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Hunger strikes in Ashkelon, Beersheba prisons
PIC - Prisoners in the Ashkelon and Beersheba prisons have begun a hunger strike to protest the treatment of the Israeli Prison Service, the Ahrar prisoner studies center reported on Friday.

Four Detainees Injured As Army Breaks Into Eshil Prison
IMEMC - Friday April 29, 2011 - 22:12, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported on Friday evening that four Palestinian political prisoners were injured after the Dror Unit of the Israeli Military, broke into section 10 of the Eshil prison compound where 114 detainees are being held.

4 Palestinian detainees injured as Israeli forces raid prison
4/29/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian detainees were injured Friday as Israeli forces raided Eshel prison, a prisoners' society said. Clashes broke out when Israeli forces attacked detainee Imad Al-Mardawn, the society said, adding that forces threatened to use Taser guns. Detainees said they would go on hunger strike Saturday in protest over the....

Negev prison detainees show support for unity
4/29/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian political party representatives imprisoned in an Israeli jail met Thursday to discuss the reconciliation agreement agreed in Cairo by rival factions Wednesday. Elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in the Negev prison gathered to discuss the deal, and sent their regards to Palestinian leaders, the Palestinian nation, and the....

Calls mounted to end political detention in W. Bank and Gaza
PIC - The European Network for Supporting Rights of Palestinian Prisoners (UFree) welcomed Hamas and Fatah signing of the Egyptian reconciliation paper, urging them to end political detention.

The long road to unity
Palestine Monitor: 29 Apr 2011 - While the April 27 Cairo Agreement took much of the world by surprise, including the infamous security apparatus of Israel, the reunification of Palestine's two major political factions was the work of years of careful diplomacy between Damascus, Ramallah, Gaza City and Cairo. When Azam Al-Ahmed of Fateh and Mousa Abu Marzouk of Fateh were invited to Cairo by Egypt's new intelligence Chief Mourad Mouafi and foreign minister Nabil Al-Arabi, they discussed and signed a document originally forged in 2009 and then adopted by Fateh. They agreed that security forces would be integrated and commanded by a joint Hamas-fateh defense committee and that the new caretaker government in power until September's elections would be staffed by technocrats with little political affiliation. Both promised to release prisoners alongside changing other clauses, and Hamas embraced unity. Hamas' disdain for Salam Fayyad means the most likely leader of such a caretaker administration would...more

Six Palestinians, Detained By Egypt, Allowed Back Into Gaza
IMEMC - Thursday April 28, 2011 - 07:26, The Egyptian Authorities allowed on Wednesday evening six Palestinians who were in Egyptian prisons to return to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah Border Terminal.

Remembering Palestinian prisoners, renewing our struggle
Uruknet April 27, 2011 - Palestinian Prisoners Day was marked on 17 April, an annual day to contemplate the individual and collective suffering and impossible pain of political prisoners and their families. It is also a day to recommit to our struggle for liberation and human dignity. I feel like I am engaged in "collaboration" of sorts with an...

Reconciliation now, liberation tomorrow
Palestine Monitor - We at the Palestine National Initiative (Al Mubadara) welcome the historic reconciliation announcement by Hamas and Fatah from Cairo. Soon there will be elections, they say, prisoners will be released, and bridges will be built to harness this regional revolutionary wave to finally break the yoke...

Reconciliation now, liberation tomorrow
Palestine Monitor: 28 Apr 2011 - We at the Palestine National Initiative (Al Mubadara) welcome the historic reconciliation announcement by Hamas and Fatah from Cairo. Soon there will be elections, they say, prisoners will be released, and bridges will be built to harness this regional revolutionary wave to finally break the yoke of our 63-year old occupation. This announcement represents the culmination of the reconciliation efforts which developed rapidly over the past weeks in response to popular grassroots demand. It is a national victory for those young people who demanded “the end of the division.” Every effort must be made to support and develop this unity and immediately begin dialogue leading towards unshakeable national reconciliation. Benjamin Netanyahu's recent statements against the national unity – which echo George W. Bush's “you're either with us or against us” – is evidence enough that Palestinian unity is valid. It is the best tool for dismantling the Zionist colonization of...more

Settlers return to Nablus holy site days after shooting
4/28/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained some 40 settlers from the extremist "Hilltop Youth" movement who entered the Balata refugee camp in Nablus late Wednesday, Israeli media reported. The teenagers bypassed Israeli army and police checkpoints before entering the area, which is under full Palestinians security control. The Israeli army fired stun.... Related: Settlers 'attack farmers' near Nablus

9 return to Gaza from Egyptian jail
4/27/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians released from prison in Egypt are en route to Gaza, spokesman of the prisoners' families Imad As-Sayed said Wednesday. As-Sayed identified those returning to Gaza as Nabil As-Se'eidi, Mohammad Baker, Nedal Jouda, Khalil Ash-Sharif, Lu'ay Az-Zrei'i, Abed Ar-Rahman Khreis, Mustafa A....

Gaza govt urges ministry against torture
Palestine Note 27 Apr 2011 - Ma'an - Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday night that he had designated his Minister of the Interior to reinforce rules against torture, following an outcry over the death of a detainee earlier in April. "There is good treatment...

Egypt Release Nine Palestinians from Gaza
PNN - Gaza – PNN – The Egyptian Authorities announced on Wednesday midday that it will release nine Palestinians from Gaza detained in Egyptian jails. Imad al-Sayyad, from Palestinians detained in Egypt families committee,...

Gaza: Suspicious Death in Custody
Relief Web 27 Apr 2011 - Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory Hamas Should Come Clean About Detainee’s Death (Jerusalem) - Hamas authorities in Gaza should order a criminal investigation into the death of a man whose body was returned to his family five...

Nine Palestinians released from Egyptian prisons
PIC - Egypt released noon Wednesday nine Palestinians held in the Qanatir prison after they were promised to be released last Monday.

Remembering Palestinian prisoners, renewing our struggle
Electronic Intifada: 27 Apr 2011 - Ameer Makhoul The Electronic Intifada Palestinian Prisoners Day was marked on 17 April, an annual day to contemplate the individual and collective suffering and impossible pain of political prisoners and their families. Ameer Makhoul writes from Gilboa prison.more

PA security bust 'counterfeit money ring'
4/26/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces on Tuesday detained three Hebron residents suspected of forging currency. Security officers raided a home in the southern West Bank city following a tip off, and found large quantities of forged 100- and 200-shekel notes, a statement from the Preventative Security force said. Three people were....

NGO asks world help ahead of Israeli prisoner rights suit
PIC - The Mandela prisoner affairs organization has asked for global backing as it proceeds to file a lawsuit against the Israeli prison authority over the continued isolation of a Palestinian prisoner.

PPS declares 2010-2011 worst medical period yet
PIC - A fresh statement by the PPS declares 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 the worst yet in terms of the Israeli prison authority's medical neglect of Palestinian detainees.

Ministry of prisoners held Abbas fully responsible for life of Natsha
PIC - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners' affairs in Gaza held Mahmoud Abbas and his security militias fully responsible for life of prisoner Nabil Al-Natsha who suffers from cancer in his neck.

Prisoner on hunger strike
4/25/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner spent a fourth day on hunger strike Sunday in protest over the Israeli prison administration's refusal to provide him with adequate medical treatment. Officials identified the striking prisoner as Yehya Hafeth Ash-Ishreida from the West Bank city of Tubas. He was imprisoned in 2002 and served....

130 intrusions to Palestinian prisoners' cell-rooms and tents
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - Friends of Humanity International releases detailed report about the conditions of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails in the last year 2010. The organization has also confirmed that this year was unusual to the Palestinian prisoners. More than 130 brutal and humiliating intrusions executed by the Israeli Prison service and forces against the Palestinians...

Prisoner society appeals for saving lives of patients in Israeli jails
PIC - The Palestinian prisoner society appealed to international human rights organizations to immediately intervene to save the lives of dozens of Palestinian patients imprisoned in Israeli jails.

PPC: Israel Continues Imposing Arbitrary Measures on Palestinian Prisoners
WAFA

Human Rights activist Ahmad Qatamesh, detained for 6 years in the 90s, is arrested again without charges
Mondoweiss - Omar Barghoti released this statement earlier today accompanying an article (which follows) regarding Dr. Ahmad Qatamesh, a prominent Palestinian writer, academic and human rights advocate. "They told him they will issue an "administrative detention" order against him, clearly indicating that they have arrested him for his...

Palestinian Prisoner Challenges Arrest By Israeli Forces As 'illegal Extradition'
IMEMC - Sunday April 24, 2011 - 10:34, A Palestinian who was abducted Friday outside of Nablus in a joint operation by Israeli military and police forces has challenged his abduction on the grounds that Israeli police were acting “outside of Israel” by abducting him in the Occupied West Bank, and that this renders his abduction illegal under international law.

'Hamas planning to kidnap more Israeli soldiers'
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Report: Palestinian officials say Hamas does not want prisoner exchange to rely on Gilad Schalit alone; Source tells Palestinian media Hamas using recent calm to prepare more IDF kidnappings.

Commemorating Palestinian Political Prisoners
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - Since 1979, April 17 annually is Palestinian Prisoners Day, commemorating Mahmoud Hijazi's 1974 release - the first ever prisoner swap with Israel. Acknowledging the day, the Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association highlighted the thousands of persecuted prisoners, launching a new campaign on their behalf "to raise awareness of specific cases....whose detention (pose)...

Prisoner health deteriorates after tortured in PA prison
PIC - The health of Hussam Bashir Dawud, 27, has deteriorated as he remains prisoner in the Palestinian Authority's Juneid military prison in Nablus.

Families of two sick prisoners appeal for their treatment
PIC - Relatives of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli occupation jails appealed to human rights groups to intervene and pressure the Israeli authorities into allowing a liver surgery for their sick son.

