leader asked for the release of the Islamist activists. Without a clear promise from the Israelis, the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership expressed its worry to the intermediaries that it could not guarantee the safety of the released men.
     The occupied Palestinian territories are such that a dual sovereignty system applies. With the crazy advent of areas A, B and C, the Oslo Accords signed in 1993 were expected to separate the issue of security arrangements.
     Palestinian security was in total control of area A, which constituted mostly the populated urban areas, while the Israelis retained security control over areas B and C. But after the 2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada, the Israeli army stopped honoring this agreement and has since then regularly infiltrated areas under the security control of the Palestinian Authority.
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8 Palestinians detained over night
1/13/2011 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israseli military officials said that troops conducting arrest raids in the West Bank detained eight men, all allegedly wanted by Israel, were detained overnight. The raids targeted areas in the north, south and eastern areas of the West Bank, the statement said, adding that all were taken for questioning. There....
Hamas: PA detained 5 party members
1/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas forces in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining five members of the party from the Ramallah, Qalqiliya, Hebron and Nablus areas, a statement released on Wednesday evening said. Hamas also accused the PA of sentencing one of its members in Hebron....
Israeli army detains 8 Palestinians in WB
13 Jan 2011 - West Bank,(Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Thursday at down eight Palestinians from different parts in the West Bank. Israeli radio claimed that the detainees are wanted for their political activities; they were sent to Israeli security officials for interrogation .
Family committee slams PA for not releasing woman based on court order
PIC 13 Jan 2011 - The family committee of political detainees strongly denounced the PA for flouting the decision issued by the high court of justice that ordered the release of Tamam Abu Assaud.
Israeli army arrests teenager near Hebron
1/12/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army arrested a 16-year-old near the West Bank city of Hebron early Wednesday, locals said. Basem Mohammad Ahmad Al-Batat was detained in the raid, residents said, after his home was ransacked and searched. Israel's military said its forces detained three Palestinians in overnight raids across the....
Gaza officials, families sit in at Red Cross to promote prisoners cause
PIC 12 Jan 2011 - Government representatives and families of Palestinian prisoners joined forces Wednesday and sat in outside of the Red Cross offices in Gaza to show solidarity with two chief Palestinian prisoners.
Prisoners' Rights Group Calls for Release of Five Hamas Men from Israeli Custody
IMEMC - 11 Jan 2011 - Tuesday January 11, 2011 - 12:20, Lawyers from Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner's rights group, visited three of the five Hamas men detained by Israeli forces during a deadly raid on Hebron last week, and called for their immediate release.
Fear of 'new campaign' against Hamas members
1/11/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel detained the former Palestinian finance minister overnight in the West Bank district of Salfit, the second Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council to be detained in two weeks. Omar Mahmoud Matar Matar, known locally as Omar Abdul Raziq, was detained in the raid on his house at 1:30....
Israel extends jail term for Palestinian activist
1/11/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An Israeli military court on Tuesday extended the jail term of a Palestinian activist who has already served over a year in prison for organizing protests against Israel's security barrier. The Ofer military court handed down a 16-month sentence against Abdullah Abu Rahma, who has already spent 13 months and.... Related: Amnesty condemns extension of activist's jail term
Detainees ask rights orgs for warm blankets
1/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians held in Israel's Negev prison sent word last week to the Detainees Center in Gaza City, asking for the center to help them secure warm cells for the remaining winter months. In a letter smuggled out of the prison, detainees said the tents in the desert compound....
Israel detains 2 fishermen off Gaza coast
1/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City. Officials from Gaza's Agriculture Ministry said Israeli naval forces detained Muhammad Khaled Abu Amira and Usama Nasser Abu Amira from a small fishing boat. An Israeli military spokesman said the men "deviated from the....
Amnesty condemns extension of activist's jail term
1/11/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Amnesty International on Tuesday condemned an Israeli military court's decision to extend the prison sentence of a Palestinian activist, convicted over his involvement in organizing protests in the occupied West Bank. Abdallah Abu Rahma, head of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil'in village, had his.... Related: Israel extends jail term for Palestinian activist
PA says Gaza ministry detaining doctors
1/11/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry on Monday accused its Hamas-led counterpart of obstructing its employees in the Gaza Strip. A number of PA health directors in Gaza were banned from their work place while other employees had been detained by Gaza government security forces, the ministry said in a statement. In....
