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Dagelijks archief 4 december 2016

Prisoners in Ramleh prison clinic face difficult conditions


The Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ramleh prison clinic are facing difficult circumstances aggravating their health conditions, according to the Palestinian prisoners society.

The society’s lawyer said after a visit to Ramleh prison on Sunday that the prison administration keeps procrastinating about transferring sick and injured prisons to civil hospitals for medical examinations, reviews, and surgeries.

He added that, in addition to their bad health conditions, the Palestinian prisoners are suffering from several harassment policies like blocking Palestine and Ma’an TV Channels. The two Channels constitute a link between the prisoners and their families, and an important source of local news.

Moreover, they complain about the lack of space in the prison yard, the restrictions put on the clothes received, the unavailability of so many things in the canteen, and the bad food provided.

19 Palestinian prisoners are held in Ramleh prison clinic, and their health conditions are of the worst in the Israeli jails, the youngest of whom is the 14-year-old wounded minor Osama Zidat.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

IPS transfers Ammar al-Hamor to Ashkelon prison


The Israeli prison service (IPS) transferred prisoner Ammar al-Hamor, who started his hunger strike two weeks ago, to Ashkelon prison on Sunday as part of punitive measures against him since he started his hunger strike.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society pointed out in a statement that the IPS transferred Ammar al-Hamor, 28, from Negev prison to Ashkelon prison.

Al-Hamor family told the PIC reporter that there are no new updates regarding his situation, adding that he has been on a hunger strike for 15 days and today he was transferred to Ashkelon prison.  The family expressed concerns over his health condition since he suffers from hypertension.

Al-Hamor is from Jaba’ village, south of Jenin, and he has been in administrative detention since last February.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

Ministry: IOA minimizing entry of reconstruction materials


Naji Sarhan, ministry of public works and housing undersecretary, stated that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has recently reduced quantities of construction material allowed into the Gaza Strip.

“Delaying the reconstruction in besieged Gaza is intended to increase pressure on its people,” Sarhan told the PIC reporter.

Sarhan pointed to cooperation with UNRWA in order to speed up the reconstruction process.

Reconstruction Statistics
The Palestinian official said 13,000 houses were completely destroyed while 175,000 houses were partially damaged in the Israeli war on Gaza in summer 2014.

He also pointed to the existence of a deficit in the programs made for reconstruction including the rent program, which suffers a deficit of 45 million dollars.

Partial damages
“Some citizens have received full grants, others received a down payment and others did not receive any payments as a result of insufficient funding”, the undersecretary stated.

Sarhan praised the role of donors such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait for living up to their commitments to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip as well as some European countries such as Germany.

He, meanwhile, warned that any delay in the reconstruction process would bring about negative repercussions in the besieged enclave.

Khudari: IOA hinders reconstruction of Gaza
In the same context, MP Jamal al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against siege, said the IOA hinders Gaza’s reconstruction process.

He said in a statement that the IOA is restricting the entry of construction materials and tightening the siege on the Strip with all possible means.

There is no real progress in the reconstruction process, the MP said, adding that 70,000 Palestinians are still homeless in Gaza.

Al-Khudari asked the donors in Cairo Conference in 2014 to meet their obligations fully, and called on the international community to pressure Israel to end its siege on Gaza in order to start a real reconstruction process.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

Johnson: Assad Responsible for “Overwhelming Majority” of Deaths in Syria, Says Millions Won’t Accept Him

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the “overwhelming majority” of 400,000 deaths during the five-year “slaughter” in Syria.

“There are millions in that country, who in our view, will not accept rule by him again,” Johnson added.

During a speech delivered Friday at the Chatham House think tank in London, Johnson said a new way of moving away from Assad should be found. Underlining that the future of Syria should mean a united country, Johnson said he could not “see that happening under Assad.”

Johnson added that the UK must be “tough” with Russia and made a personal vow that he would not “shy away” from telling Putin’s ministers that they must end the bombing campaign in Syria.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch on Thursday said that the Assad regime and Russian forces committed war crimes during their month-long aerial bombing campaign of rebel-held areas in Aleppo between September and October.

