20 Palestinians Injured Near Ofer Prison

Thursday February 28 2013; Palestinian medical sources in Ramallah, in the central West Bank, reported that at least twenty Palestinians have been injured during clashes that took place with Israeli soldiers near the Ofer Israeli prison, south of the city. Thee residents were kidnapped.

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Eyewitnesses reported that the army fired dozens of rubber-coated metal bullets at the residents leading to twenty injuries, and that dozens of Palestinians have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation.

The clashes took place after the army attacked nonviolent protesters marching in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees held by Israel.

Furthermore, soldiers chased dozens of protesters and kidnapped three of them, in addition to violently attacking and beating one protester leading to various cuts and bruises.

Students of the Birzeit University organized the protest in solidarity with all detainees held by Israel, especially the detainees who are holding extended hunger strikes, and are currently in serious health conditions.

They were also protesting the death of Arafat Jaradat, 33, from Sa’ir town, near Hebron city, who was kidnapped by the army on February 18, and was subject to extreme torture that led to his death in an Israeli interrogation facility last Saturday.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

The Martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad: An Example of His Tolerance and Forgiveness

 

Al-Ghafoor Allah is Forgiving

By Abu Amina Elias for FaithinAllah.org

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, died as a martyr for Islam, whose death has left us with an excellent example of grace and clemency. As reported by Anas ibn Malik:

أَنَّ يَهُودِيَّةً أَتَتْ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِشَاةٍ مَسْمُومَةٍ فَأَكَلَ مِنْهَا فَجِيءَ بِهَا فَقِيلَ أَلَا نَقْتُلُهَا قَالَ لَا فَمَا زِلْتُ أَعْرِفُهَا فِي لَهَوَاتِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

A Jewish woman came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, with a poisoned sheep and he ate from it. She was brought to him and it was said, “Should we kill her?” He said, “No.” I continued to see the effects of the poison upon the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.

[Sahih Bukhari, Book 47, Number 786, Sahih]

It is was because of his suffering the poison of his enemy that Abdulah ibn Mas’ud considered the Prophet to have died as a martyr. He said:

لَأَنْ أَحْلِفَ بِاللَّهِ تِسْعًا إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قُتِلَ قَتْلًا أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِنْ أَنْ أَحْلِفَ وَاحِدَةً وَذَلِك بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ اتَّخَذَهُ نَبِيًّا وَجَعَلَهُ شَهِيدًا

If I were to swear by Allah nine times that, indeed, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, has been killed, that would be more beloved to me than swearing only once, because Allah the Exalted took His Prophet and made him into a martyr.

[Musnad Ahmad, Number 3606, Sahih]

Despite being betrayed by the outward goodwill of the Jewish woman, the Prophet did not use this as an example of Allah’s justice, but rather His mercy. He pardoned the woman, as is his right under Islamic law. This is in keeping with his teachings on being merciful toward the creation.

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

الرَّاحِمُونَ يَرْحَمُهُمْ الرَّحْمَنُ ارْحَمُوا أَهْلَ الْأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاءِ

Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Merciful; be merciful to the people of the earth and the One above the heavens will have mercy upon you.

[Sunan Abu Dawud, Number 4941, Sahih]

Not only did the Prophet preach it, he practiced it. As reported by Anas ibn Malik:

مَا رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رُفِعَ إِلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ فِيهِ قِصَاصٌ إِلَّا أَمَرَ فِيهِ بِالْعَفْوِ

I never saw a case involving legal retaliation being referred to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, except that he would command pardoning the criminal.

[Sunan Abu Dawud, Number 4497, Sahih]

Although the Prophet’s sickness that led to his death was instigated by a Jewish person, this nonetheless was not a cause for the Prophet’s hostility toward the Jewish people at large. The Prophet continued to maintain amicable business relations with Jews after this incident and until his death, as reported by Aisha:

 تُوُفِّيَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَدِرْعُهُ مَرْهُونَةٌ عِنْدَ يَهُودِيٍّ بِثَلَاثِينَ صَاعًا مِنْ شَعِيرٍ

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, passed away while his armor was mortgaged to a Jew for thirty units of barley.

