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  • In bid to expel Arab MK, Israel manages to break its own record

    MK Basel Ghattas will serve two years for smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners. That's a longer sentence than the one handed down to an Elor Azaria, who executed an incapacitated Palestinian.  Congratulations are in order to the attorney general and the Knesset for the latest Arab they managed be put up on the cross. Palestinian MK Basel Ghattas (Balad), who was accused of smuggling cellphones to Palestinian security prisoners, agreed to sign a plea bargain according to which he will admit to committing an act that could lead either directly or indirectly to acts of terrorism, resign from the Knesset,…

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  • Israeli doctors refusing to force feed Palestinian hunger strikers

    The Knesset passed a law allowing courts to order doctors to force feed Palestinian hunger strikers. But the doctors, it appears, aren't  so keen on violating basic principles of medical ethics. By Bettina Birmans A human, medical and political drama unfolded over the past few weeks at Asaf Harofeh Medical Center, just outside of Tel Aviv. At the center of the drama were two Palestinian men being held by Israel without charge or trial — Anas Shadid, 19, and Ahmad Abu Farah, 29 — and hospitalized due to their deteriorating medical condition brought on by extended hunger strikes. The pair were…

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  • High Court green-lights torture of Palestinian hunger strikers

    According to the court's ruling, force feeding, universally recognized as a form of torture, is a legitimate tool to use against hunger strikers. By Noam Rotem For the past two months three Palestinians have been on hunger strike over their administrative detention without trial. The three are the brothers Mahmoud Balboul (a police chief), Muhammad Balboul (a dentist), and Malk al-Qadi (a journalist). On Sunday Israel's High Court ruled that the force-feeding law, which allows Israeli authorities to forcibly feed hunger striking prisoners against their will if their health condition is deemed to be life-threatening is able to balance between the public…

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  • Who are the ISIS supporters in Israel's prisons?

    The 46 ISIS-associated prisoners represent only 0.3 percent of the prison population and just one-tenth of one percent of all prisoners. Some went off to fight in Syria, while others expressed support for the group on social media. By Noam Rotem As of the end of June, Israel was imprisoning 46 alleged ISIS supporters, according to data provided by the Israel Prison Service (IPS). Out of over 17,000 people being held in Israeli prisons at the end of June, 37 percent of those prisoners, 6,369 people, are classified as “security prisoners,” and the rest as criminal prisoners. The “security” classification…

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  • Why Palestinians mark Prisoners' Day

    More than 7,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of minors, are currently in Israeli prisons. Honoring prisoners and 'freedom fighters' isn't just a Palestinian tradition, however. Israelis do it, too. By Noam Rotem Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza marked “Prisoners Day” Sunday, commemorating and highlighting the plight of thousands of Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, and the hundreds of thousands of former prisoners. [tmwinpost] For many Israelis Palestinian prisoners are “terrorists,” whose imprisonment is the natural order of things. But for Palestinians they are freedom fighters who sacrificed their liberty for the good of the Palestinian struggle for liberation…

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  • Israel bans Palestinian prisoners from bringing in books

    The ban is a response to smuggling attempts using hollowed-out books, prison officials say. No such sweeping punishments are imposed on Israeli prisoners, attorney says. The Israel Prison Service (IPS) has been changing its policy about what it allows Palestinian security prisoners to receive inside its prisons, and has now banned them from bringing in books, +972 has learned. The book ban was imposed “after attempts to smuggle cellular phones inside books,” an IPS spokesperson told +972’s Hebrew sister site Local Call on Tuesday, adding that the ban is indefinite for the time being. [tmwinpost] The book ban affects only…

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  • Palestinian journalist's health deteriorates as hunger strike enters 46th day

    As his health steadily deteriorates, Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq has lost his ability to speak or walk. By Noam Rotem Forty-six days after he began his hunger strike, Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq has lost the ability to speak or walk, and has begun to vomit and urinate blood. According to his lawyer, Ashraf Abu Snena, Al-Qeeq can barely communicate using signals. He is currently being treated at Emek Medical Center in the northern city of Afula, where is both his legs and one arm are handcuffed to his bed at all times. One of the symptoms of a full hunger strike…

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  • Palestinian journalist on hunger strike to protest admin detention

    It took Israeli authorities weeks to even tell Muhammad Al-Qiq why he is being imprisoned without charge or trial — 'incitement.' He has been on hunger strike for 32 days. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, 33 from the Hebron area, has been on hunger strike for 32 days — since Israeli forces arrested from his home without explanation last month. Al-Qiq, a reporter who works for Saudi news station Almajd, was transferred to the medical center at Ramle Prison early last week. Immediately after his arrest, al-Qiq was taken in for interrogation at Israel's Kishon…

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  • How a 'security threat' disappears in the blink of an eye

    A month ago, administrative detainee Muhammad Allan was deemed a major security threat to Israel. Now the army has decided to release him on the condition that he does not go back on hunger strike. By Yael Marom One day a man wakes up to find out he no longer constitutes a threat to the State of Israel. After being imprisoned for an entire year without trial, going on hunger strike for more than two months until he suffered brain damage, was sent back to administrative detention once he began his recovery and went back on hunger strike, the army…

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  • Israel agrees to release Palestinian detainee after 42-day hunger strike

    Oday Stiti was arrested and put in administrative detention late last year. After over 40 days of hunger strike, the state decided not to extend his detention.  By Noam Rotem Even before the Knesset passed its force-feeding bill early Thursday morning, the state reached an agreement with Oday Stiti, a Palestinian administrative detainee who went on hunger-strike for 42 days. [tmwinpost] Stiti, a 24-year-old administrative detainee from Kafr Qud, a village near Jenin, was arrested on November 16, 2014 under administrative order, after which he went on hunger strike to protest his detention without being sentenced or put on trial.…

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  • Israel to start force-feeding Palestinian hunger strikers

    One month after administrative detainee Khader Adnan's successful hunger strike, the Knesset passes a law to allow for the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners. The Knesset passed a law early Thursday morning that sanctions the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails. The law passed by a small margin, with 46 lawmakers in favor and 40 opposed. [tmwinpost] The so-called "hunger-strike law," considered more "gentle" than the original bill proposed last June, allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate's life. This applies even if the prisoner refuses. The…

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  • Asylum seekers say Israeli authorities use food to pressure them

    A new report by a refugee organization says the food Israeli prison authorities provide to African asylum seekers being detained in Holot does not meet their nutritional needs. During the Ramadan fast, the many restrictions on food in the 'open' facility make life even tougher on Muslim asylum seekers from Darfur. Some detainees say the hardships are intentional, part of a wider policy aimed at pressuring them to leave Israel. By Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Just before eight at night, as dinner is being served inside the prison, hundreds of asylum seekers being held in Israel’s Holot "open" detention facility…

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  • Is Israel negotiating with Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan?

    As he enters his 50th day of hunger strike, Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan's health is rapidly deteriorating rapidly. Now it seems like the Israeli government may try to negotiate his release from administrative detention. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan's health deteriorated significantly Wednesday as he reached his 49th day of hunger strike. According to Attorney Jawad Bulus, who is the only person aside from members of the Israel Prison Service (IPS) to have access to his hospital room, Adnan's health is deteriorating from day to day. Since the beginning of Adnan's hunger strike, which he…

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