Appeal to Allow Surgery for Palestinian Prisoner
WAFA

Egypt to release 9 Palestinians within days
4/24/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Egypt will release a number of Palestinians within 48 hours, said well-informed sources on the issue of Palestinians imprisoned in Egyptian jails. Egypt has informed families of the detainees that nine of them will be released Monday. Nearly half were freed since the overthrow of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak....

Friends of Humanity International: 130 Intrusions to Palestinian Prisoners' Cells and Tents
WAFA

10-year-old Palestinian girl’s coma and death ascribed to psychological trauma of being prevented from touching her father on prison visit
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Where are all the villages? Ethnically cleansed and destroyed Manshiyya (visited 20-4-11) Al-Manshiyya (Arabic: المنشية ‎ ) was a Palestinian village with a Muslim orphanage and a mosque known as the...

Palestinian prisoners suffer amid medical neglect
Sabr 23 Apr 2011 - [ 23/04/2011 - 09:48 AM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )-- Wajdi Jodeh, a Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli Shata prison has been suffering from a skin allergy, but the prison has so far done nothing to treat him, the Mandela prisoner affairs group said on Friday. Mohammed Jibran,...

Israeli interrogators question Jihad prisoners
Sabr 23 Apr 2011 - [ 23/04/2011 - 08:22 AM ] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, ( PIC )-- Israeli interrogators summoned and questioned a number of Islamic Jihad prisoners in occupation jails over connection to the issue of the lawyers charged with passing information from Jihad prisoners to their leadership and vice versa. The Palestinian...

Palestinian Lawyer Released After A Year In Captivity
IMEMC - Friday April 22, 2011 - 09:38, The Israeli Prison Authority released on Thursday evening a Palestinian lawyer, along with her two brothers, after a year in detention on charges of “illegally” transferring money to Gaza Strip detainees, deprived form visitation since several years.

Hamas: PA detained member in Ramallah
4/23/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Hamas said Friday that Palestinian Authority security forces arrested a party member in the West Bank. In a statement, the Islamist movement said an affiliate was detained in Ramallah....

Detention and Deportation in Israel A New Nakba?
Uruknet April 22, 2011 - Several weeks ago, Israeli authorities arrested M, a pregnant woman, along with her three-year-old, Israeli-born son. The young family—sans the father, who had been deported several months before—was briefly detained then expelled from the country. But don't break out those Palestinian flags just yet. This was a family of migrant workers. The father is...

When will the world notice Israel's Palestinian prisoners?
Uruknet April 21, 2011 - Palestinian Prisoners' Day was observed on April 17th with a series of events and functions across the West Bank and Gaza. Its commemoration this year stressed how important the issue of the prisoners held by Israel is for Palestinians, even though this matter is almost completely ignored by the rest of the world. There...

Palestinian captive placed into solitary because he asked to be treated as a POW
PIC - The Israeli occupation has punished Palestinian captive Kifah Muhammad al-Hattab at Nafha desert prison by transferring him to solitary confinement because he asked to be treated like a POW.

Qabaha urges Abbas to release Natsheh from jail
PIC - Former minister of the prisoners and ex-prisoners Wasfi Qabaha has urged Thursday Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas to immediately release Palestinian businessman Nabil Al-Natsheh from PA jails.

Palestinian captive placed into solitary because he asked to be treated as a POW
Sabr 22 Apr 2011 - [ 22/04/2011 - 11:54 AM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )-- The Israeli occupation has punished Palestinian captive Kifah Muhammad al-Hattab at Nafha desert prison by transferring him to solitary confinement because he asked to be treated like a prisoner of war. The Nafha prison administration transferred Hattab to...

Gaza rights groups call for investigation into prisoner death
4/21/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in a statement Wednesday, called for transparent investigations into the death of a 52-year-old man in the custody of local government security forces in Gaza. The man was a private in the Palestinian Authority security services, and had been employed since 2005. According....

The Shalits: Netanyahu foiled prisoner swap at the last moment
PIC - The grandfather of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of foiling negotiations after parties were on the verge of an exchange deal a about a year ago.

Israel Isolates Palestinian Demanding to be Treated as ‘Prisoner of War’
WAFA

Israel Refuses to Release Palestinian Prisoner Served his Sentence
WAFA

UN Coordinator calls for protection of rights of Palestinians detained by Israel
Middle East Monitor 21 Apr 2011 - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory has called for protection of the rights of the Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons, especially women and children. In a press statement, Maxwell Gaylard stressed that due legal process must be upheld, regardless of the reasons...

When will the world notice Israel's Palestinian prisoners?
Middle East Monitor 21 Apr 2011 - Palestinian Prisoners' Day was observed on April 17th with a series of events and functions across the West Bank and Gaza. Its commemoration this year stressed how important the issue of the prisoners held by Israel is for Palestinians, even though this matter is almost completely...

Detainee released after 3 years in prison
Sabr 21 Apr 2011 - RAMALLAH ( Ma’an ) -- The Detainees Center in Ramallah reported Wednesday that Israel's prison administration released a man from Nablus after the end of his three-year term. Baker Bilal, 46, was detained in May 2008, the center said, noting that he had reported being tortured for a...

Protesters demand Palestinian prisoner release at Brussels European Commission
Sabr 21 Apr 2011 - [ 20/04/2011 - 08:07 AM ] BRUSSELS, ( PIC )-- Men and women from human rights groups in France, Germany, Belgium and Norway wore blindfolds and trapped themselves in barbed wire while others waved Palestinian flags, Israel-condemning banners and prisoner photographs, as they peacefully demonstrated in front of...

Relatives of prisoners appeal for allowing visits
Sabr 21 Apr 2011 - [ 19/04/2011 - 05:14 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )-- Relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails staged a sit-in before the UN offices in Gaza on Tuesday demanding their right to visit their next of kin before their death. The relatives, mostly elderly or sick, expressed...

Man Found Dead In Gaza Prison
IMEMC - Wednesday April 20, 2011 - 16:37, On Tuesday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that Abdel Rizik, 52, died in a Gaza prison.

Israel: Lawyers passed letters to Islamic Jihad
4/20/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Four Palestinian-Israeli lawyers have been arrested over allegations they passed letters from Palestinians in Israeli jails to the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza, a police spokesman said Wednesday." An Arab-Israeli lawyer, a resident of Acre, is suspected of having collected letters from Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, who she was authorised to visit....

Hamas: PA continues to detain members
4/20/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining four of its members for political reasons during the week, in a statement issued Wednesday morning. Men were detained from Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah, Hamas said calling for their immediate release....

PCHR Calls for an Investigation into the Death of a Detainee in a Detention Center in Gaza City
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Ameer Makhoul: Make 17 April a Global Day of Action for Palestinian Prisoners, Rights
Alternative Information Center - April 17 is the Palestinian Prisoners day ( Yawom Al-assi AlFalastini ). It is a day to look at the ongoing, very long collective and individual suffering and impossible pain. It’s a day to improve the struggle for...

Prisoners' day
Uruknet April 19, 2011 - The olive and citrus trees were blooming all over Palestine on Prisoners’ day. Pink irises, red puppies, and yellow flowers weave interesting patterns among the endless green carpet underneath the fruiting almonds, fig, and loquet trees. Green almonds are eaten with a pinch of salt and are addictive. There are already some ripening loquots....

Nabi Saleh: A tiny village’s struggle againt the occupation
Uruknet April 19, 2011 - In just over one year of unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, a small Palestinian community in the West Bank, 155 of the village’s 500 residents were wounded (about 60 of them children); 35 homes were damaged and dozens of the village’s people were detained. Yet even after the protest’s leader was put behind bars...

IOF soldiers, settlers storm WB cities, villages
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the city of Qalqilia on Wednesday, detained citizens, and questioned them before handing six of them summonses to the intelligence headquarters.

IOA claims arrest of 4 lawyers passing information to Islamic Jihad prisoners
PIC - The IOA said it arrested four Palestinian lawyers on allegation of transferring information between prisoners in Israeli jails and leaders from the Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip.

Family committee of W. Bank detainees holds Abbas responsible for life of Natsha
PIC - The family committee of West Bank prisoners held Mahmoud Abbas and governor Kamel Khalil fully responsible for the life of senior Hamas official Nabil Al-Natsha who suffers from cancer in the neck.

Defence for Children International claims Israel targets Palestinian children
Middle East Monitor 20 Apr 2011 - The Palestine Section of Defence for Children International has claimed that Israeli occupation forces target children during actions against Palestinian civilians. DCI-Pal said in a statement that the Israeli authorities have detained large numbers of Palestinians and that around 90% of Palestinian children (that is, those...

On Palestinian Prisoner’s Day; Al Dameer Calls On International Community To Take Serious Action to Release all Palestinian Prisoners Held in Israeli Prisons and Detention Centers
Sabr 20 Apr 2011 - Al Dameer Reference:23/2011 Al Dameer Association for Human Rights expresses its solidarity with Palestinian detainees and their families on the occasion Palestinian Prisoner’s Day. This day 17 April, is commemorated annually in order to remember the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners resulted from the Israeli practices...

Palestine Prisoners Day – Narratives Behind Locked Doors
Sabr 20 Apr 2011 - PCHR Sunday, 17 April 2011 11:30 Ref : 34 / 2011 Each year on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners Day is commemorated in order to support and recognize Palestinians currently in custody in Israel. Since 1979, the date marks the release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel as part of...

