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Detained Leaders Meet Prison Administration Head
IMEMC - The demands of hunger-striking Palestinians in Israeli detention were discussed at a meeting in the Hadarim Prison between senior detained political leaders and the Head of the Israeli Administration, Aharon Franco, it has been revealed in a report issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees. ...

Society: Over 100 prisoners join hunger strike
4/30/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- More than 100 prisoners affiliated to Fatah will join an open hunger-strike in Israeli jails, the Prisoners Society said on Monday. In southern Israeli jail Eshel, 105 detainees wrote to the prison director informing him they will begin refusing food from Tuesday, the group said. On April 17, marking Palestinian Prisoners....

Arab League, Mashaal to raise prisoner issue at UN
4/30/2012 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi agreed on Sunday to raise the issue of Palestinian and Arab prisoners being held by Israel at the United Nations."We have discussed with al-Arabi the case of prisoners which must be addressed after they have been on hunger strike for.... Related: Abbas vows to take prisoners case to UN and Barghouti 'meets prison chief over hunger strike demands'

Haniyeh calls for intifada for prisoners
4/30/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on Monday for a new intifada to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who started a mass hunger-strike two weeks ago. The premier urged Arab and Islamic nations to intervene to support detainees, in remarks at a rally for prisoners in Gaza City. Haniyeh....

Abbas vows to take prisoners case to UN
4/30/2012 - TUNIS (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Monday to raise the case of Palestinians detained by Israel at the United Nations. Some 2,000 prisoners have been on hunger-strike for over two weeks to protest their conditions in Israeli jails. Abbas, during an address to the Tunisian Constituent Assembly, said Palestinian leaders will take.... Related: Barghouti 'meets prison chief over hunger strike demands' and Arab League, Mashaal to raise prisoner issue at UN

VIDEO - #PalHunger protest in Ramallah
4/30/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Fadi Arouri, 29 April 2012, Fadi Arouri Photography - Palestinians gather in Ramallah to protest in support of prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli jail. While two have been on hunger strike for over 60 days, the majority of the estimated 3,000 participants have been on hunger strike since April 17th....

Ihsanoglu Exhorts International Human Rights Institutions Intervene and stop the Deteriorating Situation of Hunger-striking Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
Relief Web 29 Apr 2012 - Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Country: occupied Palestinian territory Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)has launched an appeal to International Human Rights Institutions and to the concerned international civil society bodies to apply international...

PFLP chief hospitalised during hunger strike
Relief Web 29 Apr 2012 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/29/2012 19:20 GMT RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, April 29, 2012 (AFP) - A top Palestinian militant on hunger strike for nearly two weeks has been transferred to the hospital wing of an Israeli prison...

Abbas says he'll raise prisoners issue in the UN
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2012 - PA president acknowledges any resolution will be blocked but says, "we need to raise our voice everywhere," issue "cannot withstand delay"; at least 1,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike.

IPS: Palestinian inmates' demands examined
YNet News, 30 Apr 2012 - On backdrop of hunger strike launched by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners protesting incarceration conditions, Prison Service chief Franco meets their leaders, including Barghouti at Hadarim jail. PA: Rest of prisoners will join strike if demands not met ....

Palestinian prisoners' strike enters a serious stage
PIC - The Palestinian PM Ismail Haneyya called for the use all means, including resistance option, to free the prisoners and support them in their hunger strike that continues for the 14th day running.

Mishaal: We have agreed with the Arab League to internationalize prisoners issue
PIC - Khaled Mishaal, has confirmed that he agreed with Dr. Nabil el-Arabi,Secretary-General of the Arab League, on Sunday, to internationalize the Palestinian and Arab prisoners issue in occupation jails.

Palestinian prisoners are still steadfast until demands met
PIC - Head of the Legal Unit at the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Lawyer Jawad Boulos, confirmed that the detainee Bilal Diab, 62 days on hunger strike, collapsed during the lawyer’s visit..

Megiddo prison witnessing tensions
PIC - Director of Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies reported that 24 ill Palestinian prisoners in the Zionist Megiddo prison decided to launch a hunger strike and refuse medication on Monday..

IPS transfers detained MP Ali to another jail for resuming hunger strike
PIC - The Israeli prison service transferred detained Hamas MP Ahmed Al-Haji Ali from Megiddo to Shatta jail as a punishment for resuming his hunger strike.

The nightmare of Gaza prisoners
Ralph Nader, Al-Ahram Weekly 4/25/2012
      The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is worse than ever, with Israeli propagandists silencing protests and beating the drum for war against Iran.
     Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world's largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of the necessities of life -- medical items, food, water, building materials, and fuel to list a few -- has resulted in an 80 per cent unemployment rate and widespread suffering from unlawful punishment, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment in Israeli jails.
     The horrific conditions are a result of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in late 2008, ignited by Israel's breaking of a truce with Gaza on November 4. Fourteen hundred people died, nearly 300 of them children, and thousands were injured. The terror bombing of the Gazan population smashed into homes, hospitals, schools, ambulances, mosques, subsistence farms, UN facilities and even the American International School. Israeli bombers destroyed over 30 members of one extended family in their home. That toll alone was three times the amount of Israeli fatalities, which included those from friendly fire.
     The humanitarian crisis in crowded Gaza -- about twice the size of the District of Columbia -- "is now more dire than ever." That is the judgment of Norwegian physician and professor of medicine, Mads Gilbert, who has recently finished a ten-day speaking tour in the US. Gilbert, returning from a recent visit to Gaza, was one of only two foreign doctors inside Gaza during the massacre of December 2008 to January 2009.
     He says, "during the Israeli attack, I saw the effects of new weapons including drones, phosphorous and also DIME [Dense Inert Metal Explosives], which leave no shrapnel, but I witnessed their capacity to cut a child in two. They also leave radioactive traces.
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Detained PFLP Leader Moved To Prison Hospital
IMEMC - Palestinian sources reported, Sunday, that detained secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmad Sa'adat, was moved to the Ramla prison hospital after a sharp deterioration in his health condition. ...

Eighth hunger striking prisoner transferred to hospital; at least 2,000 still on hunger strike
IMEMC - On Saturday, Palestinian prisoner Muhammed Halas was transferred to Ramleh prison medical center after twelve days on hunger strike, joining seven other long-term hunger strikers, including two that have had no food for sixty days. ...

PFLP leader transferred to hospital after hunger strike
4/29/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was transferred to hospital on Sunday after suffering a serious deterioration in his health, a statement said. Ahmad Saadat was transferred to Ramla prison hospital by Israeli authorities after joining a hunger strike on April 17 in protest against Israel.... Related: PFLP: Israel responsible for leader's life

Israeli forces detain Gaza fishermen
4/29/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's navy detained a group of fishermen off the coast of Gaza on Sunday morning, the army said. Local official Mahfouth al-Kabareeti told Ma'an that Israeli naval forces detained eight men. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that navy forces fired at the engine of a Palestinian....

Egyptian security detain 2 Palestinians in Sinai
4/29/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces detained two Palestinian militants on Sunday after they entered the Sinai peninsula through smuggling tunnels, officials said. Forces seized the 34-year-old and 37-year-old as they approached a police checkpoint in the northern Sinai by taxi, Egyptian security officials said. It was not immediately clear which....

PFLP: Israel responsible for leader's life
4/29/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Sunday it holds Israel responsible for the life of the group's imprisoned leader, who was transferred to hospital after joining a mass hunger-strike in Israeli jails. PFLP called for support to the 2,000-odd prisoners refusing food to protest.... Related: PFLP leader transferred to hospital after hunger strike

Minister calls on UN to meet over prisoners
4/29/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- PA Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe called on Sunday for the UN to hold an urgent meeting on the situation of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails. Around 2,000 prisoners are currently refusing food in Israeli jails to protest prison policies -- including solitary confinement and banning relative visits, according to estimates....

Group: Prisoners refuse Israel's isolation policy compromise
4/29/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees have refused a compromise offered by Israeli authorities to end their hunger strike, a prisoners group said on Sunday. A key demand of the mass strike launched two weeks ago, detainees insist that the policy of holding Palestinians in solitary confinement is scrapped. Around 2,000 prisoners are refusing....

PA: Ignoring hunger strike a humanitarian disaster
Jerusalem Post 29 Apr 2012 - Palestinian minister says if strike leads to prisoners' harm it would be a “curse in the face of international justice.”

[uruknet.info] Take Action for Ahmad Sa'adat and Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike!
Uruknet April 28, 2012 - Over 1600 Palestinian prisoners are currently engaged in a steadfast and open-ended hunger strike that launched on April 17, 2012 - Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Ahmad Sa'adat, Palestinian national leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is among these prisoners, once again taking up the "Battle of...

[uruknet.info] Dying to Live Free
Uruknet April 28, 2012 - Israel's prison gulag is one of the world's most hellish. Palestinians held suffer horrifically. Inflicting pain and suffering is official Israeli policy. Rule of law principles are spurned. Virtually all Palestinians held are political prisoners. Refusing food is their only resistance weapon. The Addameer Prisoner Support group estimates about 2,000 now engage...

Palestinian hunger strike case to go to UN: Meshaal
Daily Star 29 Apr 2012 Hamas leader Meshaal said that the case of a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is to be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.

Health condition of detained MP Natshe deteriorating
PIC - Family of detained MP Mohammed Jamal Al-Natshe warned Sunday of his worsening health condition after 13 days of hunger strike in Israeli occupation jails.

Mishaal discusses prisoners and reconciliation with Arabi, Omar
PIC - Khaled Mishaal discussed with Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi and Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Omar Palestinian reconciliation and the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

Serious deterioration in captive Mohamed Arouri’s health
PIC - Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies warned of the deterioration of prisoner Mohamed al Arouri’s health after being on hunger strike since 12 April and after refusing to take medications.

Prisoners refuse intelligence’s compromise solution for isolation
PIC - Palestinian prisoners refused to end their hunger strike in return for an Israeli intelligence offer to end the isolation of about 20 Palestinian prisoners by grouping them in one ward.

Detained PFLP secretary general transferred to hospital
PIC - Ahmed Saadat, the secretary general of the PFLP, was transferred to hospital from his isolation cell in the Israeli Ramon jail after his health condition deteriorated.

Resheq: Hamas launches broad international campaign to support prisoners’ issue
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas, Ezzet Al-Resheq, said: "The hunger striking prisoners’ issue will be the central focus of a broad action campaign launched by Hamas leadership ..

Ufree launches international signature campaign in support of prisoners
PIC - Ufree announced the start of a campaign to collect signatures worldwide in support of the hunger striking prisoners and their demands.

’Empty Stomachs’ hunger strike movement spreads through prisons
Omar Rahman, +972 Magazine 4/29/2012
      A movement of Palestinian prisoners protesting their incarceration and treatment inside Israeli prisons is continuing to reach momentous proportions. Billed the “War of Empty Stomachs,” the number of prisoners on hunger strike is now in the thousands.
     On April 17, the prisoner movement split into two when between 1,200 and 1,600 prisoners launched a coordinated, open-ended hunger strike against their treatment inside Israeli prisons, including the pervasive use of solitary confinement, denied family visits and right to education. Another 2,000 joined in a limited solidarity hunger strike.
     The prisoners had joined a group of hunger strikes launched independently by prisoners protesting their administrative detention—a policy by which Israel incarcerates Palestinians for periods of up to six months without evidence or trial, which can be renewed by a military judge indefinitely.
     Galvanized by the hunger strike of Khader Adnan, beginning on December 18 and carried on by Hana Shalabi in February, the hunger strike movement is continuing to grow rapidly. At least seven prisoners are reaching dire health conditions, including Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, who are on the 61st day of their hunger strikes. Hasan Safadi is on his 56th day, and others, including Omar Abu Shalal and Jafar Izzedine, are quickly approaching these lengths of time.
     Khader Adnan’s hunger strike—which lasted 66 days, the longest in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—opened the door for other prisoners after Israel decided to release him. He was joined near the end of his hunger strike by Hana Shalabi, whose hunger strike lasted 44 days before she was deported to Gaza in a release deal.
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Hunger-striker transferred to Israeli hospital
4/28/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Prisoners Society said Saturday that hunger-striking detainee Muhammad Halas was moved to an Israeli hospital after 12 days without food. Halas, who is detained in southern Israel's Ashkelon jail, has declining health conditions after 12 days on hunger strike, the prisoners group said. Over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have....

Hamas leaders meet Egyptian intel chief in Cairo
4/28/2012 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian intelligence chief Murad Muwafi met with top Hamas leaders in Cairo on Saturday, officials said. The delegation, headed by politburo chief Khalid Mashaal, said officials discussed the mass hunger-strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, for which Muwafi expressed "understanding", Hamas-affiliated news site Palestine Information Center reported. Hamas officials also....

Army: Palestinian detained at Nablus checkpoint with explosives
4/28/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was detained by the Israeli army at a Nablus checkpoint on Saturday while carrying explosives, a military spokeswoman said. The man was in possession of two explosive devices at Huwwara checkpoint and taken into custody, she said....

PA says Israeli inmate found dead in cell
4/28/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli detainee hanged himself at Eshel prison on Saturday, the Palestinian Authority's minister of prisoners affairs and Israeli officials reported. Qaraqe told Ma'an that the incident involved "an Israeli criminal inmate attempting to hang himself."The prisoners rights group Addameer also said the inmate who was....

[uruknet.info] Israel's Gulag Prison Hell
Uruknet April 27, 2012 - Gaza is an open-air prison. The West Bank and East Jerusalem fare little better. Life in Occupied Palestine for about 4.2 million residents is hell. No one's safe from Israel's wrath.According to the Addameer Prisoner Support group, over 700,000 Palestinians were imprisoned since June 1967. Over 20% of the population was affected....

[uruknet.info] 58 Days On Hunger-Strike, Ailing Palestinian Detainee Determined To Continue
Uruknet April 27, 2012 - Palestinian political prisoner, Tha'er Halahla, entered his 58th day of hunger-strike at the Ramla Prison Hospital, and is still determined to continue his strike while prison doctors warned that his body is losing its immune system and his organs might be failing. Lawyer of the Mandela Institute, Anwar Abu Lafy, visited Halahla...

