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Detainee on Hunger Strike For 47 Days, To Stop Liquids
IMEMC - Palestinian detainee, Adnan Khader, head of the Islamic Jihad Movement in the West Bank, declared he will be stepping-up his hunger strike that started 47 days ago, by refraining from drinking any sort of liquids. ...

Palestinian Killed in an Iraqi Interrogation Center
IMEMC - Sa’ad Khalil, of the Palestinian-Iraqi Brotherhood Society, stated that the Iraqi security forces killed a Palestinian detainee three days ago, who was undergoing questioning at an interrogation center in Baghdad. ...

Jihad detainee escalates hunger strike
1/31/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Detained Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan says he will now refuse all liquids after 45 days without food to protest his treatment by Israeli authorities, a prisoners group said Tuesday. Adnan stepped up his hunger strike after prison authorities banned the latest visit from his lawyer, the Palestinian detainees center said.... Related: Hunger-striking prisoner transfers hospitals in Israel

Group: Iraq police torture Palestinian to death
1/31/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Iraqi police tortured a Palestinian detainee to death in a Baghdad jail, a Palestinian group in the country told Ma'an on Tuesday. Speaking to Ma'an from Baghdad, Saad Khalil from the Society for Palestinian-Iraqi Brotherhood said Imad Abdul Salam Abu Rabee, 30, died on Saturday in a....

15-year sentence for man who killed uncle
1/31/2012 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian court has sentenced a man from Tulkarem to 15 years in prison for killing his uncle, general prosecution officials said Tuesday. The crime took place in Bala village in Tulkarem in 2004, officials said. The attacker, a 21-year-old who was not otherwise identified, was convicted of shooting his....

PCHR Concerned for the Life of Palestinian Detainee in Israeli Jails Who Has Been on Hunger Strike for about 45 Days
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 31 January 2012

IDF arrests Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit swap
Ha'aretz - 31 Jan 2012

Prison to give infusions to Palestinian on hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - Medical Ethics C'tee instructs Israel Prisons Service to give salt, sugar infusions to Palestinian in "imminent danger of death."

[uruknet.info] Palestinian dies under torture in Iraqi detention
Uruknet January 30, 2012 -- A 30-year-old Palestinian man died in Iraq three days ago as a result of torture and severe beating in an Iraqi jail, his family in Breij refugee camp to the east of Gaza said on Monday. The sources told Safa news agency that Emad Abdulsalam lived in Doura, to the south of...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan at risk of imminent death after 45 days hunger strike
Uruknet Khader Adnan, 34, a Palestinian being held without charge or trial, is at grave risk of death after 45 days of continuous hunger strike, according to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR), whose doctors examined him. In a press release today, PHR stated, citing the World Medical Association, that, after the 42nd day of a hunger strike,...

[uruknet.info] Ismael Mohamad / United Press International Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan at risk of imminent death after 45 days hunger strike
Uruknet Khader Adnan, 34, a Palestinian being held without charge or trial, is at grave risk of death after 45 days of continuous hunger strike, according to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR), whose doctors examined him. In a press release today, PHR stated, citing the World Medical Association, that, after the 42nd day of a hunger strike,...

IPS to break Adnan’s hunger strike by force
PIC - The Israeli prison service has decided to break the hunger strike of detained Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Khader Adnan by force, the Hebrew radio said on Tuesday.

IOF soldiers detain liberated prisoner, Hamas leader among others
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested an ex-prisoner who was liberated in the exchange deal with Hamas movement in Al-Khalil province and a 50-year-old lecturer in Jenin among others on Tuesday.

Tadamun: Israel detained student because of computer engineering graduate project
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14 Palestinians arrested overnight
1/30/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested 14 Palestinians during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, army officials said Monday. The detainees were not immediately identified....

Hearing postponed for Jihad leader on hunger strike
1/30/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court on Monday postponed the hearing of an Islamic Jihad detainee on hunger strike for 44 days. Khader Adnan will now appear at Ofer military court near Ramallah on Wednesday. The Islamic Jihad leader was transferred to an Israeli hospital to receive medical attention by Palestinian doctors after.... Related: Solidarity with Khader Adnan! and Adameer Call To Action: Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa

West Bank couple, deported to Gaza, recount difficult years in Israeli prison
1/30/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Joe Catron, 30 January 2012, The Electronic Intifada - "This is the life of Palestinian people," Obada Saed Bilal said one recent morning."If I hadn't been detained, I would have been wounded or martyred. I was in detention for over nine years, but I still resist. My marriage and university studies are.... Related: Source: Electronic Intifada

[uruknet.info] West Bank couple, deported to Gaza, recount difficult years in Israeli prison
Uruknet January 30, 2012 - "This is the life of Palestinian people," Obada Saed Bilal said one recent morning. "If I hadn't been detained, I would have been wounded or martyred. I was in detention for over nine years, but I still resist. My marriage and university studies are my ways to keep fighting now." Obada and...

Palestinian dies under torture in Iraqi detention
PIC - A 30-year-old Palestinian man died in Iraq three days ago as a result of torture and severe beating in an Iraqi jail, his family in Breij refugee camp to the east of Gaza said on Monday.

Solidarity with Khader Adnan!
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat 1/29/2012
      Khader Adnan, an imprisoned Palestinian activist and a spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad party, has been on an ongoing hunger strike since December 17. He is facing severe health consequences for his 43-day hunger strike and needs international support and solidarity to publicize his case and that of his nearly 5,000 fellow Palestinian political prisoners inside the jails of the Israeli occupation. He was transferred today to a hospital and is continuing to refuse food, awaiting the arrival of two Palestinian doctors. He is currently in a wheelchair because he cannot walk, due to weakness from his hunger strike.
     Addameer details the experience of Khader Adnan with the Israeli occupation. He is currently held under administrative detention (arbitrary detention without charge or trial, based on secret evidence, and renewable indefinitely for repeated periods of up to six months.) Khader Adnan was issued a four-month administrative detention order on January 8, and faces another military court hearing on January 30. This is the eighth time Adnan has been detained, and he has served a total of six years in Israeli prisons - mostly without charge or trial under the administrative detention scheme.
     Addameer reports:
     Khader was arrested on 17 December 2011, when Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) raided his home outside Jenin at 3:30 am. Before entering his house, soldiers used the driver that takes Khader’s father to the vegetable market, Mohammad Mustafa, as a human shield by forcing him to knock on the door of the house and call out Khader’s name while blindfolded. A huge force of soldiers then entered the house shouting. Recognizing Khader immediately, they grabbed him violently in front of his two young daughters and ailing mother. -- See also: Adameer Call To Action: Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa and Hearing postponed for Jihad leader on hunger strike
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Prisoners society to host Ofer court sit-in demo
1/29/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian prisoner's society has asked people to support the detainee Khader Adnan on Monday at 10 a. m. in front of Israel's Ofer military court. Adnan, who was detained on Dec. 17, has been on hunger strike for 42 days to protest his treatment by Israeli....

