UN: Israeli force-feeding law a violation of “internationally-protected human rights”

Force-feeding involves violent injection of a plastic tube in the prisoner's nasal opening to reach down to the stomach, carrying liquid nutrition.

Force-feeding involves violent injection of a plastic tube in the prisoner’s nasal opening to reach down to the stomach, carrying liquid nutrition

The Israeli occupation authorities  on July 30 2015 have adopted law allowing the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, under pretends of concern for the life of the prisoner. The bill was passed despite the international condemnations against repressing the non-violent act of protest by the painful procedure of force-feeding. 

In a statement, the UN said that the law “potentially affects all detainees but particularly Palestinian detainees who have resorted to hunger strikes to protest their conditions, including their prolonged detention on administrative orders without charge.”

Hunger strikes are a non-violent form of protest used by individuals who have exhausted other forms of protest to highlight the seriousness of their situations. The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental human right, statement added.

The Israeli Medical Association has said that force-feeding is tantamount to torture. United Nations human rights experts have called it a violation of internationally-protected human rights. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, has called “feeding induced by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints of individuals, who have opted for the extreme recourse of a hunger strike to protest against their detention … tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, even if intended for their benefit.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pûras, has observed that ” under no circumstance will force-feeding of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike comply with human rights standards. Informed consent is an integral part in the realization of the right to health.”

The principle of an individual’s right to informed and voluntary refusal of medical measures is reiterated in several basic United Nations human rights documents where lack of free and informed consent is considered a clear violation of an individual’s right to health.

The World Health Organization (WHO), according to guidance on health in prison published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, [5] including on forced feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, referred to the revised World Medical Association’s Declaration of Malta (Declaration on Hunger Strikers):[6]

“Feeding should never be forced in prison. Such a procedure can only be justified if a serious mental disorder affects the decision-making capacity of the patient. Generally, however, when a hunger strike is the logical expression of a lucidly thought out struggle and not a pathological response by a severely depressed patient considering suicide, prison doctors have to respect the expressed will of the patient and limit themselves to the position of medical counsellor.”

The UN emphasized the importance of working towards improving health and human rights conditions of Palestinian prisoners in line with international standards. The practice of administrative detention is incompatible with international human rights law and should be ended. All detainees should be promptly charged or released.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

Three families in Silwan ordered to leave homes for Jews

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Three Jerusalemite families in Silwan district on Sunday received a court order claiming that their own land on which they had built their apartments belonged to Jews hundreds of years ago and demanding them to leave it.

Local sources in Silwan said that three indigenous families received a court evacuation order from the Jewish settler group Ateret Cohanim, which works for the settlement of Jews in Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

The court order claimed that the lot of land had belonged to Jews from Yemen since 1882 and that Ateret Cohanim acquired possession of the property.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

300 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists jailed in Egypt

300 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists jailed in Egypt

Egypt has continued its war against the Muslim Brotherhood by sentencing 300 Muslim Brotherhood members for three to ten years in prison

An Egyptian court sentenced 300 loyalists of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group of former president Mohamed Morsi for three to 10 years in prison over violence charges.

A criminal court on Saturday sentenced 31 people to 10 years and 269 to three years after being convicted of committing acts of violence, possessing weapons and belonging to the brotherhood group, Xinhua reported.

Morsi was removed by military forces in July 2013 after mass protests against his one-year rule. His Muslim brotherhood group was eventually designated as “a terrorist group”.

In its annual report, Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights said that the violence since Morsi’s removal has resulted in the death of 2,600 people, including 700 police and army men, 550 civilians, and 1,250 brotherhood members and supporters.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen in West Bank

Israeli occupation troops shot dead on Sunday Palestinian was reportedly engaged in stabbing attempt in occupied West Bank.

Last month, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem released a video showing a Palestinian, seemingly approached an Israeli vehicle mistakenly, and then voluntarily and very quickly moved away

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation troops shot dead on Sunday Palestinian was reportedly engaged in  stabbing attempt in occupied West Bank.

