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Israel renews lawmaker's detention without charge
3/31/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court renewed the administrative detention of a Palestinian lawmaker for the third time on Friday, a Hamas-affiliated news site reported. Khalil al- Rabai, an MP with Hamas' Change and Reform Bloc, has been held without charge since he was detained on Dec. 30, 2010, the Palestine Information....

Israeli court extends administrative detention of Nablus lawyer
3/31/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - An Israeli military court on Friday extended the administrative detention of Palestinian lawyer from Nablus Yousif Abdul-Haq for two more months. Seventy-year-old Abdul-Haq is a lecturer at Al-Najah National University in Nablus. He is currently detained at Ofer detention center near Ramallah. Abdul-Haq was detained on Dec. 7, 2011 from his.... Related: Israel renews lawmaker's detention without charge

[uruknet.info] Terrorizing Palestinians Daily
Uruknet March 30, 2012 - Life in Occupied Palestine is harsh, brutal, and repressive. It includes collective punishment, closed borders, economic strangulation, land theft, dispossessions, neighborhood incursions, ground and air attacks, arrests, torture, incarceration, and constant fear. Daily reports explain. On March 27, soldiers and settlers invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque through the al-Magharba Gate. Inside they terrorized...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian detainee in Gaza deportation deal should be released to West Bank
Uruknet 30 March 2012 - A deal that led to Palestinian Hana Shalabi halting her hunger strike and facing transfer to the Gaza Strip for a three year period could amount to a forcible deportation, Amnesty International said. Shalabi, 30, was arrested by Israeli troops last month in the West Bank and has been held under administrative...

Wa'ed society calls for making April 17 global day for Palestinian prisoners
PIC - Wa'ed society for detainees called on all advocates of the Palestinian cause in the world to make April 17 a global day to champion thousands of Palestinian freedom prisoners in Israeli jails.

Israeli jailers decide to exile Shalabi to Gaza in exchange for her release
PIC - Hana Shalabi decided to suspend her 44-day hunger strike after the Israeli prison authority accepted to release her on condition that she lives in Gaza for three years as an exile.

The New Mandela
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 3/30/2012
      Marwan Barghouti and the Third Intifada
     MARWAN BARGHOUTI has spoken up. After a long silence, he has sent a message from prison.
     In Israeli ears, this message does not sound pleasant. But for Palestinians, and for Arabs in general, it makes sense.
     His message may well become the new program of the Palestinian liberation movement.
     I FIRST met Marwan in the heyday of post-Oslo optimism. He was emerging as a leader of the new Palestinian generation, the home-grown young activists, men and women, who had matured in the first Intifada.
     He is a man of small physical stature and large personality. When I met him, he was already the leader of Tanzim (“organization”), the youth group of the Fatah movement.
     The topic of our conversations then was the organization of demonstrations and other non-violent actions, based on close cooperation between the Palestinians and Israeli peace groups. The aim was peace between Israel and a new State of Palestine.
     When the Oslo process died with the assassinations of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Marwan and his organization became targets. Successive Israeli leaders – Binyamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon – decided to put an end to the two-state agenda. In the brutal “Defensive Shield operation (launched by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, the new leader of the Kadima Party) the Palestinian Authority was attacked, its services destroyed and many of its activists arrested.
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Israel expels Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi to Gaza
IMEMC - After 43 days on hunger strike, Palestinian political prisoner Hana Shalabi has agreed to end her hunger strike after Israeli officials agreed to release her from prison. But her release will not be to her home in the West Bank, but to the Gaza Strip, where she will be forced to live for three years before she can return home. ...

Israeli police detain 14 Palestinians in Jerusalem
3/30/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained 14 Palestinians in Jerusalem on Friday at demonstrations to mark Land Day, officials said. Palestinian Authority Minister for Jerusalem AffairsHatem Abdul Qader was among the 14 detained, said prisoner society director in Jerusalem Naser Qaws. He was released after several hours, Qaws said. The detainees were taken to....

Report: Palestinian attacked on Jerusalem train
3/30/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Israelis attacked a Palestinian man on a train in Jerusalem on Thursday night, Israeli radio reported. Israeli police detained two attackers. Two others fled, the report said. The victim was hospitalized with light injuries, the report added....

IDF: Next challenge – Prisoner Day
YNet News, 30 Mar 2012 - As Land Day protests die down, IDF spokesman says army is pleased with handling of riots; Army says 50 were injured in West Bank, Gaza, but Palestinians report one man killed, 150 hurt ....

Mitsada soldiers storm Ofer prison wards
PIC - IOF soldiers of Mitsada anti-riot squad stormed on Thursday night two wards at the Ofer prison near the southern West Bank city of Ramallah.

Third Intifada: Barghouti's Manifesto
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Mar 2012 - By Uri Avnery Marwan Barghouti has spoken up. After a long silence, he has sent a message from prison. In Israeli ears, this message does not sound pleasant. But for Palestinians, and for Arabs in general, it makes sense. His message may well become the new program of the Palestinian liberation movement. I first met Marwan in the heyday of post-Oslo optimism. He was emerging as a leader of the new Palestinian generation, the home-grown young activists, men and women, who had matured in the first Intifada. He is a man of small physical stature and large personality. When I met him, he was already the leader of Tanzim (“organization”), the youth group of the Fatah movement. The topic of our conversations then was the organization of demonstrations and other non-violent actions, based on close cooperation between the Palestinians and Israeli peace groups. The aim was peace between Israel and...more

Prisoners society reports deal to free hunger-striker
3/29/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian prisoners society says hunger-striker Hana Shalabi has accepted a deal to end her strike in return for temporary deportation to the Gaza Strip. The society was confirming a report aired on Ma'an television late Thursday which quoted a high-ranking Palestinian source as saying Shalabi would be sent.... Related: Deal reached to free Hana Shalabi

Egypt security thwart Gaza fuel smuggling
3/29/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian police and military forces on Thursday thwarted the smuggling of fuel into the Gaza Strip from a site in the northern Sinai, a Ma'an correspondent reported. Police seized 53,000 liters of fuel en route for sale on the black market in Gaza, security sources said. A truck.... Related: Egyptian security detain 15 Palestinians

Egyptian security detain 15 Palestinians
3/29/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities detained 15 Palestinians who infiltrated Thursday into Egypt through tunnels from Gaza, officials told Ma'an. Security sources said the Palestinians were detained during a campaign searching a tourist site in the town of El-Arish. The Palestinians, who were not identified, were taken to the general prosecutor.... Related: Egypt security thwart Gaza fuel smuggling

PA: Israel deportation policy 'a war crime'
3/29/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's policy of deporting Palestinians is a war crime, a top Palestinian Authority official said Thursday after a deal to send a detainee to Gaza. Prisoners minister Issa Qaraqe told Ma'an his ministry rejects the policy which it considers a war crime. Hana Shalabi was subjected to....

Prison officers receive riot training
3/29/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Prison officers in Jericho on Wednesday concluded a four-week training course on how to handle threatening situations, the EU mission to improve law and order in the West Bank said Thursday. The Palestinian Special Police Force taught 20 officers how to deal with inmates in challenging situations without inflicting injuries or....

Palestinian Prisoners Fight Back With Hunger
IPS As 29-year-old Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi enters day 43 of her open- ended hunger strike Thursday from a hospital bed in northern Israel, over two dozen other Palestinian prisoners have now followed suit, refusing food as a way to protest their arrest, detention and treatment in Israeli prisons.

[uruknet.info] Deal reached to free Hana Shalabi
Uruknet March 29, 2012 - A deal to release Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi to the Gaza Strip temporarily was reached late Thursday, officials with knowledge of the negotiations told Ma'an. The officials say Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in exchange for giving up a 43-day strike against Israel's policy of holding detainees without...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Political Detainee Injured After Being Attacked By Soldiers
Uruknet March 28, 2012 - Palestinian political prisoner, Abbas as-Sayyid, was injured after Israeli soldiers of the Nachshon Brigade attacked him in front of his prison cell at the Galboa' Israeli prison. As-Sayyid was beaten to various parts of his body and suffered injuries to the head, chest and genitals. Hamas media spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, warned...

[uruknet.info] Imprisoned Fatah leader Barghouthi calls for resistance, an end to security coordination and the cutting of all ties with Israel
Uruknet March 28, 2012 - Media sources are reporting that jailed Fatah leader Marwan Al-Barghouti has called on the Palestinian leadership to end all forms of economic and security coordination with Israel. In a letter written from Israel's Hadarim Prison, where he is serving a life sentence, Al-Barghouti said, "I call on the National Authority to stop...

Palestinians: Prisoner ends 44-day hunger strike
Daily Star 29 Mar 2012 A Palestinian official says a female prisoner held by Israel has agreed to end a hunger strike after 44 days.

Palestinian detainee ends hunger strike, expelled to Gaza
YNet News, 29 Mar 2012 - Islamic Jihad hunger-striker Hana Shalabi ends hunger strike after 43 days. Compromise reached states Shalabi will be deported to Gaza for 3 years ....

Calls on EU Parliament to press Israel into releasing Palestinian MP Hajj
PIC - The international campaign for freeing kidnapped Palestinian MPs informed the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the European Parliament about the deterioration of the health of detained MP Ahmad Ali Hajj.

Israeli court orders six-month administrative detention of Sheikh Hadid
PIC - The Israeli court of Ofer prison on Wednesday issued a six-month administrative detention against Hamas-affiliated reformer Sheikh Hussein Abu Hadid, aged 65 from Al-Khalil city.

Prisoner Ends Hunger Strike in Return for Expulsion
WAFA - 22:37-RAMALLAH, March 29, 2012 (WAFA) – Hana Shalabi, the Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli jails who has been on hunger strike for 43 straight days, agreed Thursday to...

Settlers take over house in Hebron, PA detains owner
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Palestinian detainee ends strike
BBC 29 Mar 2012 - A Palestinian woman held in detention in Israel, Hana Shalabi, is ending her 43-day hunger strike after a deal under which she will be exiled to Gaza.

Political Detainee Injured After Being Attacked By Soldiers
IMEMC - Palestinian political prisoner, Abbas as-Sayyid, was injured after Israeli soldiers of the Nachshon Brigade attacked him in front of his prison cell at the Galboa’ Israeli prison. ...

[uruknet.info] Terrorizing Palestinian Youths
Uruknet March 27, 2012 - Based on spurious charges or others too minor to matter, Israel arrests, tortures, traumatizes, convicts, and detains hundreds of Palestinian youths lawlessly. Many suffer lasting effects. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) discussed one case. It reflects virtually all others. To protect the youth's identity, he's called "Minor A," or...

[uruknet.info] PA will ask UN summit to end Israeli administrative detention
Uruknet March 27, 2012 -- After the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an international investigation into Israeli settlements last week, the PA prisoners ministry is preparing to ask a UN meeting to force an end to Israel's detention of Palestinians without charge. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday the PA is launching a...

IOF soldiers serve summonses to all liberated prisoners in Beit Ummar
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, in a pre-dawn raid on Wednesday and served summonses to all liberated prisoners, local sources said.

Tadamun unveils details of torturing Sayed in Gilboa prison
PIC - The international Tadamun society for human rights revealed the circumstances of the brutal assault on prisoner Abbas Assayed that happened six days ago in Gilboa prison.

Al-Qassam Brigades vows to avenge torture of prisoner Sayed
PIC - Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, warned to respond to what happened to its leader Abbas Assayed and to punish the perpetrators.

Prison Officers Conclude Training Courses in Quelling Prison Disorder
WAFA - 21:52-JERICHO, March 28, 2012 (WAFA) - Twenty Palestinian prison officers from the Corrections and Rehabilitations Centers Department (CRCD) concluded on Wednesday multi-skills training courses in combating

Barghouthi Calls For Halting Coordination With Israel
IMEMC - Detained Fatah strongman and legislator, Marwan Barghouthi, sent a letter from his prison cell at the Hadarim Israeli prison, calling on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, to stop all forms of security and economic coordination with Israel. ...

Prisoner Group Files Appeal In The Case of Ash-Shalabi
IMEMC - The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) filed an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the release of female detainee Hana’ ash-Shalabi who has been on hunger strike for 40 days. ...

Prisoners society: Shalabi in serious condition
3/27/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi reiterated Tuesday she will not back down, while a lawyer for a prisoners rights group says the detainee is now in serious condition. Jawad Bulus of the Palestinian prisoners society visited Shalabi in Maer hospital in Kfar Saba and reported that she was in serious condition. The....

