Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
Prisoners Archive - February 2011
Treatment of Prisoners and Detainees by Israel and Others:
Israeli police detain 4 teenagers in Jerusalem
2/28/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) - Israeli police detained four Palestinian teenagers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud overnight, after what families described as invasive home searches that left apartments ransacked. Those detained were identified by family members as 14-year-old Ahmad Abu Madhi, 16-year-old Yasin Abu Madhi, 16-year-old Ahmad Nabulsi, and 19....
Detainees appeal for treatment
2/28/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian held in Israel's Jelbou prison is suffering from cancer and urgently needs treatment, a detainees' center said Monday. The center urged Israeli authorities to allow Raed Darbieh to receive medical care. He is from Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and is sentenced to life....
Youth group: Hamas shut down unity protest
3/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza government security officers on Monday detained four protesters at a demonstration calling for national unity in Gaza City, organizers said. Nida Al-Watan (Call of Homeland), a Palestinian youth initiative, used online social networks to issue a call for demonstrations in Gaza and across the West Bank on February 28....
Jihad leader urges resistance to detain Israeli soldiers
3/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad leader Khaled Al-Batsh on Monday called on Palestinian resistance groups to intensify their activities and detain Israeli soldiers. Al-Batsh said resistance was the only way to free thousands of Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons. He issued the call at a protest marking the 26th anniversary of Israel'....
Gaza: Hamas shut down unity protest by force
Uruknet February 28, 2011 - Gaza government security officers on Monday detained four protesters at a demonstration calling for national unity in Gaza City, organizers said. Nida’ Al-Watan (Call of Homeland), a group of Palestinian youths, used social networks to issue a call for demonstrations in Gaza and across the West Bank on February 28 to demand an end to...
Israeli policemen detain 9 Palestinian boys including 7-year-old
PIC 28 Feb 2011 - Israeli occupation police rounded up nine Palestinian boys in Silwan and Ras Al-Amud in occupied Jerusalem on Monday including a 7-year-old child.
Rights group working to guarantee every last right of Jerusalem prisoners
PIC 28 Feb 2011 - A Jerusalem rights group has launched a wide-ranging campaign in coordination with world organizations to ensure that every last right of Jerusalem natives jailed in Israeli prisons is preserved.
Palestinian Children Affected by Armed Conflict: New UNICEF Report
Uruknet February 27, 2011 - In 2010, grave violations continued to be committed against children in the occupied Palestinian territory. Eleven Palestinian children were killed and 360 injured in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. No Israeli children were killed but two were injured. Palestinian children continued to be detained and subjected to ill-treatment, and in some cases...
Provocative searches could spark prison outbreak
PIC 27 Feb 2011 - The prisoner studies center in Ramallah has warned that provocative searches against Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons could spark an outbreak inside the prisons.
PA militias transfer detainee Annatsheh to Jericho hospital
PIC 27 Feb 2011 - The family of political detainee Mutasim Annatsheh said that the Palestinian authority intelligence apparatus in Jericho city transferred their son to hospital after his health deteriorated.
Israeli forces raid Palestinian leaders' prison cells
2/26/2011 - BETHLEHEM(Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the cells of two Palestinian leaders held in solitary confinement in Israel's Nafha jail, their lawyer said Saturday. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine secretary-general Ahmad Sa'adat and elected Hamas lawmaker Jamal Abu Al-Haya told their lawyer the searches lasted for three hours....
Rights movement: Israeli soldiers stole organs of Palestinian Christian in 1988
PIC 26 Feb 2011 - The popular movement for the support of prisoners renewed its accusation against Israeli soldiers of torturing and killing a Palestinian Christian young man before harvesting his body parts in 1988.
Clashes as hundreds protest settlements in Hebron
2/25/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets at protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday afternoon, where clashes left at least nine people injured, Palestinian medics and the Israeli army said. Four international activists and two Palestinians were detained, organizers said. The military said that only one person was arrested....
Palestinians celebrate engagement in Israeli jail
2/25/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee celebrated his engagement to a fellow prisoner's daughter in Israel's Ramon prison on Saturday, a prisoners' society said. Maram Al-Natsha met her groom Abed Al-Khatib when she visited her father in prison, Ahrar prisoners' center said. Al-Khatib, from Qaffin north of Tulkarem....
Detainees' minister visits prisoners' parents
2/25/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) - Palestinian Authority Detainees' Minister Issa Qaraqe on Friday visited the families of two Palestinian women detained by Israel. Qaraqe visited the family of 31-year-old Du'a Al-Jayousi, sentenced to life imprisonment, and Nisreen Abu Zeineh, 24, serving a three-year sentence. The minister praised the resolve of Palestinian women....
PA: Health Ministry official detained in Gaza
2/25/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry on Friday accused Hamas security forces of detaining the head of a department in the Gaza Strip. In a statement, the Ramallah-based ministry said Gaza government forces summoned the health official, who was not named, and detained him for several hours. The official heads the department....
Hamas: PA detained 7 members
2/25/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained seven Hamas members across the West Bank on Thursday, the Islamist movement said. In a statement, Hamas said its affiliates were arrested in Jenin, Hebron and Nablus....
Abbas’s militia kidnap 7 Hamas supporters, IOF kidnap two university students
PIC 25 Feb 2011 - Abbas’s militia kidnapped seven Hamas supporters in various parts of the West Bank, while the same militia continue to hold and torture two men from al-Khalil, according to local sources on Friday.
Prisoner society's chief in Jerusalem detained
2/24/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police and border guards entered the home of the Palestinian Prisoners Society's Jerusalem director on Thursday morning, detaining him and moving the community leader to an unknown location. Nasser Qaws was detained from his home in the African Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, his brother Mousa....
Israeli internal security officers accused of "attempted rape" of a child prisoner
Uruknet February 24, 2011 - Lawyers from the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees' and Ex-Detainees' Affairs, have claimed that Israeli internal security officers from Shin Bet tried to rape a child prisoner at Etzion Prison, south of Bethlehem. The prisoner involved, a boy, gave his testimony to this effect, under oath, to the lawyers. The Shin Bet officers are accused of...