Israeli forces detain 3 near Hebron
1/29/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in the Hebron district early Sunday, locals told Ma'an. Soldiers raided Beit Ummar at dawn, detaining two people, spokesman of the town's popular committee Mohammad Ayyad Awad told Ma'an. Forces ransacked the house of Fathi Fakhri Ikhlil and ordered him....

Detention of Palestinian political prisoners
1/29/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Shazia Arshad, 29 January 2012, Middle East Monitor - FACT SHEET - As candidates prepared for elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 2006, the Israeli authorities began a campaign of detention and imprisonment to thwart the growing move towards democracy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Israeli authorities began to arrest members of Hamas.... Related: Source: MEMO and Fact Sheet (PDF)

[uruknet.info] Detention of Palestinian political prisoners
Uruknet January 29, 2012 - As candidates prepared for elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 2006, the Israeli authorities began a campaign of detention and imprisonment to thwart the growing move towards democracy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Israeli authorities began to arrest members of Hamas: 450 were detained in 2005 to prevent their...

Relatives praise Fogel family murderer on Palestinian TV
YNet News, 29 Jan 2012 - Mother, aunt of Palestinian who took part in Itamar massacre appear on show focusing on prisoners held in Israel ....

Tadamun: Israel detained student because of his graduate project
PIC - The international Tadamun society for human rights said the Israeli occupation forces detained about one month ago a university student from Tulkarem city because of his graduate research project.

Israeli soldiers arrest wife of prisoner
PIC - Israeli soldiers arrested the wife of a Palestinian prisoner who was on her way to visit him on Sunday, the Palestinian prisoner’s association said.

Lawyer: Health condition of Sheikh Adnan serious
PIC - A lawyer visiting detained Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Adnan Khader have said that his health condition was very serious after 43 days of hunger strike.

[uruknet.info] Profile of a Rogue State
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - ...On January 22, London Guardian writer Harriet Sherwood headlined, "The Palestinian children - alone and bewildered - in Israel's Al Jalame" Prison, saying: Young children are physically and verbally abused. It's nightmarish. Cell 36 and others like it are "where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks....

Man marks 28th year in Israeli jail
1/27/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man marked his 28th year behind bars in Israel on Thursday, a detainees center said. Muhammad Ahmad Al-Tous, 57, was detained by Israeli forces in 1985, and imprisoned for life for his involvement in resistance groups. The forces opened fire on his car as a group of resistance fighters....

PA forces 'arrest 5 settlers in Nablus'
1/27/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained five Israeli settlers in the northern West Bank in the early hours of Friday morning, officials said. The settlers, who hold US passports, tried to enter Joseph's Tomb, the site where some believe the biblical figure Joseph was buried, Palestinian officials told Ma'....

Minister of Detainees Calls for Boycott of Military Courts
IMEMC - Palestinian Minister of Detainees in the West Bank, Issa Qaraqe’, called for the boycotting of all Israeli military courts for their repeated rulings that confine thousands of detainees under administrative orders without filing any official indictments against them. ...

9 detainees injured in Israeli prison fire
1/26/2012 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinian detainees were injured on Thursday after a fire broke out in the Israeli jail Maasiyahu, Israeli media reported. One prisoner was in a critical condition and two others were in a serious condition after detainees set fire to a mattress in the prison near Ramla, the Israeli....

Family of Abulhaija denounces IOA for extending his isolation for one year
PIC - Family members of Palestinian prisoner Sheikh Jamal Abhulhaija have denounced the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for extending his solitary confinement for one more year.

Testimonies from the Heart of Darkness
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Jan 2012 - By Tamar Fleishman – The West Bank 'This place is the carbuncle on the ass of the occupation,' said Dalit Baum as the gates of Ofer prison closed behind us. The Palestinian residents of the West Bank, who had been living under occupation for over forty years and are deprived of their basic rights, are brought to justice in military courts. This entire legal system- investigators, prosecutors and judges- is comprised of men and women, in uniform, who are subordinated to and serve, not the principles of justice and law, but the mechanism of the occupation. Ofer prison/detention center/court sits on Palestinian lands that had been confiscated from their owners. For some months I sat in court and documented what was taking place there. I had witnessed the attempts of the system to create an illusion of a court house that concurs to the articles of the treaties and the...more

Speaker Of Palestine Parliament Receives Six Months Administrative Detention
IMEMC - The Israeli Military Court at the Ofer Israeli prison, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, decided to imprison the elected head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Dr. Aziz Dweik, to six months administrative detention, an illegal arbitrary imprisonment ruling made by a military court. ...

Security forces clash with Bethlehem camp residents
1/25/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained two men from Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem on Wednesday after clashes broke out between residents. A dispute between a landlord and his tenants is thought to have sparked the clashes. Residents threw stones at security forces who tried to intervene in the incident, a Ma....

Letters: Child prisoners in Israel's jails
The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 - We applaud Harriet Sherman for bringing the violation of Palestinian children's rights to the attention of your readers ( Alone and bewildered, the boy in Cell 36 , 23 January). We recently visited Jerusalem and the West Bank...

Marwan Barghouti, jailed Palestinian leader, makes rare court appearance - video
The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 - Marwan Barghouti, sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli court for the murder of Israeli civilians in 2002, makes a rare court appearance as a witness in another case

[uruknet.info] Testimonies from the Heart of Darkness
Uruknet January 25, 2012 - 'This place is the carbuncle on the ass of the occupation,' said Dalit Baum as the gates of Ofer prison closed behind us. The Palestinian residents of the West Bank, who had been living under occupation for over forty years and are deprived of their basic rights, are brought to justice in...

Prisoner’s Club Condemns Mistreatment of Fatah Leader in Court
WAFA - 13:29-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) - The Palestinian Prisoner's Club (PPC) Wednesday condemned Israeli police mistreatment of jailed Fatah lawmaker, Marwan Barghouti, during an appearance in court. A ...

Hamas MP detained for six months
BBC 25 Jan 2012 - An Israeli military court orders Hamas MP Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian parliament, to be held without trial for six months, his lawyer says.

Residents Detained in Hebron
IMEMC - On Tuesday Morning, the Israeli army kidnapped two Hebron residents near Ibrahim Mosque, and moved them to undisclosed location, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, reported. ...

Dr. Dweik Receives Six Months Administrative Detention
IMEMC - The Israeli Military Court at the Ofer Israeli prison, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, decided to imprison the elected head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Dr. Aziz Dweik, to six months administrative detention. ...