PA will ask UN summit to end Israeli administrative detention
3/28/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- After the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an international investigation into Israeli settlements last week, the PA prisoners ministry is preparing to ask a UN meeting to force an end to Israel's detention of Palestinians without charge. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday the....

Hamas: PA detained 8 members
3/27/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Tuesday accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining eight party affiliates across the West Bank. PA forces detained eight Hamas members in Tulkarem, Nablus and Jenin, a Hamas statement said. Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement with Fatah, which leads the PA, in May 2011. Under the deal, both parties agreed.... Related: Fatah: Hamas detained spokesman and Group says abuse of Fatah members on rise in Gaza

Group says abuse of Fatah members on rise in Gaza
3/27/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian human rights organization expressed concern Tuesday about the increasing number of arrests of Fatah members in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights is "gravely concerned" over summons issued against Fatah members and called upon the government in Gaza "to stop such acts that are carried out.... Related: Fatah: Hamas detained spokesman and Hamas: PA detained 8 members

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Adalah, PHR-Israel & Al-Mezan submit report to the UN Committee Against Torture on Israel’s lack of compliance with the Convention Against Torture
Relief Web 27 Mar 2012 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Adalah, Al Mezan and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) presented a briefing for the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) last...

Analysis: Barghouti's message challenges PA
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 - Palestinian prisoner's message to PA leadership not so different than those made by Abbas's critics, rivals in Hamas.

Violent Israeli criminals transferred to section of Palestinian female detainees
PIC - Muhjat Al-Quds society for prisoners' rights said the Israeli jailers of Sharon prison transferred last Monday Israeli female criminals to section2 where all Palestinian female prisoners are detained.

Elderly Social Figure Arrested in Hebron
WAFA - 11:49-HEBRON, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday arrested an elderly Palestinian social figure from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's...

Jailed Fatah leader calls to end ties with Israel
3/27/2012 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- From his cell in an Israeli prison, one of the most revered figures in Palestinian politics called on Monday for a new wave of civil resistance in the decades-long quest for statehood, and for severing all ties with Israel. Marwan Barghouti is a leading figure in the Fatah movement. His leadership and charisma....

PA detains journalist critical of mission to France
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 - Palestinian taken for questioning over a controversial article he wrote on the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Paris.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Prisoners on a General Hunger Strike in Israeli Dungeons
Uruknet March 25, 2012 - Today, 24.03.2012, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli dungeons joined in a general one-day hunger strike against the policies of isolation, medical negligence, the prohibition of family visits and against the arbitrary so-called administrative detention. The strike, which is part of a wide-scale struggle programme is also in solidarity with Palestinian detainee Hana' Ash-Shalabi...

Ministry of prisoners hails Amnesty's call for release of Shalabi
PIC - Palestinian ministry for prisoners affairs hailed Amnesty International for condemning Israel's administrative detention of female hunger striker Hana Shalabi and demanding her immediate release.

Tadamun: Israel jailers force Palestinian prisoners to take DNA tests
PIC - The international Tadamun society for human rights said the Israeli prisoner authority known as Shabas started lately to carry out a collective DNA test campaign among Palestinian prisoners.

Megiddo prison administration blocks visits to hunger strikers
PIC - The administration of the Israeli Megiddo prison has blocked visits by lawyers to their clients in the jail as a punishment for going on hunger strike.

Tadamon for Human Rights : Khaled al-Hajj transferred to Ramlah Hospital
PIC - The Israeli Occupation Prison Service transferred ,on Sunday, Khaled al-Hajj, a Hamas leader, from Shatta prison to Ramlah hospital to have an eye operation, according to ITFHR.

Helping ex-detainee children cope with trauma
IRIN - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 3/26/2012
      RAMALLAH, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) - A year after his arrest and detention by the Israeli military in Bethlehem, Hamza, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, is seeing a social worker to try and overcome the trauma he suffered in a small cell with 10 other people.
     "They blindfolded me, tied my arms together and took me away to prison in an army jeep. We were 10 people in a small cell, and they kept asking me why I threw stones a few times every day," he told IRIN, as he waited for the social worker at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) office in Beit Sahour.
     When Hamza was detained about a year ago, he was 16. "There were settlers outside our school and then clashes broke out. I threw stones and got caught," he said. "During four and a half months in detention, I was not allowed to see my family once. When I got out of prison, I just didn't know where to begin," he added.
     For many child ex-detainees, the months-long imprisonment away from friends and family is a rather traumatic experience, according to the YMCA, which has been running a post-trauma rehabilitation programme for ex-detainee children, since May 2009, supported by Save the Children Sweden and the European Commission's humanitarian aid department (ECHO).
     Each year 500-700 Palestinian children from the West Bank aged 12-17 are detained and prosecuted in Israeli military courts, mostly on charges related to throwing stones. "These children go through a very painful time. They are often deprived of sleep, humiliated and forced to confess that they did something wrong," Nader Abu Amsha, director of the rehabilitation programme in Beit Sahour, told IRIN.
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Palestinian hunger striker in danger
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/22/2012
      Battling against administrative detention, Hana Al-Shalabi has refused food for over a month, her health rapidly deteriorating.
     Hana Al-Shalabi, 24, was released from Israeli jails several months ago as part of the so-called Shalit deal. However, the young Palestinian woman was rearrested two months ago "on secret charges" and sent for administrative detention without charge or trial, ostensibly in order to make her suffer.
     This, says Eissa Qaraki, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of the prisoner portfolio, is a deliberate Israeli policy aimed at hounding and harassing the released prisoners and destabilising their lives.
     But Hana Al-Shalabi wouldn't succumb to the unjust detention order. She resorted to the only means available to her and other inmates to voice their grievances: hunger strike.
     On 18 February, she began an open-ended hunger strike to protest against this "illegal, illegitimate and immoral" open-ended incarceration, using her lawyer's words.
     On Sunday, she entered her 32nd day of fasting amid fears for her life as her health deteriorated rapidly.
     Her family and human rights organisations in the occupied territories appealed to the UN and Red Cross to intervene and press the Israeli authorities to free her and also put an end to the blatant practice of detaining people for prolonged periods reaching up to 12 years and without trial or charges.
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100 Years of the ANC: Palestinians Resisting Israeli Apartheid
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2012 - By Ahmed Kathrada (Message from Ahmed Kathrada on the Occasion on the occasion of the 8th International Israeli Apartheid Week, held recently at the University of Johannesburg -- Kathrada, spent 18 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island during which time received the ANC’s highest possible accolade, the Isitwalandwe Award. Kathrada also served as the political advisor to President Nelson Mandela and is currently the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council.) As a South African who has lived and suffered under Apartheid and spent nearly thirty years of my adult life in its jails for resisting it, I can and do humbly claim to know something about the meaning of Apartheid. You do not get to journey as far and as long as I have with the African National Congress (ANC) and leaders such as Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela and not recognize Apartheid when you...more

IOF soldiers arrest six Palestinians, summon liberated prisoner
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a search campaign in various West Bank areas at dawn Sunday that ended with the arrest of six Palestinians.

Jerusalemites stage sit-in in solidarity with prisoners
PIC - The committee of relatives of Jerusalemite prisoners in Israeli jails and the Palestinian prisoner’s society organized a sit-in on Saturday in solidarity with their next of kin.

Detained young woman on hunger strike in Israeli jails
PIC - Amani Al-Khandakji has joined the long queue of Palestinian administrative detainees who have gone on hunger strike to protest their detention without trial or charge.

Soldiers Attack Detainees, Conduct Forced DNA Tests
IMEMC - The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees reported Saturday that Palestinian political prisoners in Nafha, Majiddo, Galboa’, and Ramon Israeli prisons, returned their meals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning, in protest to forced DNA tests conducted on them by, under gunpoint, the Israeli soldiers. ...

Ministry: Prisoners refuse meals over DNA tests
3/24/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians jailed in Israel have refused meals to protest the forceful extraction of their DNA samples, the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said Saturday. Palestinian inmates at Megiddo, Gilboa and Ramon jails returned meals on Thursday and Saturday, the ministry report said. Prisoners' representative in Ramon Jamal Rajoub said prisoners....

Minister visits mother of 4 detainees
3/24/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners' Affairs visited a woman on Friday whose four sons are in Israeli jails. Issa Qaraqe visited the al-Amari camp in Ramallah to meet Um Nasser Abu Hamid. The minister gave Abu Hamid a gift for Mothers Day and applauded her bravery. Her oldest son....

Amani al Khandaqja, defender of prisoner rights, becomes a prisoner herself
3/24/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Robin and Axel, 21 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West  Bank - Amani's father displays the photo of his daughter, Amani, who was taken away by the Zionist military earlier this week. Early Monday morning, on the 20th of March, Israeli soldiers raided a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank city of....

[uruknet.info] Israeli Army Detains A 12-year-old Child At Roadblock Near Jenin
Uruknet March 23, 2012 - Israeli soldiers detained, on Thursday evening, a 12-year-old Palestinian child at a roadblock close to an illegal Israeli settlement, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The Palestinian News & Info Agency, WAFA, reported that the child was identified as Mohammad Mo'ayyad Metani, 12, from Ya'bod village, near Jenin.WAFA added...

Statistics: Israel arrested around 900 Palestinians since start of 2012
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces escalated their arrest campaigns in lines of Palestinians since the start of 2012 and rounded up around 900 including children, women, lawmakers, and liberated prisoners.

Army Detains A Child At Roadblock Near Jenin
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers detained, on Thursday evening, a 12-year-old Palestinian child at a roadblock close to an illegal Israeli settlement, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. ...

Detained Palestinian starves for justice
The National 23 Mar 2012 - Hana Shalabi is near death, having not eaten in 38 days in protest against the Israeli practice of administrative detention.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian hunger striker at risk of death' highlights injustice of administrative detention
Uruknet March 23, 2012 - The Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian detainee or charge her with a recognizable criminal offence and promptly try her, Amnesty International said amid fears that the woman could die in detention after 37 days on hunger strike. Hana Shalabi, 30, from the village of Burqin in the northern West Bank,...

[uruknet.info] New report documents systematic abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention
Uruknet March 22, 2012 - A new, important yet disturbing report published on Tuesday by Defence for Children International - Palestine section has found that Israel's routine arrests, detentions, interrogations, abuses and torture of Palestinian children are in breach of various UN and international laws, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention against...

[uruknet.info] Israel banishes eight Palestinian children from their home town
Uruknet March 22, 2012 - An Israeli court has banished eight Palestinian minors from their home town of Beit A'mer, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank). The eight are currently being detained by Israel. Yousef Abu Maria, the Coordinator of the People's Committee in the town, said that the court's decision prohibits the children, the...

Protest in al-Khalil to demand release of political prisoners
PIC - A demonstration was organised on Thursday afternoon at Ibn Rushd Square, in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil to protest political detention by the PA in Ramallah.

IOF arrest 19 Quds University students in two months
PIC - IOF troops on Friday at dawn raided the home of Palestinian captive Muhammad Halaika who is serving a 22-year prison sentence in Ramon prison and arrested his 22-year-old son Munjed.

Prisoner's Society: Hana Shalabi in Serious Condition in Hospital
IMEMC - Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi is in a serious health condition, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society told media Thursday morning. ...

Hunger-striker Shalabi 'in danger'
3/23/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Jawad Bulus, lawyer of the Palestinian prisoner society, said Thursday that Hana Shalabi's condition is critical as the hunger-striker refuses to give up until being freed from custody. Bulus visited Shalabi in Maer hospital after the prison administration allowed her to leave Ramla clinic under the advice of doctors....

Group says 15 prisoners hurt in scuffle with guards
3/22/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fifteen Palestinian detainees say they were injured in Jalbu prison after Israeli guards raided their cells and forcefully made them submit to DNA testing. Families of the detainees told the Palestinian prisoners society that the prisoners were handcuffed and forced to undergo the testing to which Israel is subjecting all its.... Related: Prisoner group: Israel breaks up Ofer demo

'Hunger striker Shalabi not on verge of death'
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2012 - Prisons Service says that Palestinian prisoner re-arrested after Schalit deal has received treatment and is in stable condition.