Nabi Saleh: A tiny village’s struggle againt the occupation
Idan Landau, translation by Dena Shunra, +972 Magazine 4/19/2011
      In just over one year of unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, a small Palestinian community in the West Bank, 155 of the village’s 500 residents were wounded (about 60 of them children); 35 homes were damaged and dozens of the village’s people were detained. Yet even after the protest’s leader was put behind bars by the army, the struggle for the Nabi Saleh’s land continues.
     The objects seen in the picture: a magazine (known as a “tampon”) attached to a Tavor gun, and a human skull, attached to a neck. The gun is vertical; the neck is horizontal. You could say they’ve made contact.
     Inside the magazine: 12 to 16 rubber-coated metal pellets. Inside the skull: soft, gray brain tissue. Thoughts and memories. A soul.
     The purpose of the weapon: dispersing demonstrations at a minimum range of 40 meters. The purpose of the brain: to live. To remember such moments.
     Will the rubber-metal pellets go through that brain? Probably not. However, the thought about it doubtlessly goes through the man’s mind. One could say that this is actually happening at the photographed moment. Does pressing the magazine to the head of a man lying on the ground constitute “dispersion of demonstrations” at a minimal range of 40 meters?
     Pointless question. That is not the point here. The point is sowing fear and terror, emotional terror.
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Palestinian Prisoners Day Al Mezan Calls for Efforts to Confront Israeli Violations against Palestinian Prisoners, Improve Detention Conditions, and Secure their Release
Sabr 20 Apr 2011 - Al Mezan 17-4-2011 43/2011 Sunday 17 April 2011 marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day. It presents an occasion to remember the conditions of thousands of Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons; deprived of their freedom as a result of their involvement in the struggle for self-determination. Today, there...

On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Call for Renewed Efforts to Release All Prisoners
Sabr 20 Apr 2011 - Ramallah, 17 April 2011 – Every year, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the continuing incarceration and ill-treatment of Palestinians who have been detained, sometimes without charge or trial, for their resistance to the Israeli occupation and its illegal policies and practices. Although...

Killer Of Israeli-Palestinian Director Still At Large
IMEMC - Tuesday April 19, 2011 - 14:15, A Palestinian security official stated Tuesday that the murderer of Israeli-Palestinian director, Juliano Mer-Khamis, is still at large as DNA tests exonerated a suspect who was detained by the security forces following the murder.

UN Official Calls For Protecting Palestinian Detainees In Israeli Prisons
IMEMC - Tuesday April 19, 2011 - 13:04, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Territories called for providing the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons with protecting due to repeated Israeli military attacks and constant violations against them.

Israeli prison raid footage released
Palestine Note 19 Apr 2011 - Al Jazeera - Hundreds of Palestinian have died inside Israeli prisons and now an Israeli television channel has aired shocking footage of Israel's so-called Control and Restraint unit, or Masada, attacking Palestinian prisoners. (Please visit the site to view this...

Man Dies in Gaza Person; Hamas will Investigate
PNN - Gaza- PNN – A Palestinian man died in a Gaza prison on Tuesday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. Adel Rizik, 52, was arrested by the Palestinian police in...

Prisoners’ Day
PNN - By Mazin Qumsiyeh - The olive and citrus trees were blooming all over Palestine on Prisoners’ Day. Pink irises, red puppies, and yellow flowers weave intricate patterns among the endless green carpet...

Relatives of prisoners appeal for allowing visits
PIC - Relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails staged a sit-in before the UN offices in Gaza on Tuesday demanding their right to visit their next of kin before their death.

90% of detained Palestinian minors tortured in Israeli jails
PIC - The Palestine branch of the international movement for the defense of children said in a statement on Tuesday that 90% of Palestinian minors detained in Israel were tortured one way or another.

Israeli prison administration forces women prisoners to wear orange costume
PIC - The Israeli administraiton of Hasharon jail forced Palestinian women prisoners to wear orange uniforms while heading to courts and confiscated food and covers in their possession.

MP Attoun calls for internationalizing issue of Palestinian prisoners
PIC - MP Ahmed Attoun stressed the need for internationalizing the issue of Palestinian prisoners and recruiting a galaxy of jurists to take every legal action against Israel.

Israeli Prison Guards Attack Palestinian Prisoners in Eichel
WAFA

One has to die to become a hero
Palestine Monitor - One has to die to become a hero, to hit the headlines and to have TV crews around the house, but does one have to die to stay human? I recall Vittorio in the Christmas of 2005, detained and incarcerated in the Ben Gurion Airport, the...

Vittorio, never more alive than now
Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Il Manifesto, International Solidarity Movement 4/19/2011
      Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Mother of Vittorio Arigoni
     Translated by Sebastiao Nascimento. Italiana segue.
     One has to die to become a hero, to hit the headlines and to have TV crews around the house, but does one have to die to stay human? I recall Vittorio in the Christmas of 2005, detained and incarcerated in the Ben Gurion Airport, the scars left by the handcuffs that cut his wrists, the denial of any contact with the consulate, the farcical process. And I recall Easter that same year, when just across the Allenby Bridge at the Jordanian border the Israeli police blocked his entrance in the country, put him on a bus and, seven against one (one of the seven was a policewoman), they beat him up “with skill”, without leaving any external marks, like the real professionals they are, then hurling him to the ground and throwing at his face, as a last scar to add to the others, the hair they had ripped off him with their machines.
     Vittorio was unwanted in Israel. Too subversive, for having joined his friend Gabriele one year earlier and demonstrated along with the women and men of the village of Budrus against the Wall of Shame, teaching them the lyrics and singing together our most beautiful partisan song ‘O bella ciao, ciao…’
     Back then no TV crew came by, not even when in the Fall of 2008 a commando attacked in Palestinian waters off Rafah the fishing boat he had boarded. Vittorio was incarcerated in Ramle and soon after sent back home with nothing but the clothes on his body. Nevertheless, I cannot but be thankful to the press and television that have approached us with composure, that have ‘besieged’ our home with restraint, without excesses and that have given me the chance to talk about Vittorio and about his ideals and the choices he made.
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One has to die to become a hero
Palestine Monitor: 19 Apr 2011 - One has to die to become a hero, to hit the headlines and to have TV crews around the house, but does one have to die to stay human? I recall Vittorio in the Christmas of 2005, detained and incarcerated in the Ben Gurion Airport, the scars left by the handcuffs that cut his wrists, the denial of any contact with the consulate, the farcical process. And I recall Easter that same year, when just across the Allenby Bridge at the Jordanian border the Israeli police blocked his entrance in the country, put him on a bus and, seven against one (one of the seven was a policewoman), they beat him up “with skill”, without leaving any external marks, like the real professionals they are, then hurling him to the ground and throwing at his face, as a last scar to add to the others, the hair they had ripped...more

Report: More than 6,000 Palestinians are Still Detained in Israeli Jails
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – On Sunday the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs issued a press statement to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners Day. “Since their occupation of the Palestinian Territory in 1967,...

Comrade Sa'adat's letter marks Prisoners' Day in Gaza
Uruknet April 17, 2011 - Comrade Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued a letter through his lawyer from isolation in occupation prisoners, on behalf of himself and his comrades and brothers in the prisons, calling for unifying all efforts of political and social forces and national institutions to manage and organize...

Itamar "breakthrough" still unclear
Palestine Monitor - Israeli army report relies on confessions of "tortured" teenagers and does not excuse Awarta's collective punishment. Yesterday, the Israeli government released what they called “ a breakthrough ” in the Itamar case, the murders of five members of the Fogel family in the West Bank settlement...

Hunger, arrests and broken promises on Prisoners Day
Palestine Monitor - On Prisoners' Day, the Palestinian Authority arrested Hafez Amar, a Palestinian activist marching to the Israeli prison of Ofer, according to the Sawt Al Manara Facebook page. Part of the March 15 youth group behind Ramallah's hungerstrike, Hafez Amar was marching with a small group of...

Palestinian Prisoner's Day
Middle East Monitor 18 Apr 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On the 17th of April, popular and official activities were held across the occupied Palestinian territories to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day which is commemorated annually after it was adopted by the Palestinian National Council in 1974. It aims to show solidarity and support for...

Week 4: Fuad Qasim Al Razim - Palestinian political prisoner
Middle East Monitor 18 Apr 2011 - Fuad Al Razim is the doyen of the Palestinian prisoners who hail from Jerusalem. He is a strong man who withstands torture and remains faithful to the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, where he was raised. He was imprisoned on 30th January 1981 for carrying out two...

Sheikh Salah detained at Allenby
Sabr 18 Apr 2011 - [ 18/04/2011 - 09:05 AM ] UMM AL-FAHM, ( PIC )-- Israel occupation force (IOF) soldiers rearrested Islamic Movement chief Raed Salah Sunday evening at the Jericho crossing on charges of obstructing the work of Israeli security personnel. According to sources in the Islamic Movement in 1948-occupied Palestine,...

Protesters in Hebron mark Prisoners Day
Sabr 18 Apr 2011 - 17 April 2011 | International Solidarity Movement Remembering Palestinian prisoners in Hebron A Palestinian girl shows a photo of a relative held in Israeli jails. Today, approximately 1,000 protesters in Hebron marked Palestinian Prisoners day with a demonstration calling for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners . At the...

Abbas: No peace deal until political prisoners freed
Sabr 18 Apr 2011 - RAMALLAH ( Ma'an ) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that no peace deal could be reached with Israel until all political prisoners were released. Abbas' comments were made in a televised address ahead of Palestinian Prisoners' Day on Sunday. The Palestinian Authority said around 6,000 Palestinians were...

Hamas: Prisoners to be free if more soldiers captured
Sabr 18 Apr 2011 - GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- Hamas lawmaker Ahmad Bahar on Sunday urged Palestinian factions to form militant groups with the aim of capturing Israeli soldiers. The deputized Palestinian Legislative Council speaker said kidnapping soldiers would pressure Israeli authorities to release Palestinian political prisoners. He made the remarks...