The Israeli troops at the illegal Israeli checkpoint near Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank opened fire at a Palestinian teen at a very close distance, leaving him dead.

Palestinian sources identified the teen as Anas Taha, 20, from the village of Qutna in occupied Jerusalem.

“Palestinian assailant stabbed an Israeli at gas station,” Israeli army official tweeted. “Forces respond with fire, hit confirmed.”

A statement of the Israeli army noted that an investigation was launched into the incident that occurred near Ramallah.

The stabbed Israeli, who was slightly injured was hospitalised, said the statement.

Killing for no reason

Last month, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem released a video showing a Palestinian, seemingly approached an Israeli vehicle mistakenly, and then voluntarily and very quickly moved away.

A number of around five Israeli soldiers took off the vehicle and opened fire at the teen while he was felling from the scene.

On the day of the killing, witnesses told Days of Palestine that an Israeli occupation soldier at Qalandia Checkpoint aimed his automatic gun and opened fire at the Palestinian teen from a zero distance.

Two live bullets hit the teen, who was identified as Mohamed al-Kasaba, in the head and the chest and he immediately collapsed.

According to B’Tselem, the Israeli commander, whose bullets hit the teen and killed him, was named as the Commander of the Binyamin Regional Brigade Colonel Yisrael Shomer.

Last Friday, a group of Israeli settlers set fire to a Palestinian house, burning an 18-month old Palestinian infant Ali Dawabshe to death. Father Saad, who was along with his wife and other four-year old son in critical conditions, also died on Saturday of injuries he sustained in the incident.

Attacker settlers, who were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces later one, only got six-month sentence under administrative detention.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

Only 6-month jail for settlers burnt infant alive

Israeli defence minister approved on Sunday administration detention of two settlers, who burnt Palestinian family last Friday.

Burning the family while they were asleep has been seen as a starting point for settlers, who stepped up their attacks against Palestinian

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem –Israeli defence minister approved on Sunday administration detention of two settlers, who burnt Palestinian family last Friday.

The administration detention, a term used for detention without trial, against the two extremist Jewish settlers Meir Ettinger and Eviatar Slonim to last for six months.

Both settlers were suspected to carrying out the arson attack against the Palestinian family last Friday day, when an 18-month old infant was burnt alive, parents and four-year old boy suffered serious conditions.

On Saturday, the father was announced dead, while the mother and the bot are still fighting for their lives.

Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian Authority security forces did their utmost efforts to crackdown on Palestinians in order to undermine any retaliation attempts.

However, Israeli security forces said they had stepped up pressure on extremist groups with a series of raids on illegal Jewish settlements across the occupied West Bank.

They have only arrested these two settlers and gave them only six months on administrative detention for the horrific incident, which incited global condemnation.

Meir Ettinger, is the grandson of the late Israeli-American ultra-extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, who carried out numeral attacks against Palestinians and called for shedding their blood.

(Source / 10.08.2015)


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At end of last week and over the weekend, the Islamic State (IS) launched multiple attacks against the Kurdish forces and their allies, from Sarrin in the west to Qamishli in the north-east.

In Kobane Canton on Thursday, IS targeted with mortars from the west bank of the Euphrates YPG/FSA-held hilltops west of Sarrin but received a heavy response in return.



YPG Fighter Wisely Arrests IS Jihadi in His Underpants

Further north, Turkey is said to have shelled IS positions near Jarablous, while IS again fired shells across the Euphrates into west Kobane.

A lone IS fighter was also discovered in the south of Kobane Canton and, after being stripped to ensure he carried no suicide belt, he was led away in this underpants.

In Cizire Canton, IS attacked south of Tel Hamis targeting the YPG and the YPJ.

The fighting at the village of Abu Hamal near Khizela, lasted well into the night but IS withdrew after it was clear they were not going to make any headway and one of their vehicles was destroyed.

6 x IS Jihadists were reported killed in the clashes and a heavy machine and hand grenades seized.