Hamas prisoners escalate the strike and refuse to take their medication
PIC - The protest steps of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in the occupation's jails escalated in line with their rejection of the Israeli occupation’s oppressive measures against them.

Hamid calls for saving life of Abu Sisi
PIC - Detained Hamas leader Ibrahim Hamid has called for saving the life of detainee Dirar Abu Sisi, who is sharing the same isolation room with Hamid.

Gaza: Ex-Detainee in ICU after 7 days of hunger strike
PIC - Ex-detainee Assaad Fahmi Abu Salah was transferred to intensive care in Beit Hanoun hospital, after his health deteriorated due to his open hunger strike in solidarity with his detained sons.

Diab determined to continue his hunger strike
PIC - Bilal Diab, on hunger strike for 62 days, sent a letter from Ramla prison hospital in which he confirmed his determination to continue his hunger strike until “his release or martyrdom .

Khafsh: 2800 prisoners on hunger strike
PIC - Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar center for prisoners studies, confirmed that 2800 Palestinian prisoners have gone on hunger strike while one thousand others will join the strike this week.

Media ignores eight Palestinian hunger strikers as they near death
Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Gaza protesting Israeli prisons at the Red Cross office on April 23, 2012.          (Photo: Mohammed Abed/ AFP ) Palestinians are railing against Israeli administrative detention, imprisonment without charge, with over 2,000 prisoners currently on hunger strike, two of which are in critical condition, now in...

Detainee Thiab: “My Hunger-Strike Is Until Freedom Or Martyrdom”
IMEMC - Palestinian political detainee, Bilal Thiab, sent a letter from his hospital bed at the Ramla Israeli Prison hospital that lacks adequate supplies and equipment, stating that he is persistent and determined to continue his hunger-strike until death or until he is released. ...

Mass march in Gaza for prisoners
4/27/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners continued their hunger strike for the 11th consecutive day in protest of Israeli policy. A mass march went out in Gaza City, which was called by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to support the prisoners. Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh affirmed his government's support of the....

Abduct Israelis to free prisoners, Gaza leaders say
4/27/2012 - GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails. Human rights groups say up to 2,000 prisoners have joined an open-ended hunger strike to protest against jail conditions....

Report: Mashaal, Abbas discuss prisoner strike
4/27/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The head of Hamas Khalid Mashaal on Thursday phoned President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed ways to coordinate efforts on the part of prisoners who joined a mass hunger strike, Hamas media said. A statement published on the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Information Center website said they agreed on ways to activate efforts to....

Gazan leaders call for abduction of Israelis
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2012 - Islamists urge "all armed factions" to kidnap Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips to free Palestinian prisoners.

Abduct Israelis to free prisoners, Gaza leaders say
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2012 - Islamic Jihad, Hamas leaders urge "all armed factions" to kidnap Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips to free Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

[uruknet.info] The Battle of Empty Stomachs: Khader Adnan highlights the consolation of solidarity
Uruknet April 26, 2012 - On the 17th of April, Palestinian political prisoners launched a mass hunger strike against the Israeli Prison Service's (IPS) dismissal of the Fourth Geneva Convention and basic international law. The call for action comes on Palestinian Prisoners Day after a wave of high-profile hunger strikes evoked a global reaction. Palestinian Support and...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Initiate Hunger Strike; PCHR Calls upon the International Community to Save Lives of Bilal Diab and Tha'er Halahla Who Initiated Hunger Strike
Uruknet April 26, 2012 - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over the lives of two administrative detainees, Bilal Diab and Tha'er Halahla, who have been on hunger strike for two months. PCHR holds the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for their lives and calls upon the international community to exert pressure on them...

[uruknet.info] Hunger strikers shake foundations of Israeli justice system
Uruknet April 26, 2012 - As midnight approached on April 17, Khader Adnan, a Palestinian political prisoner who made headlines around the world after going on hunger strike for 66 days, was given a hero's welcome as he returned to his home. Fireworks coloured the night sky, horns blared and people on foot, in cars, and on...

[uruknet.info] Why Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike
Uruknet April 26, 2012 - 1.1 - The issue of Palestinian prisoners is one of the worst consequences of the Israeli occupation. Since 1967, over 700,000 Palestinians, 20% of the population of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have been detained. This number represents approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the occupied territories....

[uruknet.info] Free Salameh Kaileh!
Uruknet April 25, 2012 - At 2am on Tuesday April 24, the Palestinian-Syrian intellectual and activist Salameh Kaileh was arrested from his home "without explanation," as his lawyer Anwar Bunni of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research put it. This is not Salameh Kaileh's first time in a Syrian prison. He was a guest of...

Occupation punishes captives for going on hunger strike
PIC - The PFLP's Palestinian Prisoners Committee said that a number of its captives at Megiddo prison were punished for going on hunger strike.

Wife of isolated captive Abbas al-Sayyed expresses fear for his life
PIC - Mrs. Ikhlas al-Sweis, wife of isolated prisoner Abbas al-Sayyed, expressed great fears for her husband's life because he joined the hunger strike while he is in very bad health..

Hamid calls for transforming solidarity with prisoners into effective action
PIC - Imprisoned Hamas leader, Ibrahim Hamid, called for solidarity activities with the hunger striking prisoners to move beyond rallies and speeches to effective action..

Hamas to launch a broad action program to support prisoners
PIC - A source from "Hamas" Movement revealed that Hamas plans new activities to support the prisoners' issue in occupation jails entitled "a broad action program".

Jordanian captive Hmaza Dababseh: captives are united in their struggle
PIC - Ahrar Center for Human Rights and Prisoner Studies said that the Israeli prison service transferred the Jordanian captive Hamza al-Dababseh (29 years) from the Megiddo prison to Shatta prison.

Emir of Qatar receives Mishaal to discuss prisoners and reconciliation
PIC - Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani received on Friday morning a delegation from the Hamas movement headed by Khaled Mishaal and discussed the developments on the Palestinian arena ..

58 Days On Hunger-Strike, Ailing Detainee Determined To Continue
IMEMC - Palestinian political prisoner, Tha’er Halahla, entered his 58th day of hunger-strike at the Ramla Prison Hospital, and is still determined to continue his strike while prison doctors warned that his body is losing its immune system and his organs might be failing. ...

4 hurt in Ramallah protest to support detainees
4/26/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were injured Thursday when clashes erupted at a demonstration outside Israel's Ofer detention center near Ramallah, a Ma'an correspondent reported. Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets as protesters threw rocks at soldiers in a demonstration for Palestinian detainees on hunger strike....

Israel forces 'detain 2 teens' near Qalqiliya
4/26/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers on Thursday detained two Palestinian teenagers east of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, Palestinian officials said. Palestinian civil liaison officials said soldiers detained Isam Salim, 16, and 14-year-old Ibrahim Barri near Amatin village. An Israeli military spokesman said two Palestinians were detained for throwing rocks at an....

Egypt arrests Palestinian at Rafah crossing
4/26/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces on Thursday detained a Palestinian man at the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a security official said. An Egyptian security officer told Ma'an that the 53-year-old man was born in Gaza but holds Moroccan citizenship. He is wanted by Egypt on suspicion of....

More Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike
The Guardian 26 Apr 2012 - Human rights groups say 2,000 are on hunger strike against indefinite detention without charge and alleged ill-treatment The number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has grown to 2,000, with more preparing to...

[uruknet.info] Update on the Palestinian Prisoners' Hunger Strike
Uruknet April 25, 2012 - On 17 April 2012, Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike demanding an end to administrative detention, isolation and other punitive measures taken against Palestinian prisoners including the denial of family visits and access to university education. Approximately 1,200 Palestinian prisoners from all factions began an open hunger...

[uruknet.info] BBC challenged for ignoring plight of Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet April 25, 2012 - "I had no idea. How could I not have known?" I heard those words on Palestinian Prisoners' Day (17 April) from a teacher, shocked at discovering how Israel abducts, abuses and imprisons Palestinian children - some as young as 12 - in the West Bank because they may or may not have...

IPS stages summary trials for dozens of hunger strikers
PIC - The Israeli prison service (IPS) has organized summary trials for dozens of Palestinian prisoners as a penal measure for going on hunger strike, prisoners told the PIC on Thursday.

Dozens treated for teargas suffocation in IOF quelling of Ofer sit-in
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian citizens, who staged a sit-in at the Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.

Solidarity sit-in to be staged outside 10 Downing Street on Saturday
PIC - Three non-governmental organizations in the UK have called for a sit-in in outside 10 Downing Street in London on Saturday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Zionists call for burning “Arab students  at the Hebrew University
PIC - A Zionist racist movement has called for the killing of Arab students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem after participation in Tuesday's protest in solidarity with prisoners in occupation prisons.

Why Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/26/2012
      FACT SHEET
     1.1 - The issue of Palestinian prisoners is one of the worst consequences of the Israeli occupation. Since 1967, over 700,000 Palestinians, 20% of the population of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have been detained. This number represents approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the occupied territories.
     1.2 - Today, there are about 6,000 prisoners in 17 Israeli jails and detention centres. They include six women and more than 200 minors.
     1.3 - 330 Palestinians are being held in administrative detention with no formal charges having been brought against them in a court of law. 28 elected members of the parliament, and three former ministers fall within this category.
     1.4 - Israel is currently holding all these Palestinian prisoners far away from their homes, and outside of the occupied territory. This constitutes a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Article 76 of the Convention states:
     "Protected persons accused of offences shall be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted they shall serve their sentences therein."
     Article 49 also states:
     "Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.".... -- See also: Download Full Fact Sheet (PDF)
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PCHR Warns Against the Continuing Obstruction of Detainees' Visitation at Detention Centers of ISS
IMEMC - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over the restrictions imposed by the Internal Security Service (ISS) against lawyers' visits to their clients, who are detained at detention centers of the ISS, which is considered a violation of legal principles. ...

Officer Who Killed Handcuffed Palestinian Sentenced To Just 8 Months
IMEMC - An Israeli court sentenced an Israeli police officer on Tuesday to only eight months imprisionment for killing a detained and handcuffed Palestinian in Tel Aviv on September 14 2010. ...

Ministry: Hunger-strikers to decide next steps by Monday
4/25/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The PA ministry of prisoners said Wednesday that Palestinian detainees on hunger-strike in Israeli jails have set Monday as the deadline for an Israeli response to their demands. After Monday, prisoners will decided their next steps based on the Israeli prison administration's response, the ministry said. Last Tuesday, marking....

Female prisoners 'start partial hunger strike'
4/25/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A human rights advocate said Wednesday that Palestinian women detained in Israel will join the mass hunger strike by refusing food for two days each week. Ahmad al-Bitawi, a researcher for the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights, said Lina Al-Jarbouni was moved to solitary confinement in Ramla prison for refusing....

[uruknet.info] Court Orders Release of Palestinian Activist Bassem Tamimi After 13 Months Imprisonment
Uruknet April 24, 2012 - After 13 months in an Israeli prison, the military court accepted a petition to release leading Palestinian activist, Bassem Tamimi from The village of Nabi Saleh.Earlier today the court rejected the prosecution's appeal against his release, but imposed restricting conditions on his release, including confining his movement to the city of Ramallah...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Officer Who Killed Handcuffed Palestinian Sentenced To Just 8 Months
Uruknet April 24, 2012 - An Israeli court sentenced an Israeli police officer on Tuesday to only eight months imprisionment for killing a detained and handcuffed Palestinian in Tel Aviv on September 14 2010. The officer was among a number of policemen who arrested a Palestinian youth, identified as Hazem Abu Ad-Dab'aat, 23, before he fired the...

Palestinian, 2 infants cross Lebanese border into Israel
YNet News, 25 Apr 2012 - Witnesses say Israeli troops detained man, his two children after crossing the border near Metula ....

Palestinian detainee survives assassination attempt with fractured skull
PIC - Palestinian detainee Mohammed Ermaila survived an assassination attempt at the hands of Israeli prison guards in Megiddo jail, the Palestinian prisoner’s association said in a statement on Wednesday.

Palestinian prisoners remain steadfast despite the occupation's tyranny
PIC - Palestinian captives in occupation jails continue the battle of “empty stomachs  against the Zionist violations showing great steadfastness and heroic resistance..

Solidarity activities are continuing in parallel with the hunger Strike
PIC - The Palestinian prisoners continue their mass hunger strike for 9 days running to demand basic rights and stop occupation violations against them such as isolation and strip searches..

Prison administration increases repressive measures against Palestinian strikers
PIC - The Palestinian prisoners confirmed, on Tuesday, that they will continue their hunger strike despite the Israeli escalating series of punitive measures against the strikers.

IOA transfers detained elderly man to hospital
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority transferred 65-year-old detainee Sheikh Hassan Abu Hadid to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem after he fainted during his court hearing in Ofer on Tuesday.

BBC challenged for ignoring plight of Palestinian prisoners
Electronic Intifada: 25 Apr 2012 - Amena Saleem Glasgow 25 April 2012 Hundreds of protesters in Glasgow, Scotland, converged on the BBC’s headquarters demanding an end to the media blackout of the ongoing hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners.more

140 Detainees Moved From Majeddo Prison
IMEMC - The International Tadamun (Solidarity) Foundation for Human Rights reported that the Israeli Prison Administration moved approximately 140 Palestinian hunger-striking detainees from the Majeddo prison to an undisclosed location; most of the detainees are members of Hamas and the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). ...

Number Of Hunger-Striking Detainees Could Reach 3000
IMEMC - The number of hunger-striking Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel in various prisons, detention camps and interrogation facilities around the country, will likely reach 3000 as waves of detainees intend to join the strike, demanding their internationally-guaranteed rights. ...

4 Palestinians detained at West Bank checkpoint
4/24/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a member of Fatah and four other Palestinians in Yatma village south of Nablus at the Zaatara checkpoint, one of their relatives said Tuesday. The father of Ahmad al-Najjar, 35, said soldiers searched his son's car thoroughly before detaining him. He was taken to Hadarim prison....

PA calls for protection of Palestinian prisoners
4/24/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority called Tuesday for international protection for prisoners in Israeli jails. In a statement issued by the cabinet, ministers called for the international community to intervene urgently to "force Israel to grant prisoners in occupation jails their natural rights stipulated by international law, and end their suppression and maltreatment....

