Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tortured as a child in the Israeli prison system: One man's personal account

Tortured as a Child in the Israeli Prison System: One Man's Personal Account

"Before I went to prison I was not afraid of anything, but after - I feel like something in me has died." These are the words of Muayad, who was taken from his home in the Azeh refugee camp in Bethlehem by Israeli soldiers just a few days after he turned 16 years old in 2008. Muayad, who is now 22, spent more than a year and a half in an Israeli prison. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The mass hunger strike returns: Palestinian prisoners refuse food to protest detention without trial

Over 100 prisoners on hunger strike in an attempt to pressure Israel to end its policy of holding prisoners on secret evidence with no recourse to challenge their detention in court.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Boosted by unity deal, Palestinian prisoner hunger strike hits third week

On Monday, as representatives of their parties spoke in Gaza, veteran prisoners Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah PLC member, and Abbas al-Sayed, a senior Hamas leader, both recipients of multiple life sentences by Israeli military courts, announced they would join the strike in solidarity with administrative detainees, former Palestinian minister of prisoners' affairs Wasfi Qabha said.

Their participation is likely to spur their movements to greater support for the strike, as well as boosting the reconciliation bid, according to al-Wuhaidi.

"Because of the dispute between the factions before, even the issue of detainees was affected," he said. "Our efforts weren't at their maximum, and didn't meet the expectations of the prisoners."

Unity between factions, he thinks, will help them coordinate their efforts to support the prisoners, whether through the diplomacy and negotiations of Fatah or the armed resistance favoured by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others. "Reconciliation is necessary to pressure the Israelis by uniting our strategies," said al-Wuhaidi.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Israeli journalist slams occupation's treatment of detained Palestinian children

Israel's daily newspaper Haaretz has published an article strongly criticising the Israeli occupation army's treatment of detained Palestinian children. "What kind of country throws a teen out of an army jeep?" the newspaper titled the article by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy.

Levy goes on to explain the whole story: "Without money, a phone or identity papers, Fadel Tamimi's 14 year old son was thrown out of an Israeli army jeep, in the dead of night, 15 kilometres away from home, after being interrogated."

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