Archive for the 'Prisoners' Category

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

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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

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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.

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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 »

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