The Battle of Empty Stomachs: Khader Adnan highlights the consolation of solidarity
4/24/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Sylvia, 24 April 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On the 17th of April, Palestinian political prisoners launched a mass hunger strike against the Israeli Prison Service's (IPS) dismissal of the Fourth Geneva Convention and basic international law. The call for action comes on Palestinian Prisoners Day after a wave of high-profile....

Palestinian stabs taxi driver in Kfar Saba
Jerusalem Post 24 Apr 2012 - Driver is in moderate condition; police detain a suspect with the help of other taxi drivers.

[uruknet.info] Number Of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Detainees Could Reach 3000
Uruknet April 23, 2012 - The number of Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel in various prisons, detention camps and interrogation facilities around the country, will likely reach 3000 as waves of detainees intend to join the strike, demanding their internationally-guaranteed rights. Dozens of detainees are currently on hunger-strike that officially started last Tuesday; the strike, described...

[uruknet.info] Israel punishes Palestinian hunger-strikers
Uruknet April 23, 2012 - Israel has taken measures against some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, denying them family visits and separating them from inmates not taking part in the protest, prison authorities said on Monday. The open-ended strike, dubbed the "battle of empty stomachs" by organizers, began last Tuesday. The prisoners are demanding better...

Khuffash: solidarity activities do not live up to captives' suffering
PIC - Fouad Khuffash, a researcher in prisoners' affairs, said that the exact number of strikers in occupation jails is unknown because their lawyers have been prevented from visiting them.

Occupation transfers 140 captives from Megiddo after beginning hunger strike
PIC - Tadamun International for Human Rights said that the Zionist Prison Service administration transferred 140 hunger striking prisoners, from Hamas movement and PFLP, from Megiddo Prison.

IPS isolates sick prisoners for joining hunger strike
PIC - The Israeli prison service (IPS) on Tuesday isolated sick prisoners in Eshel jail for joining the hunger strike and threatened other punishments if they continued in their strike.

Magal Systems wins another prison contract
Neged Neshek - Magal Systems has won yet another contract to monitor prisoners in Latin America in the same way it helps warehouse surplus Palestinian humanity .

Israel punishes Palestinian hunger-strikers
4/23/2012 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Israel has taken measures against some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, denying them family visits and separating them from inmates not taking part in the protest, prison authorities said on Monday. The open-ended strike, dubbed the "battle of empty stomachs" by organizers, began last Tuesday. The prisoners are demanding better jail.... Related: Israeli court rejects hunger-strikers detention appeal

Israeli court rejects hunger-strikers detention appeal
4/23/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court on Monday refused an appeal by long-term hunger-strikers Thaer Halahla and Bilal Diyab to end their detention without charge, prisoners groups said. Muhjat al-Quds society for the defense of prisoners said Ofer military court rejected the appeal against the prisoners administrative detention, on the 56th day of.... Related: Israel punishes Palestinian hunger-strikers

Israeli forces seize at least 10 in West Bank
4/23/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least ten Palestinians throughout the West Bank overnight Sunday, according to witnesses and military officials. Locals told Ma'an soldiers raided several homes in southern city Hebron, before detaining Fatima Sader, 24, Fadi Ihrez, 22, Muhammad Amr and Maath Al-Haymooni. An Israeli military spokeswoman said five....

Detainee says he will join hunger strike in letter to family
4/23/2012 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee said Monday that he intended to join other hunger strikers in their protest against prison conditions. Muhammad Nayfah wrote to friends and family from Shatta prison in Tulkarem to tell them that he was frustrated about the suffering of other hunger strikers and intended to join them on....

OPEC agency awards funds to Palestinian prisoners
4/23/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- OPEC's international development arm has granted its annual award for development to families of Palestinian prisoners and released detainees, the PA minister of prisoners affairs said Monday. OFID will bestow the $100,000 award at its UK congress in June, Issa Qaraqe said. The minister described the gift as more....

[uruknet.info] Palestinian detainees' empty stomachs are stronger than their jailers
Uruknet April 22, 2012 - Khader Adnan took the heavy weight of 320 prisoners held in Israeli administrative detention - without charge or trial - on his shoulders. He went on hunger strike for a record 66 days to protest this unjust policy. His battle of an empty stomach wasn't only a reminder to free souls around...

Israel punishes Palestinian hunger-strikers
YNet News, 23 Apr 2012 - Prisons Authority says privileges such as family visits revoked. Palestinian Prisoners Club: All inmates' belongings were confiscated except towels, shoes ....

’Hunger strike a signal to world’s oppressed’
Linah Alsaafin, Al Jazeera, Israeli Occupation Archive 4/23/2012
      Khader Adnan recounts his 66-day fast in Israeli jail that has made him a symbol of Palestinian resistance
     When Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan called his mother at 11:30pm on Tuesday night, she burst into tears. “He told me, ‘Mother I am on my way home,’” she said. “For the first time in months my heart was at ease again.” For Palestinians, Khader Adnan has become a symbol of resistance and steadfastness, or sumoud, after he waged a 66-day hunger strike against the Israeli prison service. He began his hunger strike immediately after his violent arrest by Israeli soldiers on December 17, 2011. He was detained under what Israel calls “administrative detention”, a policy adopted from the era of the British mandate. Under administrative detention, Israel can detain a prisoner for up to six months, renewable indefinitely, without ever charging the prisoner or presenting any evidence against them.
     There are currently more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, over 300 of those, in administrative detention. Adnan’s hunger strike, which eventually attracted international media attention and solidarity from around the world, inspired other administrative detainees to go on hunger strike. Hana Shalabi went on strike for 43 days before she was released and deported from her village in the West Bank to Gaza. Five others are now in the Ramleh prison hospital, including Bilal Thiab and Thaer Halahleh, who have not eaten for 52 days. After more than two months without food, Adnan’s lawyer brokered a deal in February with Israeli officials that saw him released on April 17. Coincidentally, that is the same day Palestinians commemorate Prisoners Day, which was marked this year by the open-ended hunger strike of 1,600 prisoners.
     Sahar Francis, director of the Ramallah-based rights group Addameer, saw Adnan’s hunger strike as a catalyst for this current mass hunger strike movement. “I definitely think the successful hunger strike of Khader Adnan and his release was a main feature in inspiring the 1,600 prisoners to carry out this act now, which is a continuation of what they began in September 2011,” he says....
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The Prisoners In Gaza: Their Blackout Nightmare
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2012 - By Ralph Nader Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world’s largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life – medical items, food, water, building materials, and fuel to list a few – has resulted in an 80 percent unemployment rate and widespread suffering from unlawful punishment, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment in Israeli jails. The horrific conditions were a result of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in late 2008, ignited by Israel’s breaking of a truce with Gaza on November 4. Fourteen hundred people died, nearly three hundred of them children, and thousands were injured. The terror bombing of the Gazan population smashed into homes, hospitals, schools, ambulances, mosques, subsistence farms, UN facilities, and even the American International School. Israeli bombers destroyed over 30 members of one...more

Israeli court 'grants journalist bail after video evidence'
4/22/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court released a Palestinian journalist on bail after seeing a video showing him rushing to the aid of his wife at a West Bank demonstration, a popular committee said on Sunday. Bilal Tamimi, an independent journalist, was detained by Israeli forces at a popular protest in Ramallah-district village....

Hamas slams PA for Ramallah dance festival
Jerusalem Post 22 Apr 2012 - Festival coincides with beginning of hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, sparking anger among some.

[uruknet.info] Ex-detainee Fuad Al-Khuffash reveals prisoners' demands
Uruknet April 21, 2012 - Ex-detainee Fuad Al-Khuffash has said that he expects the widespread hunger strike which started on 17th April to coincide with Palestinian Detainees' Day to be "the strongest and the most successful in the history of the detainee movement". The expert in detainees' affairs added that the detainees are using the slogan "we...

[uruknet.info] Prisoner society challenges Barghouthi confession report
Uruknet April 21, 2012 - Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society Qadura Fares said Saturday that Israeli media reports on the interrogation of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi failed to prove he confessed to any charge. Israeli daily Haaretz on Friday reported that records of the leader's questioning by Israeli internal security service Shin Bet show Barghouti giving...

EMOHR urges European organizations to support Palestinian hunger striking prison
PIC - The Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights (EMOHR) started contacting some European and international officials, within the framework of the European Campaign to support prisoners.

Fatah is seeking to dominate the conference in support of prisoners
PIC - Tunisian source revealed that Fatah's delegation, that visited Tunisia recently, discussed during its meetings with Tunisian officials the idea of the conference in support of prisoners.

Meshaal: We will definitely get our prisoners released
PIC - Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas political Bureau, warned, in a meeting held to mark the Prisoners’ Day in Doha, the occupation authorities to free all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

Sheikh Abu Hija and his two sons launched a hunger strike in occupation prisons
PIC - The family of Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Hija from the Jenin Camp expressed their support for Sheikh Jamal and his two sons Abdul Salam and Hamza after announcing they were joining the mass hunger strike.

MP Natshe joins hunger strike
PIC - Wife of detained Hamas MP Mohammed Jamal Al-Natshe has said that her husband joined the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike on Saturday.

Prisoners group: Israel confiscates belongings of hunger-strikers
4/21/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities confiscated the personal belongings of Palestinians jailed in southern Israel after they joined a mass hunger strike, a prisoners group said on Saturday. The prisoners' society said all detainees in Ashkelon jail started an open hunger strike on Tuesday, after which prison guards removed salt, clothes, blankets....

Prisoner society challenges Barghouthi confession report
4/21/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society Qadura Fares said Saturday that Israeli media reports on the interrogation of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi failed to prove he confessed to any charge. Israeli daily Haaretz on Friday reported that records of the leader's questioning by Israeli internal security service Shin Bet....

Israel detains 2 teens at Nablus checkpoint
4/21/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army seized two Palestinian teenagers at an Israeli checkpoint near Nablus on Saturday, and said they were found in possession of weapons. The two 17-year-olds from Nablus' Balata refugee camp arrived at Tappuah junction by taxi, and were apprehended by border police walking towards the checkpoint, an....

[uruknet.info] Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?
Uruknet April 20, 2012 - On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners Day, Khader gained freedom. At issue is for how long? As announced, Israel released him as scheduled. He endured 66 hunger striking days to be free. So was Hana Shalabi last October when released with other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit. Held two and a...

[uruknet.info] The Prisoners in Gaza - Their Blackout Nightmare
Uruknet April 20, 2012 - Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world's largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life - medical items, food, water, building materials, and fuel to list a few...

Israeli jailors storm prison cells, confiscate prisoners’ belongings
PIC - Israeli jailors stormed the wards of Palestinian prisoners in Askalan and confiscated their belongings on the first day of their hunger strike, the Palestinian prisoners’ association said on Saturday.

Administrative detainee Zuhair Lubada suffering serious health deterioration
PIC - The family of the administrative detainee Zuhair Rashid Lubada asserted that his health has seriously deteriorated and was carried to a hospital in Tel Aviv.

Sawaf: Ramallah Festival disregards the prisoners’ suffering
PIC - Mustafa Sawaf, the undersecretary of Ministry of Culture in Gaza, condemned, in a press statement on Saturday, the dancing festivals in Ramallah that coincided with the Prisoners' hunger strike.

Ex-detainee Fuad Al-Khuffash reveals prisoners’ demands
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/20/2012
      EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
     Ex-detainee Fuad Al-Khuffash has said that he expects the widespread hunger strike which started on 17th April to coincide with Palestinian Detainees' Day to be "the strongest and the most successful in the history of the detainee movement". The expert in detainees' affairs added that the detainees are using the slogan "we will live in dignity" in their demand for an end to Israel's policy of putting political prisoners in solitary confinement. Detainees are also demanding visitation rights to be guaranteed and an end to what they call "provocative inspections" at all times of the day and night.
     In an exclusive interview with the Palestinian Media Centre only hours after being released, Al-Khuffash called for "real support from Palestinian society" for detainees and their struggle. Such support should include the Palestinian leadership raising the issues with international bodies.
     The full interview is as follows:
     Palestine Media Centre: First of all, welcome back; thank God for your safety. Could you describe the restrictions placed on detainees in prison?
     Fuad Al-Khuffash: Although I am very happy to be free, my heart is aching as I've left behind brothers with whom I have shared some of the most difficult and harsh days. They're still in prison suffering under very difficult conditions; Israeli prisons are the most difficult and the prison regime imposes severe restrictions on all aspects of life. The guards come up with new ways to pressure our detainees every day, while the latter can do little but be patient. Now, however, they have decided to go on hunger strike in protest....
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Gaza: The march for prisoners within a prison
4/20/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Nathan Stuckey, 18 April 2012, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - April 17th is Palestinain Prisoners Day.   All over Palestine demonstrations were held in solidarity with the approximately 5,000 prisoners still held in the occupations jails.   Bait Hanoun was no exception, this week the weekly demonstration against the occupation and the no go zones were in....

[uruknet.info] Palestinian 'bowl battle' begins
Uruknet April 19, 2012 - Thousands of Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli jails and detention camps have begun an open-ended hunger strike to protest a raft of grievances, including notorious administrative detention, solitary confinement, humiliating late- night searches and keeping inmates in jail after their prison terms have ended. On Tuesday, as many as 2300 inmates reportedly...

[uruknet.info] Gaza: Fishermen Detained
Uruknet April 19, 2012 - On Friday 13 April 2012, Israeli forces fired on a Palestinian fishing boat in the north part of the Gaza Strip. Every week, thousands of fishermen are targeted by Israeli naval forces as they attempt to secure their livelihood . Nehad Raja Mohamed Al Hissi, 29, is a fisherman. He is married and...

[uruknet.info] Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families
Uruknet April 19, 2012 - ... Thousands of political prisoners and their families suffer most. When loved ones are unjustly separated behind prison bars, those left behind bear enormous emotional and day-to-day burdens. Israel compounds them by collectively punishing prisoners and families alike. Doing so violates international law. Fourth Geneva prohibits it. Under Article 33, it states: "No...