Conference at UN headquarters to shift world attention to Palestinian POWs
PIC 24 Feb 2011 - Fouad Al-Khafsh, director of the Ahrar human rights center in Gaza, anticipated that the conference on prisoner rights to be held in Geneva is sure to shift the world's attention to Palestinian POW's.
Israeli court extends isolation of prisoner Assayed
PIC 24 Feb 2011 - Ahrar center for prisoners' studies and human rights said that an Israeli court extended the solitary confinement of Palestinian prisoner Abbas Assayed for six additional months.
Relatives: None of Palestinian detainees in Egypt released
PIC 24 Feb 2011 - The Cairo authorities did not release any of the Palestinian detainees in Egypt, relatives of those prisoners in the Gaza Strip said in a statement on Wednesday.
Son of Hamas lawmaker among 6 detained overnight
2/22/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli military officials said six were detained from the West Bank overnight, with Palestinian security sources identifying one of the men taken as the son of a Hamas lawmaker. Sources said Israeli forces entered Idhna village in the southern West Bank before sunrise, where Mujahid Abu Juheisha, son of Palestinian lawmaker....
At least 10 Palestinians detained in Israeli raids
22 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-At least ten Palestinians were detained by Israeli army during several raid operations carried out in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Hebron, and Jenin.
End the Division: ‘Gaza Youth Breaks Out’ Calls for a Unified Palestinian Leadership to Lead Us to Freedom
Alternative Information Center - On behalf of the Palestinian Arab people, on the blood of the martyrs, widows and bereaved, orphans and thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails and all our people in the Palestinian diaspora, we call on all...
Hamas: Detaining Sheikh Salah won't affect his determination to defend Al-Quds
PIC 22 Feb 2011 - Hamas condemned the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) for detaining Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, the leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, in occupied Jerusalem.
Bethlehem prisoners' monument vandalized
2/21/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Bethlehem prisoners' society said a monument erected in 2008 was vandalized Sunday night, reporting that used motor oil was poured over the face of the stone carving which commemorated Palestinians detained in Israel. The statue, erected in a joint effort by the Palestinian Youth Parliament and the Palestinian Prisoners....
Ministry: 132 Palestinians detained for over 20 years
2/21/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Detainees' Ministry in the Gaza Strip said Monday that more than 132 Palestinian prisoners have spent over 20 years in Israeli jails. Detainees Abdullah Judeh and Jihad Abdul Hadi entered their 21st year in prison on Monday, the ministry said. Judeh, 43, from Ramallah, was sentenced to life....
Israeli army storms 2 Palestinian legislators' homes in WB
21 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces stormed Monday the house of a Palestinian legislator, Abu Eghaisha, in Ezna town in Hebron, southern West Bank and detained his son.
Israeli forces capture Palestinians in WB
21 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli soldiers detained Monday two Palestinians from Yatta town , southern Hebron and erected several military checkpoints .
Comrade Sa'adat celebrates Egyptian revolution and calls upon Palestinians to overthrow occupation
Uruknet February 21, 2011 - Comrade Ahmad Sa'adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, released a message on February 20, 2011 saluting the Egyptian revolution and its achievements, and the triumph of the Egyptian people over the corrupt Egyptian regime. Comrade Sa'adat issued the message through an attorney from the Palestinian Prisoners' Club,...
End the Division (One people against Zionism)‘Gaza Youth Breaks Out’ calls for a unified Palestinian leadership to ‘lead us to freedom with all pride and dignity’
Uruknet February 20, 2011 - On behalf of the Palestinian Arab people, on the blood of the martyrs, widows and bereaved, orphans and thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails and all our people in the Palestinian diaspora, we call on all the Palestinian factions to unite under the banner of Palestine, in order to reform the political system in Palestine,...
Egyptian authorities release Palestinian smuggler
2/20/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egypt's Ministry of the Interior released a Palestinian prisoner Sunday, two years after he was arrested for work in the Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnels, police said. The freed man was identified as A'la Bruhum, and was said to have been taken by security forces to the Rafah....
Female prisoner Abeer enters 11th year in Israeli jails
PIC 20 Feb 2011 - The Palestinian ministry of detainees' affairs said that female prisoner Abeer Amro, 33, from Dura village in Al-Khalil city, has entered Sunday her 11th year in Israeli jails.
‘Gaza Youth Breaks Out’ calls for a unified Palestinian leadership to ‘lead us to freedom with all pride and dignity’
Mondoweiss - Gaza Youth Breaks Out issued the following call earlier today: On behalf of the Palestinian Arab people, on the blood of the martyrs, widows and bereaved, orphans and thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails and all our people in the Palestinian diaspora, we call on all...
Protesters: 7 detained in Ramallah village
2/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Seven people were arrested Friday in a village near Ramallah during a weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and settlements on Palestinian land. The army seized two Palestinians, four Israelis, and one foreign national in An-Nabi Saleh, protesters said. They were still held being held by Israeli police, their colleagues said....
Army shuts down anti-wall rally
2/19/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) --Israeli forces on Saturday attacked four journalists and detained five teenagers at an anti-wall rally in the West Bank district of Tulkarem, witnesses said. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized the rally, attended by international and local activists, Tulkarem governor Talal Dweikat and leaders of several factions. Israeli....
Army detains 12 at Beit Ummar rally
2/19/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday detained 12 Palestinians at an anti-settlement rally in Beit Ummar near the West Bank city of Hebron. Local popular committee spokesman Mohammad Awad said six demonstrators were injured when Israeli soldiers ambushed the protest. Mayor Nasir Sabarneh was hit in the foot with a sound grenade and....
Detainee appeals for Palestinian unity
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detained by Israel for 25 years said Saturday he hoped to live to see Palestinian unity and the establishment of an independent state, his lawyer said. Ahmad Abdul Rahman Abu Hasira, from Gaza City, was detained in 1986 at the age of 27. His lawyer said he was....
