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Rights group: Israeli forces raid Ashkelon prison
6/30/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided Ashkelon prison on Thursday and attacked Palestinian detainees, a rights group said. Palestinian detainees had protested the prison administration's decision to close a section of the jail to bring criminal prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said. The Nahshon and Metzada units of the Israeli Prison....

Popular resistance movement calls for release of Sheikh Raed Salah
6/30/2011 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- The Popular Resistance movement in the Gaza Strip called Thursday for the immediate release of Sheikh Raed Salah, who was detained in London Tuesday evening. The movement labeled the detention a continuation of the "Zionist war" against all Palestinians, calling on international organizations to work for his release. British authorities say....

Israel continues arrest campaign in Azzun
6/30/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday detained three Palestinians in Azzun in the northern West Bank, witnesses said. Locals identified the detainees as Kathem Mufeed Radwan, 18, Useid Yaser Salim, 22, and Ala Samir Salim, 20. An Israeli military spokeswoman was not immediately aware of the arrests but said she would look into....

Bardawil: Resistance forces dictate prisoner exchange conditions
PIC - 29/06/2011 - 02:42 PM

IOF troops storm homes of liberated prisoners, round up child among others
PIC - 29/06/2011 - 07:27 PM

We also have feelings
An interview with Qadura Fares, Bitterlemons 6/27/2011
      bitterlemons: Can you please describe the state of Palestinian prisoners today?
     Fares: Right now, there are 5,500 prisoners distributed throughout 22 prisons and detention centers. Most of these prisons are located in Israel. One hundred and forty prisoners have been in jail more than 20 years. Forty prisoners have been in jail more than 25 years. Four have spent more than 30 years in jail.
     About 700 prisoners are ill with various types of sicknesses, among them cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, or were injured when they were outside and are now paralyzed or have some other type of handicap. There are 36 women in prison and about 300 children between the ages of 10 and 17.
     Their conditions are very difficult, as, for example, no rights bodies are allowed to visit them in prison. Two months ago alone, a delegation from the Israeli lawyers union was allowed to carry out some visits and they reported that the living conditions were inhuman. This is an Israel organization [that said this].
     Also, Israel uses torture in its interrogations. According to one study, as much as 95 percent of prisoners have been exposed to torture of one type or another. Numerous times, military units have entered the prison cell blocks and used tear gas, even though the gas canisters are marked with a warning that they should not be used in an enclosed area. Still Israel uses them against prisoners in their cells. At any time, special forces might enter the prison and use beatings [against the prisoners] in a surprise search.
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Detainee families to protest in Ramallah
6/29/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Families of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails and activists are planning a protest at Red Cross offices in Ramallah in solidarity with detainees on Wednesday. The conditions of Palestinian detainees have been deteriorating, with an increase in the number of those in solidarity confinement, enforced strip searches and humiliation, the detainees....

Google chairman warns of censorship after Arab Spring
Palestine Note 29 Jun 2011 - BBC News- Speaking at a conference in Ireland, Eric Schmidt said some governments wanted to regulate the internet the way they regulated television. He also said he feared his colleagues faced a mounting risk of occasional arrest and torture in...

UK detains Palestinian-Israeli leader Salah
AlJazeera 29 Jun 2011 - Leader of Islamic Movement in Israel detained during speaking tour to Britain for breaching alleged travel ban.

Israel to crack down on Hamas prisoners' contact with Gaza leadership
Ha'aretz - New move comes as government steps up effort to toughen conditions of Palestinian security prisoners.

Britain accused of collaborating with Israel over Salah arrest
The Guardian 29 Jun 2011 - Arab Israelis and Palestinians say arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah in London is 'strange' and 'illegitimate', and call for his release Arab Israelis and Palestinians have accused the British government of collaborating with Israel in detaining...

Italian Photographer Captures Suffering of Palestinian Female Prisoners, Tells True Story to the World
WAFA

The ‘No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza’ Canard: From massacre myopia to blockade blindness
Mondoweiss - On Monday, former IDF prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg approvingly  quoted  an excerpt from a recent anti-Gaza Flotilla  opinion piece  by Irish columnist Kevin Myers. Myers' snide commentary is full of historical revisionism, factual errors, total fabrications, racist anti-Arab and Palestinian stereotyping, and an adolescent overuse of...

Parliamentary event will go ahead despite detention of Sheikh Raed Salah
Middle East Monitor 29 Jun 2011 - Sheikh Raed Salah, Palestinian political leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel was detained by the UK Border Authority Police late Tuesday night. He was invited by the Middle East Monitor [MEMO]  and has been taking part in a speaking tour, speaking to British parliamentarians, academia...

Don't Attack Flotilla: Open Letter to Senator Kirk
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jun 2011 - (An Open Letter to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, from three constituents, responding to his call for U.S. Special Forces to attack a flotilla of ships that will sail to Gaza.) Senator Mark Kirk 524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 June 29th, 2011 Dear Senator Kirk, We are Illinois residents writing to you from Athens, Greece. Just before leaving the United States, we wrote to inform your office about our intent to sail on "The Audacity of Hope," as part of the US Boat to Gaza project. In our letters, we explained why we were traveling to Gaza. We told you of our previous experiences living among Palestinians who lack access to basic necessities, such as clean water, because of the blockade. Referring to Gaza as the world's largest open-air prison, we mentioned how hard it has been for people to rebuild after previous lethal assaults, especially the Operation...more

Army Kidnaps Several Palestinians including Legislator, Journalist, Human Rights Activist
IMEMC - Tuesday June 28, 2011 - 10:03, Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Tuesday at dawn a Palestinian legislator, the head of a center that defends the rights of Palestinian detainees and human rights and a Journalist. 11 Palestinians were kidnapped across the occupied West Bank.

Israel detains Palestinian lawmaker
6/28/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained 11 Palestinians in the West Bank including a Hamas-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a journalist. MP Nasser Abdel Jawwad was arrested in the early hours in the village of Deir Ballut near Salfit, a town nine miles south of Nablus, after troops ransacked....

Detainee's father concerned for son's health
6/28/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The father of a Palestinian detained in an Israeli prison expressed concern for his son's health, a prisoners' center reported. Haitham Salhiya's father learned from released detainees that his son was put in solitary confinement in a cell the size of a small mattress for....

Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians in Azzun
6/28/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma-an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained five Palestinians from the northern West Bank town of Azzun after ransacking their homes, witnesses said. Locals said troops raided the town at around 1 a. m. They identified those detained as Samir Sahir Shelo, 13, Ahmad Basim Shbeita, 17, Othman Samir Shelo, 22, Muath Bilal Sweidan, 19....

Protesters urge Abbas to appoint prisoner in new government
6/28/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Spokesman for Palestinian deportees Fahmi Kanaan on Monday urged President Mahmoud Abbas to appoint a detainee as a minister in the upcoming unity government. Kanaan called for the appointment during a speech delivered at a protest organized by the prisoners' society in Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza City. The....

Detainee's mother dies without seeing son
6/28/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The mother of a Palestinian detainee died Tuesday without seeing her son for many years, a rights group said. A prisoners' association said the dying wish of 80-year-old Wadhah Daamsa was to see her son Yahya. Yahya Daamsa, 40, is sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment plus 40....

IOF soldiers detain MP, human rights activists in fresh campaign of arrests
PIC - 28/06/2011 - 08:46 AM

IOF soldiers quell peaceful march, detain 10 participants
PIC - 28/06/2011 - 09:49 AM

IOA isolates oldest serving prisoner in the world
PIC - 28/06/2011 - 10:25 AM

Qassam Brigades: Pro-Shalit statement ignores suffering of Palestinian prisoners
PIC - The joint statement by Israeli and Palestinian rights groups urging Hamas to release Gilad Shalit ignores the suffering of thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, Hamas’s armed wing said.

Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike en masse
PIC - More than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have decided to go on a single day hunger strike on 3rd of July to protest the IOA repressive policy against them.

More than third of Palestinian prisoners denied visitation rights
PIC - Prisoner affairs expert Abdul-Nasser Farwana has said that more than a third of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons have been denied the right to family visits.

Israel said to be clamping down on Hamas prisoners
6/28/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has moved several of its Hamas prisoners to solitary confinement, media reported on Sunday three days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to make their conditions harsher. Internet news site Ynet said that "at least seven senior Hamas operatives" had been transferred. Netanyahu said on Thursday that as the Palestinian Islamist movement.... Related: Hamas prisoners stage hunger strike

Hamas prisoners stage hunger strike
6/28/2011 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Hamas prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Monday began a hunger strike to protest after seven of their number were put in solitary confinement, a minister told AFP. Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian Authority minister for prisoner affairs, confirmed a 24-hour hunger strike had begun during the morning but could not confirm.... Related: Israel said to be clamping down on Hamas prisoners

PA condemns Israel for targeting prisoners
6/27/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's decision to toughen conditions of Palestinian prisoners constitutes violation of human rights and international conventions on rights of war prisoners, the Palestinian Authority said Monday. Its decision amounts to collective punishment and all countries must abide by international conventions at all times, the PA said in a statement....

