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PA: Israel bans 29 people from undertaking Hajj
10/31/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday banned 29 West Bank Palestinians from traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, a PA official said. Issa Qaraqe, minister of prisoner affairs in Ramallah, said that all of the pilgrims banned from traveling were relatives of prisoners in Israeli jails. Last year, Israeli authorities....

Israeli forces detain 9 people across the West Bank
10/31/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces made multiple arrests overnight Sunday and Monday morning in several districts across the West Bank. Palestinian police said in a statement that nine people were detained after their homes were raided in the districts of Jerusalem, Qalqiliya, Bethlehem and Nablus. Israeli military forces entered the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem....

Israeli prison industrial complex in motion
10/31/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - By Lisa, 30 October 2011 | International Solidarity Movement West Bank - During a settler tour around the old city in Hebron on Saturday, where dozens of Israelis were guided around in a sort of parade, a Palestinian man named Yousef Salim Issa Al Batch, passed by and was stopped by Israeli police. He had a small....

Israel Sentences Fatah Lawmaker to 30 Years
31 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Salem Israeli military court Monday sentenced Fatah lawmaker Jamal Tirawi to 30 years in prison, according to a press release by Fatah parliamentary bloc.

After Shalit, some IDF officers see a dead soldier as better than an abducted one
Ha'aretz - Return of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit earlier this month, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, focuses IDF discussion on 'Hannibal Protocol,' designed to prevent soldier abduction.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian ex-prisoners harassed by Jewish extremists
Uruknet October 30, 2011 - This is not the Wild West, this is happening here in Palestine. Not one day did the two liberated Palestinian prisoners Khuweiled and Nizar Ramadan enjoy being out of prison. A Jewish settler family from the illegal settlement Yitzahar has declared that it will reward $100,000 to whoever murders Khuweiled or Nizar. The ad...

[uruknet.info] Humilation Against Palestinian Detainees Continues
Uruknet October 30, 2011 - Palestinian detainees held by Israel at the Majiddo detention center, managed to leak a memo revealing that the violations against them have never stopped, adding that the Israeli Prisons Administration (IPA) is not abiding by vows it made to the detainees in order to end their hunger strike, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (...

[uruknet.info] Humilation Against The Detainees Continues
Uruknet October 30, 2011 - Palestinian detainees held by Israel at the Majiddo detention center, managed to leak a memo revealing that the violations against them have never stopped, adding that the Israeli Prisons Administration (IPA) is not abiding by vows it made to the detainees in order to end their hunger strike, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (...

IOF troops detain nine Palestinians including two children
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up nine Palestinians in various West Bank areas including two children one of them a Jerusalemite in Silwan.

Israeli ex-soldier jailed for leaking secret papers
10/30/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- An Israeli court sentenced a former soldier to four and a half years in prison on Sunday for leaking classified military documents to a newspaper, which later reported allegations of a policy to assassinate Palestinian militants. Anat Kamm, 24, was convicted in February of possessing and distributing secret information, after striking a plea....

Israeli ex-soldier faces prison over leaks
AlJazeera 30 Oct 2011 - Anat Kamm sentenced to more than four years in jail for leaking documents linked to the killing of Palestinian fighters.

Israel detains 2 Palestinians in Silwan
30 Oct 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Sunday at dawn two Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan town, south of Al-Aqsa mosque.

Etizion prisoners go on hunger strike
30 Oct 2011 - Palatine, (Pal Telegraph)-Palestinian prisoners inside Etizion prison yesterday went on a hunger strike to protest harsh conditions imposed by Israeli prison administration. A statement issued by the prisoners committee explained that Israeli prison administration has refused to allow patients medical treatment and performed poor meals to them. The statement noted that covers and clothes provided by the prison administration is...

Tibi visits Barghouti in prison, calls for his release
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2011 - UAL-Ta'al MK says Fatah-Tanzim leader is "part of Palestinian struggle, should be a part of leadership, instead of sitting behind bars."

Injuries, Sound bombs, and Teargas at Demonstration in Beit Ommar, October 29.2011.
Palestine Solidarity Project 30 Oct 2011 - The Popular Commiittee of Beit Ommar, PSP along with a big crowd of Israeli and international activists held the usual weekly peaceful demonstration against the Israeli occupation, land confiscation, solidarity with prisoners, and a call asking Tony Blair to go back home. The site for the...

The 1% Demands: Occupy Palestine, Free Wall Street
Ben Lorber, Alternative Information Center 10/25/2011
      As pro-Palestinian discourse begins to be heard in the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement, right-wing organizations and individuals in the US, including the Republican National Committee and the Emergency Committee for Israel, have denounced the protests as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
     As the people-powered movement for social justice and democratic equality, which began in New York City in September, has spread to more than 900 cities in 82 countries worldwide, it has generated a global discourse critical of the economic and political powers and privileges of the world’s richest 1%, and has opened a space for the 99% of humanity to come together in solidarity, united by a common struggle for freedom. As it gains momentum, its message of protest has broadened to target injustices committed not merely on Wall Street but all over the world, including the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
     Among the myriad posters of protest can be seen messages like ‘End Military Aid to Israel’, ‘Gaza Supports the Occupation of Wall Street’ and, from Palestine, ‘Occupy Wall St., Not Palestine- Freedom for Palestinian Political Prisoners!’ There have also been numerous organized events in support of Palestinian rights- to give just two of many examples, on Tuesday 18 October, Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine held an event in Boston entitled ‘Occupy Boston, not Palestine’; on 8 October at an anti-war rally at Occupy Chicago, speaker Hatem Abudayyeh, Executive Dvirector of the Arab American Action Network, discussed the links between Israeli occupation and American imperialism.
     As the compelling voice of Occupy Wall Street grows louder, right-wing voices have, predictably, risen accordingly. Pointing out, among the innumerable signs and posters of Occupy Wall Street, a few deplorable manifestations of anti-Semitism, and conflating these with many more genuine criticisms of the State of Israel, conservative Zionist organizations - such as the Emergency Committee for Israel....
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Activists in Israel arrested for calling for release of prisoners
Electronic Intifada: 29 Oct 2011 - Budour Youssef Hassan and Michael Treiger The Electronic Intifada Israeli police arrested 16 activists at a protest at HaSharon prison calling for the release of Palestinian political prisonersmore

Humilation Against The Detainees Continues
IMEMC - Palestinian detainees held by Israel at the Majiddo detention center, managed to leak a memo revealing that the violations against them have never stopped, adding that the Israeli Prisons Administration (IPA) is not abiding by vows it made to the detainees in order to end their hunger strike, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported Saturday. ...

Report: US lawmakers ask for detainees to join terror list
10/29/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A group of US Congressmen are calling for all released Palestinian prisoners to be put on the US terrorist watch list, Israeli media reported Saturday. A letter signed by 36 Democrat and Republican Representatives asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and FBI director Robert Mueller not to allow....

US Congressmen want freed Palestinians on terror list
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2011 - 33 lawmakers submit petition to Clinton; move comes after US State Department tells Israel some freed security prisoners pose a threat.

Hamas slams US congress moves to add freed detainees to terrorism list
PIC - Hamas Movement denounced some US congressmen for their call to include Palestinian ex-detainees, who were released as part of the recent swap deal with Israel, in the white house's list of terrorism.

Israel to extend Ahmad Saadat’s solitary confinement, breaking agreement with Palestinian prisoners
Mondoweiss - Shahd Abusalama reports that Israel has extended the solidarity confinement of Ahmad Saadat . Saadat, the secretary-general of the PFLP, was rumored to be included in the recent prisoner swap, but Israel nixed it. The fact that Saadat is going to be kept in solidarity confinement breaks...

Israeli Troops Detain Three Children in Bethlehem
IMEMC - The Israeli military has invaded al-‘Asakreh village near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday. According to Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, the forces broke into several houses before abducting three children. ...

Prisoner's family 'to file suit' against Israel over isolation
10/28/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The family of a released Palestinian prisoner is seeking to file a lawsuit against the Israeli prison administration after he became mentally unstable after 12 years of isolation in jail. Oweida Kallab, 48, was released after 24 years but he spent half that time in isolation, the family says. The....

Op Ed: The Forgotten Palestinian Prisoners
PNN - by Gary SpeddingIt is an easy thing for many people today to forget about the individual human being when looking at the situation in the State of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian...

Israeli Court Renews Solitary Confinement Of Saadat For Additional Year
IMEMC - The Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Ad-Dameer, stated that the Israeli District Court in Be’er Shiva ordered a one year extension of the solitary confinement of the detained Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmad Saadat. ...

Israeli Army invades three towns, abducts one Palestinian from Jenin
IMEMC - The Israeli army detained a resident from the refugee Camp of Jenin after breaking into his house on Wednesday at dawn, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reported. ...

‘Guardian’ columnist apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic slur’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 - Deborah Orr: Hamas-Israel prisoner swap acknowledges acceptance of idea that Israeli life more important than Palestinian.

[uruknet.info] Diaries: Live from Palestine "I want to hug my son before I die"
Uruknet October 26, 2011 - This account is part of an ongoing series by Shahd Abusalama in Gaza City, who has been reporting on the regular sit-in protests and hunger strikes at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters by family members of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The prisoners' families make sure not to miss...

Kiryat Arba councilman calls for killing liberated prisoner
PIC - Kiryat Arba councilman Bentzi Goffstein has called for the killing of a liberated Palestinian prisoner in Al-Khalil, who was recently freed in the prisoners’ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.

Israeli navy detains two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza
PIC - Israeli navy forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of central Gaza on Thursday morning, the chief of Palestinian fishermen Nizar Ayesh said.

Gaza City Journal: Freed Palestinian Prisoners Adjust to Life as Celebrities
New York Times 27 Oct 2011 - Mohammed Musa Taqatqa, among the first batch of Palestinian prisoners freed in return for an Israeli tank soldier, is trying to adjust to his new life.

Group: Israel resumes isolation of PFLP leader
Sabr 27 Oct 2011 - Israeli prison guards stand at the entrance to Ketziot prison in southern Israel, ahead of a prisoner swap on Oct. 18. (Reuters/Yehuda Lachiani/Maariv) JERUSALEM ( Ma’an ) -- The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said Thursday that an Israeli court in Beersheva decided to extend the...

Eshel's captives await a reply
Sabr 26 Oct 2011 - [ 25/10/2011 - 01:27 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )-- Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) on Tuesday said that most of the captives in Eshel who suspended their hunger strike, especially those affiliated with the PFLP, were returned to the prison wards. The PPS's lawyer who visited the prison...

Egypt releases 6 Palestinians
Sabr 26 Oct 2011 - File photo of the Rafah crossing on the border of Egypt and Gaza. (MaanImages/Hatem Omar) GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- Egyptian authorities on Tuesday released six Palestinians who had been detained for illegally entering Egypt without permits. Palestinian sources told Ma'an that six men from Rafah and...

P.A. Demands The Release Of 550 Detainees
IMEMC - Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that, according to senior Palestinian officials, the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West Bank will be asking the Quartet Committee to pressure Israel into releasing 550 detainees, to fulfill vows made by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to President Mahmoud Abbas. ...

Israel approves Grabil Swap Deal Terms
IMEMC - Israeli cabinet held a meeting Tuesday and approved a prisoner-swap deal that would secure the release of the Israeli spy “Ilan Grabil”, held in Egyptian prisons in exchange for the 25 Egyptian detainees imprisoned by the Palestinian News Agency, Maan, reported Tuesday evening. ...

Ministry: Detainees still held in solitary confinement
10/26/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli prison administration has not fulfilled its commitment to stop holding Palestinian prisoners in solitary confinement, the ministry of prisoner affairs in Ramallah said Wednesday. Around 20 detainees are still in isolation despite Israel's pledge to end the practice following a 3-week mass hunger strike in jails....

Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians overnight
10/26/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 19 people across the West Bank overnight Tuesday, witnesses and the army said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the 19 Palestinians were taken for security questioning. She said six men were detained in Bethlehem in the southern West Bank. Locals said soldiers raided al-Saff and al-Jabal neighborhoods in....

Egypt releases 6 Palestinians
10/26/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities on Tuesday released six Palestinians who had been detained for illegally entering Egypt without permits. Palestinian sources told Ma'an that six men from Rafah and Khan Younis in southern Gaza were returned to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing. They were identified as Ahmad al-Banna....

Israel: Security Council Is Told Israel-Hamas Prisoner Exchange Offers Hope of Easing Long-standing Middle East Impasse — ‘Given Determination, Political Will’
Relief Web 25 Oct 2011 - Source: UN Security Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel , Lebanon , Libya , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Yemen SC/10420 Security Council 6636th Meeting (AM & PM) All-day Debate Hears Renewed Pleas for Palestine UN Membership; Israel, United States among Those Saying Move...

Israel: Our Prisoners Also Have a Story Worth Telling
Relief Web 24 Oct 2011 - Source: MIFTAH Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Date posted: 24/10/2011 By: Joharah Baker for MIFTAH It has been just under a week since the historic deal between Hamas and Israel saw the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for...

Israel Detains Released Prisoner
26 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli forces Tuesday night detained Samer al-Issawi, a released Palestinian prisoner in the latest swap, according to a WAFA correspondent.

[uruknet.info] Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin promotes call for Palestinian genocide
Uruknet October 25, 2011 - In a blog post cheering the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, neoconservative activist Rachel Decter Abrams descended into a twisted call for genocide, calling for Israel to throw released Palestinian prisoners whom she described as "child sacrificing savages" and "unmanned animals" -- along with "their offspring" -- "into the sea, to...

[uruknet.info] Besieged Gaza paid the price for the release of the prisoners
Uruknet October 25, 2011 - Without doubt, the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel is a huge achievement for the Palestinians. Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in 2006 that he would not give in to Hamas and would not release any Palestinian prisoners. The entire population of Gaza was then besieged by Israel in its efforts to...

The Story of a Political Prisoner – Majde Mahmoud Za’aqiq
Palestine Solidarity Project 26 Oct 2011 - Name: Majde Mahmoud Za’aqiq Marital Status: Divorced Father of two children Profession: Teacher Age: 41 years Nationality: Palestinian Address: Beit Ommar Currently: Detained in Israeli occupation prisons. Charge: peaceful resistance to the occupation and defense of human rights. The story of detention started 25/8/2011 – the...

Official Hypocrisy: Prisoner Hamouri is also French Citizen
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Oct 2011 - By Richard Lightbown A further example of the blatant hypocrisy of European politicians towards Middle East realities is detailed on the French website for solidarity with French-Palestinian Salah Hamouri. This 26-year-old son of an East Jerusalem restaurateur and a French teacher holds a French passport, like Gilad Shalit, and speaks fluent French. As a 16-year-old boy Salah was arrested on 30 September 2001 just before the start of school term, and kept in isolation for two months in Jerusalem’s Moskobieh interrogation centre. He was then tried in a military court and sentenced to five months imprisonment for pasting “anti-Israeli propaganda” in the school grounds. This detention was served in the juvenile section of HaSharon prison in Israel. Following his release the following January Salah returned to school and went on to study sociology at Bethlehem University in 2003. At the end of February 2004 he was at a party in...more

Israel approves Gerabil-swap deal terms
IMEMC - Israeli cabinet held a meeting Tuesday on which it approved consensus the exchange deal, including the release of the Israeli spy “Ilan Gerabil”, held in Egyptian prisons in exchange with 25 Egyptian detainees, arrested at Israeli jails, the Palestinian News Agency, Maan, reported Tuesday evening. ...

Israel releases Palestinian child after 5 months
10/25/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities released on Tuesday Omar Jaradat, 11, from Saeer village north of Hebron after five months in the Israeli prison Ofer. He also paid a 5,000-shekel fine. Israeli forces tried to forbid people who were waiting for the child near the checkpoint from welcoming him and tried to remove....

Hamas: No secret terms in Shalit deal
10/25/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas official Izzat al-Rishiq on Monday denied media reports which claimed there were secret terms within the recent prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel." These reports are fabricated reports made to undermine the deal and conceal the fact that Israel yielded to Hamas and the Palestinian resistance making unprecedented....

Official: PA wants Quartet to push for prisoner release
10/25/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO official Saeb Erekat said Monday that the Palestinian Authority would ask the Mideast Quartet to pressure Israel to implement an agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas to release prisoners from Israeli jails. In an agreement reached with Hamas, Israel recently agreed to release over 1,000 prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier....

Aruri: Israel's exile of prisoners strategic mistake
PIC - Senior Hamas official in charge of the prisoners' file Saleh Al-Aruri said Israel makes a strategic mistake when it exiles Palestinian prisoners from their occupied homeland.

Israeli intelligence kidnaps 7 family members of detained Jerusalemite MP
PIC - Israeli occupation forces and intelligence agents broke into the home of detained Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Attoun in Sur Baher village and took away seven of his relatives including two brothers.

Eshel's captives await a reply
PIC - The PPS on Tuesday said that most of the captives in Eshel who suspended their hunger strike, especially those affiliated with the PFLP, were returned to the prison wards.

Besieged Gaza paid the price for the release of the prisoners
Sabbah report 25 Oct 2011 - The inhumane blockade was endured in order to gain freedom for the Palestinian prisoners released as part of the exchange deal. It was besieged Gaza which liberated our prisoners, not the largesse of the Israeli government.

The Prisoners Deal: A Rare Diplomatic Opportunity
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 10/24/2011
      PORTLAND, Oregon -- The prisoners exchange that Hamas and Israel concluded this week could be a potential historic turning point in an otherwise moribund “peace process” where no noteworthy breakthrough has occurred in the past nearly 20 years of American-mediated, and therefore mostly Israeli-defined, talks. The prisoners exchange is significant for showing that the most implacable and violent enemies are able to negotiate and reach agreement, when both sides obtain gains that are sufficiently important for them to be able then to make concessions on issues of equal importance to the other side. This deal builds on previous Hamas-Israel cease fire agreements. It shows that leaders on both sides can actually lead their people, go against skeptical public opinion, and consummate a deal. Finally, it shows that both leaderships win serious new public acclaim and political strength from their agreement, which only strengthens their legitimacy, paving the way -- potentially -- for other agreements that can achieve meaningful gains for both sides.
     After the exchange, mass celebrations took place in Gaza and the West Bank, and 79 percent of Israelis approved the agreement (according to Yedioth Ahronot). Israeli and Palestinian politicians who savor this moment should seriously consider ways to build on their breakthrough for further mutually meaningful gains. They should do so because of the enormous contrast between this breakthrough and the genuine popular acclaim, even jubilation, it generated on both sides, and the hopeless approach of the American-Israeli-directed Quartet’s attempt to resume direct negotiations between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. Even the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, said in Washington this week that the Quartet attempts to push for parallel talks with both sides is “meaningless,” given the newly announced Jerusalem settlement of Givat Hamatos and the helplessness of the Palestinians to freeze such colonization.
     If Israel is able to negotiate indirectly with Hamas and reach a deal that pleases both sides, why does the Quartet continue to succumb to the American refusal to engage Hamas diplomatically?....
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Prisoners released by Israel "refused to pledge not to return to resistance operations"
Middle East Monitor 25 Oct 2011 - An Israeli newspaper has claimed that most of the Palestinian prisoners freed in the exchange deal between Hamas and Israel refused to pledge never to return to the resistance operations. According to the Hebrew-language Maariv, because some of the prisoners were serving sentences classed as active...

Shalit deal presents Israel with opportunity in Gaza
Sari Bashi, Foreign Policy, Palestine Note 10/25/2011
      On the morning of June 25, 2006, I called an Israeli television reporter to suggest a story about students from Gaza enrolled in an occupational therapy degree program but unable to access their studies, due to an Israeli-imposed ban on travel from Gaza to the West Bank. Something was going on in Gaza -- excited radio announcers reported, every 15 minutes, "exchanges of fire" -- but the military censor had not yet allowed details to be released.
     "I empathize with your students, but it will be a long time before anyone will be open to hearing about them," said the reporter. It was, of course, the morning that the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Palestinian militants from Gaza, and for the past five years, his captivity has overwhelmed discussion of Israel's policy toward Gaza, especially its restrictions on movement of goods and people.
     With last week's release of Shalit, together with more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, the residents of Israel and Gaza have an opportunity for liberation, too -- from a policy of closure that has stifled normal life in Gaza and isolated Israel, leaving it vulnerable at a critical time of regional volatility.
     The closure of Gaza did not originate with Shalit's captivity, but in its wake, Israel limited travel to the most extreme humanitarian cases. In June 2007, with the takeover of Gaza's internal control by the Hamas regime, Israel restricted movement of goods to a minimum, too. The results were predictable: Unable to bring in raw materials or export finished goods, a majority of Gaza's factories shut down. Unemployment and poverty rose, as did dependence on international and Islamic charity. -- See also: Source
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Israeli Leaders Said To be "At Odds Over Punishing Abbas"
IMEMC - Israeli military seeks to put a set of steps that contribute in reducing the gains that Hamas obtained throughout the Prisoner-Swap deal that secured the release of over a thousand Palestinian detainees in exchange for the release of Israeli Soldier, Gilad Shalit, the Maan News Agency reported. ...

Bahar: “Israeli Groups Plan To Assassinate Freed Detainees”
IMEMC - Deputy head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Dr. Ahmad Bahar, warned that Israel and a number of “Zionist” groups are “allocating money to fund the assassination of detainees released under the prisoner-swap deal”. ...

Israeli forces make multiple arrests across the West Bank
10/25/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces made multiple arrests overnight Sunday and Monday morning in several districts across the West Bank, the Israeli army and Palestinian police said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said six men were detained in Hebron, two southeast of Qalqiliya and two southwest of Bethlehem in the village of Umm Salamuna. Palestinian....

Despite swap, Gaza remains imprisoned
10/24/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Al Jazeera English, Raji Sourani and Eyad Sarraj - While 1,000 Palestinian prisoners will be released, 1. 8 million people living in Gaza are still not free. The prisoner exchange agreement concluded between Israel and Hamas has brought relief to thousands of families eager to see their loved ones return home. In the midst of Israel.... Related: Source

Our Prisoners Also Have a Story Worth Telling
Relief Web 24 Oct 2011 - Source: MIFTAH Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Date posted: 24/10/2011 By: Joharah Baker for MIFTAH It has been just under a week since the historic deal between Hamas and Israel saw the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for...

