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Hamas statement in solidarity with the hunger strikers

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, affirms its full solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons who have started a hunger strike as of last week.

Hamas reiterates its support to them in their open strike until they regain their rights and achieve their just demands from the so-called Israeli Prison Service.

Hamas declares its support and solidarity with the heroes behind bars and urges the Palestinian people on all levels and parties to support the prisoners’ cause in all ways possible until they achieve their legal and just demands as guaranteed by humanitarian and international law.

Hamas also calls upon humanitarian, human rights and international institutions to bear their responsibilities, to carry out their duties towards the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons, to end their suffering and to stop the Israeli violations, namely the policy of solitary confinement, medical negligence and other repressive measures taken against the prisoners.

Abdul Latif Al-Qanoa

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

23rd of April ,2017

Hunger-striking Palestinian Prisoners’ Demands

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Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli occupation jails began an open-ended hunger strike on Palestinian Prisoners Day, April 17, 2017.

To date 1,600 prisoners have refused food, and the strike is expected to spread.

Their demands:

1. Install a public landline for all of the prisoners in all [Israeli] prisons and sections so that they can communicate with family members.

2. Family visits

A. End the International Committee of the Red Cross’ reduction of family visits to once a month. Resume offering family visits twice a month.
B. Establish the opportunity for family visits twice a month as irrevocable.
C. Allow all first-degree and second-degree relatives of prisoners to visit them.
D. Increase the length of family visits from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
E. Allow the prisoners to have a photograph with their families every three months.
F. Build facilities for the comfort of visitors and families at the prisons’ gates.
G. Allow children and grandchildren under the age of 16 to visit detainees.

3. Medical file

A. Close the so-called Ramle prison hospital, because it lacks basic medical equipment and medication.
B. End medical negligence.
C. Allow regular medical check ups.
D. Allow surgery as needed.
E. Allow specialist doctors to check prisoners.
F. Release sick detainees, especially those with special needs and chronic illnesses.
G. Exempt prisoners from paying for their medication.

4. Respond to the demands and rights of Palestinian female prisoners, especially in regards to transfer conditions and physical barriers between detainees and family members during visits.

5. Transfer van (Bosta)

A. Treat prisoners in a humane manner while transferring them in the Bosta.
B. Return prisoners visiting clinics and courts to prisons; do not to hold them at crossings.
C. Prepare crossing for human use, and to provide meals for prisoners.

6. Add TV channels that suit the needs of prisoners.

7. Install air conditioners in prisons, especially in Megiddo and Gilboa prisons.

8. Re-install kitchens at prisons and place them under the supervision of Palestinian detainees.

9. Allow prisoners access to books, newspapers, clothes, foods, and special items for family visits.

10. End solitary confinement policy.

11. End administrative detention policy.

12. Re-start the education program at the Hebrew Open University.

13. Allow Palestinian prisoners sit for Tawjihi [high school] matriculation exams in an official manner.

Jail cannot imprison the spirit

Tamam Abusalama
Source: We Are Not Numbers

Tamam's father, Ismael, and her mother

Tamam’s father, Ismael, and her mother

When I was young, I shared my bed with my grandmother, my father’s mother. She used to spend the nights telling me and my sisters and brothers about her life, her homeland and her sons and daughters. She was the one who first told me about my dad’s many years in Israeli prison. But over the years, my dad slowly started opening up himself.

“I was a normal boy who grew up witnessing the oppression and persecution of the Israeli occupation. This is what motivated me to do my duty as a Palestinian to defend my country in all possible ways.” That’s how my father summed up his boyhood years growing up in Jabalya, Gaza’s largest refugee camp. “Do my duty,” to a Palestinian, means resisting the oppression of the Israeli regime that pushed my ancestors from their homes in 1948 and that continues until this day. For my dad, the consequence was a total of 15 years in prison. Read more »

Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity

Palestine Liberation Organization
PRESS RELEASE

Prisoners' families outside the ICRC, Gaza City 2014 (Julie Webb-Pullman)

Prisoners’ families outside the ICRC, Gaza City 2014 (Julie Webb-Pullman)

The Palestinian Prisoners Movement in Brief

The struggle of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has, for several decades, been a major element of the Palestinian national struggle against the brutality of the Israeli military occupation. Since Israel occupied the Palestinian territory in 1967, a staggering 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested and incarcerated (and a total of 1 million since 1948).