Israel detains Palestinian terror cell suspected of planning attacks in Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - Security forces expose new terror cell belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that allegedly planned terror attacks, abduction of Israeli soldier.

Israel Prisons Service: Hamas prisoners abandon hunger strike despite threat
Ha'aretz - IPS reports that all Hamas prisoners ate breakfast on Monday; sources involved in Palestinian prisoner affairs, however, say hunger strike is being held at Hadarim prison.

'Palestinian prisoners aren’t hunger-striking'
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2011 - Following prisoners' plan to go on hunger strike, prison authority says no inmates refused meals; MK: "Prisoners can strike as much as they like."

[uruknet.info] Israel Toughening Conditions for Palestinian Detainees
Uruknet June 27, 2011 - On June 24, Haaretz writers Barak Ravid and Revital Hoval headlined, "Netanyahu: Israel to toughen conditions for Palestinian prisoners," saying: On June 23, Netanyahu announced plans "to toughen the conditions of Palestinian security prisoners," meaning all of them wanting Palestine to be free, yet few committed crimes warranting imprisonment. During his Jerusalem Israeli Presidential...

[uruknet.info] Report: Israel uses over 100 forms of mental and physical torture against Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet June 27, 2011 -A human rights centre concerned with the Occupied Palestinian Territories has stated that Israeli forces use more than one hundred mental and physical torture techniques against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, and are "continuing to constantly develop its suppressive techniques against them." In a report released on Sunday, June 26, in commemoration of International Day...

IOF soldiers detain 8 Palestinians including children
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up five Palestinian citizens at dawn Monday and three children on Sunday in various West Bank areas, locals reported.

Imprisoned Hamas officials isolated on political decision
PIC - The several senior Hamas prisoners recently transferred to solitary confinement have been informed by the prisons that orders to move them were made on a political level in the Israeli government.

IOF re-arrest a freed Hamas captive who already served 25 years
PIC - Israeli occupation authorities arrested Monday Hamas’s Mohammed Mansour Hamdan, 51, from his home in Bala’a north of Tulkarem city in the West Bank, the Ahrar prisoner studies center.

Abu Marzouk: We rejected the Israeli conditions for a prisoner-exchange deal
PIC - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk has said that his movement had rejected Israeli occupation conditions for a prisoner-exchange deal which was adopted and tabled by the German mediator.

'How The West Was Won' - A Song For Shaker Aamer
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Jun 2011 - By Sarah Gillespie - London Over a year ago I went to see Andy Worthington and Polly Nash's brilliant documentary 'Outside the Law, Stories from Guantánamo'. I wrote a paper about it here . It is the kind of film you can’t shake off. It leaves you with a lingering sense of what it might mean to be arbitrarily captured, tortured, humiliated and left without any plausible hope of reprieve. It evokes the cataclysmic trauma and despair, the heavy grief of all those stolen years. One British resident still flounders in this zone of no jurisdiction. He is Shaker Aarmer. There is no legal reason for his continued incarceration. He has never been charged with a crime and there is no reliable evidence against him. After seeing Andy and Polly’s film I was haunted by Aamer’s plight, by the suffering of his wife who still lives in Battersea where she has...more

Rights group wants inquiry into detainee's death
6/27/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Center for Human Rights has called upon the government in Gaza to seriously investigate the death of Ibrahim Akram al-Aa'raj, 45, who died Saturday in police custody. Al-Aa'raj died at the Abu Oraiban police station in Nussairat camp, the rights group said noting that it....

Analysts: Shalit compared to 6,000 Palestinian prisoners
6/26/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- As Israel marks the fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit's detention, analysts say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to compare the soldier to 6,000 Palestinian prisoners. Netanyahu announced Thursday that he had instructed Israel's prison service to toughen conditions for Palestinian detainees to pressure Hamas to release....

PRC vows to capture more Israeli soldiers
6/26/2011 - GAZA (Ma'an)-- The Salah Ad-Din brigades, armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, has warned of capturing more Israeli soldiers to swap them for prisoners. The brigades said in a statement Sunday that "capturing soldiers is an option and priority in the current and coming stage as long as there is a Palestinian....

On International Day Against Torture: Israel Must Immediately End Use of Solitary Confinement of Prisoners
Relief Web 26 Jun 2011 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory Today, 26 June 2011, to mark the International Day Against Torture, Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights have released a new position...

Israel escalates harsh measures against Palestinian prisoners
26 Jun 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)-Ahrar center for prisoners studies reported that Israeli authorities deploy harsh measures to torture Palestinian prisoners physically and psychologically inside their jails in order to get confessions during the investigation.

Hamas prisoners to go on hunger strike after Israel places top officials in isolation
Ha'aretz - Palestinian prisoners to protest transfer of at least seven senior Hamas officials to solitary confinement, one of which suffers from serious health problems, according to Hamas.

Father slams Netanyahu for prisoner swap failure
Daily Star 26 Jun 2011 Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians protested Saturday against the continued detention of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Palestinian militants on June 25, 2006.

Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike
YNet News, 26 Jun 2011 - Hamas operatives who are imprisoned in Israel have announced that they will go on a 24-hour hunger strike starting Monday, in protest against Prime Minister Benjamin ... ....

Ahrar: Deferring release of Sheikh Yousef outrageous
PIC - The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights condemned as outrageous the Israeli prison service’s decision to defer the release of Hamas MP Sheikh Hassan Yousef.

Center: Israel developed over 100 torture methods against Palestinian prisoners
PIC - The Center for Prisoners’ Studies has revealed that Israel security forces has developed more than a hundred mental and physical torture methods designed to elicit confessions from Palestinians.

Abu Zuhri: Netanyahu is lying
PIC - Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, A Hamas spokesman, said that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that he accepted the German mediator’s prisoner exchange offer and Hamas didn’t was a lie.

Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails to go on a single day hunger strike
PIC - 26/06/2011 - 08:40 AM

Israel Uses over 100 Methods to Torture Palestinian Prisoners
WAFA

Jerusalem's Parliamentarians - Fact Sheet
Middle East Monitor 26 Jun 2011 - Palestinian Parliament members Detained at the Red Cross in Jerusalem On July 1st 2010 four democratically elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council sought refuge in the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jerusalem. Muhammed Abu Teir, Ahmad Attoun, Muhammed Totah and...

3 arrested at Beit Ummer rally
6/25/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israel's army detained three protesters at a rally near Hebron on Saturday, activists said. Two Swedish women and a Palestinian activist were detained in Beit Ummar, said Yousef Abu Maria, a spokesman for the local popular committee in the village near Hebron. A protester, Anas Maswadeh, was injured by.... Related: Israeli forces arrest three in Beit Ommar demonstration

PRC: Netanyahu stalled Shalit's release
6/26/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's Popular Resistance Committee on Saturday blamed Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to secure the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. PRC spokesman Abu Mujahid said Netanyahu was fully responsible for stalling a deal to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit. The prime minister.... Related: Israel marks 5 years since soldier Shalit's capture

PA police detain 34 at Allenby crossing
6/25/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained 34 people wanted on criminal charges at the Allenby border crossing during the past week, while facilitating the travel of 35,000 people, police said. Crossing officials said that 15,987 passengers entered the West Bank and 18,800 left for Jordan via the crossing this week. Forty-one Palestinians....

Zahar: No current talks for Schalit's release being held
Jerusalem Post 25 Jun 2011 - Senior Hamas official says kidnapped IDF soldier will not be released as long as Israel holds Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas: No Schalit release before Palestinian prisoners
Jerusalem Post 25 Jun 2011 - Group blames PM's "intransigence" for lack of deal; Hamas releases video comparing Schalit to Ron Arad, displays "old" Schalit in prison cell.

[uruknet.info] Silwan: 1 arrested after hit by Israeli jeep
Uruknet June 24, 2011 - - Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian from Silwan after hitting him with a military Jeep. Local witnesses said the Israeli military detained Ali Sabri Abu Diab, 15, from Silwan, for unknown reasons. Israeli forces also raided a solidarity sit-in tent in Silwan after Friday afternoon prayers which lead to confrontations between the police...

IOA blocks visits to prisoners after relatives refuse strip search
PIC - The IOA refused to allow relatives of prisoners to visit them because they refused to be strip searched at roadblocks leading to Shatta and Megiddo jails.

Hamas: Only a prisoner swap can release Shalit
PIC - Hamas has reiterated that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit would only be released in a prisoner exchange deal, holding Benjamin Netanyahu responsible for failures in the swap.