Itamar "breakthrough" still unclear
Palestine Monitor: 18 Apr 2011 - Israeli army report relies on confessions of "tortured" teenagers and does not excuse Awarta's collective punishment. Yesterday, the Israeli government released what they called “ a breakthrough ” in the Itamar case, the murders of five members of the Fogel family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar last month. The headline from Ynet news called the Itamar case “solved.” Since the March 11th murders, the Shin Bet, the IOF and the police have routinely raided and besieged Awarta, the nearby Palestinian village, continually if sporadically detaining villagers, enforcing curfews, and curtailing media access. Immediately following the murders, the entire village was declared a “ closed military zone ” and drones flew over head as the village rationed water, food and gas. Between 600 and 700 villagers have been arrested, Ma'an news reported. The human rights advocacy group Addameer denounced the campaign in Awarta as one of indiscriminate collective punishment...more

Hunger, arrests and broken promises on Prisoners Day
Palestine Monitor: 18 Apr 2011 - On Prisoners' Day, the Palestinian Authority arrested Hafez Amar, a Palestinian activist marching to the Israeli prison of Ofer, according to the Sawt Al Manara Facebook page. Part of the March 15 youth group behind Ramallah's hungerstrike, Hafez Amar was marching with a small group of people last night, Palm Sunday, towards Ofer when PA security officials arrested him, an eye-witness reported. The march was initiated to focus attention back on a failed promise by the PA to satisfy one of the hungerstrike's first demands. The release of all political prisoners is the first demand of Al-Manara's hungerstrikers, followed by moderation of disagreements and, ultimately, unity between Fatah and Hamas. Last week, they were joined by prisoners across the occupied Palestinian territories in their fast: six thousand prisoners in twenty-three jails didn't eat yesterday to support reconciliation Gaza and the West Bank. During a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas on...more

Legal victory for detainees threatened with deportation
4/17/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military court at the Ofer base ordered the release of two Palestinian men, following a legal battle to prevent their deportation, lawyers said. Taleb Bani Odeh was released on the condition that he remains under house arrest in his family home, with an imposed fine of 10,000 shekels ($3,000....

Hamas: Prisoners to be free if more soldiers captured
4/17/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas lawmaker Ahmad Bahar on Sunday urged Palestinian factions to form militant groups with the aim of capturing Israeli soldiers. The deputized Palestinian Legislative Council speaker said kidnapping soldiers would pressure Israeli authorities to release Palestinian political prisoners. He made the remarks in a speech commemorating Palestinian Prisoners' Day....

Prisoners Day protests sees 1 detained near Ofer
4/17/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- One Palestinian was detained Sunday and others injured when Israeli forces dispersed a sit-in protest outside the Ofer prison, where tens were marking Prisoners Day north of Ramallah. A youth coalition had organized the protests, in conjunction with the families of prisoners in the Ramallah area. The group held photos of....

Abbas: No peace deal until political prisoners freed
4/17/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that no peace deal could be reached with Israel until all political prisoners were released. Abbas' comments were made in a televised address ahead of Palestinian Prisoners' Day on Sunday. The Palestinian Authority said around 6,000 Palestinians were currently in prison inside Israel and....

Palestinian Detainees Go on Hunger Strike Marking Prisoner’s Day
PNN - Ramallah/Gaza - PNN - On Sunday Palestinian political prisoners detained by the Israeli military started an open-ended hungers strike commemorating Prisoner’s Day. The head of the prisoner's society Qadura Faries said that...

Palestine Prisoners Day – Narratives Behind Locked Doors
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Sunday, 17 April 2011

On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Call for Renewed Efforts to Release All Prisoners
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Sunday, 17 April 2011

Protesters in Hebron mark Prisoners Day
4/17/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Today, approximately 1,000 protesters in Hebron marked Palestinian Prisoners day with a demonstration calling for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners. At the same time thousands of prisoners joined in a one-day hunger strike to protest their treatment and their legal rights as prisoners. Protesters in Hebron began by gathering at the Eben Roshd school in....

Palestinian Prisoners' Day
Alternative Information Center - Today, 17 April, is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The day commemorates the release of Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Hijazi in the first prisoners’ exchange between the Palestinians and the Israelis in 1974.

Five Palestinians attacked by Israeli army in WB
17 Apr 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Sunday a Palestinian citizen from Nablus city and violently attacked another five including two children in Al-Dahsh refugee camp.

Palestinian detainees go on hunger strike to mark Prisoner Day
17 Apr 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Qaddura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, confirmed that Palestinian prisoners in all Israeli jails started Sunday a hunger strike under the slogan of “ unity for liberty”  as a symbolic action in the Palestinian Prisons’ Day .

Protesters in Hebron mark Prisoners Day
Uruknet April 17, 2011 - Today, approximately 1,000 protesters in Hebron marked Palestinian Prisoners day with a demonstration calling for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners. At the same time thousands of prisoners joined in a one-day hunger strike to protest their treatment and their legal rights as prisoners. Protesters in Hebron began by gathering at the Eben Roshd school...

Video: Israel troops filmed attacking Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet April 17, 2011 - Hundreds of Palestinian have died inside Israeli prisons and now an Israeli television channel has aired shocking footage of Israel's so-called Control and Restraint unit, or Masada, attacking Palestinian prisoners. Activists have demanded people in charge of the operation, carried out in 2007, be charged and the family of one of the victims told...

PCDD calls for boosted release efforts on Palestinian Prisoner Day
PIC - The Palestinian center to defend detainees has called for increased efforts to help release Palestinians held in Israeli jails marking Palestinian Prisoner Day on April 17.

IOF troops detain 7 in Silwan, a minor in Al-Khalil
PIC - Israeli occupation police forces stormed the Silwan town, south of the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, on Sunday triggering confrontations with young men.

On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Call for Renewed Efforts to Release All Prisoners
Al-Haq 16 Apr 2011 - (2011-04-17)

Prisoners go on hunger strike to mark Palestinian Prisoner Day
Sabr 17 Apr 2011 - [ 16/04/2011 - 05:06 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )-- Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have decided to go on hunger strike on Sunday as a warning before going on an open ended hunger strike soon in order to have their demands met for an end to isolation...

Detainee's father dies without seeing son
Sabr 17 Apr 2011 - GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- The father of a Palestinian detained in Israel died Thursday without seeing his son for over four years, a detainees center reported. Israel refused to allow Salem Al-Bardini to visit his son Tayseer, who has been held in Israel prisons since 1994....

6 including PA officer detained by Israel overnight
Sabr 16 Apr 2011 - HEBRON ( Ma’an ) – Six Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces from areas across the West Bank overnight, a military statement said Thursday morning, claiming all were "suspects wanted for terrorist activity." Palestinian security officer Amjad Darawsheh, 39, was detained by Israeli forces from his village in...

Detainees announce hunger strike to mark Prisoners' Day
4/16/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians detained in Israeli jails announced that they will commemorate Prisoners' Day on Sunday by declaring a one-day hunger strike. The strike was a symbolic action to draw attention to the violations and abuse carried out against Palestinian political prisoners and their families, detainees said. Prisoners were also planning an....

Haniyeh urges support for Shalit swap deal
4/16/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday urged Palestinians to support a deal to release Palestinians imprisoned in Israel in exchange for an Israeli soldier held in Gaza. Gaza militants captured Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid in June 2006. Negotiations to secure his release have focused on a prisoner....

Hamas condemns PA's arrest of lawmaker's husband
4/16/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Saturday denounced the arrest of the husband of a Hamas lawmaker by the Palestinian Authority. The Islamist party said Samir Halayqa's husband was detained by PA forces in the West Bank. Hamas called for the release of all party affiliates detained by the Fatah-led PA, and....

Israeli army detains Palestinian boy near Hebron
16 Apr 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli forces detained Saturday a Palestinian boy after raiding his home in Al-Uroob refugee camp in the north of Hebron.

Haniyeh urges Palestinians to back Schalit swap deal
Jeruslalem Post 16 Apr 2011 - Speaking in Gaza, Hamas PM says group will not disappoint prisoners' families, says exchange deal would be victory for Palestinians.

Haniyeh says no to Shalit compromise
YNet News, 16 Apr 2011 - Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, urged the Palestinian factions holding Gilad Shalit to insist on their prisoner swap demands. Haniyeh made the remarks ... ....

Prisoners go on hunger strike to mark Palestinian Prisoner Day
PIC - Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have decided to go on hunger strike on Sunday as a warning before going on an open ended hunger strike soon in order to have their demands met.

Haneyya: Shalit's captors will not fail POW families
PIC - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya has said that the resistance factions who have captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will not fail the families of Palestinians held in Israel prisons.

IOF troops detain 845 Palestinians in three months including 105 children
PIC - A statistics report by the Ansar Al-Asra society said on Saturday that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 845 Palestinians in the first three months of 2011.

Hamas: PA detained 6 affiliates
4/15/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Friday accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining six party members across the West Bank overnight. PA security forces detained six Hamas affiliates from Nablus and Hebron, the Islamist movement said in a statement. A group of protesters demanding national unity have been on hunger strike in Ramallah since....

The Settler State
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Apr 2011 - By Uri Avnery The other day, the almighty General Security Service (Shabak, formerly Shin Bet) needed a new boss. It is a hugely important job, because no minister ever dares to contradict the advice of the Shabak chief in cabinet meetings. There was an obvious candidate, known only as J. But at the last moment, the settlers’ lobby was mobilized. As director of the “Jewish department” J. had put some Jewish terrorists in prison. So his candidature was rejected and Yoram Cohen, a kippah-wearing darling of the settlers was appointed instead. That happened last month. Just before that, The National Security Council also needed a new chief. Under pressure from the settlers, General Yaakov Amidror, formerly the highest kippah-wearing officer in the army, a man of openly ultra-ultra nationalist views, got the job. The Deputy Chief of Staff of the army is a kippah-wearing officer dear to the settlers, a...more

Italian national kidnapped in Gaza
4/15/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Salafist radicals in Gaza have kidnapped an Italian citizen and are threatening to kill him, a video posted Thursday by the "Salafi Jihadi" group warned. The footage shows Vittorio Arrigoni bruised and blindfolded. Text scrolling across the screen threatens that he will die unless Hamas releases Salafist prisoners by Friday.... Related: Palestinians call for release of Italian activist kidnapped in Gaza

6 including PA officer detained by Israel overnight
4/14/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Six Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces from areas across the West Bank overnight, a military statement said Thursday morning, claiming all were "suspects wanted for terrorist activity." Palestinian security officer Amjad Darawsheh, 39, was detained by Israeli forces from his village in the northern West Bank, following an extensive home....