Fighting was also reported again yesterday, Sunday, in the Qamishli countryside, IS hitting targets near Tel Brak and Tel Hamis.

Most of the IS mortars were directed against YPG HQs in several villages, but the attacks were repelled with the death of 9 x IS Jihadists and the wounding of 3 YPG.

On this occasion 2 x IS vehicles were destroyed and more ammunition and weapons taken.

90 members of a newly formed Asayish (Kurdish Security) rapid intervention force passed through Qamishli at the weekend after completing 4 months of specialist training.



600 Metre IS tunnel Discovered at TalAbyad

Near Tal Abyad, the FSA discovered yet another tunnel under the border into Turkey, this one 600 metres long, which IS had been using to smuggle weapons, ammunition and people.

Over in the west in Afrin Canton, the Al-Nusra Front once again attacked Kurdish villages near Deir Balut, subjecting them to heavy machine gun fire. In the YPG retaliation, 2 members of Al-Nusra were killed. Sporadic fighting continues.

In a statement today, Monday, the Al-Nusra Front (which is thought to have close relations with the Turkish Government) has said that it is withdrawing from its positions in northern Aleppo province.

The area runs between Afrin Canton in the west and Kobane Canton to the east and contains a number of IS-held towns and villages, notably Jarablous.

Al-Nusra says that “it is against its religion to join the US-led Coalition or be aided by it”. A number of positions, including some border crossings, have already been passed to other anti-Assad Opposition groups.

Turkey hopes to establish a “safe zone” in this part of northern Syria and bring back Syrian refugees currently in camps in its own country.

It would also seem to be part of a Turkish plan to keep Afrin and Kobane firmly separated and to prevent the Kurds from estabishing one continuous state along the Turkish border.

In support of these moves, the US has just announced that 6 x F-16 Fighting Falcons have been moved to the Incirlik airbase just across the Turkish border to operate from there as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

US Central Command reports 16 airstrikes in Syria between Thursday and Saturday of last week. 10 of thsoe were near Hasakah destroying 11 x IS fighting positions and hitting or destroying IS vehicles, a weapons cache, an IS bunker and a recoiless rifle firing position.

In Kobane Canton 1 airstrike hit an IS tank, another 3 in Aleppo province destroyed 2 x IS vehicles and 2 anti-aircraft artillery pieces and 2 more in Deir Ez-Zour and Raqqah hit specialist equipment vehicles.

And in another sign of a return to normality, Kobane has formed a new football team:



Kobane Forms a Football Team


Opposition fighters advanced in both Idlib and Hama provinces over the weekend, pushing back Assad’s positions on the Ghab Plain.

Increasingly it is looking as though Assad could lose Hama city as well as Idlib which is already under Opposition control.



Opposition Fire Grad Missiles at Assad Positions Around Joureen

Opposition forces have taken Ziyara, Zaizoun, Mansoura, Tal Waset and Zyadia in Hama province and pushed Government forces back to their bases around Joureen.

If Joureen falls then the cities of Tartous and Latakia in Latakia province, Assad’s heartland, will be vulnerable to attack.

In Idlib province, Opposition fighters are said to have launched another 1,000 shells and missiles again on the surrounded Alawite enclaves of Fu’ah and Kafraya,” to give them a taste of what it is like in Zabadani”, the Opposition-held town in Damascus province  under attack by Assad’s troops and Hezbollah. Casualty figures are unknown.

The Opposition also triggered a remote BMP vehicle bomb at Deir Al-Zaghab village near Fu’ah, HERE:  and a tunnel bomb under Assad troop positions at Fu’ah, (Arabic only) HERE:

Preparations for the tunnel bomb and the aftermath from several angles are, HERE:

Opposition fighters attacking the outskirts of the enclaves can be seen, HERE:

In Aleppo province, the Islamic State has intensified its attacks on the Kweires Syrian Air Force base, hitting it with 3 booby-trapped vehicles. Government deaths were 18 including 12 officers, 2 of them generals and a captain. IS deaths are put at 26.