At this moment in time, there are approximately 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 57 women, 300 minors (under the age of 18), and 500 administrative detainees. (Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely on “secret information” without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.) These numbers also include 13 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, three of whom -Samira Halaykah, Mohammad Al-Til and Ibrahim Dahbour- were arrested as recently as March 2017.

Hunger Strike for Justice

The open hunger strike is one of the only forms of passive resistance and peaceful protest available to Palestinian prisoners against the injustice and oppression of the Israeli military regime. Inspired by the righteousness of their cause, Palestinian prisoners continue to fight for their human rights and the realization of their just demands, which are enshrined in international legislation and conventions, (and listed below).

Since 1967, Palestinians have held 23 coordinated mass hunger strikes, the latest of which took place in 2014 and lasted 63 days. In addition, dozens of hunger strikes have been held by individual prisoners, including Fouad Bisharat, Ra’ed Mteir, Mohammad Al-Qeeq, Jamal Abu Leil, among others. Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strikes as a means to exercise their legal right to protest the punitive measures of the Israeli military authorities and draconian policies of prison administrations.

This open hunger strike is but one step on the long road towards freedom and human dignity. It is a significant and effective means to confront discriminatory laws enacted by the Israeli parliament (Knesset) and the collusion of the unjust Israeli judiciary and military courts that function as arms of the Israeli military authorities.

The open hunger strike of 2017 is being led and engineered by Marwan Al-Barghouti (an imprisoned Member of the Fatah Central Committee), and joined by hundreds of Palestinian detainees, including Kareem Younis and Diya Al-Agha (two of the most prominent leaders of the Palestinian Prisoners’ movement). Read more »

PHROC Calls for International Protection of Palestinian Political Prisoners

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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On the occasion of Palestinians Prisoners’ Day, 2017, the year that marks 50 years since the establishment of the military courts which routinely charge and trial Palestinian civilians, including children as young as 12 years old, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) calls for international protection of Palestinian political prisoners, an end to ongoing collective punishment by Israeli occupation forces, administrative detention, continued denial of fair trial, and illegal transfer and deportation of detainees. Since the occupation of 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinians, roughly 20% of the population, have been imprisoned by the occupying authorities. On this year’s Prisoners’ Day, Israel holds approximately 6300 Palestinian political prisoners, 300 children and approximately 56 females (including 13 female children) as well as an estimated 500 Palestinians in administrative detention (including 2 children), held for indefinite periods without charge or trial. Read more »

PFLP Prison Branch clarifies position, won’t join Fateh prisoners’ hunger strike beginning April 17

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Prison Branch

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine prison branch called for accuracy and caution in the Palestinian media in relation to the statements of imprisoned General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, especially with regard to the position of the Front in relation to steps of struggle inside Israeli jails.

The General Secretary and the PFLP prison branch did not announce a position in relation to the declaration of an upcoming hunger strike by Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi. The position of the PFLP prison branch and comrade Sa’adat is that any collective step of struggle should first be based on a national consensus strategy of the prisoners’ movement, strengthening its unity and involving all factions.

In this context, the PFLP prison branch, despite its appreciation and high regard for the declaration of the brother, struggler and Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi and a group of Fateh prisoners to launch a strike on April 17, they did not build on these efforts to make a unified announcement of a strike with the participation of all factions. The official position of the PFLP prison branch is therefore not to participate in this step, with support for comrades who live in joint sections with the Fateh movement prisoners to participate in the strike that was announced by the Fateh prisoners.

The PFLP prison branch renewed its emphasis that any collective prisoners’ step of struggle should be national, unified and with the participation of all.