More than 160 Palestinian children remain in Israeli jails
24 Oct 2011 - London, (Pal Telegraph) - While there have been emotional scenes after the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, concerns are being raised about the plight of 164 Palestinian children from the West Bank in Israeli custody.

PA: Israel must release Palestinian prisoners following Olmert's 2008 pledge
Ha'aretz - Olmert confirms he had in fact made such a pledge.

Lieberman urges Abbas to resign, calls him 'greatest obstacle' to peace process
Ha'aretz - FM voices vehement opposition to proposal to free Fatah prisoners as gesture to Palestinian President, adding that anyone who succeeds Abbas would be better for Israel.

Palestinian prisoners warned against returning to terror
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2011 - Security prisoners freed as part of Schalit deal "were told of consequences" of returning to terrorism, 'Post' learns.

[uruknet.info] The conditional freedom of Palestinian prisoners deported to Gaza
Uruknet October 24, 2011 - The first stage of Shalit's swap deal has already happened. As agreed, 477 detainees were set free before Gilaad Shalit was delivered by the resistance to the Red Cross to be enjoying the full range of his freedom in the meantime. The Gaza Strip has opened the gate to welcome with several thousands of...

[uruknet.info] Our Prisoners Also Have a Story Worth Telling
Uruknet October 24, 2011 - It has been just under a week since the historic deal between Hamas and Israel saw the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian political prisoners. It has been an emotional week on both sides of the divide. In Palestine, huge celebrations welcomed the prisoners home, most of whom had served...

Just Two Prisoner Stories and the Olive Harvest
Intifada-Palestine: 23 Oct 2011 - Courtesy: Salem-News.com by Mazin Qumsiyeh / Intifada Palestine Latest roundup of stories from Palestine (Bethleham) Western media try to make Palestinian political prisoners mere numbers while personalizing one Israeli soldier. So let me just give you the names and brief story of... more

Islamic University in Gaza holds ceremony in honor of released Palestinian prisoners
Middle East Monitor 24 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Islamic University of Gaza has organized a ceremony in honor of the Palestinian prisoners recently released by Israel. The ceremony, held at the University conference building, was attended by eminent Palestinian personalities including the Prime Minister of the government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyah....

Despite swap, Gaza remains imprisoned
Raji Sourani and Eyad Sarraj, Al Jazeera 10/24/2011
      While 1,000 Palestinian prisoners will be released, 1.8 million people living in Gaza are still not free.
     The prisoner exchange agreement concluded between Israel and Hamas has brought relief to thousands of families eager to see their loved ones return home. In the midst of Israel's prolonged belligerent occupation, we are witnessing a rare moment of unified Israeli and Palestinian celebration. However, this event, and the resultant media fanfare, must not distract attention from the underlying tragic reality.
     The real issues demanding attention centre upon Israel's 63-year belligerent occupation, and the routine violations of international law perpetrated by the occupation forces. The most glaring example of this is the absolute closure imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.
     Israel first initiated its closure policy with respect to the Gaza Strip in 1991. In recent years, it has been progressively tightened, following the election of President Abbas, the detention of Gilad Shalit, and the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip. Today, the closure is absolute.
     As many as 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza are cut off from the rest of Palestine, and the outside world. This economic and psychological suffocation has decimated the Gazan economy, driving unemployment, poverty and aid dependence to record levels. An entire generation has been isolated and denied access to the outside world.
     Civilians have been placed in the eye of the storm. Repeated incursions, attacks, and the 2008-2009 Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip have targeted civilians: their homes, their property, and their means of economic subsistence. Thousands of houses and tens of thousands of dunums of agricultural land have been systematically razed. Today, 35 per cent of Gaza's agricultural land is off-limits to farmers, isolated in an illegal Israeli-imposed "buffer zone."
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I Wish to Tell You about Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Oct 2011 - 'To those who were martyred for the land of sad oranges.' By Lillian Rosengarten Gaza life exists in a cage, an open air prison that has been kept mostly isolated from the world. Its citrus trees have been uprooted. Flowers are no longer exported. Nor are vegetables, fruit or olives, formerly a thriving export business. Since 2000, the Israeli army destroyed 114,000 olive trees. The rest were destroyed during the 2008-9 war, much of it uprooted from white phosphorous and other chemicals. Farming is now difficult and in some areas impossible. Much of Gaza looks like a war zone, bullets holes visible on the sides of buildings. Gaza is without proper sewage pumps, bombed as they are rebuilt. Mediterranean waters are infested with raw sewage, while a 3 mile limit, closely watched by the Israeli navy collectively destroys a once flourishing fishing industry, the waters now stagnant from sewage and...more

Prisoner Deal Major Victory for Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Oct 2011 - By Mohammed AlNadi – Gaza On Tuesday October 18, 2011 a prisoner exchange deal was successfully carried out between Hamas and Israel for the first time. Since the capture of Gilad Shalit, Israel had been intractably headstrong on negotiating any deal with Hamas, and therefore, many attempts and mediations to broker an agreement failed. On the one hand, however, the Israeli government was clearly caught in a dilemma, being under heavy pressure from the Israeli public, including Shalit’s family, demanding his release, and, at the same time, from those Israelis who rejected any deal, which, according to them, would secure the release of “terrorists” who had “blood on their hands.” On the other hand, Hamas always seemed unflinching and couldn’t lose but win, since it had nothing to lose. For more than five years, the Palestinian people have suffered from countless Israeli incursions and military operations, which Israel constantly claimed...more

Hamas: Israel will not release top figures or criminals in next phase
10/23/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will not release top security prisoners, nor common criminals, in the second phase of its prisoner swap deal with Hamas, senior official in the Gaza-ruling faction Mahmoud Zahhar said Sunday. Under the second phase of the deal reached last week, 550 Palestinians -- who remain unnamed -- will be freed from Israeli....

Gaza crossing reopened after prisoner exchange
10/23/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities reopened Gaza's sole goods crossing on Sunday following a week-long closure as Israel used the Kerem Shalom terminal for a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas. Palestinian Authority crossings official Raed Fattouh said Israeli officials cleared between 260 and 270 trucks to cross into Gaza from Israel....

Livni: Shalit swap deal legitimizes and strengthens Hamas
Ha'aretz - In interview with Israel Radio, opposition leader says Israel must coordinate second stage of prisoner exchange with Palestinian President Abbas.

[uruknet.info] Oral Statement introducing Report on Israeli Violations of Human Rights in Occupied Palestine
Uruknet October 23, 2011 - I am placing an edited and slightly modified version of my oral statement to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on 21 October 2011. The main modification is to add a paragraph on the prisoner exchange. I found it disturbing that the single Israel soldier released received virtually all the attention in...

[uruknet.info] Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others
Uruknet October 22, 2011 - In mid-October, Netanyahu's cabinet agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian political prisoners in two waves (including 27 women and nearly 300 children) in return for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit after over five years in captivity. Wave one is completed, freeing 477 Palestinians. In two months, phase two will release another 550. According to terms, 203...

[uruknet.info] Just two prisoner stories and the olive harvest
Uruknet October 22, 2011 - Western media try to make Palestinian political prisoners mere numbers while personalizing one Israeli soldier. So let me just give you the names and brief story of two of those released Palestinian political prisoners. -Chris Bandak, a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem was just 21 when he was abducted by the Israeli occupation forces. He...

Jaabari: More Israeli soldiers to be captured to free all prisoners
PIC - Ahmed Al-Jaabari, the deputy general commander of the Qassam Brigades the armed wing of Hamas, has affirmed that his armed wing would continue to plan capturing Israeli soldiers.

Prisoner swap deal to take place soon between Egypt and Israel
PIC - The Egyptian news agency Asharq Al-Awsat said a prisoner swap talks underway between Cairo and Tel Aviv could lead to the release of Egyptian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli spy.

Palestinian Prisoners Are Not Unpeople; They Are Children of God
Sabbah report 23 Oct 2011 - The one-sided media coverage of the prisoner exchange was treating Israeli Jews as people, while dismissing Palestinians as "unpeople".

Israeli forces storm Beit Iksa after Jerusalem stabbing
10/22/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces attacked 3 Palestinians on Saturday in the East Jerusalem village of Beit Iksa, a Ma'an correspondent said. Two others were detained as Israeli forces closed the military checkpoint to the village, reportedly in pursuit of an attacker who had earlier stabbed an Israeli man in the East.... Related: Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem, police say suspect Palestinian

'20 injured' in celebrations following prisoner swap
10/22/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Some 20 people including six children suffered injuries Tuesday during celebrations following the Israel-Hamas prisoner swap, a human rights group has said. The incidents constituted a form of misuse of weapons and assaults on the rule of law in the occupied territories, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in a....

Palestinian youth welcome former detainees to Gaza in 'Prisoners Uprising'
10/22/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - Fifty Palestinian youth marched from Gaza's International Committee of the Red Cross compound to the Commodore Gaza and Al-Quds International Hotels, celebrating the release of 477 political prisoners Tuesday and welcoming those exiled to Gaza, who are currently housed in the hotels. The demonstration ended in the Al-Nour Cultural....

Egypt to pick rest of detainees in swap deal: Hamas
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt , Israel GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Hamas will not be involved in picking the 550 prisoners to be freed by Israel in the second stage of a landmark exchange deal, the movement's...

Released prisoner praises Hamas for kidnapping Schalit
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 - Islamic Jihad member brags of details of stabbing spree, says "path of resistance" the only way to free Palestinian prisoners.

[uruknet.info] Gaza's Ministry Of Detainees: "There Are 5,300 Detainees Still Imprisoned By Israel"
Uruknet October 21, 2011 - The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees in Gaza reported on Thursday that Israel is still holding captive over five thousand Palestinian detainees, including 22 elected legislators. In a press release, Riyad Al Ashqar, head of the media department at the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza, said that "After the release of 477 detainees under the...

[uruknet.info] Released prisoner: "The freedom of a people and the freedom of a land are inseparable"
Uruknet October 21, 2011 - When dawn marches over the hills of Palestine and the sun begins to cast its light over lemon, olive and orange trees, dusty narratives of hard-working peasants escape their time and ride in the air through history to our lungs. A scent from the past caresses our hair; we stretch our limbs, slip our...

IOF takes new security measures around the Gaza Strip
PIC - IOF troops are taking new security measures in all military post on the border with the Gaza Strip after the success of prisoner exchange deal, fearing the capture of more soldiers.

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit freed in Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange
WSWS - Yesterday Hamas released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to the Egyptian government in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinians detained by Israel.

Saving Sergeant Shalit
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2011 - By Clive Hambidge Does Israel really care for its returned son? Or was he used as a political pawn? As a young soldier returns home to assuage the "righteous indignation" of a nation state, no longer "sensitive [even] to its image of democracy", one can only agonize on the return of other soldiers and civilians of no blame apart from being under the yoke of Israel. They are those who, on being released from Israeli prisons, there incarcerated for resisting a "brutal occupation", find themselves in another prison, Gaza, while many are sent into exile and an uncertain future. Does Israel really care for its returned son? Or was he used as a political pawn? Was "partial intelligence" soon after his capture enough to effect a rescue operation? Evidence suggests that it was, but more importantly what of Gaza and the conditions inside Israel's notorious prisons? The world must seek...more

Saving Sergeant Shalit, Condemning Palestinians to Torture and Children to Imprisonment
Sabbah report 22 Oct 2011 - Oh Israel... Would you give a scorpion to the little one who asked for an egg?" And would you offer prison, torture and exile to the children that 'cry freedom?'

Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others
Sabbah report 22 Oct 2011 - Israel can't be trusted. Its promises lack credibility and honor. Despite releasing 447 prisoners and promising another 550, new arrests are made regularly.

Abbas Says Olmert Promised Release Of a Large Number Of Detainees
IMEMC - Friday October 21, 2011 - 11:48, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Times Magazine that he held progressive talks with former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, who had to resign due to corruption charges. Olmert promised to release hundreds of detainees if Shalit was released from captivity.

Gaza's Ministry Of Detainees: “There Are 5,300 Detainees Still Imprisoned By Israel"
IMEMC - Friday October 21, 2011 - 06:10, The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees in Gaza reported on Thursday that Israel is still holding captive over five thousand Palestinian detainees, including 22 elected legislators.

Israeli police detain 14 at prison protest
10/21/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained 14 Palestinian citizens of Israel on Thursday during a demonstration at Israel's Hasharon prison calling for the release of all Palestinian detainees, a human rights organization said. Around 40 Palestinian-Israelis gathered to wave Palestinian flags and demand the release of prisoners that were not part....

4 Palestinians seized in Beit Ummar village
10/21/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained four PalestiniansFriday night from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, said Muhammad Ayyad Awad, the spokesman of the popular committee in the village. Awad told Ma'an that soldiers stopped a group of Palestinians near Beit Ein settlement and detained Salim Muhammad Adi, 40, Raed Muhammad Mufleh Adi....

Palestinian prisoners 'mulled exile in 2006'
AlJazeera 21 Oct 2011 - Saleh says he will sign GCC peace deal, but only if unspecified guarantees are provided by the US, EU and Gulf states.

Israeli mistreatment of Palestinian political prisoners: Free Majd Ziada now!
10/21/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Prisoner of the Day Campaign - Majd Ziada was barely out of his teens when he got arrested by the Israeli Occupation Forces. It was at the height of the second Intifada in 2002 when the Israeli army during its collective arrest campaign detained Majd on the evening of the Israeli invasion of the twin cities.... Related: Prisoner of the Day Campaign

[uruknet.info] Interview with Ahlam Al-Tamimi: My closeness to a Fatah militant is a message to those who obstruct national reconciliation
Uruknet October 21, 2011 - "I will remain committed to Islamic principles and will not renounce Hamas; the movement has taught me a lot." Just before she was due to fly to Amman, I met the only female Palestinian prisoner from Jordan involved in the Hamas-Israel prisoner exchange agreement, the woman dubbed the "gem of the deal", Ahlam Al-Tamimi....

[uruknet.info] "My husband was kidnapped by Israel"
Uruknet October 20, 2011 - I had a one-hour break at university on Saturday, so I grabbed the chance to visit the Palestinian detainees' solidarity tent by the Red Cross building. Every day I go, I see the same people, whom I've started to feel are a part of me. When one of them is not there, I miss...

Ahram: Grapel exchange deal to follow Shalit exchange deal
PIC - Egyptian diplomatic sources said that the Egyptian government initiated negotiations with the Israeli side to reach an exchange deal whereby Ilan Grapel is exchanged with Egyptian prisoners.

Occupation police arrest 12 Palestinians in 1948-occupied Palestine
PIC - Israeli occupation police arrested on Thursday 12 Palestinians during a protest organised by 1948-Palestinians outside the Hadarim jail calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Settlers earmark $100,000 “bounty” for anyone who kills two liberated prisoners
PIC - 20/10/2011 - 02:53 PM

Dying of schmaltz
Mondoweiss - While uneasy about the asymmetry of the Shalit deal between Israel and Hamas--a thousand Palestinian prisoners ( invariably described in Israel as “terrorists”) for one Israeli--the Israeli and the American Jewish media are also full of hymns of self-praise for us wonderful Jews: the “price” we paid...

Kahanists Offer $100,000 Bounty on Heads of Freed Palestinian Prisoners
Tikun Olam - Settlers place $100,000 on heads of freed Palestinian prisoners. E-mail address is "Vengeance1998." Proving that they believe they are a law and a state unto themselves, Kahanists have offered a $100,000 bounty on the heads of those Palestinian prisoners freed as part of the Shalit exchange....

Prisoners exiled to Gaza
Middle East Monitor 21 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On almost every street in Gaza, tents have been erected to host welcome home ceremonies and receptions for the Palestinian prisoners freed in the recent prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the Palestinians. However, among the conditions to the deal stipulated by the Israeli...

Everybody's Son, and 1027 More
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Oct 2011 - By Uri Avnery The Most sensible – I almost wrote 'the only sensible' – sentence uttered this week sprang from the lips of a 5-year old boy. After the prisoner swap, one of those smart-aleck TV reporters asked him: “Why did we release 1027 Arabs for one Israeli soldier?” He expected, of course, the usual answer: because one Israeli is worth a thousand Arabs. The little boy replied: “Because we caught many of them and they caught only one.” For more than a week, the whole of Israel was in a state of intoxication. Gilad Shalit indeed ruled the country (Shalit means “ruler”). His pictures were plastered all over the place like those of Comrade Kim in North Korea. It was one of those rare moments, when Israelis could be proud of themselves. Few countries, if any, would have been prepared to exchange 1027 prisoners for one. In most places,...more

Abu Marzouq: “Egypt Guarantees Implementation Of Phase 2”
IMEMC - Thursday October 20, 2011 - 09:10, Deputy head of the Hamas Political Bureua, Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouq, told the Hamas affiliated Palestinian Information Center that Egypt provided grantees for the movement regarding Israel's commitments to implement phase 2 of the prisoner-swap deal. He added that Khaled Mashal, head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, delayed his visit to Amman due to logistics.

Benefits for released prisoners in Gaza announced
10/20/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners who were released in the prisoner deal and sent to Gaza will stay in hotels for three weeks or until they each get a private apartment, car, and a job. Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh gave each of the 294 prisoners $2,000, and future income will be....

'Seventeen dead' in latest Syrian violence
AlJazeera 20 Oct 2011 - Palestinian prisoners were aware of deportation option, Hamas official explains how deal almost fell through.

Hamas and Fatah Wrangle over Phase Two of Prisoner Swap
PNN - PNNIn a spitting match that has become typical of the main Palestinian factions, spokesmen from Hamas and Fatah wrangled on Thursday over the execution of the second phase of the Gilad Shalit...

Hamas Negotiator al-Ja’bari: Deporting Prisoners Was the Only Way
PNN - PNNAhmed al-Ja’bari, the head of the Palestinian negotiating team credited with freeing 477 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli gunner Gilad Shalit, said that while he was unhappy that some Palestinians...

Human Rights Organizations Call on the European Union to Uphold Standards for Protection of Prisoners Rights
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinians Welcomed Freed Prisoners with Joy, Pride and Togetherness
Alternative Information Center - A man in his thirties was standing on his tiptoes, trying to catch a glimpse of the released prisoners who were appearing in small groups on a tiny stage, erected only meters away from Yasser Arafat’s...

Free at Last - Some of the many Palestinian Prisoners
20 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - The buzz of the week has been, without a doubt, the prisoner swap reached between Hamas and Israel. On October 18, over 400 Palestinian prisoners, some of them serving several life sentences, will walk out of Israel’s prison gates free men and women, hopefully for the last time. In two months, the second phase of the...

12 Arab-Israelis arrested at rally calling more kidnappings
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2011 - Some 40 people arrive at Hadarim Prison in Sharon to call for more kidnappings of IDF soldiers, freeing all Palestinian prisoners.

'Gilad Schalit was not tortured, did not receive beatings'
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2011 - PRC commander says Israeli soldier was treated much better than Palestinian prisoners in Israel; promises more kidnappings.

Letters: Prisoner swap and prospects for peace
The Guardian 19 Oct 2011 - This week's prisoner exchange will have brought joy for Gilad Shalit's family and the newly reunited relatives of some 500 Palestinian prisoners ( Report , 19 October). But this release could be seen as a cynical ploy by...

Is an Israeli life really more important than a Palestinian's?
The Guardian 19 Oct 2011 - The transfer of prisoners tacitly acknowledges acceptance of that obscene idea It's quite something, the prisoner swap between Hamas and the Israeli government that returns Gilad Shalit to his family, and more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners...

[uruknet.info] Yes, Rejoice for Precious Shalit, But ..
Uruknet October 19, 2011 - On the other hand why is there such a torrent of sympathy for Shalit when the much-hyped thousand-for-one prisoner swop leaves 8,000 Palestinians still rotting in Israeli jails, some of them having languished in captivity far longer than our Israeli hero? And for those 8,000 it's no picnic. A United Nations Human Rights Council...

[uruknet.info] Mustafa Barghouthi: "This reminds us and the prisoners that the prison door will not close"
Uruknet October 19, 2011- Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, commented that yesterday's release of prisoners is a great achievement and a day of joy for families throughout the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Dr. Barghouthi noted that the joy all Palestinians feel is bittersweet in light of the nearly six thousand remaining prisoners...

Qasem: Exchange deal, a great achievement
PIC - Dr. Abdel-Sattar Qasem said that the prisoner exchange deal was a great achievement for Hamas and Palestinian resistance, which managed to achieve what "peace negotiations" could not.

Aruri: Nine women will be freed soon from Israeli jails
PIC - Senior Hamas official in charge of prisoners' file Salah Al-Aruri said the remaining nine female prisoners would be freed from Israeli jails within days.

Settlers earmark $100,000 “bounty” for anyone who kills two liberated prisoners
PIC - A Jewish family in Yitzhar settlement near Nablus earmarked the sum of 100000 dollars for anyone killing the two liberated Palestinian prisoners Khuweiled and Nizar Ramadan..