PA pressures Fatah prisoners to not participate in the hunger strike
PIC - Sources from occupation prisons told PIC on Thursday that the PA in Ramallah pressured Fatah prisoners to not participate in the Hunger strike, which was launched three days ago.

Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s respect for dead Gentiles appears to be limited
Ibrahim Hewitt, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/21/2012
      It is interesting to note that a recent robust defence of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's planned "Museum of Tolerance" in Jerusalem uses an attack on the credibility of Sheikh Raed Salah as part of the argument. Sheikh Raed Salah, wrote the Centre's Director of Public Relations in a letter to the Daily Beast, is "a declared Muslim extremist, head of the Northern Faction of the Islamic movement and leader of the illegal Al Aksa Association, a body involved in channelling funds into Hamas terror organisations, financing terror in violation of Israeli law and international decisions and norms". That's quite a charge list which, if it was at all true, would mean that Sheikh Salah would be in prison in Israel where he lives and is a citizen. The fact that he isn't behind bars, and has recently won a well-publicised legal challenge to the British government's attempts to deport him - during which similar libellous accusations were thrown at him and rejected by the British court - suggests that Avra Shapiro is relying on scurrilousness rather than facts to boost the SWC's case. This has to call into question the other "facts" presented.
     That an area of what was once part of the historic cemetery has been used as a "municipal parking lot" for "50 years", for example, illustrates the fact that Israel has destroyed large parts of Jerusalem's Arab Christian and Muslim heritage since its illegal annexation of the Eastern side of the city and declaration as Israel's "eternal and undivided capital". Shapiro, however, can't even get this "fact" right. Permission for the parking lot was given in 1985, considerably less than 50 years ago, but its lengthy use for such a purpose is largely irrelevant. Criminal acts don't become legal just because they go undetected or unremarked.
     Moreover, the desecration of the cemetery is but a small, albeit significant, part of Israel's "Judaisation" policies which include house demolitions and the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population from West Jerusalem as well as East. In 1948, when Israel was created in the wake of the UN partition plan which determined that Jerusalem should be an international city, Palestinian Arabs owned 88.7% of West Jerusalem....
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Palestine football star seriously ill from four-week hunger strike
Electronic Intifada: 20 Apr 2012 - Rami Almeghari Rafah 20 April 2012 Imprisoned by Israel, footballer Mahmoud Sarsak has never been tried for any recognizable offense, and his detention has been continuously renewed every six months. He is one of many prisoners depriving himself of food to demand liberty and justice.more

Opinion: Prisoners have right to see family, read books
4/19/2012 - By Daoud Kuttab - I knew, separately, Suheir Ismael and Najeeb Farraj before they became a couple. I knew Najeeb as a colleague working with AFP and Al Quds daily, and an avid reader of the political scene in Palestine. I worked with Suheir when we produced the documentary Palestinian Diaries during the first Intifada. In....

Fishermen Detained
Relief Web 18 Apr 2012 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00 On Friday 13 April 2012, Israeli forces fired on a Palestinian fishing boat in the north part of the Gaza Strip. Every week, thousands of...

On Palestinian Prisoners Day, the Suffering of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Continues
Relief Web 18 Apr 2012 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Today, 17 April 2012, marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day, which has been devoted by the Palestinian people to support the cause of Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails. Since 1979,...

Collectively punishing families through prisoners isolation
Relief Web 18 Apr 2012 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Nisreen Murtaja, 35, lives in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza city in the house of her husband’s family. In 1993, Nisreen’s husband, Samir, 41, was arrested from his home in...

[uruknet.info] Israeli teens enter jail rather than take part in army crimes against Palestinians (Video)
Uruknet April 18, 2012 - On Monday, Israeli teenager, Noam Gur, began an initial ten-day prison sentence because she publicly refused to serve in the Israeli army. A second teen, Alon Gurman, presented himself at the military base in order to refuse service, along with Gur, but according to a tweet from Gur was sent home without...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Political Prisoners: Breaking the Chains of Oppression, Marching towards Freedom
Uruknet April 18, 2012 - As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand their freedom. The indigenous people of occupied Palestine have been held hostage by a brutal military occupation, and confined to ghettos build in their own land....

Occupation Punishes the Hunger Strikers
PIC - The prisons administration started, in provocative moves, imposing strict measures and harassing Palestinian prisoners as a reaction to the mass hunger strike in different occupation prisons.

Hunger striker Ezzuddin in serious condition
PIC - The lawyer of Jafar Ezzuddin, who is on hunger strike in Israeli Jalama prison isolation ward, said that his client was suffering low blood sugar and low blood pressure.

Opinion: Prisoners have right to see family, read books
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 4/19/2012
      I knew, separately, Suheir Ismael and Najeeb Farraj before they became a couple.
     I knew Najeeb as a colleague working with AFP and Al Quds daily, and an avid reader of the political scene in Palestine. I worked with Suheir when we produced the documentary Palestinian Diaries during the first Intifada. In it, Suheir talks about the day her brother was killed by Israelis while he was trying to help a neighbor in Al Khader village, near Bethlehem.
     With her brother gone and her father killed in Lebanon, Suheir grew up a strong woman fighting for her rights in a male-dominated society. I will never forget the day she interviewed her mother for the documentary, asking her a tough question: Why didn't you follow dad into exile?
     She later told me that the camera gave her the courage to ask a question she had not dared ask face-to-face.
     Another documentary I co-produced documents her wedding day and includes a segment in which distant male relatives try to take advantage of her men-less family, only to be put down by Najeeb’s brother Hamdi, a leading Palestinian columnist.
     Suheir moved to Najeeb’s home in Dheisheh camp and continued to work in film-making, setting up a media NGO that trains women filmmakers. She and Najeeb have also produced a lovely family.
     When they were gifted with a son, they called him Ismael, in memory of Suheir’s dead brother. The name has given the young boy some trouble, as it matches the name of the deputy head of the Palestinian intelligence service, Ismael Farraj (who is Najeeb’s older brother).
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320 Local And International Groups Campaign For Detainee’s Rights
IMEMC - An International campaign, supported by 320 local and international human rights groups, was launched on Tuesday morning in Gaza city declaring support to the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners held in dozens of Israeli prisons, detention and interrogation facilities, the Palestinian News & Info Agency reported. ...

Israel detains farmer in Iraq Burin
4/18/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian farmer south of Nablus after beating him, witnesses said. Saad Hussam Ahed Faqih, 25, from Iraq Burin, was assaulted as forces made the arrest, the onlookers said. He was taken to Bracha settlement, they said. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a....

Israeli forces detain 10 youth in Nablus village
4/18/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 13 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight Tuesday, including a group of youth in a Nablus village, officials said. Ten youth were seized in the Burin village, south of Nablus, PA official Ghassan Daghlas said. He identified them as Walid Mursi, 15, Muhammad Suheil Najjar, 16....

Adnan: Crowd's joy made me forget all suffering
4/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- "The happiness I saw on my peoples' faces made me forget all the suffering I experienced when I was on hunger strike," freed Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan said Wednesday. When he arrived in Jenin, instead of going home, Adnan chose to head to the sit-in tent in Arraba village to....

Official: Record administrative detainee freed
4/18/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel on Wednesday released a Palestinian who had been imprisoned over his lifetime for 12 years, the head of the Prisoners' Society said. Qadura Fares told Ma'an that Ahmad Saqer spent 12 years in jail, and had been held in administrative detention since 2008. He had been on....

US court: PA, PLO cannot be sued under torture law
4/18/2012 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Palestinian Authority and PLO cannot be sued under a 1991 US victim protection law over the alleged torture of an American in a West Bank prison, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, holding that the law only applies to individuals. The justices unanimously agreed with the Obama administration that the Torture Victim....

Palestinians begin mass hunger strike on Prisoners' Day
Relief Web 16 Apr 2012 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory 04/17/2012 12:27 GMT by Hossam Ezzedine RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, April 17, 2012 (AFP) - At least 1,200 Palestinian inmates of Israeli jails began an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday as rallies across...

Palestinian prisoners enter Day 2 of hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 18 Apr 2012 - Prison authorities stop serving the convicted terrorists food, a source from the agency confirms; prisoners drinking water.

Israel releases Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2012 - Move comes on same day that 1,200 Palestinian security prisoners announce mass hunger strike.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Prisoners' Day: Bassem Tamimi, over a year in prison
Uruknet April 17, 2012- Bassem Tamimi has been sitting in an Israeli prison for over a year. Tamimi is a prominent Palestinian activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where he has led the small village's popular unarmed struggle against Israeli occupation and takeover of land since its beginnings at the end of 2009. Tamimi...

[uruknet.info] Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike
Uruknet April 17, 2012 - On April 17, about 1,600 Palestinian prisoners began open-ended hunger strikes. More on that below. Palestinians face hellish conditions in Israeli prisons. They endure torture, deprivation, isolation, intimidation, and denial of basic rights. Administrative detainees are held indefinitely without charge or trial. Children young as 10 are treated like adults. So-called security...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Authorities or Cyber Police? Ola Haniyeh Arrested with no Charges
Uruknet April 17, 2012 - Prisoners' Day is commemorated every year on April 17th. Today 1,600 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike that calls for better conditions in prison, including the right to family visits. Currently, there are over 4,500 prisoners behind Israeli bars, 203 of them being children and 6 women. Newly graduated student Ola...

19 Prisoners in solitary confinement, thousands demonstrate in solidarity
PIC - There are still nineteen Palestinian prisoners in solitary confinement, in the Israeli occupation prisons, according to Ahmed Al-Betawi, researcher at Tadamun International.

Hundreds hoist photos of detained MPs before European parliament
PIC - Hundreds of European activists staged a sit-in before the European parliament in Brussels on Tuesday to mark the Palestinian prisoner’s day.

Safadi to maintain hunger strike until his release
PIC - Detainee Hassan Safadi is adamant on maintaining his hunger strike in Israeli occupation jails after 45 days of starting it despite losing 25 kilograms so far, his family said on Wednesday.

Justices Say Palestinian Authority Can’t Be Sued Over Torture
New York Times 18 Apr 2012 - In the case of an American killed in the West Bank, the Supreme Court found that only “individuals” could be sued.

Two Beit Ommar Residents Arrested on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Apr 2012 - On Thursday, April 17th, 2012, Emad Ahmed Abu Hashem (age 22) and Mohamad Za’aqiq (age 19) were arrested at the entrance of Beit Ommar. Around 9am soldiers tried to arrest Emad, but did not succeed, and at 11am special forces arrived and took both men to...

Adnan: Crowd's joy made me forget all suffering
Sabr 18 Apr 2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- “The happiness I saw on my peoples’ faces made me forget all the suffering I experienced when I was on hunger strike,” freed Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan said Wednesday. When he arrived in Jenin, instead of going home, Adnan chose to head to...

Israel frees Khader Adnan
Sabr 18 Apr 2012 - Khader Adnan's 66-day hunger strike inspired hundreds of prisoners to take on Israel's policy of holding detainees without charge. BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an ) -- Israeli authorities released former hunger-striking administrative detainee Khader Adnan late Tuesday, a Ma'an correspondent reported. Adnan arrived at his home in Araba in the...

320 International Organization Launches International Appeal to Support the Demands of the Prisoners on Hunger Strike
Sabr 18 Apr 2012 - Euromid.org The Eruo-Mediterranean Observer for Human Rights announced the launch of the biggest international appeal to support the demands of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, with the support of 320 international and local human rights organizations. The launch of the International Solidarity...

Palestinian captives launch the "dignity strike"
Sabr 18 Apr 2012 - WEST BANK, ( PIC )-- Thousands of Palestinian prisoners from a number of different factions who are held in the occupation jails launched, on Tuesday (17 April) which coincides with the "Palestinian Prisoners' Day", an indefinite hunger strike referred to as the Karameh (dignity) strike, declaring their...

On Palestinian Prisoners Day, the Suffering of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Doubles
IMEMC - Today, 17 April 2012, marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day, which has been devoted by the Palestinian people to support the cause of Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails. Since 1979, Palestinians have commemorated this day, which marks the anniversary of the release of Palestinian prisoners in the first prisoner swap deal of 17 April 1974. ...

Report On The Palestinian Political Prisoners
IMEMC - Marking the Palestinian Prisoners Day, the Palestinian Central Census Bureau and the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees issued a joint release revealing that 201 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons since 1967 due to torture, medical negligence, and by live ammunition. 76 of them died in Israeli prisons since late 2000. 4700 detainees are currently imprisoned by Israel. 4700 Palestinians are currently held by Israel. ...

320 Local, International Groups Campaign For Detainee’ Rights
IMEMC - An International campaign, supported by 320 local and international human rights groups, was launched on Tuesday morning in Gaza city declaring support to the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners held in dozens of Israeli prisons, detention and interrogation facilities, the Palestinian News & Info Agency reported. ...

Palestinian Detainees Initiate An Open-Ended Hunger Strike
IMEMC - Palestinian detainees imprisoned by Israel started on Tuesday an open-ended hunger strike demanding an end to all violations carried out against them by the Israeli Prison Administration, and demanding their internationally guaranteed rights. ...

Palestinian inmates launch 'battle of empty stomachs'
4/18/2012 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- At least 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday, upping the stakes in a protest movement that has put Israel under pressure. Israel has already struck deals with two Palestinian detainees this year after they staged prolonged hunger strikes and 10 other inmates have been refusing to.... Related: Palestinians mark prisoners day in Gaza, West Bank and Israel frees Khader Adnan

Israel frees Khader Adnan
4/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities released former hunger-striking administrative detainee Khader Adnan late Tuesday, a Ma'an correspondent reported. Adnan arrived at his home in Araba in the northern West Bank to meet his family before returning to a tent reception where he spoke to well-wishers and officials in the village. Hundreds of.... Related: Palestinian inmates launch 'battle of empty stomachs'

Palestinians mark prisoners day in Gaza, West Bank
4/17/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank marked Palestinian Prisoners Day on Tuesday with ceremonies symbolizing long-hoped-for freedom from Israeli jails. In Arraba village, south of Jenin, officials gathered to mark the day ahead of the expected release of local Khader Adnan, whose 66-day hunger strike ended with a deal.... Related: Palestinian inmates launch 'battle of empty stomachs'

Officials: Fayyad backs out of meeting with Netanyahu
4/18/2012 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- A planned meeting Tuesday between the Israeli and Palestinian Authority prime ministers may be canceled or postponed after Salam Fayyad refused to attend, senior Palestinian officials said. Fayyad was reluctant to be seen as engaging with Israel on a day when more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began a hunger strike to protest against.... Related: Fayyad to deliver Abbas letter to Netanyahu and Erekat, PA intel chief meet Netanyahu

Report: Israel charges man for acting as Hamas courier
4/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel has charged a Palestinian man with distributing Hamas funds to former prisoners in Israel, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday. Zagloul Shweiki, 33, acted as a courier for Hamas, delivering tens of thousands of dollars to former detainees released in the October prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas, Haaretz....

