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Israel and the World Vision Crime Sham

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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 »

Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades: We will not stand by in the face of Zionist attacks on the prisoners

Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades
Press Release

Communique by the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

We will not stand by in the face of Zionist attacks on the prisoners

Given the serious escalation by the Zionist occupation and the prison administration of repression and attacks against our brave prisoners and the crimes that threaten their lives, led by the leaders, Comrade General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and Bilal Kayed, we in the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, affirm that we will not stand by in the face of the occupier’s persistence in its criminal attacks and the ongoing repression against the prisoners. Our patience will not be long, and we and our people will respond firmly in all fields and arenas.

Victory is inevitable.

Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades
4 August 2016

Haniya hails steadfastness of hunger striker Bilal Kayed

Hamas

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Deputy chairman of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniya commended the steadfastness of Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed, who has been on hunger strike for fifty days protesting his detention in occupation prisons without trial or charges.

Haniya praised Kayed for remaining steadfast in the face of his jailers, confirming that the Palestinian resistance regards the freedom of Palestinian prisoners as a top priority.

On June 15, Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed launched a hunger strike against the Israeli policy known as administrative detention, under which Palestinians are held indefinitely in Israeli prisons without charges or trial.

Hunger-striking prisoner Bilal Kayed writes from hospital

Hunger-striking Palestinian political prisoner Bilal Kayed issued the following letter on the 48th day of his hunger strike from inside Barzilai Hospital, where he is shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed.

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Letter by Hunger Striker Bilal Kayed

To my heroic Palestinian people…
Free people of the world…

In this difficult stage that I am enduring on a personal level, in the struggle against the attempt to force my submission to the brutal occupation which made a decision to liquidate me, for nothing but the fact that I stood beside the prisoners of my people, defending my rights and their rights and the rights of their families to achieve even the minimum conditions for human dignity. It is not strange that I find myself supported by all of my people, who surround me with their shouts and cries and their support and tireless efforts to remove the injustice that has been inflicted upon me and upon the prisoners. This comes in accordance with the national understanding that I was raised with, by you, my people, and by the free people of the world, wherever they are. In the West Bank, rising up against oppression; in the occupied lands [of 1948], proud and rooted in the land and upholding their identity; my heroic people in victorious Gaza, and all of the free people of the world, of all nationalities and backgrounds.

I am here, today, finishing my first stage in my battle with this brutal occupier, and I have declared my second stage, which is one of unity with all prisoners from all backgrounds and political parties so that we can all, collectively, stand at the point of the arrow of the national struggle, inside and outside the prisons. Read more »

PFLP Prison Branch Statement No. 11: Ahmad Sa’adat joins hunger strike

PFLP Prison Branch
Press Statement

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As the imprisoned leader Bilal Kayed enters his 47th day of hunger strike, representing the meaning of steadfastness and pride despite his pain and deteriorating health, he is determined to defeat the oppressor, the killer, and achieve his date with freedom. At the same time, the prisoners of the Front who are engaged in the battle in support of their comrade Kayed, are being hit by Zionist repression. They emphasize that no matter what forms of terror and repression are used against them by the prison administration, the jailer will not be able to stop the march toward victory in this battle and the achievement of freedom for Bilal.

To the steadfast Palestinian masses,

We have previously stated and we do once again, before the prisons and intelligence services of the occupation, that the continued imprisonment of Comrade Bilal Kayed and his transfer to administrative detention, including his suffering now in the hospital under harsh repression, will be met with the escalation of struggle by the prisoners of the Front. From the leaders of the Front to the youngest imprisoned children, the prisoners will not leave their comrade Kayed alone in isolation, transfer, or sanctions and repression. The prisoners confirm that they are in the struggle against time to achieve freedom for their comrade, and that in light of the ongoing struggle with the prison administration, they have succeeded in destabilizing the prison administration. We have seen this in its failure to confront or suppress this struggle despite its attempts to impose all forms of sanctions and punishment against the prisoners of the Front. Those who are marching toward the continuation and conclusion of this battle declare that we are entering a new era of the march toward victory, in which tyranny and terror are defeated by will and determination.