'I was 1-day-old when my father was jailed'
Shahd Abusalama, Uruknet 10/18/2011
      A very confusing feeling passes through me after hearing about the exchange of 1,027 Palestinian detainees for the only Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by the Palestinian resistance fighters. I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad.
     Gazing at the faces of the prisoners’ families in the solidarity tent in Gaza City, I see a look that I have never seen before: eyes glittering with hope. These people have attended every event in solidarity with our detainees, have never given up hope that their freedom is inevitable someday, and have stayed strong during their loved ones’ absence inside Israeli cells. Thinking about those women whose relatives are most likely to be released and seeing their big smiles makes me happy. But at the same time, thinking about the other 5,000 detainees who will steadfastly go on with their resistance in the prisons makes my heart break for them.
     Hearts aching for those still in jail
     When I arrived at the tent on 12 October, the wife of the prisoner Nafez Herz, who was sentenced to life-long imprisonment and has been jailed for 26 years, shook hands with me and said very excitedly that she had heard that her husband would be freed. Then she said, "But you can’t imagine how much my heart aches for those families whose prisoner will not be released in this exchange deal. All prisoners’ families have become like one big family. We meet weekly, if not daily in the Red Cross, we share our torments, and we understand each other’s suffering." I grabbed her hands and pressed them while saying, "We will never forget them, and God willing, they will gain their freedom soon."
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Nizar and Ahlam; Fatah and Hamas: from an Israeli cell to a wedding ceremony
al-Sharq al-Awsat, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/19/2011
      When Ahlam was in her third year at Bir Zeit, both she and Mahmoud were arrested by the Israelis. He was sentenced to life in prison and she was sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms. He is affiliated to Fatah; she is a member of Hamas. Today, however, Nizar Al-Tamimi, 38, and his cousin Ahlam Al-Tamimi, 31, are both free and are going to be married in Amman, Jordan.
     The Al-Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank were looking forward to receiving their son Nizar after his release from prison as part of the exchange deal between Israel and Hamas. He was sentenced to life in prison for participating in an operation to kill an Israeli settler during the nineties. Ahlam was jailed for providing assistance to a suicide bomber who blew up an Israeli restaurant in 2001. She was the first female member of Hamas's military wing. Her motivation to get involved developed through her growing disaffection with the peace process and the Israeli atrocities she monitored while working as a journalist.
     Mahmoud Al-Tamimi has lived with the knowledge of the relationship between his brother Nizar and cousin Ahlam after spending four years in an Israeli prison himself. In an interview with the French Press Agency (AFP), Mahmoud said, "The story of Nizar, who is a son of Fatah, and Ahlam, who is a daughter of Hamas, is an expression of the unified reality of the Palestinian people." The current split is an anomalous state of affairs, he added.
     Mahmoud spoke about having met his cousin Ahlam in Jordan when Nizar was already in prison. According to AFP he said of her, "I found a young girl with feelings completely bound up in Palestine. She had a picture of Nizar hanging in her bedroom because, for her, he represented the cause that she loved." He said that in 1998 she asked for his help to enrol at Bir Zeit University; permission was given and she moved to the West Bank to study.
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34 years in prison, decades of selflessness
Middle East Monitor 20 Oct 2011 - The members of the Al-Barghouthi family are famous for their steadfastness and resistance to Israel's military occupation of their land. They have given martyrs, leaders and prisoners for the sake of Palestine. Nael Al-Barghouthi ended up as the doyen of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Together...

Meshaal tells negotiators to learn from the prisoner swap deal
Middle East Monitor 20 Oct 2011 - The head of the Hamas Political Bureau has told Palestinian negotiators to learn from the prisoner swap deal. Khaled Meshaal described the exchange of prisoners as "a white page in Palestine's history. Speaking at a press conference attended by 40 of the former prisoners as they...

Army Kidnaps Dimitri Diliani, Member of the Fateh Revolutionary Council
IMEMC - Wednesday October 19, 2011 - 15:07, The Israeli Army detained Dmitri Diliani, Member of the Fateh Revolutionary Council, on Tuesday morning. He was moved to al-Maskobiyya detention center for interrogation, the Palestinian news Agency, PNN reported.

Al-Qentar: "Releasing The Detainees Proves That Hamas Is The Way For Liberation"
IMEMC - Wednesday October 19, 2011 - 12:15, Lebanese Ex-detainee, Samir Al-Qentar, stated that the releasing of the male and female detainees from the army prisons is proof that the Palestinian resistance group (Hamas) is the only route leading to the eventual liberation of all the remaining detainees, the Ma’an News Agency reported on October 19.

Upon Releasing the 477 Detainees, Army Kidnaps Four West Bank Residents
IMEMC - Wednesday October 19, 2011 - 11:36, The Israeli Army detained four Palestinian residents from the southern part of the West Bank on Wednesday morning, the Maan News Agency reported.

Concerns over Palestinian children in Israeli custody
10/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (IRIN) -- While there have been emotional scenes after the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, concerns are being raised about the plight of 164 Palestinian children from the West Bank in Israeli custody. They were either sentenced or are being detained, mainly for stone-throwing, according to the UN Children'....

Israeli forces detain 4 men in southern West Bank
10/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in the southern West Bank overnight Tuesday, witnesses and the army said. An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers detained two men from Halhul north of Hebron after rocks were thrown at a bus carrying Israelis. The military official said one man was detained south of Hebron....

PFLP leader suspends hunger strike for 3 days
10/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has suspended his hunger strike for three days amid consultations with leaders of the campaign. Ahmad Saadat was informed of the decision in his prison hospital in Ramle jail, an Addameer society attorney said. The attorney met with Saadat in....

Palestinians arrive in Turkey after captive swap
10/19/2011 - ANKARA (Reuters) -- Eleven Palestinians made V-for-victory signs as they arrived in Turkeyearly on Wednesday as part of the thousand-for-one prisoner exchange, television pictures showed. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions on Tuesday under the swap, one of the biggest ever such exchanges between the two.... Related: Freed prisoners arrive in Qatar

Freed prisoners arrive in Qatar
10/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fifteen prisoners arrived in Qatar late Tuesday night after being released as part of a prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, a statement by the Palestinian embassy in Qatar said. A reception held for the prisoners was attended by Qatari officials and the Palestinian ambassador, together with members of the.... Related: Palestinians arrive in Turkey after captive swap

Army: Woman held after trying to stab settler
10/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman was detained Wednesday after she tried to stab an Israeli settler near the Gush Etzion junction in Hebron, an army spokesman said. Soldiers detained the woman, the military official said, adding that no one was injured. Later Wednesday, the army posted video on YouTube that it said depicted....

Released detainees enjoy first day of freedom
10/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Palestinians freed by Israel in a trade for soldier Gilad Shalit took their morning exercise on Wednesday around a luxury swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean, instead of circling the prison yard as they have done for long years inside. There was none of the usual breakfast-room free-for-all at Gaza's 4....

Released prisoners pledge to continue resistance
10/19/2011 - DAMASCUS (Reuters) -- Sixteen Palestinian prisoners arrived in Damascuson Wednesday after being released by Israel on Tuesday as part of a swap deal for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Fifteen men and one woman, Amna Muna, walked down the steps of an aircraft at Damascus airport to be welcomed by Hamas officials. Muna, an activist from the....

US troubled by Israeli release of some prisoners
10/19/2011 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States has concerns about some of the 477 Palestinians Israel freed on Tuesday in exchange for an abducted Israeli soldier because they killed or injured US citizens, a US official said. The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration had conveyed its concerns to the Israeli....

Munib al-Masri: Next Step is Reconciliation, Abbas Must Visit Gaza
PNN - PNNPalestine Legislative Council Member and Palestine Forum founder Munib al-Masri said on Wednesday he considered the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in the Israel-Hamas prisoner swap a “great victory” not only for...

Festival of Victory and Triumph: Families in Gaza welcome return of prisoners
10/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 18 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - Thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza City's Qatiba Square yesterday morning, swelling to over 200,000 as news arrived that the prisoners had safely crossed the border from Egypt into Rafah.   ISM volunteers waited for hours with local families eager to catch a glimpse of the former....

In Ramallah Palestine tastes freedom at release of prisoners
10/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 18 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - It was the third time that Omar, 21, tried to write his name and cell number on a piece of paper in vain.  His hands were shaking and the fingers, pale as the face, could barely hold the pen.  On the fifth try he was able to....

Concerns over Palestinian children in Israeli custody
Relief Web 19 Oct 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel GAZA CITY, 19 October 2011 (IRIN) - While there have been emotional scenes after the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, concerns are being raised about the...

Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange a ‘humanitarian breakthrough’ – Ban
Relief Web 18 Oct 2011 - Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 18 October 2011 – Calling today’s exchange of prisoners by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas a “significant humanitarian breakthrough,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped it would have a far-reaching...

Diplomatic sources: Shalit deal hurt chances of renewing Israel-Palestinian talks
Ha'aretz - Diplomats in New York say Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal undermined position of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Freed female Palestinian terrorist to Gaza children: I hope you will become martyrs
Ha'aretz - Wafa al-Biss, who was freed as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, was sentenced to a 12-year term for planning to blow herself up near Be'er Sheva's Soroka hospital in 2005.

NY Times: Shalit deal shows Netanyahu can reach Mideast peace, but won't
Ha'aretz - In editorial published following prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, NY Times says Netanyahu would rather negotiate with extremist Hamas than with moderate Palestinian Authority.

Kuntar urges Palestinians to capture Israeli soldiers
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2011 - Former prisoner, freed in 2008 swap for soldiers' bodies, says Schalit deal proves resistance only way to liberate Palestinians jailed in Israel.

Haniyeh awards Palestinian prisoners' families $2,000
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2011 - Hamas PM offers support to prisoners relocated to Gaza; 15 prisoners arrive in Syria, 11 in Turkey, 1 in Jordan, and an unknown number in Qatar.

'Plane carrying 11 Palestinian prisoners lands in Turkey'
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2011 - Turkish FM says inmates' crimes erased as a result of exchange, denies claims prisoners may pose threat to Turkey, 'Today's Zaman' reports.

Palestinians who killed for a cause return to a changed battlefield
The Guardian 19 Oct 2011 - Released prisoners divided over passion and stomach for armed conflict as they see their brethren gambling on diplomacy Since the day Wafa al-Bess failed to blow herself apart at an Israeli military post she has not...

Abbas welcomes prisoner release - video
The Guardian 18 Oct 2011 - The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, says another wave of prisoner releases from Israeli jails is due to take place as he welcomes the return of hundreds of people returning to Gaza and the West Bank

Clashes in West Bank as prisoner exchange continues - video
The Guardian 18 Oct 2011 - Palestinians awaiting the release of prisoners at a West Bank checkpoint, hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers, who respond with tear gas, after the military told the crowd the group had been taken to another crossing

[uruknet.info] Concerns over Palestinian children in Israeli custody
Uruknet October 19, 2011 - While there have been emotional scenes after the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, concerns are being raised about the plight of 164 Palestinian children from the West Bank in Israeli custody. They were either sentenced or are being detained, mainly for stone-throwing, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which,...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian detainees suspend hunger strike 'for 3 days'
Uruknet October 18, 2011 -- Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ohalei Kedar jail have agreed to suspend their hunger strike for three days, representatives of the detainees said Tuesday. Detainees suspended the strike after prison authorities agreed to end the policy of solitary confinement, a statement said. Israeli prison officials also agreed to transfer Popular Front for the Liberation of...

[uruknet.info] The US media reports: Gilad Shalit swapped for 1000 non-people (Updated)
Uruknet October 18, 2011 - By now, Gilad Shalit is back in Israel, while around 1000 Palestinian prisoners will eventually be released from Israeli jails, then scattered to various locations from Jerusalem to Egypt to Syria, where many will live in permanent exile. While some Israelis doubt the wisdom of the prisoner swap, there can be little doubt that...

Would-be bomber tells Gaza kids to be like her
YNet News, 19 Oct 2011 - A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber freed by Israel in the prisoner swap for soldier Gilad Shalit told cheering schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip the day after her ... ....

Israel threatens to recapture freed prisoners in West Bank
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has imposed strict security measures on freed Palestinian prisoners and threatened to arrest them anew in the event they did not obey those orders.

Hasan Salamah hails the prisoner exchange deal
PIC - Imprisoned Qassam Brigades leader, Hasan Salamah said in a message from Askalan prison on Tuesday afternoon: "To get women captives free is an achievement to be proud of..

Newspapers Review: 477 Palestinian Prisoners Released
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UNICEF pressures Israel on child detainees
Mondoweiss - From Foreign Policy's Turtle Bay blog : As the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap got under way this week, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) appealed late last night to the Israel military to ensure the release of 164 Palestinian prisoners detained as minors, mostly on charges of throwing stones...

Yes, rejoice for precious Shalit
Sabbah report 19 Oct 2011 - I can't deny that I'm pleased for Gilad Shalit and his parents. On the other hand why is there such a torrent of sympathy for Shalit when the much-hyped thousand-for-one prisoner swop leaves 8,000 Palestinians still rotting in Israeli jails.

Spare a thought for the 8,000 Palestinian prisoners
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 10/20/2011
      I was once a national serviceman, drafted into the military by a barmy government. So I can’t deny that I'm pleased for Gilad Shalit and his parents. No teenage soldier, especially a conscript, should spend five years in anyone's prison even if soldiering for the world's vilest regime.
     On the other hand, why is there such a torrent of sympathy for Shalit when the much-hyped thousand-for-one prisoner swop leaves 8,000 Palestinians still rotting in Israeli jails, some of them having languished in captivity far longer than our Israeli hero?
     Life in Israel's prisons
     And for those 8,000 it's no picnic. A United Nations Human Rights Council report (A/HRC/WG.6/3/ISR/3) of December 2008 highlighted some unpalatable truths about life in Israel's prisons:
     * Use of coercive techniques to extract confessions
     * Use of confessional evidence obtained illegally to convict
     * Lack of effective mechanisms for investigating complaints of torture
     * Arrests and detentions are based on secret evidence to which neither the detainees nor their counsels have access
     * Neither the prisoner nor his/her lawyer has the right to see the evidence against them
     * Repeated extension of initial detention without evidence to justify it....
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Hamas official claims that exchange deal "includes Israel lifting Gaza siege and not pursuing ex-prisoners"
Middle East Monitor 19 Oct 2011 - The Deputy Director of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has said that the prisoner exchange deal agreed with Israel "includes lifting the Gaza siege and not pursuing and prosecuting the ex-prisoners". Moussa Abu Marzouk made his comments to local media outlet "Palestine". "...

West Bank gives heroes' welcome to freed prisoners
Middle East Monitor 19 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The freed Palestinian prisoners were received at the various crossing points into the Palestinian Territories by large crowds of well-wishers from across the political spectrum. Prisoners from the West Bank arrived at the Betunia Checkpoint and from there were taken to the district headquarters...

Celebration in the Middle East, But for How Long?
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Oct 2011 - By Ershad Abubacker Mitzpe Hila, a small town in northern Israel close to Lebanon border must not have seen such a celebration in the recent years. Similarly the 200,000 Palestinians who assembled in Katiba Square in Gaza city last night did not have anything like this to cheer about for many years. The Egyptian brokered prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel meant that the world would witness an extremely rare moment in the history of Middle East when the people in Israel and Gaza celebrate for the same cause at the same time. For the first time in many years people in Gaza had reasons to celebrate and Hamas will be receiving the kudos for that. Gilat Shalit the Israeli soldier who has been in the custody of Hamas for the past five years and four months has finally released in a historic prisoner swap deal between bitter enemies...more

Yes, Rejoice for Precious Shalit, But ..
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Oct 2011 - …spare a thought (and do something) for the thousands of Palestinians still languishing in Israel's prisons By Stuart Littlewood I was once a national serviceman myself, drafted into the military by a barmy government. So I can’t deny that I'm pleased for Gilad Shalit and his parents. No teenage soldier, especially a conscript, should spend 5 years in anyone's prison even if soldiering for the world's vilest regime. On the other hand why is there such a torrent of sympathy for Shalit when the much-hyped thousand-for-one prisoner swop leaves 8,000 Palestinians still rotting in Israeli jails, some of them having languished in captivity far longer than our Israeli hero? And for those 8,000 it's no picnic. A United Nations Human Rights Council report (A/HRC/WG.6/3/ISR/3) of December 2008 highlighted some unpalatable truths about life in Israel's prisons... • use of coercive techniques to extract confessions • use of confessional evidence obtained...more

Support Imprisoned PSP Organizer Participating in Mass Hunger Strike
Palestine Solidarity Project 19 Oct 2011 - Majde Za’aqiq, a 38-year-old school teacher from Beit Ommar and a long-time member of both the Palestine Solidarity Project and the Center for Freedom and Justice, has been imprisoned by the Israeli Authorities for nearly two months and is currently hunger striking against inhumane prison conditions....

All Freed Detainees Are Now In Gaza And Ramallah
IMEMC - Tuesday October 18, 2011 - 13:50, Every Palestinian detainee released in the first phase of the prisoners-swap deal between Israel and the Hamas movement, except those sent to Egypt, are now safely in Gaza and Ramallah. This article includes the speeches of President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, and Hamas leader, Hasan Yousef, standing next to him.

Jubilation after swap deal in Gaza
10/18/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian leader in Gaza praised the release of hundreds of prisoners as a "historic moment," in an address late Tuesday to thousands of supporters. Ismail Haniyeh said the resistance refused to back down on two demands -- to include leaders of all factions, and to include Palestinians from "the whole.... Related: Hundreds of thousands rally to celebrate prisoner release

Detainees suspend hunger strike 'for 3 days'
10/18/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ohalei Kedar jail have agreed to suspend their hunger strike for three days, representatives of the detainees said Tuesday. Detainees suspended the strike after prison authorities agreed to end the policy of solitary confinement, a statement said. Israeli prison officials also agreed to transfer Popular.... Related: Prisoners society: Saadat loses 10 kilos in strike

UN concern at fate of Palestinian detainees
10/18/2011 - GENEVA (Reuters) -- The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that some of the Palestinian detainees released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit may have not have been given any choice on where to go, which could constitute an illegal forced transfer. The office of Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, welcomed the....

Prisoners society: Saadat loses 10 kilos in strike
10/18/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fares Qaddura, head of the Palestinian prisoners society, says the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine will enter his 23rd day on hunger strike Wednesday. Ahmad Saadat is refusing to back down until the demands of the strike are met, although he has lost 10 kilos in.... Related: Detainees suspend hunger strike 'for 3 days'

10 prisoners to go to Turkey in captive swap
10/18/2011 - ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said around 10 Palestinians would come to Turkey as part of the thousand-for-one prisoner exchange being carried out on Tuesday. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions on Tuesday under the deal. Some 40 of the Palestinians were being....

Calls for respect of international law as prisoners swapped
10/18/2011 - GAZA CITY (IRIN) -- The exchange of 477 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas, has highlighted calls by several human rights organizations and NGOs for Israel to stop violating international law by removing Palestinians from occupied Palestinian territory." Holding these prisoners and detainees in Israel flagrantly breaches international humanitarian....

Israeli soldier Shalit says in good health
10/18/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, looking weak and pale but insisting he was in good health, said he hoped his release on Tuesday in exchange for a thousand Palestinians held in Israeli prisons could help bring peace between the two peoples. In an interview conducted by Egyptian television shortly after he was handed over....

First prisoners freed in West Bank, Gaza Strip
10/18/2011 - RAFAH (AFP) -- The first Palestinian prisoners freed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of a landmark deal for the return of a captured Israeli soldier arrived home on Tuesday, an AFP reporter said. Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, most of them to the Gaza Strip, where Hamas leaders greeted former prisoners piling....

Soldier Gilad Shalit arrives in Israel
10/18/2011 - GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Gaza's Hamas government released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday in return for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, a Hamas military source said, in a deal ending a saga that has gripped Israel for five years. The source said Shalit, 25, was taken across the frontier from the Gaza Strip....

Hamas official: Prisoner exchange a historic day
10/18/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Senior Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar said Tuesday that the prisoner swap was a historic day for the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations. The deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council said that the prisoner deal will not be the last of its kind, as other Palestinian factions....

Mashaal: Prisoner deal marks 'beginning for victory'
10/18/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader in exile Khaled Mashaal on Tuesday hailed the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier. The initial phase of the prisoner exchange, the first between Israel and Hamas, marks "a beginning for victories and national unity," Mashaal said in a brief phone interview. Mashaal....

PRC: We will kidnap more Israeli soldiers
10/18/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Resistance Committees will kidnap more Israeli soldiers until all prisoners are freed, spokesman Abu Mujahid said Tuesday." The Palestinian resistance will continue on this track until all prisoners are freed," Abu Mujahid told Ma'an. PRC militants helped capture Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit near the Gaza border....

UK says Israel must do more for peace
10/18/2011 - NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) -- Britain called on Israel to build on the momentum provided by the release of its soldier Gilad Shalit to advance peace talks with the Palestinians. Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the release of Shalit after more than five years in captivity in the Gaza Strip as part of a thousand-for-one prisoner exchange." It....

World leaders hope detainee swap gives peace boost
10/18/2011 - LONDON (Reuters) -- World leaders voiced hope on Tuesday that a major prisoner exchange between Israel and the Palestinians would help reinvigorate a peace process frozen for more than a year. But while the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas-ruled Gaza in return for 477 Palestinians detainees was celebrated on both sides, it did....

Iran congratulates Palestinians on freed prisoners
10/18/2011 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's foreign ministry welcomed the negotiated release on Tuesday of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit." Iran congratulates the Palestinian nation on the release of prisoners held captive by the illegitimate Zionist regime," spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in a regular weekly briefing. Iran....

Celebrations as Prisoners Return Home
Palestine Note 18 Oct 2011 - Arabiya - The prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners and Israeli army officer Gilad Shalit has elicited impassioned reactions from both sides. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas hailed the newly released prisoners as “freedom...

Palestinian families await prisoners' return
AlJazeera 18 Oct 2011 - Ban Ki-moon expresses "deep concern" over reports of Israeli plans to extend illegal settlements in East Jerusalem.

In Pictures: Hebron Greets Return of Palestinian Prisoners
PNN - by Lo Yuk FaiIn the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a crowd of thousands gathered to greet the 30 Hebron-area prisoners released in today's historic prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas....

Qaraqe Confirms: Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike on Day 21
PNN - On Tuesday, Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said that Palestinian prisoners suspended their hunger strike on its 21st day, after Israeli prison administrators agreed to end the policy...

Prisoners Arrive in Rafah and Ramallah, Shalit Gives First Interview, Clashes Reported in Beitunia
PNN - PNNThe first phase of the Shalit prisoner swap was completed on Tuesday morning, with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being released into Israel in return for 477 Palestinian prisoners now in the...

Israel: Follow Prisoner Exchange by Ending Blockade
Relief Web 18 Oct 2011 - Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory (Jerusalem, October 18, 2011) – Israel and Hamas should follow the announced prisoner exchange with measures to improve human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel should end its punitive closure...