HRW pointed out that the bombing campaign killed more than 440 civilians, including more than 90 children. It added that Russian and Assad regime airstrikes on rebel-held areas “often appeared to be recklessly indiscriminate…and included the use of indiscriminate weapons such as cluster munitions and incendiary weapons.”

The New York based rights group said it analyzed satellite imagery that showed more than 950 new distinct impact sites consistent with the detonation of large high explosive bombs across the area during the month.

“Those who ordered and carried out unlawful attacks should be tried for war crimes,” HRW stressed.

Nearly 20,000 children have fled their homes in the battered eastern Aleppo in recent days, the UN said on Friday, warning that time is running out to provide them with the help they desperately need.

The UN said over 31,500 people have fled their homes in opposition-held eastern Aleppo since November 24, when the Assad regime and Russian forces intensified their brutal offensive on the city.

The UN children’s agency Unicef estimated that around 60 percent of those displaced, around 19,000, are children.

The number of displaced children could be far higher with Syrian rights groups putting the overall number of people on the run from the regime’s onslaught in eastern Aleppo at more than 50,000 since Saturday.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office + Agencies / 04.12.2016)

New Israeli plan to expand Gilo settlement


Israel’s Channel 10 has revealed that the Israeli authorities will approve next Wednesday a plan to build 770 housing units in Gilo settlement, southeast of Occupied Jerusalem.

The plan also includes the building of a synagogue in the settlement.

The Israeli government was intending to execute this plan in 2013, but it refrained from doing so following US pressures, according to the Channel.

Several settlement projects will be carried out in the near future in areas between Bethlehem and east Jerusalem, the Channel pointed out.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

Israel bans Arabic voice announcements aboard Beersheba buses


In a new racist move, the Israeli authorities in Beersheba city have decided to immediately silence the public address system in Arabic language on the city’s buses.

At the behest of Beersheba mayor Ruvik Danilovich, the Israeli ministry of transportation instructed the Dan Bus Company to remove Arabic voice announcements aboard its public buses.

Danilovich justified his racist step by saying that he responded to local Jewish-Israeli residents who lodged complaints to the company and the Beersheba’s city hall over announcing bus stops in Arabic besides Hebrew.

Speaking to an Israeli channel, the mayor claimed further that Arabic would be included on Beersheba buses once “it is implemented in all of Israel.”

This measure has been deplored by Arab citizens of Israel as racist and part of the incitement campaign that was launched by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu against Arab citizens during the recent wildfires that hit the country.

Beersheba is a 200,000-person city in the country’s southern Negev region.

Many of the passengers on Beersheba buses and trains are Arab residents of the city and its environs, and the public address system in Arabic is designed to serve them.

Arabic is an officially recognized language in Israel. By law, government ministries have to issue all official announcements, advertisements and official forms in both Hebrew and Arabic, and people are entitled to address local authorities and government bodies in Hebrew or Arabic.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

15th Palestinians in Europe Conference in Rotterdam next April


The 15th Palestinians in Europe Conference is slated to take place on April 15, 2017 in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, according to its organizers.

In a brief statement on Saturday, the organizers said the conference would highlight the ill-famed Balfour declaration and its impacts on the Palestinian people, and confirm the Palestinian people’s adherence to their right of return.

They invited the Palestinians living in Europe and advocates of the Palestinian cause to participate in all events of the conference.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

Israeli forces detain 5 in predawn West Bank raids


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained five Palestinians during predawn raids Sunday in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

In the northern West Bank, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Usayd Allam Miri from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan in the Salfit district, and Muhammad Hussein Jamal Yahiyah from Jenin.
Local sources from the village of al-Mazra al-Qibliya in the central Ramallah district said Israeli forces detained Muin Ammar Shuraytih and Ali Sufyan Bayud from the village.
Israeli forces also detained Fathi Zuhdi Mahfuth from the al-Arrub refugee camp in the southern Hebron district.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a total of three detentions to Ma’an, citing two detentions from al-Mazra al-Qibliya and one from al-Arrub refugee camp.
Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 185 military detention raids between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of October. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
(Source / 04.12.2016)

Morocco Police Arrest 8-Member Terrorist Cell

Riot police in Rabat. Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Riot police in Rabat

Rabat- Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation has arrested eight men with alleged ties to ISIS active in the cities of Fez and Tangiers, the interior ministry said on Friday.