Fatah: Abbas never agreed to free political prisoners
Palestine Note 14 Apr 2011 - Ma’an - President Mahmoud Abbas never promised to free 23 prisoners held despite a court ruling ordering their release, Fatah's top official in Ramallah said Thursday. Raed Radwan told Ma’an the PA agreed only to respond to questions from the...

Family of cancer patient appeals for releasing him from PA jail
PIC - The family of prisoner Nabil Al-Natsha appealed to human rights organizations and the Palestinian leadership to intervene to have him released, especially since he suffers from cancer.

Farwana: 750 thousand Palestinians kidnapped by Israel since 1967
PIC - Specialist in prisoners' affairs Abdulnaser Farwana said Israel has kidnapped since 1967 about 750,000 Palestinians including 12,000 women and tens of thousands of children.

Change and Reform bloc lashes out at IOA for detaining of MP Badr
PIC - The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc has lashed out at the IOA for holding MP Mohammed Badr in administrative detention, describing it as a fresh indication of "Zionist arrogance".

IOA banishes Palestinian detainee to Malaysia
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) banished Palestinian detainee Maher Odeh to Malaysia rather than return him to his hometown Ein Yabrud in Ramallah.

Jihad calls on resistance factions to capture more IOF soldiers
PIC - The Islamic Jihad movement has called on all Palestinian resistance factions to capture more Israeli occupation soldiers to trade them for Palestinian prisoners.

PPC: Israel Imposes Collective Punishment on Palestinian Prisoners
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A new campaign to end the brutalization of Awarta
Palestine Monitor - We must join together to stop the Israeli aggression against the residents of Awarta, now nearly a month old. I have been to Awarta, and what I found disgusts, saddens and angers me. The villagers of Awarta, young and old, have been subjected to torture, aggression,...

Al-Najah University hosts workshop to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day
Middle East Monitor 14 Apr 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Wednesday, 13.04.2011, the Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture held a workshop entitled "Our prisoners are free, however high the walls". The workshop marked Palestinian Prisoners Day which falls on 17.04.2011 and was held in the Martyr Zafer al-Masri...

Human Rights Activist Vittorio Arrigoni Kidnapped in Gaza
In Gaza: 14 Apr 2011 - INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT FREE GAZA MOVEMENT For Immediate Release [April 14, 2001] Today, our friend and colleague, Vittorio Arrigoni, a journalist and human rights defender working in the Gaza Strip, was kidnapped by Salafists, members of a very small extremist group in Gaza. Vittorio has been active in the Palestine cause for almost 10 years. For the past two and a half years, he has been in Gaza with the International Solidarity Movement, monitoring human rights violations by Israel, supporting the Palestinian popular resistance against the Israeli occupation and disseminating information about the situation in Gaza to his home country of Italy. He was aboard the siege-breaking voyage in 2008 with the Free Gaza Movement and was incarcerated in Israeli prisons several times. He was in Gaza throughout Israel’s brutal assault (Operation Cast Lead), assisting medics and reporting to the world what Israel was doing to the Palestinian people. He...more

A new campaign to end the brutalization of Awarta
Palestine Monitor: 14 Apr 2011 - We must join together to stop the Israeli aggression against the residents of Awarta, now nearly a month old. I have been to Awarta, and what I found disgusts, saddens and angers me. The villagers of Awarta, young and old, have been subjected to torture, aggression, and house demolition, and deliberately arrested as a result of the brutal acts of the Israeli occupation forces. Continual coverage by The Palestine Monitor , Ma'an News Agency , the Palestinian News Network->http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9890&Itemid=56] and Haaretz among others has chronicled the Israeli occupation forces deliberately destroying houses and systematically assaulting Awarta's people as a form of retaliation. This clearly defines collective punishment, illegal under international law. We Palestinians will not rest until the Israeli occupation forces are held accountable for these blatant violations of human dignity, universal rights, and democratic principles. The Israeli arrests, sometimes in the middle of the night, have continued unchecked. From an eighty-year...more

Ministry of Detainees Affairs: Israel had Arrested 750,000 Palestinians since 1967
Sabr 14 Apr 2011 - Date : 14/4/2011 Time : 11:14 RAMALLAH, APRIL 14, 2011 ( WAFA ) –A report by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees Affairs published Wednesday said that Israel had arrested a total of 750,000 Palestinians since the start of the occupation in June 1967. The report, issued to mark the April...

Palestinian Detainee Exiled To Malaysia
IMEMC - Wednesday April 13, 2011 - 22:21, Detainee Maher Odah, 48, from Ein Yabroud village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was forced into exile on Wednesday evening after the Israeli government decided to deport him to Malaysia.

European Network Denounces Extended Solitary Confinement Of Blind Palestinian Detainee
IMEMC - Wednesday April 13, 2011 - 07:19, The European network to Support the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners, (UFree), denounced Tuesday an Israeli court ruling forcing a blind Palestinian detainee in solitary confinement for additional six months.

Seven detained across West Bank overnight
4/13/2011 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israel's military said soldiers detained seven Palestinians overnight from areas across the West Bank, with reports from the northern West Bank of additional raids and intimidation. Near Bethlehem, Husan resident Muntaser Zu'ul, 19, was detained after forces entered his father's home and carried out a....

PA: 4 detained on theft charges in Ramallah, Hebron
4/13/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police said officers arrested four men suspected of involvement in two incidents of theft in Hebron and Ramallah, following tips in both cities which kicked off the investigations. When a Beituniya resident reported a home robbery last week, a police report said an investigation was launched, which lead to the....

List shows prisoners held despite court order
Palestine Note 13 Apr 2011 - Ma'an - Nine days have passed since President Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah with hunger-strikers calling for an end to division in the occupied territories. During that meeting, leaders of the March 15 pro-unity movement told Abbas that their first...

Egypt detains Mubarak and sons
Palestine Note 13 Apr 2011 - Al Jazeera - Hours after the former leader was hospitalised as he was questioned, a statement from the prosecutor's office, posted on Facebook early on Wednesday, announced the detention of the three men. "The prosecutor general orders the detention of...

Syria Presses Crackdown in Coastal Cities
Palestine Note 13 Apr 2011 - Thousands of women block highway, demanding release of detained protesters New York Times - The security crackdown on Syria ’s coastal region tightened on Tuesday, with checkpoints blocking off access to the city of Baniyas and its outlying areas and...

15 Palestinians detained by Israeli soldiers in WB
13 Apr 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-15 Palestinians were detained Wednesday by Israeli soldiers from different parts in the West Bank.

European Network Denounces Extended Solitary Confinement Of Blind Palestinian Detainee
Uruknet April 13, 2011 - The European network to Support the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners, (UFree), denounced Tuesday an Israeli court ruling forcing a blind Palestinian detainee in solitary confinement for additional six months. The detainee was identified as Ebada Sa’id Bilal, form the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The Network demanded Israel to remove the detainee from solitary...

Israel’s Doublespeak
Uruknet April 12, 2011 - At least 19 Palestinians living as de facto prisoners inside the Gaza Strip have been killed by Israeli Occupying Forces since Thursday, leaving people wondering whether or not Israel is preparing for Operation Cast Lead II. Although a cold "ceasefire" is in place following a relatively unprecedented (not to mention pathetic) plea from Hamas that...

PA prisoners' families call for their release
PIC - With Palestinian Prisoner Day coming next Sunday, the families of Palestinians held by the PA security agencies in the West Bank have renewed calls for the freedom of their relatives.

Palestinian MPs sentenced to extra six months without indictment
PIC - Israel extended Tuesday night the prison terms of Palestinian lawmakers Hatem Qufeisha and Omar al-Barghouti by six months to be served in administrative detention without an indictment.

IPS moves Abu Sisi to an isolation cell
PIC - The IPS moved Palestinian detainees Dirar Abu Sisi and Murad Abu Rikab to isolation cells, the information department at the ministry of prisoners in Gaza said on Wednesday.

Israeli Jailors Beat Palestinian Prisoner
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Palestinian MPs sentenced to extra six months without indictment
Sabr 13 Apr 2011 - [ 13/04/2011 - 03:16 PM ] NABLUS, ( PIC )-- Israel extended Tuesday night the prison terms of Palestinian lawmakers Hatem Qufeisha and Omar al-Barghouti by six months to be served in administrative detention without an indictment, the Tadhamon human rights group in the West Bank reported. Hatem...

IPS moves Abu Sisi to an isolation cell
Sabr 13 Apr 2011 - [ 13/04/2011 - 09:53 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )-- The Israel prison service (IPS) moved Palestinian detainees Dirar Abu Sisi and Murad Abu Rikab to isolation cells, the information department at the ministry of prisoners in Gaza said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that the...

7,000 Palestinian Prisoners Hold One-Day Hunger Strike To Protest Conditions
IMEMC - Tuesday April 12, 2011 - 11:59, According to the Palestinian Minister of Detainees, a one-day hunger strike was held on Monday to protest the conditions where Palestinian prisoners are being held by Israeli authorities, including medical negligence, prevention of family visits, poor food quality, and the continual imposition of fines on prisoners who, because they are imprisoned, have no means to pay.

Palestinian Youth Remain Camped Out On Hunger Strike For 17th Day
IMEMC - Tuesday April 12, 2011 - 11:34, A group of Palestinian youth who began a sit-in and hunger strike in Ramallah 17 days ago say they will continue the strike until the Palestinian Authority releases political prisoners, as promised by the Palestinian President eight days ago.

Awarta raided overnight, 5 more detained
4/12/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Concern is mounting for the residents of Awarta, as 71 villagers including a teenage girl and two elderly women remain held in Israeli custody without charge, and official visits to ensure their well being were prevented by Israeli forces. Three Palestinians from the village who were living in Ramallah were detained.... Related: Israel withdraws from Awarta after day-long operation

List shows prisoners jailed despite court order
4/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Nine days have passed since President Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah with hunger-strikers calling for an end to division in the occupied territories. During that meeting, leaders of the March 15 pro-unity movement told Abbas that their first demand was for the Palestinian Authority to free political prisoners whose release had....

