There are many reasons why Marwan Barghouti should eventually be released from jail so he can run for office. But the Left should, even as it supports him, take into account his past — and why he's in prison. Marwan Barghouti has shaken headlines by leading a hunger strike among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, calling for improved conditions, and by publishing an op-ed in the New York Times explaining why. Over 1,100 Palestinian prisoners have so far joined the hunger strike. [tmwinpost] The Israeli establishment is frothing at the mouth against what they call his lies, denying his allegations…Read More... | 21 Comments
Hundreds of Palestinians in Bethlehem protest in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Photos and text: Oren Ziv and Faiz Abu Rmeleh Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Bethlehem on Monday afternoon in order to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, marching to Checkpoint 300 and Rachel’s Tomb in solidarity with the 1,100 Palestinian prisoners who had launched a hunger strike earlier that day. The demonstrators held up photos of Marwan Barghouti, the most visible of the roughly 6,500 Palestinians currently imprisoned in Israel, as well as of members of their families who are also political prisoners. Once…Read More... | 3 Comments
A new documentary shows how the degradation and physical abuse suffered by Palestinians in Israeli jails means that even after their release, they haven't escaped prison. By Anat Matar A month ago, on January 29, Abdallah Moubarak was released from a year-long administrative detention. Three weeks later, the film he acted in a short time before his detention — “Ghost Hunting,” directed by Raed Andoni — won best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival. Why was Moubarak arrested? Why was he released a year later? Those are questions I have learned, over the years, are useless to ask. Not because…Read More... | 3 Comments
Journalists, scientists, human rights activists and even a clown are among the Palestinians currently sitting in Israeli jails. By Yael Marom The vast majority of Israelis are not interested in Palestinian prisoner statistics. After all, for them, Palestinians are not human beings but “terrorists,” and as such it’s perhaps preferable that as many as possible sit behind bars. But for the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails at any given moment, they are subject to a system of occupation and oppression that pursues, threatens and jails as a matter of daily routine. Journalists, scientists, human rights activists and even a clown are among the prisoners.…Read More... | 3 Comments
Israeli security authorities view hunger striking Palestinian prisoners as political time-bombs that can undermine the occupation's control. The High Court agrees. In a unanimous decision by a three-justice panel, the Israeli High Court on Sunday approved the legality of the force-feeding law, which was enacted by the Knesset in July 2015. [tmwinpost] The law allows Israeli authorities to forcibly feed hunger striking prisoners against their will if their health condition is deemed to be life-threatening, and if the measure is approved by the attorney general and a District Court judge. The procedure involves transmitting food into the patient’s body, either through the vein,…Read More... | 1 Comment
Hasan Safadi placed under administrative detention for six months, after being accused of affiliation with an illegal organization and visiting an enemy state. Israeli authorities placed a Palestinian prisoners' rights activist under administrative detention for six months beginning last Friday, 40 days after he was first detained and taken in for interrogation. Hasan Safadi, who works as media coordinator for Addameer, an NGO that supports Palestinian prisoners in both Israeli and Palestinian prisons, was set to be released from detention on June 10 by order of Jerusalem's Magistrate's Court, after paying NIS 2,500 in bail and obtaining third-party guarantees. Later…Read More... | 1 Comment
A Jewish child arrested for an identical crime in the same location would not have been sent to prison. Israeli authorities released the girl after the case got attention and a request from her parents. Text by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Twelve-year-old Dima al-Wawi, the youngest Palestinian in Israeli prison, was released after two-and-a-half months on Sunday. Israeli authorities delivered her to the Jabara checkpoint in the West Bank in the early afternoon hours, where she was met by her parents and waiting journalists. [tmwinpost] Al-Wawi was arrested 75 days earlier at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Karmei…Read More... | 4 Comments
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…Read More...
As of the end of January 2016, Israel held 568 Palestinians in administrative detention, among them two minors, two women, and one clown. By Yael Marom Over 6,000 Palestinian "security prisoners" were being held in Israeli prisons as of the beginning of February, according to statistics published by the Israel Prison Services (IPS). This is the highest number of Palestinian prisoners since July 2010. [tmwinpost] Among the prisoners are 398 minors — two of which are in administrative detention, 108 are between 14 and 16 years old, and two are under 14. Out of the 46 women held in Israeli…Read More...
Israel's use of torture is part and parcel of the occupation, and an inseparable part of maintaining the military occupation of Palestinian territories and Jewish hegemony in those lands. A new report about torture at the Israeli Shin Bet facility Shikma is, rightfully, making headlines. The details are horrendous. The report, penned by HaMoked and B’Tselem, is also significant because it points to the close collaboration between Israel and the Palestinian Authority — essentially reminding that the former is outsourcing its dirty work to the PA. While the report is new, we shouldn’t forget that torture in Israel is not. Palestinians have long…Read More... | 29 Comments
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…Read More... | 2 Comments
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…Read More...
International law is clear that prisoners should not be transferred outside of an occupied territory — both to allow their families access to them and to prevent forced population transfer. But that's not all that's at stake. By Gerard Horton Palestinian children detained in the Israeli military detention system should be held in facilities located in Palestine, as opposed to Israel, in accordance with international law, UNICEF recommended in its 2013 report, Children in Israeli Military Detention (2013). The latest figures released by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) indicate that since UNICEF made this recommendation the percentage of Palestinian children…Read More... | 30 Comments
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