Israel-Hamas prisoner swap casts harsh light on detention practices of all sides
Relief Web 18 Oct 2011 - Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel The prisoner exchange involving Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 477 Palestinian prisoners highlights the need for the humane treatment of all detainees in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said...

Report: Facts about Palestinian Prisoners in Israel
18 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Executive Summary: On Sept. 27, 2011, approximately 500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike to protest increasingly discriminatory, inhumane and illegal treatment by the Israeli government – ranging from preventing access to books, educational programs and new clothes, to imposing solitary confinement on inmate leaders, to restricting visits by families and lawyers.

477 Palestinian Prisoners released in return of 1 Israeli solider
18 Oct 2011 - London, (Pal Telegraph) - The first group of Palestinian prisoners has been transferred from Israeli detention centers bound for freedom as part of a deal to release 1,027 Palestinian inmates in exchange for Hamas-captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Palestinians exchanged for Israeli soldier
The National 18 Oct 2011 - Emotional celebrations, singing and dancing in Gaza and the West Bank as detainees are freed from Israeli jails in the first stage of a landmark deal.

Hamas leader: Shalit deal turning point in struggle against Israel
Ha'aretz - Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh says deal in which prisoners from all factions released is testimony to Hamas dedication to entire Palestinian people.

Abbas greets newly released Palestinian prisoners: You are freedom fighters
Ha'aretz - Arrivals of the prisoners set off ecstatic celebrations in Palestinian territories, where large crowds and dignitaries greet them.

'US concerned over some Palestinians freed in Schalit deal'
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2011 - State Department says some released Palestinian prisoners pose a threat, the US objected to their freedom, AFP reports; Clinton, Obama pleased over Schalit deal, says it took "far too long."

UN concerned at fate of Palestinian detainees
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2011 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expresses concern that shipping prisoners abroad is in breach of international law.

IPS: Transfer of all 477 Palestinian prisoners complete
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2011 - Officials complete transfer of all prisoners to Egypt, West Bank after Schalit confirmed in good health in Israeli hands.

Palestinian prisoners transferred to Red Cross buses
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2011 - Israeli officials awaiting word that Schalit in Israel before allowing buses carrying prisoners to pass into Gaza, W. Bank.

Schalit deal underway as Israel transfers prisoners
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 - Vehicles carrying Palestinian prisoners depart Israeli jails, setting in motion Schalit-prisoner swap; 96 prisoners taken from Ktziot facility.

Freed Palestinians reunite with families in Gaza and West Bank
The Guardian 18 Oct 2011 - Euphoria and tears of joy as released detainees come home after Gilad Shalit is handed over to Israel by Hamas Families wept as they embraced. Children who had no memories of their fathers were held up...

Gilad Shalit exchange for Palestinian prisoners – as it happened
The Guardian 18 Oct 2011 - • Gilad Shalit back on Israeli soil • Swap part of exchange for initial 477 Palestinian prisoners • Read a summary of today's key events • Read more: Gilad Shalit: 'I hope this deal promotes peace' 6.31am:...

Gilad Shalit freed in exchange for Palestinian prisoners
The Guardian 18 Oct 2011 - Hamas hands in soldier to Israel in the first phase of a deal that would lead to the release of 1,027 Palestinians Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was seized in 2006 by Hamas, has been...

[uruknet.info] 477 Palestinian prisoners released
Uruknet October 18, 2011 - Thousands gathered at the Ofer prison checkpoint and the Muqata'a this morning, to greet West Bank Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails. In total, 477 Palestinian inmates were released today as part of the recent prisoner swap agreement reached between Israel and Hamas. Of the prisoners released today, the majority was from Gaza and...

[uruknet.info] Free at Last
Uruknet October 17, 2011 - ...Among the Palestinians, there are concerns and criticisms too, many of them well founded. While 1,027 prisoners is a good deal no matter which way you slice it, there are many strings attached that puts a damper on the overall feeling of joy at these men and women's release. For one, 40 of those...

Lebanon hails prisoner swap as victory against Israeli aggression
Daily Star 18 Oct 2011 Lebanese officials from across the political spectrum hailed Tuesday’s prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas as a victory for Palestinians against Israel’s policy of aggression.

World leaders hope exchange will ease tensions
Daily Star 18 Oct 2011 World leaders voiced hope Tuesday that the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners would boost the Middle East peace process and ease regional tensions.

Prisoner release terms may constitute forced transfer: U.N.
Daily Star 18 Oct 2011 The United Nations voiced concern Tuesday that some of the Palestinian detainees released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit may not have been given a choice on where to go and said this could constitute...

Sleiman welcomes Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap
Daily Star 18 Oct 2011 President welcomes the news of the first stage of the prisoner swap between the Palestinians and Israelis and says the Jewish state has no other option but to seek a just peace.

Israeli soldier Shalit freed in mass prisoner swap
Daily Star 18 Oct 2011 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released Tuesday after 5 years in captivity, exchanged for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in a deal with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Sinwar: we will free all captives
PIC - Freed Hamas leader, Yahya al-Sinwar, who was freed today as part of the prisoner exchange deal, said upon his arrival in Gaza that he will work for the release of all Palestinian captives.

Freed captives arrive to Gaza and Ramallah
PIC - Hundreds of freed captives arrived at noon Tuesday into the Gaza Strip as the implementation of the first phase of the prisoner exchange deal reaches the final stage.

Mishaal to address a press conference on exchange deal
PIC - Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal is to address a press conference in Cairo on Tuesday evening to talk about the prisoners’ exchange deal.

Resheq: Three private jets to carry banished prisoners
PIC - Qatari, Syrian, and Turkish jets have landed in Cairo in preparation for carrying the 40 freed Palestinian prisoners in the exchange deal between Hamas and Israel who are going to be banished.

Abu Marzouq: Egypt exerting efforts to release remaining female prisoners
PIC - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouq has said that Egypt was exerting “big efforts” to secure the release of the remaining nine Palestine female prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

DCI Palestine Appeals to Release Children in Prisoner Exchange
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Israel Must Release All Palestinian Prisoners, Says El-Araby
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Newspapers Review: Release of Palestinian Prisoners Dominates Dailies
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Palestinian elation is mixed with Israeli anguish
LA Times 18 Oct 2011 - As Israel frees the first prisoners in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit, the families of Israeli victims feel betrayed. The day was a jarring reminder that for those whose lives have been torn apart by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, elation on one side often equates with...

Hamas feeling pressure amid changes in Middle East
LA Times 18 Oct 2011 - The group's ties with benefactors Iran and Syria appear strained and its popularity with Palestinians has plummeted. A prisoner swap with Israel points to the pressure Hamas faces, analysts say. This seaside territory was abuzz with preparations for an elaborate homecoming ceremony, including a 21-gun...

JVP statement on Israeli-Palestinian prisoner deal
Jewish Voice for Peace - Jewish Voice for Peace welcomes the deal between Israel and Hamas for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. This deal proves what we've been saying in JVP all along: Israel can and must talk with Hamas.

Release
Mondoweiss - Palestinians celebrate the release of prisoners in Ramallah. (Photo: Oren Ziv/ Activestills ). For more photos of Palestinains welcoming the released prisoners home check out the Activestills Flickr page . Also,  Noa Yachot and Dimi Reider are live blogging Gilad Shalit's return to Israel for 972. Some recent...

Qatar, Syria and Turkey are willing to accept exiled Palestinian prisoners
Middle East Monitor 18 Oct 2011 - A spokesman for Hamas has said that Qatar, Syria and Turkey have expressed their willingness to accept some of the Palestinian prisoners who will be sent into exile as a result of the exchange deal with Israel. Ezzat Al-Rishq said that arrangements will be made within...

All Freed Detainees Are Now In Gaza, Ramallah
Sabr 18 Oct 2011 - Tuesday October 18, 2011 13:50 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies All Palestinian detainees released under the first phase of the prisoners-swap deal between Israel and the Hamas movement, except those sent to Egypt, are now in Gaza and Ramallah. This article includes the speeches...

First prisoners freed in West Bank, Gaza Strip
Sabr 18 Oct 2011 - Ma'an RAFAH (AFP) -- The first Palestinian prisoners freed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of a landmark deal for the return of a captured Israeli soldier arrived home on Tuesday, an AFP reporter said. Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, most of them...

Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal
Sabr 18 Oct 2011 - BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an ) -- Detained Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Sunday that Hamas did not consult detainees over its prisoner swap deal with Israel. Hamas has agreed to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Several prominent...

Minister: Detainees suspend strike after deal on isolation
Sabr 18 Oct 2011 - RAMALLAH ( Ma'an ) -- Palestinians jailed in Israel suspended a three-week hunger strike on Monday, the minister of detainee affairs in Ramallah said. Issa Qaraqe told the official Wafa news agency that prisoners ended the strike after Israeli prison authorities agreed to end the practice of solitary...

Mother still restricted from visiting son after his release from prison
Electronic Intifada: 18 Oct 2011 - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours The Electronic Intifada Jerusalem Israel is deporting more than 140 released Palestinian prisoners to Gaza permanently, despite many being from Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank. Their families, therefore, remain unable to see their loved ones.more

Mid-East joy at prisoner exchange
BBC 18 Oct 2011 - Jubilant crowds gather in Israel and the Palestinian territories to celebrate Gilad Shalit's historic swap for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

The Palestinian-swap Deal Will Begin Tomorrow Morning
IMEMC - Monday October 17, 2011 - 14:08, The implementation of the prisoner swap deal will begin Tuesday morning at 6:00 o'clock Israeli media sources reported on Monday.

Qaraqe' Describes Prisoners-Swap Deal As Unilateral, Party-Oriented
IMEMC - Monday October 17, 2011 - 12:42, The Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, stated on Monday the 17th of October, that the deal is unilateral and party-directed, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Army Kidnaps 6 Palestinian Residents In The West Bank
IMEMC - Monday October 17, 2011 - 12:01, The Israeli army detained three Jericho residents, and three from Nablus, after breaking into their homes on Monday morning, the Palestinian News & Info Agency reported.

Minister: Detainees suspend strike after deal on isolation
10/17/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians jailed in Israel suspended a three-week hunger strike on Monday, the minister of detainee affairs in Ramallah said. Issa Qaraqe told the official Wafa news agency that prisoners ended the strike after Israeli prison authorities agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement. Israel will stop holding detainees in isolation....

Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal
10/17/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Detained Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Sunday that Hamas did not consult detainees over its prisoner swap deal with Israel. Hamas has agreed to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Several prominent political leaders, including Barghouti, were left out of....

Hamas official: Qatar, Turkey to host prisoners
10/17/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said on Monday that three countries are willing to host Palestinian detainees set to be released under a recent exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Marzouq, deputy head of the Hamas politburo, told the London based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat that Qatar and Turkey had agreed to....

PRC: Media to be kept away from prisoner release
10/17/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Popular Resistance Committees spokesman Abu Mujahid said Monday that the release of Palestinian prisoners and Gilad Shalit will be kept away from the media." There will be an official welcoming ceremony for the freed prisoners at the Rafah crossing. Islamic, national and government officials, and members of the parliament, will....

Celebrations to greet prisoners as Hamas, Israel close swap sites
10/17/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli and Palestinian officials on Monday finalized preparations for the exchange of over 1,000 prisoners for a captured soldier, establishing closed military zones at swap sites and organizing welcome ceremonies. Hamas officials in Gaza announced that a kilometer span from the southern Rafah border with Egypt would be considered a closed....

Timeline: Israel, Hamas prisoner exchange
10/17/2011 - Israel and Hamas have agreed on a deal to swap the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The following is a timeline of events since Shalit was captured: 2006 - June 25 - Gaza-based militants -- including Hamas' armed wing -- launch raid into Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing two soldiers....

Israel high court discusses prisoner exchange appeals
10/17/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a close a saga that has gripped....

UN chief hails prisoner swap
10/17/2011 - BERN, Switzerland (AFP) -- UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Monday that Israel's plans to release 477 Palestinian prisoners in order to secure the freedom of captive soldier Gilad Shalit marked a positive step towards peace." The recent announcement of the exchange of prisoners is welcome, it is a positive movement for peace," Ban said....

Families Anxiously Await Israel-Hamas Prisoner Deal
Palestine Note 17 Oct 2011 - BBC News - The process that will see the release of about 500 Palestinian prisoners in return for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has begun. The Palestinian prisoners have been named and are being gathered in two prisons ahead of...

PFLP Secretary-General Saadat Transferred to al-Ramleh Hospital
PNN - PNNOn Sunday, Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Saadat, the man widely regarded to have started the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike now in its 21st day, was...

Jerusalem Prisoners’ Families Prepare for Homecoming, Exile
PNN - by Maysa Abu GhazalaOn Friday, as the news spread from house to house in East Jerusalem that the list of Palestinian prisoners to be released in the much-reported Shalit exchange had been...

Israel Forcibly Removes Flags from East Jerusalem Village Preparing to Receive Released Political Prisoners
Alternative Information Center - In the early morning hours of Monday (17 October), Israeli border police entered the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya and removed all Palestinian, Fatah and Hamas flags hung in anticipation of tomorrow’s release of two village...

Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange is a positive step, Ban says
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 - Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 17 October 2011 – The recent announcement by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas to exchange prisoners is a welcome step that should generate positive momentum for ongoing efforts to resolve...

Palestinians protest Israeli checkpoints
17 Oct 2011 - Palestinians have staged protest rallies against the segregation of roads by the Israeli regime in the occupied West Bank, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, Press TV reports.

Israel must release more Palestinians to avoid future abductions, Hamas official says
Ha'aretz - Hassan Yousef says 'So long as Palestinian prisoners continue to suffer in prisons, there will be an incentive to free them via any available means.'

Israeli soldiers should kill terrorists 'in their beds' following Shalit deal, former IDF rabbi says
Ha'aretz - Avihai Rontzki says can understand bereaved family members who would want to avenge Palestinian prisoners released in the prisoner swap agreement, adding 'a normal country would destroy them.'

High Court hears petitions against Shalit swap, will rule within hours
Ha'aretz - Session devoted to petitions against the swap repeatedly disrupted by Israelis who lost family members in attacks linked to Palestinian prisoners who will be exchanged for Shalit.

IDF declares Gaza crossings 'closed military zones' on eve of Shalit swap
Ha'aretz - Zones to include all routes through which Palestinian prisoners are slated to be transferred and expelled to other countries, as well as route through which Gilad Shalit will be brought back to Israel.

As court hears objections to Shalit swap, petitioner tells Noam Shalit: Hang a black flag over your home
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu sends a letter to Israelis who lost relatives in attacks linked to Palestinian prisoners to be released in deal.

Syria, Qatar, Turkey said willing to take prisoners deported in Shalit deal
Ha'aretz - Hamas official tells Al-Hayat three countries willing to absorb the 40 Palestinian prisoners whose release Israel has conditioned on deportation.

Israel begins moving Palestinian inmates from jails
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 - Vehicles carrying Palestinian prisoners depart from Israeli jails, setting in motion Schalit-prisoner swap.

Palestinians express mixed feelings on release of prisoners
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 - Nadia Zubi from Tulkarm in south West Bank says not enough Fatah members were included in the prisoners list.

Turkey's acceptance of terrorists reveals Hamas ties
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 - Ankara's friendliness in absorbing released Palestinian prisoners is more directed at Hamas than Israel, Israeli officials say.

Palestinians gear up to greet released inmates
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 - Rallies and celebrations are planned in Ramallah for prisoners expected to be released in exchange for Gilad Schalit.

Gilad Shalit deal opposed by families of Palestinian prisoners' victims
The Guardian 17 Oct 2011 - Israeli PM tells families he 'shares their pain' but is obliged to bring home every Israeli soldier 'sent to protect our citizens' Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has told the families of Israelis killed by some...

MIDEAST: Prisoners Deal Changes Rules of Conflict
IPS Israel's prison authority has begun processing the first batch of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to be swapped on Tuesday for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who's been held in captivity by Hamas-affiliated groups for more than five years.

[uruknet.info] Urgent Appeal - Prisoner exchange - Release of Palestinian children
Uruknet October 17, 2011 - As part of the prisoner exchange deal, the Israeli authorities published a list of 477 prisoners, including 27 women, to be released in the first stage on 18 October. The list does not include any children. Please send appeals urging the Israeli authorities to release all Palestinian children currently held in detention....

[uruknet.info] Celebrations to greet prisoners as Hamas, Israel close swap sites
Uruknet October 17, 2011 -- Israeli and Palestinian officials on Monday finalized preparations for the exchange of over 1,000 prisoners for a captured soldier, establishing closed military zones at swap sites and organizing welcome ceremonies. Hamas officials in Gaza announced that a kilometer span from the southern Rafah border with Egypt would be considered a closed military zone, bar...

[uruknet.info] PFLP Secretary-General Saadat Transferred to al-Ramleh Hospital
Uruknet October 17, 2011 - On Sunday, Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Saadat, the man widely regarded to have started the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike now in its 21st day, was transferred from Nafha prison to al-Ramlah prison hospital after his health seriously deteriorated. "My husband has difficulty moving and talking and his...

[uruknet.info] Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal
Uruknet October 17, 2011 -- Detained Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Sunday that Hamas did not consult detainees over its prisoner swap deal with Israel. Hamas has agreed to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Several prominent political leaders, including Barghouti, were left out of the deal. In...

[uruknet.info] Third Week of Hunger Strike - Action Grows as Sa'adat's Health in Jeopardy
Uruknet October 16, 2011 - Palestinian prisoners have entered their third week of hunger strike. After two weeks of hunger strike, physical symptoms become increasingly severe and prisoners' lives and health are increasingly at risk. As prisoners have put their lives and bodies on the line to defend the rights of themselves and their people, international support and solidarity...

[uruknet.info] Ongoing Israeli Human Rights Abuses
Uruknet October 16, 2011 - Throughout its history, Israel's been a serial human rights abuser. Count the ways. State-sponsored terror is official policy. So is collective punishment, apartheid, colonialism, premeditated war, torture, and filling prison cells illegally with Palestinians wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. Instead they've suffered brutal indignities and persecution under...

Israelis and Palestinians prepare for historic prisoner swap
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Israel and the Palestinians were Monday putting the final touches on preparations for the release of 477 security prisoners in exchange for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

Timeline: How the Shalit prisoner swap will happen
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Israel is to release a first tranche of 477 Palestinian prisoners as part of a two-stage deal to secure the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

PFLP warns against any harm befalling Saadat
PIC - Jamil Mizher, PFLP politburo member, has held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the life of the front’s detained leader Ahmed Saadat.

IOA isolates detained Palestinian MP
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority transferred detained Palestinian MP Abdulrahman Zeidan from Megiddo jail to an isolation cell in Shatta jail.

Resheq: Turkey, Jordan, Syria to receive exiled prisoners
PIC - Turkey, Jordan, and Syria have expressed readiness to host the 40 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed from Israeli jails on condition of being banished outside Palestine.

Israel and Palestinians Prepare to Swap Prisoners
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 - Each side prepared Monday for the handover that will end five years in captivity for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, and hundreds of the Palestinians who have been held for much longer.

Berlin Demonstrates in Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers
Palestine Solidarity Project 17 Oct 2011 - Sunday 16 October: Palestinian solidarity activists in Berlin today held a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. In front of the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin, protestors displayed banners and chanted in support of the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who are now entering...

Egypt and Israel prisoner swap in the offing
Middle East Monitor 17 Oct 2011 - Hot on the heels of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the Palestinian authorities in Gaza, Egyptian media sources have revealed that serious talks are taking place about a similar deal between Tel Aviv and Cairo. According to Al-Ahram newspaper, Egyptian prisoners being held...

PFLP warns against any harm befalling Saadat
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 - [ 17/10/2011 - 10:37 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )-- Jamil Mizher, politburo member of the popular front for the liberation of Palestine, has held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the life of the front’s detained leader Ahmed Saadat. He said in a press release on...

Resheq: Turkey, Jordan, Syria to receive exiled prisoners
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 - [ 17/10/2011 - 11:04 AM ] BEIRUT, ( PIC )-- Turkey, Jordan, and Syria have expressed readiness to host the 40 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed from Israeli jails on condition of being banished outside Palestine, political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq revealed. He said in...

Prisoner Exchange, Symmetry and Israel’s Siege of Gaza
Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 10/17/2011
      The Palestinian political prisoners, women and men, who will be freed are all freedom fighters who fulfilled their political and moral duty in the struggle against the Israeli colonial occupation. Gilad Shalit, on the other hand, was a soldier, and a soldier in Israel’s colonial occupation army, which violates international law on a daily basis and regularly commits war crimes.
     In two days we can celebrate the return home of 1037 Palestinian political prisoners and the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. For the thousands of Palestinian families who will soon meet their loved ones I’m happy, and for the Shalit family I’m also happy. However, beyond happiness over the release, there exists no symmetry: The Palestinian political prisoners, women and men, who will be freed are all freedom fighters who fulfilled their political and moral duty in the struggle against the Israeli colonial occupation. Gilad Shalit, on the other hand, was a soldier, and a soldier in Israel’s colonial occupation army which violates international law on a daily basis and regularly commits war crimes. As was done by hundreds of Israelis before him, Shalit should have refused to take part in this war, which he did not do.
     Those in Israel dubbed the “kidnappers” of Gilad Shalit actually took a prisoner of war and according to all testimonies at our disposal, he was treated as such. The Palestinian political prisoners, on the other hand, do not even dare dream of receiving treatment similar to that received by Shalit.
     Just as an injured soldier is not left on the battlefield, the state is obligated to do everything in its power to return its prisoners of war, whatever the price may be. There is no “particularly special Jewish humanism” here, as related by the Israeli media, which is nourished by the office of Benjamin Netanyahu, but a regular and accepted act in a situation of war. What is not usual, and is in fact scandalous, is the intentional foot-dragging which characterized the governments responsible for the Shalit file....
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IOA isolates detained Palestinian MP
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 - [ 17/10/2011 - 11:04 AM ] TULKAREM, ( PIC )-- The Israeli occupation authority transferred detained Palestinian MP Abdulrahman Zeidan from Megiddo jail to an isolation cell in Shatta jail. A statement by the office of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank said that the transfer was a...