11 detained after family clash
1/11/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police on Tuesday arrested 11 residents of Qalqiliya accused of fighting. Police said several people attacked a man's house in the West Bank city and beat him with sticks. The fight broke out over financial and family problems, police said....
Suspected drug smuggler detained at Rafah
1/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Egyptian authorities on Tuesday seized a Palestinian man trying to smuggle a large quantity of painkillers into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, security sources said. The man arose suspicion when he tried to cross the border carrying two large loudspeakers, Egyptian officials said. Security forces said they found....
IDF arrests former Hamas minister near Nablus
YNet News - Former Palestinian Finance Minister Dr. Omar Abdel Razek detained in his home in....
Abbas's militias detain physics professor
PIC 11 Jan 2011 - Security militias loyal to de facto Palestinian president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas kidnapped Palestinian physics professor Esam Al-Ashqar on Tuesday evening.
Administration of Ashkelon punishes detainees for their hunger strike
PIC 11 Jan 2011 - The international Tadamun foundation said that the administration of Ashkelon prison took punitive measures against Palestinian detainees after they went on hunger strike for two days.
Four Detained in Southern West Bank
IMEMC - 10 Jan 2011 - Monday January 10, 2011 - 13:47, Israeli troops arrested at least four Palestinians in an overnight raid targeting the town of Dura, south of the West Bank, Ma’an News reported.
Rights group: Israeli forces mistreated Hebron detainees
1/10/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A prisoners' support group on Monday said Israeli soldiers mistreated five Palestinians detained in dawn raids on Friday. Israeli forces detained the men the day after their release from Palestinian Authority custody. PA security forces released the men Thursday following an order by President Mahmoud Abbas. The men had been.... Related: Addameer
Lawyer calls for release of sick detainee
1/10/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A detainees' center on Monday called on Israel's prison administration to release a Palestinian detainee suffering from cancer. Akram Mansour, from the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, was detained in 1979 and sentenced to life imprisonment, the center said. According to the center's lawyer, Mansour is....
Israeli forces detain 4 from southern West Bank
1/10/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians overnight, with an arrest raid targeting the southern West Bank town of Dura. Local officials said a number of homes were entered by invading Israeli forces, and identified three of those detained as Yousif Nayef Ar-Rujoub, 20, and son of the Hamas PLC member....
Israel releases 4 detainees
1/10/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday released four Palestinian detainees who had served seven year sentences, the Gaza Prisoners' Affairs Ministry said. The ministry identified the detainees as Muneer Shabear and Hasan Al-Kahlut from northern Gaza, Ahmad Al-Gazawy from Gaza City and Fahed Abu Hasanein from Rafah. They were detained in....
Official report: IOF troops arrested 67 Palestinians since start of 2011
PIC 10 Jan 2011 - A report by the ministry of prisoners in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) had rounded up 67 Palestinians since the start of 2011 ten days ago including 13 minors and 3 fishermen.
PFLP: Israel responsible for detained leader's life
1/9/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Sunday held Israeli authorities responsible for the life of party leader Ahmad Sa'adat. The PFLP Secretary-General and Jamal Abu Al-Haija entered their third week of hunger strike in protest over their treatment by Israeli prison authorities. Israel has kept....
Rights group rejects criticism by Gaza Ministry
1/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian rights group on Saturday rejected claims by Gaza's Interior Ministry that it is not legally competent. The ministry released a statement Saturday slamming the Independent Commission for Human Rights. The statement came in response to a report by the commission claiming the Gaza government mistreated detainees and....
Report: Israeli activist plans to visit Haniyeh
1/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - An Israeli activist plans to visit Gaza Prime Minister Isma'il Haniyeh and urge him to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Israeli media reported Sunday. Shalit was captured by fighters in a cross-border raid in 2006. Hamas is demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel in exchange for....
Gaza ministry slams rights group report
1/8/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's Interior Ministry on Saturday slammed a report by a human rights group claiming six prisoners in the Strip are on hunger strike and in critical condition. In its report, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights said the ministry had refused to allow the organization access to....
Israeli forces detain Palestinian in Jerusalem
1/8/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a 26-year-old Palestinian from A'nata north of Jerusalem, his relatives said,A large force accompanied by undercover units raided the family farm, breaking locks on the doors, and arrested Ahmad Nu'man Hamdan, his sister said. During the raid, livestock escaped and....
Israeli army attacks Silwan, wounds Palestinians
8 Jan 2011 - Silwan, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli  occupation forces carried out yesterday till early hours of today  a raid against Silwan town and detained a number of Palestinian children and youths, using helicopters and sniffer dogs.