Protesters still on hunger strike after 17 days
4/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Young Palestinians demonstrating in the West Bank city of Ramallah vowed Monday after 17 days of sit-in and hunger strike in Manara square to continue until their demands are addressed. The protestors demand the release of political detainees whose release was ordered by the Palestinian supreme court, and that both sides....

7,000 Palestinian Prisoners Hold One-Day Hunger Strike To Protest Conditions
Uruknet April 12, 2011 - According to the Palestinian Minister of Detainees, a one-day hunger strike was held on Monday to protest the conditions where Palestinian prisoners are being held by Israeli authorities, including medical negligence, prevention of family visits, poor food quality, and the continual imposition of fines on prisoners who, because they are imprisoned, have no means to...

Awarta raided overnight, 5 more detained
Uruknet April 12, 2011 -- Concern is mounting for the residents of Awarta, as 71 villagers including a teenage girl and two elderly women remain held in Israeli custody without charge, and official visits to ensure their well being were prevented by Israeli forces. Three Palestinians from the village who were living in Ramallah were detained from their homes there...

Why are the security forces detaining hundreds in Awarta?
Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 4/12/2011
      Former IDF Chief Rabbi calls for collective punishment of Palestinian villages in the West Bank
     In 1990, I was serving as an operations sergeant in the Dir El Balah – a town in the Gaza Strip – in the so-called Civil Administration. On Rosh Hashana of that year, a reservist soldier named Amnon Pomeranz made a fatal error and took the wrong turn. Instead of reaching the Buriej military camp, he reached the Buriej refugee camp. He panicked, drove backwards too fast, and ran over two children. He drove blindly forward, and the vehicle hit a road. An angry mob formed quickly, started throwing stones. Pomranz left the vehicle, threw his gun away, and begged for mercy. The stones kept flying. He went back into the car, tried to start it, failed, was hit, lost consciousness. Three young men ran off to the nearby gas station, came back with jerry cans full of gasoline, poured it, set it on fire.
     Our information on the events was extremely sketchy. When we received news about mass fleeing of the camp, Hamoud the AAA – Arab Affairs Advisor – connected the dots, left the base driving wildly, and charged to the place, calling everyone he could think of on the radio. He made it too late: The car was already on fire. Several days later, on the way home – he was driving, I was sitting behind him – he said he wanted to get near, to try and save Pomeranz, but was afraid the car will blow up, as it did several minutes later. His hair turned white.
     In the meantime, the GSS arrested the people responsible. It was said that one of the idiots photographed everything – but then again, they photographed lynches, too, no? – and that the GSS managed to get the photographs. One of the two people who set the car on fire went missing. One night – I think it was the second morning following the incident – our two regular GSS officers showed up with an old man and a child, aged five to six years. The child was blindfolded.....
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The release of the prisoner Hafeth Bornat
Sabr 12 Apr 2011 - Photos By Rani Burnat http://www.bilin-ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=352&Itemid=1 Israeli occupation forces released this afternoon the prisoner Hafeth Bornat from the village of Bil'in, after the end of his sentence nine-year stint in the prisons of the occupation. Note that it have been delayed his release for a week, where...

Israel: Spoiling for Another Fight?
Uruknet April 9, 2011 - Throughout its history, Israel intimidated as a regional menace, preemptively attacking Palestinians and regional neighbors for any reason or none at all. Each time, it's claimed self-righteousness and "self-defense," what scoundrels always say. Until his death, Edward Said passionately defended Palestinian rights. He accused Israel of turning Palestine into an isolated prison, suffocating an entire...

West Bank villages mark Prisoners Day
Stop The Wall - Apr 9, 2011-- This week’s protests were dedicated to the fate of the almost 7 thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and in particular the prisoners of the popular resistance. In particular, protestors called for the liberation of Nael and Fakhri Barghouti, both since more than 30 years in Israeli prisons. [

Ramallah hunger strikers resent Abbas reneging on promise
PIC - Youth holding a sit-in at Manara Square downtown Ramallah expressed resentment after Palestinian de facto president Mahmoud Abbas reneged on a deal to free political prisoners.

Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails to go on Hunger Strike Thursday
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Palestinian Prisoners Day commemorated in Gaza
Middle East Monitor 11 Apr 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES From in front of the house of one of the longest serving prison veterans from the Gaza Strip; 57 year old Salim Ali al-Kayal who is serving a life term in the Nafha Desert Prison and has been incarcerated for the last 28 years,...

Week 3: Akram Mansour - Palestinian political prisoner
Middle East Monitor 11 Apr 2011 - "If they made you choose between freedom for you or freedom for another prisoner, sentenced for life, what would your choice be? I choose freedom for the other prisoner, because what I have left of my sentence is little, and others need to get out of...

Israel Imposes New Series of Punitive Measures against Prisoners in Ofer
Sabr 11 Apr 2011 - RAMALLAH, April 11, 2011 ( WAFA ) – Israeli Penitentiary Administration Monday imposed a series of punitive measures on Palestinian prisoners in ‘Ofer’ prison, south of Ramallah city, after a delegation from the administration paid an unannounced visit to the prison. Director of the Center for Defence of...

PPC: Israel Imposes Collective Punishment on Palestinian Prisoners
Sabr 11 Apr 2011 - Date : 10/4/2011 Time : 16:15 RAMALLAH, April 10, 2011( WAFA ) – Administration of ‘Ohalei Kedar’ Detention Center Sunday imposed collective punishment on prisoners; prevention of visits for two months, according to (PPC) Palestinian Prisoner’s Club’s report. Visits of prisoners’ families from Nablus, Tulkarem, Salfit and Hebron, were...

Israeli Police Dog Attacks Palestinian in Hebron
Sabr 11 Apr 2011 - Date : 10/4/2011 Time : 14:37 HEBRON, April 10, 2011 ( WAFA ) – An Israeli police dog Sunday attacked and injured a Palestinian in Ramadin, a village south of Hebron. Security sources said that Israeli forces detained Mohammed Abu Ka’oud at the border area which connects the Be'er Sheva...

Israeli army again invades Awarta, detains 9
10 Apr 2011 -   West Bank, (Pal telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces invaded Sunday morning Awarta village in the south part of Nablus raiding several houses and arresting Palestinians.

Israeli army again invades Awarta, detains 9
10 Apr 2011 -   West Bank, (Pal telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces invaded Sunday morning Awarta village in the south part of Nablus raiding several houses and arresting Palestinians.

European network appeals to Moussa and Ihsanoglu to save prisoners
PIC - The European network to defend rights of Palestinian prisoners demanded the Arab League and the Islamic conference to work on ending the suffering of Palestinian prisoners confined in solitary cells.

European network appeals to Moussa and Ihsanoglu to save prisoners
PIC - The European network to defend rights of Palestinian prisoners demanded the Arab League and the Islamic conference to work on ending the suffering of Palestinian prisoners confined in solitary cells.

Israel Plans to Expel 8 Palestinian Prisoners
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Israel Plans to Expel 8 Palestinian Prisoners
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Spring coming early for Hamas
Khaled Amayreh, Al-Ahram Weekly 4/7/2011
      While little progress in Palestinian reconciliation appears on the horizon, events in Egypt may have levelled the playing field for Hamas.
     Despite affirmations to the contrary, the most recent effort at restoring Palestinian national unity between Fatah and Hamas seems to have fizzled out. Fatah and Hamas officials have been trading accusations on their respective sincerity about ending the three-year rift between them.
     Hamas is yet to announce a definitive date for the now uncertain visit to the Gaza Strip Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas was said to be planning. Some Hamas leaders have accused Abbas and the Fatah leadership in the West Back of seeking a "public relations visit" in order to throw the proverbial ball into Hamas's court.
     Hamas, which is not unanimous in its views about the visit, has demanded that proper and appropriate preparations be made in order to ensure the success of Abbas's visit. These include accord on divisive political issues, a halt to politically motivated detentions, the release of political detainees, and a prompt end to the police state atmosphere in the West Bank.
     Hamas said Fatah's refusal to deal seriously with these requirements meant that latter was not really interested in reconciling with Hamas.
     "We have asked him [Chairman Abbas] more than once to send a delegation to Gaza or to any place he wants in order to arrange for the visit. Part of these arrangements is tackling the remaining issues of dispute, so his visit would be a culmination of an arrangement between the two parties [Fatah and Hamas]. But Abbas seems to want a merely formal visit unrelated to actual reconciliation, which is unacceptable. Hamas's position is agreement first, then reconciliation."....
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Spring coming early for Hamas
Khaled Amayreh, Al-Ahram Weekly 4/7/2011
      While little progress in Palestinian reconciliation appears on the horizon, events in Egypt may have levelled the playing field for Hamas.
     Despite affirmations to the contrary, the most recent effort at restoring Palestinian national unity between Fatah and Hamas seems to have fizzled out. Fatah and Hamas officials have been trading accusations on their respective sincerity about ending the three-year rift between them.
     Hamas is yet to announce a definitive date for the now uncertain visit to the Gaza Strip Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas was said to be planning. Some Hamas leaders have accused Abbas and the Fatah leadership in the West Back of seeking a "public relations visit" in order to throw the proverbial ball into Hamas's court.
     Hamas, which is not unanimous in its views about the visit, has demanded that proper and appropriate preparations be made in order to ensure the success of Abbas's visit. These include accord on divisive political issues, a halt to politically motivated detentions, the release of political detainees, and a prompt end to the police state atmosphere in the West Bank.
     Hamas said Fatah's refusal to deal seriously with these requirements meant that latter was not really interested in reconciling with Hamas.
     "We have asked him [Chairman Abbas] more than once to send a delegation to Gaza or to any place he wants in order to arrange for the visit. Part of these arrangements is tackling the remaining issues of dispute, so his visit would be a culmination of an arrangement between the two parties [Fatah and Hamas]. But Abbas seems to want a merely formal visit unrelated to actual reconciliation, which is unacceptable. Hamas's position is agreement first, then reconciliation."....
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PA police detain 27 at Allenby over week
4/9/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Twenty-seven Palestinians with outstanding warrant for arrest were detained at the Allenby Bridge border crossing into Jordan over the past week, police sources told Ma'an. The arrests came as crossing traffic at the bridge remained steady, with 7,317 travelers entering and 8,841 leaving the West Bank via the terminal....