Israel moves hundreds of prisoners near swap site
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 - A Palestinian prisoner gestures from the window of a bus as it leaves Nafha Prison in the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon on Oct. 16, 2011, before a prisoner swap that is expected to take place on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Ilan Assayag) Maan JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel bused...

Palestinian prisoners must become part of the overall solution
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine 10/13/2011
      The Schalit exchange will see nearly a thousand Palestinian and one Israeli prisoners of conflict go home. But the hostage-exchange practice cannot be allowed to go on. Prisoners should be invited to take an active part in dealings with Israel, and their release should become a part of the diplomatic process.
     It’s hard to overestimate the significance of the upcoming prisoner exchange. I’m not aware of any abduction or wartime captivity case in recent history that has become as significant to a nation as the plight of Gilad Schalit. He has become the sole point of near-total consensus, with even most active rightists merely disagreeing on the way in which he should be released (former IDF chief military rabbi Avichai Rontski is an ignoble exception to the rule). His ongoing captivity had become a symbol of the weakening trust between citizens, soldiers and the state, of the state’s incompetence, and of the general hopelessness of the conflict. But while Schalit’s impending release is likely to relieve (not cure) some of these rifts, we should ask ourselves what can be done to avert the next hostage situation: If anything, the deal increases, not decreases, the possibility that similar tactics will be used by Hamas or any other paramilitary group in the future.
     Although Netanyahu strove hard to present the deal as a result of Hamas buckling down to pressures, he himself has once again provided proof positive that if you want something from Israel, you need to get it by force. From the unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon and the eviction of settlements and redeployment of IDF forces around Gaza, to all previous significant prisoner releases, Israel has proved far more susceptible to violence than it ever was to any diplomatic advances. The withdrawal from Lebanon would have been far more advantageous to both Lebanon and Israel if it was negotiated, but even in the unilateral framework, Israel could have released all Lebanese POWs after the withdrawal, sparing itself the nauseating body-snatching exercise by Hezbollah and the sado-masochistic haggling that followed. But the issue of Palestinian prisoners merits more delicate treatment.
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Shalit to end five-year captivity
BBC 17 Oct 2011 - Final preparations are taking place for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Saadat Moved To Al Ramla Prison Hospital
IMEMC - Monday October 17, 2011 - 02:54, Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', stated that detained secretary-general of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmad Saadat, was moved to the Al Ramla Prison hospital due to health complications following 20 days of hunger strike.

Israel publishes list of 477 prisoners to be released
IMEMC - Sunday October 16, 2011 - 17:21, The Israel government has published a list of 477 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the first stage of a swap deal for the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Union head: Public sector strike for detainees on Monday
10/16/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Union chief Bassam Zakarneh announced a general strike of public sector employees on Monday to support Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Prisoners have refused food for 20 days to protest against Israel's toughening of conditions in jail, sparking rallies and sit-in camps in the West Bank....

Israel publishes list of prisoners as steps for release begin
10/16/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel on Sunday published the official list of 477 Palestinian prisoners to be released on Tuesday and took the first steps to releasing detainees. The gate of a prison in northern Israelswung open on Sunday morning and three heavily guarded vehicles drove out carrying 15 Palestinian female inmates -- some making V-for-victory signs -- to.... Related: Prisoners society: 9 female detainees not included in deal and Israel moves hundreds of prisoners near swap site

Prisoners society: 9 female detainees not included in deal
10/16/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian prisoners society on Sunday released the names of 9 female detainees it said are not included in the prisoner exchange set to take place on Tuesday. Suad Ahmad Abdul Raouf, Lina Ahmad al-Jarbuni, Khadija Kayed Abu Ayesh, Muna Amna, Bushra al-Tawil, Feda Abu Suneineh, Haniyeh Nasser, Rani Halasa and.... Related: Israel publishes list of prisoners as steps for release begin and Israel moves hundreds of prisoners near swap site

Israel moves hundreds of prisoners near swap site
10/16/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel bused some 430 Palestinian prisoners under heavy guard to a holding facility in the Negev desert on Sunday in preparation for them to be exchanged on Tuesday for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, officials said. The prisoner swap, to take place in the nearby Egyptian desert region of Sinai, is the first....

Palestinians, Israelis prepare for prisoner release
10/16/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank on Sunday prepared to celebrate the return of hundreds of prisoners held in Israeli jails, as Israelis awaited the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit. In Gaza, men were erecting a huge stage to be used to celebrate the release of the Palestinian prisoners as part....

Gaza, West Bank prepare to welcome prisoners
10/16/2011 - GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- The last time Asma al-Kurd saw her father, she was 18 months old. That was 20 years ago, before he was sentenced to eight terms of life imprisonment for attacks that killed Israelis. Baseem al-Kurd, now 43, is slated to be one of 477 Palestinians due to be exchanged on Tuesday for.... Related: Israel moves hundreds of prisoners near swap site

Jordan, Hamas premiers discuss Shalit prisoner swap deal in rare contact
Ha'aretz - Jordan official news agency reports rare telephone conversation; Jordan closed down Hamas office in 1999, since then has recognized PA as sole representative of Palestinian people.

Israel begins processing Palestinian prisoners to be freed in Shalit deal
Ha'aretz - The prisoners are scheduled to undergo checks in the Ketziot prison, near the border with Egypt, and in the Sharon facility in central Israel; swap expected to take place on Tuesday.

Hamas scoffs at criticism of Shalit swap: 'Abbas couldn't have secured such a deal'
Ha'aretz - Top official Mahmoud Zahar says Palestinian President offered to release kidnapped IDF soldier in exchange for lifting the siege on Gaza, without releasing prisoners.

Zahar plays down last-minute issues in Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 16 Oct 2011 - Hamas leader minimizes importance of releasing additional female Palestinian prisoners in radio interview, says ICRC will oversee exchange.

Israel and Hamas set stage for Gilad Shalit's release
The Guardian 16 Oct 2011 - Palestinian prisoners are moved ahead of exchange but legal appeal could delay deal to free Israeli soldier Israel and Hamas have begun executing a complex choreography which will result the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being reunited...

Gilad Shalit/Palestinian prisoner swap: the most controversial cases
The Guardian 16 Oct 2011 - The list of Palestinian security prisoners being released by Israel this week includes some convicted of high-profile attacks Abdul al-Aziz Salaha The highly public role of Salaha, 30, in the killing of an Israeli soldier became...

Israel begins prisoner transfer as part of deal to free Gilad Shalit
The Guardian 16 Oct 2011 - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners including militants serving multiple life sentences moved to two jails in first phase of exchange for captured Israeli soldier Israel began to transfer hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to two jails on Sunday...

[uruknet.info] You Might Take My Life, But You Can't Take My Soul*
Uruknet October 15, 2011 - The Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike has been going on for seventeen days, at the time of writing heading to the eighteenth day shortly. The Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe labeled the prisoners' conditions as a "disaster" with some suffering "complete bodily collapse." I've struggled with writing about this topic. How to blend in...

[uruknet.info] Israel's Brutal Repression of Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Spurs, Not Deters Resistance
Uruknet October 15, 2011 - On the thirteenth day (11 October) of hunger strikes held by some 3,000 Palestinian political prisoners imprisoned behind Israeli bars, Israeli authorities have agreed to meet some demands for better treatment, an attempt at partial concession that, according to most spokespeople for Palestinian prisoners' rights, does not go far enough. On Sunday, Ma'an News...

Mishaal describes exchange deal as historic
PIC - Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal has lauded the Egyptian intelligence for its national and effective role in concluding the prisoners exchange deal with Israel.

Occupation complete preparations for the release of captives
PIC - Israeli occupation prison authorities have completed on Sunday the transfer of 430 Palestinian captives to Ketziot prison in preparation for freeing them on Tuesday.

News of a possible prisoner exchange deal between Egypt and Israel soon
PIC - Egyptian media sources said that there are serious efforts to reach an exchange deal between Egypt and Israel to get all Egyptian captives released in return for the Israeli spy Ilan Grapel.

Ashaal calls on Israel to release all captives
PIC - Former aide to former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Dr. Abdullah al-Ashaal, said that the conclusion of the prisoner exchange deal is an indicator of Egypt's vital regional and international role.

Palestinian Prisoners Enter 20th Day of Hunger Strike
WAFA

Israel Names 477 to Go Free in Trade for Hamas-Held Soldier
New York Times 16 Oct 2011 - Israel released the names of the first Palestinian prisoners that it will exchange for a soldier held by Hamas, most of whom have been convicted of manslaughter, attempted murder or intentionally causing death.

After Schalit, Israel likely to move (further) right
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 10/13/2011
      The 1-for-1,000 deal is probably the most “left-wing” thing Netanyahu’s ever done. The international community will now give him some slack, while the settlers, Lieberman et al will cash in their chits.
     The deal to release Gilad Schalit was the right decision, and despite my lack of love for Netanyahu, I give him a lot of credit for pushing it through. But it seems to me that Schalit’s release, in addition to being an undeniable security risk for Israelis, is going to give the Right yet another boost, and make relations with the Palestinians even worse, as hard to imagine as that may be.
     Freeing 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, including many terrorists who took part in deadly attacks on Israeli civilians, is the most “left-wing” thing Netanyahu has ever done, with the possible exception of the Wye agreement with Arafat in his first term. The right wing – the settlers, Lieberman, Shas, much of Likud – now have some serious chits to cash in. Haaretz reported that during the cabinet debate, Shas leader Eli Yishai pressed for the release of Jewish terrorists from prison. arguing, “It’s the right thing to do as part of the balances in Israel’s society,” and that while it wouldn’t “undo the releasing of hundreds of (Palestinian) prisoners, it may sweeten the bitter pill.”
     I don’t know if Netanyahu is going let Jewish terrorists out of jail, and I definitely don’t think the Schalit deal gives him the political capital to bomb Iran, as some have suggested. Nothing would give him that sort of capital; if Israel bombs Iran, we will be going it effectively alone. But the deal does get the world off his back for awhile – the “international community” will give him credit for taking a brave decision, for showing flexibility, for what it may wishfully, mistakenly interpret as a “confidence-building measure” for the Palestinians.
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Israel publishes prison swap list
BBC 15 Oct 2011 - Israel publishes the names of 477 Palestinian prisoners who are to be released in the first phase of an exchange for captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Ending Of The Isolated Detainees File Is In The Air
IMEMC - Saturday October 15, 2011 - 14:25, Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Fares Qadoura, reported that the Administration of the Israeli Prisons (AIP) informed the Palestinian detainees that the file on the isolated detainees will be closed, except in the case of Abdullah al-Barghothi, Ibrahim Hammed and Mahmoud Issa, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reported on Saturday.

Rabin's Memorial Vandalized
IMEMC - Saturday October 15, 2011 - 12:33, A monument dedicated to former Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has been vandalized by an Israeli Jew in protest of the prisoner-swap deal to secure the release of over a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Bil'in Weekly Protest Expresses Support To Striking Detainees
IMEMC - Saturday October 15, 2011 - 02:50, Dozens of Palestinians, accompanied by international and Israeli piece activists alike, held their weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements, in Bil'in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. They marched in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who are holding their ongoing hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Prisoners group: Israel agreed to scrap isolation policy
10/15/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities told Palestinian prisoners they will end solitary confinement in jails with the exception of three Hamas-affiliated detainees, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Saturday. Qadura Fares told Ma'an Israeli prison officers said they will completely end the policy of isolation cells, a key demand of....

Mashaal leaves Cairo after completing swap deal
10/15/2011 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal left Egypt late Friday after meetings with Murad Muwafi, the new head of general intelligence, to discuss implementing the prisoner swap deal. Mashaal, who arrived in the capital Wednesday, thanked Egypt for its role in the arrangement which will free more than 1,000 Palestinians in exchange for....

Fatah official: Prisoner deal 'a national achievement'
10/15/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Fatah central committee member Tawfiq al-Tirawi on Friday called a prisoner exchange deal agreed by Hamas and Israel this week a "national achievement," in an address to a village near Hebron. The former Palestinian intelligence chief told Beit Ula villagers after Friday prayers: "There will be no peace without emptying Israeli....

UNRWA welcomes prisoner exchange deal
10/15/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- In reaction to the Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange announced this week, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees on Saturday welcomed the breakthrough and urged Israel to reconsider its blockade of Gaza. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the deal offered "an ideal opportunity for Israel to conduct a thorough review of the....

Majority of Israelis 'back Shalit deal'
10/15/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- More than two thirds of Israelis approve of the prisoner swap deal made with Hamas for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a private television network said on Saturday. A poll commissioned by Channel 10 found that 69 percent of Israelis back the exchange of Shalit for some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, 32....

In photos: Bilin march in solidarity with prisoners
10/15/2011 - MaanImages / Bilin Popular Committee - Palestinians and international activists marched in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, and in celebration of the annual olive harvest, in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Demonstrators faced tear gas as they approached the barrier separating the tiny village from an Israeli settlement....

Bethlehem Marches in Solidarity with Prisoners Nearing Fourth Week of Hunger Strikes
PNN - by Brendan WorkCarrying foam placards with portraits of imprisoned relatives, hundreds of Palestinians marched on Thursday toward the Bethlehem office of the International Red Cross, where four men and one woman have...

Beit Ummar collectively punished for peaceful demonstration
10/15/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - October 14th was the seventeenth day of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. People took to the streets for a solidarity demonstration in the village of Beit Ummar, Hebron. This is the second such demonstration in this village, a similar march last week led to several arrests....

New AIC Video: Prisoners' Hunger Strike
Alternative Information Center - Palestinian political prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike on September 27, in protest of inhumane conditions in Israeli prisons.

Israel’s Brutal Repression of Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Spurs, Not Deters Resistance
Alternative Information Center - On the thirteenth day (11 October) of hunger strikes held by some 3,000 Palestinian political prisoners imprisoned behind Israeli bars, Israeli authorities have agreed to meet some demands for better treatment, an attempt at partial concession...

OPGAI Conducts Solidarity Conference with Palestinian Political Prisoners
Alternative Information Center - More than one hundred Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails commenced an open-end hunger strike on Tuesday 27 September 2011 in protest against their deteriorating living conditions and the escalation of Israeli authorities’ aggression and violence in...

Israel publishes names of Palestinian prisoners to be released in Shalit deal
Ha'aretz - Names published on Israel Prisons Service website on Sunday; President Shimon Peres expected to approve pardons of all prisoners in swap deal.

Right-wing Israelis break into home of justice minister to protest Shalit deal
Ha'aretz - The protesters bypassed Yaakov Neeman’s guards, knocked on the front door and chanted slogans against the justice minister's decision to release Palestinian prisoners.

Peres receives list of Palestinian prisoners to be pardoned in Shalit deal
Ha'aretz - Justice Ministry delivers names of the Palestinians to be released in Shalit deal to President Shimon Peres' legal team; Peres must issue pardons in order for the prisoners to be freed.

Israel divided over price of freedom for captive soldier Gilad Shalit
The Guardian 15 Oct 2011 - More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners are to be released in exchange for one serviceman Fresh lilies are regularly laid at a monument by the Tel Aviv Dolphinarium bearing witness to an evening in 2001 when 21...

[uruknet.info] Gaza families wait for release of prisoners in Hamas-Israel deal
Uruknet October 14, 2011 - Mothers and wives of Palestinian prisoners rapidly gathered outside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) this week, after they heard news about a swap deal between Israel and Hamas. These women have not seen their loved ones for five years. For the past five years, the families of 950...

Thank you, Hamas
PIC - The prisoner swap deal with Israel, which Hamas has concluded through Egyptian and German intermediaries, is undoubtedly a perfect gift to the entire Palestinian people..

Resheq regrets Maliki’s statement on the exchange deal
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has regretted the statements by Ramallah foreign minister Riyadh Al-Maliki that criticized the banishment of some released prisoners.

Hamas briefs factions on the exchange deal
PIC - Hamas briefed Palestinian factions, human rights organisations and university lecturers on the negotiations to reach the prisoner exchange deal since the capture of Gilad Shalit..

Haifa Youth Support Striking Palestinian Prisoners
WAFA

Israel Prisoner Swap Touches Old Wounds
New York Times 15 Oct 2011 - News of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas has been painful for families whose loved ones were murdered by some of the 1,000 Palestinians to be released.

The latest on the prisoner release
Mondoweiss - Report: Turkey will host all exiled Palestinian prisoners BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 14 Oct -- Turkey will take in the 40 Palestinian prisoners set for exile abroad as part of an exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, Turkish media reported on Friday. Israel refused to deport the prisoners...

Demonstration in Beit Ommar in Solidarity with the Striking Prisoners
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Oct 2011 - 15th October 2011: Residents of Beit Ommar accompanied with sympatizers from other villages and internationals arranged a peaceful demonstration against the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstrators went all the way up to the fence on the nothwestern side of the settlement, where they were...

Transfer of freed Palestinian prisoners 'begins Tuesday'
Sabr 14 Oct 2011 - Women hug each other as they take part in a protest calling for the release of their sons held in Israeli jails, inside the headquarters of the International Red Cross in Gaza City October 13, 2011. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) BETHLEHEM ( Ma’an ) -- One of the groups involved...

Israel’s asymmetrical prisoner swap
Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera 10/15/2011
      The Israeli-Hamas prisoner swap is not a measure of life value, but rather an illustration of the asymmetrical conflict.
     It doesn't take long to meet a prisoner family in Palestine. With more than 6,000 Palestinians incarcerated by Israel right now and more than 700,000 in jails since Israel's 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories, those stories soon come into the frame - mention of a father, a brother taken away; a swallowing of pain; a distant gaze determined to bring a beloved, absent face into focus.
     Now Israel has cut a deal with Hamas to release the soldier Gilad Shalit, five years after his capture, in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, these figures allude to the reality of mass Palestinian imprisonment.
     With 20 per cent of the population jailed at some point, prison is a feature of Palestinian life under occupation. From the routine night raids that drag family members away, to the opaque military trials, the detention of children (7,000 since the year 2000) and the torture reported by Amnesty to take place in Israeli prisons, it all adds up to a system of control and debilitation.
     Israel adheres to the script of countries that try to crush national struggle: criminalise protest; use widespread arrests to show who's in charge and categorically refuse to count any prisoners as political. Those Palestinian detention figures are shockingly high - but then, the Israeli occupation has been shockingly long, and its permeation into Palestinian life just as deep.
     Despite the duration, Hadas Ziv, of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, says the fact Israel blanket-labels all Palestinian prisoners as cold-blooded murderers shows that the country is in a phase which characterises the earliest stages of conflict.
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Solidarity with Palestinians prisoners in the Israeli jails who went on a hunger strike
Sabr 14 Oct 2011 - WOFPP On 27 October 2011, political prisoners in Israeli jails have declared an open hunger strike. This means that the strike is unlimited and will go on until their just demands are fulfilled. They are protesting against the inhuman conditions of detention and against the deterioration...

UFree celebrates prisoner release, but calls for release of thousands left behind
Sabr 14 Oct 2011 - UFREE Oslo, Norway – Oct. 13, 2011 – The exchange in which the Israeli government will free 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in return for soldier Gilad Shalit is welcome news, but work must continue unabated to end the suffering of the 5,000-plus individuals who remain in jail,...

Bilin Weekly Protest Expresses Support To Striking Detainees
IMEMC - Saturday October 15, 2011 - 02:50, Dozens of Palestinians, international and Israeli piece activists, held their weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements, in Bilin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and marched in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees holding their ongoing hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Names Of The Prisoners Who Are To Be Freed In First Phase Of The Swap Are Released
IMEMC - Friday October 14, 2011 - 12:02, Abu Mojahed, spokesperson of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, stated that implementation of the first phase of the prisoner-swap deal will be next Tuesday, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reported.

Ankara To Host 40 Freed Palestinian Detainees
IMEMC - Friday October 14, 2011 - 10:50, The Hurriyet Daily News in Turkey has reported that Ankara will host forty Palestinian detainees who are to be freed under the prisoner-swap deal between Israel and Hamas. Israel rejected the idea of exiling them to Egypt, Lebanon or Syria.

Protest To Be Held In Nazareth In Support Of Striking Detainees
IMEMC - Friday October 14, 2011 - 07:09, Thousands will gather for a popular protest in Nazareth to express solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners held in dozens of Israeli prisons and detention centres across the country. The demonstration will take place on Friday at 5 PM, at the Al ‘Ein Square in the city.

PCHR: Blockade Must Be Lifted After Swap Deal Is Concluded
IMEMC - Thursday October 13, 2011 - 22:19, The Palestinian Center for Human Right (PCHR) confirmed Thursday morning that once the prisoners swap deal is concluded, the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip must be removed, adding that the collective punishment Gazans are undergoing must be ended as well.

Rabin memorial trashed in prisoner deal protest
10/14/2011 - TEL AVIV (Reuters) -- A monument commemorating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was defaced early on Friday, in an apparent protest against the upcoming release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier. White paint was spilled over the monument, and the words "price tag" and "free Yigal Amir," Rabin's convicted assassin....

Hamas: Barghouti part of prisoner exchange until 'last minute'
10/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian officials on Thursday jousted over the terms of a prisoner exchange deal agreed between Hamas and Israel. Israel is set to free more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the release of Israeli solider Gilad Shalit who is captivity in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. But many prominent figures in Israeli jail....

Report: Turkey will host all exiled Palestinian prisoners
10/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Turkey will take in the 40 Palestinian prisoners set for exile abroad as part of an exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, Turkish media reported on Friday. Israel refused to deport the prisoners -- part of the first round of 450 set be released this week -- to Egypt, Lebanon or Syria, according....

Arab League: ICC should probe detainees' status
10/14/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- The Arab League on Thursday called on the United Nations General Assembly to request a probe into the legal status of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. The UN General Assembly is expected to pass the request to the Hague International Criminal Court. Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe told a news conference....

Haniyeh: Gaza paid 'dear price' to free prisoners
10/14/2011 - GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Days ahead of a prisoner swap deal with Israel, the prime minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza said the people there paid a "dear price" to free detainees. Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that "Our people today will harvest the fruit of one destination of Jihad and steadfastness."Gaza has paid a....