PA says it holds Hamas prisoners to keep them safe
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jan 2011 - Palestinian Authority: Hamas said they'd be responsible for released men's safety; Hebron shooting sparks crisis between PA, Hamas.
Fatah prisoners on hunger strike in Gaza
1/7/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights expressed concern Friday over the condition of six Fatah-affiliated men detained by Hamas and held in a Gaza City prison. Families of the prisoners said they had begun the hunger strike one week earlier in an effort to protest the conditions in the prison....
Detainees' parents protest in Bethlehem
1/6/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The parents of Palestinians detained in Israel held a demonstration in Bethlehem on Thursday, calling for an end to the harsh treatment their sons and daughter face in detention facilities. The local Detainees Center held the rally, gathering parents with Fatah officials to a sit-in....
Hamas: PA arrests two members from Ramallah
1/6/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas forces in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining two members of the party from the Ramallah area on Wednesday evening....
Fishermen Abducted off Gaza Port
IMEMC - 5 Jan 2011 - Wednesday January 05, 2011 - 12:08, Israeli navy detained, on Tuesday morning, an unspecified number of Palestinian fishermen who were fishing off the coast of Gaza City, local sources said.
Hebron governor visits Hamas-affiliated detainees
1/5/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Hebron governor Kamil Hamid on Wednesday visited Hamas-affiliated detainees held by Palestinian Authority security services. Hamid told Ma'an he wanted to check up on the prisoners after they partially ended a hunger strike, and to listen to their demands and pass them on to President Mahmoud Abbas. The governor.... Related: Hebron settlers scuffle with local governor
Drug dealer detained in Qalqiliya
1/5/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police on Tuesday arrested a suspected drug dealer in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya. Police said they seized drugs during a raid on the man's barber shop. The investigation is ongoing, a police report said....
PA releases Dahlan-affiliate
1/5/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security services released Wednesday the director of Mohammad Dahlan's office in Ramallah, following his detention five days earlier. Mu'taz Khuder was detained in the course of an investigation by the Fatah Central Committee, the ruling party's top body, into the actions of Dahlan....
Police detain 3 Arab-Israelis suspected of forging cash
1/5/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police on Wednesday detained three men in Hebron accused of possessing forged currency. The men tried to buy a cell phone with a fake 500 shekel note (around $140) in a shop in Halhul, south of Hebron, police said. The shop owner noticed immediately and discreetly called the police....
Khafsh holds IOA responsible for the life of Jordanian detainee
PIC 5 Jan 2011 - The director of the Ahrar center for prisoners' studies and human rights, Fuad Al-Khafsh, held the IOA fully responsible for the life of Jordanian detainee Amjad Al-Sidir.
Prison sources: Dr. Dhoqan's health is steadily deteriorating
PIC 5 Jan 2011 - The health of Al-Najah University lecturer Dr. Ghassan Dhoqan is steadily deteriorating, sources inside the PA Junaid prison in Nablus told the PIC.
VIDEO: B'Tselem worker beaten by Israeli soldier
Palestine Monitor - Two Palestinian family members were beaten and arrested by an Israeli soldier in their own olive grove last November, following an unlawful detainment of their two teenage relatives. Filming for B'Tselem near Susiya in the southern Hebron Hills, 'Aliaa a-Nawaj'ah, 12, and her 14-year old brother...
VIDEO: B'Tselem worker beaten by Israeli soldier
Palestine Monitor: 5 Jan 2011 - Two Palestinian family members were beaten and arrested by an Israeli soldier in their own olive grove last November, following an unlawful detainment of their two teenage relatives. Filming for B'Tselem near Susiya in the southern Hebron Hills, 'Aliaa a-Nawaj'ah, 12, and her 14-year old brother Hamzah were leading their sheep on their own land when, according to 'Aliaa, around 7:30 AM, two soldiers arrived via an army jeep. The soldiers detained the siblings with plastic handcuffs before releasing them. Responding to the soldiers, family members of the siblings came to the farm and, according to B'Tselem: "Among them were Nasser a-Nawaj'ah, a B'Tselem field researcher, and Ahmad a-Nawaj'ah, who volunteers in B'Tselem's camera distribution project. The two soldiers saw Nasser filming the events, went over to him and pushed him, telling him that he was forbidden to be there. As noted, the land belongs to the Nawaj'ah family. The...more
Israeli Army Enter Jenin University Dormitory
IMEMC - 4 Jan 2011 - Tuesday January 04, 2011 - 12:35, Israeli military raided, on Monday, a university dormitory in Jenin, officially in search of wanted Palestinians. One man was briefly detained during the raid.