PA cabinet urges pressure on Israel to free all prisoners
4/17/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority cabinet called Tuesday upon the United Nations to mobilize immediately to exert serious pressure on Israel to release all Palestinian detainees. Ministers called particularly for Israel to free veteran prisoners, affirming in a statement that at the same time Israel should treat detainees according to international conventions and.... Related: PA wants UN fact-finding mission on prisoners and Palestinian inmates launch 'battle of empty stomachs'

PA wants UN fact-finding mission on prisoners
4/17/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian leaders called on the UN Tuesday to form an international fact-finding committee on prisoners and demanded the international committee take responsibility for the issue. Abdul Rahim Malouh, a member of the PLO executive committee, demanded that the UN send a fact-finding committee to examine "Israeli crimes against Palestinian prisoners." Speaking.... Related: PA cabinet urges pressure on Israel to free all prisoners and Palestinian inmates launch 'battle of empty stomachs'

Israel frees former hunger striker
AlJazeera 17 Apr 2012 - Khader Adnan, Palestinian prisoner who went on a 66-day hunger strike, is released following a deal reached in February.

'We will live in dignity': Palestinian political prisoners begin mass hunger strike
4/17/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 17 April 2012, Al Haq - As an organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of Palestinian human rights, Al-Haq would like to take the opportunity of Palestinian Prisoners' Day to highlight the ongoing violation of the rights of Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli prisons, many of whom are interned without charge or trial. The continuing.... Related: Al Haq

Some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners go on open-ended hunger strike
Ha'aretz - 17 Apr 2012

Israel releases Palestinian administrative detainee Adnan
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2012 - A member of Islamic Jihad, Adnan had started a hunger strike in protest of the practice of administrative detention; release comes on same day that 1,200 Palestinian security prisoners announce mass hunger strike.

Palestinian prisoners begin hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2012 - 2,300 Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, DFLP, prisoners return meals, demand end to Israel's administrative detention.

[uruknet.info] Injured inmate in Israeli jail claims he was raped, denied treatment
Uruknet April 17, 2012 - Othman Ebrahim Assad Younus, a Palestinian prisoner serving four life sentences in Jalboue Prison in Israel, says he was raped by two of his jailors while in solitary confinement. Younus has yet to receive any treatment for injuries he sustained after being arrested by Israeli Special Forces. His family said he needs...

[uruknet.info] "We will live in dignity" Palestinian Political Prisoners Begin Mass Hunger Strike
Uruknet April 17, 2012 - As an organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of Palestinian human rights, Al-Haq would like to take the opportunity of Palestinian Prisoners' Day to highlight the ongoing violation of the rights of Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli prisons, many of whom are interned without charge or trial. The continuing ill-treatment of some...

[uruknet.info] Video: Palestinians Behind Bars: Prisoners Without Human Rights
Uruknet April 17, 2012 - Marking the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day of 2012, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights releases the film. This short documentary addresses the issues of solitary confinement and other measures of inhuman and degrading treatment to which Palestinian prisoners are subjected in Israeli jails. The film further highlights the human rights violations related...

[uruknet.info] On Palestinian Prisoners Day, the Suffering of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Doubles
Uruknet April 17, 2012 - Today, 17 April 2012, marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day, which has been devoted by the Palestinian people to support the cause of Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails. Since 1979, Palestinians have commemorated this day, which marks the anniversary of the release of Palestinian prisoners in the first prisoner swap deal of...

[uruknet.info] Israeli response to fly-in proves West Bank is the Palestinians' prison
Uruknet April 16, 2012 - ...The "Palestinian Authority" has no authority over any significant matter. Control over borders is considered among the important measures of sovereignty. The Palestinians are not sovereign, nor do they have any citizenship rights in Israel. They are neither here nor there, but prisoners of a system that views them as enemies and...

[uruknet.info] Israel's Fear of Three Simple Words: Welcome to Palestine
Uruknet April 16, 2012 - What happened yesterday was beyond even Palestinian expectations. No one believed Israeli airport authorities would welcome the pro-Palestinian activists from around the world with open arms. Last July, we all saw how dozens of activists were detained, put back on planes and banned from Israel for 10 years. We even gawked at...

[uruknet.info] Press Release: "50 Peace Activists In Israeli Jails Decalre Hunger Strike"
Uruknet April 16, 2012 - 50 international peace supporters and peace activists detained by Israel and imprisoned at the Givon Prison, near Tel Aviv, declared hunger strike in support of the Palestinian political prisoners and rejecting the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. About forty French participants of the mission Welcome to Palestine, and a dozen other internationals,...

320 International Organizations Support the Prisoners Strikers' Demands
PIC - It was announced in Gaza City, on Tuesday morning, the launch of the broadest international call under the name "thirsty for freedom" to support the Palestinian hunger strikers' demands.

Palestinian captives launch the "dignity strike"
PIC - Thousands of Palestinian prisoners who are held in the occupation jails launched an indefinite hunger strike declaring their determination to continue their strike until their demands are met.

The torment of an isolated captive’s family continue 21 years on
PIC - Palestinian captive Rizk Abdallah Muslim Rajoub from Dura south of Al-Khalil spent 11th month in the solitary confinement in "Ohali Kidar" prison. Rajoub spent twenty-one years in occupation jails.

Hamas: Fatah Attitude against the Prisoners' Strike Serves the Occupation
PIC - The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas condemned ,yesterday, Fatah statement in which they have attacked the planned prisoners' strike on Tuesday 17 April to coincide with Prisoners' Day.

Tunisia: Call for a ship to cruise Mediterranean in solidarity with prisoners
PIC - "The Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights" called for an international campaign in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who started an indefinite hunger strike in occupation jails.

Resheq: Resistance only means to liberate prisoners
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has said that liberating prisoners should precede the liberation of the occupied lands.

Ashqar: 3500 prisoners in occupation jails join the hunger strike
PIC - More than 3500 Palestinian and Arab prisoners in Israeli occupation jails started an open hunger strike on Tuesday, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, a researcher and specialist in prisoners’ affairs, said.

On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, protest mounts against world’s largest security contractor
Mondoweiss -               G4S security devices in Yesh Supermarket, Modi'in Illit settlement, April 2010.                          (Photo: WhoProfits.org) Today Palestinians are marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day with mass hunger strikes protesting Israel's practice of detaining political prisoners and abusing...

Gaza rallies on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day
Mondoweiss - Thousands of Palestinians rallied outside Gaza's International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters this morning to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day. (Photo: Joe Catron) (Photo: Joe Catron) (Photo: Joe Catron) The rally followed a march from Al-Saraya, the site of a notorious Israeli prison that was ironically...

Interview: "counterrevolution" threatens mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners
Electronic Intifada: 17 Apr 2012 - Asa Winstanley Ramallah 17 April 2012 The Palestinian Authority announced that Palestinian Prisoners’ Day would mark the start of a massive new wave of hunger strikes. But factionalism threatens the success of this movement, says Addameer’s Mourad Jadallah in an interview with The Electronic Intifada.more

G4S loses its contract with the European Parliament
Global BDS 17 Apr 2012 - The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) is pleased to be able to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day by announcing that the European Union has declined to renew a contract with private security company G4S amidst concerns raised by MEPs and campaign groups about...

Picnics at the border: Hezbollah resistance in Bint Jbeil and Maroun ar Ras
In Gaza: 17 Apr 2012 - * monument at Maroun ar Ras, site of Hezbollah defeat of Israeli army Some time after descending further south from the former Khiam prison, the fortified fence separating Lebanon and occupied Palestine appears, as do the red-roofed Israeli homes in the formerly mixed Palestinian and Lebanese town of Metulli: M notes that this town was an example of many such towns home to Jews and Muslims, living side by side without problem…before the arrival of Zionists. The landscape is confusing: looking south, the border fence loops northward, peninsula-like as it encircles “the Finger of Galilee”…now occupied Palestine. I’m alarmed that we can drive so close to the fence, my own experience with border fences in Gaza meaning anyone within 1-2 km of the Green Line border risks being assassinated or maimed by IOF soldiers. But in Lebanon, the presence of UNIFIL soldiers and the mediation of the UN “keeps both...more

Palestinian civil society and human rights organisations mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day with call for action against Israeli prison contractor G4S
Global BDS 17 Apr 2012 - Today, on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, we the undersigned Palestinian civil society and human rights organisations salute all Palestinian political prisoners, especially those engaging in brave civil disobedience through ongoing hunger strikes in protest to the ongoing violations of human rights and international law. Emphasizing imprisonment as...

Bradley Manning : For You, a Thousand Times Over
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Apr 2012 - By Kathy Kelly At the start of The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini later adapted for film, a brave and selflessly loyal Afghan boy runs to help his much wealthier friend, singing out his love for him "For you, a thousand times over ..." They have been flying a fighting kite, (these are kites with edges sharp enough to cut the strings of another kite), and the singing boy has gone to fetch an enemy kite they have won. A dreadful betrayal ensues, its effects exacerbated horribly by the start of the U.S.-Soviet proxy war. Several decades pass before any small sort of atonement can be achieved by the book's protagonist. We sang that song this weekend. I was privileged to attend several actions organized by Kansas and Missouri activists, beginning at Fort Leavenworth prison, to which Bradley Manning will likely return after his current ordeal in a...more

Press Release: "50 Peace Activists In Israeli Jails Decalre Hunger Strike"
IMEMC - 50 international peace supporters and peace activists detained by Israel and imprisoned at the Givon Prison, near Tel Aviv, declared hunger strike in support of the Palestinian political prisoners and rejecting the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. ...

Gaza man seeking family reunification 'detained at Erez'
4/16/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man at a military crossing from the Gaza Strip last week, relatives told Ma'an. Eyhab Ahmad Abu al-Jidyan, 39, attended an interview with security officials at the Erez crossing last Monday and never returned, his family said. Abu al-Jidyan was seeking permission to....

Letters written to loved ones ahead of Prisoners Day
4/16/2012 - TUBAS (Ma'an) -- The families of detainees in Israeli jails have written letters of support to their loved ones ahead of Palestinian Prisoners Day on April 17. The letters called on international political figures such as US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to support prisoner rights and help end their....

Haniyeh urges Arab countries to cut ties with Israel
4/16/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday urged Arab governments to cut ties with Israel until Palestinians have an independent state. In a speech to released prisoners and their families ahead of Prisoners Day, Haniyeh called on regional states to expel Israeli ambassadors and not to normalize relations with Tel....

Press Release from the Welcome to Palestine Campaign
4/16/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Mazin Qumsiyeh, 16 April 2012, Welcome to Palestine Campaign 2012 - We did not have to show our 1500 visitors Israeli racism, arrogance, and human rights violations; the Israeli government showed them and also showed the whole world. Calling itself a democracy, this outlaw state denied the right of people from around the world to come visit us.... Related: Welcome to Palestine and Welcome to Palestine 2012 – solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

[uruknet.info] Take action on 17 April, call for freedom for Palestinian political prisoners (Video)
Uruknet April 16, 2012 - During the hunger strike of Khader Adnan, a global network called for international action on April 17, Palestinian Political Prisoners' Day. Many organizations responded to the call and events will take place around the world in support of Palestinian political prisoners. Last week, the World Federation of Trade Unions with 80 million...

[uruknet.info] Al Mezan Expresses Its Concern for Lives of Detainees on Hunger Strike and Calls on International Community to Intervene to End Israel's Administrative Detention Policy
Uruknet April 15, 2012 - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue to carry out a policy of administrative detention and the practice of repeatedly extending prisoners' terms of detention by default procedures, in disregard of international humanitarian law and human rights principles. The IOF is also ignoring the real risks to the lives of Palestinian detainees on hunger...

1,600 Palestinian prisoners to launch hunger strike Tuesday
YNet News, 16 Apr 2012 - Talks between Prison Service and prisoners protesting against incarceration conditions deadlocked; hunger-striker Khader Adnan to be released ....

Hamas: Prisoners in occupation jails will remain a priority
PIC - Hamas has said that the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails would remain its topmost priority and vowed to exert all efforts possible to secure their freedom.