In photos: Rally for Palestinian prisoners in Lebanon
10/14/2011 - Reuters / Sharif Karim - Lebanese and Palestinians carry banners and Palestinian flags as they take part in a protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, near the International Committee of Red Cross offices in Beirut, October 14, 2011. Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an....

PNN Obtains Names of 450 Palestinian Prisoners to be Freed
PNN - PNNOn Thursday, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center released the list of 450 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the first phase of the recently signed Gilad Shalit deal. The list was confirmed...

PNN Obtains Names of Over 350 Palestinian Prisoners to be Freed
PNN - PNNOn Thursday, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center released a partial and unofficial list of Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of the recently signed Gilad Shalit deal. The final number of...

PNN Obtains Names of 41 Jerusalem Prisoners to be Released
PNN - PNNThe Palestine News Network (PNN) obtained a list of 41 Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem who are due to be relased as part of the recently agreed deal between Hamas and Israel, among...

Military court rejects motion to release Bassem Tamimi
10/14/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 12 October 2011, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - A judge at the Ofer Military Court ruled yesterday that Palestinian protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, will remain in prison indefinitely, until the end of his trial. The judge denied a motion filed by Tamimi's defense lawyer, adv. Labib Habib, to revisit a prior decision to hold....

VIDEO - Palestinian hunger strike continues despite Israeli prisoner swap
10/14/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - The Real News Network - Thousands are demanding better treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the release of prominent activists.... Related: Video: The Real News Network

69% of Israelis support Schalit deal, survey reveals
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2011 - According to Channel 10 poll, most Israelis support deal, despite fact that 62% believe releasing Palestinian prisoners will worsen security.

'Malki calls timing of Schalit deal suspicious'
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2011 - PA Foreign Minister accuses Hamas of intentionally stealing limelight from Palestinian statehood bid; Abbas welcomes prisoner exchange.

Letters: The bomb that killed our precious daughter
The Guardian 14 Oct 2011 - Contrary to your report ( Palestinian families wait to hear prisoners' fate , 14 October), Ahlam Tamimi did not drive the Sbarro restaurant suicide bomber to his target. She personally transported a bomb weighing 10kg from a West...

[uruknet.info] PNN Obtains Names of 450 Palestinian Prisoners to be Freed
Uruknet October 14, 2011 - On Thursday, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center released the list of 450 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the first phase of the recently signed Gilad Shalit deal. The list was confirmed by the Israeli Prisons Administration, with the final number of Palestinian prisoners to be released standing at 1,027. The prisoner exchange is...

High-profile Palestinian prisoners prepare for their imminent release
Daily Star 14 Oct 2011 Israel has agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners to secure the freedom of its captive soldier, Gilad Shalit. Islamist group Hamas has published the names of those Palestinians set to be freed.

Shalit, 450 Palestinians to be released Tuesday
Daily Star 14 Oct 2011 Captured soldier Gilad Shalit is to return to Israel Tuesday at the same time as 450 Palestinian prisoners are freed if the terms of a swap deal are respected, a senior Israeli official said Friday.

Mishaal to meet Abbas after release of prisoners
PIC - 13/10/2011 - 06:03 PM

Aruri: Deal includes all prisoners demands, no more isolation
PIC - 13/10/2011 - 10:11 AM

PCHR: Closure of Gaza Must Be Lifted as Shalit’s Pretext Diminished
PIC - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), in Gaza, welcomed the prisoner swap deal between the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF..

Prisoner exchange to take place on Tuesday
PIC - An Israeli official from the office of Benyamin Netanyahu said on Friday that 450 Palestinian captives will be released next Tuesday and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be released at the same time.

Human rights centre: health of hunger strikers deteriorating
PIC - The centre for prisoners’ studies called on Imams to give support to the Palestinian captives in occupation jails, who have been on hunger strike for the 18th day running, during Friday sermon.

Resheq: we have defined the criteria for the second phase of the exchange
PIC - Member of Hamas's political bureau, Ezzat al-Resheq, revealed that the second phase of the prisoner-exchange deal will be implemented after two months and according to the criteria agreed.

UN Committee Expresses Grave Concern at Situation of Palestinian Prisoners
WAFA

In prisoner deal, Palestinian and Israeli right wings are working together– politically
Mondoweiss - The prisoner exchange between Hamas and the Likud-led government of Israel is one of the more curious developments in the recent history of the conflict. It shows the two extremes working together in a surprisingly normal and constructive sense. Netanyahu and Likud will be boosted politically...

1,000 Palestinian Prisoners to Be Freed, 4,200 to Remain
Tikun Olam - Palestinian prisoner vigil (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) The joy and celebration of 450 Palestinian families and one Israeli are welcome and long overdue.  Their release will be followed by a second of 550 prisoners in a few weeks (Maan has the entire list here ).  But we should also...

Israeli Army Fire Tear Gas Into Town and Create Checkpoint at Entrance to Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 14 Oct 2011 - September 14th October: Israeli soldiers fired tear gas into residential areas of Beit Ommar. In addition to the tear gas, the army stopped and searched cars entering and leaving the village. Due to the ongoing Palestinian solidarity and support of the prisoners` hunger strike the army...

Arab Spring forced us to accept Hamas’s demands’
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 10/13/2011
      An open-ended hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli prisons highlights the barbarous conditions to which they are subject.
     In the dead of silence, the sound of Jamal Hassan's fall onto the floor of his cell in Shatta Prison in Israel was especially loud on Friday evening. When the guards opened the door to his cell, they found blood flowing from his head and he had lost consciousness. He was transferred to a nearby Israeli hospital. Hassan, 31, is one of hundreds of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails who 18 days ago began an open-ended hunger strike to protest the brutal conditions they are subjected to. These conditions include a long series of procedures ordered by Binyamin Netanyahu's cabinet in an attempt to pressure Hamas to speed up the prisoner exchange deal and abandon preconditions for releasing the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
     Hassan, who is serving a life term in prison, succumbed to hunger, thirst and solitary confinement and passed out. The Israeli authorities are not releasing any information about his health condition, while Palestinian sources assert that the Israelis are concealing the fact that they transferred a large number of Palestinian prisoners to hospitals, out of concern that this news would trigger an angry reaction among the Palestinian public.
     Punitive measures against prisoners include transferring all their leaders to solitary confinement, whereby the prisoner is held in a solitary cell measuring 1x1x0.5 metre, including a toilet, where he sleeps and eats. The Israelis also limited the types of food served to detainees, as well as preventing them from leaving their cells, increasing the number and frequency of roll calls, as well as naked body searches whereby prisoners are forced to remove all their clothing under the pretext of searching for sharp objects. Prisoners are also often subjected to brutal abuses by special squads whose job it is to injure and torment prisoners.
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Gaza families wait for release of prisoners in Hamas-Israel deal
Electronic Intifada: 14 Oct 2011 - Rami Almeghari The Electronic Intifada Gaza City Families in Gaza wait to hear if their loved ones, imprisoned in Israeli jail cells, will be on the list as part of a prisoner swap deal that includes the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.more

Abu ‘Een Warns Of Possible Israeli Manipulation of Prisoner Swap
IMEMC - Thursday October 13, 2011 - 12:48, An official with the Ministry of Detainee Affairs, Ziad Abu ‘Een, warned of the possibility that Israel might try to manipulate the second phase of the prisoner-swap deal, which will be implemented after two months, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Hamas releases names of prisoners to be freed
10/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas-affiliated website al-Aqsa posted a list of prisoners it said were due to be released in coming days as part of the prisoner swap with Israel. Israel and Hamas reached an agreement Tuesday to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier held by Gaza militants since 2006.... Related: PRC armed wing releases list of Palestinian prisoners

Israel-Palestinian swap due in Sinai next week
10/13/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuters) -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed from five years of solo captivity in the Gaza Strip sometime next week in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The swap is expected to take place on Egyptian territory at locations somewhere in the Sinai Desert.... Related: Transfer of freed Palestinian prisoners 'begins Tuesday' and Red Cross discussing role in Shalit exchange with Hamas, Israel

Red Cross discussing role in Shalit exchange with Hamas, Israel
10/13/2011 - GENEVA (Reuters) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross has offered to play a neutral intermediary role in the exchange of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners and is in talks with both Israel and Hamas, an ICRC spokesman said on Thursday." We are talking to both sides about our offer. We have offered....

PRC armed wing releases list of Palestinian prisoners
10/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A list of prisoners Israel is expected to free as part of an initial exchange deal for a captured soldier, provided by a member of the PRC's armed wing. Several lists are floating around, including one which appeared on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV. The ministry of prisoners affairs in.... Related: Hamas releases names of prisoners to be freed

Transfer of freed Palestinian prisoners 'begins Tuesday'
10/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- One of the groups involved in the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said Thursday that the transfer of some 450 Palestinian prisoners will begin Tuesday. Spokesman Abu Mujahed of the Popular Resistance Committees said Thursday that as soon as the detainees are released, officials will check each one to make.... Related: Israel-Palestinian swap due in Sinai next week and Red Cross discussing role in Shalit exchange with Hamas, Israel

Egypt's army accuses Christians of incitement, Egypt's army accuses Christians of incitement
AlJazeera 13 Oct 2011 - Hamas official says 178 of the 450 Palestinians released in first phase of prisoner swap with Israel will be deported.

Nablus enters sixth day of hunger strike as concern for exile looms
10/13/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Six protesters in Nablus completed their fifth day on open hunger strike today in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Palestinian prisoners in several Israeli jails began open hunger strikes, taking only water with salt, on the 27 September 2011 in protest against solitary confinement, restricted....

Report: Shalit swap to get underway Tuesday
Ha'aretz - According to Al-Hayat newspaper, Israel softened stance on Palestinian prisoners to be freed in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Hamas: Shalit deal would have failed had we insisted on top Palestinian prisoners
Ha'aretz - Gaza-ruling militant group coming under fire for failing to release Fatah bigwig Marwan Barghouti; Gaza official: Hamas withholds final list fearing public backlash.

Hezbollah praises prisoner deal as victory for 'resistance'
Jerusalem Post 13 Oct 2011 - Arab League chief hopes deal will pave way for releasing remainder of Palestinian prisoners; Hamas: Schalit won't be last soldier we kidnap.

Letters: Perspectives on the Middle East prisoner swap
The Guardian 13 Oct 2011 - Once again, it is Israel's perspective which has primacy in our media ( Captured Israeli to be swapped for 1,000 Palestinians , 12 October). Apparently one Israeli prisoner, complete with photograph, personal history and anxious family, is worth...

Palestinian families wait to hear prisoners' fate
The Guardian 13 Oct 2011 - Uncertainty over who will be deported tempers West Bank mood after deal with Israel to free Gilad Shalit When the news came through that the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was to be released, a wave...

[uruknet.info] "This is a national achievement" - over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to be released
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - As Israel celebrates the release of soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas, the Islamist party controlling the Gaza Strip, has emerged with a significant victory in its push for Palestinian political influence. The political importance attached to Shalit's imprisonment was reflected in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement to the media on Tuesday. "Two and a half...

Palestinians deem Hamas-Israel prisoner swap deal disappointing
Daily Star 13 Oct 2011 Some Palestinians criticized Hamas Thursday for conceding too much in its deal to swap a captured Israeli soldier for more than a thousand Palestinian inmates.

Shalit’s release likely to take place next week
Daily Star 13 Oct 2011 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip sometime next week in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Mideast prisoner swap deal losing its luster for both sides
LA Times 12 Oct 2011 - Palestinians celebrate the expected release of 1,027 prisoners for Israeli Gilad Shalit, but some are disappointed that high-profile leaders aren't included. Israelis worry about rewarding terrorism. Initial jubilation over the impending prisoner-swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas began to fade Wednesday...

A mixture of feelings as prisoners near freedom
Mondoweiss - A very confusing feeling passes through me after hearing about the exchange of 1,027 Palestinian detainees for the only Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who is held captive by the Palestinian resistance. I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad. Gazing at the faces of the...

Hamas releases names of prisoners to be freed
Sabr 13 Oct 2011 - BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an ) -- Hamas-affiliated website al-Aqsa posted a list of prisoners it said were due to be released in coming days as part of the prisoner swap with Israel. Israel and Hamas reached an agreement Tuesday to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an...

Resheq: Exchange deal an historic accomplishment
Sabr 13 Oct 2011 - [ 13/10/2011 - 10:01 AM ] DAMASCUS, ( PIC )-- 315 prisoners serving life sentences would be among those released in the exchange deal with Israel, political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq said on Wednesday. He told the PIC that the deal, which he described as an...

Aruri: Deal includes all prisoners demands, no more isolation
Sabr 13 Oct 2011 - [ 13/10/2011 - 10:11 AM ] CAIRO, ( PIC )-- Saleh Al-Aruri, a Hamas leader and former prisoner, said that the exchange deal would include implementing all demands of the Palestinian prisoners and ending the solitary confinement policy. Aruri, who is in charge of the prisoners’ file in...

Israel To Publish List of 450 Detainees To Be Released On Phase One
IMEMC - Thursday October 13, 2011 - 01:33, The Israeli Justice Ministry announced it will be publishing, Sunday, a list containing the names of the 450 Palestinian detainees who will be released on the first phase of the mediated prisoner-swap deal reached between Israel and the Hamas movement, to secure the release of prisoner of war, corporal Gilad Shalit. Shalit will be sent to Israel next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Israeli intelligence: Prisoner Swap Deal Doesn’t Include Al-Barghouti, Saadat, Nor As-Syyed
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 11:08, The prisoner swap deal, reached by the Hamas movement and Israel, does not include several senior political leaders of the major Palestinian factions, senior sources told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency early on Wednesday.

Israeli Cabinet Approves Prisoner Swap Deal
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 03:30, The Israeli cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met Tuesday night after midnight and approved the mediated prisoner-swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian factions that have been holding Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit for the past five years.

Details emerge of prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Prospects of a long-elusive deal with Hamasto secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,000 Palestinianprisoners began to take off in July, Israel's negotiator said on Tuesday. David Meidan, who did the talking for Israel, said Israeli intelligence identified three months ago that the Islamist movement which....

Palestinian singer joins hunger strike
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian singer and activist Rim Banna is on hunger strike for third consecutive day in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for the past two weeks."I am the Palestinian singer Rim Banna," the famous singer wrote on her Facebook page. Monday in Nazareth, Banna said....

Egyptian security detain 5 Palestinians
10/12/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces detained five Palestinians who entered the country through Gaza tunnels to film a documentary, officials said Wednesday. Egyptian authorities said five Palestinians, including a journalist, entered via tunnel in the Salad-Ad-Din area of Rafah in order to film a documentary about the border area. They are being....

Activist: Israeli forces detain child in Hebron
10/12/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children erupted Wednesday at a junction south of Hebron, local activist Ratib Al-Jabour said. Al-Jabour said soldiers fired rubber bullets, tear-gas and stun grenades at the Palestinians. One Palestinian child was arrested at the event but was not immediately identified....

450 prisoners to be freed 'in days'
10/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will release 450 prisoners "in 10 to 14 days," including 279 detainees sentenced to life imprisonment, a senior Palestinian official familiar with the prisoner swap deal said Wednesday. Of these, 110 prisoners will be released to their homes in the West Bank and 131 will return to the Gaza Strip....

PFLP military wing to Netanyahu: Don't test us
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Tuesday warned the Israeli government not to harm Palestinian detainees." We say to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu: Don't test us because we are faithful to our leaders," the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades said in a....

Israel welcomes Shalit swap with mixed emotions
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israelis welcomed on Wednesday a major prisoner swap that will free soldier Gilad Shalit after five years in captivity in return for the release of 1,000 Palestinians, but emotions were mixed over the lopsided exchange negotiated with Hamas." We are proving, for who knows how many times, that each of our soldiers is....

Arab League urges release of all prisoners
10/12/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- The head of the Arab League on Wednesday welcomed a major prisoner swap that will free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for the release of over 1,000 Palestinians, but said that thousands of other Palestinians who are also being held by Israel should also be freed. Women will be included among the....

Analysis: Barghouti's fate now firmly in Israel's hands
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Left out of a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, the Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti must now wait for a different type of deal to get him out of the Israeli jail where he is serving multiple life sentences. It may never happen. Hamas's indirect negotiations with Israel to exchange the....

Turkey welcomes Israel-Hamas swap deal
10/12/2011 - ANKARA (Ma'an) -- Turkey on Wednesday welcomed the Israel-Hamas deal to free a captured Israeli soldier in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, saying the country is ready to help, local media reported." Turkey sees this as a positive development for reunification of people with their families and easing tension in the region. Our contact with....

Hamas armed wing: Shalit won't be last
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Gilad Shalit will not be the last Israeli soldier to face capture to force the release of Palestinian prisoners, the armed wing of Hamas declared Wednesday. The Al-Qassam Brigades "is committed to each and every prisoner behind bars," a spokesman said. The armed group said it would "bring them home through....

Families relieved by prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (IRIN) -- Palestinian families are eagerly awaiting the publication of the names of the more than 1,000 detainees that are to be released in a ground-breaking prisoner swap deal with Israel. The Israeli cabinet approved the agreement today, under which captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed in exchange for 1,029 Palestinian prisoners....

White House pleased by Israeli soldier's release
10/12/2011 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House said Wednesday the US was pleased that Israel and Hamas have reached a prisoner exchange deal for the release of an Israeli soldier held since 2006. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the swap, of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, was long....

Haniyeh briefs Abbas on prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call from the Gaza-based prime minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday to inform him about the details of the swap deal, officials said. Abbas and Haniyeh exchanged congratulations for the coming release of Palestinian detainees, a statement from the Hamas-led cabinet said. Abbas was quoted....

Israeli cabinet approves prisoner swap to free soldier
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel's cabinet on Tuesday approved a deal with Hamasto free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, an official statement said. Ministers voted 26 to 3 in favor of the Egyptian-mediated deal for the soldier held captive since June 2006, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged....

Hamas and Israel Agree to Prisoner Swap
Palestine Note 12 Oct 2011 - Arabiya - Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal with Israel that will score points over President Mahmoud Abbas and steal some of the thunder he generated by pushing for Palestinian statehood at...

Ramallah continues to rally support for Ofer prisoners
10/12/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On Tuesday October 11, about 200-300 Palestinian and solidarity activists held a non violent demonstration near the Israeli Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in support of the demands of prisoners on hunger strike since September 27. The action began at 12:00 PM, as those in solidarity joined the parents....

Israel-OPT: Families relieved by prisoner swap
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel GAZA CITY, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) - Palestinian families are awaiting the publication of the names of the more than 1,000 detainees that are to be released in a ground-breaking...

Statement by the EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on the deal between Israel and Hamas on the release of Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoners
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Brussels, 12 October 2011 A 407/11 Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President, made the following statement today: "I warmly welcome the news that Gilad Shalit will...

Prisoners Swap: 1027 Palestinians to 1 Israeli Solider
12 Oct 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - The Israeli Cabinet approved Tuesday night a prisoners exchange deal with Hamas that will release the imprisoned Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for releasing more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, reported Israeli media.

Shin Bet chief: Israel got best security terms possible in Shalit swap deal
Ha'aretz - Release of Gilad Shalit expected to take place in about a week, along with the release of 479 Palestinian security prisoners, including murderers of three kidnapped IDF soldiers.

Analysis: Hamas boosted, Fatah weakened by deal
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Images of freed Palestinian prisoners will likely convince many Palestinians that Hamas is right.

Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoner swap prompts joy and anxiety
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Israeli soldier's supporters fear last-minute hitches and PLO officials question several high-profile absences from deal Jubilation that the biggest prisoner swap in Israel's history had secured the long-awaited release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange...

Palestinian prisoner swap: rare outbreak of common sense | Editorial
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - It is hard to read the prisoner swap agreement to free Gilad Shalit, as anything less than a victory for his captors, Hamas It is hard to read the prisoner swap agreement to free Gilad Shalit ,...

Gilad Shalit bound for Israel 'within days' after prisoner swap deal
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Agreement reached to free 1,026 Palestinians in exchange for Israeli soldier captured in 2006 Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip since 2006, could be returned to his family within days after...

Hamas and Israel Confirm Prisoner Swap
IPS Scenes of celebration in the Gaza Strip and in Jerusalem have greeted the announcement of a landmark Palestinian-Israeli prisoner-swap deal.

[uruknet.info] Internationals in Gaza join hunger strike for Palestinian prisoner rights
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Three foreign nationals residing in Gaza have entered their fifth day of an open-ended hunger strike and protest encampment in front of the ICRC. The internationals are available for interview. Vera Macht, Germany, stated: "The situation of Palestinian prisoners is truly heartbreaking. Parents are separated from their children, and wives from their husbands, for...

[uruknet.info] "The prisoners are the living martyrs"
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - I haven't been getting enough sleep lately. Last night I was exhausted in body and mind, but tried to keep my eyes open to follow updates on the Palestinian prisoners' conditions. My heart and mind were with them completely, in every corner of the horrible Israeli prisons where our heroes continue to display persistence...

[uruknet.info] #TweepStrike: A Call from Gaza to Support Palestinian Prisoners
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - In solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held under harsh conditions in Israel's jails, a new twitter trend emerged today from Gaza. The trend is #TweepStrike and is an open invitation to everyone across the globe to go on a hunger strike on Wednesday Oct. 12th. A few months ago, I was on visit to one...

Hezbollah praises Hamas prisoner deal as victory
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Hezbollah Wednesday praised as a victory for the resistance in Palestine a deal between Hamas and Israel to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Turkey, France and EU welcome Israel-Hamas deal to trade prisoners
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Turkey welcomed Wednesday a deal between Israel and Hamas in which a Franco-Israeli soldier, held for five years, is to be exchanged for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners.

Talks on prisoner swap ‘began in July’
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Prospects of a deal with Hamas to secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began to take off in July, Israel’s negotiator said Tuesday.

Hamas steals Abbas’ thunder with prisoner exchange
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal with Israel that will score points over President Mahmoud Abbas and steal some of the thunder he generated by pushing for Palestinian...