AOHR in the UK calls on Egypt to disclose information on six Palestinian prisone
PIC - 24/06/2011 - 01:34 PM

Netanyahu To Toughen Conditions For Palestinian Detainees
IMEMC - Friday June 24, 2011 - 11:45, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will toughen conditions for Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons in response to Hamas's refusal to allow the International Red Cross access to detained Israeli captive Gilad Shalit or give proof that he is still alive.

Israel to toughen Palestinian prisoner conditions
6/24/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel would harden conditions for Palestinians in Israeli jails to pressure Hamas to release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit."I'm not going to detail the measures, but I can tell you the party's over," Netanyahu said in a speech....

Silwan: 1 arrested after hit by Israeli jeep
6/24/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian from Silwan after hitting him with a military Jeep. Local witnesses said the Israeli military detained Ali Sabri Abu Diab, 15, from Silwan, for unknown reasons. Israeli forces also raided a solidarity sit-in tent in Silwan after Friday afternoon prayers which lead to confrontations between....

No more perks for Palestinian prisoners, says Prime Minister Netanyahu
Palestine Note 24 Jun 2011 - Los Angeles Times- After Hamas rejected a call from the International Red Cross for access to Gilad Shalit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an end to perks for Hamas prisoners in Israeli prisons. Gilad Shalit was a 19- year-old corporal...

Hamas: Revoking prisoners' privileges is against int'l law
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2011 - Group responds to Netanyahu's announcement he will revoke privileges from Palestinian prisoners in bid to pressure Hamas over Schalit deal.

[uruknet.info] Israel to toughen Palestinian prisoner conditions
Uruknet June 24, 2011 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel would harden conditions for Palestinians in Israeli jails to pressure Hamas to release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. "I'm not going to detail the measures, but I can tell you the party's over," Netanyahu said in a speech at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, where...

Palestine’s Own Spring
Alain Gresh, CounterPunch 6/24/2011
      "Down With Division"
     The images of Palestinians massed at Israel's borders on 15 May represented a dream for some, and a nightmare for others. On the 63rd anniversary of the declaration of the Jewish state and of the nakba (catastrophe) for the many thousands of Palestinians expelled from their homes, demonstrators from Syria , Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza converged on the promised land. They were only a few thousand but the world wondered what would happen if millions marched peacefully to the borders and walls next time. These refugees – neglected by the PLO since the 1993 Oslo accords despite having inspired the Palestinian awakening of the 1960s – may have decided to take their future into their own hands.
     The banners in Ramallah demanded the right of all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Beirut or Amman to elect a national representative council, and a radical reform of the PLO. This could represent a new stage in the liberation struggle, and Israel's brutal response on 15 May, killing 14 unarmed Palestinians, shows how worried its leaders are. It is this new aspiration of ordinary Palestinians after the Arab uprisings, overlooked by both Hamas and Fatah, which has pushed the rivals to end their long quarrel and agree an accord, ratified in Cairo on 4 May by representatives of 13 Palestinian factions. It anticipates the formation of a government of technocrats or independents; the liberation of prisoners from both sides held in Gaza and the West Bank; presidential and legislative elections within one year; reform of the PLO; and the merging of the security forces on a strictly professional basis. Priority is given to reconstructing Gaza, which remains under Israeli blockade.
     Unsurprisingly, the agreement was quickly rejected by Israel, with its prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, telling Fatah to choose between peace and Hamas. He did not mention that for months Israeli officials had justified their reluctance to agree an accord with Mahmoud Abbas (head of the Palestinian Authority and leader of Fatah) on the grounds that he only represented half the Palestinians....
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8 detained by Israeli forces in overnight raids
6/23/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) --A young Palestinian from Madama village south of Nablus was one of eight detained during overnight raids Thursday morning, the Israeli military said. Head of the Madama village council Ihab Al-Qit said soldiers detained Asadallah Wajih Al-Qit, 21, after raiding his house in the village. The other seven have not yet....

Red lights across district in memory of prisoners
6/23/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Traffic will grind to a halt as traffic lights switch to red for five minutes at noon on Thursday across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to a call by the Prisoners Center for Studies. The action is in support of all ill and aging Palestinian detainees in Israeli....

Fatah-Hamas Discuss Release of Political Prisoners While Mutual Repression Continues
Alternative Information Center - Although the scheduled meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashal in the matter of establishing a Palestinian unity government was recently cancelled over disagreement on the identity of a new Palestinian prime minister, talks between Fatah...

After five years of Shalit deal impasse, diplomatic moves bring no good news
Ha'aretz - Sources involved in the talks say despite extremist positions voiced by both sides, the outlines of the deal have long been known: the release, in two phases, of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit.

Netanyahu: Israel to toughen conditions of Palestinian prisoners
Ha'aretz - Prime minister announces that Israel will stop giving benefits to terrorists such as enrollment in academic studies, says 'the celebration is over'; Noam Shalit responds to Netanyahu, expresses doubt Israel will manage to pressure Hamas to release Gilad.

Hamas rejects Red Cross demand to prove Shalit is alive
Ha'aretz - Hamas spokesman says the aid group should focus on ending the suffering of Palestinian prisoners instead of getting 'involved in Israeli security games' to reach the captured IDF soldier.

Israel retaliates after Hamas rejects Shalit visit
Daily Star 23 Jun 2011 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he will withhold privileges from Palestinian prisoners because Hamas has rejected a Red Cross appeal to visit a long-held Israeli soldier.

Rights group: Israel’s minor prisoners must be given broader attention
PIC - The inhumane conditions of Palestinian minors held in Israeli prisons must be given broader attention, said the Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights.

4 on hunger strike in Israel's Ramon prison
6/22/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Ramallah Prisoners Society said Wednesday that four Palestinians detained in Israel's Ramon prison had begun a hunger strike earlier in the week, demanding to be let out of their cells. The strike, which was said to have begun Saturday, was initiated after prison guards in Ramon had refused....

Detainee marks 32 years in Israeli prison
6/22/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Prisoners Affairs in Gaza marked Wednesday the 32nd year in prison of a Ramallah native, commenting in a statement that Fakhri Asfour Al-Barghouti, at 57, is the second oldest Palestinian in Israeli custody. Al-Barghoughi was detained in 1978 and sentenced to a life term in prison, on....

Presence with a splash of tea is recipe for detainment
6/22/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 19 June 2011, International Solidarity Movement - On Sunday June 19th, six International Solidarity Movement activists from the United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Germany, and Sweden were illegally arrested by the Israeli military after attending a demonstration against the construction on confiscated land belonging to the Palestinian village, Deir Qaddis. Apart from numerous Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists....

IOF troops round up head of Jerusalemite prisoners committee, others
PIC - 22/06/2011 - 01:57 PM

Waed calls on Merkel, Sarkozy to see fair release of 7,000 Palestinians
PIC - The Waed prisoner society in Gaza has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to help see the release of 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.

Open letter to Gaddafi supporter Cynthia McKinney from disappointed Palestinians
Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Bil'in, West Bank protesting in support of the Libyan opposition movement Dearest Cynthia McKinney, Two years ago, you spoke out against Israel’s human rights abuses in Palestine. You were even put in an Israeli prison after your attempts to help deliver medical supplies and...