Detained leader: Uprising in Israeli prisons in the offing
PIC - Detained Palestinian leader Talal Al-Baz said in a leaked message that prisoners in Israeli occupation jails were about to launch an intifada to protest maltreatment.

Administrative detention of prisoner Dudeen extended for 13th time
PIC - Al-Ahrar center for prisoners' studies and human rights said an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of Ayed Dudeen from Dura village in Al-Khalil city, for the 13th consecutive time.

Detained leader: Uprising in Israeli prisons in the offing
Sabr 9 Apr 2011 - [ 09/04/2011 - 02:35 PM ] WEST BANK, ( PIC )-- Detained Palestinian leader Talal Al-Baz said in a leaked message that prisoners in Israeli occupation jails were about to launch an intifada to protest maltreatment. He said that the Israeli prison authorities deal with the Palestinian prisoners...

Administrative detention of prisoner Dudeen extended for 13th time
Sabr 9 Apr 2011 - [ 09/04/2011 - 02:10 PM ] Al-KHALIL, ( PIC )-- Al-Ahrar center for prisoners' studies and human rights said an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of Ayed Dudeen from Dura village in Al-Khalil city, for the 13th consecutive time. Director of the center Fouad Al-Khafsh said prisoner...

Shattah detainees to strike for sick prisoner
4/8/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) --Seven Palestinian detainees in Israeli jail will go on hunger strike on Wednesday in support of imprisoned cancer sufferer Akram Mansour, a detainee center said Friday. The Palestinian detainees' center in Ramallah said prisoners in Israel's Shattah jail, between Tel Aviv and Haifa, will strike to make a....

HRW: No News is Good NewsAbuses against Journalists by Palestinian Security Forces
Uruknet April 6, 2011 - This report documents cases in which security forces tortured, beat, and arbitrarily detained journalists, confiscated their equipment, and barred them from leaving the West Bank and Gaza. Security forces of the Palestinian Authority (PA) have arbitrarily detained scores of West Bank journalists since 2009, and in some cases abused them during interrogation in a manner...

Prisoners on hunger strike for sick detainee
Uruknet April 6, 2011 - Palestinians detained in Israeli jails announced Wednesday a hunger strike to be held on Thursday in solidarity with imprisoned cancer sufferer Akram Mansour. The one day hunger strike protests the continued detention of Mansour, who suffers from a brain tumor and lacks appropriate treatment, and has two years remaining of his 33-year sentence, according to...

Army Detains Hundreds Of Palestinians Near Nablus, Conducts DNA Tests
IMEMC - Thursday April 07, 2011 - 11:43, Qais Awwad, head of the Awarta village Council, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, stated that Israeli soldiers invaded Awarta and detained hundreds of residents, including more than a 100 women, especially from the eastern area of the village.

Dozens of women arrested in Awarta village
4/7/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops stormed a Palestinian village early Thursday, arresting more than 100 women in what local officials said was part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of five settlers in March. Hundreds of troops entered Awarta -- the village adjacent to Itamar, an illegal settlement where the murders took place --shortly.... Related: ISM: Women and elderly taken in the latest Awarta raids and Detainees' Center condemns Awarta arrests

5 detained in raid on Bethlehem
4/7/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians from Deheisheh refugee camp south of Bethlehem overnight Thursday. Soldiers entered the camp and searched the homes of Mohammad Mahmoud Al-Afandi, 17, Tareq Shahin, 18, Mahmoud Abu Hadeed, 17, and Hamza El-Saffi, age unknown. An Israeli military statement said that overnight two were detained during raids....

Israel detains 100 women in murder investigation
Palestine Note 7 Apr 2011 - Reuters - Israeli troops briefly detained about 100 women in the West Bank early on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder last month of a young Jewish settler family, locals said. The women, many of them...

West Bank Updates: Home Demolitions, Arrests and Prisoners’ Hunger Strike
Alternative Information Center - A roundup of Israeli attacks in the West Bank over the past two days, including home demolitions near Nablus, arrests in Awarta and Deheishe refugee camp and a hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners to protest...

Campaign for a Palestinian female detainee in Israel
7 Apr 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - The European Network to Support the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners  (UFree) launches a campaign of solidarity with the detainee Kifah Qutaish after her detention was extended ‘administratively’ for the third consecutive time. 

Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails go on hunger strike
7 Apr 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails announced Thursday a hunger strike for one day protesting Israeli policy of isolation and requiring appropriate medical treatment for patients according to the human rights conventions.

Palestinian prisoners go on single day hunger strike
PIC 4 Jul 2011 - Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails go on hunger strike on Thursday to protest the continued Israeli repressive measures against them including medical neglect and solitary confinement.

Ramallah protests continue as Abbas delays freeing prisoners
PIC 4 Jul 2011 - Protests continue in Ramallah as youth await promised steps by Palestinian de facto president to free a list of men held for political reasons in the Palestinian Authority jails.

Sit-in in Jenin against Israeli decision to exile 8 prisoners
PIC 4 Jul 2011 - Protesters outside the Red Cross headquarters in Jenin city on Wednesday demanded human rights organizations to pressure Israel to cancel its decision to exile eight Palestinian prisoners.

Prisoners on hunger strike for sick detainee
Sabr 7 Apr 2011 - RAMALLAH ( Ma'an ) -- Palestinians detained in Israeli jails announced Wednesday a hunger strike to be held on Thursday in solidarity with imprisoned cancer sufferer Akram Mansour. The one day hunger strike protests the continued detention of Mansour, who suffers from a brain tumor and lacks appropriate...

100 women detained in Awarta
Sabr 7 Apr 2011 - NABLUS (AFP/ Ma'an ) -- Israeli troops stormed the village of Awarta on Thursday morning, arresting more than 100 women in what local officials said was part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of five settlers in March. Hundreds of troops entered Awarta - the village...

Pity the Village
Palestine Monitor: 7 Apr 2011 - In the third Israeli lockdown of Awarta since the murder of five in Itamar, villagers report that 200 were arrested in what are becoming routine invasions by the IOF. Amjad Suliman Qawariq, the Chief of the Service Department of Awarta, reported that 200 villagers were arrested last night, 6 April, after the Israeli Occupation Forces rolled in at 10:30 pm. According to Qawariq, Israeli police entered with the IOF, ordering villagers to return to their homes and imposing a curfew on the town. At 11:000 pm, police and soldiers began entering homes, conducting searches and detaining residents. According to Abu George, 44, soldiers did not shy away from arresting the elderly, sick or disabled: “Some couldn't walk, so they carried them.” Abu George's son has now been arrested twice, and his house raided three times. Those arrested were taken to the Huwarrah military base, not far from Awarta. Once there,...more

Israel releases detained Palestinian patient
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 - GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- Israeli authorities on Monday released a Palestinian detained over a month ago on his way to hospital in Israel. Mahdi Atef Nasser, 21, from Deir Al-Balah, was detained on March 1 at the Erez crossing on the Gaza-Israel border.

Egypt Releases 13 Palestinian Detainees
IMEMC - Wednesday April 06, 2011 - 06:07, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Tuesday evening that 13 Palestinians, who were imprisoned by Egypt, were released while twelve of them managed to cross into Gaza.

Prisoners on hunger strike for sick detainee
4/6/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians detained in Israeli jails announced Wednesday a hunger strike to be held on Thursday in solidarity with imprisoned cancer sufferer Akram Mansour. The one day hunger strike protests the continued detention of Mansour, who suffers from a brain tumor and lacks appropriate treatment, and has two years remaining of his....

PA, Hamas urged to stop harassing journalists
4/6/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces have arbitrarily detained scores of West Bank journalists since 2009, and in some cases tortured them, a new report from Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Palestinian journalists confront a "virtual wall of impunity" when they try to hold their abusers accountable, which along with abuse has created.... Related: Human Rights Watch: PA 'systematically' harasses journalists

Palestinian detainees return from Egypt
4/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Thirteen Palestinians released from Egyptian jails returned to Gaza Tuesday afternoon. Among them was notorious smuggler Muhammad Ash-Shaer, known in Gaza as "king of the tunnels" and "Al-Far," (the mouse), who was detained over a year ago by Egypt, local sources said. The men were deported from the country via....

Orthodox IDF soldiers accused of abusing Palestinian prisoners
Palestine Note 6 Apr 2011 - Hareetz- An Israel Defense Forces soldier from a unit made up exclusively of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men was convicted on Wednesday in the Central Military Court of illegal use of a weapon and disgraceful conduct. The soldier, a member of the...

EU Human Right Group Welcomes Egypt Release of Palestinian Prisoners
PNN - Norway – PNN – This week 13 Palestinian political prisoners have been released from Egyptian prisons. The decision came after a campaign carried out by The European Network to support the Rights...

Orthodox IDF soldiers accused of abusing Palestinian prisoners
Ha'aretz - A military criminal investigation team's discovery of pictures and videos of Palestinian prisoners tied up and abused by members of the Nahal Haredi Brigade unit leads to the indictment of four soldiers.

Shin Bet nabs Hamas terror cell planning kidnappings
Jeruslalem Post 6 Apr 2011 - Three terrorists captured earlier this year allegedly plotting to kidnap IDF soldiers as leverage to release Palestinian prisoners.

'PA, Hamas systematically abuse Palestinian journalists'
Jeruslalem Post 6 Apr 2011 - Human Rights Watch cites attacks on reporters, Gaza man detained after finding man Hamas claimed was killed by Israelis was alive.