Press Release from the Welcome to Palestine Campaign
Mazin Qumsiyeh, International Solidarity Movement 4/16/2012
      We did not have to show our 1500 visitors Israeli racism, arrogance, and human rights violations; the Israeli government showed them and also showed the whole world. Calling itself a democracy, this outlaw state denied the right of people from around the world to come visit us and see for themselves the reality of life under occupation.
     We the Palestinian people are 11 million normal human beings, 7 million are refugees or displaced people simply because they are natives to a land that was wanted for a Jewish state. Five million of us are living in increasingly shrinking ghettos on a tiny fraction of our land. We remain here despite an illegal and brutal occupation that includes land confiscation, movement restrictions, home demolitions, illegal imprisonment of thousands (many now on hunger strike), and countless other inhuman conditions. We did not expect from this occupation that daily violates human rights to also allow us as prisoners under its boot to openly and honestly receive visitors. These visitors who wanted to come and see what reality is like here certainly were shocked at the Israeli behavior. And those who wanted to welcome our visitors and were brutally assaulted will remember how the same Israeli police let right wing fanatics sing and disrupt at the airport. The whole world is now seeing Israel for what it is: a police state that fulfills all the requirements of being an apartheid pariah state per the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1973).
     Countries that once supported Apartheid in South Africa had people who mobilized against it. Now people of conscience mobilize to challenge this apartheid that is now so explicitly expressed. Those airlines and governments that acted as subcontractors for the Israeli apartheid regime are being challenged by their own people. In denying boarding to a passenger by Air France, the airline documented that she cannot board because she is neither Jewish or Israeli! (See in French and in English). -- See also: Welcome to Palestine and Welcome to Palestine 2012 – solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
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Free Speech vs. Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Apr 2012 - By Mahmoud El-Yousseph On April 4, 2012, an 84-year-old German writer and Nobel literature prizewinner Gunter Grass published the poem: 'What Must Be Said' ('Was gesagt werden muss') in several European newspapers. In this poem Grass expressed concern that an Israeli military strike against Iran could 'wipe out people of Iran'. In response, Israel declared him persona non grata. Not welcome to Israel. Why is it that a country claiming to be the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East cannot tolerate her critics? After the publication of the poem, Israel went ballistic! Mr. Gunter was referred to as a Nazi and as–surprise, surprise–anti-Semitic. However, Mr. Gunter was drafted into the German army by age 14 toward the end of the war, was assigned to a tank division and had not served at any prison camps. There’s nothing anti-Semitic in his poem whatsoever, unless you want to call the truth ‘anti-Semitic’....more

Four hunger striking prisoners now in hospital
IMEMC - The Palestinian prisoner support group Addameer announced Saturday that it knows of eight Palestinian detainees currently on open-ended hunger strikes, four of whom have been hospitalized and are being force-fed fluids intravenously. The Israeli prison authority confirmed that 4 hunger strikers are in the hospital in Ramle prison. ...

Police: 41 denied entry, 4 Israelis detained at airport
4/15/2012 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that 41 people had been refused entry at Ben Gurion airport by early afternoon Sunday, and they would be deported. Four Israeli supporters, two holding "Welcome to Palestine" signs, were also arrested as they waited to greet the arrivals.... Related: Welcome to Palestine visitors travel to Israel and Welcome to Palestine: Israel 'pretends to be a democracy'

Welcome to Palestine: Israel 'pretends to be a democracy'
4/15/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Organizers of the Welcome to Palestine campaign said Sunday that the first day of the initiative has been a success, despite the fact that only two activists have been able to enter the West Bank." It was a success at a media level, but it was not a success at a.... Related: Police: 41 denied entry, 4 Israelis detained at airport and Welcome to Palestine

Welcome to Palestine visitors travel to Israel
4/15/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Visitors on a tour of Palestine began to arrive in Israel on Sunday, as demonstrations were held in European airports to protest the barring of dozens of tourists as part of the 'Welcome to Palestine' initiative. Organizer Mazin Qumsiyeh said several passengers had arrived, and Israeli news site Ynet.... Related: In photos: Denied passengers protest in Belgium airport and Police: 41 denied entry, 4 Israelis detained at airport

In photos: Denied passengers protest in Belgium airport
4/15/2012 - Reuters / Sebastien Pirlet - Around 100 pro-Palestinian activists staged a protest at Brussels national airport in Zaventem early Sunday. Some 1,200 people throughout Europe have bought plane tickets for an April 15 visit to the West Bank as part of a campaign called "Welcome to Palestine". Organizers said dozens have had tickets canceled after Israel circulated.... Related: Welcome to Palestine visitors travel to Israel and Police: 41 denied entry, 4 Israelis detained at airport

Pro-Palestinian activists detained in Israel
AlJazeera 15 Apr 2012 - More than 40 "Welcome to Palestine" activists taking part in "fly-in" blocked entry at Tel Aviv's international airport.

Some 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israel plan hunger strike
Ha'aretz - 15 Apr 2012

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to go on hunger strike
The Guardian 15 Apr 2012 - Around 1,600 prisoners expected to take part in protest against imprisonment without charge and solitary confinement Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are expected to embark on hunger strikes this week to draw attention to...

[uruknet.info] 11-year-old Palestinian child beaten in pro-prisoners march
Uruknet April 14, 2012 -- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) severely beat an 11-year-old child while participating in a peaceful march in Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, on Friday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. Mohammed Breijiyeh, the spokesman for the village's popular committee, told Quds Press that the child Obada Breijiyeh managed to ride an IOF armored vehicle,...

[uruknet.info] The price of intellectual resistanc
Uruknet April 14, 2012 - On the 7th November 2011, founder of the Palestinian Cultural Enlightenment (Tanwer) and lecturer at the An- Najah University, Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq, was arrested from his home at two o'clock in the morning. Dr. Yousef is in his 70's and his health has suffered from mental strain and poor prison conditions....

[uruknet.info] Official: 1,600 Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike
Uruknet April 14, 2012 -- Over 1,600 detainees in Israeli jails are due to begin a hunger-strike on April 17, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday. Issa Qaraqe, the PA prisoners affairs minister, added that factional division among the strikers is dangerous and called on detainees with different political allegiances to unite. There was reportedly a disagreement...

2 Palestinians detained in West Bank
YNet News, 15 Apr 2012 - ....

IPS threatens unprecedented punishments against striking prisoners
PIC - The Israeli prison service (IPS) has threatened unprecedented penalties and measures in the event the Palestinian prisoners went ahead in their plan of mass hunger strike.

Prisoners establish committee to supervise the hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prison of Nafha established a joint committee of all factions to manage the hunger strike in a way reflecting national unity.

Shin Bet threatens to arrest or assassinate 40 freed detainees
PIC - Yediot Ahronot website confirmed, on Saturday that Israeli intelligence has been marking the names of 40 freed detainees in the exchange deal for Shalit because they returned to resistance activities.

The Palestinian prisoners’ Day: More than 2400 captives participate in a hunger
PIC - The director of Ahrar Center, Fouad Khuffash said that more than 2400 captives in the Zionist occupation's prisons will participate in the open hunger strike that will start on the 17th April.

11-year-old child beaten in pro-prisoner march
Mondoweiss - link to www.palestine-info.co.uk '--> And other news from Today in Palestine: Israeli occupation forces severely beat an 11-year-old child while participating in a peaceful march in Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, on Friday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. link to www.palestine-info.co.uk Land Theft & Destruction / Refugees...

Welcome to Palestine: ’Even prisoners are allowed visits’
Robert Naiman, Al Jazeera.com 4/14/2012
      Even Jews can be barred by Israel from travelling to Bethlehem - for the thought crime of supporting Palestinian rights.
     Washington, DC - What difference will it make to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank when the world meets their demands for freedom and self-determination?
     One difference it will make: like other peoples of the world, the Palestinians will get to decide who they can invite to visit them.
     Right now, if you, as a citizen of the United States, Canada, or Europe, decide that you want to visit Bethlehem, a Palestinian city in the West Bank - the same Bethlehem that Christians believe to be the birthplace of Jesus - you have two ways to begin your journey. You can fly to Israel, and cross the 1967 border to the West Bank. Or you can fly to Jordan, and cross to the West Bank over one of the bridges. But whichever way you go, you cannot pass to Bethlehem without the permission of the Netanyahu government, which controls all paths you can take to Bethlehem.
     If you are a Likud supporter, flying into the Israeli airport should present no problem. But if you are a supporter of Palestinian rights, the Netanyahu government could stop you from going to Bethlehem on purely political grounds - even if you have never committed any crime and have no intention of ever committing one, even if you have never attended a Palestinian protest in the West Bank and have no intention of attending one. You could be barred by the Netanyahu government from going to Bethlehem simply for the thought crime of supporting Palestinian human rights.
     Indeed, even Jews from the US can be barred by the Netanyahu government from travelling to Bethlehem for the thought crime of supporting Palestinian rights.
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1600 Detainees To Declare Hunger-Strike on April 17
IMEMC - 1600 Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, declared they will be starting an open-ended hunger strike on April 17th in protest to their illegal detention, and demanding basic rights. ...

Official: 1,600 prisoners to go on hunger strike
4/14/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Over 1,600 detainees in Israeli jails are due to begin a hunger-strike on April 17, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday. Issa Qaraqe, the PA prisoners affairs minister, added that factional division among the strikers is dangerous and called on detainees with different political allegiances to unite. There was reportedly a....

Sources: Egypt detains PRC members in Sinai
4/14/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Security services in the Sinai peninsula believe three Palestinians seized on Friday after entering Egypt are militants linked to the Popular Resistance Committees. The men, residents of Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip, were arrested after coming into Egypt via underground tunnels to purchase weapons from an Egyptian middleman, security officials....

West Bank NGO: Eight Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike
Ha'aretz - 14 Apr 2012

1600 Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 14 Apr 2012 - Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, DFLP, prisoners demanding end to Israel's administrative detention; Fatah prisoners yet to join strike.

World Muslim scholars, resistance factions call for day of hunger strike
PIC - The union of world Muslim scholars and Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza have called for a single day hunger strike on Monday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.

Sit-in planned in Moscow in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
PIC - Russian youth groups plan a sit-in rally in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in "Krasnopresnenskaya Zastava" square in Moscow on Saturday to mark the Palestinian prisoners' day.

11-year-old child beaten in pro-prisoners march
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) severely beat an 11-year-old child while participating in a peaceful march in Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, on Friday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.

Jerusalemite MP discusses issue of prisoners with Egyptian ambassador
PIC - Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Attoun, who was banished to Ramallah by the IOA, discussed with Egyptian Ambassador to Ramallah Yasser Othman the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Israel is paranoid about pro-Palestinian activists
Gideon Levy, Ha’aretz 4/12/2012
      Israel will not stand idly by as thousands of activists prepare to arrive on Sunday; it will not miss an opportunity to look ridiculous in the eyes of the world.
     And with what shall we frighten the Israeli public in advance of the seventh day of Passover? How will we provide the dose of fear to which it has long since become addicted? After a week of a quiet and safe vacation, we have to find something, after all. The Iranian threat has entered a negotiations freeze, terror is quiet, even the Grad missiles have diminished in number, there is no mass plague on the horizon and even the circumstances of the attack against the Jew in Kiev have not become sufficiently clear.
     But Israel has not been abandoned, and the Israeli mind finally hit on something: the pro-Palestinian fly-in "provocation," as it has already been called. The minister of public security is convening feverish consultations, the airlines have received the "blacklist" prepared in advance by the omniscient security networks, the crime reporter - of course this is about crime, what else? - has already been sent to Ben-Gurion International Airport to greet the looming danger.
     Israel is prepared for D-Day this coming Sunday. They say 2,500 activists will land in Israel and sow great fear. Although the crime reporter explained to the nation that the activists do not plan to bear arms or resort to violence, still, when it comes to danger, to terror, to scare-mongering, the forces are already prepared for the big day. The last time, about a year ago, it ended with 127 detainees who were immediately expelled, as they deserved, and the danger was nipped in the bud.
     The intentions of the organizers - a visit to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people, a trip directly from Ben-Gurion to Bethlehem without any violent intent - were immediately blurred and replaced with the usual Israeli accusation: terror and delegitimization. As we accuse any peace lover or human rights activist. -- See also: Source: Ha'aretz
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Hunger-striking prisoners moved to hospital, isolation
4/13/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --Four Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are in an Israeli prison hospital and another two have been moved to solitary confinement, a rights group said Friday. Thaer Halahla, 33, Bilal Thiab, 27, Hasan as-Safadi, 34, and Amro Abu Shalal, 54, are in Ramla prison hospital, the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for.... Related: 42 days of hunger strike: Take action to save Hassan Safady from dying in administrative detention

Egyptian security detains 3 Palestinians
4/13/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces detained three Palestinians who entered the Sinai through tunnels from Gaza, a security official said Friday. The unidentified Palestinians were caught in a police and army ambush in Beir al-Abed, where a car carrying the three was spotted, the security official said. Egypt believes the three were....

[uruknet.info] Call for international action: Show your support on Palestinian Prisoners day
Uruknet April 12, 2012 - This week International Solidarity Movement is calling for international solidarity in the run up to Palestinian Prisoners Day on the 17th April. The Palestinian prisoners struggle needs immediate international attention as Israel's treatment of prisoners under a military judicial system starkly violates international law and fundamental human rights. According to Addammer there...

Palestinians welcome Tunisian President’s support for Palestinian captives
PIC - Riad Ashkar, researcher in prisoners' affairs, has welcomed the Tunisian president Mohamed Moncef Marzouki's decision of hosting an international conference in support of Palestinian prisoners.

Eleven Palestinian Political Detainees Continue their Hunger Strike
IMEMC - Eleven Palestinian political prisoners continued on Thursday their hunger strike, Palestinian human rights groups reported. According to the report two of them Thaer Halahla and Bilal Thiyab have entered on Thursday their 45th day of hunger strike. ...

Ministries agree financial support for ex-detainees
4/12/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has agreed to give financial support to prisoners detained by Israel before the Oslo Accords, an official said Thursday. The Oslo Accords led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994. The Ministry of Detainee Affairs and the Finance Ministry have agreed that former detainees who....

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike: The Struggle for Freedom, for Justice, for Palestine Continues
Uruknet April 12, 2012 - In messages to the Palestinian people and the free people of the world, Palestinian administrative detainee Ja'far Izz Iddin called for more support and solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, particularly with administrative detainees, until they are all free. Determined to continue his open-ended hunger strike, Izz Iddin said that he will not...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Border Police Violently Attack Palestinians and Internationals in Hebron
Uruknet April 11, 2012 - Twelve were detained and Three were injured after Israeli forces attacked participants of the Bilin Conference on the Popular Struggle who toured Hebron. Israeli Border Police officers attacked a group of Palestinians and Internationals who participated in the 7th International Bilin Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle this afternoon. The incident took...

8 Palestinian detainees continue their hunger strike
PIC - A Palestinian human rights organization confirmed that 8 Palestinian detainees in the occupation prisons continue their open hunger strike to protest administrative detention..

Specialists warn of forcing genetic tests on detainees
PIC - Specialists have warned, during a seminar organized by Ministry of Prisoners Affairs on Wednesday, of the seriousness of DNA testing that the occupation authorities have forced on prisoners.

Life of Abu Hadid in danger in Israeli detention
PIC - The life of 60-year-old Hussein Abu Hadid is in danger in Israeli administrative custody. He has been in Ramle prison hospital since his arrest last month.

Hamas urges the media to cover the prisoners’ hunger strike
PIC - Hamas has urged the world media to cover the Palestinian prisoners’ open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails out of concern with such a humanitarian case.

