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Palestinian Prisoner Day

  • Palestinian prisoners' rights activist detained, tortured in Israeli prison

    Ayman Nasser, a researcher for the Palestinian prisoners' rights NGO Addameer, has himself become a detainee in an Israeli prison, having been charged with several counts of membership in an illegal organization and of partaking in illegal assembly. According to Physicians for Human Rights, he has been tortured during his 39-day-long interrogation. Nasser, 42, was arrested on October 15 in a nighttime raid by armed soldiers and attack dogs on his house in the village of Saffa in the Ramallah district. According to Physicians for Human Rights, Nasser was taken into custody after a prolonged search in his house and a…

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  • Palestinian Prisoners' Day: Hundreds join hunger strike

     3,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails fasted today as part of a growing protest against conditions in prison. 1,200 declared they will continue fasting, joining several administrative detainees on hunger strike; Thousands demonstrated throughout the West Bank and Gaza; Administrative detainee Khader Adnan, who went on a 66-day hunger strike, was released. Palestinian Prisoners' Day was commemorated today in the occupied territories and Israeli prisons in a fashion far more intensive than in previous years. More than two thirds of the 4,635 prisoners held by Israel (of whom 320 are administrative detainees and 183 are minors) returned their meals today,…

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  • Palestinian Prisoners' Day: Bassem Tamimi, over a year in prison

    Bassem Tamimi has been sitting in an Israeli prison for over a year. Tamimi is a prominent Palestinian activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where he has led the small village's popular unarmed struggle against Israeli occupation and takeover of land since its beginnings at the end of 2009. Tamimi was arrested in his home on March 24, 2011 for organizing protests and inciting against Israel, based on testimony by Islam Dar Ayyoub, a 14-year old resident of Nabi Saleh who was taken from him home in the middle of the night by Israeli forces for interrogation. His…

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