The Battle Lines are Drawn
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Intifada-Palestine 6/21/2011
      Israel’s UN ambassador met with major American Jewish organizations telling them to work hard to ensure there will not be passage of any votes on Palestine at the UN. Presidernt Obama met with 80 influential Jewish donors (who each gave $25-35,000 to attend the private dinner with the President) and Obama assured them that the US has iron-clad commitment to Israel. He stated to them that any differences with the current Israeli government are not about goals and strategies but merely minor tactical differences among close friends and allies. Money and weapons will keep flowing and American lives will continue to be threatened and shed for this Zionist cash. Fatah and Hamas are dragging their feet and have yet to follow on their promises of putting together a unity “authority” (although the term is misleading as there is no authority under occupation) let alone allowing for a constitution of a representative Palestinian National Council (the main demand of the Palestinian people).
     Israeli apartheid system continues its ethnic cleansing. Last week dozens of structures for poor Bedouins were demolished rendering nearly 100 homeless. The apartheid Knesset is debating new racist laws to punish free speech and any NGOs that do not accept apartheid/refuse to acknowledge the Jewish nature of the state. The apartheid regime continues to hold thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and continues to deny basic human rights (like the right to return to one’s home and land or the right to travel free in one’s country). Further, the despotic regimes in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco and elsewhere continue to torture, kill, and imprison their citizens who dare call for democracy. Greece is being threatened about its loans unless it joins the US/Israel to stop the freedom flotilla. Turkey’s elections consolidated power in the ruling party which now felt a bit freer (or so we are told) to bend to US/Israel pressure to a) stop the Freedom Flotilla II, and b) drop its demand for an apology and for lifting the siege on Gaza (after the execution of 9 Turkish passengers in International waters last year.
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Labor party rocked by fraud allegations, frontrunner sails on
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine 6/22/2011
      It’s probably hard to tell from outside certain Israeli circles, but the withering Labor party has been making some considerable noise over its approaching primaries campaign. With nearly as many serious contenders for the leadership as there are Labor members in the Knesset (eight), the competition has always had a rather moribund feel to it. Now, with Channel 2 exposing that at least 10 percent of registered party members are also registered members of rival parties Kadima and Likud, and many more did not know they have joined a party, the plot is taking a distinct lurch toward the macabre.
     Last night, Channel 2’s Amit Segal reported that him and his researchers sifted through over 23,000 membership forms – about half of the 50,000 new members the party boasted to have registered ahead of the primaries. His findings were dire: about 2,300 of those have registered to several parties at once – an offense punishable by a year in prison; dozens of voters in the Palestinian minority in Israel were registered through the head of a family or a clan, with his phone number on all their membership forms; profoundly suspicious patterns (in the township of Houra, for example, 10 people voted for Labor in the last elections, but over 110 joined the party ranks this year); and many of those he called to inquire why they joined the Labor party said they signed something they didn’t understand, while others still thought he was calling them with a job offer.
     None of this should come as a surprise. Labor, after all, is the farcical recurring of the tragedy of Mapai, the mega-party that ruled the state for its first three decades (boasting, alongside occasionally effective but deeply racist development drives, the Nakba, the military regime, the Suez crisis, the Occupation, and practically every endemic social wrong that has plagued Israel ever since, from the pact with the ultra-Orthodox parties through the discrimination of Mizrahim and the military cult). Wholesale registration of loyal Arab-Israeli clans, in particular, is as Labor as Rabin and Ben Gurion, as Hillel Cohen relates in exasperating detail in Good Arabs. What’s slightly bewildering is why call through all this bother for a party heading for an inevitable and overdue collapse, barring some injection of new blood in the shape of the slightly sinister National Left movement.
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63% Of Israeli Public Support Mass Prisoner Exchange For Gilad Shalit
IMEMC - Tuesday June 21, 2011 - 16:19, A poll released today by the Rafi Smith polling company on behalf of the campaign to release Gilad Shalit and published in Haaretz newspaper shows that a majority of the Israeli public, 63%, believes 1,000 Palestinian prisoners should be swapped in a prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit.

63% of Israelis back swap deal to free Shalit
6/21/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Nearly two-thirds of Israelis back a prisoner exchange deal which would see 1,000 Palestinian inmates released in order to free captured soldier Gilad Shalit, a poll showed on Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute and published in Haaretz newspaper, asked respondents if they would back such a deal even if....

[uruknet.info] Detaining Palestinian Children
Uruknet June 20, 2011 - Last month, a 13-year-old boy from a small village in the occupied West Bank woke up to the sound of loud banging on the front door of his family home - it was 3:00 am. Omar's father answered the door and found heavily armed Israeli soldiers waiting outside. The soldiers asked for the family's...

1500 sick Palestinian detainees refuse to take medicine in protest step
PIC - 21/06/2011 - 09:42 AM

Ministry asks UN to see release of Gazans held under ‘unlawful combatant law'
PIC - The Gaza prisoner affairs ministry has called on the UN to intervene as Israel has refused to release six Gazans whose prison terms have ended using an unlawful combatant law.

Egypt revolution party seeks prisoner trade-off with Israel
PIC - Waed Society for Prisoners said that it agreed with the Egypt based Palestine Studies Center and the Egyptian revolution youth to seek a prisoner exchange with Israel..

14 Year Old Palestinian Boy Detained By Israeli Military In Husan
IMEMC - Monday June 20, 2011 - 12:53, Wafa news site reports that Israeli soldiers have abducted a Palestinian minor from the town of Hasan near Bethlehem.

The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center: a Case Study
PNN - By Alessandra Bajec - The idea of having an organization designed to offer appropriate and comprehensive assistance to victims of torture in the Palestinian territories is crucially necessary in the context of...

Poll: Majority of Israelis support release of 1000 Palestinian prisoners for Shalit
Ha'aretz - 63% of Israeli Jews support swap for Shalit's return which would include prisoners that have committed murder.

[uruknet.info] The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center: a Case Study
Uruknet June 20, 2011 - The idea of having an organization designed to offer appropriate and comprehensive assistance to victims of torture in the Palestinian territories is crucially necessary in the context of the ongoing violations committed by Israel under the Occupation. This is particularly true where torture, organized violence, and other human rights abuses are perpetrated amid a...

PM mulls Palestinian prisoners' conditions
YNet News, 20 Jun 2011 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering worsening the incarceration conditions of Palestinian prisoners, Jerusalem officials told Ynet Monday. The officials ... ....

Ahrar: Release of WB political prisoners must not be subject to Cairo meet
PIC - 20/06/2011 - 11:37 AM

Asqalan Prison’s Administration Isolates Sick Palestinian Prisoner in Need of Heart Surgery
WAFA

Israeli forces shoot, injure man near Qalqiliya
6/19/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a young man near a military base east of Qalqiliya on Sunday afternoon, accusing the man of running at soldiers with a knife. Eyewitnesses said the man was shot and detained by soldiers. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the man, identified by Palestinian officials as 22....

Report: 4 settler teens detained for arson, vandalism
6/19/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The lawyer of four young settlers is blaming the education of the teenagers for their alleged acts of vandalism and arson targeting Palestinians, the daily news site Ynet reported on Sunday. The four, three said to be minors and a fourth only 20-years-old, were detained on suspicion they....

Israel bans Palestinian female prisoner from seeing her family
19 Jun 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)-According to the Palestinian Prisoners Committee (Hosam), Israeli authorities banned a Palestinian female prisoner, Wafa Samir Al-Bas,27, from seeing her relatives or calling them.

Israeli investigators assault minor in bid to elicit confession
PIC - Israeli investigators in Etzion severely assaulted a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from Hussam near Bethlehem in order to elicit a confession, the Palestinian Prisoner Society has reported.

Qassam fighters mark eight days since hunger strike
PIC - Islam Hamed and Atef al-Salihi have marked day eight in a hunger strike designed to protest their transfer to criminal prison facilities and inhumane prison conditions.

Relatives of political detainees stage sit-in
PIC - 19/06/2011 - 09:14 AM

Prisoner affairs ministry warns against prison internet hype
PIC - 19/06/2011 - 09:54 AM

Egypt negotiates for release of Israeli soldier captured five years ago
IMEMC - Sunday June 19, 2011 - 03:27, An Egyptian official told Israeli reporters Saturday that there are active negotiations taking place with Palestinian resistance groups for the potential release of the Palestinians' only Israeli prisoner, a soldier captured five years ago in Gaza – but added that Israel's continued obstinance in the negotiation process could lead to the soldier's disappearance.

25 Detainees Facing Death Due To The Lack Of Medical Attention
IMEMC - Saturday June 18, 2011 - 09:26, 25 Palestinian political prisoners in the Al Ramla Israeli detention facility are facing imminent death due to illegal Israeli policies that deprive the detainees from their right to medical treatment.

Israel wants freed prisoners sent to Gaza
6/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel is objecting to the release of dozens of Palestinian prisoners with life sentences to their homes in the occupied West Bank in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier, Ma'an has learned. Under a new proposal to arrange a prisoner swap of hundreds of Palestinian detainees in exchange for....

PA police detain 24 at Allenby crossing
6/18/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces detained 24 people wanted on criminal charges at the Allenby border crossing during the week, police said. Crossings officials said 14,824 passengers entered the West Bank and 20,841 left for Jordan via the crossing this week. Ten Palestinians left for medical care in Jordan, officials said in....

Report: New initiative to free captives
6/18/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Germany, France and Egypt are jointly proposing a new initiative to free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and an Israeli soldier held since 2006, Israeli media reported Saturday....

Kadima MK and Former Palestinian Minister for Prisoner Affairs Debate Tuesday in Beer Sheva
PNN - Beer Sheva – PNN – At an event held Tuesday at Beer Sheva’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Kadima Knesset member Yoel Hasson and the journalist and former Palestinian Authority Minister for...

[uruknet.info] 25 Palestinian Detainees Facing Death Due To The Lack Of Medical Attention
Uruknet June 18, 2011 - 25 Palestinian political prisoners in the Al Ramla Israeli detention facility are facing imminent death due to illegal Israeli policies that deprive the detainees from their right to medical treatment. The sick detainees are at the Al Ramla prison hospital, a small medical facility that lacks basic medications and medical equipment, and are facing...