Israeli forces detain 8 in Nablus village raid
1/4/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained eight Palestinians in a dawn raid on a Nablus village, locals said. Israeli soldiers arrived in Madama village at 2 a. m. and remained in the area until morning, raiding many homes, residents said. An officer with the Palestinian national security services Hussam Nassar was among....
Detainee enters 29th year in Israeli jail
1/4/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An 80-year-old Palestinian on Tuesday entered his 29th year in Israeli detention, the Gaza government Detainees' Ministry said. Sami Younis is considered a Sheikh among detainees due in part to his age, the ministry said. The father-of-five was detained in 1983 and sentenced to life imprisonment....
PA to finance work projects for ex-detainees
1/4/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- In an effort to rehabilitate the hundreds of Palestinians every year who are released from Israeli prison after years in detention, the Palestinian Authority announced a job creation program focusing on providing finances for agricultural projects. The effort, a government statement said, comes as part of an initiative to "assimilate ex-detainees....
8 Palestinians detained by Israeli army in Nablus
4 Jan 2011 - Nablus,(Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces(IOF) detained Tuesday eight Palestinians ,including an officer in the Palestinian national security forces after raiding his house in Madma village ,in the south of Nablus .
Netanyahu makes official request for U.S. to free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard
Palestine Note 4 Jan 2011 - Haaretz - The Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama requesting the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard for humanitarian reasons. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987...
Bardawil: Abbas in political coma
PIC 4 Jan 2011 - Hamas MP Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil has described de facto president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas's denial of having political detainees in the West Bank as a kind of deception.
IOF soldiers detain head of charity committee
PIC 4 Jan 2011 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into and ransacked the home of Sheikh Ahmed Salatna, the director of the Zakat (Alms) committee in Jenin district, before taking him away.
Islamic Jihad concerned over its cadres detained in PA jails
PIC 4 Jan 2011 - The Islamic Jihad movement has expressed concern over the condition of its cadres held in the West Bank jails of de facto president Mahmoud Abbas and his security apparatuses.
Prisoners refuse to break hunger strike without Beitar
PIC 4 Jan 2011 - The four PA prisoners who were transferred to Al-Khalil prison ahead of their full release said they will not end their hunger strike unless the fifth striker Wael al-Beitar joins them.
Bibi snubs Obama but wants to free spy
UPI 12/28/2010
      TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) -- Israel may have refused U.S. President Barack Obama's request to freeze settlements construction in the occupied West Bank but it is still pushing him to free Jonathan Jay Pollard, Israel's most notorious spy.
     Pollard, a U.S. Navy analyst, is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for plundering key U.S. military secrets in the 1980s as an agent of Israel's intelligence establishment.
     Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to officially and publicly appeal to Obama soon to release Pollard, 56, whose spying caused a severe rift between Israel and the United States, following his arrest Nov. 22, 1985. He was convicted in 1987.
     Netanyahu has long championed the Israeli effort to secure Pollard's freedom, which has been a source of constant friction between Israel and its strategic ally.
     For years, Israeli governments denied Pollard, an American Jew and U.S. citizen, was one of their agents. But in 1995 he was given Israeli citizenship and Netanyahu has said that freeing him would help secure support for concessions in peace talks with the Palestinians.
     But U.S. officials say that even with Netanyahu's imprimatur on the Pollard case, it is highly unlikely the spy will be released, in part because of continued Israeli espionage in the United States.
     Pollard, who had top-secret clearance in the Navy, caused immense damage to the United States. He provided Israel's Bureau of Scientific Relations, known by the Hebrew acronym Lakam, with some 800,000 pages of classified intelligence material over 18 months in 1984-85.....