[Sahih Bukhari, Book 59, Number 743, Sahih]

This tradition of magnanimous behavior toward the Jewish community was carried on by his companions.

Mujahid reported: I was with Abdullah ibn Amr while his servant was skinning a sheep. He said, “O boy, when you finish up, then start with the Jewish neighbor.” A man there exclaimed, “Jewish? May Allah correct you!” He replied:

إِنِّي سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُوصِي بِالْجَارِ حَتَّى خَشِينَا أَوْ رُئِينَا أَنَّهُ سَيُوَرِّثُهُ

I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, recommending that we treat our neighbors well until we thought that he would order us to make them our heirs.

[Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Number 128, Sahih]

Such a beautiful example is highlighted by Allah when He says:

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا

There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah often.

[Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21]

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

‘Harlem Shake’ shakes Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo

Egyptian Activists and youth perform the Internet craze, the “Harlem Shake” in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on Feb. 28, 2013. (AFP)

Egyptian Activists and youth perform the Internet craze, the “Harlem Shake” in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on Feb. 28, 2013.

A dance craze that began in an Australian teenager’s bedroom landed on the doorstep of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Thursday, with dozens of protesters doing the “Harlem Shake” outside the ruling Islamists’ Cairo headquarters.

Around 70 protesters, mostly men, performed the dance after chanting slogans against the Islamists, who had propelled President Mohamed Mursi to his election victory last June.

The chaotic pelvis-thrusting dance has been mimicked across the world after a group of Australian teenagers uploaded a video of themselves dancing the “Harlem Shake” in early February.

Youths in Egypt and Tunisia have taken up the dance as a form of protest against Islamists, two years after uprisings in both countries toppled veteran dictators but brought in divisive Islamist-led governments.

“Down with the supreme guide’s rule,” the protesters chanted after finishing the dance, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood’s religious leader Mohammed Badie.

“The message is clear,” said Farid Sayyed, one of the organizers.

“We are against the policies of the Brotherhood. Their guidance bureau (or ruling council) dictates government policy, not the presidency. The revolution continues.”

Several riot police trucks and a fire engine were deployed at the Islamists’ headquarters, which protesters had stormed and attempted to torch in December after Mursi adopted extensive powers he has since repealed.

But Thursday’s protest remained peaceful, with some dancers arriving dressed as Islamists and another wearing a Mickey Mouse mask.

Although it was the first such performance outside the Brotherhood’s headquarters, the dance craze had already arrived in Egypt.

A group of Egyptians posted videos of themselves on YouTube doing the “Harlem Shake” in front of the Giza pyramids, with one of them, wearing white underwear and a bow tie, dancing while riding a camel.

Last week, police said they arrested four students who stripped to their underwear and performed the dance in a quiet middle class Cairo neighborhood, after shocked residents tried to assault the students.

In Tunisia, students and radical Islamists scuffled on Thursday after the students tried to film themselves dancing in the city of Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the Arab Spring revolts, with similar scuffles taking place in the capital.

A number of social media sites run by Salafists and other Islamist groups have denounced the “Harlem Shake” as indecent, with participants smoking, dancing wildly and simulating sexual acts.

Defiant youth activists have put out a call for a mega “Harlem Shake” to be staged on Friday in front of the education ministry in Tunis.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

Palestine Spring in the making?

Palestinian demonstration

A third Palestinian uprising is simmering slowly, fuelled by the denigrating policies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

With the chances of a political solution steadily diminishing, and lacking other options, the conditions are ripe for a new Palestinian Intifada, or uprising.

While the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to a peaceful settlement, Israeli governments are simultaneously building Jews-only settlements and taking steps to undermine the prospects for an independent, viable Palestinian state.

