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  • Turning over a new leaf: An interview with a former Palestinian 'security prisoner'

    In 1987, Mukhlas Burgal was sentenced to life in prison for throwing a bomb that failed to detonate at a bus full of Israeli soldiers. Since his release in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, Mukhlas has opened a library, and heads several educational projects in his hometown of Lyd ("Lod" in Hebrew, "Lydda" in English). Three years after his release, he discusses his membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the torturous interrogations of the Shin Bet, his time in prison and his new life. "Have you heard of 'Iskot' cigarettes? Mukhlas Burgal asks me, not…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian prisoners, supporters struggle for freedom

    To mark International Palestinian Prisoners' Day, which has been commemorated annually by Palestinians worldwide since 1974, Activestills brings you a look into the lives of Palestinian prisoners and their supporters struggling to obtain freedom. According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support organization, there are currently 5,224 Palestinian men and women held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees; 210 children; 21 female prisoners; and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Since the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip began in 1967, more than 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel. To this day, dozens…

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  • Living in a cage: On jail, running and the Shuafat Camp

    As a conscientious objector, being confined in prison made Moriel Rothman's chest fill with pain and panic. A year later, the feeling resurfaced while visiting Shuafat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem. By Moriel Rothman Last October, I spent 20 days in Israeli military jail for refusing to serve in the army. I got a brief sense then of what it is like to live in a cage, to have my every move scrutinized, to have to request permission to move, to fear that if I made the wrong move, my time in the cage would be increased. I felt like my soul…

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  • A week in photos: November 1-6

    Protests in Nabi Saleh, Ma'asara and Kfer Qaddum; Beit Arabiya is demolished; arrest raid on remaining South Sudanese refugess in Israel; and more. Activestills images tell the stories of the week.                    

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  • Israel's new prison for African refugees reeks of cruelty

    As the new prison for refugees and their children demonstrates, racism is a profound problem in Israel today. But it is only a component in a broader ethos, which tramples all over those who are weak and vulnerable. In Israel's hierarchy of sympathies, even those at the very top suffer from the devaluation of compassion itself International Holocaust Memorial Day is a good opportunity to reiterate Noam's important warning against comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany, and to heartily endorse his policy of banning comments making this comparison. Israel can certainly be compared to Switzerland, though. The Swiss government, during…

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  • Government: No right to attorney for up to a year

    YNET reports this morning  that the ministerial committee for legislation  has voted that the government would endorse a bill allowing courts to deny "security" prisoners right to meet with their attorney for up to a year. Under current legislation, prisoners may be barred from seeing a lawyer for up to three weeks, although various tricks and chicanery sometimes allow security services go way over this time limit. Still, the bill appears to both legitimise and sharply exacerbate an already unacceptable practice, and to delegate huge authority to prison service officials. Ultra-rightist Israel National News, which runs the report under the…

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