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Israel's Solitary Confinement
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jan 2011 - By Stephen Lendman Social psychologist Hans Toch coined the term 'isolation panic' to describe symptoms he observed in men he interviewed, including panic, rage, a sense of total loss of control, emotional breakdown, regressive behavior, and self-mutilation. He distinguished between difficult but tolerable incarceration and intolerable long-term isolation, how America and Israel treat thousands, subjecting them to barbaric torture. If sustained long enough, it destroys the human spirit, psyche, mind and body. Over time, it causes: -- severe anxiety; -- panic attacks; -- lethargy; -- insomnia; -- nightmares; -- dizziness; -- irrational anger, at time uncontrollable; -- confusion; -- social withdrawal; -- memory and appetite loss; -- delusions and hallucinations; -- mutilations; -- profound despair and hopelessness; -- suicidal thoughts; -- paranoia; and -- for many, a totally dysfunctional state and inability ever to live normally outside of confinement. Prisoner anecdotes describe the experience, saying: -- "People come here with...more
Hamas: 3,000 Members Arrested by P.A. in 2010
IMEMC - 3 Jan 2011 - Monday January 03, 2011 - 13:12, Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said on Sunday that in 2010, Palestinian Authority security forces detained 3,000 Hamas affiliates in the West Bank.
Israeli forces raid Jenin university dorms
1/3/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces briefly detained one man after they entered the a university residence in Jenin, telling students they were searching for wanted Palestinians. Soldiers also erected checkpoints around the city, targeting three Jenin-area villages. Eight military units entered a dorm housing students from the Arab American University, onlookers estimated, but a....
PA transfers detainees from Bethlehem to Hebron
1/3/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A number of detainees in Palestinian Authority custody have been transferred from a detention center in Bethlehem to another in Hebron, at their request. Bethlehem governor Abdul-Fattah Hamayil said the prisoners ended their hunger strike and began drinking liquids before their transfer to Hebron. The decision to transfer the men came....
Disabled prisoner appeals for providing him with wheelchair
PIC 3 Jan 2011 - A Palestinian prisoner suffering disability in his feet has appealed to the Red Cross, prisoners' ministry, and all human rights groups to urgently provide him with a new wheelchair.
Four of the five hunger strikers transferred to Al-Khalil
PIC 3 Jan 2011 - Four of the five PA prisoners who went on hunger strike 45 days ago have been transferred to Al-Khalil, while the fifth remains in Bethlehem.
Report: More than 1,000 Palestinians detained last year in Al-Khalil
PIC 3 Jan 2011 - The Palestinian prisoner society reported that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained more than 1,000 Palestinian citizens in Al-Khalil city last year, including women and children.
IOA accuses five Jerusalemites of planning to fire rockets in holy city
PIC 3 Jan 2011 - The Israeli occupation authority revealed it detained five Jerusalemite citizens last November on allegations of their intention to carry out a rocket attack on Teddy stadium in occupied Jerusalem.
Abu Zuhri asks Al-Jazeera to investigate fabricated report
PIC 3 Jan 2011 - Hamas said on Monday that the report by Al-Jazeera correspondent Jivara Al-Budairi on Sunday about an alleged strike by detainees in Gaza was totally fabricated.
Hamas: PA detained 3,000 members in 2010
1/2/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained 3,000 Hamas affiliates in the West Bank in 2010, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Sunday. At a press conference in Gaza City, Barhoum said 1,404 of those detained by PA forces had served time in Israeli jails, 49 were prominent Hamas leaders, 49 Imams of....
Commission: Reports of Hamas detainee's death are false
1/2/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Commission for Human Rights on Sunday said media reports that a Hamas member died in Palestinian Authority custody were false. Representatives of the commission said they visited Muhannad Neiroukh in a PA prison in Bethlehem, and that he was on hunger strike but in good health....
Israeli forces arrest 2 children in Jerusalem
1/2/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday detained two Palestinian children in Jerusalem's Old City, witnesses said. Khaled Dweik, 6, and his 7-year-old cousin Mohammad Suheil were playing hopscotch in the Bab Al-A'mud area. They were throwing stones as part of the game and accidentally hit an Israeli soldier....
Detainee released after 8 years
1/2/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday released a Palestinian from Tulkarem following eight years in detention. Ibrahim Yasin Mahmoud Yasin ,30, was arrested on January 9, 2003 for affiliation with the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. His brother, Shadi Mahmoud Yasin, is serving a 32-year sentence for affiliation with Hamas' armed....
An open letter from Gaza to Thomas Quasthoff: Do not Forget the Gaza Concentration Camp and “Tell It like It Is!”
Uruknet January 2, 2011 - Dear Mr. Thomas Quasthoff, We are a group of artists, singers, academics and students from Gaza, and our only fault is being Palestinians. For that, Mr. Quasthoff, we are imprisoned with our families and loved ones in what even main-stream Human Rights Organizations call the largest open air prison in modern history. It has come...