11 detained after Hebron conference
4/12/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians and four internationals in the southern West Bank on Wednesday after a conference on popular struggle, witnesses said. They said three people were injured in the incident outside the Ibrahimi Mosque following an altercation between the participants after a nearby conference and Israeli settlers. Rateb Abu....

Call for international action: Show your support on Palestinian Prisoners day
4/11/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 12 April 2012, International Solidarity Movement - This week International Solidarity Movement is calling for international solidarity in the run up to Palestinian Prisoners Day on the 17th April.   The Palestinian prisoners struggle needs immediate international attention as Israel's treatment of prisoners under a military judicial system starkly violates international law and fundamental human....

Israeli Border Police violently attack Palestinians and Int'ls in Hebron
4/11/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Abir Kopty, 11 April 2012, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Twelve were detained and Three were injured after Israeli forces attacked participants of the Bili'n Conference on the Popular Struggle who toured Hebron. Israeli Border Police officers attacked a group of Palestinians and Internationals who participated in the 7th International Bil'in....

Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike movement, NGO says
Ha'aretz - 11 Apr 2012

Dozens wounded, arrested in IOF quelling of Bilin conference
PIC - Dozens of local and foreign activists were either wounded or detained when Israeli occupation forces cracked down on participants in the 7th international Bilin conference near the Ibrahimi mosque.

Barghouthi hunger strike starts Thursday
PIC - Abdullah Al-Barghouthi, who is serving the highest sentence in Israeli prisons, has announced that he would start his hunger strike on Thursday demanding an end to his isolation.

Dozens rally in support of Palestinian female prisoners
PIC - Dozens of Palestinian and foreign solidarity activists and relatives of prisoners rallied in front of the Israeli Sharon jail on Wednesday demanding the release of all Palestinian female detainees.

Bahar calls to intensify pressures on occupation to get detained MPs released
PIC - Deputy Speaker of the PLC, Dr. Ahmed Bahar, called for intensifying pressures on the occupation government to release of the detained MPs whose detention has been continuously extended.

Resheq calls for widespread solidarity with captives next Tuesday
PIC - Ezzat al-Resheq, member of the Political Bureau of Hamas, today called for activities next Tuesday in Solidarity with the Palestinian captives in the occupation's prisons.

Captives Studies criticizes barring hunger-strikers from seeing lawyers
PIC - Captives' Studies Center warned of the danger of preventing the lawyers from visiting the striking prisoners by the Zionist prison administration..

And International Conference to Support the Palestinian Detainees
PIC - It was announced, on Monday in Ministry of Prisoners headquarters, the launch of an international conference to support the Palestinian prisoners..

Palestinian prisoners announce their demands before going on hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have announced that they intend to go on hunger strike after one week and defined their demands.

MPs: Hunger strikers in serious condition
PIC - Hamas MPs in Ramallah and El-Bireh have held the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) and its prison service responsible for the life of Palestinian hunger strikers.

Friends of Humanity demands freedom for Palestinian journalists
PIC - The Friends of Humanity organization has called on the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) to release seven Palestinian reporters held in its prisons.

Qaraqe: PA not involved in Shalabi deportation
4/9/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority was not involved in the decision to deport Hana Shalabi to the Gaza Strip, Prisoners Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe said Monday."We have been always against deporting any detainee away from his home and we refuse to legalize it and it is indeed a war crime but Hana....

Jafaar Izz al-Din: 19th days of Hunger strike
PIC - The family of detainee Jaafar Izz al-Din, who has been on hunger strike for 19 days running, warned that their son is in a critical health condition in light of the prison management's indifference.

Barghouthi to go on hunger strike
PIC - Qassam Brigades commander Abdullah Al-Barghouthi is to a start an open hunger strike at dawn Thursday protesting his continued isolation in Israeli jails, liberated prisoner Ahlam Al-Tamimi said.

Three Egyptian Detainees Declare Hunger-Strike
IMEMC - Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported Saturday that three Egyptian political prisoners, held by Israel at the Nafha prison, declared an open-ended hunger-strike demanding their release. ...

Ashrawi 'concerned by assaults on free expression'
4/8/2012 - RAMALAH (Ma'an) -- Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi expressed concern on Sunday about recent assaults on Palestinian free speech." Freedom of expression and access to information is enshrined in the basic principles of the Palestinian Basic Law. . . it is unacceptable to detain journalists, bloggers or Palestinian activists,"the official, who is also head of....

Palestinian prisoners call for mass hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 8 Apr 2012 - Hamas leaders called for operatives to kidnap Israeli soldiers to force the release of Palestinian prisoners.

[uruknet.info] Official statistics reveal that Israel still detains 190 Palestinian children
Uruknet April 7, 2012 - The Bureau of Statistics at the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities are still detaining nearly 190 Palestinian children, "in circumstances that are similar to those under which adults are detained, in terms of location, cruelty and inhuman treatment, as well as poor nutrition and health...

Shalabi: Lawyer pushed me into accepting banishment deal
PIC - Liberated prisoner Hana’a Shalabi, who was deported to Gaza Strip, said that the lawyer of the Palestinian prisoner’s society had pushed her into accepting that deal.

Hunger-striking prisoner moved to Israeli hospital
4/7/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities transferred a Palestinian detainee on hunger strike to Ramla hospital on Friday, relatives said. Hasan al-Safadi has been on hunger strike for 33 days, his sister Um Jamal told Ma'an. She said al-Safadi was taken to hospital after he fainted in prison, where he is....

PA: Detainees injured in prison raid
4/7/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Several Palestinian detainees were lightly injured when Israeli forces carried out room raids in Eshel prison on Saturday, a Palestinian Authority report said. The ministry of prisoners affairs said an elite Israeli unit raided several sections of the Beersheba prison....

Minister says world responsible for Palestinian prisoners
4/7/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- In the aftermath of a UN summit on Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, the Palestinian Prisoners Minister said Saturday that the international community is responsible for prisoners' rights." The entire world, as well as the United Nations, are responsible for protecting Palestinian prisoners. . . deprived of their basic rights as stated....

Hamas hangs three Gaza prisoners
AlJazeera 7 Apr 2012 - Palestinian convicted of collaborating with Israel and two men deemed complicit in murder executed in Gaza City.

Hunger striker taken to hospital
PIC - Detainee Bilal Diyab, who has been on hunger strike for 39 days protesting his detention in an Israeli jail without charge, has been rushed to Ramle prison hospital after deterioration of his health.

Three Egyptian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jail
PIC - Three Egyptian prisoners in the Israeli prison of Nafha have gone on open hunger strike demanding their release.

IOA imposes sanctions on prisoners for their solidarity with colleagues
PIC - Attorney Jawad Boulos said that Israeli guards in Gilboa jail have recently repressed and imposed fines and penalties on the prisoners for their solidarity with fellow prisoners on hunger strike.

Palestinian held over Hebron home sale to settlers
4/6/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man suspected of selling property to Israeli settlers in Hebron was detained by the national security forces following Wednesday's evacuation of a building near the Old City. Israeli police evicted 15 settlers in the two-story structure which they said they had bought from a Palestinian. Security officials....

[uruknet.info] Israel has murdered more political opponents than apartheid South Africa ever judicially executed
Uruknet April 6, 2012 - This week the United Nations held an international meeting in Geneva on the question of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention facilities. Professor John Dugard presented on the status of Palestinians who engage in resistance against Israeli oppression. Former Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian...

Nafha prison administration transfers captive Al-Saidi
PIC - Riad Ashkar said that the Zionist prison administration transferred captive Awad Zaki Mohamed Al-Saidi to an unknown destination after assaulting a Zionist prison guard at Nafha prison.

Prisoner 'attacks guard' in Nafha jail
4/5/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee on Thursday attacked and lightly injured a guard at Nafha jail in southern Israel, the Israeli prison service said. A prisoner cut a guard in the face with a sharp object in the prison yard, Israel's Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told Ma'an. The....

Amnesty: 4 men face execution in Gaza
4/5/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian men are on death row in the Gaza Strip and could face execution at any time, an urgent report from Amnesty International said Thursday. The group identified Mohammed Baraka as one of the detainees who recently lost his appeal. Three other men have also had their appeals rejected recently....

Opinion: What Marwan Barghouti really means to Palestinians
4/5/2012 - By Ramzy Baroud - Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a "large-scale popular resistance" which would "serve the cause of our people." The message was widely disseminated as it coincided with Land Day, an event that has unified Palestinians since March 1976. Its meaning has....

UN committee hears proposals on the issue of Palestinian political prisoners
Relief Web 4 Apr 2012 - Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 4 April 2012 – The head of a United Nations committee on Palestinian rights said today that it had heard the indignation of the world concerning the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in...

[uruknet.info] Report on routine detention of children in Beit Ommar
Uruknet April 5, 2012 - The Palestine Solidarity Project reported today that Yousef Abu Hashem, a 19-year-old Palestinian from the southern West Bank village of Beit Ommar, was released from Israeli prison after he was arrested six months ago by Israeli soldiers. PSP stated: He was arrested in October 2011, in the middle of the night by...

[uruknet.info] Hunger-Striking Detainee Moved To Hospital
Uruknet April 4, 2012 - Head of the Legal Unit at the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Jawad Boulos, stated that detainee Omar Abu Shallal, 55, was moved to Ar-Ramla Prison Hospital, after being on hunger-strike for 28 days protesting his illegal administrative detention. Boulos visited Abu Shallal on Tuesday, and stated that the striking detainee suffered a...

[uruknet.info] What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians
Uruknet April 4, 2012 - Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a 'large-scale popular resistance' which would 'serve the cause of our people.' The message was widely disseminated as it coincided with Land Day, an event that has unified Palestinians since March 1976. Its meaning has...

Palestinians: Soldiers stole jewelry during raid
YNet News, 5 Apr 2012 - Qaddum residents say valuable jewelry items stolen from home; 20 locals, including two policemen, detained in raid ....

The occupation continues to detain 190 Palestinian children
PIC - The Statistics department at the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Prisoners Affairs showed that the occupation authorities are still detaining nearly one hundred ninety-Palestinian children.

12 Detainees are continuing their Open Hunger Strike in the Occupation Prisons
PIC - Twelve detainees in the occupation prisons are continuing their open hunger strike, ten of them are protesting administrative detention, one is demanding to be treated as a war prisoner..

Occupation forces storm Nafha prison and assault captives
PIC - The Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs reported in an urgent statement, Thursday, that Awadh al-Saidi attacked a jailer, in retaliation to the flagrant assault on the two leaders al-Sayed and Abu al-Hija,

800 thousand Palestinian have been arrested by Zionist enemy since 1967
PIC - Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Qaddura Fares, revealed that the Zionist occupation forces arrested since 1967 until today, nearly 800 thousand Palestinians.

Extension of administrative detention of Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq for the second time
Tanwer, International Solidarity Movement 4/1/2012
      Human beings are born free, but we are surrounded by restrictions everywhere. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
     Today on the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day, which confirms for our people the unity and integrity of our case, the unity of its land, and the right of return and self-determination, the Israeli military court has extended administrative detention for two more months and for the second time of the human rights lawyer Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq, 70, a lecturer at An-Najah National University and the Cultural Coordinator Forum of the Palestinian Cultural Enlightenment (Tanwer). He is currently detained in Ofer prison near the city of Ramallah.
     Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq has been arrested since 7/11/2011, when he was taken from his home at two o’clock in the morning while suffering from illness. With his health and medical condition, he was transferred to a hospital immediately after his arrest to Ramle. He was sentenced to two months in administrative detention initially.
     The arbitrarily administrative detention is legally incompatible with the most basic international standards of human rights, because it is without any specific charge against the prisoner. It also depends on the police file and secret evidence which cannot be seen by the detainee or defense lawyers. This file is prepared by the Israeli intelligence service with the intelligence information compiled in different illegal ways.
     This type of detention is internationally banned not only for the specific category of the Palestinian people but internationally. It has been extended to include the arrests of lawmakers in the Palestinian Legislative Council, members of local councils, university students, political activists, academics, trade unionists and also women and children. -- See also: Tanwer (Arabic)
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What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians
Dissident Voice: 5 Apr 2012 - Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a “large-scale popular resistance” which would “serve the cause of our people.” The message was widely disseminated as it coincided with Land Day, an event that has unified Palestinians since March 1976. Its meaning has morphed through the years to represent the collective grievances shared by most Palestinians, including dispossession from their land as a result of Israeli occupation. Barghouti is also a unifying figure among Palestinians. Even at the height of the Hamas-Fatah clashes in 2007, he insisted on unity and shunned factionalism. It is no secret that Barghouti is still a very popular figure in Fatah, to the displeasure of various Fatah leaders, not least Mahmoud Abbas, who heads both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah. Throughout its indirect prisoners exchange talks with Israel, Hamas insisted on Barghouti’s release. Israel, which had...more

Lawyer: 3rd hunger-striker hospitalized in Israeli jail
4/4/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee who has been on hunger strike for 28 days was moved to Israel's Ramla prison hospital, a lawyer said Wednesday. Omar Abu Shalal, 55, from Nablus, has refused food for four weeks in protest over his detention without charge, Prisoner Society lawyer Jawwad Boulous told Ma....

Israeli forces detain 15 in West Bank overnight
4/4/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinians overnight Tuesday during raids on the central and southern West Bank, the army said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said 10 people were detained in the Hebron district and five from villages around Ramallah. Four people were detained in Beit Ummar, near Hebron, she said. Beit Ummar....

[uruknet.info] Marwan Barghouti is Palestinians' Hope
Uruknet April 3, 2012 - After a Land Day (March 30) statement in which Marwan Barghouti called on Palestinians to launch a popular resistance campaign against Israel's occupation of Palestinian land, the popular Palestinian leader (who was already in prison) was placed in solitary confinement. To ignore his warning is the wrong decision, one that can prove...

Captives on hunger strike transferred to solitary
PIC - As a punishment for his hunger strike, the Prison Administration transferred him two days ago from the Zionist Megiddo Prison to solitary confinement and fined him NIS 1,000 for each day of strike.