Israeli forces seize MP in Ramallah
1/24/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained Palestinian lawmaker Abul Jabbar Fuqaha from his Ramallah home on Tuesday morning, the fourth MP from a Hamas-affiliated party seized by Israel in five days. Early Tuesday, Israeli soldiers ransacked Fuqaha's home in the Al-Maysoun neighborhood of West Bank city Ramallah, before detaining the lawmaker. Fuqaha.... Related: Erekat: MP detentions exposes Israel approach to peace and Inter-Parliamentary Union meets on MPs held by Israel

IOF Arrest Patient at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in the Northern Gaza Strip; PCHR Fears he is Subjected to Torture,
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 23 January 2012

Watch: Palestinian teens open fire on Israeli car
YNet News, 24 Jan 2012 - Security forces detain several West Bank Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks on troops, civilians ....

Red Cross urged to uncover fate of Palestinian detainee
PIC - The prisoners' center for studies appealed to the Red Cross to work on uncovering the fate of a Palestinian prisoner from Jenin who has been barred from seeing his family for about seven months.

IOF troops arrest two Palestinian boys
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained two Palestinian minors on Monday in the Yatta village of Al-Khalil, local sources said.

Detained Jihad leader to continue hunger strike until his release
PIC - Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Adnan Khader has vowed to continue in his hunger strike in Israeli custody until his release, a lawyer for the Palestinian prisoner’s association said on Monday.

Patient Kidnapped At Erez Terminal
IMEMC - PCHR is Concerned over Subjecting Him to Torture The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns arresting a Palestinian patient from the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing. The patient was heading to a hospital in the West Bank for medical treatment. PCHR is concerned that he may be subjected to torture, especially as he was supposed to undergo a surgery. ...

Two More Legislators Detained By The State of Israel
IMEMC - The State of Israel raided on Monday the Jerusalem headquarters of the International Red Cross and detained two Palestinian members of parliament. ...

9 Palestinians Detained in Pre-Dawn Raids
IMEMC - Nine Palestinian men have been detained in pre-dawn raids on Monday across the West Bank. ...

Trial Of Dr. Dweik Delayed Until Tuesday
IMEMC - The Israeli “Ofer” Military Court, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, decided Sunday to stay the deliberations on the case of the detained head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, until this coming Tuesday. ...

Israel detains 2 more lawmakers
1/23/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday detained two Palestinian MPs during a raid on the Jerusalem headquarters of the International Red Cross. Mohammad Tawtah and former Jerusalem affairs' minister Khalid Abu Arafa are being questioned by Israeli police on suspicion of conducting "Hamas activities inside Jerusalem," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told....

Israeli forces seize MP, former minister in Jerusalem
1/23/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided a Red Cross building in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied east Jerusalem and arrested a Palestinian lawmaker and a former minister, onlookers said.... Related: Israel detains 2 more lawmakers

PCHR is Concerned over Subjecting Him to Torture, IOF Arrest Patient at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in the Northern Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 23 January 2012

Internationalizing the plight of Palestinian prisoners
Ameer Makhoul, Alternative Information Center 1/22/2012
      Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian political prisoner who has been held in Israel jail since April 2010 explains why the issue of Palestinian political prisoners must be embraced by the international community. The success of internationalization can be gauged by the extent to which the issue or question concerned becomes a global concern. It means creating a situation on the ground which makes it impossible for the international system to continue shirking responsibility, or colluding with a dominant or powerful party in usurping the rights of a weaker victim. International mechanisms can then be brought into play to support the restoration of the victim’s rights and enforce compliance on the violator.
     In such cases, justice is the victim’s most potent weapon to offset the power and repressive force of the dominant party — in this case, the racist colonial regime of Israel.
     But there is a basic rule that has been proven and reaffirmed by every popular revolution and liberation movement: it is not sufficient for a group or people to be victims of injustice to earn the world’s solidarity. For the world to support them, these victims must not only be conscious of and committed to their rights but more importantly, they must resist their oppression and oppressors. The victims’ own steadfastness, defiance and struggle is key to transforming international sympathy into solidarity, in the sense of effective political action with a strategic horizon.
     Internationalization lies essentially and primarily in activating and sustaining global popular solidarity, as well as acting to encourage official international bodies to assume their responsibilities.
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Soldiers raid community center, arrest local activist
1/22/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Soldiers ransacked the office of a Palestinian community center in Hebron on Saturday and arrested the coordinator of a local coalition group. Issa Amr, leader of a group called Youth Against Settlements, was blindfolded and detained." Soldiers took me to a military base in Tel Rumeida, they handcuffed and blindfolded me....

[uruknet.info] The situation facing Palestinian children detained in the Israeli military detention system (January 2012)
Uruknet [21 January 2012] - Today DCI-Palestine submitted a report to the UN - In their own Words: A report on the situation facing Palestinian children detained in the Israeli military court system (January 2012). The report is the third six-monthly submission lodged by DCI-Palestine with the UN in which the situation facing Palestinian children from the...

[uruknet.info] Al-Ashqar: "26 Elected Legislators Currently Imprisoned By Israel"
Uruknet Saturday January 21, 2012 - Palestinian Researcher, specialized in detainees' affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, reported that the number of elected Palestinian legislators currently imprisoned by Israel arrived to 26 after Israel kidnapped on Friday the head of the Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, and Legislator Khaled Tafesh. Dweik was kidnapped after being held for two hours at...

Qalqilya woman: I felt like Palestinian prisoners
YNet News, 22 Jan 2012 - Young woman locked up by her father in bathroom for nine years tells Qalqilya welfare department of horrors of imprisonment, reveals family knew she was being held and did nothing ....

Hamas prisoners in Askalan to go on hunger strike
PIC - Hamas prisoners in the Israeli jail of Askalan have declared they would go on hunger strike twice weekly to demand improvement of harsh incarceration conditions.

Al-Ashqar: “26 Elected Legislators Currently Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC - Palestinian Researcher, specialized in detainees’ affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, reported that the number of elected Palestinian legislators currently imprisoned by Israel arrived to 26 after Israel kidnapped on Friday the head of the Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, and Legislator Khaled Tafesh. ...

Egypt detains 3 Palestinians using tunnels to enter Sinai
1/21/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian Army forces arrested three Palestinians attempting to enter the Sinai peninsula via underground tunnels. Security sources in Egypt said the suspects confessed to trying to enter the peninsula via tunnels underneath Rafah....

PFLP: PLC should convene after MP arrests
1/21/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday that the best response to Israel's arrest of the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council is to hold a council session. Israeli forces on Thursday detained Hamas-affiliated parliament speaker Aziz Dweik at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem....