Hezbollah describes Hamas, Israel deal as victory
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Hezbollah praises as a victory for the resistance in Palestine the deal between Hamas and Israel to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Dr. Qasim: Exchange deal historic, honouring and a defeat for occupation
PIC - Dr. Abdel-Sattar Qasim, Professor of political science, said that the prisoner-exchange deal was a historic and honouring deal and represents a defeat of the occupation government's premier.

Sources: the first stage will see the release of all female captives
PIC - Well-informed sources said that the first stage of the prisoner-exchange deal which will be implemented in a few days will see the release of 450 male captives and all 27 female captives.

Prisoners Swap: Release of 450 Palestinians within One Week
WAFA

Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap May Reshape Regional Politics
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - One result of the deal could be a more confrontational, Hamas-imbued Palestinian movement that could reshape regional relationships and pose a challenge to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Palestinians in Gaza Celebrate Prisoner Swap Deal
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Celebrations spread quickly in Gaza City as details of the prisoner swap agreement became clearer.

Supporters around the world are fasting today in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike
Mondoweiss - I've been fasting since yesterday. The following text from the BDS National Committee explains why. I'm hungry for justice in Palestine. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) supports the legitimate demands of Palestinian political prisoners in their open-ended hunger strike, and calls for...

Mid-East prisoner swap welcomed
BBC 12 Oct 2011 - Israelis and Palestinians take to the streets in celebration over a prisoner exchange deal which will free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Latest Update on the Palestinian Prisoners’ Campaign of Disobedience
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - Addameer Ramallah 11 October The campaign of civil disobedience launched by Palestinian prisoners on 27 September is now entering its third week. Hundreds of prisoners have joined the campaign by going on either open-ended or 3 day hunger strike. On 10 and 11 October, the entire...

Analysis: Barghouti's fate now firmly in Israel's hands
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - Ma'an By Tom Perry RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Left out of a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, the Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti must now wait for a different type of deal to get him out of the Israeli jail where he is serving multiple life sentences....

450 prisoners to be freed 'in 10 - 14 days'
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - Palestinians chant slogans as they take part in a rally celebrating a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, in Gaza City October 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an ) -- Israel will release 450 prisoners "in 10 to 14 days," including 279 detainees sentenced to life imprisonment,...

Sources: the first stage will see the release of all female captives
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - [ 12/10/2011 - 09:22 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )-- Well-informed sources said that the first stage of the prisoner-exchange deal which will be implemented in a few days will see the release of 450 male captives and all 27 female captives. The sources informed PIC correspondent that...

Jubilation in Gaza after prisoner exchange deal
Middle East Monitor 12 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas has reached an agreement with the government of Israel which will see more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for the release of the Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit. Khalid Mishal, the head of Hamas political bureau, said the exchange would...

Israeli Cabinet Approves Swap Deal
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 03:30, The Israeli cabinet, headed by Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a meeting on Tuesday night after midnight, and approved the mediated prisoner-swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian factions holding Israeli corporal, Gilad Shalit captive, since five years.

Prisoner Swap Deal Reached; 1027 Detainees To Be Released
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 00:11, Khaled Mashal, head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, revealed details on the prisoners swap deal reached with Israel via German, Egyptian and Arab mediators. The deal would ensure the release of corporal Gilad Shalit in return for the release of 1027 Palestinian detainees held by Israel.

Hamas hails Palestinian prisoners deal
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 00:04, Mashal says 1,027 prisoners to be released in exchange for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Egypt-brokered deal.

Netanyahu calls for urgent meeting at Israeli cabinet over Shalit prisoner exchange deal
IMEMC - Tuesday October 11, 2011 - 22:43, An Israeli senior government official told the French Press Agency (AFP) that he called Tuesday evening his cabinet members to hold an urgent session to discuss “a serious offer” to release the Israeli Gilad Shalit, The Palestine News & Info agency, WAFA, reported.

Hamas, Israel reach deal to exchange prisoners
10/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Israel will release 1,027 prisoners in two stages. Within a week, 450 will be swapped for.... Related: Hamas confirms reaching prisoner swap deal with Israel

Soldiers detain 11 in raids across the West Bank
10/11/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers detained 11 Palestinians during raids across the West Bank overnight Monday, the army said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said 11 "wanted Palestinian suspects" were detained and taken for security questioning. She said seven people were detained in Azzun, east of Qalqiliya. Locals in the village identified four of those....

Hamas prisoners slammed for 'stalling' over hunger strike
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The head of the Palestinian Detainees Center has criticized prisoners affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad for stalling on joining a hunger strike to protest Israel's prison conditions. Qadura Fares said the attitude of detainees affiliated with the Islamist groups was "astonishing" considering that the key demand of strikers....

Israeli cabinet meets on prisoner swap with Hamas
10/11/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an urgent cabinet session on Tuesday to decide on a deal with Hamas to swap Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a soldier held captive in Gaza for five years, a security source said. In Gaza, a source involved in Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and the Islamist militant....

TV: Shalit to be freed in November
10/11/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) - A deal to exchange Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will take place next month, Al Arabiya television channel reported on Tuesday. Shalit was captured in Israel in 2006 by Palestinians in a cross-border abduction. He is believed to be in captivity in Gaza." The exchange deal of Palestinian prisoners for Shalit....

Hamas leader says Israel to free over 1,000 prisoners
10/11/2011 - BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Tuesday the Islamist movement had reached agreement with Israel on the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured near the Gaza Strip in 2006. Hailing a "national achievement" for Palestinians, Mashaal said in a televised statement that 450 prisoners would....

Abbas applauds Israel-Hamas prisoner deal
10/12/2011 - CARACAS, Venezuela (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday threw his support behind a prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel that would free 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails."We congratulate the exchange deal, and we will continue exerting our best efforts to free all prisoners" held by Israel, Abbas told Ma'....

Joyful Palestinians celebrate prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired guns in the air and blared their car horns Tuesday to celebrate a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas, which will exchange 1,000 Palestinians for Israeli captive Gilad Shalit. Hailed by Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in a speech from Damascus as a "national achievement", the....

Mashaal hails national Palestinian achievement
10/11/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Tuesday that 1,027 Palestinian prisoners would be freed in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip since 2006. He called the deal a national Palestinian achievement that would strengthen unity....

In photos: Palestinians, Israelis react to prisoner deal
10/11/2011 - MaanImages / Reuters - Reactions in the Gaza Strip and Israel, after Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier captured in 2006....

PSS in Ramallah Arrests Palestinian Released 3 Days After His Release from Israeli Prison
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 10 October 2011

In Photos: Palestinians unite to support prisoner hunger strike
10/12/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank and Gaza - On Tuesday the 27th of September, an open-ended hunger strike was initiated until the fulfillment of 9 demands by Palestinian prisoners, which include the right to family visits, end to the use of isolation as a punishment against detainees, and profiteering of Israeli prisons from financial penalties charged....

Internationals in Gaza join hunger strike for Palestinian prisoner rights
10/11/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - Three foreign nationals residing in Gaza have entered their fifth day of an open-ended hunger strike and protest encampment in front of the ICRC. The internationals are available for interview. Vera Macht, Germany, stated: "The situation of Palestinian prisoners is truly heartbreaking. Parents are separated from their children, and wives from....

#TweepStrike: A call from Gaza to support Palestinian prisoners
10/11/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - The Electronic Intifada, Rana Baker - In solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held under harsh conditions in Israel's jails, a new twitter trend emerged today from Gaza. The trend is #TweepStrike and is an open invitation to everyone across the globe to go on a hunger strike on Wednesday Oct.  12th. A few months ago....

A letter from Nariman Tamimi to the world
10/7/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 7 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On 27 September 2011 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons announced the start of a campaign of disobedience to protest an escalating series of punitive measures taken against them by the Israeli Prison Service. Today marks the 8th day of their hunger strike. A call for Solidarity.... Related: Local initiatives

Gilad Shalit swap deal / Top Palestinian prisoners Hamas wants released
Ha'aretz - A recently signed pact to release the IDF soldier could include names of top Hamas commanders, whom past Israeli governments refused to set free.

WATCH: Gilad Shalit 2009 video with English transcript
Ha'aretz - Hamas handed over video from September 14 in return for release by Israel of 20 female Palestinian prisoners.

In Gaza, Palestinians celebrate Shalit prisoner exchange deal
Ha'aretz - Tens of thousands of celebrators hand out sweets, wave the green flags of the Islamist Hamas movement, and chant slogans in support of the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing.

2,000 Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike against Israel prison conditions
Ha'aretz - Prisoners are mostly members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Fatah and other Palestinian factions, except for Islamic Jihad and Hamas, which have not joined the strike at this point.

The Schalit deal: 1,027 prisoners to be freed in 2 stages
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2011 - In exchange deal passed by the cabinet, 450 Palestinians and Israeli Arabs will be released to West Bank, Gaza, east Jerusalem, overseas.

Palestinians celebrate prisoner deal across territories
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2011 - Revelers in West Bank, Gaza cities fire shots in the air, honk horns to celebrate pending release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Gilad Shalit exchange deal could boost both Hamas and Israeli government
The Guardian 11 Oct 2011 - Sensational agreement may see as many as 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed in exchange for Israeli soldier captured in 2006 Gilad Shalit has been the most famous prisoner in the Middle East since he was captured by...

Gilad Shalit exchange deal reached, reports Al Arabiya
The Guardian 11 Oct 2011 - A deal to exchange Palestinian prisoners for captured Israeli soldier will take place next month, Al Arabiya has reported A deal to exchange Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will take place next month, Al...

[uruknet.info] Hunger strikes declared in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Youth movements and activists in Palestine and worldwide have declared Wednesday, October 12, 2011 to be a day of both general and hunger strikes in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who have been undergoing a hunger strike for the last 14 days. Social media and blogs will also be dedicated to...

[uruknet.info] Hamas, Israel reach deal to exchange prisoners
Uruknet October 11, 2011 -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Israel will release 1,027 prisoners in two stages. Within a week, 450 will be swapped for Shalit and the rest...

Shalit activists thwart Palestinians' prison visit
YNet News, 11 Oct 2011 - Protesters prevent passage of bus transporting relatives on way to visit....

Report: 2,000 Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike
YNet News, 11 Oct 2011 - Palestinian officials said Tuesday that around 2,000 prisoners held by Israel have joined a hunger strike demanding better conditions behind bars. Kadoura Fares, who ... ....

Israeli occupation uses snakes in an attempt to assassinate Saadat
PIC - Director of Abu Jihad Centre for Prisoners’ Studies said on Monday that the Israeli prison service planned to assassinate the Secretary General of the PFLP, Ahmad Saadat using snakes.

Mishaal: The deal stipulates release of 1027 Palestinian captives
PIC - Khaled Mishaal revealed that the prisoner exchange deal reached between Hamas and the Israeli occupation through German and Egyptian mediation, stipulates the release of 1027 Palestinian captives.

Israel: Arab Spring forced us to accept Hamas's demands for freeing Shalit
PIC - After losing all hopes for rescuing imprisoned Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit Israel has apparently agreed to accept virtually all Hamas's conditions for a prisoner swap deal..

A Palestinian Political Prisoner’s Take on Israel’s Protest Movement
Intifada-Palestine: 11 Oct 2011 - Ameer Makhoul – The Electronic Intifada -  Gilboa Prison The people demand social justice! But for all? ( Oren Ziv / ActiveStills ) The recent wave of protests in Israel, which pretend to call for social justice, is one of the most powerful and... more

Israel Reaches Deal With Hamas to Free Gilad Shalit
New York Times 11 Oct 2011 - Israel and Hamas have reached a tentative agreement on a proposal to exchange Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who has been held since 2006.

Palestinian Prisoners, Shalit Freedom Near
Tikun Olam - We’ve been through this so many times before, it’s hard to get one’s hopes up in light of similar past announcements which only led to disappointment.  But Maan’s story  (which Haaretz confirms) seems to be the real deal.  The stars in Israel and Palestine are aligning...

Palestinian bloggers called to join prisoner hunger strike
Mondoweiss - On 27 September 2011, activists with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) launched a prisoner hunger strike in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians prisoners in Israeli jails. Rallies have been held throughout the West Bank in support of the hunger strike and...

BNC supports palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, and calls for intensifying BDS
Global BDS 11 Oct 2011 - The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) supports the legitimate demands of Palestinian political prisoners in their open-ended hunger strike, and calls for stepping up the global BDS campaign to end Israeli impunity Occupied Palestine 11-10-2011 For the fifteenth day in a row, our...

Joyful Palestinians celebrate prisoner swap
Sabr 11 Oct 2011 - Ma'an By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired guns in the air and blared their car horns Tuesday to celebrate a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas, which will exchange 1,000 Palestinians for Israeli captive Gilad Shalit. Hailed by...

Hamas, Israel reach deal to exchange prisoners
Sabr 11 Oct 2011 - GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said Israel will release 1,027 prisoners in two stages....

Prisoner swap deal to free Shalit
BBC 11 Oct 2011 - Israel and Hamas agree a deal to free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in return for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, snatched by militants five years ago.

"The prisoners are the living martyrs"
Electronic Intifada: 11 Oct 2011 - Shahd Abusalama The Electronic Intifada Gaza City A daughter of a former prisoner who spent 33 days on hunger strike writes from the Gaza Strip, urging international solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.more

Beit Sahour Holds "Freedom Race" for Hunger-Striking Prisoners
IMEMC - Monday October 10, 2011 - 23:41, Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Sunday to watch and partake in the inaugural “Freedom Race” taking place in Beit Sahour, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Health of PFLP leader on hunger strike 'very worrying'
10/10/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fears are growing about the health of imprisoned PFLP leader Ahmad Saadat, as Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails entered day 14 of a hunger strike sparked by Saadat's solitary confinement. Head of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society legal team Jawad Boulos said Monday he had visited the Popular Front....

Fayyad rallies support for prisoners' hunger strike
10/10/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Monday called for the UN to support Palestinian prisoners' rights in Israel, as he visited sit-in tents in solidarity with a detainees' hunger strike. Fayyad, chief of the Ramallah-based government, expressed sympathy for strikers, saying their refusal of food since Sept. 27....

Support grows for Palestinian's prison strike
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MIDEAST: Prisoners on Hunger Strike Find New Support
IPS Sitting in the shade of a small lemon tree in the German Colony area of Haifa, eight Palestinian activists are on hunger strike since Saturday in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners who have been striking for nearly two weeks in protest against poor prison conditions and a lack of basic...

[uruknet.info] Prisoners on Hunger Strike Find New Support
Uruknet October 10, 2011 - Sitting in the shade of a small lemon tree in the German Colony area of Haifa, eight Palestinian activists are on hunger strike since Saturday in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners who have been striking for nearly two weeks in protest against poor prison conditions and a lack of basic rights. "I decided to...

[uruknet.info] Hunger Strike Ongoing, Violations Against Detainees Escalating
Uruknet October 9, 2011 - Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', stated on Saturday that Palestinian political detainees in Israeli prisons are continuing with their hunger strike to demand their legal rights, despite Israel's escalating measures aimed at breaking the strike. Qaraqe' added that the Israeli Prison Administration claims it is negotiating with the detainees and listening to their...

Abu Zunt laid to rest after 36 years of his body being detained by occupation
PIC - Hundreds of people participated in the funeral of Hafez Abu Zunt who was killed in a resistance attack against occupation in 1976 and whose body was detained by occupation since then.

Gaza Interior Ministry releases 70 prisoners in honour of Miles of Smiles aid co
PIC - The Interior Ministry in Gaza released 70 prisoners who completed two thirds of their prison terms in Rehabilitation and Reform facilities to honour participants in "Miles of Smiles 6”.

Serious deterioration in health condition of Abul Haija, Saadat
PIC - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners held the IOA fully responsible for the life of detained Hamas leader Sheikh Jamal Abul Haija after his health suddenly and seriously deteriorated.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Gilbo’a prison announced they would join the hunger strike waged by their fellow inmates in other prisoners as of tomorrow Tuesday.

420 Palestinian Prisoners Join Hunger Strike
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Minister: Hunger strike about isolation, not chicken
Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an ) -- The main goal of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails is an end to solitary confinement policies, the Palestinian Authority prisoners' affairs minister said Sunday. The use of isolation cells is the "strategic demand" of prisoners, who have refused food for...

Israel approves several hunger strike demands
Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - BETHLEHEM ( Ma’an ) -- Israeli prison authorities have decided to meet some of the demands by Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, detainees said Sunday. The prison administration has agreed to allow the transmission of satellite television, has allowed prisoners to go on family visits...

DCI submits complaint on behalf of child detainee
Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - DCI Palestine [19 September 2011] – On 7 September 2011, DCI submitted a complaint to the Israeli authorities on behalf 17-year-old Ahmad R. The complaint requests that the Judge Advocate General opens an investigation into allegations that Ahmad was mistreated by Israeli soldiers in May 2011....

Hunger strikes will continue until prisoners' demands respected
Electronic Intifada: 10 Oct 2011 - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours The Electronic Intifada Haifa Thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue to hunger strike and commit other acts of civil disobedience to demand basic human rights. Meanwhile, activists in Palestine and around the world hold hunger strikes in solidarity.more

Minister: Hunger strike about isolation, not chicken
10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The main goal of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails is an end to solitary confinement policies, the Palestinian Authority prisoners' affairs minister said Sunday. The use of isolation cells is the "strategic demand" of prisoners, who have refused food for 13 days, Issa Qaraqe said, accusing Israeli.... Related: Israel approves several hunger strike demands

Israel approves several hunger strike demands
10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities have decided to meet some of the demands by Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, detainees said Sunday. The prison administration has agreed to allow the transmission of satellite television, has allowed prisoners to go on family visits without handcuffs, and has permitted visits between different.... Related: Minister: Hunger strike about isolation, not chicken

Gazans rally for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2011 - About 230 security prisoners have joined hunger strike claiming jail conditions are worsening; Israeli Prison Service defends status-quo.

IPS defends treatment of Palestinian prisoners on strike
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2011 - Prison service says prisoners under daily medical supervision; Prisoners launch hunger strike protesting enforced separation.

Palestinian inmates to get whole chickens
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Hunger strike at security prisons expands with over 230 going on strike due to....

Health minister says prisoners’ lives at risk amid sanctions over hunger strike
PIC - Bassam Na’im warned the Palestinian captives are in grave danger as the prison administrations have imposed tighter restrictions on the 13th day of hunger strikes including thousands.

European politicians rally support for hunger strike in Israeli prisons
PIC - European parliamentarians are participating in the drafting of a petition aimed at rallying support inside the British Parliament as Palestinian prisoners embark on the 13th day of hunger strike.

Women Prisoners: WOFPP Newsletter September 2011
Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - WOFPP Newsletter September 2011 There are, at present, 33 women political prisoners in the Israeli jails: 17 in Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond), 16 in Damoon Prison (Carmel Mountain). Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond) The conditions in the cells It is very hot in the cells. There is...

Hunger Strike Ongoing, Violations Against Detainees Escalating
Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - Sunday October 09, 2011 03:51 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Saturday that Palestinian political detainees in Israeli prisons are going on with their hunger strike to demand their legal rights, despite Israel's escalating measures aimed at breaking...

Hunger Strike Ongoing, Violations Against Detainees Escalating
IMEMC - Sunday October 09, 2011 - 03:51, Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Saturday that Palestinian political detainees in Israeli prisons are ongoing with their hunger strike demanding their legal rights, yet, Israel is escalating its violations against them in an attempt to break their strike.

Bethlehem students support hunger strike
10/8/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Student groups at Bethlehem University have set up a sit-in tent in support of detainees on hunger strike. The student senate at the university also suspended several classes in order to hold events in support of the strike. Palestinians jailed in Israel went on a mass hunger strike on Sept. 27....

Four Palestinian female prisoners to join hunger strike
PIC - Four Palestinian female prisoners are to join the open hunger strike waged by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails starting on Sunday, well informed sources said on Saturday.

Prisoner hospitalized after health fails in hunger strike
PIC - A Palestinian prisoner who joined the mass hunger strike rocking the Israeli prisons has been transferred to the hospital after his health deteriorated drastically.

Haneyya: Government will use all means to free prisoners
PIC - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya said Friday that the government in Gaza was endeavoring to see the release of the Palestinian captives in the Israeli occupation prisons.

Bardawil calls for uprising with aim of freeing prisoners
PIC - Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil has called for a popular uprising with the aim of freeing the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons.

Continuing Detention In Tuba Zingerah, Upper Galilee
IMEMC - Friday October 07, 2011 - 13:36, Israeli police continue to detain citizens of the village of Tuba Zingerah in the Upper Galilee, Israel, who were arrested during demonstrations protesting the burning of the village mosque several days ago, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Rights group: Israel punishing detainee hunger strikers
10/8/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities are cracking down on Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails, a prisoner rights group said Thursday. Strikers protesting worsening conditions have been transferred to different facilities, denied visits by lawyers, and put in solitary confinement, a release from Addameer said. At Ofer prison, 12 hunger strikers were.... Related: Detainees in Rimon prison suspend hunger strike and Envoy says Egypt supports Palestinian detainees

Israel says 5 detained over Hebron settler deaths
10/8/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel said on Thursday it had arrested five Palestinians in the West Bank in connection with the stoning of a vehicle that overturned, killing a Jewish settler and his baby late last month. Their arrest earlier this month was announced after Israel said it was holding a Jewish youth as a suspect in....

4 Palestinians detained at Walaja protest
10/7/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The popular campaign against the wall and settlements organized a peaceful demonstration in Al-Walaja village west of Bethlehem on Friday, activists said. Israeli forces attacked the demonstrators and detained four Palestinians. The popular campaign's coordinator, Mazen Al-Azza, said soldier and settler attacks amounted to "terrorism, which includes confiscating and....

Detainee's mother dies in Gaza
10/7/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The mother of a Palestinian detainee died in Gaza on Thursday without seeing her jailed son, a prisoners' center reported. Hajjeh Aminah al-Khatib's son Omran was detained in 1997 and sentenced to life in an Israeli jail. Israel banned families in Gaza from visiting detained relatives in....