[uruknet.info] WATCH: Solidarity with hunger striker Hana al-Shalabi
Uruknet March 22, 2012 - Chicago activists released a video today to bring attention to the heroic hunger strike undertaken by Palestinian political prisoner Hana al-Shalabi, who is at risk of imminent death as she has refused to eat since she was arrested on 16 February. Hana al-Shalabi had previously been held without charge or trial -...

[uruknet.info] Hunger-striker Shalabi 'in danger'
Uruknet March 22, 2012 -- Jawad Bulus, lawyer of the Palestinian prisoner society, said Thursday that Hana Shalabi's condition is critical as the hunger-striker refuses to give up until being freed from custody. Bulus visited Shalabi in Maer hospital after the prison administration allowed her to leave Ramla clinic under the advice of doctors who said the...

More Palestinian detainees decalre hunger strike
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - 22 administrative prisoners joined Hanaa Shalbi in hunger strike. Detainees leaders threaten to join the protest. Prison Services: Situation under control ....

Ashqar: Number of solidarity hunger strikers on the rise
PIC - The number of Palestinian prisoners going on hunger strike in solidarity with detained hunger strikers Hana’a Shalabi and MP Ahmed Al-Haj had risen to 26 in various prisons.

IOF raid Jenin city, search house of senior Islamic Jihad figure
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday stormed Jenin city and ransacked the house of Islamic Jihad official Bassam Assa'di, a prisoner in Israeli jails.

Nafha prisoners go on hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli desert prison Nafha have gone on hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Israeli policy of banning family visits for the past six years.

Hana Shalabi refuses to play by Israeli rules
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 3/22/2012
      Hana Shalabi has been on hunger strike for over a month. Her condition has been deteriorating so badly that prison officials had to transfer her to a Haifa hospital.
     Shalabi is protesting being held in administrative detention. This is a quasi-legal action through which Israel incarcerates individuals without charge or proper trial. Israel inherited this undemocratic procedure from the British mandate, which enacted it as part of the 1945 emergency regulations.
     International humanitarian law considers this procedure illegal and Israel was asked by the international community on numerous occasions to end this practice.
     Over 300 Palestinians are presently held without charge. Administrative detention orders are usually six months long; they are made by an Israeli military commander and presented in front of a military committee for renewal or cancellation.
     Typically, individuals are detained by such an order when the military prosecutors do not have strong enough evidence to charge them, but have a strong feeling that they are guilty of some security crime and prefer to keep them behind bars. However, many times administrative detention are used as punishment, revenge or as part of a system that the Israeli intelligence service (Shin Bet) uses to control the Palestinian population.
     This seems to be the case against Shalabi, who was released last year as part of an Israeli-Hamas prisoner exchange. Released Palestinians are given a pardon recommended by the minister of defense and signed by the Israeli president. The very meaning of a pardon is that all the previous charges and sentencing are erased from all legal books. -- See also: Hunger-striker Shalabi 'in danger'
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Medics: Shalabi returned to prison after tests
3/21/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A representative of Physicians for Human Rights said Wednesday hunger-striking prisoner Hana Shalabi returned to jail after undergoing medical tests in an Israeli hospital. Amani Al Dayef, who visited Shalabi in the ward, told Voice of Palestine radio she underwent a CT scan, and was facing heart problems and muscle wasting....

Prisoners 'to refuse Israeli DNA tests'
3/21/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners in a southern Israeli jail said Wednesday they will refuse the prison authorities extraction of their DNA samples. A police delegation arrived at the jail on Wednesday to begin taking DNA from the prisoners, Gaza-based prisoners group Husam said. The Israeli prison service had notified the 450 Palestinians in....

Israeli troops detain at least 7 in West Bank
3/21/2012 - QALQILIA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians overnight Tuesday, according to security officials. Soldiers raided several homes in Sanniriya village near Qalqiliya, before seizing Abdul Karim Abu Hajla, 25, witnesses told Ma'an. An Israeli army spokeswoman said two people were detained in both Zatara and Husan, near Bethlehem, two....

French shooting suspect had been arrested in Afghanistan
3/21/2012 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) -- French school shooting suspect Mohamed Merah had been arrested for bomb making in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar in 2007 but broke out of jail months later after a daring Taliban prison break, the director of prisons in Kandahar told Reuters. Ghulam Faruq said that Merah was detained by security services.... Related: Fayyad: Stop using Palestinians to justify terror

[uruknet.info] New DCI report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Palestinian Children held in military detention (2012) - Full report
Uruknet March 20, 2012 - Today, 20 March 2012, DCI-Palestine is launching a new report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention. The report is the culmination of four year's work by DCI, with the support of the European Union, focusing on verifying reports of ill-treatment and torture of children in the Israeli military detention...

The captive Khader Adnan moved out hospital
PIC - The Zionist Prisons Service decided to move the captive Khader Adnan from the Zif medical center in Safad to jail because his health improved after treatment for effects of a 66-day hunger strike.

Hamas warns Israel against escalation of violations against prisoners
PIC - Hamas has warned Israel of escalating violations of Palestinian prisoners’ rights after hunger striker Hana’a Shalabi was carried to hospital on her 36th day of hunger strike.

Striking Prisoner not admitted to Hospital, say Rights Groups
WAFA - 20:17-RAMALLAH, March 20, 2012 – Contrary to earlier reports that Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 34 straight days Hana Shalabi was transferred to hospital following deterioration in...

Israel Transfers Striking Prisoner to Hospital
WAFA - 11:04-RAMALLAH, March 20, 2012 (WAFA) – Striking Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi was transferred from the Israeli HaSharon prison to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, said head of the...

Israeli Court Upholds Appeal To End Discrimination In “Feast Meals”
IMEMC - For the first time in Israel’s history, the Israeli District Court upheld an appeal filed on behalf a Palestinian political prisoner from the northern West Bank city of Jenin demanding an end to discrimination in the distribution of special meals that were only granted to Jewish prisoners during Jewish and Israeli holidays. ...

Shalabi Moved To Hospital After Sharp Health Deterioration
IMEMC - Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated on Monday evening that hunger-striking detainee Hana’ Ash-Shalabi, who has been on hunger strike since 34 days, was moved to Meir Israeli Hospital, in Kfar Saba, after a sharp deterioration in her health condition. ...

Shalabi: Freedom is more precious than life
3/20/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hunger-striking Palestinian detainee Hana Shalabi said Tuesday she will stay on strike despite pressure to back down after 34 days without food."It's true our lives are very precious, but our freedom is even more precious and more powerful than their cells," Shalabi said, according to her lawyer Jawad.... Related: Group says Adnan to move back to prison

Palestinian children 'subject to violence' in Israeli jails
3/20/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian children are systematically ill-treated in Israeli detention, and in some cases tortured, an international child rights group said on Tuesday. The report by Defence for Children International records that a majority of children are detained from villages near "friction points" -- Israeli settlements in the West Bank, or Israeli military and.... Related: New DCI report: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention (2012)

Israeli forces detain 6 in West Bank night raids
3/20/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained six Palestinians overnight Monday in raids across the West Bank, the army said. An Israeli military spokesman said six people were detained in Qabatiya near Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron. They were taken for "security questioning," he said. Women's rights activist Amani al-Khandaqji, 27, was among....

Group says Adnan to move back to prison
3/20/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners society said Tuesday that Israeli prison authorities will move ex-hunger-striker Khader Adnan back to his jail cell after he ended his strike. Jawad Bulus said that he spoke with the Zaif hospital in Safad and the doctors confirmed that Adnan's condition is improved.... Related: Shalabi: Freedom is more precious than life

Israel arrests Palestinian in raid near Hebron
3/20/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained on Tuesday a Palestinian from Beit Ummar after raiding his house during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the village, local activists said. Muhammad Ayyad Awad, the spokesman of the local popular committee, said three military jeeps raided the area. Samer Mahmoud al-Alami, 23, was struck before....

[uruknet.info] Shalabi: Freedom is more precious than life
Uruknet March 20, 2012 -- Hunger-striking Palestinian detainee Hana Shalabi said Tuesday she will stay on strike despite pressure to back down after 34 days without food. "It's true our lives are very precious, but our freedom is even more precious and more powerful than their cells," Shalabi said, according to her lawyer Jawad Bulus of the...

[uruknet.info] What Palestinian political prisoners are fighting for
Uruknet March 20, 2012 - The case of the freedom fighter Khader Adnan reminds us of where the strength of the Palestinian people lies. This is the strength that was squandered and dissipated in the Oslo process and the pursuit of a state at the expense of national liberation. With his historic hunger strike and his heroic...

[uruknet.info] Inspired by Shalabi, Palestinian prisoners boycott military courts
Uruknet March 19, 2012 - Political prisoner Hana Shalabi, now in her 33rd day of hunger strike, is spreading dissent across Israeli prisons, including a boycott of the military courts system. Shalabi is protesting Israel's practice of administrative detention, or arrest without charge. As a result of her prolonged protest, she is now "in danger of immanent...

Hunger striker rushed to hospital
PIC - The Israeli Hasharon prison administration carried Palestinian detainee Hana’a Shalabi to hospital after serious deterioration in her health condition on the 34th day of her hunger strike.

Israeli court postpones decision on hunger striker
PIC - The Israeli military court in Ofer has postponed a decision on the demand for the release of detained hunger striker Hana’a Shalabi till next week.

Egypt: Contacts Held to Release Palestinian Prisoner
allAfrica.com 20 Mar 2012 - [Egypt Online] Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Eissa Qaraq'e said that Egypt is exerting efforts to save the life of Hana Shalby, imprisoned in Israeli jails for 33 days now. She went on hunger strike in protest against her administrative arrest.

Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention
Report, Defence for Children International 3/20/2012
      Since 1967, Palestinians from the West Bank have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. The United Nations (UN) estimates that during the last 44 years, around 726,000 Palestinian men, women and children have been prosecuted and detained under these emergency laws. In the past 11 years alone, around 7,500 children, some as young as 12 years, are estimated to have been detained, interrogated, and imprisoned within this system. This averages out at between 500-700 children per year, or nearly two children, each and every day.
     This Report is the culmination of four years’ work during which time sworn testimonies were collected from 311 children held in Israeli military detention. The Report focuses on the period of time between the child’s arrest and being brought before a military court for the first time. The testimonies reveal that the majority of children are detained in the middle of the night in what are typically described as terrifying raids conducted by the army. Most children have their hands painfully tied behind their backs and are blindfolded, before being taken away to an unknown location for interrogation. The arrest and transfer process is often accompanied by verbal abuse and humiliation, threats as well as physical violence. Hours later the children find themselves in an interrogation room, alone, sleep deprived, bruised and scared. Unlike Israeli children living in settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right to silence.
     The testimonies reveal that most children undergo a coercive interrogation, mixing verbal abuse, threats and physical violence, generally resulting in a confession. The most common offence children confess to is throwing stones. The Report also finds that in 29 percent of cases, the children are either shown, or made to sign, documentation written in Hebrew, a language they do not understand.
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Test killing
Khaled Amayreh from occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/15/2012
      Israel's unprovoked attack on Gaza had several aims.
     The latest round of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which started on 9 April and lasted for five days, began with the assassination of Sheikh Zuheir El-Qaisi, chief of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).
     El-Qaisi was riding a civilian car with a bodyguard when an Israeli apache helicopter gunship hit the vehicle with a hellfire missile, incinerating it and instantly killing them both. The assassination brought to an abrupt end the uneasy truce that had lasted several weeks. Hamas, the largest military force in Gaza, had successfully convinced other resistance groups, including the PRC and Islamic Jihad, to observe the tacit ceasefire reached in coordination with Egypt.
     Israel subsequently concocted a statement claiming that the PRC Chief was "involved in the final stages of planning a major resistance attack on Israel's border with Egypt", which even the Israeli media did not take seriously. The Palestinians viewed the murder of El-Qaisi and his aide, recently released in the Shalit prisoner swap, as deliberate provocation. The reassertion of Israeli deterrence vis-Ă-vis the Palestinian resistance also achieved several of Tel Aviv's political, operational and tactical goals, including testing the Iron Dome anti-missile missile system which the Israeli army has recently deployed outside the Gaza Strip.
     The Israeli political and military establishment would like to bully the Palestinians into accepting a situation in which resistance activists, and even innocent civilians, are murdered and maimed on an almost daily basis without provoking the slightest reaction.
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W Bank prisoner 'close to death'
BBC 20 Mar 2012 - Rights activists say a Palestinian on hunger strike for the past month in protest at her detention by Israel is at "immediate risk of death".