[uruknet.info] A Palestinian detainee at Risk: Ongoing Hunger Strike Since December 17
Uruknet January 20, 2012 - If you have the power, you can abuse it and no one will say a word in protest. At least this is the case for Israel, which openly violates international law and human rights feeling secure that one will stop it. But Khader Adnan, a detainee from Jenin, has decided not to...

UFree: Deterrence against Israel needed to stop arresting Palestinian MPs
PIC - The European Network to Support the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners (UFree) has described the Israeli arrest of Palestinian parliament speaker Dr. Aziz Dweik and another MP as “serious escalation .

A detainee at risk: Ongoing hunger strike since December 17
Shahd Abusalama, Electronic Intifada 1/21/2012
      If you have the power, you can abuse it and no one will say a word in protest. At least this is the case for Israel, which openly violates international law and human rights feeling secure that one will stop it.
     But Khader Adnan, a detainee from Jenin, has decided not to stay silent and accept injustices against him and his fellow prisoners. He is battling armed jailers with his only weapon: his empty stomach. Khader started hunger striking the day of his arrest, December 18, to protest the unjust administrative detention he is serving and the indescribable cruelty he has experienced since then.
     My father’s experience of being an administrative detainee
     It’s worth mentioning that administrative detention is a procedure the Israeli military uses to hold detainees indefinitely on secret evidence without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Over 300 Palestinian political prisoners are serving this term now, and tens of thousands of Palestinians have experienced administrative detention since 1967.
     My father served this term three times. Previously, he had been sentenced to seven lifetimes plus ten years, but released in the 1985 prisoner exchange after serving thirteen. As I read about Khader’s story in a report by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, stories about Dad’s experiences in Israeli prisons came back to me.
     The last time it happened, a month after I was born in 1991, was the hardest. My mother told me how I came into this life where safety, peace, and justice are not guaranteed. ”In the middle of the night, a huge force of armed Israeli soldiers suddenly broke into our home, damaging everything before them....
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Israel’s Immigration Plan for ‘Ethnically Pure’ Bunker State
Jonathan Cook, Intifada-Palestine 1/20/2012
      The wheel is turning full circle. Last week the Israeli parliament updated a 59-year-old law originally intended to prevent hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees from returning to the land from which they had been expelled as Israel was established.
     The purpose of the draconian 1954 Prevention of Infiltration Law was to lock up any Palestinian who managed to slip past the snipers guarding the new state’s borders. Israel believed only savage punishment and deterrence could ensure it maintained the overwhelming Jewish majority it had recently created through a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
     Fast-forward six decades and Israel is relying on the infiltration law again, this time to prevent a supposedly new threat to its existence: the arrival each year of several thousand desperate African asylum seekers.
     As it did with the Palestinians many years ago, Israel has criminalised these new refugees – in their case, for fleeing persecution, war or economic collapse. Whole families can now be locked up, without a trial, for three years while a deportation order is sought and enforced, and Israelis who offer them assistance risk jail sentences of up to 15 years.
     Israel’s intention is apparently to put as many of these refugees behind bars as possible, and dissuade others from following in their footsteps.
     To cope, officials have approved the building of an enormous detention camp, operated by Israel’s prison service, to contain 10,000 of these unwelcome arrivals. That will make it the largest holding facility of its kind in the world – according to Amnesty International, it will be three times bigger than the next largest, in the much more populous Texas.
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Creating American Terrorists
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Jan 2012 - By Philip Giraldi - CNI Defenders of the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act, which declares the entire world to be a 'battlefield' against terrorism and authorizes the U.S. military to detain indefinitely anyone suspected of being a terrorism supporter, have claimed that the White House will only use its new power carefully and with due process. Opponents note that the White House has never hesitated to use any new authority, no matter how outrageous, and that the trend of law enforcement and security agencies is to expand on powers granted, not to rein them in or limit them. The track record of the Obama administration on civil liberties is particularly bad, as it has broadened its definition of war powers, reneged on its promise to close Guantanamo Prison, and supported numerous dubious terrorism prosecutions. It has also become adept at silencing critics through the repeated exploitation of the state-secrets...more

Israeli forces 'detain PLC head' at checkpoint
1/19/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday detained the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Dweik at a checkpoint near Jerusalem, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded Dweik and took him to an unknown destination, witnesses told Ma'an. An Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment on the report. Some....

Israeli forces detain 3 men near Gaza airport
1/19/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians on Thursday by the disused Gaza airport near Rafah, the Israeli army and locals said. Witnesses told Ma'an that special Israeli forces detained Akram and Ismail al-Soufi near the Yasser Arafat International Airport in southern Gaza. An Israeli army spokesman said that early....

Abbas presents award to Israeli human rights lawyer
1/19/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday awarded a medal of excellence to Israeli human rights lawyer Felicia Langer. Langer received the prize in recognition for her role in defending Palestinian prisoners and her struggle to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the official news agency Wafa reported. The ceremony took place in....

Israeli undercover agents wound 3 Palestinians, detain 2 children in Aiswayia
PIC - Israeli undercover agents stormed Aisawiya village in occupied Jerusalem and fired at civilians, wounding three young men, and detained two children.

IOF soldiers detain seven Palestinians
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up seven Palestinian citizens in the West Bank at dawn Thursday and stormed homes in Al-Khalil.

Israeli army says 12 arrested overnight
1/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops arrested 12 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday, a military spokesman said. He said three each were seized in Deir Estiya and Qalandiya, two each from Beit Ummar and Yatma, and one each from Awarta and al-Arrub villages. Three of the detainees were identified by the mayor....

IPU calls on Israel to stop detaining Palestinian MPs
1/18/2012 - GENEVA (Ma'an) -- The International Parliamentary Union on Monday called on Israel to stop detaining Palestinian MPs. The IPU committee on the human rights of parliamentarians discussed the cases of elected officials held in Israeli jails during a meeting in Geneva on Saturday. Some 20 Hamas MPs are held in Israeli prisons in administrative....

Report: EU calls on Israel to release pre-Oslo prisoners
1/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- European Union officials have called on the Israeli government to release Palestinian prisoners detained before the Oslo Accords, Israeli daily Maariv reported on Wednesday. The Hebrew language paper said that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to arrive in the region next week to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to....

Islamic Jihad calls for saving life of detainee Khader
PIC - Islamic Jihad movement has called on local and international human rights groups to immediately act to save the life of its detained leader Adnan Khader who has been on hunger strike for 31 days.

