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  • Israeli army arrests Palestinian feminist lawmaker, months after her release

    Khalida Jarrar was last released from Israeli custody in February, where she was held for 20 months without charge or trial. By Jaclynn Ashly Dozens of Israeli soldiers arrested Khalida Jarrar, a prominent Palestinian left-wing lawmaker and activist, after raiding her home in central Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank overnight on Thursday. [tmwinpost] Suha Ghassan, Jarrar’s 29-year-old daughter, was the only other person at home with her mother during the raid. She said she woke up to the sounds of walkie-talkies used by soldiers outside. Jarrar’s husband, Ghassan, was in Jordan at the time — the first time Israel had allowed…

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  • How Israeli doctors enable the Shin Bet's torture industry

    From approving brutal interrogation techniques to writing false medical reports, doctors in Israel have taken an active role in the torture of Palestinian prisoners. By Ruchama Marton If the Shin Bet runs a school for its agents and interrogators, the curriculum most certainly includes a class on how to tell a lie. The texts taught, it seems, do not change with the years. In 1993, responding to accusations that the Shin Bet brutally tortured Palestinian detainee Hassan Zubeidi, then Commander of the IDF Northern Command Yossi Peled told Israeli journalist Gabi Nitzan that “there is no torture in Israel. I served for…

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  • Top court throws out case demanding Palestinian kids be allowed to call parents from prison

    The Israeli Supreme Court refuses to hear arguments in a case about whether Palestinian minors imprisoned by Israel should be allowed to speak to their families on the phone. Israel’s High Court of Justice refused to hear a petition by an Israeli human rights organization demanding that Palestinian minors held in Israeli prisons be allowed to call their parents. [tmwinpost] Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners” are subject to restrictions identical to those imposed on adult prisoners, including the denial of telephone contact with their parents. The prison service allegedly refuses to treat minors classified as “security prisoners”…

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  • Should Palestinian children be able to call parents from prison? Israeli court will decide

    Palestinian children in Israeli jails classified as 'security prisoners' are denied the right to speak to or see their families, sometimes for months on end. Israel’s top court will hear arguments about whether Palestinian children held in Israeli prisoners should be allowed to call their parents on the phone. [tmwinpost] Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners,” including those awaiting trial for crimes such as stone throwing, are subject to numerous restrictions identical to those imposed on adult prisoners such as the denial of telephone contact with their parents. The prison service allegedly refuses to treat minors classified as…

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  • This doesn't need to happen: Another pre-election war on Gaza

    We need leaders who can talk about ending the siege, about ending the occupation, about equality, freedom, and security as the only solution for both Israelis and Palestinians. By Haggai Matar and Oren Ziv The rocket fired from Gaza that destroyed a home and wounded seven people in central Israel Monday morning, took Israelis by surprise. On the one hand, that's totally understandable; we aren’t used to rocket fire in the Tel Aviv area, and certainly not rockets that exact such a devastating price. An attack on civilians, on a sleeping family, is a terrifying thing. [tmwinpost] On the other…

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  • Feminist Palestinian lawmaker free after 20 months in prison without trial

    Khalida Jarrar is released from Israeli custody following almost two years under administrative detention. By +972 Magazine Staff Palestinian parliament member Khalida Jarrar was released Thursday morning after nearly two years in Israeli administrative detention. This is not the first time Israel has put Jarrar under administrative detention, a practice in which detainees are held without charge or trial. [tmwinpost] Jarrar was first arrested in April 2015 and placed under administrative detention for six months, after she refused to comply with a military expulsion order. The Israeli army had ordered her at the time to leave her home in Ramallah within 24 hours and move to Jericho for a period of…

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  • 'Change doesn’t come from the courthouses alone'

    Addameer director Sahar Francis talks about the pervasiveness of incarceration in Palestinian society, how she and her organization have been targeted by Israeli forces for their work, and what it means if the international community can't hold Israel accountable for the occupation. There is one legal case Sahar Francis says she’ll never forget. It was 1996 or 1997, and she had only recently started working at Addammeer, the main Palestinian organization providing legal support to political prisoners. Israeli soldiers had arrested a young Palestinian woman, Francis recalls, and were torturing her to get her to testify against her brother who…

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  • 'It is easy to be a terrorist, it's much harder to pursue peace'

    Eight months after she was sent to prison for filming her daughter slap an IDF soldier, Nariman Tamimi speaks about her time behind bars, the case for international pressure on Israel, and the way her family is treated by the Israeli media. 'They know that Ahed is not a terrorist. If we wanted to be terrorists, we would be the exact opposite of who we are.' By Oren Ziv A day after Ahed and Nariman Tamimi’s release from prison on Sunday, media outlets, friends, and activists continued to flood the family in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Despite a decision…

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  • Israel sent an average of 29 Palestinians a month to admin. detention last year

    As of May 2018, 440 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, according to new data. Administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely, without any way for the prisoner to defend themselves in court. By Yael Marom Israeli authorities sent an average of 29 Palestinians a month to prison without charge or trial last year, according to new data provided by the Israel Prison service to B'Tselem. Over the past decade there was not a single month in which Israel held fewer than 150 Palestinians in administrative detention. According to the data, as of May 2018,…

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  • Why the PA can't — and won't — stop paying prisoners' families

    Israel's demand that the PA stop paying the families of Palestinian prisoners is part of an intentional strategy to block any progress towards resolving the conflict. The problem is that it's working. By Yoni Mendel The Israeli demand that the Palestinian Authority stop paying the families of prisoners in Israeli jails has spread like wildfire over the past year. It has become part of Israel’s hasbara arsenal, heard again and again, mainly whenever Israel fears that the international community — or, worse, the United States — intends to present a peace plan. In those cases, the demand appears to come…

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  • Not just Ahed: Israel holding 300 Palestinian minors in prison

    There are hundreds of Palestinians like Ahed Tamimi: denied bail and held in detention until the end of their trials. Over 400 more are imprisoned without ever being charged with a crime. While the case of Ahed Tamimi has garnered international media attention, the Israeli military prison system’s treatment of Ahed and her mother is not unique. Israel Prison Service (IPS) statistics published by Israeli anti-occupation organization B’Tselem earlier in January reveal that Israel is holding over 300 Palestinian minors in prison. Over 180 of those minors are being held in detention until the end of legal proceedings, without having been convicted, like Tamimi.   According…

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  • Activists bring London commuters face-to-face with Ahed Tamimi

    Just over a week after the arrest of Ahed Tamimi, posters appear at bus stops around London in solidarity with the teenager and all Palestinian prisoners. Commuters across London came face-to-face with the occupation on Thursday, after local activist groups put up posters at bus stops around the city calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi. The project — conceived and executed by London Palestine Action and Protest Stencil — hit London's streets nine days after Israeli soldiers took Ahed, 16, from her Nabi Saleh home in the middle of the night, and is the latest in a series of global protests against the…

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  • Fighting media silence on the Palestinian hunger strike

    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…

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