A combination of internal and external Palestinian factors could result in “the street” taking over from the endless “peace process” and ending the de facto peace for Israelis.

Internally, the “peace process” has produced a class of VIP Palestinians who appear to have lost touch with the public’s pulse. Externally, and after 20 years of perpetual negotiations, Palestinians are seeing their land disappear before their own eyes – more so than when they started what was supposed to be an interim peace process.

Since the Oslo accords, Israeli governments without exception have been in a race to create Jews-only facts on the ground, making any future Palestinian state physically and economically unlivable.

Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Issawi

Samer al-Issawi, illegally imprisoned and on hunger strike

The Palestinian economy has become subordinate to that of Israel and Palestine is becoming a nation surviving on foreign aid and taxes collected by its enemy.

Last month’s Israeli vote for a new anti-peace government hammered the last nail into the coffin of an already comatose peace process.

The deteriorating health conditions of hunger-striking prisoners – detained under administrative orders – and the recent death of a prisoner could ignite the spark, transforming long-suppressed frustrations into an outright anger on the streets.

The prisoner holding the longest hunger strike, Samer al-Issawi, had been released as part of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas last year, but soon afterwards was re-arrested for ostensibly violating his release terms by travelling outside his hometown of East Jerusalem.

Al-Issawi has refused food for more than 200 days and his weight has dropped to 48 kilograms. Three other administrative detainees joined in the hunger strike 90 days ago.

There are approximately 200 Palestinians, including several elected parliamentarians, incarcerated under the misnomer of “administrative detention”.

The so-called “administrative detentions” are used to deny prisoners their basic right to due process and in violation of international law.

Israel abuses it to circumvent its own judicial system by holding Palestinian prisoners indefinitely and without charge, refusing them an opportunity to defend themselves in court.

Earlier this week, one such prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, 32, died in an Israeli jail. He leaves two children.

Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat

Arafat Jaradat died under Israeli torture

Mr Jaradat was arrested at midnight on 18 February when the Israeli army raided his house for throwing stones at cars driven by Israeli colonists in a small village near Hebron.

He was led to the interrogation unit at Megiddo prison.

On 21 February he told his attorney he was suffering from back pain as a result of being hung up for several hours and beaten during interrogation (physical torture is a court-sanctioned practice in Israeli jails).

His attorney asked the court to look into his allegations and to provide him with proper medical attention.

Two days later, Israeli prison authorities announced that Mr Jaradat had died of cardiac arrest.

An autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials concluded that extreme torture was the likely cause of Mr Jaradat’s death.

Medical examiners revealed that the deceased suffered six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.

At least 207 prisoners have died while in Israeli custody.

The international community’s gutless stance on the continued building of Jews-only colonies in Palestine – combined with daily racist humiliations at the hands of illegal settlers, Israeli checkpoints, torture and extra-judicial detention – means it is only a matter of time before the Palestinian street takes matters into its own hands and starts managing relations between occupied and occupier itself.

(Jamal Kanj / Source / 28.02.2013)

Please help Palestinians refugees fleeing Syria

We must raise £100,000 by 8thMarch 2013. Please help.

We urgently need to tell you about a humanitarian crisis in Syria that is escalating with every passing day. In the last few months, an estimated 200 Palestinians a day are fleeing the country for Lebanon and desperately need our support.

The UN has one agency for Palestinian refugees in the Levant, UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency), and another for all other refugees across the world, UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees). This anomaly limits the access to healthcare for Palestinian refugees, because the agency responsible for them is chronically underfunded by the international community – leading to severe rationing of its key health, education and housing services*. So when Syrian and Palestinian refugees flee over the border from Syria to Lebanon in need of medical care, they don’t receive the same support as each other.

Please make a donation today, so we can fund the treatment of Palestinian refugees in hospitals in Lebanon. We’re already sending what we can, but we urgently need to raise £100,000 in the next six weeks to help the most serious cases. If we don’t raise this amount, patients could die.