[uruknet.info] European Union expresses concern over persecution of West Bank protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi
Uruknet June 17, 2011 - EU representative to UN Human Rights Council stated on Tuesday that "The rights of Israeli and Palestinian Human Rights Defenders protesting peacefully [...] are severely curtailed", mentioning Tamimi's case explicitly. The European Union expressed its concern last Tuesday that Palestinian "human rights defenders continue to be detained for their non violent protests", specifically mentioning the...

International campaign demands firm measures to halt Israeli abduction of MPs
PIC - The international campaign to release detained lawmakers addressed urgent messages to speakers of world parliaments asking for their immediate intervention to stop Israel from re-arresting MPs.

Israel’s Systematic Ill Treatment and Punishment of Palestinian Children
Gerard Horton, Editor, Palestine Note 6/16/2011
      Last month, a 13-year-old boy from a small village in the occupied West Bank woke up to the sound of loud banging on the front door of his family home - it was 3:00 am. Omar’s father answered the door and found heavily armed Israeli soldiers waiting outside. The soldiers asked for the family’s ID cards and then informed Omar’s father that they were taking his son, but without saying why or where. Omar was blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back before being led outside to a waiting military vehicle and driven off into the night.
     Omar was taken to the settlement of Ari’el. He was interrogated by two policemen and accused of throwing stones at settlers near his village. He denied the accusation but after several hours of interrogation, in which he was punched and slapped, he confessed. What happened to Omar is not unusual.
     This month marks the 44th anniversary since the start of Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territory - an occupation in which arrest and detention are common. According to the UN, since June 1967 well over 700,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in military courts. One leading Israeli NGO described these courts as ‘operating since the beginning of the occupation under virtually an absolute veil of darkness.’
     A number of Israeli and Palestinian organisations have attempted to shed more light on what exactly is going on under this military regime since the publication of Yesh Din’s report in 2007. One organisation, Defence for Children International, focuses on children such as Omar, who is just one of around 700 minors, some as young as 12 years, prosecuted in military courts each year. Based on hundreds of sworn testimonies, a picture of systematic ill-treatment and punishment is emerging.
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The forthcoming Gaza flotilla: heroism vs violent intransigence?
Richard Lightbown, Redress 6/19/2011
      ”No Nobel Peace Laureate will be able to disguise the guilt if more Israeli hoods batter more human rights workers. No selectively edited whitewash report, with of without endorsement from professors of international law, will be able to conceal the truth this time from the people of the world.”
     After he returned from his ordeal on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Fiachra O’Luain, the second mate on the Challenger I, was asked if he would go again to break the siege of Gaza. He replied “yes ... and again, and again”.
     Many of the survivors of the flotilla will be on the next one, due to sail for Gaza towards the end of June. Called Stay Human, it will commemorate Vittorio Arrigoni who gave his life (as did 10 activists on the Mavi Marmara: nine dead and one in a coma) for justice and human rights for the Palestinian people.
     In the face of Israeli propaganda, parroted by the BBC and other mainstream media, we should hold fast to the truth that these people are prepared to face. All of the survivors of the previous flotilla were maltreated and humiliated. Many of them were beaten, tasered by electric stun guns, attacked with stun grenades and tear gas, deprived of food and water and subjected, by terrorists in the employ of the state of Israel, to treatment described by a United Nations Fact-Finding Mission as tantamount to torture. Many suffered injury from deliberately over-tightened handcuffs. Several had their passports stolen (for use in who-knows-what future outrage by Mossad criminals), all cameras, mobile phones and computers were illegally seized and many lost large sums of money: plundered in individual acts of piracy by members of one of the world’s most criminal and immoral armies. All of the victims experienced first-hand the ruthless contempt for human dignity that the Zionist state considers its right.
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Ex Israeli Soldier, Eden Aberjil, will not face Charges for Controversial Pictures
IMEMC - Friday June 17, 2011 - 11:38, Israeli Deputy State Prosecuter, Shai Nitzan, has judged that the state will not take proceedings against Israeli military soldier, Eden Aberjil, over photographs posted on Aberjil’s Facebook page in which she poses next to handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees.

Qaraqe: Prisoners' Health Conditions Reach Catastrophic Levels
PNN - Ramallah - PNN - Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, stated on Friday that the health conditions of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli military detention facilities have reached a critical level....

Abu al-Suabah calls for enabling captives to sit GCSE exams
PIC - Minister of Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs called on human rights organisations to intervene to enable Palestinian captives in Israeli occupation jails to sit the GCSE exams..

Families of political prisoners in PA jails protest in al-Khalil
PIC - Families of political prisoners in PA jails on Thursday afternoon held a sit in in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil at the city centre.

Death hangs over 25 captives in Ramlah prison
PIC - Families of sick Palestinian captives in the Ramlah prison have called for bringing their issue to the fore, especially that occupation prison authorities deliberately neglects their medical needs.

Detainees Torch Mattresses In Protest To Detaining Mother
IMEMC - Thursday June 16, 2011 - 06:27, Palestinian political detainees at the Israeli Eshil detention center torched their mattresses in protest to detaining a mother of one of them under the pretext of carrying “unpermitted luggage” for her detained son.

Another Hamas leader detained by Israeli forces
6/17/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) --Samir Al-Qadi, elected Palestinian legislator with the Hamas bloc, was taken from his home during a military raid on Thursday morning. The official, who had been detained and kept under administrative detention without charge from 2006-2009, was taken from his home in the village of Surif, northwest of Hebron in....

Detaining Palestinian Children
Palestine Note 16 Jun 2011 - Lawyer Gerard Horton from Defence for Children International describes a pattern of abuse Gerard Horton - Last month, a 13-year-old boy from a small village in the occupied West Bank woke up to the sound of loud banging on the...

European Union expresses concern over persecution of West Bank protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi
6/16/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - EU representative to UN Human Rights Council stated on Tuesday that "The rights of Israeli and Palestinian Human Rights Defenders protesting peacefully [. . . ] are severely curtailed", mentioning Tamimi's case explicitly. The European Union expressed its concern last Tuesday that Palestinian "human rights defenders continue to be detained for their non.... Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and Full Statement

Eichel prisoners go on hunger strike
16 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Palestinian prisoners in Israeli Eichel detention announced Thursday a hunger strike to protest illegal policy by the Israeli prison administration.

Israel detains Palestinian legislator in Hebron
16 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Thursday a Palestinian legislator from his house in the West of Hebron.

10 Palestinians detained from West Bank overnight
6/15/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians overnight, security officials and witnesses said. Palestinian officials said five were detained in the north after soldiers entered the villages of Beit Dajan and Einabus and carried out house-to-house searches. Local sources told Ma'an that soldiers entered both villages at 2:30 a. m....

Egyptian police seize Gaza arms dealers
6/15/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian police in the northern Sinai said officers had arresteda ring of Palestinian arms dealers on Wednesday who were preparing bring a shipment of automatic weapons, flak jackets and night vision goggles into Gaza. An Egyptian fixer working alongside the three arms dealers was also detained, director of the Sinai....

Report: Palestinian prisoners in Israel use Facebook
6/15/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Trying to show that Palestinian prisoners in Israel's custody enjoy VIP treatment, the Israeli daily Maariv published Wednesday a report by Amit Cohen who monitored the Facebook accounts of some prisoners. Maariv says that a Hamas-affiliated prisoner, Haytham Battat, uploaded on his Facebook page three weeks ago a short....

Israeli police arrest 4 settlers in West Bank
Palestine Note 15 Jun 2011 - Ma'an- Israeli police arrested four Israeli settlers in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Monday, accusing them of "attacks on public order," a police spokeswoman said. Among those detained was a minor suspected of setting fire to Palestinian property,...

Israel detains five Palestinians in WB
15 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Five  Palestinian citizens including a lawyer were detained by Israeli forces after raiding and searching their homes in the West Bank cities of Nablus and Tubas .  

Hamas, Fatah yet to agree on PM of Palestinian gov't
Jeruslalem Post 15 Jun 2011 - Two sides reach agreement on release of political detainees held in West Bank and Gaza prisons; Abbas and Mashaal to meet, decide on PM.

Sixty prisoners moved from Olehai Kedar prison in Beer Sheva
PIC - 15/06/2011 - 09:12 AM

IOF soldiers detain 5 Palestinians including lawyer
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up five Palestinians in pre dawn raids on Wednesday including a lawyer from his home in Beit Dajan village, Nablus.

Ahrar center asks WHO to solve Gaza medicine crisis
PIC - The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) and its chairperson to swiftly intervene and solve the medicine crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian prisoners torch mattresses in protest at detaining old mother
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Eshel jail set their mattresses on fire after the administration detained the mother of one of them at the pretext she was carrying unpermitted luggage with her.