April 3, 2017

Addameer: Call to action for Palestinian Prisoners’ Month 2017

Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association
PRESS RELEASE

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Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association calls on campaigners, activists, and people of conscience to take actions for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17 to stand in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners. Every year, the month of April is considered Palestinian prisoners’ month. In this month, the Palestinian people and supporters of justice and liberation for Palestine all over the world mark this month by expressing their support to Palestinian political prisoners through organizing events and activities to stand in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners of freedom. Read more »

Hamas: the Israeli Occupation attempts to escalate the situation in Gaza

Hamas

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance, Hamas, Hussam Badran said that the Israeli Occupation is held responsible for the hateful assassination crime that claimed the life of a Palestinian ex-prisoner, Mazen Fuqha’a.

Badran said in a televised interview that the Palestinian martyr was killed in cold blood by the Israeli Occupation using a cowardly technique that terrifies the Palestinian people, noting that this crime demonstrated the Israeli brutality against a helpless people.

He went on to say that the Israeli Occupation is attempting to create chaos by slaying civilians, adding that the Israeli occupation is pushing the region towards a serious escalation in which more heinous crimes will be carried out against the Palestinian people by their enemy occupiers.

It is noteworthy to say that the martyr had served 9 years of a life sentence inside Israeli prisons before he was freed in 2011 during the prisoner exchange deal. After that, he was expelled to the Gaza Strip, and the Israeli Occupation refused to issue permits for his family members in the West Bank in order to prevent any reunion between Fuqha’a and his family, who has yearned to meet him since he was set free five years ago.

He was severely beaten and tortured during his custody, and the Israeli Authorities issued an order to demolish his home in Tubas, a Palestinian village that lies in the West Bank.

The Israeli Occupation pursued him in Gaza and killed him on the 24 March, 2017 with the hands of their collaborators.

Al- Zahar: We will never abandon our prisoners

Hamas

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Member of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Mahmoud Al-Zahar said that Hamas will never abandon the Palestinian prisoners, including the members of the Palestinian Parliament who are detained inside Israeli prisons.

Al-Zahar said during a protest that was held in front of the Palestinian Parliament that they have given a pledge not to forget their imprisoned colleagues in the Israeli prisons, noting that they will continue to express their anger over the frequent incarceration of their West Bankers colleagues.

He condemned the worldwide silence over the persistent Israeli policy of detaining members of the Palestinian Parliament.

Al-Zahar pointed out that arresting the members of the Palestinian Parliament is a blatant violation of universal rights, and urged the world legislative blocs to intervene in order to free Samira Halaiqa, the female member of the Palestinian Parliament who was detained on International Women’s Day.

Al-Zahar said that the Palestinian resistance should be mobilised on every inch of Palestinian land to expel the Israeli Occupation.

Mohammed al-Qiq achieves victory, suspends hunger strike after 33 days

PRESS RELEASE
SAMIDOUN

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On his 33rd day of hunger strike, Friday, 10 March, imprisoned Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq announced the suspension of his strike with an agreement for his release in mid-April, three months after his arrest on 15 January by Israeli occupation forces.

Fayha Shalash, al-Qiq’s wife, said that he will begin a series of medically-supervised processes to lift his strike; he was transferred to Assaf Harofeh, a civilian hospital, on 8 March after severe deterioration in his health, especially considering his medical weakness following his 2016 strike.

Shalash specifically emphasized that al-Qiq is dedicating this victory to the spirit of Basil al-Araj, the Palestinian youth activist shot down by Israeli forces on 6 March.

Lawyer Khaled Zabarqa reported that al-Qiq’s three-month administrative detention order for his imprisonment without charge or trial will not be renewed. He launched his hunger strike on 6 February when he was ordered to administrative detention after 22 days of interrogation. This was his second major hunger strike against administrative detention; in 2016, he refused food for 94 days to demand his freedom, winning his release in May 2016. Read more »

ADDAMEER AND CODEPINK: 55 PALESTINIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS IN ISRAELI PRISONS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

PRESS RELEASE
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

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This International Women’s Day, there are 55 Palestinian females held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 12 female children and 2 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Among these female prisoners and detainees, 16 are mothers of 58 children. In total, 42 are held in HaSharon Prison and 13 are held in Damon Prison. Both of these prisons are located inside Israel in contravention with the Forth Geneva Convention which prohibits the transfer of the population from the occupied territory.

