Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners from Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank were released early Tuesday morning in the third stage of a prisoner release deal secured by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to facilitate peace talks. A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo peace talks 20 years ago, are slated to be released during the course of the talks, which are scheduled to continue through mid-2014. By: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Tali Mayer, Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org Related: The real problem with the prisoner release PHOTOS: Right-wing Israelis protest Palestinian prisoner release…Read More...
Thousands gather in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya to welcome the now-iconic hunger striker home. Text by Michael Omer-Man Photos by Oren Ziv and Tali Mayer / Activestills.org Former hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi was released to his home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya Monday night, exactly eight months after he agreed to resume eating as part of a deal with Israeli authorities. Issawi staged an intermittent hunger strike for nearly nine months until April 23, 2013. Over 2,000 people awaited his release on the main road leading into Issawiya. Revelers carried him on their shoulders to…Read More... | 11 Comments
This week: Prisoner releases, house demolitions, weekly demonstrations, olive harvests, prayerful protests, and asylum seekers.Read More...
Palestinians celebrated as they received 26 prisoners who were released from Israeli prisons in the early hours of Wednesday. The men were freed in the second stage of a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority designed to enable a return to negotiations. Thousands of people gathered in Ramallah and throughout the West Bank to meet their newly released loved ones, all of whom were imprisoned before the Oslo Accords in 1993. Another five prisoners were released to the Gaza Strip. Photos: Ahmad al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Oren Ziv , Hamde Abu-Rahma/ Activestills.orgRead More... | 2 Comments
This week: The release of pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners, Eid at the sea, the return to villages destroyed in the Nakba, and weekly demonstrations against the occupation. See more photos: Released Palestinian prisoners arrive home to West BankRead More...
Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday morning - 15 to Gaza and 11 to the West Bank - as part of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, hours before the first official meeting between the two sides. The Palestinian prisoners released to the West Bank arrived at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where their families waited for hours to receive their released relatives.Read More... | 2 Comments
Hours ahead of the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday evening, right-wing Israelis protested outside the Ayalon Prison demanding that their relatives, murderers of Palestinians, be released as well.Read More... | 7 Comments
By striving for a solution which would allow for mutual access to holy sites, family, friends and water for all residents of this land, we can shed our allegiances to this-many-states or that-many-states and place our allegiance with self-determination for all peoples. By A. Daniel Roth Twenty, 10 or even five years ago I would have counted myself among those genuinely optimistic about the prospects of Kerry’s “peace” talks. These days I am not quite as optimistic, but nevertheless, there is a chance for these talks to lead to something positive. This is an opportunity to organize toward an end to…Read More... | 18 Comments
If Israel doesn't follow through with release of all pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners, including citizens of Israel, 'we'll create pressure – and we'll try to stop these negotiations,' Palestinian Prisoners' Club head Qaddura Fares says, adding that after previous releases, he has little hope. By Marian Houk "No, I am not satisfied," Qaddura Fares said crisply, the morning after the Israeli Cabinet voted on Sunday to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, the vote having been delayed for hours so Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu could persuade the unconvinced. "I think there are a lot of reservations about the process, the procedure,” Fares said. The vote…Read More... | 7 Comments
Second thoughts on the 'peace process' resuming tonight. Maybe I’m trying to make something good out of a bad situation – I’ve written (here and here) that the Palestinians were getting screwed in these peace talks – but now I’m thinking that Abbas may have done the right thing by agreeing to negotiate with Netanyahu, even without Netanyahu’s agreement that the baseline be the ’67 borders. Oudeh Basharat wrote a very wise column in Haaretz today, arguing that point: Abbas is conducting his policies with one eye on the national interest and the other on the needs of his population.…Read More... | 24 Comments
If Netanyahu doesn't agree to negotiate on the basis of the 1967 border, the Palestinians' consent to negotiate with him will amount to surrender - which, until he proves differently, is what Bibi wants. The consensus seems to be that any Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are better than none, so Kerry is being congratulated for getting the two sides to agree to meet in Washington to see if they can then agree on a starting point for negotiations. A big step in the right direction, goes the mainstream view. And it will be just that - if Netanyahu agrees to…Read More... | 31 Comments
As far back as 2008, Israel's Health Ministry and Prison Service formulated clear criteria for the shackling of hospitalized prisoners. But as it turns out, the Prison Service still dictates the policy and doctors' hands are tied -- and shackling procedures are still being applied arbitrarily. http://youtu.be/jlPiOcBJgBQ Related: As Palestinian hunger strikes come to a head, world begins to take noticeRead More... | 1 Comment
This past month, for the first time since 2007, Palestinian children under the age of eight granted permission to visit their parents in Israeli prisons. The decision to allow family visits to Palestinians in Israeli prisons was made last summer, following a six-week hunger strike by some 2,000 prisoners. Palestinian kids from Gaza above the age of eight are still prohibited from visiting their parents - the same goes for grandchildren and siblings. There are over 500 prisoners - among them 14 minors - from Gaza held in Israel. Over 400 of them are "security inmates" and approximately 100 prisoners are "criminal…Read More... | 8 Comments
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