Waging liberation in and outside Israel's prison walls
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jan 2012 - Ameer Makhoul The Electronic Intifada Gilboa Prison The official Palestinian position on the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails serves to undermine their cause, which is a central component of the Palestinian people’s liberation struggle, comments Ameer Makhoul from Gilboa prison.more

The Afghan Dust is Settling
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jan 2012 - By Eric Walberg – Cairo Scarcely a word is heard about foreign affairs amid US election talk, despite the many fires around the world that the US military is either stoking or trying to douse -- depending on your point of view. Other than Republican contender Ron Paul -- not a serious candidate for the mainstream -- no one questions the plans for war on Iran, Israel’s continued expansion in the Occupied Territories, or US plans to end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The problem is that decisions about these vital American policies are not for mere presidents or presidential hopefuls to mull over. The one principled decision that US President Barack Obama made, his first upon coming to office, was to announce that he would close Guantanamo Bay prison within a year. After all, he had voted against his predecessor’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq, and it was on this...more

[uruknet.info] 10 Years in Prison, 10 Years of Struggle: On the Anniversary of the Abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat
Uruknet January 16, 2012 - January 15, 2012 is the 10th anniversary of the abduction of Palestinian political leader Ahmad Sa'adat by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah at the hands of the PA intelligence services headed by Tawfiq Tirawi. Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been imprisoned for ten...

Prisoner society: Palestinian detainees still denied proper medical treatment
PIC - The Palestinian prisoner society said the Israeli prison administrations persist in not providing Palestinian jailed patients with the appropriate medical treatment.

IOF soldiers detain two youths for allegedly planning resistance attack
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained two Palestinian young men near the Salem army base to the north of Jenin on Monday claiming they were planning an attack on the base.

Palestinian prisoners in Askalan launch single day hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Askalan jail have gone on a single day hunger strike on Tuesday to protest their bad incarceration conditions.

The Shining Torch
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 1/13/2012
      Israel's Newest Political Sensation
     “SHINING TORCH” sounds like the name of a Red Indian (or should I say Native American?) chief. In Hebrew, it is the literal meaning of the name of our latest political sensation: Ya’ir Lapid.
     This week, he announced his intention to enter politics and set up a new political party.
     Hardly a surprise. For many months now, speculation has been rife. Lapid has hinted more than once about his intention, giving the impression that he would act on it only close to election time. That was clever, since he was the most popular news anchorman on the most popular TV channel. Why give up a post that gives you unique public exposure (and pays a handsome salary to boot)?
     Now he has been told by his employers, probably under political pressure, to choose: either/or – TV or politics.
     Some 2061 years ago, Julius Caesar crossed the little river Rubicon to march on Rome, exclaiming “iacta alea est” – the die has been cast. Lapid is no Caesar and does not speak Latin, but his feeling must have been much the same.
     A day later, another well-known personality, Noam Shalit, threw a second die. The father of Gilad, the captured soldier who was exchanged for 1027 Palestinian prisoners, has announced that he will run for the Knesset on the Labor party list. After five years leading the immensely popular campaign for his son’s release, he has decided to put to political use his rise from anonymity to celebrity status.
     A whole series of exes – ex-generals, ex-Mossad chiefs, ex-CEOs – are waiting for their turn.
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Palestinian sentenced to five life terms for murder of Israeli settler family
IMEMC - A Palestinian teen charged with stabbing to death an Israeli family, including a baby, in the illegal settlement of Itamar in March 2011 , was sentenced on Monday to five life terms in Israeli prison camps. ...

P.A Security Attack, Arrest Palestinian For Participating In Protest
IMEMC - Ad-Dameer, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, issued a press release denouncing the Palestinian Security Forces for arresting and attacking a Palestinian youth on Sunday, for participating in a non-violent protest denouncing the Palestinian-Israeli talks in Amman. ...

Israel raids refugee camp, arrests Jenin man
1/16/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, locals said. Jamal Mahdi was seized after soldiers ransacked his and a number of other homes in the northern city, onlookers said. Forces also surrounded the Jenin refugee camp from all sides and raided homes....

[uruknet.info] P.A Security Attack, Arrest Palestinian For Participating In Protest
Uruknet January 16, 2012 - Ad-Dameer, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, issued a press release denouncing the Palestinian Security Forces for arresting and attacking a Palestinian youth on Sunday, for participating in a non-violent protest denouncing the Palestinian-Israeli talks in Amman. The protest was held in the central West Bank city of Ramallah; the security...

Tadamun: IOA blackmailing prisoner
PIC - The IOA has tried to blackmail a Palestinian prisoner into accepting deportation in return for his freedom, the international Tadamun foundation for human rights said on Monday.

Hamas: PA arrested over 800 members in 2011
1/15/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas said Sunday that Palestinian Authority security services in the West Bank had detained 805 members from the Islamic movement in 2011. A report by the party said that 350 people detained by the PA were prisoners freed from Israeli jails and eight were journalists. The highest detention rate was....

[uruknet.info] Israel soldiers detain 2 Palestinians after assault by settlers
Uruknet January 14, 2012 -- Israeli forces detained two young Palestinian men in central Hebron on Friday night, after witnesses said they were attacked by Israeli settlers. Settlers from nearby outposts assaulted the men as they crossed al-Shuhada street in the center of the southern West Bank city, eyewitnesses said. Israeli soldiers patrolling the area detained the...

Tadamun: IOF soldiers detain 14 Palestinians at roadblocks since start of 2012
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have detained 14 Palestinians at roadblocks in the West Bank since the start of 2012 including three women, the international Tadamun foundation said on Sunday.

Human rights group calls for ending ban on visits to Gaza prisoners
PIC - The Ansar Al-Asra human rights group has urged the Red Cross and international institutions to pressure the Israeli government into allowing family visits to the Gaza prisoners.

Soldiers detain 2 Palestinians after assault by settlers
1/14/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two young Palestinian men in central Hebron on Friday night, after witnesses said they were attacked by Israeli settlers. Settlers from nearby outposts assaulted the men as they crossed al-Shuhada street in the center of the southern West Bank city, eyewitnesses said. Israeli soldiers patrolling the area detained....