We in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organization in Israeli jails emphasize the following amid the escalation of the battle for freedom of our Comrade Kayed: Read more »

Palestinian astrophysicist appeals to Supreme Court against military indictment for Facebook post

Samidoun

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Palestinian astrophysics professor Imad Barghouthi is appealing to the Israeli Supreme Court against his indictment in Israeli military court for “incitement” due to posting on Facebook, said his lawyer, Jawad Boulos, on 20 July.

In the context of this appeal, the Ofer military court postponed Barghouthi’s hearing until 21 August, following the Supreme Court’s action on the appeal. Barghouthi, 54, a world-renowned professor of astrophysics at Al-Quds University, was arrested on 24 April at a military checkpoint near Nabi Saleh and held under administrative detention without charge or trial.

Following the submission of multiple petitions by international scientists for Barghouthi’s release, his administrative detention order was reduced first to two months, and then to one month. When he was scheduled to be released on 29 May, the Israeli occupation prosecution instead filed “incitement” charges against him and transferred his case to the military courts. Much of the military charges are based on the number of Barghouthi’s facebook friends, and the numbers of “likes” and “shares” received on his posts. Read more »

Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayed moved to hospital, other striking prisoners named

Samidoun

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Palestinian hunger striking prisoner Bilal Kayed was moved to Barzilai Hospital on 17 July, the 33rd day of his hunger strike. Kayed, 35, has been on strike since 15 June demanding freedom from a six month Israeli administrative detention order, imposed on him without charges or trial when he was about to released after serving 14.5 years in prison.

Addameer lawyer Farah Bayadsi confirmed that Kayed was transferred to the hospital following further deterioration in his health condition after experiencing nausea, inability to walk, dizziness, fatigue and insomnia, and losing a significant amount of weight. She confirmed that Kayed will remain in the hospital for at least one day and that Addameer is working to visit Kayed in the hospital to confirm his medical condition directly. Kayed is consuming only water; he rejects all vitamin or salt supplements and has rejected all medical examinations. He has also refused to speak to his jailers since the 30th day of his hunger strike, Thursday, 14 July.

This comes as at least 37 fellow Palestinian prisoners of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine launched an open hunger strike – 10 in Ofer, 10 in Ramon, 2 in Eshel, and 15 in Megiddo and Gilboa – in solidarity with Kayed and demanding his freedom. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are on limited-term hunger strikes to demand Kayed’s freedom, while prisoners from all factions have affirmed that they will be escalating their ongoing protest actions throughout the week. Read more »

Statement No. 8 from the PFLP Prison Branch: Escalation by the prison administration will met our escalation of protest Jul 152016

PFLP Prison Branch
Press Statement

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The prisons of the occupation are in a state of flux, escalation, and rapid developments in the battle for freedom waged by the prisoners of the Popular Front against the fascist prison administration, for victory for their comrade, the leader Bilal Kayed, on hunger strike for a month. The Front organization in all prisons is continuing to escalate their protest, and prepare more serious steps of escalation, intent on their demands, drawing inspiration from the steadfastness of Comrade Kayed, and with the support of the Prisoners’ Movement which was expressed in an important statement a few days ago. This is expected to culminate in a program of unified steps of struggle involving the entire prisoners’ movement soon. In this context, we as the leadership of the branch of the organization of the Front in the occupation prisons emphasize the following: Read more »

Mass march in Gaza demands freedom for hunger-striking prisoner Bilal Kayed

PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Gaza Strip organized a mass rally in support of Comrade Bilal Kayed, on hunger strike in occupation prisons since June 15 in rejection of the policy of administrative detention, demanding his freedom.

The march began from the Saraya crossroads to the Square of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City with the participation of cadres, members and leaders of the Front, mass Palestinian organizations, Italian solidarity activists, and many representatives of various Palestinian political parties and factions. Participants carried Palestinian flags and PFLP banners, banners and posters of Bilal Kayed and supporting the prisoners’ demands. Read more »

Let’s mark Mandela Day by adopting a minimum set of human rights for millions of detainees

UN Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights
Press Release

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On the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day [18 July], a group of human rights experts with a mandate relating to detention have hailed the adoption of the Nelson Mandela Rules, the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which were adopted on 17 December 2015.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez; the Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa, Med Kaggwa; the Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, President James Cavallaro, and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, welcomed the Nelson Mandela Rules as a historic step and one of the most significant human rights achievements in recent years.