Army Attacks Political Prisoners In Qidar Prison, Four Injured
IMEMC - Wednesday June 15, 2011 - 01:01, Israel soldiers attacked on Tuesday the Qidar Prison, and violently attacked Palestinian political prisoners before transferring more than half of them to the Ramon detention facility; at least four detainees were injured.

Detention campaign continues to target political leaders
6/14/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The fifth Palestinian political leader detained since the start of May, Fatah leader in Qalqiliya Muhammad Walwil and his brother were taken from their family home before dawn on Tuesday morning. The detention followed a home raid and search which family member said took place at 3 a. m. , prompting immediate....

2 detained from Bethlehem village, families say
6/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The families of two 17-year-old Bethlehem-area residents reported their abduction by Israeli forces overnight, saying the teenagers were taken to an unknown location after home raids on Tuesday morning. An Israeli military spokesman said two Palestinians were detained overnight, one from west of Bethlehem and a second from an area....

MP Mansour says Nablus attack a message for Cairo meeting
PIC - MP Mona Mansour has called on Mahmoud Abbas to issue orders freeing all political prisoners, saying it is inconceivable that Palestinians would be held in both Israeli and Palestinian jails.

Resheq: Hamas committed to unity, seeks end to political arrests
PIC - Hamas politburo official Izzat al-Resheq said his party is determined to follow through with the reconciliation deal signed with Fatah, but the West Bank political prisoners issue must be finalized.

Security forces disrupt West Bank rally
Middle East Monitor 14 Jun 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Residents of Palestinian politicians detained in Israeli prisons yesterday staged a rally in Martyrs Square, Nablus, to demand their release. Several officials including parliamentarians joined the wives and children of the detained politicians and activists. They carried placards and shouted slogans calling for an...

PA forces shut down Hamas sit-in
6/14/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - Palestinian Authority security forces on Monday shut down a sit-in demonstration organized by Hamas affiliates in the West Bank city of Nablus. The demonstration was called to protest the Fatah-led PA's ongoing detentions of Hamas members, and to demand the release of political detainees. Protesters gathered in Nablus city....

Israeli police arrest 4 settlers in West Bank
6/13/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli police arrested four Israeli settlers in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Monday, accusing them of "attacks on public order," a police spokeswoman said. Among those detained was a minor suspected of setting fire to Palestinian property, she said, adding that police had seized various items including computers when they arrested....

Cops release 4 Yitzhar settlers detained for 'incitement'
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 - Three are suspected of incitement to violence via Hakol Hayehudi website; one is suspected of setting fire to a Palestinian field, police say.

Ahrar demands priority for release of political detainees
PIC - The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights has called on both Hamas and Fatah to give priority to the issue of political detainees rather than formation of the unity government.

IOF soldiers round up 8 citizens in Bethlehem, Golan
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained three Palestinians in the Doheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday and five others in Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Egypt arrests Mossad agent on espionage charges
PIC - Egypt has detained an Israeli man suspected of spying and trying to recruit youths to act in anti-state activities during protests that took place in Tahrir Square after the removal of Hosni Mubarak.

Hebron detainee starts hunger strike in Israeli prison
Sabr 13 Jun 2011 - HEBRON ( Ma'an ) -- A Palestinian detainee on Sunday went on hunger strike to protest his treatment by Israeli prison guards, a rights group said. Israeli forces detained Atif Wureidat in 2002. Prison authorities have transferred him more than 30 times, Hebron prisoners' association director Amjad Najjar...

Gaza prisoners complain of neglect
Sabr 12 Jun 2011 - [ 12/06/2011 - 05:20 PM ] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, ( PIC )-- The Gaza prisoners in Israeli Shatta jail castigated the Red Cross as well as Palestinian institutions concerned with prisoners for ignoring their issue. They told chairwoman of the Mandela foundation catering for prisoners lawyer Buthaina Al-Dakmak, who...

Family of Jenin prisoner appeal for urgent medical treatment
Sabr 12 Jun 2011 - [ 12/06/2011 - 05:18 PM ] JENIN, ( PIC )-- Family members of Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Abul Rub have said that their son held in the Israeli jail of Askalan was in very poor health condition and could die any moment. Sabria Abul Rub, the prisoner’s mother, said...

Women's affairs ministry condemns 'humiliating' HaSharon strip search
Sabr 12 Jun 2011 - [ 12/06/2011 - 08:35 AM ] GAZA, (PIC)-- The Gaza ministry of women's affairs has condemned the humiliating strip search of four women held in Israel's HaSharon prison. The women affairs ministry held the Israeli government responsible for what happens to the women it holds prisoner and...

Hebron detainee starts hunger strike in Israeli prison
6/12/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee on Sunday went on hunger strike to protest his treatment by Israeli prison guards, a rights group said. Israeli forces detained Atif Wureidat in 2002. Prison authorities have transferred him more than 30 times, Hebron prisoners' association director Amjad Najjar said. Wureidat has heart disease, diabetes and....

Palestinian woman detained at Jenin checkpoint
6/12/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday detained a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint near Jenin in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said. Kifah Imad Zeid, a university student, was trying to cross Umm Ar-Rayhan checkpoint into Israel with her father. Soldiers detained her and said the ID card and entry permit....

Israel army detains 3 Palestinians in southern West Bank
6/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -Israeli armed forces detained two Palestinians from Bethlehem Sunday morning and officially summoned a third to the intelligence office for interrogation. According to witnesses, seven military jeeps invaded Al-Khas village east of Bethlehem and detained 21-year-old Ahmad Naji Salman after ransacking his home. In a separate incident, Israeli forces also....

Palestinian detainee goes on hunger strike
12 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-A Palestinian detainee decided to go on a hunger strike starting from Sunday to protest Israeli refusal to provide him with medical treatment and the inhumane policy they follow to deal with patient prisoners, according to Amjad Al-Najjar, the director of the Palestinian prisoner club in Hebron.

IOF soldiers detain Palestinian young woman at roadblock, 3 others in WB
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained a Palestinian young woman at Um Al-Rihan roadblock to the west of Jenin city on Sunday morning, eyewitnesses reported.

Family of Jenin prisoner appeal for urgent medical treatment
PIC - Family members of Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Abul Rub have said that their son held in the Israeli jail of Askalan was in very poor health condition and could die any moment.

Gaza prisoners complain of neglect
PIC - The Gaza prisoners in Israeli Shatta jail castigated the Red Cross as well as Palestinian institutions concerned with prisoners for ignoring their issue.

Relatives of prisoners demand end to humiliating search
PIC - 12/06/2011 - 08:26 AM

Palestinian Prisoner Goes on Hunger Strike in Asqalan
WAFA

3 Palestinians detained by Israel in Jerusalem
11 Jun 2011 - Jerusalem, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation soldiers  detained three Palestinian youths from Jerusalem under the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli police during yesterday clashes.

[uruknet.info] Hunger strike by Palestinian detainee with untreated brain tumor enters second week
Uruknet June 10, 2011 - A Palestinian man being held in an Israeli prison has entered the second week of hunger strike after Israeli authorities refused to allow him to receive treatment for a recently-diagnosed brain tumor. According to the Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqie, the Israeli military has thus far refused a request by the Ministry to...

IOF kidnap former minister of prisoners affairs, Wasfi Qabaha
PIC - 10/06/2011 - 09:21 PM

2 Detained, Blindfolded by Israeli Military in Illegal Demolition Near Al Hadidya, Jordan Valley
Palestine Solidarity Project 11 Jun 2011 - At 3pm yesterday 2 army jeeps carrying 8 soldiers came to the home of the Oudeh family. They demanded that the family take down their tent house and their two animal shelters. The army did not present the family with a demolition order or any other...

Hunger strike by detainee with untreated brain tumor enters second week
IMEMC - Friday June 10, 2011 - 20:23, A Palestinian man being held in an Israeli prison has entered the second week of hunger strike after Israeli authorities refused to allow him to receive treatment for a recently-diagnosed brain tumor.

2 injured in Hebron anti-settlement rally
6/10/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured two Palestinians and detained two activists on Friday at a demonstration against illegal settlements near Hebron, activists said. Rateb Al-Habor, coordinator of the local committee against settlements, said dozens of Palestinian and international activists joined the peaceful rally after Friday prayers. Al-Habor said Israeli forces fired tear gas....

Hamas: PA detained affiliate
6/10/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Friday accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining a party member from Siris village near Jenin. The Islamist movement said forces from the Fatah-led PA detained Islam Abu Ali, a student at the Arab American University in Jenin. On Tuesday, Hamas said PA forces detained four party affiliates across....

Jordan's king pardons one million for criminal offences
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 - The National- Jordan's King Abdullah II has pardoned more than one million criminal offenders to mark the 12th anniversary of his accession. The pardon covers traffic violators and those who committed petty crimes, but also some detainees who took part...