11 'wanted' Palestinians detained at Jordan bridge
2/19/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Security officers at the Allenby Bridge border crossing recently detained 11 Palestinians wanted on various criminal charges, a weekly police report said Saturday. None of the suspects were named and it was not clear what the charges were. Crossings officials reported a decline in the number of travelers at the border....
14 Palestinians released from Egyptian custody
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities released 14 Palestinian prisoners who were arrested on the Gaza-Egypt border, a detainees affairs official said Saturday morning. Imad Al-Sayyed told Ma'an that the prisoners were released Friday night from the Al-Aqrab and Burj Al-Arab prisons in Cairo. Their release has been confirmed and they are....
Ten Palestinians injured in anti-wall rally near Tulkarem
19 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Ten Palestinians were injured as Israeli soldiers suppressed anti-wall rally launched in the village of Deir Al-Gusun near Tulkarem in the West Bank .Five other civilians were detained in the same attack.
Palestinians jailed in Egypt announce hunger strike demanding freedom
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Palestinians held in a prison in Egypt announced Saturday they will go on hunger strike after hopes for freedom under the new hold of power were crushed.
Israeli prison administration blocks medical visit to Palestinian prisoner
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - The Israeli Jalbo prison administration refused the entry of a specialized medical team into the facility to check up Jerusalemite prisoner Essam Jandal.
Reporter: Boy detained near Hebron
2/18/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian boy from a village near Hebron, a Ma'an correspondent said Friday. Muhammad Oweiweih said Mahmoud Ahmad Mahmoud Al-Alami, 21, was seized from his home in the Beit Ummar village. Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad said soldiers chased the boy to the house, which they....
4 injured in brawl near Qalqiliya
2/18/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were injured in a brawl near Qalqiliya on Friday. Medical sources in Darwish Nazal hospital said the health conditions of the four were stable. Palestinian police were able to control the brawl and detained the ones who started it. Security sources in Izbat At-Tabib said they did not know....
Israel arrests PA intelligence officer
2/18/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday detained a Palestinian Authority intelligence officer at the Allenby Bridge border crossing, relatives said. Nassar Husni Al-Ashqar ,45, was detained as he tried to cross the bridge from the West Bank to Jordan. His family said he was transferred to Al-Jalamh interrogation center....
Islamic Jihad: PA forces release member on bail
2/18/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces released an Islamic Jihad member Thursday after his family pledged bail, the Islamist faction said. Samer Jaber's family hired a lawyer after he was detained by PA preventative security, Islamic Jihad said in a statement. The lawyer submitted a request for Jaber's release....
Israeli army targets and arrests children in order to repress Palestinian dissent in the West Bank
Uruknet February 18, 2011 - ...14 year old Islam Tamimi, one of the children seen being photographed in a night raid, has been in jail for the past three weeks. Days after the video was shot he was arrested and detained for a number of hours at the Halamish military base. Two days after he was detained, the army raided...
Palestinians: Progress in Shalit talks
YNet News - Hamas source says prisoner swap negotiations 'serious,' German mediator visited....
Shabak Alleged to Have Murdered Detained 16 Year-Old Israeli Palestinian Boy
Tikun Olam - An Israeli source confirms the horrifying news that one of the five Israeli Palestinians detained a few days ago in secret by the Shabak has been killed today (or possibly yesterday) in custody in Jalameh prison near Haifa. The victim was Ashraf al-Baladi of the northern...
Rights group wants investigation of PA police
2/17/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) --Human Rights Watch released a video Wednesday, described as plainclothes police officers trapping a protester and beating him." The Palestinian Authority should open criminal investigations into members of its security services who apparently beat, kicked, and sexually molested protesters in Ramallah," the human rights organization said. The recorded incident, and a.... Related: Video: Demonstration in Ramallah and Human Rights Watch – "Palestinian Authority: no justice for torture death in custody"
Israeli forces detain 10 overnight
2/17/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained ten Palestinians from regions across the West Bank in the early hours of Thursday morning, taking the men for "security questioning," a military official told Ma'an. In the Nablus area, local sources said Bashir Zamel was detained from his home in the eastern part of the....
Ex-minister: 85 disabled prisoners in Israel jails
2/17/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Eighty-five physically and psychologically disabled Palestinians are in Israeli prisons suffering neglect, former Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Thursday. He said during a celebration by Qader Community Development institute in the Red Crescent in Al-Bireh that journalists should focus their stories on the detainees with disabilities....
Human Rights Watch – 'Palestinian Authority: no justice for torture death in custody'
2/17/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Human Rights Watch - Jerusalem, February 16, 2011 - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should order an independent investigation into the death of Haitham Amer, Human Rights Watch said today. Amer died 18 months ago, allegedly under torture by Palestinian security agents. A criminal inquiry and subsequent investigation failed to punish anyone for his death. In recent.... Related: Rights group wants investigation of PA police
Israeli forces storm several houses in Jenin, detain Palestinians
17 Feb 2011 - West bank, (Pal Telegrph)-Israeli forces carried out Thursday at dawn raid operations in Zabuba village in the west of Jenin and searched a number of civilian houses near Israeli Salem camp.
IPA fails to treat prisoner for a year and a half
PIC 17 Feb 2011 - The Israeli prison authority (IPA) has rejected a year and a half of requests by a Palestinian captive for treatment, the Tadhamon (Solidarity) international human rights foundation said.
Human rights watch demands Abbas to probe death of detainee Amro
PIC 17 Feb 2011 - Human rights watch demanded Mahmoud Abbas to order an independent investigation into the death of Hamas prisoner Haitham Amro who were tortured to death 18 months ago by PA security interrogators.
Austria rights group urges new Egyptian government to end Gaza siege
PIC 17 Feb 2011 - The Austria-based Friends of Humanity organization has called on the empowered Egyptian army to remove the economic blockade imposed on Gaza and to release Palestinians held in its prisons.