What Palestinian political prisoners are fighting for
Electronic Intifada: 20 Mar 2012 - Ameer Makhoul Gilboa Prison 20 March 2012 Khader Adnan’s hunger strike was not in protest of administrative detention but against Israel’s entire colonial system, argues Ameer Makhoul, writing from Gilboa prison.more

Shalabi supporters join hunger strike, boycott courts
3/19/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thirty Palestinian prisoners have joined the hunger strike of Hana Shalabi, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Monday. PA Minister for Detainee Affairs Issa Qaraqe told Ma'an that Shalabi was hospitalized on Monday evening after consuming only water for 33 days. Her lawyers and doctors warned last.... Related: Israeli court to hold Shalabi hearing Tuesday

2 detainees enter 20th year in Israeli jail
3/19/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian detainees have entered their 20th year in Israeli detention, researcher Riyad al-Ashqar said Monday. Atef Shaath, from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, was detained in 1993 and sentenced to 25 years, said al-Ashqar, who works for the Ministry of Detainee Affairs in Gaza. Mahmoud Nofal, 64, from Jerusalem....

[uruknet.info] AIC Video: Palestinian Children Ex-Detainees
Uruknet March 18, 2012 - It is estimated that 8,000 Palestinian children, including some as young as 12-years-old, have been arrested and detained by the Israeli authorities since 2000. According to a report released in early March by Save the Children and the East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program, 98 percent were subjected to physical or psychological violence...

[uruknet.info] Hunger Strikers for Freedom, for Justice, for Dignity, for Palestine
Uruknet March 18, 2012 - Hana' was kidnapped from her home in Burqin, Jenin on 16.02.2012 and has been ordered in administrative detention for 6 months. This is not the first time for Hana': she had been in administrative detention for 6 executive times since 14.03.2009, and was released in October 2011 in the latest prisoner exchange...

Israeli intelligence extorts Palestinian ex-detainee to work for them
PIC - A newly released Palestinian prisoner said an Israeli intelligence officer blackmailed him and threatened to send him back once again to jail if he did not work as an informer for Israel.

Inspired by Shalabi, Palestinian prisoners boycott military courts
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Ayman Nobani/APA images) Political prisoner Hana Shalabi, now in her 33rd day of hunger strike, is spreading dissent across Israeli prisons, including a boycott of the military courts system. Shalabi is protesting Israel’s practice of administrative detention, or arrest without charge. As a result of...

Egypt: Ambassador - Nation 'Sole Active Side' in Palestinian Prisoners' Issue
allAfrica.com 19 Mar 2012 - [Egypt Online] Egypt's Ambassador in Ramallah Yasser Osman said Friday 16/03/2012 that Egypt is exerting its utmost efforts to end the problems of the Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Delusions of Power: Obama is No Gandhi
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2012 - By Deepak Tripathi First the video of United States Marines urinating on bodies of Afghans who had been killed. Then the revelation that copies of the Quran had been burned at Bagram Air Base, which also serves as an American prison camp in Afghanistan. Nearly thirty Afghans and several NATO troops died in the violent reaction. The BBC Kabul correspondent described these events, and the violent public reaction to them, as the tipping point for NATO in the Afghan War. Just as the U.S. commander Gen. John Allen and President Obama hoped that apologies from them would help calm the situation comes another disaster. If official accounts are to be believed, an American soldier left his base in the middle of the night, entered villagers’ homes, woke up Afghan families from sleep and shot his victims in cold blood. After committing the murders, the soldier was reported to have turned...more

Lawyer: Hana Shalabi's health is deteriorating
3/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The health of administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is deteriorating, a lawyer said on Sunday. Sherine Iraqi, a lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners society, said that Shalabi can no longer stand, has very low blood pressure and has lost a lot of weight. The lawyer had earlier met with the representative for....

PA outlines legal case against Israeli prison DNA tests
3/18/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority detainees ministry said Sunday it considers Israel's use of DNA tests on Palestinian prisoners as a violation of international law, and will argue so in a case at Israel's high court. PA lawyers have filed a complaint with Israel's Supreme Court to....

[uruknet.info] Lawyer: Hana Shalabi's health is deteriorating
Uruknet March 18, 2012 -- The health of administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is deteriorating, a lawyer said on Sunday. Sherine Iraqi, a lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners society, said that Shalabi can no longer stand, has very low blood pressure and has lost a lot of weight. The lawyer had earlier met with the representative for female...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Soldiers Broke Into Detention Camps 6 Times Last Week
Uruknet March 17, 2012 - Palestinian Researcher specialized in detainees' affair, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, stated that Israeli soldiers broke into prisons and detention centers six times last week, attacked and violated the rights of the Palestinian detainees, and wounded eleven. Al-Ashqar stated, Friday, that under-cover forces of the Israeli army broke into six main detention centers, where Palestinian...

[uruknet.info] Video: Hana Shalabi's sister speaks
Uruknet March 17, 2012 - Zahera Shalabi is the sister of Hana Shalabi, a 29 year-old woman from the village of Burqin in the Jenin district in Palestine. In February 2012, the Shalabis' home was raided and Hana was arrested. She has since been in Israeli prison under what is called Administrative Detention where over 300 Palestinians...

Fears for her life grow as Shalabi starts 32nd day of hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian detainee Hana’a Shalabi entered on Sunday her 32nd day of hunger strike amidst fears for her life after her health greatly deteriorated.

Soldiers Broke Into Detention Camps 6 Times Last Week
IMEMC - Palestinian Researcher specialized in detainees’ affair, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, stated that Israeli soldiers broke into prisons and detention centers six times last week, attacked and violated the rights of the Palestinian detainees, and wounded eleven. ...

PA 'rejected Shalabi deportation'
3/17/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners said Saturday that Israel offered to deport hunger-striker Hana Shalabi to the Gaza Strip, but the government rejected the offer. Issa Qaraqe said that "We did not agree on such a proposal, neither do we legitimize deportation." The minister did not specify when the offer....

Israeli forces storm Hebron village, detain 2
3/17/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Israeli forces on Saturday morning briefly detained two Palestinian teenagers in the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron. Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad said Israeli troops ransacked two homes. The soldiers detained 15-year-old Alaa Anees Abu Maria and 15-year-old Muhammad Nuaman Zaaqiq before they were....

Enforced disappearances are a stain on the Palestinian Authority
3/17/2012 - By Philip Luther - "Life is hard without him," says Shereen Ayash, who has lived without knowing the fate of her husband Ismail Ayash since he disappeared from Palestinian Authority custody in 2002. Their daughter Jihan was three months old at the time; she is 10 now. She has no recollection of visiting him in prison....

[uruknet.info] Starving for Freedom: Six Years on the Abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat - One Month on the Hunger Strike of Hana Shalabi
Uruknet March 16, 2012 - March 14-15, 2012 marks the sixth anniversary of the attack on Jericho prison and the Israeli abduction of Palestinian national leader Ahmad Sa'adat and his comrades, who had been held under U.S. and British guard in a Palestinian Authority prison. For the past three years, since March 18, 2009, Ahmad Sa'adat has...

[uruknet.info] Administrative Detention: Israel's Way of Bypassing Justice
Uruknet March 16, 2012 - There is no doubt that the historic hunger strike by Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, a leading member of Islamic Jihad - which lasted for 66 days - cast a light on the injustice of the occupation's administrative detention law. Now female prisoner, Hana Shalabi, is doing the same. She has just completed...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Political Prisoners; the Struggle for a Free Palestine Continues
Uruknet March 16, 2012 - Today, Palestinian political detainee Hana' Ash-Shalabi, held captive in Israeli dungeons without trial or charge, is on her 29th day of an open-ended hunger strike against her illegal detention. Hana' continues the fight against injustice, determined, steadfast and strong, while Palestinians, solidarity activists and conscientious people all over the world stand in...

Number of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike on the rise
PIC - Megiddo prison administration transferred the prisoners, who went on hunger strike in solidarity with Hana Al-Shalabi, to other prisons, lawyer Jawad Boulus said.

IPS isolates dozens of prisoners in Negev
PIC - The Israeli prison service (IPS) isolated dozens of Palestinian prisoners in the Negev jail after they revolted against the suppressive measures and refused to stand for the daily count on Saturday.

Enforced disappearances are a stain on the Palestinian Authority
Philip Luther, Ma’an News Agency 3/17/2012
      “Life is hard without him,” says Shereen Ayash, who has lived without knowing the fate of her husband Ismail Ayash since he disappeared from Palestinian Authority custody in 2002.
     Their daughter Jihan was three months old at the time; she is 10 now. She has no recollection of visiting him in prison as a baby.
     Shereen and Jihan are not alone: the families of five other men await with growing desperation any news of their sons, brothers, fathers and husbands who all disappeared on that day 10 years ago from Salfit Detention Center in the northern West Bank.
     “Each one of them is dear to his family,” said the wife of another disappeared.
     Before they disappeared, these men had been detained on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations that they had collaborated with the Israeli intelligence services, at a time when the Israeli army was conducting devastating military operations to suppress the second intifada.
     They were never tried.
     During visits to the detention center, the families noticed marks of beatings and burns on the men’s bodies. When they were contacted by the Palestinian intelligence services to be told that the men had somehow “escaped” on March 12, 2002, they feared the worst.
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Prisoner joins Shalabi's hunger strike
3/16/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee entered his sixth day on hunger strike on Friday in solidarity with prisoner Hana Shalabi, a detainees' center said. Jafar Abu Salah, 45, was detained by Israeli forces from his home in Arraba village in the northern West Bank. Israeli courts have postponed his hearing 11 times....

[uruknet.info] Twenty-four Palestinian are on hunger strike
Uruknet March 16, 2012 - Officials within the Israeli prison authority have expressed concern about the increasing phenomenon of Palestinian prisoners, especially administrative detainees, going on hunger strike. The numbers have risen after Khader Adnan went on hunger strike for 66 days resulting in a decision not to extend his detention and for him to be released...

Captives announce the start of a revolt in all occupation prisons
PIC - Palestinian captives in occupation jails announced the start of a revolt in all occupation prisons which they will gradually escalate until all their just demands of the captives are met.

Serious deterioration in the health of Palestinian detainee
PIC - Palestinian captive, Hana’ al-Shalabi enters today her 30th day of hunger strike. She informed her lawyer that she stopped taking salt and is only taking water and will continue until her release.

Captive Abbas al-Sayyed refuses to give DNA samples
PIC - Abbas al-Sayyed, a detained Hamas leader, refused to give a saliva sample to the Jalbu' prison administration which is collecting prisoner data to keep in a database..

Palestinian Detainees To Hold Hunger Strike
IMEMC - The Media Office of the Waed Society for Detainees and Ex-Detainees reported that Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons and detention camps intend to declare, in April, one of the largest open-ended hunger strikes. ...

Shalabi's hunger strike tests Israeli jailing policy
3/15/2012 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- The deteriorating health of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for the past month is focusing international attention on Israel's decades-old use of detention without trial. Shrouded by winter gloom, protesters clutching pictures of Hana Shalabi gathered on Thursday outside Ofer prison, the largest in the occupied West Bank, and shouted....

Analysis: Why Israel attacked Gaza
3/15/2012 - By Ramzy Baroud - The first Israeli missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists. Zuhair Qasis was the head of the Popular Resistance Committee. He was killed alongside a Palestinian prisoner....

Palestinian hunger strikes protest jailing policy
Jerusalem Post 15 Mar 2012 - Protesters, clutching pictures of Hana Shalabi outside Ofer prison, shout slogans at IDF soldiers guarding the facility.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian detainee's health in danger; hunger strike spreads
Uruknet March 15, 2012 - Today is the 29th day of Hana Shalabi's hunger strike, and her physical condition is worsening. Shalabi, a 29 year old woman from the West Bank village of Burqin, was formally held for 25 months in administrative detention, was released last October in the Schalit prisoner swap, and re-arrested within four months...

[uruknet.info] Elite Israeli sniper squad' raids Palestinians in prison, injures 11
Uruknet March 14, 2012 - Early Monday morning an elite "control and restraint" unit and a massive number of soldiers raided Palestinians in an Israeli prison with tear gas and rubber bullets, leaving 11 injured. The raid took place just one week after a group of Palestinian women submitted affidavits charging Israeli security officials with torture. The...

