Thursday, September 26, 2013

Letter to the Guardian on the rights of Palestinian children

From the Guardian newspaper, 25th Sept 2013

We support the campaign by Action for Palestinian Children to ensure the rights of Palestinian children are upheld in accordance with international human rights treaties and international law.

We call on Israel to implement these recommendations: 1) An end to Israel's nighttime raids and shackling of Palestinian children; 2) Audio-visual recordings of all interrogations; 3) Parents given the right to be present during questioning and the child's right to access to a lawyer before their interrogation respected; 4) An end to the transfer of children to prisons inside Israel in breach of article 76 of the fourth Geneva convention; 5) An end to the use of solitary confinement.

We call on Israel to implement all recommendations made in the independent report Children in Military Custody.

Geoffrey Bindman QC
Caryl Churchill
William Dalrymple
Owen Jones
Elizabeth Laird
Ken Loach

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

G4S to secure pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

G4S is complicit in the illegal detention of Palestinian prisoners in Israel, and has ironically been given the contract to provide security at the Holy mosques in Mecca and Madinah

Asrararabiya: G4S to secure pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Free the Hares Boys campaign

Five youngsters: Mohammad Suleiman, Ammar Souf, Mohammed Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi, are being held in Israeli prison charged with 25 counts of attempted murder for alleged stone-throwing, with no evidence whatsoever. The boys have been labelled as “terrorists” before any objective investigation even took place. They’ve been condemned in the Israeli media as guilty even before they “confessed” to stone-throwing under torture. They’ve been denied any sort of justice in the Israeli military court system that convicts Palestinian children at a 99.7% rate, not unlike that of the world’s worst totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.
#FreeHaresBoys Global solidarity from #France for 5 Palestinian children tortured & caged in #G4S secured Israeli dungeon

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoners at Abu Dis, the West Bank

Here is a link to an article on the Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoners which is in Abu Dis, and next to AlQuds University. The girl mentioned in here , Ghazali  Sarahna is the daughter of Arina Sarahna whose story appears in the Prisoners' Diaries.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A prisoner's daughter dreams of her father being freed

My name is Zeina. I'm 12 years old. I live in Ras al-Amud in Jerusalem. I was 15 days old when my dad was sent to prison, and he's serving a 20-year sentence. Find out more about Zeina's story in this short film produced by Defence for Children International Palestine.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Shooting the messenger - Photographer shot in the eye by IDF is arrested for filming their attacks on children in refugee camp

"The truth is the biggest threat to Israel and its fascist behavior."

It's worth mentioning that at the beginning of April, the 23-year-old Mohammed Al-Azzeh was seriously injured after he was shot by a rubber-coated steel bullet, fired by an Israeli soldier, which penetrated his cheek below the right eye and fractured his skull.

Israeli forces also raided the house of Mohammed's uncle, Nidal al-Azzeh, 52, and assaulted him along with two other family members. The soldiers searched the house and rummaged with its properties.

Nidal told PNN, "They were coming to take my nephew the photographer Mohammed Al-Azzeh, who was shot with a rubber-coated bullet and was treated in one of the hospitals for 20 days."

The Israeli army forces also raided the house of Mohammed's brother, and brutally beat him with their rifles. The soldiers also tried to assault his three daughters who were taking pictures for the soldiers during the assault. The soldiers were provoked and they confiscated the camera and destroyed it.

Nidal added that Mohammed was arrested few hours after the searching campaign was carried out by the Israeli forces at the camp, and that he was severely beaten on his cheek where the surgical operation took place. The soldiers sealed off the doors of Mohammed's family house, banning the family members from leaving their homes.