Army Breaks Into Home Of Jerusalem Palestinian MP
IMEMC - Wednesday February 16, 2011 - 19:35, Undercover forces of the Israeli army broke on Wednesday into the home of Jerusalem Legislator, Ahmad Attoun, and detained his brother, Jihad, and his cousin., Attoun, as well other elected legislators and officials, is threatened with deportation from Jerusalem.
Four released as Palestinians say prison conditions grim
2/16/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Detainees Center in Nablus celebrated Tuesday the release of four men from the northern West Bank, while centers in Ramallah continued to report mistreatment of some of the 7,000 Palestinians who remain incarcerated in Israel. Released, lawyer Ahmad Tubasi announced, were:- Jalal Nakhleh, 40, from Ramallah, detained in 2009. - Oday....
Sand storms hit tent prison
2/16/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --High winds raised sand storms in the Negev desert near the Nafha prison camp, where thousands of Palestinians are detained in tent compounds, the Prisoners Society in Gaza City reported Wednesday. The sand was toppling tents and causing respiratory problems among some of the inmates, the society said it learned....
Israeli army detains 12 Palestinians in WB
16 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Wednesday seven Palestinians in Israeli raid operations for several villages of Ramallah in the south of the occupied West Bank.
IOA adjourns trial of MP for fourth time
PIC 16 Feb 2011 - The Israeli Salem military court adjourned the case of detained MP Dr. Omar Abdelrazek for the fourth consecutive time on Wednesday.
Jerusalemite sick detainee appeals for medical treatment
PIC 16 Feb 2011 - Jerusalemite prisoner Esam Jandal has complained of heart and eye problems and was still suffering despite undergoing three eye surgeries, the Palestinian prisoner's association said in a report.
A Palestinian Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze
Jen Marlowe, CounterPunch 2/15/2011
From an Israeli Prison to Tahrir Square
As pro-democracy demonstrations sweep across the Middle East, ousting dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many in the West have expressed surprise that such a strong, sophisticated vision of a democratic future is being articulated by ordinary citizens and grassroots movements in the Arab world.
I have not been surprised. Sophisticated organizing for democratic reform and justice has a rich legacy in the region. In fact, watching anti-Mubarak demonstrators taking to the streets en masse to demand true democracy, freedom from repression, and the right to be stakeholders in their own political and civil systems caused me to reflect on my friend Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian from the Old City of Jerusalem who has spent the last two decades working for peace and a nonviolent end to Israeli occupation. He is, in many ways, a product of that legacy.
Sami's political awakening came in 1980, when he was inducted into a highly organized, democratic community and, at the age of 18, began a program of serious study, reading hundreds of books including:
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Social Contract
Makarenko's Pedagogical Poem
The writings of Ho Chi Minh, Basil Liddell Hart, and Angela Davis
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.... more.. e-mail
Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians overnight
2/15/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Israeli forces detained 18 Palestinians from across the West Bank overnight Monday, an army spokeswoman said. Palestinian Authority police reported that soldiers raided Beituniya village near Ramallah and detained Akram Al-Hafi and Ramiz Dyab. Police reported that Israeli troops raided Ya'bod village near Jenin and detained Jihad Amarneh, Bassam....
Israeli forces detain Palestinian at Erez crossing
2/15/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli security forces on Tuesday detained a Palestinian from an ambulance at the Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian sources said. Muhammad Mussa Zu'rub, 38, was traveling with his brother, who suffers from cancer, to the Israeli Bilson Hospital, local sources said. Israeli security officials detained Zu....
Release Ameer Makhoul and all Palestinian Political Prisoners Immediately!
Alternative Information Center - Palestinian human rights defender Ameer Makhoul was sentenced to nine years in prison. This is a capricious sentence based on a plea bargain made after Ameer was abused:
A Palestinian boy’s Kafkaesque trial in Israel’s military court
Joseph Dana 15 Feb 2011 - On a sunny day people usually stand outside or sit in the direct sun in the waiting area at the Ofer military court. To observe a trail at Ofer, one must enter the facilities and, in a way, become a prisoner. Visiting diplomats and human rights...
Hamas: PA detained 4 supporters
2/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leaders in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority security services Monday of detaining for supporters for political reasons, and called for their release. The four were detained from Hebron overnight, a statement from the Islamist party said....
Israel detains two Palestinians during a raid in Hebron
14 Feb 2011 - West bank, (Pal Telgraph)-Israeli forces detained Monday two Palestinian youths from Hebron in the south of The West Bank.
From An Israeli Prison to Tahrir SquareOne Palestinian’s Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze
Uruknet February 14, 2011 - As pro-democracy demonstrations sweep across the Middle East, ousting dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many in the West have expressed surprise that such a strong, sophisticated vision of a democratic future is being articulated by ordinary citizens and grassroots movements in the Arab world. I have not been surprised. Sophisticated organizing for democratic reform and...
PA tried to hamper attempted murder case in Eishel
PIC 14 Feb 2011 - The prisoner affairs ministry in Gaza said its counterpart in Ramallah has exerted strong pressure to close the case of an attempted hit on Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander Haitham Ezzat Salihiyya.
Health of two detainees worsen due to torture by PA interrogators
PIC 14 Feb 2011 - The health of detainee Samer Jaber, 30, has deteriorated badly as a result of his exposure to excruciating torture at the hands of interrogators from the PA intelligence apparatus.
Teenager Detained in Beit Ummar
IMEMC - Sunday February 13, 2011 - 19:02, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian teen in Beit Ummar near Hebron, witnesses told Ma’an News Agency on Saturday.
Witnesses: Israeli forces detain Beit Ummer teen
2/13/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday detained a Palestinian teenager and attacked a woman in Beit Ummar near Hebron, witnesses said. Local popular committee spokesman Mohammad Awad said soldiers detained Mohammad At-Teet, 16, during a raid on his home. Forces beat a woman who tried to prevent the arrest, Awad said. Soldiers fired....