Political detainees in PA jail threaten hunger strike
PIC - Political detainees in the Palestinian Authority jail in Jericho are threatening to go on hunger strike if court orders for their release were not carried out.

Palestinian prisoners to launch open hunger strike next month
PIC - Wa'ed society for detainees and ex-detainees said the Palestinian prisoners coordinated their efforts to start the largest open hunger strike next April in all Israeli jails.

Violent raid on Ofer jail, injuries reported
PIC - Metsada and Nahshun units violently stormed on Wednesday evening Ofer prison west of Ramallah amid intensive firing of tear gas grenades and embarked on assaulting the prisoners.

Gilad Shalit’s father says, ‘If I were Palestinian I’d kidnap soldiers’
Mondoweiss - Noam Shalit Noam Shalit, father of former prisoner Gilad Shalit announced on Israel's Channel 10 he would kidnap an Israeli soldier in his quest for freedom, if he were a Palestinian. Guardian : The father of an Israeli soldier held in captivity for more than five years...

Bibi Stirs Trouble with Attack on Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Mar 2012 - By Ramzy Baroud The first Israeli missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists. Zuhair Qasis was the head of the Popular Resistance Committee. He was killed alongside a former Palestinian prisoner from Nablus who had recently been freed and deported to Gaza. Then, another set of missiles rained down, this time taking Obeid al-Ghirbali and Muhammad Harara. Then, a third, and a forth, and so on. The death count began on March 9 and escalated through the day. The Hamas government urged the international community to take action. Factions vowed to retaliate. In these situations, Western media is usually clueless or complicit. Sometimes it's both. The Israeli army was cited readily by many media outlets without challenge. The first round of attacks was justified based...more

Group says 5 brothers detained in Qalqiliya
3/14/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested released detainee Muhammad Masalha, 29, from the Hajja village east of Qalqiliya in the West Bank and four of his brothers during a village raid, a rights group said Tuesday. The Palestinian prisoners society says Muhammad and his brothers, Khader Masalha, 23, Saed Masalha, 30, Rasem Masalha, 38....

Palestinian prisoners mark 18 years in Israeli jail
3/14/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians marked 18 years in Israeli jails on Wednesday, the detainees center said. Khaled Muhammad, from Qalqilia, was detained in 1995 and sentenced to 20 years. Naeem Al-Shawamreh, 43, from Hebron was sentenced for life. He has a 17-year-old daughter he has never met, the detainees center said....

Lawyer: Wounded teen 'mistreated' in Israel hospital
3/14/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager shot in a clash with Israeli forces near Hebron last week is being poorly treated in an Israeli hospital, a lawyer for the PA detainees ministry said on Wednesday. Muhammad Rashid, 16, was detained on Thursday when forces surrounded the home of a released prisoner in Yatta. An....

Israeli forces 'detain car dealer' at Erez crossing
3/14/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian car dealer at the Erez crossing on the Gaza-Israel border, his family told Ma'an. Ahmad Subhi al-Kahlout's relatives say they were informed that he is being held at al-Majdal prison in southern Israel. It is unclear why he was....

PLO official: Abbas will not threaten to dismantle PA
3/14/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO Executive Committee member Ghassan al-Shaka told Ma'an late Tuesday President Mahmoud Abbas will not threaten to dismantle the Palestinian Authority in a forthcoming communique to Israel. Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Monday that Abbas will warn if Israel does not stop settlement building, release Palestinian prisoners, and recognize.... Related: Erekat: Abbas to send Netanyahu letter

Islamic Jihad: 2 members detained by PA
3/14/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Islamic Jihad movement on Wednesday accused security forces in the West Bank of detaining two of their members. Palestinian Authority security forces arrested two Islamic Jihad members in Hebron on the basis that they were planning a demonstration against the recent Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, the movement said in....

IPS: We won't end prisoner's hunger strike
YNet News, 14 Mar 2012 - Prison Ethics Committee decided against force-feeding Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi, who has been on hunger strike for 28 days ....

300 captives in Nafha desert prison on hunger strike for second day
PIC - Palestinian sources said on Wednesday afternoon that 300 Palestinian captives in the Nafha desert prison are on hunger strike for the second day running.

Adalah center calls for closing section 4 of Nafha prison
PIC - Adalah center demanded the Israeli prison authority and the internal security ministry to close section 4 in Nafha jail and move its prisoners to a healthier and cleaner place inside the same prison.

Shalabi on 28th day of hunger strike
PIC - Hunger striker detainee Hana’s Shalabi has addressed an appeal to administrative detainees in Israeli jails to reject the policy of administrative custody, without trial or charge.

MP Al-Haj Ali starts open hunger strike
PIC - The international Tadamun society for human rights said Palestinian lawmaker Ahmed Al-Haj Ali, 72, started an open hunger strike in protest at his detention administratively in Megiddo prison.

Elite Israeli ‘sniper squad’ raids Palestinians in prison, injures 11
Mondoweiss - Israeli prison. (Photo: mdot) Early Monday morning an elite  "control and restraint" unit and a massive number of soldiers raided Palestinians in an Israeli prison  with tear gas and rubber bullets, leaving 11 injured. The raid took place just one week after a group of Palestinian...

Israeli troops detain 10 Palestinians in West Bank
3/13/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained ten Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Monday, officials said. In Halhul, north of Hebron, troops raided homes, detaining Muhammad Abdel Rahman and Ala Ragheb, Palestinian security officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said three others were detained in Qalqiliya, three in Tammun village north of Nablus, and....

Group: PA release 4 Hamas detainees
3/13/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority intelligence services on Tuesday freed four Hamas affiliates whose release had previously been ordered in PA courts, the Independent Commission for Human Rights said. The commission said in a statement that Ala Mahmud Harb, Ala Zuheir al-Tarda, Khaled Muhammad al-Tarda, and Muhammad Abed Rabbo Shalalda were freed by intelligence....

Customs officers seize rotten food in Salfit
3/13/2012 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority customs officials seized four tons of expired frozen vegetables at a market in Salfit on Monday night. Officers detained the market owner and destroyed the rotten produce, a statement from the customs office said. Meanwhile, health officials in central Gaza destroyed 15 kilograms of expired fish during routine inspections....

[uruknet.info] Palestine children traumatised by Israeli jail
Uruknet March 13, 2012 - Of the hundreds of Palestinian children locked in Israeli jails each year, the vast majority suffer nightmares, bed-wetting and anxiety after their release, Save the Children said in a report published on Monday. The charity said that since 2000, the Israeli army had detained more than 8 000 Palestinian children in the...

[uruknet.info] 11 Detainees Wounded, One seriously, In Asqalan Prison
Uruknet March 12, 2012 - Israeli soldiers broke, on Monday at dawn, into Asqalan prison, and attacked dozens of Palestinian political prisoners, wounding eleven, one seriously. The soldiers tried to force several detainees to submit to naked body search. Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', told the Palestine News & Info Agency, WAFA, that the soldiers broke...

Israeli troops re-arrest Palestinian freed in Shalit deal
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 Israeli troops have re-arrested another of the Palestinians released in October under a swap deal with Israel, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said on Tuesday.

Resheq: The transfer of detainees from Nafha prison a racist crime
PIC - Member of Hamas political bureau Ezzet Al-Resheq strongly denounced the arbitrary transference of Palestinian prisoners from Nafha jail to unknown places on Tuesday morning.

Metsada and Nahshun forces transfer many detainees in Nafha jail elsewhere
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in Nafha jail on Tuesday said that Israeli special forces from Metsada and Nahshun units stormed the prison and transferred all detainees in section 11 to other prisons.

Bibi stirs trouble with attack on Gaza
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 3/13/2012
      The first Israeli missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists.
     Zuhair Qasis was the head of the Popular Resistance Committee. He was killed alongside a former Palestinian prisoner from Nablus who had recently been freed and deported to Gaza.
     Then, another set of missiles rained down, this time taking Obeid al-Ghirbali and Muhammad Harara.
     Then, a third, and a forth, and so on. The death count began on March 9 and escalated through the day. The Hamas government urged the international community to take action. Factions vowed to retaliate.
     In these situations, Western media is usually clueless or complicit. Sometimes it's both. The Israeli army was cited readily by many media outlets without challenge.
     The first round of attacks was justified based on a claim that Qasis was involved in the planning of an attack that killed seven Israelis last year. The Israel army didn't even bother to upgrade that claim - which had already resulted in the killing and wounding of many Palestinians. Even Israeli media had drawn the conclusion that the attack then originated from Egypt and that no Palestinian was involved.
     Al Jazeera reported that some of the victims were decapitated, a familiar scene in most of Israel's unforgiving atrocities....
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Palestinian academic Ahmad Qatamesh receives third administrative detention order
Amnesty International, Israeli Occupation Archive 3/10/2012
      6 March 2011
     Palestinian academic Ahmad Qatamesh received a new six-month administrative detention order on 1 March. He has been held without charge or trial since 21 April 2011.
     Ahmad Qatamesh was given a third administrative detention order on 1 March, the day that his second administrative detention order was due to expire. At the judicial review of the order, which took place on 5 March 2012, the military prosecutor sought the confirmation of the order by the military judge. It is expected that the military judge will confirm the detention order in the coming days.
     Ahmad Qatamesh, together with other administrative detainees at Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, have declared that they do not recognize the legitimacy of the military courts and administrative detention procedures, and have refused to attend judicial hearings. Because the judicial review normally takes place in the presence of the detainee, the prosecution insisted that Ahmad Qatamesh be brought to the court room on 5 March 2012. He again reiterated his rejection of the military court process and immediately returned to his cell.
     According to both his wife and his lawyer, Ahmad Qatamesh has been interrogated for no more than a total of 10 minutes by Israel Security Agency (ISA) officers, who alleged that he was a member of the political office of a leftist Palestinian party which has an armed wing: the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). While Ahmad Qatamesh was a political and intellectual supporter of the PFLP in the 1990s, he says he has not been involved with them for 13 years. To Amnesty International’s knowledge, he has never been involved with PFLP-affiliated armed groups or advocated violence. His latest work focuses on political solutions that put an end to the violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which he calls a “nightmare". -- See also: Amnesty International
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Women at the heart of struggle
Roqayah Chamseddine, Electronic Intifada 3/8/2012
      Despite the establishment of stale Orientalist campaigns created in the name of women’s liberation in the Middle East and North Africa, the existence of enduring, self-sufficient women in the region has far-reaching historical context.
     The search for female Middle East voices among pundits in the mainstream media echoes the same tired “Palestinian Gandhi” cliche; analysts have long used Lawrence of Arabia-esque exoticism as a means to portray the women of the Arab world, in that if they are not subservient housewives they are coy and reserved daughters, sheltered and locked away by the domineering male figures in the household. These conjectures are not false in their entirety, but they are also not unique to one specific region, culture, religion or people.
     The pervasive Western tradition of characterizing an entire community by certain traits, which their Western audiences can ooh and ahh at, has helped manufacture a plethora of distortions.
     History confirms that Arab women have long played an active political role in their societies, from Egyptian women who demonstrated alongside men during the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, against British occupation of Egypt and Sudan, to resistance fighter Jamila Bu Hreid of Algeria. Bu Hreid was nearly tortured to death by French occupation forces during the Algerian revolution and independence movement which lasted from 1954 to 1962 and resulted in Algeria gaining its independence from France.
     South Lebanon, liberated in 2000 after nearly 22 years of Israeli occupation, was also home to female political action. Lebanese women would quietly supply resistance fighters with ammunition, often wrapping them across their stomachs before passing through Israeli checkpoints unnoticed.
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11 Detainees Wounded, One seriously, In Asqalan Prison
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers broke, on Monday at dawn, into Asqalan prison, and attacked dozens of Palestinian political prisoners, wounding eleven, one seriously. The soldiers tried to force several detainees to submit to naked body search. ...

Ministry: 11 prisoners injured in Israeli jail raid
3/12/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Eleven Palestinian prisoners were injured Monday when Israeli security officers raided Ashkelon prison in southern Israel, the PA Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs said. Heavily-armed guards raided the jail at 5 a. m. and strip-searched detainees, the ministry said in a statement. Clashes erupted when prisoners protested the raid and the....

