Members of Activestills posted a public street exhibition on the streets of West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv of photos that bring attention to Palestinian Prisoners Day. Photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz, Shiraz Grinbaum, Keren Manor, Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv The following text, in Hebrew, accompanied street exhibitions of the photos from this essay which were posted in public places in West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv the night before Palestinian Prisoners Day, April 17, 2013. Images of the street exhibitions, some of them later defaced, follow below: April 17 commemorates Palestinian Prisoners' Day. As of February 2013,…Read More... | 23 Comments
A movement of Palestinian prisoners protesting their incarceration and treatment inside Israeli prisons is continuing to reach momentous proportions. Billed the “War of Empty Stomachs,” the number of prisoners on hunger strike is now in the thousands. On April 17, the prisoner movement split into two when between 1,200 and 1,600 prisoners launched a coordinated, open-ended hunger strike against their treatment inside Israeli prisons, including the pervasive use of solitary confinement, denied family visits and right to education. Another 2,000 joined in a limited solidarity hunger strike. The prisoners had joined a group of hunger strikes launched independently by prisoners…Read More...
Shalabi ended her hunger strike and is supposed to be freed from prison within days – but banished to Gaza. While pleased with the release, many criticize the deportation, and some accuse Israel of foul play. A second hunger striker administrative detainee was released without conditions. Two more detainees have been hospitalized, having entered their second month of hunger strike. After 43 days of hunger strike, and while at imminent risk of death, administrative detainee Hana Shalabi started eating yesterday (Thursday) night in a deal has been struck for her release. Shalabi has reportedly agreed to be deported to the…Read More... | 2 Comments
Physicians for Human Rights issued a statement Monday evening warning that hunger striking administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is facing the risk of death. The message comes at the end of 33 days of Shalabi's hunger strike, and is based on a physical examination carried out today in prison by a physician working with the NGO. Following the examination, Shalabi was transferred taken to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. [Update: Apparently Shalabi was taken but not admitted to the hospital, and returned to prison. PHR and Addameer are now pressuring IPS to take her buck to the hospital immediately]. According to…Read More... | 8 Comments
The Palestinian Authority's Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, says Israel has offered to release hunger striking administrative detainee Hana Shalabi – under the condition that she be deported to Gaza. In a statement to Ma'an news agency, Qaraqe said the Palestinian government refused the offer to ban the West Bank detainee from her home, and is insisting upon the unconditional release of Shalabi, who has not been accused of committing any crime. As the 32nd day of Shalabi's hunger strike begins, and while her physical condition keeps deteriorating, Qaraqe told Ma'an that "we did not agree on such a…Read More... | 4 Comments
More than twenty Palestinian administrative detainees have joined Hana Shalabi's hunger strike. Beginning a fifth week with no food, doctors gravely fear Shalabi's health. Today is the 29th day of Hana Shalabi's hunger strike, and her physical condition is worsening. Shalabi, a 29 year old woman from the West Bank village of Burqin, was formally held for 25 months in administrative detention, was released last October in the Schalit prisoner swap, and re-arrested within four months of her release. Since her second arrest Shalabi is refusing to eat in protest against of her continued detention without charges or trial. The…Read More... | 2 Comments
More than 250 Palestinian and Israeli women and men were attacked by military forces at a demonstration at the Qalandia checkpoint. Several injuries were reported, including one woman who was hospitalized after being shot with a rubber-coated bullet. The demonstration started Thursday at noon, with some 200 Palestinian women marching from Ramallah towards Qalandia – the main checkpoint on the way to Jerusalem. Demonstrators chanted slogans and held tri-lingual signs linking the feminist struggle with the struggle against the occupation. The women were joined by an international delegation, including European Parliament Member and former Vice President Luisa Morgantini, and later…Read More... | 6 Comments
Palestinian administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is now on the 22nd day of her hunger strike, protesting her treatment during her arrest and over the course of her detention. Three court rulings from recent days may mark a shift in the system's attitude towards her, following the Khader Adnan case. Lawyers from the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer report that Shalabi's physical condition is deteriorating. After more than three weeks of no food and very little water, Shalabi is beginning to experience pain in her chest and waist, suffers from nausea and dizziness, and is having a hard time talking without…Read More... | 15 Comments
Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian woman currently being held in administrative detention by Israel, entered the 15th day of her hunger strike today in protest of the maltreatment she suffered during her arrest. Her elderly parents and two Palestinian prisoners have joined her hunger strike. According to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Israeli authorities detained Shalabi, from the village of Burqin near Jenin, on February 16. She was allegedly beaten during her arrest—as was her brother when he tried to stop an Israeli soldier from hitting her—and began the hunger strike on the same day in protest. Shalabi was released…Read More... | 1 Comment
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