The devastating vehicle bombs were also used by IS in northern Aleppo province against the anti-Assad Opposition near Umm Housh, where 4 Opposition-held villages on the route from Aleppo to the Turkish border came under attack on Saturday night.

A suicide bomber with a belt and another with a car bomb started an assault on Saturday night that continued throughout Sunday. 37 Opposition fighters were killed in the action and another 20 are missing. IS deaths are put at 10.

With US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meeting in the Gulf recently and better relations established between the US and Iran after the conclusion of the nuclear talks, there is much speculation that the “endgame for the Assad regime” is approaching.

Clearly, Assad cannot win the war, despite the vast amounts of energy, money and resources Russia and Iran have thrown at the problem of Syria. Are there now diplomatic moves underway to find a formula to get Assad out of the way? Middle East Briefing discusses the angles.

Resentment towards President Assad is beginning to show among the Alawite community. On Saturday night more than a 1,000 people took to the streets in Latakia to protest the murder of Colonel Hassan al-Sheikh in an apparent road-rage incident on Thursday night.

The accused killer, Suleiman Assad, is a first cousin of the President. According to eyewitnesses, Colonel Sheikh is said to have refused to give way in a traffic jam and Suleiman Assad got out of his car and killed him in cold-blood. President Assad is now reported to have told the widow that he will ensure justice is done.



Kurdish Fighters of the PKK in the Mountains of Iraq

Meanwhile, a Turkish official is claiming that in their attacks on Kurdish PKK bases in Iraq, the Turkish Air Force has killed 390 fighters, including 30 female combatants, and wounded another 400, though there is no way of verifying this.

Cemil Bayik, a leading PKK figure, has said in a video interview with theSyria and Iraq news of the BBC that he believes President Erdogan wanted the Islamic State to succeed in order to prevent the Kurds making any gains of territory in Iraq and Syria.

After a disastrous start to their expensive $500 million “train and equip” programme for vetted Opposition fighters to engage against the Islamic State, it is reported that 2 more classes of applicants are undergoing training.

Of the first batch of qualifiers of 54, many were killed, kidnapped by the Al-Nusra Front (scroll down – see below), or just disappeared. You can read more, HERE:

Palestinian prisoners declare campaign of ‘disobedience’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners affiliated to Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and PFLP in Israel’s Rimon and Nafha prisons on Monday declared a campaign of “complete disobedience” against the Israeli Prison Service.The prisoners said in an open letter that the campaign began at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, and would continue until their demands were met.The letter did not specify the demands, although it said the Israeli Prison Service had prohibited movement in sections 4 and 7 in Rimon prison and sections 10,11, and 13 in Nafha prison.The Palestinian Authority Prisoners’ Committee said that the Israeli Prison Service also decided on Monday to transfer six Palestinian prisoners who set fire to rooms inside Nafha jail.Raed al-Sheikh and Majdi al-Zatari were transferred to Eshel prison in the Negev, while Ammar al-Daghmi and Ali Hassan were moved to Rimon prison, and Khalid al-Asmiri and Zakariya Muhsin were moved to different sections inside Nafha prison.An Israeli Prison Service spokesperson could not be reached for comment.The campaign of disobedience comes after days of chaos inside the southern Israeli jails, where nearly 200 Palestinians went on hunger strike to protest their treatment at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service.On Monday, after six days refusing food, around 120 Fatah-affiliated Palestinian agreed to suspend their hunger strike for a period of two weeks following talks with the Israeli Prison Service.Separately, Hamas-affiliated detainees last week threatened a campaign of disobedience in prisons across Israel after the Israeli Prison Service said it planned to move Hamas-affiliated prisoners from Nafha prison in southern Israel to Gilboa prison in the country’s north.The prisoners reportedly decided to disobey the authorities’ decision because it “breached an agreement to restore peace” inside the prison.There are reportedly about 250 Hamas-affiliated prisoners in Nafha prison, the majority of whom are serving lifetime and long-term sentences.There were around 5,750 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails as of May 2015, according to prisoner rights group Addameer.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

Egypt court sentences 10 to death on terror charges

This file photo shows a view of the Cairo Criminal Court in Egypt.