Cell raids continue in Israeli prisons
2/13/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities continue to raid cells of Palestinian detainees, a prisoners' center said Sunday. The latest raids have targeted ward 14 of Nafha prison in the Negev desert, the Gaza-based center said. Israeli guards storm cells without warning, and sometimes force male and female detainees to strip, said....
Israeli forces detain 3 Palestinians overnight
2/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians overnight Saturday from Ramallah in the central West Bank and Hebron in the south. An Israeli military spokesperson said one Palestinian was detained in the village of Qatannah southwest of Ramallah and two others were detained in Hebron. All three were taken to interrogation centers for....
Three Palestinians detained by Israeli army in WB
13 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces detained Sunday at morning three Palestinians from Ramallah and Hebron cities in The West Bank. Local sources reported that Israeli troops raided Katna town in Ramallah and detained a Palestinian before their withdrawing. Two Palestinians were captured named as Khalil El-Qwasmi,17,and Nehad Iskafi,17, after raiding their houses in Hebron. The three Palestinians were...
Statistics: Israel arrested 300 Palestinians in January including 30 minors
PIC 13 Feb 2011 - Statistics released Sunday by the prisoner affairs ministry in Gaza reveal Israel arrested around 300 Palestinians in January during arrest campaigns sweeping the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli forces storm prison cells
PIC 13 Feb 2011 - Israeli prison forces stormed the ward 14 in Nafha jail at a late night hour on Saturday and searched all cells while looking for banned mobile phones, the Palestinian prisoner's association said.
Israeli forces detain 2 near Nablus
2/12/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday stormed the northern West Bank village of Madama near Nablus and detained two Palestinians, locals said. Residents identified the detainees as Mahmoud Amir Nassar, 16, and Abdul-Karim Ghassan Ziada, 22. Locals added that soldiers used police dogs to search Ziada's home. An Israeli military spokeswoman....
Megiddo prison administration assaults prisoners after protesting decision
PIC 12 Feb 2011 - The Palestinian prisoner society said the Israeli administration of Megiddo jail maltreated the Palestinian detainees after they protested an unfair decision taken against them.
Waves of Arrests During Nabi Saleh Demonstration
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Demonstrators were able to hold their complete march for the first time in months only to be attacked with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tears. Six Palestinians, Israelis and international supporters were detain or arrested during the military invasion into the village.
Bethlehem detainee released after 18-year sentence
2/11/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Bethlehem detainees' center on Thursday received a Palestinian released after 18 years in Israeli detention. Saadeh Sabri Saadeh, 40, was met by locals, friends and families who held flags and celebrated his release in the streets of the West Bank city....
Abbas’s militia continue to detain 70 Najah University students
PIC 11 Feb 2011 - The Islamic bloc at Najah University in Nablus said that Abbas’s militia continue to detain 70 of the university’s students on a political background, the bloc said in a statement.
Prisoners' families want UN to pressure Israel
2/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails urged the United Nations on Thursday to exert pressure on Israel to respect their human rights. In a memorandum to visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the families asked her to "to take necessary measures and actions to activate the protection of....
Jailed PFLP leader calls for international campaign
2/11/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmad Sa'adat on Friday called for international efforts to protect Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. A lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners Society visited Sa'adat in his jail cell in Nafha prison in the Negev desert. In a....
DCI: Report to UN Exposes Israelâs Systematic Torture and Ill-treatment of Children
PNN - Ramallah – DCI to PNN – after releasing a report this week documenting torture and Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli detention centers, Defence for Children International -Palestine Section have asked the...
Four Palestinians detained by Israeli army in Hebron
10 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Thursday four Palestinians from Hebron city in the occupied West bank.
Report: IOA arrested 12,000 Palestinian females since 1967
PIC 10 Feb 2011 - The IOA has arrested 12,000 Palestinian females since its occupation of the remaining Palestinian lands in 1967, Abdul Nasser Farwana, a researcher in prisoners affairs, said.
IOF troops desecrate mosque, detain West Bankers
PIC 10 Feb 2011 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into an ancient mosque in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, and rounded up seven Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Thursday.
Overnight raid, checkpoint near Tubas sees 1 detained
2/9/2011 - TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man from Tamoun village south of Tubas on Wednesday morning, after raiding his house and searching his belongings, local sources said. Witnesses said eight Israeli military vehicles entered the village overnight, storming the house of Adam Abdul Aziz Beni Odeh, who was later detained, following a....
Qalqiliya man sentenced for collaboration
2/10/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Court of First Instance sentenced a suspect to 14 years in prison and hard labor after he was convicted of collaborating with the occupation. The Public Prosecution in Qalqilya charged the unidentified man with spying for Israel. The charge carries a maximum penalty of death, but it is....
IOA denies Palestinian prisoner urgently needed dental treatment
PIC 9 Feb 2011 - The medical clinic in the Israeli Hasharon jail has refused to offer treatment for Palestinian prisoner Qahera Al-Saadi, the lawyer of the international Tadamoun institution for human rights said.
Omar Suleiman—longtime collaborator with Israel and US
WSWS - Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Suleiman’s collaboration in repression of the Palestinians and torture of CIA prisoners
Center: Detainee in need of urgent medical attention
2/8/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner held in an Israel's Damon jail is in need of urgent medical attention, a detainees' center said Tuesday. Abeer Amro's weight has dropped to 45 kilograms due to a vitamin B12 deficiency and she suffers from blurred visions and back problems, the center....
Watch: Egyptian prison breaks; terrorists flee to Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 8 Feb 2011 - New videos online show thousands of inmates who escaped Egyptian jails as a result of the civil unrest, including Palestinian terrorists.
Urgent: Action for Palestinian Children
8 Feb 2011 - London, (Pal Telegraph) - Defence of Children International – Palestine Section report to UN exposes Israel’s systematic pattern of torture and ill treatment of children
Palestinians detained, prices soar as Rafah stays closed
Electronic Intifada: 8 Feb 2011 - OCCUPIED GAZA STRIP (IRIN) - More than a week of political unrest in Egypt has heightened the threat of a humanitarian crisis in neighboring Gaza. Egyptian soldiers fled their posts on the northern border on 30 January, forcing the Rafah crossing -- a critical valve for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza -- to close.more
Israel releases 2 Palestinians
2/7/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday released two detainees from Nablus who had completed their sentences. Mustafa Tantawi, from Askar Al-Jadeed refugee camp in Nablus was released after serving a 9-year sentence. He was detained in 2002 for affiliation with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine'sNational Resistance Brigades....