Syria has been home to half a million Palestinian refugees, but the bombing of the largest refugee camp in December is a terrifying turning point that has shattered any sense the Palestinians had of being safe. Hostilities continue around a number of camps and this week at least 13 Palestinian refugees have died due to the violence. At the beginning of February, two Palestinian men were killed and more than 20 injured when Syrian government forces shelled Al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus according to Al-Yarmouk Coordination Committees. It is estimated that over half of Palestinian refugees in Syria have been displaced with at least 25,000 seeking shelter in Lebanon.

New arrivals in the camp face a terrible dilemma. The drastically underfunded UNRWA has had to limit access to tertiary care, and can only cover medical bills of up to $4,200 per person.

This may sound like a lot, but ‘tertiary care’ includes many serious and life-threatening conditions – illnesses like cancer and heart disease, for which treatment can quickly rise to tens of thousands of dollars in Lebanon. Most families do not have the money to cover these unaffordable costs.

MAP is in direct contact with UNRWA and is committed to paying the shortfall in hospital bills for people needing tertiary care. We have already pledged $100,000 to help Palestinian refugees from Syria cope as they arrive in the camps. As more and more refugees leave Syria to avoid conflict we now need to raise £100,000 urgently to ensure that we can keep our promise while extending our existing projects to help the incoming refugees.

Please, give today so we can provide funding for people with complex medical conditions that could turn fatal without the right medicine. With your support, we can ensure Palestinian refugees get the treatment they need and deserve.

Your donation today will help refugees like Hiba. She suffers from chronic kidney failure, but had to leave Syria without her medication and with only the clothes on her back. Hiba says, ‘We were all very scared, my family made the journey at night, which included young girls and young men, both of them targets for armed gangs.’

You will also be helping Palestinians like Thoraya from suffering. Thoraya is a 76-year-old grandmother who was living in Aleppo, north western Syria. Some months ago, she had a hip replacement but her hip became infected. As the clashes in Aleppo intensified, the provision of medical care in local Syrian hospitals got worse. The doctors left the city and medicines were not available anymore. Out of desperation she made the difficult journey to Lebanon, where she had family in the refugee camps. Thoraya worries that the medical treatment she needs is going to cost her $25,000.

In both cases, the cost of Thoraya’s and Hiba’s treatment cannot be fully met by UNRWA. And neither of their families can possibly access the vast sums of money needed to pay for their medical help.

An urgent donation now can help us fund medical aid for more Palestinian refugees like Thoraya and Hiba. Without your help people with serious conditions will not receive the treatment they need. Lives we can save will be needlessly lost.

All 12 official refugee camps in Lebanon suffer from severe poverty, overcrowding, unemployment, appalling housing conditions and no proper infrastructure. With the new influx of refugees, these problems will only increase. As will the chronic illnesses associated with living in these conditions.

Some Palestinians are so desperate for medical services that they are prepared to go back into the Syrian war zone to get them. Please help MAP provide the emergency aid they need.

We urge you to help us raise £100,000 by 8th March 2013 so we can fund the treatment of more people like Hiba and Thoraya who are caught between war and poverty. We can’t allow Palestinian refugees who need medical treatment to suffer any more. Please donate today.

You can make a donation here by clicking on the link and following the instructions or by calling +44 (0)20 7226 4114

Thank you for your support.

*In Lebanon, Palestinians rely almost entirely on UNRWA for shelter, education and primary health services. UNRWA is chronically underfunded, even before the latest influx of Palestinian refugees coming in from Syria. This financial year UNRWA needed US$27.5 million from the international community to run its services, it currently has a US$15 million shortfall. Any cut in funding has to be matched with cuts in services, leaving Palestinians without some of the most basic lifelines.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

MP Mona Mansour: Palestinian women are daily subjected to Israeli racist attacks

 

 

NABLUS, (PIC)– Palestinian Legislative Council member Mona Mansour has described the Israeli women attack on a Jerusalemite girl several days ago at a train station in occupied Jerusalem as a racist and barbaric attack.