The Transfer of a Third Hunger Striker to Hospital after his Health Deteriorated
PIC - Head of the Legal Unit at the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS),Lawyer Jawad Boulos, confirmed that the detainee Omar Abu Shallal, 55, has been on hunger strike for 28 days..

What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians?
Ramzy Baroud, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 4/4/2012
      Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a “large-scale popular resistance” which would “serve the cause of our people.”
     The message was widely disseminated as it coincided with Land Day, an event that has unified Palestinians since March 1976. Its meaning has morphed through the years to represent the collective grievances shared by most Palestinians, including dispossession from their land as a result of Israeli occupation.
     Barghouti is also a unifying figure among Palestinians. Even at the height of the Hamas-Fatah clashes in 2007, he insisted on unity and shunned factionalism. It is no secret that Barghouti is still a very popular figure in Fatah, to the displeasure of various Fatah leaders, not least Mahmoud Abbas, who heads both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah.. Throughout its indirect prisoners exchange talks with Israel, Hamas insisted on Barghouti’s release. Israel, which had officially charged and imprisoned Barghouti in 2004 for five alleged counts of murder – but more likely because of his leading role in the Second Palestinian Intifada - insisted otherwise.
     Israel held onto Barghouti largely because of his broad appeal among Palestinians. In late 2009, he told Milan-based Corriere Della Sera that “the main issue topping his agenda currently is achieving unity between rival Palestinian factions” (as quoted in Haaretz, November 25, 2009). More, he claimed that following a unity deal he would be ready to submit candidacy for Palestinian presidency. Barghouti, is, of course, still in prison. Although a unity deal has been signed, it is yet to be actualized.
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What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Apr 2012 - By Ramzy Baroud Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a 'large-scale popular resistance' which would 'serve the cause of our people.' The message was widely disseminated as it coincided with Land Day, an event that has unified Palestinians since March 1976. Its meaning has morphed through the years to represent the collective grievances shared by most Palestinians, including dispossession from their land as a result of Israeli occupation. Barghouti is also a unifying figure among Palestinians. Even at the height of the Hamas-Fatah clashes in 2007, he insisted on unity and shunned factionalism. It is no secret that Barghouti is still a very popular figure in Fatah, to the displeasure of various Fatah leaders, not least Mahmoud Abbas, who heads both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah.. Throughout its indirect prisoners exchange talks with Israel, Hamas insisted on Barghouti’s release....more

HRW: PA detains another man over Facebook post
4/3/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police on Monday detained Jamal Hlaihel over a Facebook post deemed critical of the government, Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday. Hlaihel is the fourth Palestinian to be arrested recently for criticizing the Ramallah-based government. Two journalists and a university lecturer were also detained for newspaper articles and Facebook posts....

Palestinian detainee in Gaza deportation deal should be released to West Bank
Relief Web 2 Apr 2012 - Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory A deal that led to Palestinian Hana Shalabi halting her hunger strike and facing transfer to the Gaza Strip for a three year period could amount to a forcible deportation, Amnesty International said. Shalabi,...

[uruknet.info] Hana Shalabi: Not Quite Free at Last
Uruknet April 2, 2012 - After ignoring her entire hunger striking ordeal, her lawless detention, and weeks of Israeli ruthlessness, The New York Times finally acknowledged she exists, but little more. On April 1, The Times headlined "Israel Frees Palestinian Detainee After Hunger Strike of Weeks," saying: Hana "was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday and...

Shalabi's mother: Hana was subjected to harassment during her Strike
PIC - The freed detainee Hana Shalabi's mother appealed on Monday to all international institutions and Egypt, as a mediator, to demand the return of her deported daughter from Gaza to her home in Burkin.

Palestinian prisoners in four Israeli prisons on hunger strike
PIC - The ministry of prisoners said that Palestinian prisoners in four Israeli jails are going on a single day hunger strike on Tuesday as part of their protest steps against violation of rights.

Abbas Assayed threatens to go on hunger strike to end his isolation
PIC - Abbas Assayed, a detained commander of the Qassam Brigades, has threatened to go on hunger strike if the Israeli occupation authority decided to renew his isolation.

Three detained upon attempt to retrieve a Palestinian house in Hebron
IMEMC - Three people from Hebron have been detained on Monday after a group of 20 Palestinian and international activists attempted to retrieve a Palestinian house that was forcibly occupied by Israeli military and settlers in the old city of Hebron. ...

Shin Bet: 13 detained over shooting attack
4/2/2012 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israel's internal security service says a Palestinian Authority intelligence officer and two Red Crescent employees are among 13 people detained on suspicion of trying to attack Israeli soldiers, Israeli media reported Monday. The Shin Bet service says 13 residents of Amari refugee camp have been arrested over....

Jailing of journalists 'not based on security complaint'
4/2/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The recent detentions of three Palestinian journalists in the West Bank are not based on security complaints but legal charges filed by individuals, the spokesman of the West Bank security services said Sunday." The Palestinian Authority's security services have no security-related problem with any journalist," Adnan Dmeiri told Ma.... Related: Palestinian court grants bail to detained journalist

Palestinian court grants bail to detained journalist
4/2/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian magistrate court ruled on Monday to release a journalist jailed for a week over his report in the Jordanian press, on bail of 5,000 Jordanian dinars. Yousef al-Shayeb will be freed while investigation of the case is ongoing, the court said. On Wednesday a Palestinian court extended his remand.... Related: Jailing of journalists 'not based on security complaint'

Israeli forces evacuate Hebron sit-in to protest settler move
4/2/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians on Sunday, after evacuating activists from a building in Hebron's Old City, the Israeli army said. Youth against Settlements activist Tamer al-Atrash said a group of 30 organized a sit-in at the building belonging to the Women's Society in Hebron, near the.... Related: Palestinian family loses court fight for Shepherd Hotel and Israel orders settlers to vacate Hebron home

Haniyeh: Shalabi 'broke the will of her warden'
4/2/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh said Monday that he would protest Israel's decision to deport Palestinian prisoners in international and Arab courts. Former hunger-striker Hana Shalabi, who arrived in Gaza on Sunday, was the latest prisoner to be deported by Israel under the terms of her release. Shalabi, who.... Related: Shalabi: I am not a deportee, but among Gaza family

France warns activists against West Bank trip
4/2/2012 - PARIS (Reuters) -- France urged pro-Palestinian activists, who plan to visit Bethlehem this month in solidarity with residents of the occupied West Bank, to avoid joining the operation given there was a high risk of being detained or turned back by Israeli authorities. About 1,200 Palestinian supporters throughout Europe have bought plane tickets for the visit....

Hamas: PA detained 79 members in March
4/2/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Monday accused the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority of detaining 79 members in the West Bank during March. Some 32 former prisoners of Israel were among those detained by PA forces, as well as 14 university students, Hamas said in a statement. Another 50 Hamas affiliates were summoned by PA.... Related: Hamas students: Members detained ahead of election campaign

Israel puts Fatah's Marwan Barghouti in solitary confinement
The Guardian 2 Apr 2012 - Jailed Palestinian punished over statement calling for 'large-scale popular resistance' Israel has placed a high-profile Palestinian prisoner in solitary confinement for a week after he called for a new wave of civil resistance, the Prisons Authority...

[uruknet.info] Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti sanctioned for peaceful resistance' appeal
Uruknet April 2, 2012 - Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has been punished by Israeli prison authorities after launching an appeal for "peaceful resistance," public radio said late Sunday. Barghouti, a former secretary general of the Fatah party led by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, was put in solitary confinement without saying how long the sanctions would be...

[uruknet.info] The situation of Palestinian prisoners deteriorates further
Uruknet April 2, 2012 - The Palestinian Prisoner Society has said that female prisoners in Israel's Hasharon Prison are suffering from difficult, and deteriorating, medical and living conditions which cannot be tolerated. Israel, claims the society, is now mixing Jewish criminal prisoners with Palestinian political detainees to the extent that only a plastic door separates the two...

[uruknet.info] 61 Palestinian Detainees Injured In Nafha
Uruknet April 1, 2012 - The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees reported Sunday that 61 Palestinian political prisoners, held at the Nafha Israeli detention camp in the Negev Desert, were injured after the army attacked them in order to extract DNA samples from them. Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', stated that dozens of soldiers and prison guards attacked...

Haneyya calls on Egypt to restrain Israeli targeting of Palestinian prisoners
PIC - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya has called on Egypt, in its capacity as the patron of the prisoners’ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, to pressure Israel into abiding by articles of the deal.

Khafsh: My cell is like a grave
PIC - Detainee Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of the Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies, described his isolation cell in the Israeli Megiddo jail as a grave.

In pictures: Gaza welcomes Hana Shalabi
Mondoweiss - Following a weekly sit-in by the families of Palestinian political prisons inside Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), hundreds rallied outside to welcome former administrative detainee and hunger striker Hana Shalabi to Gaza. (Photo: Joe Catron) (Photo: Joe Catron) Shalabi, age 30, was exiled...

Administrative Detention Must Stop
Arab Association for Human Rights, Alternative Information Center 3/29/2012
      The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) condemns the continual use of administrative detention against Palestinian political leaders and reminds that such policy constitutes a form of arbitrary detention devoid of the most basic standards of due process of law.
     The HRA is particularly concerned about the health conditions of Prisoner Hana Shalabi who began her hunger strike on 15 February. She has spent 43 days without food in protest against her administrative detention that can be renewed without limit as well as the inhumane and degrading treatment that she suffered during interrogation.
     On Sunday 25 March 2012, the Israeli Military Court rejected Hana Shalabi’s appeal despite her deteriorating health conditions. The HRA holds the Israeli government fully accountable for the life of Prisoner Hana Shalabi and asserts that hunger strike is a legitimate means of struggle to end this arbitrary detention. The Association highlights that the policy of administrative detention violates the laws of universal human rights and rules of fair trial as recognized in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Furthermore, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in its Concluding Observations (9 March 2012), called on Israel to end the use of administrative detention, as it “constitutes arbitrary detention under international human rights law”.
     The Arab Association for Human Rights denounces the current practice of administrative detention under which 309 Palestinians are detained. The Association de mands that the international community, particularly the United Nations and European Union, act quickly to protect Prisoner Hana Shalbi’s life and urge the Israeli authorities to release her immediately or bring her before the court respecting the internationally recognized due process of law. [end] -- See also: Arab Association for Human Rights - HRA
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Palestinian detainee sent to Gaza
BBC 2 Apr 2012 - A Palestinian woman prisoner who had been on hunger strike for more than 40 days is released by the Israeli authorities and exiled to Gaza.

61 Detainees Injured In Nafha
IMEMC - The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees reported Sunday that 61 Palestinian political prisoners, held at the Nafha Israeli detention camp in the Negev Desert, were injured after the army attacked them in order to extract DNA samples from them. ...

Ministry: Prisoners injured after refusing DNA test
4/1/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Prisoners Ministry said that Israeli prison authorities stormed jail cells of Palestinian prisoners on Sunday morning, leaving 61 injured. The raid in Israel's Nafha jail came after prisoners refused to give DNA samples, the ministry said. Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said every prisoner has....

AG sees 'no problem' with journalist's arrest
4/2/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority attorney general on Sunday defended his arrest of a newspaper reporter and vowed the PA had "no problem" detaining journalists accused of breaking the law. Ahmad al-Maghni told reporters that Yousef al-Shayeb's report on corruption in the foreign ministry, published in January, "was an affront to.... Related: Palestinian arrested over Facebook comments and IFJ: Detained reporter 'has no case to answer'

PA frees journalist after questioning
4/2/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority freed journalist Tareq Khamis after questioning him late Sunday, a spokesman for the PA security forces told Ma'an. Adnan Dmeiri said the reporter for Zaman press was detained in al-Bireh and brought in for questioning in connection with the case of Ismat Abdul Khaliq, another person....

Shalabi to be deported to Gaza 'within hours'
4/1/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The PA ministry of prisoners affairs said in a statement on Sunday that Israel will deport Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi to the Gaza Strip "within hours." The statement said Shalabi's parents and other relatives would not be allowed to see her before she is deported. Shalabi, from Jenin, ended.... Related: Hana Shalabi arrives in Gaza

Land Day Roundup: 1 Dead, Dozens Injured
Alternative Information Center - Israel’s massive deployment of police and army on Palestinian Land Day resulted in harsh clashes with demonstrators, one dead in Gaza and dozens of injured and detained in Jerusalem and Qalandiya.

Israel deports Islamic Jihad hunger striker to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2012 - Shalabi, a Palestinian prisoner, carried out hunger strike to protest her administrative detention without charges or trial.

[uruknet.info] Third Intifada: Barghouti's Manifesto
Uruknet March 31, 2012 - Marwan Barghouti has spoken up. After a long silence, he has sent a message from prison. In Israeli ears, this message does not sound pleasant. But for Palestinians, and for Arabs in general, it makes sense. His message may well become the new program of the Palestinian liberation movement. I first met...

[uruknet.info] Marwan Barghouti: A Decade of Defiance
Uruknet March 31, 2012 - Despite spending the past 10 years in prison, Marwan Barghouti remains at the forefront of the Palestinian liberation movement. In mid-April 2002, Israeli occupation forces invaded Palestinian cities under Operation Defensive Shield. The Israeli government at the time was after Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who managed to disappear for three weeks before...

Israel sends Palestinian ex-hunger striker to Gaza
Daily Star 1 Apr 2012 Israel deported a Palestinian woman prisoner who spent 43 days on hunger strike to the Gaza Strip, under a deal that has been criticised by Palestinians.

Palestinians, leftists barricade themselves inside Hebron house
YNet News, 1 Apr 2012 - Group protests entrance of settlers into Machpelah House, two detained by police forces. Likud ministers to decide fate of disputed house on Monday ....

Shalabi arrives in Gaza
PIC - Released Palestinian detainee Hana’a Shalabi arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon via the Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing.

IOA to exile Shalabi to Gaza without seeing her parents
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is to exile detainee Hana’a Shalabi to Gaza Strip on Sunday after a deal by which the administrative detainee would be freed and banished.

Israeli jailers storm Nafha prison, wound 61 prisoners
PIC - Israeli jailers stormed the desert prison of Nafha on Sunday and wounded 61 Palestinian prisoners, prisoners said in a leaked message.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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