Two youths detained in Hebron
2/7/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 5 February 2011 - A 14-year old boy was arrested at a checkpoint in Hebron on Friday morning. His family have contacted the Israeli authorities, but have received no answer as to his whereabouts. The following day, his cousin was detained at the same checkpoint, apparently for calling someone German. The Palestinian youth claimed he....
Detainee enters 22nd year in Israeli jail
Sabr 7 Feb 2011 - GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- A detainee from Ramallah entered his 22nd year in an Israeli prison on Thursday, the Gaza government Detainees' Ministry said. Hassan Yousef Mahmoud Ghafri, 40, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1990, accused of killing Israeli soldiers, ministry spokesman Riyad Ashqar said....
Palestinians held in Etzion prison to announce hunger strike if demands not met
Sabr 7 Feb 2011 - [ 07/02/2011 - 01:01 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )-- Palestinians held in the Israeli Etzion prison are in the process of announcing a hunger strike in protest of inhumane treatment at the facility, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said. The prison administration has yet to offer a reason...
Nofal: We got out of jail against the will of the oppressors
Sabr 7 Feb 2011 - 07-02-2011,09:40 Al Qassam website - Gaza -Qassam Brigades leader Ayman Nofal told the PIC on Saturday night that the Palestinian prisoners got out of the Egyptian jail "against the will of the oppressors". He expressed appreciation for all those who arrived to his home in Gaza...
Group: Prisoners denied basic needs
2/6/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees held in Israel's Etzion prison near Bethlehem are denied basic needs, Palestinian Prisoners' Society lawyer said Sunday. The lawyer said Israeli authorities refused to allow the organization to bring blankets, clothing or food to detainees. He said the prisoners were considering starting a hunger strike in....
Israeli soldiers detain 4 Palestinians in WB
6 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) -Israeli army detained Sunday three Palestinians of the same family after raiding their house in Al-Dahsha refugee camp, southern Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank .
Israeli soldier faces long jail term for passing secret papers to reporter
The Guardian 6 Feb 2011 - Leaked documents show officials authorised killing of Palestinian militants when they could have been arrested instead A former Israeli soldier is facing a long prison sentence after admitting that she passed thousands of classified military documents...
Palestinian held by Israel sustains stroke upon hearing of son's death
PIC 6 Feb 2011 - A Palestinian man held in the Israeli Ramle prison sustained a stroke after hearing his 16-year-old son had died from cirrhosis of the liver.
Nofal: We got out of jail against the will of the oppressors
PIC 6 Feb 2011 - Qassam Brigades leader Ayman Nofal told the PIC on Saturday night that the Palestinian prisoners got out of the Egyptian jail "against the will of the oppressors".
Palestinian prisoner hospitalized after health failure
PIC 6 Feb 2011 - Family awaits the fate of Ahmed Hamid al-Najjar, 34, since he was transferred to the Israeli Sabe' prison hospital a week ago.
It’s a boom time for settlements, and Palestinian prisoners threaten hunger strike
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Israeli settlers cause environmental damage to Bethlehem villages 4 Feb - BETHLEHEM, (PIC)-- Israeli settlers on Thursday caused environmental damage to fields belonging to residents of the villages of Husan ,...
Open letter to the UN: Is the Goldstone report dead?
Ma’an News Agency 2/6/2011
An open letter from 13 Palestinian and Israeli Human Rights Organizations to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanetham Pillay, on her first official visit to the occupied Palestinian territories.
As Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations, we welcome your first visit to the region and take this occasion to ask: is the Goldstone report dead? Over two years have passed since the end of the Israeli offensive “Operation Cast Lead” on the Gaza Strip, and justice for victims has yet to be addressed.
Should these victims give up on the UN in their search for accountability? Or is there a way out from the prevailing culture of impunity? The opportunity to achieve justice is being hijacked by political interests and we seek your unequivocal support on behalf of the victims. Achieving justice is essential to prevent further violations of international law and to lay the foundations for a just and long lasting peace in the region.
The Goldstone report, published in September 2009, presents strong evidence that war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity were committed during “Operation Cast Lead.” The report, endorsed by both the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, provides a clear framework to ensure justice for victims in accordance with international law, including referral to the UN Security Council, the International Criminal Court and the exercise of universal jurisdiction. Over a year later, justice has not been delivered to the victims.
Israeli investigations, conducted by the military, fail to examine the legality of decisions taken by senior military and political leaders who designed, planned and implemented the attacks. To date, only one Israeli soldier has been sent to prison for stealing a credit card.... more.. e-mail
Hamas commander said back in Gaza after Egypt jailbreak
Ha'aretz - Hamas Commander Ayman Nofal, and five other Palestinian militants, had been held at Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo until it was raided in anti-government protests.
Hamas commander said back in Gaza after Egypt jailbreak
Ha'aretz 5 Feb 2011 - Hamas Commander Ayman Nofal, and five other Palestinian militants, had been held at Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo until it was raided in anti-government protests.
PA officer in prison after helping Palestinian wanted by Israel
PIC 5 Feb 2011 - A Palestinian Authority military court in Ramallah city sentenced a member of the national security to three years in jail on a charge of providing assistance for a resistance fighter.
Witnesses: Army detains 3 Beit Ummar residents
2/4/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians on Thursday near the illegal settlement of Karmi Tzur in Hebron, witnesses said. Palestinian Solidarity Project spokesman Mohammad Awad said soldiers detained Belal Hamdan Abu Maria, 25, Issa Mohammad Issa Baher, 20, and Abdallah Samir Abdallah, 20. All three are residents of Beit Ummar, he said....