The attack was an Israeli crime that proves the Israeli violations of the Palestinian women’s rights guaranteed by all international charters and treaties, MP Mansour said commenting on the attack.

The Israeli women’s attack on Palestinian women in Jerusalem and elsewhere was not the first of its kind, where many attacks had taken place at checkpoints and in the city of al-Khalil and many other places, she explained.

MP Mansour expressed her surprise towards the continued silence of international organizations, especially those claiming to defend women’s rights, however they turn a blind eye to the Israeli daily attacks on Palestinian women.

MP Mansour called on international institutions and organizations that advocate women’s freedom and dignity and the free world to intervene to defend the Palestinian women who are daily subjected to the occupation inhuman practices in the occupied Palestinian territories.

She also called for condemning and prosecuting the Israeli crimes against Palestinian women.

Israeli settlers have attacked a Jerusalemite girl on Tuesday at a train station in occupied Jerusalem and strip off her Hijab, despite the presence of Israeli police.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

Full report on the condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Full report on the condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jailsPalestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons and detention centres has reached 4,750 people from every sector of Palestinian society. The majority (82.5 per cent) are residents of the West Bank, 9.6 per cent are from the Gaza Strip, and the rest are from Jerusalem and those living in the areas of Palestine occupied in 1948 now known as Israel. They are spread around 17 prisons and detention centres, the most well-known of which are Al-Naqab, Ofer, Nafha, Gilbo’a, Shata, Ramon, Askalan, Hadarim, Eshel, Ohalei Kedar, HaSharon, Ramla and Megiddo.

Of the total, 186 are in “administrative detention” without charge and 13 are women, the oldest of which is Lina Al-Jarbouni from the 1948 occupied territories, who has been in jail for 11 years. Moreover, there are 198 children under the age 18, 25 of whom are under the age of 16, as well as 12 elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), 3 former ministers and a large number of Palestinian officials.

Violations against prisoners

Palestinian prisoners are often denied visitors, put in solitary confinement and kept under so-called administrative detention, which means that they are being held without charge or trial. Furthermore, they are subjected to numerous strip searches, denied education opportunities, prohibited from having books, given small servings of low quality food and facing frequent day and night searches. In addition, the prisons lack basic necessities and have adopted a policy of official medical negligence, especially in the case of those with chronic illnesses and those who need operations while imprisoned. This includes prisoners with cancer, heart problems, kidney disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, haemorrhoids, obesity and ulcers; they receive very little in the way of care.

Sick prisoners

The number of prisoners suffering ill-health has reached 1,400 with a variety of conditions resulting from the difficult conditions behind bars, including abuse and malnutrition. These prisoners do not receive essential health care. What is worse is that dozens of prisoners also suffer from mobility, mental and sensory disabilities, in addition to those suffering from dangerous and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, kidney failure and paralysis.

Furthermore, there are 18 prisoners permanently held in what is called “Ramla Hospital”, some of whom cannot move due to the continued neglect of the prison administration and the failure to provide the necessary healthcare and treatment.

Elderly prisoners

There are 106 elderly prisoners who have been imprisoned since before the Oslo Accords and the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority on May 4, 1994. This list includes prisoners from all the Palestinian municipalities, the majority of whom, 57, are from the West Bank; 26 are from the Gaza Strip, 14 are from the 1948 occupied territories and 9 are from occupied Jerusalem.

The list includes 71 prisoners who have served over 20 years; they are called the “deans” of the prisoners. Those who have served over 25 years are called “generals of patience”, of which there are 24. Unfortunately, these figures are rising as the years go by. Two of these prisoners, Kareem and hunger striker Maher Younis, from the village of ‘Ar’ara, occupied in 1948, have served over 30 years.