My latest episode with PA security
Khaled Amayreh in Hebron, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/12/2012
      While political leaders talk of reconciliation, political prisoners keep mounting at the hands of Palestinian Authority security forces.
     This is not the first time I've been subject to harassment at the hands of Palestinian Authority (PA) security operatives. On several occasions in the past I was abused and imprisoned by these agencies. In one episode in 2009, I was made to sleep in a rancid cell after reporting that PA police were blocking and brutally suppressing demonstrations against Israel in protest against its 2008-09 onslaught against the Gaza Strip.
     I thought the Arab Spring would convince the PA security apparatus to abandon or at least alleviate their police state tactics against dissent and show more respect for human rights and civil liberties. However, it seems that the PA, as far as its treatment of its people goes, remains largely unchanged. Old habits die hard, it seems.
     The truth of the matter is that most of the PA security agencies remain deeply uneasy about anything relating to Hamas. Indeed, it is no exaggeration that the security agencies have come to consider Hamas the first enemy, while Israel is a distant second on the list. This is due to the intensive indoctrination the security apparatus has been subject to ever since the ousting of Fatah by Hamas from Gaza in 2007.
     A few years ago, one PA security commander told his Israeli "counterpart" during a "coordination meeting" at the Israeli Civil Administration headquarters at Beit El near Ramallah, that "we are not enemies, but allies, and our common enemy is Hamas." The conversation was reported by an Israeli journalist who attended the meeting.
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Israeli forces detain 3 in Nabi Saleh
1/13/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided Nabi Saleh village in the central West Bank early Friday, detaining three Palestinians, officials and residents said. Dozens of soldiers closed the entrance to the village, declaring it a closed military zone, and raided several houses using police dogs, witnesses told Ma'an. The forces damaged a....

Area C - The next battle ground for Palestinians
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 1/12/2012
      A few months ago, a group of six Palestinian residents of Ramallah decided to take a bus ride to Jerusalem. This was no ordinary ride. The Israeli government-funded bus they boarded links West Bank Jewish settlements to Jerusalem and Israel.
     The trip on this settler-only bus that travels on Palestinian roads did not last long. At the entrance of Jerusalem near the Palestinian village of Hizma, the Palestinian riders were forcibly taken off the bus and detained.
     The Palestinian passengers, who made no effort to hide their identity or nationality, called themselves "freedom riders". They told the press covering their trip that their nonviolent actions were inspired by civil rights activists in the United States who use the same name, and that they aimed to expose discriminatory Israeli rules in Palestinian areas.
     The original Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the supreme court decisions of Boynton vs. Virginia (1960) and Morgan vs. Virginia. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, DC, on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17. They never made it to their destination.
     Palestinians took their nonviolent protest one step further this week. On January 9, Palestinians using their cars attempted to travel on the same Israeli-only Palestinian roads and again ended up facing Israeli soldiers who arrested five. Unlike the freedom riders, the car protesters got little press coverage, although they were well covered on social media using the hashtag #carprotest.
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Soldiers raid office, home of detained journalist
1/12/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces on Thursday confiscated computers, mobile phones and camera memory cards from the office and home of a Palestinian journalist. Soldiers raided Amin Abu Warda's office in Nablus at 3 a. m. , his colleague Atef Doughlas told Ma'an, and confiscated several items, including a work....

Masada unit storms Negev prison cells of Hamas, Jihad prisoners
PIC - Israeli Masada unit soldiers stormed ward 9 of the Negev prison where Hamas and Islamic Jihad affiliates are held on Wednesday, the prisoners’ studies center said.

IOA confiscates cultivated land lot in Bethlehem, detain three including child
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) confiscated a cultivated land lot in Khader village south of Bethlehem at the pretext of constructing a road to serve a nearby settlement.

IOF soldiers storm home, office of detained journalist
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) smashed their way into the home of detained journalist Amin Abu Warda in Nablus before dawn Thursday and wreaked havoc in their search of the house.

Four Palestinian Detained in Nablus and Hebron
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday, four Palestinian, including two 17-year-olds, in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Hebron, the Maan News Agency reported. ...

Israel 'confiscates PA tent delivery'
1/10/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) --Israel on Tuesday confiscated 75 tents belonging to the Palestinian Authority and detained drivers delivering the tents, ministers said. Israeli forces confiscated five vehicles delivering the tents to residents of Khan al-Ahmar near Jericho, the PA cabinet said in a statement. The drivers of the vehicle and employees of the company....

[uruknet.info] Video: Israelis arrested in Nabi Saleh subjected to "Palestinian" treatment by occupation soldiers
Uruknet January 9, 2012 - The kidnap, detention and torture of Palestinians, especially children, at the hands of Israeli occupation forces is a routine practice in the West Bank. It is more rare for Israelis - who enjoy racial privileges under Israel's apartheid system - to be given the "Palestinian" treatment. Yet a video and written account...

Nablus families demand release of their relatives from Juneid jail
PIC - The families of political detainees in Nablus city staged a sit-in on Monday to demand the Palestinian authority and its security forces to release their relatives from Al-Juneid jail.

IOF troops storm Nablus village, detain minor
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village of Sebastia to the north west of Nablus on Tuesday and detained a minor in one of its streets, local sources said.

Israeli forces detain woman at Ramallah crossing
1/9/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman at Beituniya crossing near Ramallah on Monday morning, after officials said they found a knife in her possession. An Israeli army spokeswoman said "border police uncovered a 30cm knife, which they confiscated and she was handed over to police....

[uruknet.info] IOF soldiers detain university student, 10-year-old child
Uruknet January 8, 2012-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained two Palestinian university students after one of them managed to make a kite with an engine that successfully flew in the air as part of an experiment in his engineering faculty in Tulkarem. Local sources said that IOF soldiers broke into the home of Ali Takatka, 19, in...

Israel releases 4 Gaza fishermen 'detained at sea'
1/8/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces released four Palestinian fishermen early Sunday, after they were detained off the coast of the Gaza Strip a day earlier. Israeli forces fired at their fishing boat off Rafah shores in southern Gaza, and forced the men to swim to an Israeli gunboat on Saturday morning, the Palestinian....

Israel detains 4 at Jenin checkpoint
1/8/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained four Palestinians crossing through a Jenin checkpoint on Sunday morning, officials said. The men were seized at the Salem military checkpoint north of Jenin, where they attempted to enter Israel, an Israeli army spokesman said. In their possession were 11 pipe bombs, ammunition, a knife and a pistol....

[uruknet.info] Marwan Barghouti: Prisoner of Conscience
Uruknet January 8, 2012 - May 3, 2002, during the second Intifada, Israel conducted Operation Defensive Shield. Before Cast Lead, it was its largest military operation since June 1967 when Israel occupied Palestine. On September 23, 2001, a warrant was issued for Barghouti's arrest. On April 14, 2002, he was arrested on spurious charges of murder, aiding...

[uruknet.info] 160 Palestinian prisoners suffering chronic diseases
Uruknet January 7, 2012 -- The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails suffering from chronic diseases has reached 160 out of 500 sick prisoners and the number is on the rise, the Palestinian prisoner's association said. The association said in a statement on Saturday that the 160 prisoners are either plagued with cancer, diabetes, or hypertension,...

Hamas, Fatah to swap prisoners: coordinator
Daily Star 8 Jan 2012 The two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, have agreed on a prisoner swap, an official involved in ongoing reconciliation talks told AFP on Saturday.