A rifle, ammunition “and documents inciting towards jihad” were seized during the operation on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement, a copy of which was received by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

It said two of the cell’s members had been previously arrested on terror charges. They were active in a terrorist cell – led by a French citizen – plotting attacks inside and outside the kingdom.

An initial investigation pointed towards the eight men having ties with ISIS in Syria and Iraq, “recruiting and sending Moroccan volunteers” there.

They will be referred to the judiciary once their questioning by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation is over.

Morocco’s Interior Ministry announced on July 19 that security forces launched a major campaign to confront terrorist groups that target the country’s security and stability.

Police arrested 143 suspects for being part of cells linked to ISIS.

The arrests represented the largest group detained among numerous suspected cells dismantled in recent years.

Since 2002, Moroccan security forces have arrested more than 159 terrorist cells, including 38 networks in 2013 alone.

Those cells have been closely linked with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

There are more than 1,579 Moroccan fighters in Syria and Iraq – 758 of them have joined ISIS while the rest are fighting alongside other extremist groups.

(Source / 04.12.2016)

Report: 32 disabled Palestinian prisoners face medical negligence in Israeli custody


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — 32 Palestinian prisoners suffering from different disabilities are being held in Israeli detention centers without receiving suitable medical care, according to a report released by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) on Sunday.

Center spokesperson Riyad al-Ashqar said in the statement that Israeli use of torture against Palestinian prisoners had dramatically increased the number of disabled prisoners, with many suffering from permanent disabilities due to injuries sustained during violent interrogations.
The statement noted that Israel Prison Service (IPS) authorities routinely did not provide disabled and injured prisoners with necessary equipment such as wheelchairs for those.
According to the center, 35 year-old Palestinian prisoner Luay Sati al-Ashqar from the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, suffered complete paralysis in his left leg as a result of injuries he sustained during a violent interrogation by Israeli officials.
After spending three years in prison, Luay Al-Ashqar was then released, only to be redetained by Israeli forces three more times despite his medical condition.
Palestinian prisoner Nader Abd al-Qader Masalma, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, had suffered from complete paralysis in his two legs due to “torture” during interrogations, according to the statement.
Al-Ashqar said that Israeli forces “don’t hesitate to detain disabled Palestinian and torture them,” highlighting that more often than not, Israeli officials refuse to provide injured and disabled Palestinian prisoners with medications or wheelchairs during detention.
He noted that 48 year-old Palestinian prisoner Adnan Yassin Hamarsha, from the northern city of Jenin, was detained for the second time in November 2015 and sentenced to six months in administrative detention — the Israeli policy of internment without charge or trial which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.
Hamarsha’s administrative detention order was renewed several times, according to al-Ashqar, who said the sentence renewals were ordered “without taking into consideration that Hamarsha is in a wheelchair and suffered from a stroke during his first detention.”
In the statement, al-Ashqar added that Israeli forces detained Nahid Faraj al-Aqraa at the Allenby bridge border crossing while he was traveling from Jordan back to the Gaza Strip.
Al-Aqraa’s right leg was amputated before he was detained, and due to medical neglect inside the Israeli prison where he was being held, athe Palestinian also lost his left leg.
The statement concluded by highlighting that many Palestinian prisoners suffer from disabilities and injuries, and whose situations are made worse by medical neglect inside Israeli prisons.
Al-Ashqar called upon international human rights organizations to intervene and pressure Israel to release Palestinian prisoners suffering from physical and psychological disabilities.
Palestinian officials and rights groups have long accused the IPS of medical negligence towards injured Palestinian prisoners.
Last month, Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs director Issa Qaraqe said that IPS did not properly treat injured Palestinians when they were in Israeli custody, and that “there is a deliberate policy of medical negligence against injured and sick Palestinian prisoners.”
Prisoners rights group Addameer said in a January report that the policy of medical neglect in Israeli manifested in IPS “denying their responsibility in providing appropriate health care, and periodic medical checkups for prisoners and detainees.”
According to the group, since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000 until 2008, 17 Palestinian prisoners died in Israeli prisons and detention centers as a result of medical negligence.
During 2014, the number of ill persons among the prisoners and detainees increased to over 1,000, an increase compared with 800 sick cases in 2013.
(Source / 04.12.2016)