ARREST AND DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS

Since the beginning of the occupation 50 years ago in 1967, over 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained by Israeli occupation forces. In 2017, Palestinian women and girls are routinely arrested from the streets, Israeli military checkpoints, and during violent night raids on their homes during military incursions accompanied with the presence of Israeli soldiers, intelligence officers, and police dogs, during which destruction of household items and property damage takes place. They are blindfolded and their hands are tied, and are forcibly taken to a military jeep. Read more »

PFLP celebrates release of Ihab Massoud after 16 years of Zionist imprisonment

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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A large crowd of leaders and cadres of the Popular Front, the labor movement and the people of Ramallah gathered at the Ofer checkpoint on February 12 to welcome the leader Ihab Massoud upon his release after 16 years in Zionist prisons.

The welcoming group included Comrade Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front, Comrade Abla Sa’adat, women’s activist and the wife of imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and Comrade Massoud’s mother and members of his family. Marchers carried Palestinian flags and PFLP banners, cheering and chanting for the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners in Zionist jails.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, its General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and the Prison Branch congratulated Comrade Massoud on his freedom, praising the comrade who joined the Front at an early age and whose rich experience of struggle has made him one of its leading comrades. Read more »

Gaza press conference urges action, support for prisoners’ struggle

PFLP

The Zionist action to impose sanctions on the prisoners and single out the prisoners of Hamas will not be accepted, as the prisoners will not allow the application of policies meant to divide and discriminate.

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Gaza Strip held a press conference on January 4, reviewing the latest developments inside Israeli jails and condemning the new sanctions imposed on prisoners and the isolation of imprisoned PFLP leader, Comrade Kamil Abu Hanish.

Comrade Allam Kaabi, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP and leader of the prisoners’ committee in Gaza, said that these escalating Zionist attacks are an attempt to prevent prisoners’ planned steps of escalating protest in 2017, pointing out that Abu Hanish is one of the main leaders inside the prison responsible for dialogue throughout the prisoners’ movement on future protests and coordinated action and strategic plans. Read more »

PFLP Prison Branch: We will confront sanctions and isolation with unity and collective struggle

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Prison Branch

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The resolution of the government of the Zionist occupation with respect to the imposition of new sanctions on Palestinian prisoners comes in the context of the overall attack being waged against the Palestinian people, from the continuation of settlements, the Judaization of Jerusalem, the imprisonment of the bodies of the martyrs, to the daily attacks against our people and attempts to crush their ongoing resistance. The decision taken against the prisoners is an escalatory step as we have seen in the Nafha prison yesterday, with the isolation of a group of leaders, including the leader Comrade Kamil Abu Hanish. This action means that the year 2017 will be a year of confrontation inside the prisons. These sanctions will not pass! We will not accept these policies that attempt to divide among the prisoners and engage in micro-targeting. We will face them united, and the prison sections will remain a square of confrontation and struggle. Read more »

Joint Report Estimates that 554 Palestinians Arrested in October 2016

Addameer
Press Release

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Palestinian prisoners’ affairs institutions (the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association) issued the following monthly joint report, reviewing the situation of Palestinian prisoners in October 2016.

The prisoners’ affairs institutions stated that 554 Palestinians were arrested in October 2016 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 130 children and 11 women, including one minor girl. Read more »

PFLP salutes the victory of Bilal Kayed

PFLP
Press Release

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced the suspension of the hunger strike of Comrade Bilal Kayed after reaching an agreement to set the end date of his detention without renewal, end his isolation and allow him family visits.

The Front states that this is a victory for Comrade Bilal and his comrades and the prisoners’ movement and a significant achievement for the Palestinian people and a defeat for the Zionist jailer, and the failure of their attempts to suppress Comrade Bilal and subject him to indefinite detention.

The Front urges the masses of the Palestinian people inside and outside Palestine to take to the streets and squares to celebrate this victory and achievement, including in Gaza City in the Square of the Unknown Soldier on Thursday at 11 am, and in Ramallah at the Clock Tower on Thursday at 11 am to 1 pm.