Palestinian nabbed with 11 explosive devices
YNet News, 8 Jan 2012 - Palestinian detained in possession of improvised gun, commando knife and ammunition. Man, three others suspected of aiding him, taken in for questioning ....

IOF soldiers round up 3 citizens in Al-Khalil after campaign on the province
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained three Palestinian citizens in Al-Khalil province at dawn Sunday amidst a rabid campaign that targeted various villages in the region.

IOF soldiers detain university student, 10-year-old child
PIC - Israeli occupation forces detained two Palestinian university students after one of them managed to make a kite with an engine as part of an experiment in his engineering faculty in Tulkarem.

Palestinians and international solidarity activists detained 5 hours in Hebron
1/7/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Aaron, 7 January 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Friday night, Israeli soldiers at Checkpoints 56 and Gilbert in the town of Al Khalil (Hebron) detained Palestinian and International Solidarity Movement activists for a total of five hours for unexplained reasons. The detainees, a mix of activists and community members, were held for hours....

160 Palestinian prisoners suffering chronic diseases
PIC - The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails suffering from chronic diseases has reached 160 out of 500 sick prisoners and the number is on the rise.

IOA refuses to allow treatment of cancer-plagued detainee
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is refusing to allow treatment of Naim Natshe, who is plagued with cancer, ever since his detention more than seven months ago, his wife said.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation
Uruknet January 5, 2012 - DCI/Palestine "is a national section of the international non-government child rights organisation and movement (dedicated) to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children," according to international law principles. On December 28, it submitted a complaint to several UN authorities titled, "The use of solitary confinement on Palestinian children held in Israeli...

[uruknet.info] Urgent Appeal: Palestinian children held in solitary confinement in Israeli detention facilities
Uruknet January 5, 2012 - Since 2008, DCI-Palestine has documented 38 cases in which children have been held in solitary confinement at the Al Jalame, Petah Tikva and Al Mascobiyya interrogation centres, as well as in Askelan prison. These facilities are located inside Israel and are jointly operated and/or controlled by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and...

The Slow Death of Adham Baroud: Welcome to Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Jan 2012 - By Mahmoud El-Yousseph A baby fighting for his life. Parents are panic stricken. Doctors desperate for help. Permission to get medical help denied. Welcome to Gaza! The world’s largest open air prison in the world, with a population of 1.7 million Palestinians, 50% of which are children under the age of 18 years old. 80% of the population living on less than $2 per day with unemployment at 45%. Desperately needed medical supplies not being allowed in. Thanks to Tel Aviv and Cairo, Gazans are denied to get in or out of the strip, not even the mail. The illegal Israeli siege on Gaza continues to take innocent lives daily. Adham Baroud was the latest casualty. A seven month old baby who died on December 26th in a slow and painful death from renal failure when he could be easily treated. On December 1, Adham was referred to Israel for...more

Qaraqe Calls For Campaign to End Shalit’s Laws
PNN - PNN On Thursday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, called for an international law campaign to end Shalit’s law group. He discussed and expressed this during his meeting with a...

[uruknet.info] "Sometimes I feel my stomach will explode": Israel subjects teen prisoner to medical negligence
Uruknet January 5, 2012 - The streets of Beit Ommar are lined with posters of Palestinian boys and men, martyrs and prisoners of the Israeli occupation. One house is plastered with more posters than the others: the house of the Awad family, whose two sons were, until recently, being held in Ofer prison on the charge of...

IOF soldiers round up 8 Palestinians, detain 2 children for hours
PIC - Israeli occupation forces rounded up eight Palestinian citizens in various West Bank areas at dawn Thursday after blindfolding and handcuffing them, local sources said.

Public freedom committee meets, exchanges names of detainees
PIC - The monitoring committee of public freedoms discussed in its second meeting on Wednesday the files in question and exchanged the names of political prisoners from Fatah and Hamas factions.

After Shalit, Israel Changing Prisoner Exchange Rules
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 - Israel recently traded more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, but deals like that may soon be over.

Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation
Sabbah report 5 Jan 2012 - "I was in a very bad psychological state, so I decided to confess. I confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at army jeeps," even though he was innocent.

Report: Palestinian arrested in Beersheba
1/4/2012 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man in Beersheba on Wednesday, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. The man, from Jenin, is suspected of planning a stabbing attack and was transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning, the report said....

[uruknet.info] Former Palestinian Detainee Dies Of Health Condition Suffered While In prison
Uruknet January 3, 2012 - Zakariyya Daoud, a former Palestinian political prisoner, who got seriously ill while in Israeli prisons, and was only released on August 22, 2011, died of cancer on Monday, he was diagnosed in prison Israeli prisons and was deprived of the needed and specialized medical attention. Israel released Daoud, 43, after he spent...

[uruknet.info] Former Detainee Dies Of Health Condition Suffered While In prison
Uruknet January 3, 2012 - Zakariyya Daoud, a former Palestinian political prisoner, who got seriously ill while in Israeli prisons, and was only released on August 22, 2011, died of cancer on Monday, he was diagnosed in prison Israeli prisons and was deprived of the needed and specialized medical attention. Israel released Daoud, 43, after he spent...

Jailed Palestinian leader says peace process dead
Daily Star 4 Jan 2012 Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghuti has said Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts are dead and called for mass "popular resistance" against Israeli occupation, in a letter penned from prison.

Barghouthi: The peace process failed and affected the PA
PIC - Senior Fatah leader Marwan Al-Barghouthi, a prisoner in Israeli jails, criticized the peace process and its impact on the performance of the Palestinian authority (PA).

Israelis, Palestinians Meet in Jordan to Flog Dead Horse; Barghouti Says Talks DOA
Tikun Olam - Yet another meeting to talk about what they will talk about (Jordan News Agency) Palestine’s most popular political prisoner in Israeli jails, Marwan Barghouti offered the kiss of death  (original Maan story ) to today’s meeting in Jordan between Israel and the rump Fatah government, whose purpose...

Outlook for the New Year: Tyranny in the Forecast
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jan 2012 - By Paul Craig Roberts The outlook for liberty is dismal. Those writers who are critical of Washington's illegal wars and overthrow of the US Constitution could find themselves in indefinite detainment, because criticism of Washington's policies can be alleged to be aiding Washington’s enemies, which might include charities that provide aid to bombed Palestinian children and flotillas that attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. The Bush/Obama regimes have put the foundation in place for imprisoning critics of the government without due process of law. The First Amendment is being all but restricted to rah-rah Americans who chant USA! USA! USA! Washington has set itself up as world prosecutor, forever berating other countries for human rights violations, while Washington alone bombs half a dozen countries into the stone age and threatens several more with the same treatment, all the while violating US statutory law and the Geneva Conventions by torturing...more

Israeli forces detain 14 across West Bank
1/3/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians across the West Bank early Tuesday, officials said. Witnesses told Ma'an that soldiers seized two Palestinian students as they tried to cross a flying checkpoint near Osarin village, south of Nablus. The students were named as Aasim Snober and Abdul-Minim Snober from....