Egyptian police tighten security at al- Marj prison
PIC 4 Feb 2011 - Egyptian police tightened security around al-Marj prison fearing an attack by the families of detainees held at that prison.
Palestinian captives are following the Egyptian people’s revolution
PIC 4 Feb 2011 - Palestinian captives in the Negev desert prison are following closely the progress of the Egyptian people’s revolution and the news emanating from the Tahrir Square in Cairo..
Human Rights Watch: PA must end violence against demonstrators
2/3/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority should end police violence against peaceful demonstrators, the latest instance being Wednesday evening in Ramallah, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Police punched, kicked, and detained participants in the demonstration, as well as at least two journalists and a Human Rights Watch research assistant, the New York-based group said....
Rights group: Egypt must investigate prison violence
2/3/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities should investigate claims from escaped Palestinian prisoners that prison guards in Egypt used unnecessary lethal force during a prison break, a statement from Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The group asked that the wounded receive treatment, and that the names and whereabouts of all those who escaped be....
Media in the line of fire in Egypt
Palestine Note 3 Feb 2011 - Al Jazeera - Journalists in Egypt – domestic and foreign – are increasingly under siege, with Egyptian authorities detaining reporters and gangs of young men roaming the streets looking for anyone with camera equipment. Some of...
Israel deprives wife of prisoner from her right to visit him for one year
PIC 3 Feb 2011 - The Israeli prison authority banned wife of detainee Mahmoud Al-Qawasme from Al-Khalil from visiting him for a year after she refused to be strip searched..
Abbas militias kidnap Hamas supporter, torture prisoners
PIC 3 Feb 2011 - Security militias loyal to de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas rounded up a Hamas supporter in Al-Khalil after four months of trying to capture him, local sources reported on Thursday.
When Israel’s protective net of tyranny tears
Amira Hass, Ha’aretz 2/2/2011
We have not yet reached the stage in which the machinery of Israeli repression breaks up into its component parts - the people - who instead of obeying, begin to think.
There is a miraculous moment in popular uprisings, when fear of the machinery of repression no longer deters people in their masses and that machinery begins to unravel into its component parts - who are also people. They stop obeying and begin thinking.
Where is that moment for us? A group of Palestinian businesspeople had discussed the possibility of joining the popular struggle in the villages near Ramallah against the separation fence. That was before the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. The conclusion, a participant told me, was that they cannot allow themselves to take part in those activities because the very next day "Beit El" (the nickname for the Civil Administration, whose base is located near the eponymous settlement ) will revoke all the special passes that allow their businesses to exist. The experiences of others in similar circumstances (for example, senior Fatah officials who deigned to take part in a demonstration or two and had their VIP passes revoked ) are enough to create the fear.
A machinery of repression depends not only on guns and torture in cellars. As the Soviet-bloc regimes proved, bureaucracy is central to the system. The same is true with us: Far from the barriers of transparency of a proper democratic society, Israel has created a complex and invisible bureaucracy that completely controls Palestinian freedom of movement, and hence freedom of employment, livelihood and studies, the freedom to fall in love and establish a family, to organize and other basic liberties. more.. e-mail
Mubarak's Last Gambit: Manufacturing Chaos
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Feb 2011 - By Ahmed Amr – Cairo There is a joke making the rounds in Egypt that Hosni Mubarak threatened to demonstrate in front of parliament and self-emulate himself if the Egyptian people refuse to step down and join the deposed Tunisian leader in Exile. The octogenarian dictator is simply delusional if thinks he can hold onto power. By my estimates, he’ll be gone in a week or two - hopefully sooner. But before he gives up his throne, he means to dole out a severe dose of punishment to the 80 million ‘ingrates’ who have delegitimized his corruption infested regime. Mubarak is a desperate and stubborn man. The disbanding of the police last Friday was a calculated attempt to manufacture chaos and terrorize the populace. It was supposed to be the perfect state crime. The police suddenly vanished abandoning even the prisons which are administered by the Ministry of Interior. With...more
9 detained overnight by Israeli forces; 2 injured
2/2/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Jenin refugee camp during a raid overnight, security sources said. The detainees were identified as Yoused Imad Amer, Maysara Suleiman Kharboush, and Wisam Salem Halamna. Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces threw stun grenades and searched the houses. Locals said forces withdrew from the camp but stayed....
Journalists forced to pledge abstention from Gaza rallies
2/2/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Gaza government police ordered detained journalists to sign a paper pledging to "abide by law, order and conventions" following their arrest at a sit-in protest Monday showing support for Egypt rallies. Member of the Palestinian Journalists Union General Secretariat Tahseen Al-Astal said the journalists and others who were detained refused to.... Related: More detentions in Ramallah at rally for Egypt
More detentions in Ramallah at rally for Egypt
2/2/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police beat back protesters with clubs and detained at least two at what witnesses described as aspontaneous rally and show of support for the Egyptian people as chaos hit Cairo streets."I was sick and tired of sitting at home and doing nothing," one Ramallah resident said, explaining that.... Related: Journalists forced to pledge abstention from Gaza rallies and Abbas praises judiciary
Journalists forced to pledge abstention from Gaza rallies
Uruknet February 2, 2011 - Gaza government police ordered detained journalists to sign a paper pledging to "abide by law, order and conventions" following their arrest at a sit-in protest Monday showing support for Egypt rallies. Member of the Palestinian Journalists Union General Secretariat Tahseen Al-Astal said the journalists and others who were detained refused to sign the paper, saying...
More detentions in Ramallah at rally for Egypt
Uruknet February 2, 2011 - -- Palestinian Authority police beat back protesters with clubs and detained at least two at what witnesses described as a spontaneous rally and show of support for the Egyptian people as chaos hit Cairo streets. "I was sick and tired of sitting at home and doing nothing," one Ramallah resident said, explaining that she had...
Israeli Troops Arrest Four Palestinian Teens Around West Bank
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - After overnight raids in several Palestinian districts ending on Wednesday morning, Israeli troops arrested at least five Palestinians, four of them teenagers. Three of the detainees were from...