This file photo shows a view of the Cairo Criminal Court in Egypt

An Egyptian court has handed down preliminary death sentences to ten defendants on charges of forming and running a terrorist cell connected with the global militant organization al-Qaeda, Press TV reports.

The Cairo Criminal Court, presided by judge Mohamed Shereen Fahmy, issued the verdicts on Monday and then sent the papers to Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, Egypt’s Grand Mufti, to review the decisions.

The opinion of the mufti is not binding to the court, but Egyptian law makes it necessary for judges to seek a religious point of view on any death sentence.

The court will deliver its final verdict in the case on September 27.

The defendants are among a group of 68, who are being tried on charges of forming an al-Qaeda-linked cell responsible for attacks against army and police units in Egypt.

Fifty-two of the defendants are in custody, 13 are being tried in absentia and three have died in police custody.

Mohamed el-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman el-Zawahiri, is involved in the case. However, he did not receive the death sentence on Monday. Zawahiri is currently behind bars.

Egypt has been struck by violence ever since Mohamed Morsi, the North African country’s first democratically-elected president, was toppled in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s current president and the then army commander, in July 2013.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

Israel releases suspects held in raid linked to deadly firebombing

Palestinians look at the damage in a house set on fire by Jewish settlers in the village of Duma, on July 31, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel has released all suspects detained in raids as part of a probe into the firebombing of a Palestinian home that killed an 18-month-old child and his father, Israeli authorities said Monday.They did not provide the number of those detained in the raids early Sunday in Jewish settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank near the Palestinian village of Duma, where the July 31 firebombing occurred.Outposts in the Israeli-occupied West Bank are notorious for housing young Jewish hardliners, referred to as hilltop youth.”All those arrested yesterday for interrogation have been released,” a spokeswoman for the Shin Bet domestic security agency told AFP, without providing further details.The raids came as Israel seeks to crack down on Jewish extremists following the firebombing that also critically wounded the toddler’s mother and four-year-old brother.The attack has led to pressure on the government to act against Jewish extremists accused of being behind a series of hate crimes and nationalist attacks, including a stabbing attack at a Gay Pride parade in West Jerusalem last month that killed a 16-year-old girl and wounded five people.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has labelled the firebombing “terrorism” and pledged to use all legal means to track down the perpetrators.However, many Palestinians have pointed out that Israeli government policies — including support for settlement expansion and frequent impunity for settlers — allowed for the firebombing to take place.In addition to Sunday’s raids, three alleged Jewish extremists have been placed in a controversial form of detention without trial usually used for Palestinians.Over 85 percent of investigations into settler violence are closed without indictments, Israeli rights group Yesh Din says.The 100 or so Jewish outposts in the occupied West Bank are not officially recognized by the Israeli government but receive support and assistance from government ministries.Since occupying the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has built over 125 Jewish-only settlements across the territories with a settler population of over 500,000, in contravention of international law.

(Source / 10.08.2015)

Palestinian prisoners in Nafha jail suspend hunger strike

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Over 120 Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Nafha jail have suspended a hunger strike for a two-week period after six days without food to protest against the Israeli Prison Service.The Palestinian prisoners’ committee said that detainees agreed to a two-week suspension after speaking with Israeli authorities, but will escalate their protest action after the temporary suspension.Nashaat al-Wahidi, a Fatah prisoners’ representative in Gaza, confirmed the suspension following an agreement with Israel’s Prison Service.Israeli authorities have reportedly agreed to stop cell raids and the arbitrary transfer of prisoners to different sections of the jail, he added.The 120 prisoners, all held in Nafha jail in Israel’s south, had been demanding that they be returned to their former prison wings after they were moved to different sections last week.They were also demanding family visits, an end to solitary confinement, public telephones, a kitchen and bakery, and the return of a canteen.Around 5,750 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails, over 400 of whom are held under administrative detention.

(Source / 10.08.2015)