The Front noted that the details of the agreement will be announced tomorrow and analyze the implications of the victory of Comrade Bilal in a comprehensive statement.

PFLP calls for urgent international mobilization for Comrade Bilal Kayed

PFLP
Press Release

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As Comrade Bilal Kayed nears his 70th day of hunger strike, facing the courts of the occupation and threatened with death or serious damage to his health at any moment, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urges immediate action by all international friends of Palestine and all Palestinian communities to save his life and demand his freedom immediately.

Palestinian leftist writer Comrade Khaled Barakat emphasized the critical importance of this mobilization, saying that “We are calling on all international forces in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa to act urgently and mobilize against the ‘slow execution’ of Comrade Bilal Kayed, who has been on hunger strike for almost 70 days.” Read more »

If I were in Palestine… Photo exhibition on Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Palestina Solidariteit
Press Release

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Members of the European Parliament have posed behind fake prison bars to raise awareness about the over 7000 Palestinian political prisoners who are currently held in Israeli jails. Of these over 700 are administrative detainees, 6 are elected officials and over 350 are children.

Their pictures will be exhibited at the European Parliament from 5 till 9 September 2016 in the main hall.

On 6 September at 1pm the opening event will take place with Mr. Salah Hammouri who will testify about the 7 years he was held in an Israeli prison of which 3 under administrative detention. He is now a lawyer with the Palestinian Human Rights and Prisoners’ Support Association assisting and advocating for prisoners’ rights.

As a second speaker Mr. Yamin Zeidan will discuss the military court system. Mr. Zeidan started out as a prison guard but made a drastic career switch and became a lawyer after witnessing first hand the circumstances in which Palestinians were being condemned and imprisoned. After serving at the facility where, among others, Mr Marwan Barghouti was held, he decided to become a lawyer and has represented many Palestinian political prisoners ever since.

The event will be in English.

For your access to the EU Parliament please register ASAP.

REGISTRATION BEFORE 25th of AUGUST, by sending an email with you First Name / Last Name / Date of Birth / Nationality / ID CARD number to photoexhibition.prisoners@gmail.com

Israel and the World Vision Crime Sham

Vacy Vlazna

Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision's Area Development Programme Manager in Gaza, meets with children displaced by the violence during the brief ceasefire. Photo by Mohammad Awed

Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision’s Area Development Programme Manager in Gaza, meets with children displaced by the violence during the brief ceasefire. Photo by Mohammad Awed

The crackpot Israeli Hasbara* Circus featuring the four clowns of the truth apocalypse, Shin Bet, the Israel government, Shurat HaDin and the mainstream media fools, has, yet again, hit the world stage with the usual lame show of fact contortions, tight rope slander and smoke and mirrors fantasies.

Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel is going all out to divert anti-Israel opinion on its monumental humanitarian disaster to a fictitious crime allegedly perpetrated by the very victims of said humanitarian disaster- Israel’s wars on Gaza -by concocting an elaborate false crime of embezzlement and terrorism by Mohammed el-Halabi, the dedicated zonal manager for World Vision in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Mohammed el-Halabi

El-Halabi, a family man and ‘trusted colleague’ has worked tirelessly for World Vision for a decade. On World Humanitarian Day 2014, celebrating aid workers, el-Halabi was profiled by the UN as a Humanitarian Hero – a truly well deserved honour when one considers the horrors Palestinian families face, and particularly aid workers at the emergency front of the carnage, destruction and suffering. Read more »

PFLP Prison Branch: Statement No. 12: We will continue to pound on the walls until victory and freedom

PFLP Prison Branch
Press Release

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The heroic battle for freedom waged by the prisoners of the Popular Front, led by the General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat in support of their comrade Bilal Kayed, who has been on open hunger strike for 54 days, continues with growing escalation of protest by prisoners. The prisoners are confronting the fascist occupation which continues in its attempt to suppress the strike through a series of continuous retaliatory measures. We are confident that the occupation is losing its strength for this battle and that the question of the victory of Bilal and his comrades is now a matter of time. This victory will not only have a positive effect on the prisoners’ movement and the struggles inside the prisons, but also at the level of the overall struggle of our people in Palestine and in exile. Read more »

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