Hamas: PA forces detain 72 affiliates in December
1/3/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas said Tuesday that Palestinian Authority security services are continuing to detain their affiliates in the West Bank, breaking a key tenet of the reconciliation deal with ruling PA faction Fatah. Forces in the West Bank detained 72 Hamas supporters during December 2011, a statement from Hamas' media office.... Related: Senior Fatah, Hamas leaders meet in Gaza

[uruknet.info] Armed with M-16s, Israeli teenagers detain Palestinians
Uruknet January 2, 2012 - The Israeli daily Haaretz reports that several dozens of Israeli teenagers have been trained and armed with M-16s in order to help Israeli Border Police, known as Magav, catch undocumented Palestinian laborers from the West Bank...The children and young adults, who range in age from 16 to 18, are local high school...

Center: Death of Issa proves Israel’s criminal practices against prisoners
PIC - The Palestinian center for the defense of prisoners has said that the death of liberated prisoner Zakaria Issa proves the criminal behavior of Israel against Palestinian prisoners.

IOF soldiers round up six Palestinians
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained four West Bank Palestinians at dawn Tuesday and two Jerusalemites, including a young woman, on Monday night, local sources said.

Hamas: PA security detained 72 of our cadres last month
PIC - Hamas Movement said the mass detention of its cadres, supporters and citizens by the Palestinian security forces did not stop but increased despite the reconciliation agreement.

Former Detainee Dies Of Health Condition Suffered While In prison
IMEMC - Zakariyya Daoud, a former Palestinian political prisoner, who got seriously ill while in Israeli prisons, and was only released on August 22, 2011, died of cancer on Monday, he was diagnosed in prison Israeli prisons and was deprived of the needed and specialized medical attention. ...

Report: “4500 Palestinians Still Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC - Abdul-Nasser Farawna, a former political detainee and a Palestinian researcher specialized in detainees affairs, published a report revealing that as the world marks 2012, and despite the fact that Israel released 1027 detainees as part of the prisoner-swap deal, at least 4500 Palestinian detainees, and dozens of Arab detainees, are still imprisoned in several Israeli interrogation facilities, prisons and detention centers. ...

Imprisoned Palestinian Sheikh enters third week of hunger strike
IMEMC - 36-year old Sheikh Khader Adnan, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad resistance movement, entered the third week of a hunger strike on Sunday, in protest of the conditions in the Israeli prison where he is being held. ...

Israeli police detain 7 East Jerusalem relatives
1/2/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police in Jerusalem have detained seven Palestinians from the same family in recent weeks, officials said on Monday. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Sumri said the relatives, from northern East Jerusalem neighborhood Beit Hanina, are suspected of blackmail and robbery amounting to hundreds of thousands of shekels. Three suspects were remanded....

Prisoners: Negev jail facility to close for immigrant detention
1/2/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinians jailed in southern Israel said Monday that authorities will move hundreds of prisoners from a tented facility to other jails, to make space for holding illegal immigrants. Officials at the Negev jail have officially notified 730 prisoners living in tents that they will be evacuated and distributed between other Israeli....

Israeli Forces Summon Youths from Jerusalem for Interrogation, Detain and Arrest others from Hebron,
PNN - PNN Israeli Forces raided several governarates of Palestine, they summoned several Palestinians from Jerusalem for interrogation, detained and arrested three Citizens from Hebron, and they also arrested four others from Jenin. On...

Border Police train Israeli teens to detain illegal Palestinian workers
Ha'aretz - 2 Jan 2012

[uruknet.info] Official statistics record 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons
Uruknet January 2, 2012 - Data issued by the Statistics Department of the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners show that 4,500 Palestinians, including six women, are being held in Israeli jails at the beginning of 2012. The figure takes into account the release of 1,027 men and women as part of the exchange deal agreed...

Detained Islamic Jihad leader rushed to hospital
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority transferred detained Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan, 33, to hospital after his health deteriorated due to cruel investigation means and two weeks of hunger strike.

Liberated prisoner in coma
PIC - Liberated Palestinian prisoner Zakaria Issa has been in coma since Monday morning due to deterioration of his cancer condition after he lost his eyesight, speechl and ability to move.

Israeli story of the year: Gilad Schalit’s release
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 - The biggest Israeli news story of 2011, according to JPost voters: Hamas frees captured soldier in return for release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Detainees Might Launch Irish-Style Hunger-Strike
Uruknet December 31, 2011 - Leaders of the Palestinian prisoners' movement in Israeli prisons and detention facilities stated that the situation all political detainees are facing is at its worst, adding that, right now, detainees sentenced to life-terms are thinking about launching an Irish-Style Hunger-Strike, while the rest of the detainees likely to follow their lead. In...

Time of change for Hamas
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 12/29/2011
      The prisoner exchange deal capped developments pushing Hamas in Gaza towards reconciliation with Fatah and integration -- with consequences -- into the wider Arab order.
     From his seat on the balcony with a view of the sea, Rateb Zeidan, 45, is carefully watching the waves ebb and flow on the shore. Zeidan looks at the blue azure filling the horizon, and even as he speaks he keeps an eye on the enchanting scene. He is one of the prisoners released from Israeli prisons two months ago as part of the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.
     Zeidan's family lives in the West Bank, but he was exiled to the Gaza Strip since his release after spending 21 years behind bars. He was serving a double life sentence plus 20 years after being convicted of killing three occupation soldiers in a battle with Israeli military forces. The fight was in response to a massacre by occupation forces in the village of Qabya near Ramallah at the beginning of the first Intifada that killed 10 Palestinians and injured dozens.
     Although it has been two months since his release, Zeidan still cannot believe he is free. "I feel as if I was a wilting plant for a long time, and suddenly the rain came," he tells Al-Ahram Weekly. "It's a wonderful feeling of repose, joy and disbelief." He said he can't stop looking at the sea and walking on the beach because for 21 years his feet did not touch sand.
     During the interview, many released prisoners were walking on the beach despite very cool temperatures, and some even played in the water.
     If the eruption of revolutions for democratic transformation was the key event of 2011 in many Arab states, the most important event in Palestine was accomplishing the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Never in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict had the Palestinian resistance been able to force Israel to release Palestinian prisoners.
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