Israeli forces arrest 2 children in Jerusalem
Uruknet Janaury 2, 2011 -- Israeli forces on Sunday detained two Palestinian children in Jerusalem's Old City, witnesses said. Khaled Dweik, 6, and his 7-year-old cousin Mohammad Suheil were playing hopscotch in the Bab Al-A'mud area. They were throwing stones as part of the game and accidentally hit an Israeli soldier who then arrested them, locals said...
Center: Escalation in Israeli violations in Jerusalem
Uruknet January 1, 2011 - Israeli violations of human rights in Jerusalem escalated in December, particularly in the Silwan neighborhood, according to a study by a community center. Throughout the month, 13 Palestinians were detained in Silwan including nine minors, according to a report released Saturday by the Wadi Hilwa Information Center. Six of the minors were detained from their...
Hamas holds PA fully responsible for lives of political detainees in its jails
PIC 2 Jan 2011 - The Hamas Movement held the PA and its security forces fully responsible for the lives and safety of all political prisoners in their jails, especially the hunger strikers in Jericho prison.
Center: Escalation in Israeli violations in Jerusalem
1/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli violations of human rights in Jerusalem escalated in December, particularly in the Silwan neighborhood, according to a study by a community center. Throughout the month, 13 Palestinians were detained in Silwan including nine minors, according to a report released Saturday by the Wadi Hilwa Information Center. Six of the minors....
PA detains 20 at Jordan crossing
1/1/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police arrested 20 Palestinians wanted on various criminal charges at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, a weekly round-up of activity at the crossing said. Over 16,000 travelers crossed the border during the week. Entering the West Bank were 6,887, including 125 foreign nationals and....
Hizb Ut Tahrir: PA detained members
1/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hizb Ut-Tahrir accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining at least 100 members during home raids across the West Bank on Saturday. In a statement issued a day earlier, the movement said the PA and the PLO had abandoned the Palestinian cause. Hizb Ut-Tahrir is an international pan-Islamist party seeking the....
Gaza ministry demands release of Hamas member
1/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's Interior Ministry on Saturday demanded the immediate release of Hamas affiliate Ayoub Al-Qawasmi from Palestinian Authority custody. PA security forces detained Al-Qawasmi from the West Bank city of Hebron overnight on Thursday. Al-Qawasmi had been on the PA's "most wanted" list since 1998, according to....
Center: Escalation in Israeli violations in Jerusalem
Uruknet January 1, 2011 - Israeli violations of human rights in Jerusalem escalated in December, particularly in the Silwan neighborhood, according to a study by a community center. Throughout the month, 13 Palestinians were detained in Silwan including nine minors, according to a report released Saturday by the Wadi Hilwa Information Center. Six of the minors were detained from their...
Detainee Nayrukh in clinical death
PIC 1 Jan 2011 - The mother of Muhanad Nayrukh, detained in the PA jails in the West Bank, said on Saturday that her son had entered the stage of clinical death after he was rushed to hospital.


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Adalah
Adalah (Justice in Arabic) is the first non-profit, non-sectarian Palestinian-run legal center in Israel. The main goal of Adalah’s work is to achieve equal rights and minority rights protections for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Addameer
Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Organization: Addameer (conscience) is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution which focuses on human rights issues. Supports Palestinian prisoners, advocates for rights of political prisoners, works to end torture.

Amnesty International
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Arab Association for Human Rights - HRA
The HRA was founded in 1988 to promote and protect the political, civil, economic, and cultural rights of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel and to further the domestic implementation of international human rights principles. It is an independent non-governmental organisation registered in Israel.

Association for Civil Rights in Israel - ACRI
In Hebrew - The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) was founded in 1972 as a non-political and independent body, with the goal of protecting human and civil rights in Israel and in the territories under Israeli control.

B’tselem
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

Boycott Israeli Medical Association
UK: The Medical Committee for Boycott of the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) will document the systematic torture of Palestinian people by agents of Israel. It will publicise the practice in order to bring world opinion to bear on Israel. And it will challenge the Israeli Medical Association which has repeatedly failed to issue advice to doctors who are involved in any way with torture.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an independent legal body based in Gaza City dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law, and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHR-Israel) was established in 1988 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting and protecting the medical human rights of all residents of Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Public Committee Against Torture in Israel - PCATI
An independent human rights organization founded that monitors the implementation conditions in detention centers and continues the struggle against the use of torture in interrogation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.


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