Torture and martyrs of the national prisoner movement

Every prisoner entering an Israeli prison will already have experienced various forms of mental and physical torture. The abuse begins at the moment of arrest, accompanied by the fear and horror experienced by their families, as the Israelis purposely highlight their brutality and abuse of the detainee in front of the family and children. Moreover, the Israeli occupation forces deliberately insult and hit detainees before taking them from their homes. This is then followed by death threats, exile, house demolitions, violations, the arresting of prisoners’ wives, having heads covered with filthy bags, sleep deprivation, lack of medical treatment, using cuts during interrogation, placing the detainee in a refrigerator, keeping detainees standing for long periods, using spies posing as prisoners, psychological distress, the use of plastic restraints, pouring cold or hot water over the prisoner’s head, using very loud music, forbidding prisoners from performing religious rituals and stripping prisoners.

In their cells, prisoners are forbidden from using normal toilets, being given buckets instead which cause unpleasant smells and are a health risk. They are abused severely and their hands are tied behind small chairs or to moving tile in order to weaken their spines; they are often forced into such uncomfortable positions for hours, even days. In addition to this, prisoners have their heads shaken vigorously, which may lead to paralysis, permanent disability or even death. The most dangerous of all such torture is the use of blunt instruments to hit prisoners during interrogation which has led to numerous deaths.

What happened to Arafat Jaradat after suffering brutal torture during his interrogation in Al-Julma Prison, known to Palestinians as “Al-Julma slaughterhouse”, is clear evidence of the Israelis’ disregard for the lives of Palestinian prisoners. More than two hundred Palestinians have died as a result of such treatment; 71 died due to abuse, 51 due to medical negligence, 74 were murder ed immediately after their arrest and 7 were shot inside detention centres.

Martyrs of the “cemeteries of numbers”

Israel is the only state in the world which keeps the remains of dead prisoners; it refuses to hand over the remains of martyrs who have been in the “cemeteries of numbers” since 1978, such as Dalal Al-Maghrabi. Furthermore, dozens of prisoners’ bodies are held by the Israelis in conditions which do not observe human dignity for the deceased. This is entirely in breach of international humanitarian law, which requires occupying powers such as Israel to hand over the remains of dead prisoners to their families and to respect religious requirements for burial.

Administrative detainees

There are about 186 prisoners held in administrative detention with neither charge nor trial. Such prisoners are held on the basis of secret evidence that neither the prisoner nor their lawyer is shown. The detention order can be renewed indefinitely by a military court.

Hunger strikers

There are 11 prisoners currently on hunger strike; 2 of them, Samer Al-Issawi and Ayman Sharawneh, have been on strike for over 6 months in protest at their re-arrest after being released in the prisoner exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Ja’afar Ezzedine and Tarik Qa’adan have been on strike for 92 days in protest at their administrative detention based on secret evidence, in addition to the fact that they have not been charged. Mona Qa’adan has been on hunger strike for 6 days in solidarity with her brother Tarik, and the doyen of all Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Maher Younis, has been on political strike. Prisoners Ayman Saqar, Omar Dar Ayoub, Sufyan Rabe’e, Hazem Al-Taweel and Younis Al-Horoub have all been on hunger strike in protest at the administrative detention process.

Ex-prisoners re-arrested after the prisoner exchange agreement

Mona Qa’adan from Jenin, Ayman Al-Sharawneh from Hebron, Samer Al-Issawi from Jerusalem, Eyad Fanoun from Bethlehem, Ali Juma’a from Hebron, Ibrahim Abu-Hajleh from Ramallah, Yousef Shitewi from Qalqiliya, Ayman Abu-Daud from Hebron and Abdulrahman Dahbour from Qalqilya have all been re-arrested after being released in the prisoner exchange agreement.

Female prisoners

There are 13 female Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons; the oldest is Lina Jarbouni from the 1948 occupied territories, who was detained 11 years ago. Her fellow female prisoners are Mona Qa’adan, Nawal Al-Sa’adi, Asma Al-Batran, Manal Zawahreh, Ena’am Al-Hasanat, Intisar Al-Sayed, Ala’a Abu-Zaytoun, Ala’a Al-Jua’aba, Hadeel Abu-Turki, Salwa Hassan, Ayat Mahfouth and Eman Bani Odeh.