Palestinian women prisoners strip-searched by Israeli special forces
Middle East Monitor 10 Jun 2011 - The Ahrar Centre for Prisoner Studies and Human Rights has reported claims that Palestinian female detainees have been strip-searched by Israeli special forces. The invasive tactic took place in HaSharon Prison a section of which was stormed by the troops in a violent fashion. Four women...

Israel extends detention of Fatah lawmaker
6/9/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel's Ofer military court extended the detention of Fatah leader Hussam Khader by 72 hours on Thursday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said. Khader is a long-time proponent of reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah,and was taken from his home at 2 a. m. on....

Hamas: Netanyahu responsible for swap deal delay
6/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq blamed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, for what he said was a delay in the release of Israeli and Palestinian prisoners in a swap deal. Citing Netanyahu's "intransigence," the official said the leader bore "full responsibility" for the continued confinement of captured....

Palestinian women stripped naked during provocative prison search
PIC - Four Palestinian women detained at the Israeli HaSharon prison were stripped naked during a humiliating and provocative cell search, those women told the Ahrar prisoner studies center.

Waed urges human rights groups to visit Israeli jails
PIC - The Waed society catering for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has called on human rights groups to visit those jails to see for themselves the medical neglect of the sick prisoners.

Families of West Bank political prisoners stage Al-Khalil sit-in
PIC - The committee of political prisoner families in the West Bank has called on the local and worldwide media to cover a sit-in the group has scheduled for noon Thursday in Al-Khalil.

'Prisoner dean' released after four and half years in administrative detention
PIC - ”The dean of administrative detainees” Ayed Dodin, 45, from Dora in Al-Khalil, was released Thursday after four and a half years in administrative detention, the Ahrar prisoner studies center said.

IOA moves detained MP & lecturer to Megiddo jail
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) moved detained Hamas MP Ahmed Al-Haj and Najah University lecture Mustafa Al-Shinar from Hawara detention center to Megiddo jail on Thursday.

Cancer kids plead to see detained fathers
6/8/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Asil is 10-years-old and suffers from leukemia. Just 40 days after she was born in the West Bank city of Hebron, her father, Jamal Qisiyeh, was detained by Israeli authorities and later sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. Palestinian Detainees Minister in the West Bank visited Asil on Wednesday in a....

Palestinian Detainee Goes on Hunger Strike: Officials Warn of an Uprising in Detention Facilities
PNN - Ramallah - PNN - Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister of Political Detainee Affairs, warned on Wednesday of an uprising that may happen by Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli military detention facilities. The Palestinian official...

Palestinian prisoners set for hunger strike as Israel denies them medical treatment
8 Jun 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - PNN - Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister of Political Detainee Affairs, warned on Wednesday of an uprising that may happen by Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli military detention facilities. ImageThe Palestinian official explained that Akram Mansour, a Palestinian political prisoner, is undergoing a hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day, in protest of the military refusal to provide...

'PA bans journalists from reporting human rights abuses'
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 - Palestinian journalists say PA forbidding to publicize findings of ICHR report on torture, arrests, arbitrary detentions by PA, Hamas.

[uruknet.info] Cancer kids plead to see detained fathers
Uruknet June 8, 2011 - - Asil is 10-years-old and suffers from leukemia. Just 40 days after she was born in the West Bank city of Hebron, her father, Jamal Qisiyeh, was detained by Israeli authorities and later sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. Palestinian Detainees Minister in the West Bank visited Asil on Wednesday in a show of support...

Palestinian prisoners in Ramon jail refuse strip search
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ramon jail have appealed to human rights groups and international organizations to immediately intervene and demand an end to strip searches forced on them.

Palestinian Report Alleges Abusisi Tortured, Suffering from Serious Illness
Tikun Olam - Hamas sources have published an account of Dirar Abusisi’s condition (Arabic) which alleges that he has been tortured by the Shabak in Eshel Prison and that he suffers from untreated kidney stones.  Among the claims made in the online article, which was published after visits to...

Hamas: PA detained 4 members in West Bank
6/7/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- In a statement, Hamas officials in the West Bank accused Palestinian Authority security forces of arresting four of the party's members and summoning several others for an appearance in front of police. The statement, issued on Tuesday, was the first accusing PA-affiliated security forces of carrying out politically-motivated arrests....

Israeli forces detain man in Jenin
6/7/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man in Jenin on Tuesday morning, after a raid on houses in the city's ancient center. Palestinian security sources said Hani Adnan Makhzoum was detained after 15 military vehicles entered the city, fired sound grenades and raided a number of houses. Also Tuesday morning....

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian legislator in Nablus
7 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces detained Tuesday at dawn a Palestinian legislator Ahmed Haj Ali from his house in al-Ein refugee camp in the west of Nablus.

Israel blockades WB, detains 3 Palestinians
7 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Tuesday three young men from  the town Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights under the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli army on Sunday when Palestinians joined peaceful rallies to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Naksa Day.

[uruknet.info] Rights group: Israel holding boy nearly blinded by IOF
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - - A human rights group has revealed that the Israel Prison Service is detaining an ill Palestinian boy left nearly blind by Israeli occupation force soldiers. The development shows that the IPS has not restricted its medical neglect policy to adult prisoners alone. Ismail Turki Mohammed Okel, 16, from the Old City of Nablus...

Qabaha criticizes Hamas's 'lax position' on West Bank political prisoners
PIC - 07/06/2011 - 08:55 AM

IOF soldiers arrest 72-year-old Hamas MP & lecturer
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the home of an elderly Hamas MP in the eastern suburb of Nablus city and detained him after blasting their way into his home.

IOA disallows lawyers visits to Palestinian detainees
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) blocked lawyers from visiting their Palestinian clients at the pretext of Jewish holidays, one of the lawyers said on Tuesday.

Mystery disease sends Shata prisoner to hospital
PIC - Prison sources said a detainee in the Israeli Shata prison in the north was transferred to Afula hospital after he was afflicted with a mysterious health condition.

Palestinian Girl, 13, Detained During Visit To Her Detained Father
IMEMC - Monday June 06, 2011 - 16:27, A 13 year old Palestinian girl has been detained during a visit to her father in a Israeli prison in the Negev Israeli detention camp.

PA: Israel detained prisoner's daughter during visit
6/6/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Guards at an Israeli prison detained a 13-year-old girl visiting her father, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said Monday. Prison guards detained Samah Majdi Musallam while she was visiting her father, who is serving a 13-year sentence in an Israeli prison in the Negev desert, the ministry....

Israel raids Tulkarem refugee camp overnight
6/6/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) --Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in a raid of Nour Ash-Shams refugee camp near Tulkarem overnight Sunday, Palestinian security sources said. Security officials identified those detained as Imad Abu Saryeh, 20, Faysal Mahmud Khaleefeh, 28, and Mahmud Abu Aisha. An Israeli military spokesman said two Palestinians were detained from the Tulkarem....

Israel detains Palestinians in WB following Naksa clashes
6 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces detained Monday a Palestinian youth after raiding his home in Deirsamt town in the south-west of Hebron.

Ukraine professors defend Palestinian engineer alleged to have conspired with Hamas
Ha'aretz - Dirar Abu Sisi vanished from a train in Ukraine in February and resurfaced days later in an Israeli prison were he awaits trial; the indictment states his professors arranged for him to attend class at a soviet military academy.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Girl, 13, Detained During Visit To Her Detained Father
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - A 13 year old Palestinian girl has been detained during a visit to her father in a Israeli prison in the Negev Israeli detention camp. The girl, Samah Majdi Musallam, was visiting her father who is serving a 13 year statement. Israeli guards at the prison accused her of trying to pass contraband to...

Rights group: Israel holding boy nearly blinded by IOF
PIC - A human rights group has revealed that the Israel Prison Service is detaining an unhealthy Palestinian boy left nearly blind by Israeli occupation force soldiers.

Israeli prison guards arrest Palestinian girl
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 09:44 AM

Week 11: Salim Kayal - Palestinian political prisoner
Middle East Monitor 6 Jun 2011 - In Israeli prisons there are men and women who have not only been deprived of their freedom but also the most basic human rights. Some maintain their hope of freedom despite being behind bars for a quarter of a century or longer. Prisoner Salim Kayal is...

Gaza ministry: 370 Palestinians detained in May
6/5/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Prisoners Affairs in Gaza released a report Sunday, tallying a total of 370 detentions carried out by Israeli forces targeting Palestinians during the month of May. According to the report, among those detained were 40 under the age of 15, five women, two lawmakers, and 20 international....

9 detained in Jerusalem after day of protests
6/5/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two children were among the nine detained by Israeli forces from Jerusalem on Sunday, following a day of Palestinian protests across the West Bank marking the 44th anniversary of Israel's occupation. In Silwan, locals said an undercover unit took three young teens from their homes, while in the nearby....