Tadamun society reveals letter of demands sent by prisoners
PIC 3 Jun 2011 - International Tadamun (solidarity) society for human rights said it received on Tuesday morning a letter leaked from an Israeli jail including humanitarian demands made by Palestinian prisoners.

Freedom Flotilla 2 set to break the siege of Gaza
Dr. Hanan Chehata, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/6/2011
      The first anniversary of Israel's horrific assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla is fast approaching. As most people will remember, nine peace activists were killed by Israeli commandos when the soldiers boarded the Mavi Marmara in international waters. The ship was carrying hundreds of international humanitarians and peace activists en route to break Israel's siege of Gaza. The flotilla, of which the Marmara was a part, was nowhere near Israel's territorial waters and, therefore, had every right to be there. Nevertheless, Israeli troops were ordered to surround the ship with helicopters and navy vessels, board the ship and open fire indiscriminately on the people standing on deck. According to the Head of the Israel Defence Force's Southern Command, the commandos would have had no option but to open fire on civilians due to the "air-drop" boarding tactic used. Apart from the nine activists who were gunned down in cold blood, more than fifty people were wounded. The survivors were then basically kidnapped, subjected to abuse, taken to Israel against their will and held illegally in Israeli prison cells. This act of unjustifiable brutality was heavily condemned in the United Nations Human Rights Council Report which is so graphic and explosive that it reads like a thriller; the facts are beyond belief.
     It's almost a year later and history looks set to repeat itself if the world does not sit up and take notice. Another flotilla is due to set sail for Gaza in May and it is vital for it to do so. Despite the eyes of the world focusing on Gaza last May, the siege has still not been lifted. After being virtually imprisoned by Israel for over 4 years, 1.5 million Palestinians are still trapped in Gaza (over half of them children) in what British Prime Minister David Cameron - a good friend of Israel referred to as a "prison camp." It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Palestinians to leave Gaza, and deaths are reported regularly when patients are not allowed to leave the Strip for treatment elsewhere. Similarly, few people are allowed into Gaza, with politicians, charity workers, journalists, Palestinians and non-Palestinians denied access by Israel, and the border with Egypt only now starting to be open a little more often, but still on an extremely limited basis, following the overthrow of Israel's buddy Hosni Mubarak.
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European Network (UFree) welcomes release of Palestinian detainees from Egyptian jails
Middle East Monitor 6 Apr 2011 - The European Network to support the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners (UFree) has welcomed the release of 13 Palestinians from Egyptian prisons. The network praised the Supreme Council of the Egyptian armed forces and the Egyptian government for the decision which brings to an end to the...

Violations continue in Awarta
Palestine Monitor: 6 Apr 2011 - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that settlers neighboring the northern West Bank village, Awarta, have taken over 20 dunums of the Palestinian village's land, establishing two tents and three caravans there. The 20 dunums of land were owned by 35 farmers from Awarta. Since the murder of 5 settlers in the outpost, Itamar, Israel has focused its investigation in Awarta. Immediately following the killings, Awarta was designated as a closed military zone, completely cutting the village off from the outside for five days. A week after the closure was lifted, the IOF returned, implementing a strict curfew. IOF continue to enter Awarta, arresting villagers and officials. Maan News reported that Awarta's deputy may, PA police officers and security force members have all been detained by the IOF. In addition, a radio host from Voice of Palestine Radio has also been detained. There are...more

Israeli army detains 10 Palestinians overnight
4/5/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli military officials handed out three summons to Jenin residents overnight, and detained 10 from other parts of the West Bank. Local officials said villagers in Kafr Ra'i and Arraba were told to appear at the Salem military camp at the northern tip of the West Bank. Forces entered....

Israel releases detained Palestinian patient
4/5/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday released a Palestinian detained over a month ago on his way to hospital in Israel. Mahdi Atef Nasser, 21, from Deir Al-Balah, was detained on March 1 at the Erez crossing on the Gaza-Israel border....

Palestinians arrest suspect in murder of Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis
Ha'aretz - PA police arrested and are interrogating former al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades militant who was released from Israeli prison more than five years ago, and is now a suspect in murder of Mer-Khamis.

Report: Israel kidnapped over 440 Palestinians last month
PIC 4 May 2011 - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners' affairs said more than 440 Palestinians including 60 children were kidnapped last March by the Israli occupation forces in the West Bank.

Khafsh: Israel uses isolation cells to damage prisoners' psyche
PIC 4 May 2011 - Director of Ahrar center Fouad Al-Khafsh said that the policy of solitary confinement pursued by Israel is intended to humiliate the Palestinian prisoner, break his will and damage his psyche.

Palestinian Prisoner Subjected to Physical, Sexual Abuse
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Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs: In March, Israel conducted more than 690 raids on West Bank homes, kidnapping at least 440 Palestinians including 60 children
Mondoweiss - Report: Israel kidnapped over 440 Palestinians last month GAZA, (PIC)5 Apr -- The Palestinian ministry of prisoners' affairs said it documented more than 690 raids carried out last March by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on homes in the West Bank during which they kidnapped more...

Israel keeps the Longest Serving Political Prisoner in the World
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 - Monday, 04 April 2011 10:58 Via Wafa Palestine, ( Pal Telegraph ) - The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) said Sunday that Nael Barghouti, who on Monday begins 34 years in Israeli prisons, is considered the longest serving political prisoner in the world. Barghouti was arrested on April 4,...

Israeli court extends administrative detention of female prisoner for 4 months
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 - [ 05/04/2011 - 12:46 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )-- An Israeli court extended the administrative detention of female prisoner Kifah Qutaish, 38, from Al-Beira town for more four months. Director of Ahrar center for prisoners' studies Fouad Al-Khafsh said it was the third time an Israeli court...

Suffering From Cancer, Child Detainee Released From Israeli Prison
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 - Tuesday April 05, 2011 00:09 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Palestinian sources reported Monday that detainee Mustafa Shihab Abdul-Wahab, 16 years old, from a village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was released from an Israeli detention facility due to a sharp...

Suffering From Cancer, Child Detainee Released From Israeli Prison
IMEMC - Tuesday April 05, 2011 - 00:09, Palestinian sources reported Monday that detainee Mustafa Shihab Abdul-Wahab, 16, from a village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was released from an Israeli detention facility due to a sharp deterioration of his health conditions as he suffers from Cancer.

Protesters call for return of ex-Guantanamo detainee
4/4/2011 - KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated at the Red Cross headquarters in Khan Younis Monday, calling for the return of a former Guantanamo detainee from Spain. Walid Ibrahim Hijazi, from Gaza, was detained in America's Guantanamo prison in 2001, and transferred to Spain in 2010 as part of a....

Israel releases Palestinian teen ill with cancer
4/4/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday released a teenage Palestinian detainee diagnosed with cancer, Palestinian Authority officials said. Mustafa Shehab Abdul Wahhad, 16, was detained by Israeli forces in February. Medics said malignant tumors in his chest grew during his detention in Ofer prison, in a military base near Ramallah. Abdul Wahhad, from....

Families: Prisoners not yet released from Egypt
4/4/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Families of 14 Palestinians from Gaza in Egyptian prison said Monday they have not yet received word on the release of the men, despite promises from Egyptian officials. Imad As-Sayyed, spokesman of the families, said efforts had been made to contact the Egyptian authorities through the Arab Organization for Human....

Hamas MP blasts Israel's cruel treatment of prisoner
PIC 4 Apr 2011 - Hamas MP in Qalqilia Emad Nofal lashed out at the Israeli prisons service for its inhuman treatment of Palestinian prisoner Othman Younis from Qalqilia district.

14 Palestinians detained in Egypt to be released
4/3/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities are set to release 14 Palestinians on Sunday who were detained during former President Hosni Mubarak's regime. So far, more than 20 Palestinian detainees in Egypt have returned to the Gaza Strip, some of whom escaped during the uprising in the country and others who were....

Under Occupation: A report on the West Bank
Uruknet April 2, 2011 - , Approximately 700 Palestinian children are prosecuted every year in Israeli military courts. Since 2000, more than 7,000 children have been detained and at the end of January 2011, 222 Palestinian children were being held in Israeli jails. Children are often arrested in early morning raids, during which time they are hooded, shackled and regularly subjected...

Teenager detained while pasturing sheep in Jordan Valley
4/2/2011 - TUBAS (Ma'an) - Israeli forces detained on Saturday a teenager from Tubas in the northern West Bank while he was pasturing his sheep near an Israeli settlement in the northern Jordan Valley. Palestinian security sources said 19-year-old Ghazi Bisharat was pasturing his sheep near the Palestinian village Al-Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley....

Abbas: No peace without national unity
4/2/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that there can be no real peace with Israel without national unity. Abbas said he was determined to go to Gaza to form a national unity government, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported. His remarks came at a meeting with the families of prisoners who....

Lines Revealed by Flood
Dissident Voice: 2 Apr 2011 - Parts of the story are familiar. In late August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Floodwaters broke the levees in New Orleans and the city was devastated—first by floods, then by a shamefully underwhelming response on the part of the federal, state, and local governments. While tourists were picked up and shipped out, poor people of color and prisoners were left with no food, shelter, or support in the aftermath. Some sat in Orleans Parish Prison, still in lockdown, as the waters rose inside their cells. In the years to follow, the situation worsened for many and improved only for those who could afford to pay their own way through the so-called “recovery.” Parts of the story are less familiar. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, groups ranging from young public school students to Palestinian and Vietnamese communities organized for the right to play a part in rebuilding the...more

Palestinian detainees held in Egypt to be released Sunday
4/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt's Supreme Military Council says it will release 14 Palestinians from prisons on Sunday, a rights group said. The UK-based Arab Organization for Human Rights said the council decided to release the Palestinian detainees after lobbying efforts by prisoners' relatives and lawyers. The Egyptian courts had already....

Detained Palestinian engineer: I know nothing about Gilad Shalit
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - Hareetz- Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu Sisi, who has been held in Israeli custody for close to 40 days, said Thursday that he had no connection to the abduction of Gilad Shalit, saying that he was only an engineer. "I don't...




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