Their adoption completed a four-year process of negotiations on the review of the 1955 UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

The UN General Assembly decided at their adoption that they should become known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules”, to honor the legacy of the late President of South Africa. They also decided that Nelson Mandela International Day, observed each year on 18 July, should be utilized to promote humane conditions of imprisonment. Read more »

Statement No. 7 from the PFLP prison branch: The ongoing battle and the truth about media reports about Bilal Kayed

PFLP Prison Branch
Press Statement

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The following statement was released following misleading media reports issued today in Palestinian media, regarding lawyer visits and the case of Bilal Kayed:

Imprisoned struggler, Comrade Bilal Kayed, is nearly entering his twenty-seventh day of open hunger strike despite deteriorating health and is expected to be transferred at any moment from isolation in Ashkelon prison to hospital, as the prisoners of the Front continue to struggle along their program of resistance, in support of the struggle of Comrade Kayed and with the united interests of the prisoners’ movement and various methods and procedures of escalation as previously announced. In this context, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine branch in Israeli jails emphasizes the following:

1) Comrade Bilal Kayed is continuing his open hunger strike. The Front prisoners are fully engaged in the battle to support him and demand the unconditional release of Comrade Kayed. Based on this, the prisoners of the Front emphasize that in the next two days (July 11 and 12), which were already declared as days of hunger strike and returning meals within all prisons, the Front prisoners will strike and will also refuse to answer to the prison administration during roll call, and will instead shout the name of Comrade Bilal Kayed as a challenge to the prison administration. Read more »

Bilal Kayed to be transferred to hospital as health condition deteriorates, struggle grows

SAMIDOUN

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On his 26th day of hunger strike, hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed will be transferred to hospital within the next several hours following a sharp deterioration in his health condition, reported Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Kayed rejects all medical examinations, salt supplements or vitamins and is only consuming water.

Prior to his transfer to hospital he has been held in Ashkelon prison in solitary confinement in a small 1.5 x 2 meter cell with no windows and denied access to a fan in the mid-July summer heat. He has only been permitted access to lukewarm tap water from the sink in his cell. Read more »

Statement No. 6 by the PFLP prison branch: Bang on the walls of the tank for victory for Comrade Kayed

PFLP Prison Branch
Press Statement

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The imprisoned hero Bilal Kayed is continuing his hunger strike, entering the twenty-fourth day with all strength and courage. He has not been shaken by the pressure of the prison administration, or by the deterioration of his health, from continuing to fight this battle, alongside the comrade prisoners of the Front who are committed to continue to struggle and valiantly confront the fascist repression against them which tries to pressure them by all means to stop their struggle through the imposition of sanctions. It is an illusion that such targeting will break their will and cause them to submit to the terms of the prison administration – yet developments in the last hours indicate that the prison administration will expand its attacks on the prisoners’ movement. Read more »

PFLP calls for urgent action at the United Nations to free Bilal Kayed and fellow prisoners

PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine demanded that the Palestine Liberation Organization, and all of the Palestinian resistance and civil society organizations, raise the level of priority of the prisoners’ struggle. The Front called on the State of Palestine Mission to the United Nations to act quickly at the international level to build official condemnations of administrative detention and the occupation practices against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and take up its responsibilities toward the prisoners’ movement, which represents the conscience and the resistance of the Palestinian people.

The Front emphasized the need for an emergency session of the General Assembly of the United Nations to discuss the urgent situation of Palestinian prisoners and condemn the occupation’s attacks on them, and to condemn the continuation of the imprisonment of the leader Bilal Kayed, demanding his immediate release and return to his home and family. The administrative detention order against him after the completion of his sentence, his solitary confinement amid deteriorating health in an open hunger strike, and the threat of deportation to Jordan constitute clear crimes and violations of international law.

The Front affirmed that the Zionist occupier has full responsibility for the life and health of Comrade Bilal Kayed and called for the broadest solidarity campaign at all levels, official and popular, with him and with all of the Palestinian prisoners struggling for freedom in Israeli jails.

Report on Palestinian prisoners shows 3,412 arrested in the first half of 2016

Prisoners Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights
Report

Palestinian children being detained in Jerusalem by undercover Israeli police.

Palestinian children being detained in Jerusalem by undercover Israeli police.

The following is a report issued by several Palestinian prisoner organizations (Prisoners Affairs Commission; Palestinian Prisoners’ Society; Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights.)

The institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs revealed that the Israeli occupation has arrested in the first half of 2016, 3412 Palestinians, including 706 children and 96 women and girls.

6326 Palestinians have been detained since the beginning of the popular uprising in October 2015.

According to the Prisoners Affairs Committee, 483 Palestinians were arrested in June 2016.

The use of administrative detention in particular has escalated sharply. 1028 administrative detention orders have been issued in the first half of 2016, including 412 new orders; the number of orders issued since October 2015 for detention without charge or trial is 1471. Among them are 7 administrative detention orders against women and girls, two against deputies in the Palestinian Legislative Council, and 11 are against children. There are currently nearly 750 Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention, the highest total since 2008.

The total number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is approximately 7000, including 330 children and 64 women. The Israeli occupation authorities continue to imprison six members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, as well as 30 Palestinians who were arrested before the signing of the Oslo accords. Read more »

Bilal Kayed rejects offer of deportation in exchange for freedom, continues hunger strike for 18th day

SAMIDOUN
Article

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Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed, on hunger strike since 15 June in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial following the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prisons on 13 June, rejected an Israeli offer to deport him in exchange for his release from prison, said the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee on Saturday, 2 July.

On hunger strike for eighteen days now in isolation in Ahli Kedar prison, Kayed declared that any offers of deportation are unacceptable and his imprisonment is illegitimate, and that he will continue his hunger strike until his detention is ended and he is freed. Read more »

Induced Desperation: The Psychological Torture of Administrative Detention

ADDAMEER
Fact Sheet

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Administrative detention is a policy practiced by the Israeli forces in which Palestinians are held without charge or trial. Administrative detainees are held for indefinite periods on the grounds of secret information to which neither they nor their legal counsel have access. This factsheet aims to provide context for the practice of administrative detention, underline the psychological suffering associated with the policy, and highlight the ways in which the practice may be considered a form of psychological torture in accordance with international law.

This factsheet aims to address the ways in which administrative detention constitutes an act of mental suffering inflicted by Israeli occupation authorities as a form of punishment, intimidation, or coercion, as defined by the Convention Against Torture. The undertaking stems from the need to shed light on the psychological, physical and mental effects of indefinite detention without trial which cause the detainee to live in limbo without knowing their fate. Additionally, the factsheet aims to advocate for legal action internationally and locally to call for an end to this widespread and systematic policy used against Palestinians. Read more »

Statement No. 5 of the leadership of the PFLP branch in Israeli prisons: We will accept nothing less than freedom for Bilal Kayed

PFLP Branch in Israeli Prisons
Press Statement

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The imprisoned hero Bilal Kayed is continuing his epic battle of steadfastness for the fifteenth day, and is supported by the prisoners of the Front in his struggle for freedom, facing a growing Zionist pressure and attempts to stop the struggle, which continues with greater insistence and determination to continue the battle of freedom, until the victory of Comrade Bilal Kayed.

In light of the crimes of the fascist Zionist machine of the prison administration, which continues to escalate its repressive practices against the prisoners, especially in Megiddo, Eshel, Ramon, Negev, Beer Sheva, and Hadarim, the use of transfers and sustained isolation of prisoners of the Front and their leaders; it is an illusion that these acts will succeed in distracting our comrades and forcing them to raise the white flag and submit to the terms of the prison administration. Experience has shown that the deceptive means of enticement and promises to withdraw repression have not and will not succeed in achieving their goals whatsoever in stopping the battle of freedom. Read more »

Statement No. 4 by the leadership of the PFLP Prison Branch: The escalation of the prison administration only strengthens our determination to struggle

PFLP Branch in Israeli Prisons
Press Statement

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Today we face the escalation of the repression by the Israeli prison administration against the prisoners of the Popular Front rising up in various prisons to support the heroic prisoner Bilal Kayed, on his 13th day of hunger strike in solitary confinement, as his health condition deteriorates daily.

The Israeli prison administration is carrying out a systematic and sustained campaign against the striking prisoners in various prisons, notably in Megiddo, where dozens were transferred to other prisons in an attempt to stop the protest, amid repressive acts to crush their protest. The attack has continued on the Front’s prisoners in Eshel prison, where the repression units have invaded the sections of the PFLP prisoners, threatening further sanctions and the transfer of prisoners. Read more »

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