Trump's visit to Israel is just the latest thing to keep the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike — already largely ignored by the media — out of the headlines. By Tanya Rubinstein Donald Trump’s arrival in Israel on Monday filled social media with mockery and resentment, surrounding everything from ministers’ ridiculous statements and road closures to bizarre conversations and more. The media also had a field day with Likud MK Oren Hazan’s selfie with Trump, and with the politics of who’d get to shake hands with whom during the welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport. [tmwinpost] During the reception, Internal Security Minister…Read More... | 6 Comments
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An AP photographer was also wounded by the settler, during a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Eyewitnesses say that an altercation between demonstrators and settlers escalated into stone-throwing by the former, after which the settler drew his gun and opened fire. An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian near Huwwara in the West Bank on Thursday, during a demonstration in solidarity with an ongoing mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israel. The dead man was named by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as Mutaz Hussien Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23, according to Ma'an News Agency. [tmwinpost] The…Read More... | 10 Comments
Hebrew University canceled the conference after a student group associated with Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party penned an open letter to the university president. 'The very existence of this conference lends legitimacy to terror.' By Eli Bitan Hebrew University announced it is canceling an academic conference on the topic of Palestinian prisoners, which was slated to take place this Tuesday. The conference, which was organized by the The Harry S. Truman Research Institute, was to feature a study by Dr. Maya Rosenfeld on Palestinians in Israeli prisons. [tmwinpost] Despite the timing of the conference, which would have taken place as over 1,600 Palestinian prisoners…Read More... | 2 Comments
For the past four weeks, over 1,600 Palestinian prisoners have refused to eat in protest of their conditions inside Israeli jails. But what are they actually demanding? Mohammed Matry, a former political prisoner, talks about the prisoners' strike in which he participated in the 1980s, Israel policy of forced feeding, and the basic demands of Palestinian prisoners today. Related: How hunger strike could bring Palestinian prisoners back to the fore PHOTOS: Palestinians protest in support of hunger-striking prisonersRead More...
The Israeli public doesn't care about Palestinians on hunger strike, about conditions in prison, or what happens to a body after it is deprived of food for so long. Sometime in the '90s, "Popolitica," a popular political talk show in Israel, brought on a woman from Israel's geographical periphery who could not send her child to school because she could not afford it. "There is a law in this country that mandates all parents send their children to school!" she said angrily. Tommy Lapid, the late father of Yair Lapid, who sat on the panel, cut her off: "My dear, the money…Read More... | 24 Comments
Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who began his hunger strike 60 days ago, claims hospital staff have been forcing him to receive liquids intravenously against his will. By Noam Rotem (translated by Einat Adar) In Afula's Haemek Medical Center, a 33-year-old Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being shackled to his bed 24 hours a day. Next to him stand two prison guards. Although it is unclear what he is being accused of, al-Qiq was put under administrative detention and violently interrogated for weeks without being allowed to see a lawyer. After realizing that his arrest was political, al-Qiq declared a hunger…Read More...
A new bill that paves the way for putting Israeli citizens in administrative detention could one day affect activists, human rights workers, and Palestinian citizens of Israel. By Sawsan Khalife' A week after the Shin Bet recommended that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon sign off on administrative detention for two Jewish Israelis following the attack in the Palestinian village of Duma, he also recommended the Knesset pass an "anti-terrorism bill." The bill, which has been sitting on the shelf of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, authorizes the defense minister to use administrative detention without the standard prerequisite of declaring a…Read More... | 26 Comments
Twelve Palestinian students are facing possible expulsion from Jerusalem's Hebrew University for participating in an 'illegal' political protest. In the past, the university only took steps against particular student groups. Now, it's switching gears and targeting individual students. Near the end of September, 12 Palestinian students received a notice from the Hebrew University administration, stating that Dean of Students Udi Shavit had lodged a complaint against them over their participation in an "unauthorized demonstration that goes against regulations," which took place on July 10, 2014. The notice said that the administration was waiting for a response from the students before…Read More... | 14 Comments
The PA’s lack of support for hunger striking prisoners, together with its security coordination with Israel during ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper,’ are further deteriorating its credibility among Palestinians. Reports on a deal that would end the hunger strike by some 70 Palestinians prisoners broke in the Hebrew media on Tuesday night and has been confirmed in the two days that passed since. According to Ynet News, the prisoners will return to eat, and in return, some punitive measures that Israeli Prison Service placed on them, such as separation from each other and fines, will be cancelled Assuming that there are no…Read More... | 5 Comments
More than 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli administrative detention launched a mass, open-ended hunger strike on April 24. The same day, Palestinians set up a protest tent in the city center of Nablus and have staged ongoing solidarity protests ever since. Text by Ryan Rodrick Beiler, photos by Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org The hunger strike is taking place in the Ofer, Megiddo and Negev prisons. It comes after Israeli authorities reneged on a promise made following the mass hunger strike of more than 2,000 in 2012 to limit the use of administrative detention to exceptional cases. According to the Palestinian prisoner…Read More...
Can Israel help the United States treat hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay more humanely? Probably. But one lesson that may be lost on the U.S. is that Palestinian hunger strikes in Israel have - for the most - part been successful. When nearly 200 people were rushed to Boston hospitals after the marathon bombing earlier this year, doctors were prepared because of an Israeli disaster management training they had received years earlier. When a building collapsed in Nairobi in 2006, Israeli army search and rescue teams flew in and freed trapped survivors. Disaster medicine is the one of the few fields in…Read More... | 7 Comments
Threat of Palestinian Authority's collapse forces Netanyahu, who has humiliated Abbas and his people as often as possible, to try to placate them. At the beginning of this week, when Palestinian riots threatened to get out of hand, especially if one of the hunger-striking prisoners died, what did Netanyahu do? He gave in. He announced on Sunday he was giving the Palestinian Authority its customs taxes for January, which he'd held back to punish Mahmoud Abbas for winning recognition for Palestinian statehood at the UN last November. Palestinians throw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, PA security troops do…Read More... | 7 Comments
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