Israeli soldiers conduct provocative searches on women ahead of prison visits
PIC 2 Feb 2011 - Palestinians held in the Israeli Ofer prison say their relatives have been victimized by provocative and humiliating searches when visiting them.
Hamas MPs in Tulkarem hold reception for female detainee
PIC 2 Feb 2011 - Some of Hamas lawmakers gathered at the Israeli military checkpoint of Jabara, near Tulkarem city, to receive female detainee Muntaha Attawil after her release from Israeli jails.
Group: Harsh treatment of child detainee
2/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces psychologically tortured a 14-year-old Palestinian detained in a night raid on his Ramallah village, a local rights group said. Islam Tamami was detained on 23 January from his home in Nabi Saleh, a village which holds weekly anti-wall rallies to protest Israel's confiscation of residents'.... Related: PSCC: Harsh Interrogations of Children Escalate in Nabi Saleh
PA launches campaign to monitor consumer prices
2/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority National Economy Ministry is launching a campaign to monitor consumer prices in the West Bank, the ministry's Hebron office said Tuesday. Maher Al-Qaisy, spokesman for the Hebron office, said the ministry detained 60 traders in January for selling goods at inflated prices. The ministry sets average....
Abusing Palestinian Children
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - ...In June 2009, DCI/Palestine's report titled, "Palestinian Child Prisoners," documented their systematic, institutionalized torture and abuse, including testimonies providing chilling evidence, including from Mahmoud speaking for others saying: "I went from having a normal life at home to handcuffs, deprivation of sleep, shouting, threats, rounds of interrogation, serious accusations," beatings and other abuse. As a...
Israeli soldiers detain 12 Palestinians in WB
1 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained at dawn on Tuesday 12 Palestinians from different parts in the west bank . Local sources told that Israeli forces raided several parts in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and detained the Palestinian citizens before their withdrawing.
IOF troops detain 12 Palestinians, ask people on Egypt
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 12 Palestinians in the West Bank after forcing their families out of their homes in the cold winter weather in pre dawn raids on Tuesday.
We all have the right to vote
Omar Shweiki, Ma’an News Agency 2/1/2011
We are all Palestinian citizens, we all have the right to vote.
Today it is time to reclaim our democratic right to shape our own destiny. The Palestinian national consensus, as expressed in the 2006 Prisoners’ Document, calls for the reactivation of the PLO through the formation of a new Palestinian National Council by means of direct elections. This axiom of democratic representation and national unity was agreed upon by the major patriotic and Islamic parties and it reflects the popular will of Palestinians. The sovereign will of the Palestinian people and its ability to shape its own destiny can only be embodied in a directly elected PNC, the highest legislative body of all Palestinians, no matter where they live.
This need for legitimate representation is confirmed by recent events in Tunis and Egypt, where the people have strikingly highlighted the serious crisis of leadership in the national arena. The recent publication of The Palestine Papers showed much the same thing, and illustrated the degree to which large sectors of the Palestinian people, especially refugees, are not currently represented, nor can they participate in the legislation of national platforms and policies.
With these realities in mind, young Palestinians came together in the name of the General Union of Palestine Students to initiate the national campaign for democratic representation with a sit-in at the Palestinian embassy in London on January 27. The campaign was launched with a declaration calling for a restoration of our basic right to participate in our own political process.
In the spirit of national unity, the campaign focuses on three demands.... more.. e-mail
Can the Palestinian Authority survive?
Jonathan Cook in Nazareth, Redress 2/1/2011
"Our leaders are negotiating the terms of our imprisonment”
With the 18-year-long Middle East peace process finally pronounced dead, is the Palestinian Authority (PA) finished too?
That is the question being asked by Palestinians in the wake of a week of damaging revelations that Palestinian negotiators secretly made major concessions to Israel in talks on Jerusalem, refugees and borders.
The PA – the Palestinians' government-in-the-making, led by Mahmoud Abbas – was already in crisis before the disclosure of official Palestinian documents by Al-Jazeera television last week.
Now, said George Giacaman, the head of the Ramallah-based research centre Muwatin, which advocates greater Palestinian democracy, the PA's "back is to the wall".
The question of the PA's survival, and the future direction of Palestinian politics, has gained added urgency as the wider Middle East is rocked by unrest, from Tunisia to Yemen.
Mahdi Abdul Hadi, the director of the Jerusalem think-tank Passia, said the Palestinians were "at a crossroads". Although the streets had remained largely quiet until now, he said it was only a matter of time before Palestinians started to make clear their revulsion at their leadership.
"It is now much clearer to Palestinians that they are living in a prison and that the PA leaders are there only to negotiate the terms of our imprisonment," he said. more.. e-mail
Amnesty International Condemns sentence of long time human rights activist, Ameer Makhoul.
Palestine Monitor - On 30 January, Palestinian human rights worker, Ameer Makhoul was sentenced to nine years in prison for alleged crimes of spying for a foreign agent. Makhoul is a prominent human rights activist in Haifa and the General Director of Ittijah, the Union of Arab Community Based...
Amnesty International Condemns sentence of long time human rights activist, Ameer Makhoul.
Palestine Monitor: 1 Feb 2011 - On 30 January, Palestinian human rights worker, Ameer Makhoul was sentenced to nine years in prison for alleged crimes of spying for a foreign agent. Makhoul is a prominent human rights activist in Haifa and the General Director of Ittijah, the Union of Arab Community Based Association, and the Chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms. He was arrested on 6 May 2010, and on 27 October Makhoul signed a plea bargain that guaranteed a reduced sentence. However, Makhoul and his family have since maintained that his confession was coerced. During his interrogation Makhoul was subjected to both physical and mental duress that constitute torture, including 62 hours of sleep deprivation. The charges against Makhoul have been further questioned because no evidence against him was presented other than his own spurious confession. The Israeli Security Agency confiscated Makhoul's cell phones and computers, and searched his offices'...more
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.
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 (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.
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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