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  • How the hunger strike could bring Palestinian prisoners back to the fore

    The fixation on Barghouti's op-ed bio distracts from the strike's impact on Palestinians, which is as much about restoring political direction as it is about attaining prisoners’ rights. In 2015, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) created the “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.” Nicknamed after the renowned South African leader who spent 27 years behind bars, the “Nelson Mandela Rules” form an international blueprint for the basic rights of all prisoners regardless of the charges against them, including telephone calls, medical examinations and educational programs, among many others. [tmwinpost] The demands of the 1,200 Palestinian prisoners who…

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  • A law banning torture in Israel? Don’t hold your breath

    An anti-torture law currently being drafted by the Justice Ministry is not enough to fix an entire legal system that allows the practice to be used against an occupied population. During its review session at the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva on Wednesday, Israel’s representatives informed the committee that the Justice Ministry is drafting a bill that, for the first time, would explicitly enshrine torture as a crime under Israeli law. This appears to be a very positive development in a years-long battle to end Israel’s use of torture, championed by torture victims, human rights groups, and UN bodies.…

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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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  • Israel isn't denying that it uses torture, it's justifying it

    Responding to a right-wing campaign accusing it of torturing ‘Jewish terrorism’ suspects, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency basically admits doing so, and insists it is acting within the law. Last week’s episode of "This American Life" was called The Poetry of Propaganda. The Chicago-based radio program discussed how official government messaging often contains different meanings for different audiences. “In some ways, propaganda is like poetry,” New York Times reporter Damien Cave explained at the start of the show. “You need to know how to read it.” Some people only see it on one level, while lots of other people see it on…

  • Number of Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons doubles

    There are so many new Palestinian minors being sent to Israeli prisons that authorities had to open a new wing to house them. Rights groups report numerous cases of mistreatment, and that the children are moved outside of the West Bank in violation of international law. By Noam Rotem Israeli authorities have arrested hundreds of Palestinian minors since the latest uprising began in the start of October. They have been sent to four different facilitates run by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) on both sides of the Green Line. [tmwinpost] When the pace of arrests picked up, the IPS decide…

  • Archaic gag order lifted: Two Israeli civilians being held in Gaza

    This is the third time in five years — that we can discuss — in which Israeli authorities have tried to use comprehensive gag orders to stop the publication of stories of public interest. This also is the third time that the Internet has made a mockery of such efforts to control information. A 28-year-old Israeli man, Avraham 'Avera' Mengistu, crossed into the Gaza Strip in October 2014 and never returned. +972 and the Israeli media has been unable to tell you anything about Mengistu until today, when a nine-month comprehensive gag order was lifted on the entire affair as…

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  • Solitary confinement: A common denominator in Jerusalem attacks

    Israel held over 3,000 prisoners — in over 5,000 incidents — in solitary confinement over the course of last year. Over 200 minors were sent to solitary. Experts call the practice cruel and inhuman treatment, and agree that it causes severe psychiatric problems. With two attacks in Jerusalem within the span of a week committed by men who spent significant period of time in solitary, it merits a closer look. By Noam Rotem (translated from Hebrew by Einat Adar) On Wednesday night, October 29, a man arrived on a motorcycle to a conference organized by a Jewish right-wing movement to promote…

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  • The kidnapping and the Israeli military operation - in numbers

    Since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers from a hitchhiking stop in the West Bank on June 12, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces has been operating all over the Palestinian territories, in Areas A, B and C. The following list attempts to provide some basic statistics on the toll it has been exacting. While Israeli media is portraying the operation as highly restrained, these numbers show the deep effect it has on the Palestinian population as of June 20, 2014. *Some numbers provided are estimates due to the difficulty in confirming exact numbers. Number of kidnapped Israeli teenagers: 3 Number…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians celebrate prisoner release in West Bank

    Palestinians celebrated as they received 26 prisoners who were released from Israeli prisons in the early hours of Wednesday. The men were freed in the second stage of a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority designed to enable a return to negotiations. Thousands of people gathered in Ramallah and throughout the West Bank to meet their newly released loved ones, all of whom were imprisoned before the Oslo Accords in 1993. Another five prisoners were released to the Gaza Strip. Photos: Ahmad al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Oren Ziv , Hamde Abu-Rahma/    

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  • PHOTOS: Released Palestinian prisoners arrive home to West Bank

    Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday morning - 15 to Gaza and 11 to the West Bank - as part of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, hours before the first official meeting between the two sides. The Palestinian prisoners released to the West Bank arrived at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where their families waited for hours to receive their released relatives.

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  • Samer Issawi accepts deal to end his hunger strike

    After staging an intermittent hunger strike for some nine months, hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi agreed to start eating again, pending the signing of a deal later in the day. The deal would see him released to his home in Jerusalem in eight months. Update (April 23, 4:10 p.m.): Issawi has signed the deal and ended his hunger strike, Maan reports. He is expected to be released in late December of this year. Palestinian hunger striking prisoner Samer Issawi has agreed to end his hunger strike, and will be released to his home Jerusalem in eight months' time, Reuters reported…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces after death of long-term prisoner

    West Bank clashes erupt after the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, in which two more Palestinians are shot and killed by Israeli forces. Photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz, Anne Paq, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv Clashes erupted throughout the West Bank between Palestinians and the Israeli military on Thursday over the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a long-term Palestinian prisoner who died of cancer this week while in Israeli custody. During those clashes two more Palestinians, 18-year-old Naji al-Balbisi and 17-year-old Amer Nassar, were killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces near the city of Tulkarem. Funerals…

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