Envoy says Egypt supports Palestinian detainees
10/7/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Egypt's ambassador to the Palestinian Authority on Friday met with the prisoners minister in Ramallah to express solidarity with detainees who are on hunger strike. Yasser Othman met Issa Qaraqe and conveyed a message from the Egyptian leadership that Cairo supported the Palestinian detainees and their struggle against poor.... Related: Rights group: Israel punishing detainee hunger strikers

Beit Ummar steadfast in supporting prisoners despite LRAD and teargas
10/7/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Beit Ummar solidarity with prisoners - On the tenth day of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, a crowd of around a hundred people took to the streets for a planned demonstration in the village of Beit Ummar, Hebron. This was one of a number of recent demonstrations.... Related: Beit Ummar solidarity with prisoners - Images

Students march to Ofer Prison in solidarity with hunger strike
10/7/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 5 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Over 100 students from Bir Zeit University marched to the gates of Ofer Prison, near Ramallah today, to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Prisoners in several Israeli jails began hunger strikes on 27 September 2011 to to protest against solitary confinement, restricted....

[uruknet.info] PCHR Condemns Collective Penalties against Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
Uruknet October 6, 2011 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns collective punishment measures being taken by the Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have organized a hunger strike in protest to their deteriorating detention conditions. PCHR is also concerned over the health conditions of the prisoners who have now been in...

[uruknet.info] Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell
Uruknet October 6, 2011 - Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. In detention, interrogations include torture, intimidation and other abuses. "Security prisoners" are punitively isolated for extended periods. Others for any reason or none at all face similar short or longer-term treatment. Administrative detainees are held indefinitely without charges or trial. Children are treated like adults.Horrific conditions include severe overcrowding;...

Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell
Sabbah report 7 Oct 2011 - Security prisoners are punitively isolated for extended periods. Administrative detainees are held indefinitely without charges or trial. Children are treated like adults.

Show Your Solidarity for Palestinian Prisoners
Sabbah report 7 Oct 2011 - Palestinian prisoners are continuously subject to lengthy solitary confinements, sudden night raids and torture. The prisoners’ hunger strike was called to protest the solitary confinement of some prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti.

PCHR Condemns Collective Penalties against Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
IMEMC - Thursday October 06, 2011 - 13:51, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns collective punishment measures being taken by the Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have organized a hunger strike in protest to their deteriorating detention conditions.

Detainees' Strike Increasing, May Develop As “Irish Strike”
IMEMC - Thursday October 06, 2011 - 13:07, All Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails will join in the open-ended hunger strike on October 11, in response to the humiliating and degrading polices imposed upon them, the Palestine News Agency reported Thursday morning

PFLP Urges European Council To Save Lives Of Striking Prisoners
IMEMC - Thursday October 06, 2011 - 12:43, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urged the European Council to send legal, medical, and media missions to help the prisoners on hunger strike, and to monitor closely the conditions of the prisoners and their families, Arabs48 News Agency reported.

6 Palestinians detained in Hebron area
10/6/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained on Thursday 6 Palestinians from Beit Ummar and Hebron, witnesses said. Three Israeli military jeeps with a car carrying Israeli intelligence officials stopped three Palestinians in the center of Hebron and detained them. They were not identified. In Beit Ummar, three detainees were identified as Allam Awad, 17....

PCHR Condemns Collective Penalties against Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Thursday, 06 October 2011

750,000 Palestinians arrested by Israel witin 45 years
6 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Since occupying the Palestinian Territory in 1967, Israel has detained about 750,000 Palestinian citizens, including 12,000 women and tens of thousands of children, said a Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics press release.

Abbas calls on EU Parliament to support 'Palestinian Spring'
Ha'aretz - Abbas says only approached UN after negotiations failed, adding that Palestinians would not be driven to extremism; compares Palestinian detainees in Israel to captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Dozens injured in quelling of demonstrations outside Ofer prison
PIC - Injuries abounded after teargas was fired at peaceful protests at the entrance of Israeli Ofer prison near Ramallah on Wednesday..

Prisoners take center stage
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 10/6/2011
      Sumud Ahmad Saadat is the daughter of the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, kidnapped from the Palestinian Authority’s prison in Jericho by military force.
     Saadat is locked up in a jail inside Israel proper, in contravention of the Geneva Conventions, which forbid occupiers to transfer prisoners into the country of occupation. He has been held in solitary confinement for most of the past five years.
     Sumud, in her early 20s now, has not seen her father in five years. Attempts to obtain this basic human right through the International Committee of the Red Cross have failed. Neither did an attempt to get redress from the Israeli courts have any result.
     A month ago, the Israeli high court accepted the Israeli army lawyer’s claims that if young Sumud would meet her father, he might transmit to her (even across a glass window) some kind of sign or message that would cause violence.
     As a result, the high court of the "only democracy in the Middle East" forbade a young woman from seeing her father for the fifth year in a row.
     Solitary confinement, banning family visits, collective punishment and depriving prisoners of access to satellite TV are some of the things Palestinian prisoners are subjected to.
     Some 6,000 Palestinian prisoners asked for their abolition on September 27. Prisoners' hunger strike and a disobedience campaign was launched by prisoners who are members of the PFLP following an increase in punitive measures enacted by the Israeli Prison Service. The PFLP prisoners have since been joined by other inmates.
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Doyen of Palestinian prisoners says strike will continue until "demands or martyrdom" are achieved
Middle East Monitor 6 Oct 2011 - As Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails approach the second week of their hunger strike, the doyen of the detainees has said that they will continue with the strike "until we achieve our demands or martyrdom". Nael Barghouti, 54, said that the prisoners are insisting on...

A Palestinian political prisoner's take on Israel's protest movement
Electronic Intifada: 5 Oct 2011 - Ameer Makhoul The Electronic Intifada Gilboa Prison By not dealing with the root causes of the unjust system in Israel, the Israeli social movement wishes to make things less unjust rather than to change the system and the regime.more

IPA Starts New Measures To Punish Detainees
IMEMC - Wednesday October 05, 2011 - 10:39, Israeli Maariv reported on Wednesday morning that the Israeli Prison Administration (IPA) has started a series of measures to increase pressure on the Palestinian detainees in an attempt to break their open-ended hunger strike.

Former prisoners join hunger strike
10/6/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Former detainees in Nablus started a hunger strike on Wednesday in solidarity with prisoners in Israel who are striking for the ninth consecutive day, a prisoners' society said. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society said former detainee and activist Sahar Abdo, who lives in Israel, has also joined the hunger strike.... Related: Israeli forces suppress sit-in near Ofer prison

Israeli forces suppress sit-in near Ofer prison
10/6/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired tear gas toward demonstrators Wednesday in front of the Ofer prison at a rally organized in support of the Palestinian detainees' hunger strike. Dozens gathered in front of Ofer prison to send Israel a message that the people are standing with the Palestinian detainees in their strike.... Related: Former prisoners join hunger strike

Youth arrested in Hebron over cereal
10/5/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 2 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On 2 October in Al Khalil (Hebron), the Israeli army and police arrested 2 Palestinian children based on petty, unfounded accusations whilst allowing settlers to employ violence with complete impunity. 13 year old Khaled Abu Snaeneh and 15 year old Said Abu Aisha were arrested and detained....

Prisoners' hunger strike enters 9th day
5 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)-Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have entered their ninth day of hunger strike protesting Israeli humiliating policy practiced against them.

Report: German mediator has not arrived in Egypt for Shalit swap talks
Ha'aretz - Palestinian sources tell Al-Hayat that Gerhard Conrad has finished his role as mediator for Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal and will not return to Egypt.

[uruknet.info] A Palestinian political prisoner's take on Israel's protest movement
Uruknet October 5, 2011 - The recent wave of protests in Israel, which pretend to call for social justice, is one of the most powerful and massive mobilization to ever happen in the country. An unprecedented character of this movement, one should add, is its pretension to create an open space for groups, as well as individuals. The dynamics...

[uruknet.info] Call from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet October 4, 2011 - ...We are inspired in our struggle for justice by the sacrifice and courage of so many in the year behind us - the late Troy Anthony Davis, the Georgia prison strikers, Mumia Abu Jamal, Ahmad Sa'adat, Leonard Peltier, the people of Gaza confined to an open-air prison - and in front of us: the...

[uruknet.info] Prison Hunger Strike Updates
Uruknet October 4, 2011 - Palestinian prisoners in several prisons, including Nafha prison, reported that they were threatened that family visits would be denied in retaliation for their participation in the hunger strike. Israeli prison officials told the prisoners that for each day they spent on hunger strike, they would be banned from family visitation for 1 month. In...

[uruknet.info] Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel
Uruknet October 4, 2011 - There are many harrowing passages in the excellent new edited volume by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar on the processes of administrative detention and imprisonment of Palestinians in Israel; some of them are even in the book's academic chapters. But the most harrowing, and paradoxically the most hopeful, is the account Osama Barham gives...

Panetta denies Cairo trip was aimed at prisoner swap
PIC - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has denied that his trip to Cairo was essentially aimed at clinching a prisoner swap for Ilan Grapel, a suspected Israeli spy who was captured in Egypt.

Hamas: Crackdowns on hunger strikes will increase prisoners’ will
PIC - Hamas has said crackdowns in the face of a mass hunger strike rocking the Israeli prisons would only bolster the determination of the Palestinian captives.

Vigil for Palestinian Hunger Strikers at Israeli Embassy in Dublin
Intifada-Palestine: 5 Oct 2011 - Palestinian prisoners associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) began a hunger strike last week on September 27 against conditions imposed on detainees by the zionist regime. The prisoners are calling for an end to the humiliating... more

A Palestinian political prisoner’s take on Israel’s protest movement
Ameer Makhoul, Gilboa Prison, Electronic Intifada 10/5/2011
      The people demand social justice! But for all?
     The recent wave of protests in Israel, which pretend to call for social justice, is one of the most powerful and massive mobilization to ever happen in the country. An unprecedented character of this movement, one should add, is its pretension to create an open space for groups, as well as individuals.
     The dynamics that guard these protests are that of a social movement. However, the content of the demonstrators’ demands should be subjected to a serious discussion and critique. One of the major contradictory aspects of this movement is the exclusive understanding of the value of social justice. Social justice is a universal value, but for the protesters in Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, it is limited only to the internal dynamics of Israeli society.
     On Rothschild Blvd., the root cause of the social injustices Israelis face are a taboo — that is, the occupation, colonial racism, militarization of all life’s aspects and the prevailing, aggressive neoliberal thought and system. These issues are deeply related to the Israeli state-building process.
     The Israeli social protests should be seen in light of two major border-crossing developments: the Arab peoples’ uprisings, an example of how when the people move, nothing is impossible; and second, the growth of the international and globalized social movement. The latter, day by day, is gaining a popular character that is challenging the world’s neoliberal elites in what we know as the “wealthy” nations and their current crisis, impacting the entire world.
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Palestinian factions unite to march in solidarity with prisoners hunger strike
Middle East Monitor 5 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Supreme National Committee for solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli prisons and detention centres has organised marches and demonstrations across the West Bank. The Palestinian prisoners club has also called for demonstrations in support of the striking prisoners. On Tuesday...

Massive Protest Held In Hebron In Support Of Political Detainees
IMEMC - Wednesday October 05, 2011 - 02:03, Thousands of Palestinians held a protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron in solidarity with the political prisoners held by Israel in several prisons and detention camp, and called for their release.

Activities Launched To Support The Striking Detainees
IMEMC - Tuesday October 04, 2011 - 10:22, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention facilities started an open-ended hunger strike a week ago, after a Prison Service crack-down to punish the detainees while at the same time starting a campaign aimed at influencing world public opinion regarding prison conditions.

Hamas Leader Calls For Abducting More Soldiers
IMEMC - Tuesday October 04, 2011 - 10:01, Hamas political leader Khalil Al Hayya called on the Palestinian resistance factions to abduct more Israeli soldiers and settlers in order to trade them for Palestinian political prisoners, according to the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Information Center..

Minister: Israeli authorities refuse hunger strike demands
10/4/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's prison administration has refused Palestinian detainees' demands as prisoners enter their eighth day on hunger strike, the minister of detainees' affairs in Ramallah said Tuesday. Issa Qaraqe said a meeting between prisoner representatives, the assistant general director of prisons and Israeli intelligence officers in Ramon prison....

Israel police: 4 held for throwing rocks
10/4/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli border guards detained on Tuesday four Palestinians in al-Tour neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem for throwing rocks at the passing cars, police said. The detained were taken for investigation in the police station in Jerusalem. Israeli police said there were no injuries or damage reported....

PNN: Activities to support the prisoners and calls to end their suffering
PNN - PNN The Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Jails have started six days ago a hunger strike after the Israeli Prison Service cracked down on prisoners after the media and political campaign that...

Nablus joins West Bank and Gaza in support of prisoner strike
10/4/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 3 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Hundreds marched in Nablus today to protest against the harsh conditions endured by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and to show solidarity with over 150 prisoners currently on hunger strike. Prisoners from the leftist PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) movement began open-ended hunger strikes....

[uruknet.info] In their own Words: A report on the situation facing Palestinian children detained inoccupied East Jerusalem
Uruknet October 3, 2011 - DCI-Palestine has submitted a second report to the UN on the situation facing Palestinian children detained in occupied East Jerusalem. This follows DCI-Palestine's submission on 19 July 2011 of 45 cases relating to the detention of Palestinian children from the occupied West Bank, under the Israeli military court system. The Report covers a six...

[uruknet.info] Striking Palestinian Detainee Suffers Health Deterioration
Uruknet October 3, 2011 - The health condition of Palestinian detainee, Akram Mansour, 52, witnessed a sharp deterioration Monday as he continue his hunger strike along with hundreds of detainees imprisoned by Israel. Held in Asqalan prison, Mansour suffers from a brain tumor, and repeatedly loses consciousness. The Israeli Prison Administration is still refusing to provide him with specialized...

Israeli media: Grapel could be released in prisoner swap deal
PIC - Talks of a prisoner swap for the release of Israeli spy Ilan Grapel surround a trip by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to Egypt amid fears of mass Egyptian anger should Grapel be released.

Hayya champions capture of more soldiers to trade them for Palestinian prisoners
PIC - Khalil Hayya, a political bureau member of Hamas, has urged Palestinian resistance factions to capture more Israeli occupation soldiers to trade them for freedom of Palestinian freedom fighters.

Raids in Ashkelon, Nafha prisons as thousands join hunger strike
PIC - Special units raided cells in the Israeli Ashkelon and Nafha prisons as thousands of Palestinian prisoners have joined a seven day hunger strike.

Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike Continues – Now is the Time for International Solidarity!
Intifada-Palestine: 4 Oct 2011 - The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat www.freeahmadsaadat.org + info@freeahmadsaadat.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/ freeahmadsaadat As Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike enters its second week , international solidarity is needed now, more than ever. Prisoners are being sent to isolation in increasing numbers, family visits are being... more

Israel escalates violations against Palestinian prisoners in its jails
Middle East Monitor 4 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons have embarked on a hunger strike in protest over poor conditions of detention and ill-treatment. Yesterday, Israeli prison authorities took action against a number of the hunger strikers placing them in solitary confinement. There currently over 6,000...

Striking Palestinian Detainee Suffers Health Deterioration
IMEMC - Monday October 03, 2011 - 22:46, The health condition of Palestinian detainee, Akram Mansour, 52, witnessed a sharp deterioration Monday as he continue his hunger strike along with hundreds of detainees imprisoned by Israel.

Prisoners group: Hunger strikes affecting detainees' health
10/3/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner in Israel's Ashkelon jail is suffering from repeated fainting spells after taking part in a hunger strike against worsening prison conditions, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said Monday. Palestinian detainees in prisons across Israel are on hunger strike for the seventh consecutive day in protest against.... Related: Thousands rally for prisoners in Israeli jails

Thousands rally for prisoners in Israeli jails
10/3/2011 - NABLUS (AFP) -- Thousands of people in the West Bank and Gaza staged demonstrations on Monday in solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails. The rallies were held as inmates saw through the seventh consecutive day of a hunger strike to protest against worsening conditions for Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. Around 2,000.... Related: Prisoners group: Hunger strikes affecting detainees' health

Gaza protest supports Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike
10/3/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - Today over a thousand Palestinians converged on the International Committee of the Red Cross building in Gaza, Palestine, continuing a tent protest that began outside the walled compound yesterday and bolstering a weekly sit-in by the families of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. These events began a week of action in....

Hebron in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike for rights
10/3/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On the sixth day of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, major political factions joined in Hebron and united in support for human rights for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, victims of Israeli collective punishment tactics. On Tuesday the 27th of September, an open-ended hunger strike was....

Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike, protest worsening Israel prison conditions
Ha'aretz - Hundreds of prisoners join ongoing protest against restrictions of Palestinian prisoners as part of an effort to force the Islamist group Hamas to free a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

Palestinians say Israeli prison hunger strike grows
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2011 - Thousands of Palestinians stage rallies in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank showing solidarity with prisoners.

[uruknet.info] Campaign to support Hunger Strike of Palestinian Prisoners
Uruknet October 3, 2011 - As Israeli military measures are escalating against Palestinian prisoners, moves are taking place in prisoners to resist the illegal Israel practices. A hunger strike has been staged across Israeli prisons which illegally keep thousands of Palestinian prisoners. Late in September, Palestinian Prisoners and detainees started an open hunger strike to demand an end to...

[uruknet.info] Thousands rally for prisoners in Israeli jails
Uruknet October 3, 2011 -- Thousands of people in the West Bank and Gaza staged demonstrations on Monday in solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails. The rallies were held as inmates saw through the seventh consecutive day of a hunger strike to protest against worsening conditions for Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. Around 2,000 people...

[uruknet.info] Detainees from Ashkelon prison join hunger strike
Uruknet October 2, 2011 -- Head of the Palestinian Detainees Center Qaddoura Fares said Sunday that 20 detainees in Ashkelon prison will join a hunger strike being carried out by prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day in protest against being forced into isolation cells and being deprived...

Palestinians Demonstrate in Support of Prisoners on Hunger Strike
WAFA

Israeli press complicit in dehumanization of Palestinian victims
Sarit Topaz, translation by Dena Shunra, +972 Magazine 10/3/2011
      Muatasam and Ali were shot to death by the IDF at the start of Ramadan. The Israeli press glossed over the story. In writing about them here, the author attempts to restore a bit of humanity to the faceless Palestinians killed by the army.
     This post was written at the request of a close friend, who asked me to publicize the deaths of Muatasam Adwan and Ali Khalifa, killed during a nighttime raid by the IDF in the Qalandia Refugee Camp, on the first day of the Ramadan fast.
     Everyone has been occupied with the wave of protest sweeping Israel, with people arguing over the definition of social justice; the question of whether the struggle is or is not political; the delicacy of phrasing; demands and the solutions; whether the nation is truly coming together or whether the unity is just a patchwork; what is that “nation” and who does it include. In the meanwhile, quietly and inexorably, the occupation keeps up its routine.
     Unofficial curfews and nightly raids on West Bank villages are commonplace. Army forces enter without informing the residents over a loudspeaker, and residents outside their homes endanger their lives. Damage precedes warning. During the first week of Ramadan, the occupier was behaving as usual, raiding refugee camps and villages at night, using pyrotechnics. Deafening sounds of stun grenades, flares brightening the night sky, the smell of tear gas that gets on the nerves, burns in the mouth, blinds the eyes and makes breathing heavier. Dizzied sensations and fears that mark the entry of those who shouldn’t be there in the first place. It is not for nothing that these raids are carried out at night, while people should be in their beds, forgetting reality for a few hours. That’s when the military circus arrives, instilling fear, in order to “detained wanted persons.”
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Hunger strike continues for fifth consecutive day
10/2/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day in protest of being forced into isolation cells and being deprived of family visits. Popular Front officials say the Israeli prison administration has isolated a number of Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike and forbade the.... Related: Detainees from Ashkelon prison join hunger strike

Detainees from Ashkelon prison join hunger strike
10/2/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Head of the Palestinian Detainees Center Qaddoura Fares said Sunday that 20 detainees in Ashkelon prison will join a hunger strike being carried out by prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day in protest against being forced into isolation cells.... Related: Hunger strike continues for fifth consecutive day

[uruknet.info] Forget the distractions; the realities of Israel's Occupation demand its end
Uruknet October 1, 2011 - ...The systematic detention of Palestinian children is part of Israel's decades-long mass imprisonment policy, which has seen an estimated 700,000 people jailed as "security" prisoners since 1967. It is rare to find a Palestinian family in the Occupied Palestinian Territories which has not experienced this. It has marked the society profoundly as Palestinian leader...

Hamas vows not to forget Palestinian prisoners
PIC - Palestinian resistance group Hamas has hailed the Palestinian captives held in the Israeli prisons and vowed to be faithful to them until their release..

PPC Publishes Palestinian Prisoners' Demands
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20 Palestinian Prisoners Join Open Hunger Strike
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Isolated Detainees Announce Open-Ended Hunger Strike
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 12:44, Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Friday that around Twenty-five Palestinian detainees in solitary confinement at the Nafha. Ramon, Al Ramla and Asqalan Israeli detention facilities declared an open-ended hunger strike.

Protest held in Ramallah to support prisoners' strike
10/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators on Saturday set up a tent in central Ramallah to support Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails." This is a protest, a sit-in tent erected to urge the Palestinian people to support prisoners," said demonstrator Murad JadallahPalestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the fifth consecutive....

Palestinian detainees continue hunger strike
1 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)-Palestinian detainees inside Israeli jails continued their open hunger strike for the fifth day in a row to protest  Israeli aggressive policy against them.

Ibrahim Hamed and Hasan Salama join mass hunger strike
PIC - Commander of Al-Qassam Brigades’ West Bank division Ibrahim Hamed and prisoner representative Hassan Salama have joined a hunger strike declared in most of the Israeli prisons.




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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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Arab Association for Human Rights - HRA
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Association for Civil Rights in Israel - ACRI
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B’tselem
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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.

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights
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Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
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