Study: Children struggle to cope after Israeli detention
3/12/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinian children struggle with mental health problems and reintegration into society after they are detained by Israel, a new report on child detention says. According to the study released by Save the Children Sweden and YMCA-East Jerusalem on Monday, 90. 6 percent of detained children suffer Post Traumatic Stress.... Related: MENA: Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children in the West Bank and Report: The Social Rehabilitation of Palestinian Child Ex-Detainees: A Long Run to Freedom (PDF)

Palestinian prisoners start protest steps in solidarity with Gaza
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in most Israeli jails started on Monday protest steps against the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip that started on Friday.

Report from the Saturday morning settler ‘real estate tour’ in Hebron
Mondoweiss - Golani Brigade in Hebron/al-Khalil. (Photo: Alternative Information Center) Friday, March 9: first full day on team On the way to join Friday prayers at a protest tent in Tel Rumeida, three of us stopped to stand with a Palestinian man who was being detained by a...

Study: Children struggle to cope after Israeli detention
Ma’an News Agency 3/12/2012
      RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinian children struggle with mental health problems and reintegration into society after they are detained by Israel, a new report on child detention says.
     According to the study released by Save the Children Sweden and YMCA-East Jerusalem on Monday, 90.6 percent of detained children suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after release.
     Released minors often are unable to return to school, experience bed-wetting, anxiety attacks and nightmares, the report says. Families and communities suffer from stigmatization, and become increasingly conservative as fear grows of further detentions, it adds.
     "Detention is especially stressful for a child, their coping mechanism is not developed yet," Save the Children's Kete Shabani said at the report launch in Ramallah. Last year, the youngest child seized by Israel forces was seven years old, and around 700 children are detained every year, she added.
     Yousef al-Dusuqi, from Jerusalem, told reporters his detention last November was "terrorizing".
     Heavily armed forces broke into his home, dragging him from bed at 3 a.m. al-Dusuqi, who was 16 at the time, recounted. "I asked to say goodbye to my family, they refused."
     "They started hitting and verbally assaulting us in the military jeep. Afterward we got to the interrogation room ... they hit me in order to extract information, they wanted me to confess to certain things." -- See also: MENA: Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children in the West Bank and Report: The Social Rehabilitation of Palestinian Child Ex-Detainees: A Long Run to Freedom (PDF)
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Hebron man, teen 'hospitalized after soldiers break up settler clash'
3/11/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces broke up a dispute between Palestinians and Israeli settlers near Hebron on Sunday, briefly detaining three Palestinians. Izhaq Izzat Jaber, 40, said Israelis from the Kiryat Arba settlement seized his mule and cart, prompting a heated argument between him and his son, and the group from the settlement. Israeli....

Israeli forces summon released prisoners near Hebron
3/11/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the southern West Bank city of Yatta on Saturday evening, and delivered summons to three former prisoners to appear for questioning. Director of the Palestinian prisoners society in Hebron Amjad Najjar said Thiab Sameer Abu Qbeita, Othman Yasser Abu Iram, and Fawwaz Nawajaa received the orders. All three....

IDF: Increase in Schalit prisoners' terror activity
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2012 - Top IDF official voices notes dramatic increase in attempts by Palestinian terror groups to smuggle money into West Bank.

Israel warns Shalit detainees
YNet News, 11 Mar 2012 - IDF, Shin Bet summon Palestinian prisoners freed in Shalit deal for talk as terror fears grow ....

Political detainee in PA jail rushed to hospital
PIC - The PA intelligence apparatus carried political detainee Anas Abu Markhia to hospital after one week of going on hunger strike, local sources in Al-Khalil said on Sunday.

Palestinian detainee bleeding in detention
PIC - The health of Palestinian detainee Mahmoud Al-Muslemani is rapidly deteriorating and is suffering from internal bleeding in Israeli captivity.

Giving up on reconciliation
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/8/2012
      After some hope of overcoming internal divisions, Palestinian factions are as far from reconciliation as they ever were.
     The emotional state of Mohamed Motlaq, a Hamas MP, was clear to everyone as he met his eldest son Moaz when the latter was released after being imprisoned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's intelligence agency. What evoked Motlaq's emotional state was the sharp deterioration in Moaz's health because of the brutal torture he endured in prison. The MP said Moaz suffered the same torture that many Hamas activists suffer in the prisons of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and views it as a tax that Palestinians must pay because of continued political fractures. The families of Hamas members imprisoned by the PA confirm that their relatives are being tortured, while dozens of arrests and interrogations are reported.
     The Palestinian scene is depressing. One month after signing the Doha Declaration facts on the ground are far from reconciliatory, which proves that tensions between the two main political groups -- Fatah and Hamas -- have deepened since the Doha Declaration despite meetings of the factions in Cairo. In fact, new issues of contention have come to light between Hamas and Fatah, making it impossible to reach agreement on implementing the Doha Declaration under current conditions.
     Fatah has threatened Hamas with "unexpected measures" if it carries out the death sentence issued by a military tribunal in Gaza against a Fatah activist convicted of killing a leading figure in Hamas during confrontations between the two groups that started in mid-2007. Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasma warned: "If Hamas takes such action, it will exacerbate the Palestinian scene and destroy conciliatory efforts." Al-Qawasma said that the death sentence would "assassinate conciliation".
     However, the interior ministry in Gaza countered that this is a man convicted of murder and that this type of criminal cannot be categorised as a "political prisoner".
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Activists: 2 wounded at West Bank protest
3/10/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two protesters were injured at a march in Ramallah-district village Bilin on Friday, activists said. The protest was in support of Palestinian prisoners, especially hunger-striker Hana Shalabi, a release from thePopular Struggle Committee said. Demonstrators made a hole in the fence separating the village from its land, and Israeli forces shot....

[uruknet.info] Resisting Israeli Oppression Courageously
Uruknet March 9, 2012 - On March 8, women worldwide commemorate International Women's Day. It celebrates over a century of economic, political, and social achievements. This year for Palestinians, Hana Shalabi's hunger strike for justice is highlighted. After three weeks, it's taken a toll. Nonetheless, she's determined to resist Israel's lawless arrest, detention, torture, and degrading treatment....

[uruknet.info] Defense Proves Systematic Abuse of Minors' Rights in Palestinian Activist's Trial
Uruknet March 9, 2012 - Bassem Tamimi, a Palestinian activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, has been in jail since March last year, indicted on protest-organizing charges. The indictment against Tamimi is largely based on the coerced confessions of two boys from his own village. Tamimi was recently pronounced a prisoner of conscience by...

Palestinian prisoner in isolation since February for solidarity hunger strike
PIC - The Israeli administration of Megiddo jail has been isolating Palestinian prisoner Adib Al-Qut for 14 days for launching hunger strike in solidarity with hunger striker Hana’a Shalabi.

Women's day demonstration in Qalandia for the rights of female Palestinian prisoners
3/9/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Satu, 8 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On International Women's day, March 8th,  hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Qalandia in solidarity with hunger striker Hana Shalabi and calling for Israel to end the occupation. The demonstrators marched marched down the street next to the separation wall to Qalandia checkpoint, carrying....

[uruknet.info] Enforced disappearances: Women resist in both Palestine and Kashmir
Uruknet March 8, 2012 - Arbitrary arrests. Administrative detention. Abductions. Enforced disappearances. Torture. Rape. Beatings. Interrogation centers. Detention camps. Secret prisons. Unprovoked attacks on peaceful protesters. No right of free movement. Censorship of Information. Discrimination. Intimidation. Humiliation. Military-enforced curfew. Property destruction. Mass graves. Gang rapes. Ethnic cleansing. Occupation. These are words that immediately bring to mind the...

A human chain in al-Khalil in solidarity with political detainees
PIC - Families of political detainees in PA jails on Thursday organised a peaceful demonstration and formed a human chain in al-Khalil to protest continued political detentions..

Despite Her Deteriorating Condition, Ash-Shalabi Continues Her Hunger-strike
IMEMC - Palestinian political detainee, Hana’ Ash-Shalabi, 30, is ongoing with her hunger-strike for the 22nd day in a row, rejecting her illegal administrative detention, and demanding her immediate and unconditional release. ...

Gaza rally for Hana Shalabi on International Women's Day
3/8/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Joe Catron, 8 March 2012, Mondoweiss - Hundreds of Palestinian women filled the street outside Gaza's International Committee of the Red Cross this morning, marking International Women's Day by demanding the release of administrative detainee Hana Shalabi on the 22nd day of her open hunger strike. The rally contained Palestinian women.... Related: Mondoweiss

International Women's Day Marks Hana Shalabi's 22nd Day of Hunger Strike
3/8/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 8 March 2012, Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations - We, the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations (PCHRO), would like to mark International Women's Day by expressing our solidarity with administrative detainee Hana Shalabi. Hana is today beginning her 22nd successive day of hunger strike in protest at her internment without charge or....

[uruknet.info] Palestinian women testify about ill-treatment and torture during their arrest and interrogation
Uruknet March 8, 2012 - The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) has submitted two group complaints to the Israeli authorities on behalf of nine Palestinian women detainees and former prisoners. The complaints address gender-specific types of ill treatment and torture. The evidence was collected last year by PCATI's legal team in meetings with 29 women....

[uruknet.info] On International Women's Day, stand with Palestinian women prisoners
Uruknet March 8, 2012 - The Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer put out a statement today marking International Women's Day (March 8), calling for the release of all Palestinian female political prisoners. Israel currently holds seven Palestinian female prisoners in detention, including Hana al-Shalabi, who is being held without charge or trial and has been on hunger...

IOF soldiers gun down Palestinian boy
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) gunned down a Palestinian boy during confrontations in Yatta village, south of Al-Khalil, on Thursday when the soldiers were trying to arrest a liberated prisoner.

Back to Basics in Palestine: Redefining Our Relationship to a People’s Struggle
Dissident Voice: 8 Mar 2012 - The Winter 2012 edition of Palestine News features a photograph of an old man. His white beard and traditional jalabiya give him the appearance of any Palestinian grandfather. His name is not given; he could be a Muslim or a Christian. We know that he comes from the West Bank village of Qusra, and that he is holding the broken branches of his olive trees. According to the accompanying report, the destruction of Palestinian olive trees by Jewish settlers -under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army – cost farmers over $500,000 in 2011. It isn’t only income that the settlers are targeting. They know the land is also a source of empowerment to millions of Palestinians. Their ultimate aim is to break the bond that has united the native inhabitants of Palestine since time immemorial. But will they succeed? Suheil Akram al-Masri, a 26-year-old political prisoner from Gaza,...more

Army Kidnapped 200 Residents In Hebron Since The Beginning Of 2012
IMEMC - Amjad An-Najjar, head of the Hebron branch of the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped more than 200 residents in the Hebron district, in the southern part of the West Bank, in January and February of this year. ...

Israeli forces raid homes of former prisoners
3/7/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the homes of former detainees at dawn Wednesday in Jenin in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security officials said. Security officers told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers questioned Ahmad Abu Srour and Muhammad Shanaat for several hours and threatened to arrest them if they returned to the....

Israeli soldiers detain 12 across West Bank
3/7/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians early Wednesday, including three teenagers from the Hebron governorate. Soldiers seized Zein Abu Hashem 15, Sami Abu Joda, 15, and Saed Sleibi, 16, from their homes in Beit Ummar, media spokesman for the popular committee Muhammad Awad said. To Hebron's south, troops....

Amnesty: Leftist writer Qatamesh a prisoner of conscience
3/7/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian academic who received a third six-month administrative detention order on March 1 should be considered a prisoner of conscience and released unconditionally, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Ahmad Qatamesh has been held without charge or trial since April 21, 2011. He was given a third administrative detention order on March....

Student 'detained at flying checkpoint'
3/7/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian university student at a flying checkpoint near Jenin, locals said. Arafat Muhammad, 21, from Arraba village, was detained from a car at the checkpoint, witnesses told Ma'an. He is a student at An-Najah University in Nablus....

[uruknet.info] On International Women's Day, Palestinian Political Prisoners Remain the Spearhead of Resistance
Uruknet March 7, 2012 - From the cold, dark dungeon, and after three weeks of an open-ended hunger strike, Palestinian detainee Hana Ash-Shalabi saluted Palestinian women on the occasion of International Women's Day and confirmed that she will continue her hunger strike and her struggle: I will not compromise my freedom and my right for any price,...