Eshel prisoners declare hunger strike
PIC - 05/06/2011 - 08:45 AM

Bardawil: Nothing new in exchange deal
PIC - Hamas leader Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil has denied any new progress in the prisoners’ exchange deal between his movement and Israel, describing press reports in this regard as “media speculations”.

Israeli investigators used 'spinning cell’ to elicit confession
PIC - Israeli authorities used plastic cells that resemble a mixing device to force confessions out of detainees, the popular movement to support the prisoners and Palestinian rights has revealed.

Report: Israel arrests 370 Palestinians in May 2011
PIC - A report prepared by Gaza's prisoner affairs ministry says 370 Palestinians were arrested during raids in the Palestinian territories in May 2011.

Resheq: Abu Marzouk visit to Egypt not connected to exchange deal
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has said that the visit to Cairo by Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy political bureau chief, had nothing to do with the prisoners’ exchange deal.

Qabha: “Real Reconciliation Does Not Exist In The West Bank”
IMEMC - Saturday June 04, 2011 - 14:25, Former Minister of Detainees, Hamas political official, Wasfi Qabha, stated that there are no real indications of reconciliation in the West Bank as the Palestinian security forces are still interrogating Hamas members and supporters.

Female detainee suffers stomach ulcer in Israeli jail
6/3/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian detainees center reported Thursday that a female prisoner is suffering from a stomach ulcer and problems in her chest and teeth. Amal Jum'a, held at Al-Damon prison, is from Nablus. She was detained in 2004 and banned from family visits except for one time each year. She....

Rumors Emerge over a Prisoner Exchange Deal
PNN - Cairo – PNN – Palestinian envoy to Russia, Fayed Mustafa, said on Thursday that talks involving a prisoner exchange deal over abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit were near an end. The Russian...

[uruknet.info] Forty-Four Years of Occupation
Uruknet June 3, 2011 - On March 7, Palestinian Prisoners Society head Qadura Fares presented a paper to the UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine, addressing the plight of political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention facilities, saying: Palestine "has been under criminal occupation for 44 years. During that time, (Israel) committed the worst crimes against humanity,...

Zionist prison authorities transfer lawmaker Zeidan to Megiddo jail
PIC - Zionist prison authorities transferred former Palestinian minister and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Abdul Rahman Zeidan to Megiddo jail.

Rajoub: There are at least 14 dying captives at Ramlah prison
PIC - Yaser al-Rajoub, who was freed from an Israeli occupation jail on Thursday evening, called on human rights organisations to intervene to pressure occupation to free 14 other dying captives.

NAM ministers express concerns about 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons
Middle East Monitor 3 Jun 2011 - The final declaration of the Non-Aligned Movements' Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting on Arab and Palestinian prisoners, which was held in Indonesia and attended by 120 countries, emphasised the impact that the prisoners' issue has on Palestinian society and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The statement read; "this...

Hamas, Fatah leaders detained in West Bank
6/2/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two members of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the Hamas and Fatah blocs overnight on Wednesday, following raids on their homes in Nablus and Tulkarem, official sources told Ma'an. Fatah lawmaker Hussam Khader, a long-time proponent of reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah,was taken from his....

Claim of swap deal raises hopes, rustles feathers
6/2/2011 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- A former Egyptian ambassador told a Cairo-based paper Thursday that 1,000 Palestinian prisoners could be released "within hours," in exchange for the freedom of a captured Israeli soldier. The report sparked immediate reactions; hope from the families of prisoners, and swift denials from officials in Israel and Gaza. Finally, speaking to....

Hamas, Fatah leaders detained in West Bank
Palestine Note 2 Jun 2011 - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained two members of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the Hamas and Fatah blocs overnight on Wednesday, following raids on their homes in Nablus and Tulkarem, official sources told Ma'an. Fatah lawmaker Hussam Khader, a long-time...

Three Arab Nations Still Facing Unchartered Waters
Palestine Note 2 Jun 2011 - Bahrain's monarchy calls for national dialogue, Syria offers amnesty for political prisoners, and civil war looms in Yemen The National - Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, with the lifting of a state of emergency only hours away, called...

[uruknet.info] Family urges Amnesty Int'l to press Israel to release seriously-ill detainee
Uruknet June 1, 2011 - The family and relatives of a Palestinian political detainee, who is seriously ill, are urging Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to press the Israeli government to release him "before it is too late." Yasser Mahmoud Rajoub, 53 and father of four daughters, was arrested by the Israeli occupation army on January 10,...

Officials say Shalit swap deal could be announced in hours
PIC - Former Egyptian ambassador to Israel Mohammed Bassiouni has predicted that in the next few hours a prisoner exchange deal would be announced between Israel and Palestinian factions..

Resheq denies prisoners exchange deal approaching
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has denied press reports claiming that a prisoners exchange deal between his movement and Israel was in the offing.

HEBRON/AL-KHALIL: Soldiers detain and abuse 14-year-old boy; new documentary describes Israeli imprisonment of Hebron minors
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - On 10 May 2011, fourteen-year-old, A.* was returning to his home near Bab il Baladiye, the entrance to the Old City, with two friends.  Some younger boys were throwing rocks at the Bab il-Baladiye checkpoint and when soldiers emerged from behind the wall to deal with...

IDF official visits Cairo to renew talks on prisoner exchange with Palestinians
Middle East Monitor 2 Jun 2011 - The head of the Cairo based Centre for Palestinian Studies has said that the Israeli Defence Ministry's Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs, Amos Gilad, arrived in the city on Wednesday, June 1, to renew talks on the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.   Ibrahim Al...

Family urges Amnesty Int'l to press Israel to release seriously-ill detainee
Sabr 2 Jun 2011 - PIC [ 31/05/2011 - 10:10 PM ] From Khalid Amayreh in Dura, Israeli-occupied West The family and relatives of a Palestinian political detainee, who is seriously ill, are urging Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to press the Israeli government to release him "before it is too...

Israel arrests Hamas official Hussein Abu Kweik
Sabr 2 Jun 2011 - [ 01/06/2011 - 09:01 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )-- Israeli authorities detained noon Wednesday senior Hamas official Hussein Abu Kweik, 55, after summoning him for questioning to intelligence headquarters in the Israeli Ofer prison, Abu Kweik's wife has informed the PIC. Witnesses told our correspondent they saw...

Israel detains 5 in West Bank overnight
6/1/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained five Palestinians from areas of the West Bank overnight, a military statement said, with Palestinian officials identifying a young man and two minors taken from the Qalqiliya area. Before dawn on Wednesday morning raids east of Qalqiliya in the Azzun area saw Hadi Anwar Mashaal, 22, Mohammad Qaher....

Group: 26 from Bethlehem arrested in May
6/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel arrested 26 residents of Bethlehem last month, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Wednesday. Abed Khalil, the head of the rights group, said arrests increased in May among minors. The army destroyed property and used jeeps during the raids that arrested many schoolchildren, he said.... Related: Palestinian Prisoners Society

Israel to release detainee suffering from cancer
6/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military prosecutor at Ofer detention center has endorsed an appeal to release a Palestinian prisoner in administrative detention since Jan. 17, because he has cancer. Lawyer Tariq Barghouth, who works for the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners Affairs, said Wednesday that the prosecutor agreed to release 58....

Hamas: Dhamiri political prisoner denial could spoil unity efforts
PIC - 31/05/2011 - 03:30 PM

Israel arrests Hamas official Hussein Abu Kweik
PIC - Israeli authorities detained noon Wednesday senior Hamas official Hussein Abu Kweik, 55, after summoning him for questioning to intelligence headquarters in the Israeli Ofer prison.

Family urges Amnesty Int’l to press Israel to release seriously-ill detainee
PIC - The family and relatives of a Palestinian political detainee, who is seriously ill, are urging Amnesty International to press the Israeli government to release him "before it is too late."

Detainees groups protest Israel prison treatment
Sabr 1 Jun 2011 - NABLUS ( Ma'an ) -- A detainees group in Nablus said Tuesday that Palestinians in Israeli jails will protest their treatment in the coming days. The jailed Palestinians, in Israel's southern Ramon prison, said the prison administration had stripped them in order to damage their emotional health, and...

Qalqiliya man released after 7-year detention
Sabr 31 May 2011 - QALQILIYA ( Ma'an ) -- Israel on Monday released Shadi Abu Shareb after detaining him for seven years. Abu Shareb, from Qaliqilya, was held at the Negev desert prison in southern Israel. He was accused of affiliation to Fatah's armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Brigades. Crowds of Palestinians and...




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Adalah
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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
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Amnesty International USA
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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
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Palestinian Center for Human Rights
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Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
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