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News, April 2012
Thousands of Palestinian Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike, in Protest to Israeli Mistreatment
Detained Leaders Meet Prison Administration Head
A report issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees revealed
that a meeting took place, at the Hadarim Israeli prison, between senior
detained political leaders and the head of the Israeli Prison
Administration, Aharon Franco, to discuss the demands of the
Misha'al discusses prisoners and reconciliation with Arabi, Omar
[ 29/04/2012 - 06:16 PM ]
Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Misha'al discussed with Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi and Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Omar Palestinian reconciliation and the issue of Palestinian prisoners.
Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq told the PIC that the discussions in the two meetings on Sunday tackled the issue of the Palestinian prisoners, who are on hunger strike in Israeli jails, and the importance of supporting their cause.
The discussion also tackled Palestinian reconciliation and the importance of expediting the formation of the Palestinian government according to the Doha declaration.
Misha'al, who is visiting Cairo at the head of an official delegation, hoped that Egypt would assume its role in obliging Israel to abide by its commitments according to the Egyptian-brokered prisoners’ exchange deal.
Prisoners refuse intelligence’s compromise solution for isolation
[ 29/04/2012 - 04:43 PM ]
Palestinian prisoners refused to end their hunger strike in return for an Israeli intelligence offer to end the isolation of about 20 Palestinian prisoners by grouping them in one ward.
Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights, said on Sunday that the offer, tabled by an intelligence director in one of the prisons, also stipulated that those prisoners should not have any contact with activities outside the prison walls and should refrain from making statements.
He added that the prisoners told the intelligence director that the offer was not accepted since isolation of prisoners was in violation of the international law and that they would not accept compromises but rather want all their demands met and that isolated prisoners should return to ordinary wards without any condition attached.
Khafsh noted that 50 new prisoners joined the hunger strike in Megiddo jail on Sunday while 120 others joined the strike in Ofer jail.
He said that the number of hunger strikers in all jails has now reached more than 3000 and the number is expected to increase within the few coming days.
For his part, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, a researcher specialized in prisoners’ affairs, said that the Israeli occupation and the Israeli prison service were afraid that all prisoners would eventually join the strike especially when Fatah prisoners, who have not so far joined the strike, announced that they would join it on 1st May.
He said that the IPS fears that it would no longer be able to control the prisons and that it would in the end accept the prisoners’ demands.
Ashqar noted that the health condition of many prisoners deteriorated after 13 days of hunger strike and were carried to hospitals, adding that the prisoners were adamant on carrying on with the strike despite the IPS quelling measures against them. He called for greater solidarity with the prisoners and not to let them alone in face of the IPS cruel measures.
Detained PFLP Leader Moved To Prison Hospital
Palestinian sources reported, Sunday, that detained secretary-general
of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmad
Sa'adat, was moved to the Ramla prison hospital after a sharp
deterioration in his health condition.
Detained PFLP secretary general transferred to hospital
[ 29/04/2012 - 04:01 PM ]
Ahmed Sa'adat, the secretary general of the popular front for the liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was transferred to hospital from his isolation cell in the Israeli Ramon jail after his health condition deteriorated.
The PFLP said in a statement on Sunday that Saadat, who has been on hunger strike since 17 April, was held in solitary confinement for the past three years.
It said that Sa'adat, who was taken to Ramle prison hospital, has joined the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike in a bid to pressure the Israeli prison service (IPS) into ending the isolation of around 20 prisoners in addition to other demands.
The statement said that PFLP prisoners refused an IPS offer to end their strike in return for getting Sa'adat out of the isolation wards.
The PFLP announced that a press conference would be held bySaadat’s wife and PFLP MP Khaleda Jarrar tonight.
Serious deterioration in captive Mohamed Arouri’s health
[ 29/04/2012 - 06:02 PM ]
RAMALLAH (PIC) --
Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and human rights warned of the deterioration of prisoner Mohamed al Arouri’s health after being on hunger strike since 12 April and after refusing to take medications for Thalassaemia that he suffers from, to protest the administrative detention against him.
Fouad Khuffash director of Ahrar Center stated that the state of captive Arouri, who insisted to continue his strike until being released, is very critical and that because of his dangerous condition he should be released immediately in order to receive the necessary medical treatment.
Khuffash appealed to international institutions and human rights organizations to intervene immediately and urgently for the release of captive Arouri and an end to administrative detention. Arouri 27 years old was arrested in April 2011 and was deprived from his family’s visits, and even from Red Cross’ doctors and World Health Organization’s visits to check on his health.
The occupation authorities have extended administrative detention of the prisoner Arouri on the fifth of this month for the third time in a row without any charge, which made him go on hunger strike and stop taking medication.
Hunger striker Ghazi Kenan transferred to hospital
[ 30/04/2012 - 10:06 AM ]
The Israeli administration of Gilboa jail has transferred Jerusalemite prisoner Ghazi Kenan to Ramle prison hospital on Sunday after his health seriously deteriorated following 13 days of hunger strike.
Kenan’s relatives said that 31 Jerusalemite prisoners in Gilboa were on hunger strike, and appealed to international organizations to pressure Israel into meeting the prisoners’ demands.
Kenan, an inhabitant of Ras Al-Amod in occupied Jerusalem, was indicted for shooting an Israeli policeman and was sentenced to 13 years in jail and 7500 shekels fine.
The Israeli policeman was slightly wounded in the attempt in Ras Al-Amod in March 2011.
PFB delivers message on Palestinian prisoners to British Prime Minister
[ 30/04/2012 - 10:28 AM ]
The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB) is to deliver a message to the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday asking for pressure on Israel regarding the issue of Palestinian prisoners.
Zaher Al-Beirawi, the PFB spokesman, told the PIC on Sunday that the message would ask for British intervention to press Israel into responding to the Palestinian prisoners’ humanitarian and just demands.
He said that the message fell in line with the solidarity campaign launched by the PFB in support of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike.
He said that the campaign includes vigils in front of the British parliament next week.
The PFB along with two other non-governmental organizations in the UK had organized a sit-in on Saturday in front of 10 Downing Street in solidarity with those prisoners.
Prisoners to Misha'al, Abbas: Work together for our cause
[ 30/04/2012 - 10:38 AM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have sent a message to Hamas leader Khaled Misha'al and PA chief and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas asking them to work together for the sake of their cause.
The message leaked from the prison on Monday urged both Misha'al and Abbas to unite ranks and to back the prisoners’ demands.
It said that Palestinian leaders should go to sit-in tents in solidarity with prisoners.
The prisoners asked the Palestinian people for greater solidarity rallies with the prisoners, who include elderly and sick people, women, and minors. They said that some of the prisoners have been in captivity for 25 and 30 years and it was about time for them to be freed.
Ihsanoglu calls for world pressures on Israel to release Palestinian captives
[ 30/04/2012 - 09:59 AM ]
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has urged the world community and human rights organizations to pressure Israel into accepting demands of the Palestinian prisoners.
He called, in a statement on Sunday, for the release of the Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on two weeks of hunger strike adding that Israel was the only state in the world legalizing administrative detention..
Ihsanoglu said that Israel was holding Palestinian children in its jails, a thing that the world community should intervene to stop since it constituted a grave violation of human rights.
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