[uruknet.info] Interview: why Hana al-Shalabi's hunger strike is the focus of Women's Day in Palestine
Uruknet March 7, 2012 - Palestinians will mark International Women's Day (8 March) this year with solidarity actions for Hana al-Shalabi, who has now spent more than three weeks on hunger strike in protest of being held under Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial. Al-Shalabi is the second Palestinian prisoner in recent weeks - the first...

[uruknet.info] Amnesty calls for urgent action to protest administrative detention of Palestinian academic
Uruknet March 7, 2012 - The human rights organization Amnesty International issued an urgent appeal today regarding the renewed administrative detention order against Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh. Last week I blogged that Israel had issued its third consecutive order to detain Qatamesh without charge or trial - a practice known as administrative detention. The Palestinian writer and...

[uruknet.info] Israel has issued 100,000 administrative detention orders against Palestinians since 1967
Uruknet March 7, 2012 - The Israeli occupation authorities have issued around 100,000 administrative detention orders against Palestinians since 1967, according to an official report issued by the Public Relations section of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. The report accuses the Israelis of imprisoning administrative detainees, without charge or trial, based on individual orders made by intelligence officers....

[uruknet.info] Israeli Army Kidnapped 200 Residents In Hebron Since The Beginning Of 2012
Uruknet March 6, 2012- Amjad An-Najjar, head of the Hebron branch of the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped more than 200 residents in the Hebron district, in the southern part of the West Bank, in January and February of this year. An-Najjar stated that, in February, soldiers kidnapped, more than a hundred Palestinians,...

IOF soldiers detain British delegation in Al-Khalil
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained a British delegation at a roadblock near Tal Al-Rumaida in Al-Khalil city on Wednesday.

Baher: Israel's detention of MPs reflects its bankruptcy and insanity
PIC - Ahmed Baher said that Israel's persistence in administratively detaining Palestinian lawmakers and extending their imprisonment reflects its bankruptcy and madness.

(en) Palestine-Israel, The last winter joint struggle at the end of the stormy period
A-infos 7 Mar 2012 - Some times it feels like a Sisyphus endeavor, but the persistent struggle continue. Small gains and the faint call of the first swallows that surfed the wind of the last winter storm are bringing the spring to the tortured east of the Mediterranean sea. The news...

Back to basics in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 3/8/2012
      The Winter 2012 edition of Palestine News features a photograph of an old man. His white beard and traditional jalabiya give him the appearance of any Palestinian grandfather. His name is not given; he could be a Muslim or a Christian. We know that he comes from the West Bank village of Qusra, and that he is holding the broken branches of his olive trees.
     According to the accompanying report, the destruction of Palestinian olive trees by Jewish settlers - under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army - cost farmers over US$500,000 in 2011. It isn't only income that the settlers are targeting. They know the land is also a source of empowerment to millions of Palestinians. Their ultimate aim is to break the bond that has united the native inhabitants of Palestine since time immemorial.
     But will they succeed?
     Suheil Akram al-Masri, a 26-year-old political prisoner from Gaza, was hospitalized on March 2, just hours after his release. Al-Masri had reportedly fallen unconscious after 13 days of being on a hunger strike, in solidarity with female prisoner Hana Shalabi, who went on a hunger strike on February 12.
     Hana's story is troublingly typical. She has spent 25 months under what Israel calls "administrative detention," a bizarre legal system that allows Israel to hold Palestinian political activists indefinitely without charge or trial. She was released in October 2011 as part of the prisoner exchange deal, only to be kidnapped again by soldiers a few months later.
     Like Khader Adnan, who had recently ended the longest hunger strike ever staged by a Palestinian prisoner, Hana decided that enough was enough. Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hana's aging father, joined in her quest for freedom and dignity.
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Israeli police: Woman arrested in attempted stabbing attack
3/6/2012 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settler security guards on Tuesday detained a Palestinian woman carrying a knife near Immanuel settlement in the northern West Bank, Israeli police said. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an the woman was detained near the outer fence of the settlement, which lies between Qalqiliya and Nablus. She....

Prisoner sends will to his family
3/6/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 39-year-old Palestinian detainee who says Israeli prison guards poisoned his food has written his will, relatives said Tuesday. Ala Salah sent his will, his Quran and a comb to his family via released prisoner Rafat Abu Shaluf. In the document, Salah says he has been sick since October....

Report: Forces seize 2 near Nablus settlement
3/6/2012 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops detained two Palestinians carrying knives near an Israeli settlement in the northern West Bank on Monday, Israeli media reported. The pair, from Balata refugee camp in Nablus, fled from Elon Moreh settlement to Palestinian village Azmut, but were turned over to forces, Israeli news site Ynet reported....

[uruknet.info] Hana Shalabi: Day 19 and Counting
Uruknet March 6, 2012 - Anyone who's fasted several days knows doing it isn't easy. Persisting for extended periods risks health, even death. Without food for 66 days, Khader Adnan nearly died. Again ingesting food, he's still very much at risk. Hana Shalabi reached day 19. It's taken a toll. Daily she grows weaker. The Palestinian Prisoners...

[uruknet.info] Red flags over Gaza: Palestinian leftists rally for Hana Shalabi
Uruknet March 5, 2012 - Hundreds of Palestinians, mainly from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Palestinian People's Party (PPP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and other leftist factions, rallied for administrative detainee Hana Shalabi, now on her 19th day of an open hunger strike, outside Gaza's International Committee...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Oppression: Official Israeli Policy
Uruknet March 5, 2012 - ... "To me the behavior of Israel and the uncritical support it gets from western governments is like" a destructive force harming bodily organs. Its sound resonates "24 hours a day and poisons the whole world with its malignance." Palestinians bear the burden, besieged Gazans and thousands of political prisoners most of all. "...

Hamas MPs demand international intervention in favor of Palestinian prisoners
PIC - Hamas MPs in the West Bank took part in a rally in front of the Red Cross offices in El-Bireh city demanding greater solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

3 Relatives of Detainees Arrested During Jail Visit, 21 Civilians Arrested in Morning Invasions
IMEMC - Three relatives of Palestinian political detainees were arrested by Israeli soldiers on Sunday during a jail visit, the Palestinian Prisoners Society reported on Monday. ...

3 people detained while visiting relatives in prison
3/5/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian prisoners society said Sunday that three people were detained while visiting relatives in Ramon prison. Diala Matar, 26, and her brother Saad Mustapha, 15, were detained while visiting their brother Muhammad Mustapha Tharra, who is serving a life sentence. Yosra Adel, 30, was also detained while visiting her brother....

14 detained in West Bank, 5 minors arrested in Silwan
3/5/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 people overnight Sunday across the West Bank, Israel's army and Palestinian security sources said. Four people were detained in the Ramallah area, two in Qalqiliya, two in Nablus and six in the Hebron area, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. All those detained were taken for....

Red flags over Gaza: Palestinian leftists rally for Hana Shalabi
3/5/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Joe Catron, 5 March 2012, Mondoweiss - Hundreds of Palestinians, mainly from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Palestinian People's Party (PPP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and other leftist factions, rallied for administrative detainee Hana Shalabi, now on her 19th day of an open....

Palestinian prisoner vows to continue hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2012 - Palestinian Hana Shalabi, affiliated with Islamic Jihad, vows to continue hunger strike despite two-month detention reduction.

[uruknet.info] 3 Relatives of Palestinian Detainees Arrested During Jail Visit, 21 Civilians Arrested in Morning Invasions
Uruknet March 5, 2012 - Three relatives of Palestinian political detainees were arrested by Israeli soldiers on Sunday during a jail visit, the Palestinian Prisoners Society reported on Monday. According to the report, the incident took place at Rimon military detention facility. The Prisoners Society announced that troops stormed the visitors area and arrested 26 year old...

[uruknet.info] Israeli authorities deny appeal by hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner
Uruknet March 04, 2012 - A day after reducing the sentence of Palestinian political prisoner Hana Shalabi from six months to four months, Israeli authorities denied a request by the Palestinian Prisoner support group Addameer demanding that the arresting officer and two others accused of torturing Shalabi be forced to testify. Sunday marks the 17th day of...

Int’l campaign blames world silence for persistent IOA practices against MPs
PIC - The international campaign for the release of Palestinian MPs detained in Israeli jails has blamed the world’s silence over the IOA persistence in its detention of Palestinian lawmakers.

Red flags over Gaza: Palestinian leftists rally for Hana Shalabi
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Joe Catron) Hundreds of Palestinians, mainly from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and other leftist factions, rallied for administrative detainee Hana Shalabi, now on her 19th day...

Israeli authorities deny appeal by hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner
IMEMC - A day after reducing the sentence of Palestinian political prisoner Hana Shalabi from six months to four months, Israeli authorities denied a request by the Palestinian Prisoner support group Addameer demanding that the arresting officer and two others accused of torturing Shalabi be forced to testify. ...

Two Women, One Child, Kidnapped During Visitation At Ramon Prison
IMEMC - The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported Sunday that Israeli soldiers kidnapped two women and one child while visiting family members held at the Ramon Israeli Prison. ...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Army Prevents Medical Committee From Visiting Hunger-Striking Detainee
Uruknet March 4, 2012- The Israeli Prison Administration prevented, Saturday, a medical committee from visiting hunger-striking detainee, Hana' Yahia Ash-Shalabi, 30, who has been on hunger-strike for the eighteenth consecutive day protesting humiliation and illegal Administrative Detention policy. In a press release issued Sunday morning, the Palestinian Prisoners Society reported that the prison administration at the Ha-Sharon...

Aruri: All Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike in April
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas and in charge of the prisoners file in the movement said that Palestinian prisoners were preparing for an open ended hunger strike in April.

IOF soldiers occupy building in Jenin
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed and occupied a building in Jenin city at dawn Sunday and detained all inhabitants in one room until the early morning hours.

Four administrative detainees join Shalabi’s hunger strike
PIC - Four Palestinians held in Israeli administrative custody have joined the hunger strike that was started by detainee Hana’a Shalabi 18 days ago, the prisoners’ studies center said in a statement.

Apartheid is a crime, not an analogy
Joe Catron, Ma’an News Agency 3/4/2012
      As Israeli Apartheid Week unfolds around the world, apologists for Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people scramble to defend their chosen regime's system of racism, ethnic cleansing, and occupation, against the charge of apartheid.
     "The apartheid analogy is fatally flawed," the Jerusalem Connection’s Shelley Neese writes. The David Project's David Bernstein says, "The apartheid analogy is specious and absurd." The Anti-Defamation League has even circulated an old report: "The Apartheid Analogy: Wrong for Israel."
     These commentators are right, but not for the reasons they claim. An apartheid 'analogy' is fatally flawed, specious, absurd, and wrong for Israel because apartheid is not an analogy, but a crime as well-defined in law as embezzlement or kidnapping.
     The most relevant statute, the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, perhaps muddies the waters by stating that "the term ‘the crime of apartheid’ … shall include similar practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa."
     But it goes on to define exactly what those and other "inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them" are.
     Most will sound familiar to anyone who follows news from Palestine. The ban on "arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of the members of a racial group or groups" should bring to mind Hana Shalabi, Khader Adnan, and 307 other administrative detainees held indefinitely without charges, evidence, or trials. This is further to the 4,078 Palestinian political prisoners sentenced by military courts or facing the imminent prospect, all under occupation laws no Jew will ever face.
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Fatah, Hamas inmates 'on hunger strike in Palestinian jails'
3/3/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf on Saturday told official PA media that party affiliates detained in the Gaza Strip were attempting to launch a hunger strike, but had been repressed. Earlier this week, Gaza-based media said four Hamas detainees in a West Bank jail had started a hunger strike protesting their continued....

Ministry: Israel detained 14 Gazans in February
3/3/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip during February, including five fishermen and a cancer patient, according to report by the ministry of prisoners affairs in the Hamas-run government. Researcher Riyad Al-Ashqar said the number of Gaza detainees rose to 21 during 2012. Five men were detained in....

Mass wedding for 13 prisoners deported to Qatar
3/3/2012 - DOHA (Ma'an) -- Thirteen Palestinian prisoners who were freed and deported to Doha in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap joined hands in a mass wedding in the Qatari capital Friday evening. Palestinian ambassador to Qatar Muneer Ghannam attended the wedding along with Hamas' chief in exile Khalid Mashaal, who delivered a speech to....

[uruknet.info] Seeking a new horizon for Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet March 3, 2012 - The thorny issue of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has numerous angles. First, it is a humanitarian cause. Many of the prisoners have spent decades, some more than 30 years in jail, with all the resulting social and economic ramifications for Palestinian society as a whole. Additionally, Palestinian leaders bear the...

[uruknet.info] Fatah, Hamas inmates 'on hunger strike in Palestinian jails'
Uruknet March 3, 2012 -- Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf on Saturday told official PA media that party affiliates detained in the Gaza Strip were attempting to launch a hunger strike, but had been repressed. Earlier this week, Gaza-based media said four Hamas detainees in a West Bank jail had started a hunger strike protesting their continued imprisonment...

[uruknet.info] Nine Shalit exchange' political prisoners re-arrested in February
Uruknet March 3, 2012 - Yesterday, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reported in February over 380 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli authorities. Riyadh Al-Ashqar compiles detention figures from the West Bank, Israel and the Gaza Strip, and conducted the detainee research. The article on Al-Ashqar's report also indicates nine of those arrested were prisoners released...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Political Prisoners
Uruknet March 3, 2012 - It snowed in Palestine and the heavy rain washed away many things but not human sins. I thought of the huge amount of water running by friends of mine in Al-Auja near Jericho whow ere prevented from capturibng that water while colonial illegla settlers get all eth water with all eth infrastructure...

[uruknet.info] Report: "Israel Kidnapped 380 Palestinians In February"
Uruknet March 02, 2012 - Palestinian researcher, specialized in Detainees' Affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, stated that Israel heightened the rate of its illegal arrests of the Palestinians in the occupied territories in February, and kidnapped more than 380 Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, in occupied East Jerusalem, and the 1948 territories. In a press release,...

Hamas condemns Israeli arrest of liberated prisoners
PIC - Hamas has strongly condemned the Israeli practice of re-arresting prisoners who have been freed in the exchange deal between the movement and Israel under Egyptian patronage.

Shalabi adamant on hunger strike until her release
PIC - Detained young woman Hana’a Shalabi has declared insistence on continuing in her hunger strike until her release from Israeli administrative custody.

Nine ‘Shalit exchange’ political prisoners re-arrested in February
Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Gaza celebrating the release of a political prisoner from the "Shalit exchange." (Photo: United Nations News Centre) Yesterday, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reported in February over 380 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli authorities. Riyadh Al-Ashqar compiles detention figures from the West...

Prisoner Dilemma of the Israeli Occupation
Uri Yaakobi-Keller, Alternative Information Center 3/3/2012
      The successful hunger strike of Khader Adnan illustrates how Palestinian resistance upturns the balance of power and will ultimately lead to the end of Israel’s occupation policies. So Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike and Israel will not renew his administrative detention. He will not die in Israeli prison and instead will be released in April at the end of this current administrative order. In Palestinian society Adnan has cemented his status as a symbol of resistance while in Israeli he will soon be forgotten. Meanwhile, hundreds of other Palestinians will continue to rot in Israeli detention centers without the state even pressing charges against them (and thousands of others will continue to be detained in Israel because of the farce called “military court”). So that’s it. Case closed. Why is this important anyway?
     Adnan’s case is important, first and foremost, because of its symbolism for the Palestinian population in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, who are struggling against the Israeli occupation. But more than that, his case exemplifies the general situation of Israel’s occupation and its relationship with the Palestinians. It should have been a symbol not only for Palestinians, but for activists and governments worldwide.
     At its core, Adnan’s case revolves around the amorphic concept of power.
     The Israeli General Security Services (GSS) was the organization that ordered Adnan’s detention. The exact considerations leading to this decision are not available to us and are in fact quite uninteresting as the context of this action is crystal clear: the GSS, one of the primary instruments of the Israeli occupation and responsible for its maintenance, uses terror and intimidation toward the Palestinian population as a whole, and against any Palestinian who dares show open resistance in particular....
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Palestinains March In Solidarity With Detainee Hana Shalabi
IMEMC - Dozens of Palestinian marched on Friday at Borqeen village, to express solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, Hana Ash-Shalabi who has been on hunger strike for 16 days. ...

Report: “Israel Kidnapped 380 Palestinians In February”
IMEMC - Palestinian researcher, specialized in Detainees’ Affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, stated that Israel heightened the rate of its illegal arrests of the Palestinians in the occupied territories in February, and kidnapped more than 380 Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, in occupied East Jerusalem, and the 1948 territories. ...

Shalabi extends greetings ahead of women's day
3/2/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi has sent a message to Palestinian women in advance of International Women's Day, which is next week. Sherine Iraqi, a lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners society, visited Shalabi in Israel's Sharon prison and distributed the message. Shalabi stresses that she will continue her.... Related: Hunger-striker Hana Shalabi's health 'at risk'

Activist: Palestinian detained with hunting rifle
3/2/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man who had a hunting rifle in Beit Ummar north of Hebron, a popular committee official said Friday. Muhammad Ayyad Awad said the man who was detained was not identified. He had taken advantage of the weather to go hunting but Israeli forces detained him....

[uruknet.info] Hana Shalabi: Hunger Striking for Justice
Uruknet March 2, 2012 - Israel administratively detains hundreds of Palestinians indefinitely without charge lawlessly. Like thousands of others incarcerated, their "crime" is wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. Israel calls it terrorism. Hana Yahya Shalabi is one of many abused. A young Palestinian woman, 50 Israeli soldiers, an intelligence officer,...

[uruknet.info] Shalabi extends greetings ahead of women's day
Uruknet March 2, 2012 -- Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi has sent a message to Palestinian women in advance of International Women's Day, which is next week. Sherine Iraqi, a lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners society, visited Shalabi in Israel's Sharon prison and distributed the message. Shalabi stresses that she will continue her strike for the Palestinian people's...

[uruknet.info] Hana Shalabi vs Israel: Palestinian political prisoner on hunger strike against administrative detention
Uruknet March 2, 2012 - Today Hana Shalabi entered her 16th day of hunger strike against Israeli administrative detention. This is Shalabi's second round of administrative detention; she was held without charge from 2009-2011 in Israeli administrative detention. Last October Shalabi was released through a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas. Wednesday, the hunger striker was scheduled...

[uruknet.info] Interview: Palestinian rights defender banned from traveling tastes freedom in Geneva
Uruknet March 1, 2012 - For most of the past six years, Israel has forbidden Shawan Jabarin, a prominent human rights advocate and former administrative detainee, from leaving the occupied West Bank. On exception, he was allowed travel to Geneva this week to meet Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression. Israel imposed...

Occupation authorities move Ibrahim Hamed from isolation to an unknown place
PIC - Asma’ Hamed, the wifer of Ibarahim Hamed, a Hamas leader who is imprisoned in occupation jails said that the occupation prison authority has moved her husband on Wednesday from his isolation ..

Health of political detainees in PA jails worsen
PIC - The PA security continue to hold three Palestinians from Qalqilya and Salfit and released six others, including two suffering serious health problems.

Hana Shalabi vs Israel: Palestinian political prisoner on hunger strike against administrative detention
Mondoweiss - Protesters supporting hunger striker Hana Shalabi (Photo: Alternative Information Center ) Today Hana Shalabi entered her 16th day of hunger strike against Israeli administrative detention. This is Shalabi's second round of administrative detention; she was held without charge from 2009-2011 in Israeli administrative detention. Last October Shalabi...

Qaraqe' Announces International Campaign Against Administrative Detention
IMEMC - Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', announced today that his ministry is organizing an international campaign against Israeli administrative detention orders, and the ill-treatment of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails. ...

Israel To Release Dozens Of Detainees
IMEMC - The International Solidarity for Human Rights reported that the Israeli Prison Administration decided to release dozens of Palestinian political prisoners under certain set conditions; detainees sentenced to more than four years will not be released. ...

Shalabi 'patient, steadfast' until demands met
3/1/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi said today from Hasharon prison that she is continuing her open hunger strike and remains patient and steadfast until her demands are met. A Palestinian prisoner society lawyer, Fawaz Shalludy who visited Shalabi, said the prisoner had suffered as the Israeli prison administration put her in.... Related: Islamic Jihad members start hunger strike

Rights group: Israel set to release prisoners
3/1/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel is set to release at least a dozen Palestinian prisoners on Friday, a human rights group said. Ahmad al-Beitawy, a researcher with International Solidarity for Human Rights, said Thursday that the Israeli prison administration will release prisoners with sentences of four years or less. The expected release is due in....

[uruknet.info] Palestinian woman's hunger strike enters third week against arbitrary detention by Israel
Uruknet March 1, 2012 - Today marks the 15th day of Hana al-Shalabi's hunger strike against her arbitrary imprisonment by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. Currently held in the Hasharon prison, she was seized from her home in a violent nighttime raid in the early hours of 16 February, when, according to an Addameer profile,...

[uruknet.info] Interview with Addameer's Mourad Jadallah: hunger strikes reignite prisoner movement
Uruknet March 1, 2012 - Addameer is a Palestinian human rights organization that works to support political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian jails. The center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates for their rights and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners' rights. The group's ten lawyers visit more than 500 prisoners...

France jails Abu Nidal members in absentia over 1988 attack
Daily Star 1 Mar 2012 A Paris court sentenced three ex-members of the Palestinian group Abu Nidal to 30 years in prison over a July 1988 attack on a Greek cruise liner in which nine people died.

IOF troops storm Hamas captives' ward
PIC - IOF troops from the Mitsada unit, on Thursday morning raided and searched ward 12 of Ofer prison which has 120 Hamas prisoners.

Protest outside Hasharon prison in solidarity with Shalaby on Sunday
PIC - Popular and human rights activists called for a protest outside Hasharon prison on Sunday to express solidarity with Hana’ al-Shalabi, who has been on hunger strike for the past two weeks.

Egypt urged to pressure Israel to release rearrested freed prisoners
PIC - Palestinian political factions have urged the Egyptian government to forcefully pressure Israel to release rearrested Palestinian prisoners freed a few months ago..

IOF soldiers arrest 12 Palestinians
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 12 Palestinians in Jenin, Al-Khalil, and Salfit over the past 24 hours, local sources said on Thursday.

Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation
Charlotte Kates, Palestine Chronicle 2/23/2012
      'As for your judicial apparatus…: it is one of the instruments of the occupation whose function is to give the cover of legal legitimacy to the crimes of the occupation, in addition to consecrating its systems and allowing the imposition of these systems on our people through force. This judicial apparatus also supports the administration of this occupation - which is the worst form of state-organized terrorism - as if you were in a permanent state of self-defense. The legitimate resistance of our people is seen as if it were terrorism that must be combated and liquidated and judgment is placed upon those that practice or support it. And in the face of this contradiction between two logics, there would have to be a conviction.' – Ahmad Sa'adat, Palestinian leader and political prisoner, addressing Israeli military court.
     Khader Adnan's 66 days of hunger strike under administrative detention, without charge or trial, sparked global discussion, outrage, and movement - perhaps the largest ever seen in the long history of the Palestinian prisoners' struggle - as Adnan's courage, steadfastness and strength inspired solidarity the world over. During that time, it was on many occasions expressed that Khader Adnan should be charged, or released. Administrative detention is a particularly appalling mechanism of political detention - based on secret evidence, with no cognizable charges and no opportunity to confront said 'evidence' - used arbitrarily by Israel to hold Palestinian organizers for six-month renewable periods.
     The abolition of administrative detention (a call which has been taken up by Amnesty International) is a long-term demand of the Palestinian prisoners' movement - and Israel’s use of this system violates international law. However, it must be noted that "being charged" in the Israeli military courts, the justice system that governs Palestinians in the occupied West Bank of Palestine, is in no way a solution for Palestinian political prisoners....
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Tunisia: Head of Nation Constituent Assembly Condemns Israeli Detainment of Palestinian Lawmakers
allAfrica.com 1 Mar 2012 - [Tunisia Live] The Head of Tunisia's Constituent Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, has condemned the government of Israel for its arrest and continued detainment of Palestinian lawmakers.

Interview with Addameer's Mourad Jadallah: hunger strikes reignite prisoner movement
Electronic Intifada: 1 Mar 2012 - Asa Winstanley London 1 March 2012 Mourad Jadallah discusses the case of Khader Adnan, the hunger striking Palestinian political prisoner who made administrative detention an international issue.more




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Adalah
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B’tselem
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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.

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