Violations against female prisoners

The Israeli authorities commit dozens of violations against female prisoners in their prisons, the most prominent of which are the brutal manner of their arrest in front of their families and young children; physical and mental interrogation methods; the prevention of them from seeing their children; medical negligence towards pregnant prisoners; physical restraints during childbirth; punishments during imprisonment, such as isolation and force; detaining them in inappropriate places; provocative searches by prison officers; insults, assaults and the use of tear gas. Furthermore, they are treated badly when taken out for court appearances or family visits or even during transfer from one prison section to another. They are occasionally denied visits. During isolation periods political prisoners are often mixed with criminals, and the needs of the prisoners’ children are not met.

Children

The number of child prisoners held by Israel has reached 198. They are subject to outrageous violations that breach all international laws and conventions for the protection of minors and to secure their physical, psychological and educational rights. Such conventions insist on contact with family members and counsellors who guide them and ensure that they are dealt with by the authorities as children and not terrorists. The latter is all too often the case.

Furthermore, young prisoners suffer from a lack of healthcare, as well as cultural and psychological care and an absence of counsellors in Israeli jails. They are also held near criminals in most cases, and are terrorised and harassed during the arrest process.

Solitary confinement

Isolation is considered to be one of the harshest forms of punishment used by the Israeli prison administration. Prisoners are held in isolated, dark and very small spaces for lengthy periods and are not allowed to have contact with other prisoners.

Prisoners in solitary confinement suffer under unbearably miserable conditions. They are denied of the most basic human rights, being beaten and humiliated daily. The cells they are held in have been described as graves; some prisoners have spent long years in such confinement, leading to serious mental and physical illnesses. Prisoners held by Israel in solitary confinement for many years include Darar Abu-Seesi, Samer Abu-Kwaik, Tamer Al-Remawi, Awad Al-Saeedi and Emad Sarhan.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

Israeli Apartheid Week Resources on Palestinian Prisoners: Factsheets, Posters, Leaflets

 

Israeli Apartheid Week is fast-approaching, and hundreds of cities and campuses around the world will be holding events throughout the week to expose the realities of Israeli apartheid, including the mass imprisonment, administrative detention, and torture of Palestinian prisoners.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is providing the following materials to help support campus and community events for Israeli Apartheid Week focusing on Palestinian political prisoners. Mass imprisonment affects nearly every sector of Palestinian society, and Israeli military courts serve as an apartheid mechanism of injustice.

The following resources are made available for your use in Israeli Apartheid Week and other events. If you have any questions about including Palestinian prisoners in your Israeli Apartheid Week events, or would like to publicize your event, please email samidoun@samidoun.ca.

Apartheid-Prisons_Page_1 Double-sided leaflet, Palestinian Political Prisoners: Apartheid Behind Bars (8.5 x 11 – cuts to 2 8.5 x 5.5 leaflets). Download PDF
Prisoners-Factsheet_Page_1 Double-sided leaflet, Palestinian Prisoners: The Struggle for Freedom (8.5 x 11). Download PDF

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Single-sided leaflet, G4S: Securing Apartheid (8.5 x 11). Download PDF
Samer-Issawi Poster for Samer Issawi (11 x 17). Download PDF.
 Arafat-Jaradat Poster for Arafat Jaradat (11 x 17). Download PDF
Lina-Jarbouni Poster for Lina Jarbouni (11 x 17). Download PDF
Ayman-Nasser Poster for Ayman Nasser (11 x 17). Download PDF
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British activists being detained in UK airports under anti-terrorism legislation on return home from Palestine

Two British peace activists have been detained in recent weeks after arriving home from the West Bank, occupied Palestine. They have been detained and taken in for questioning, over suspected links with the International Solidarity Movement.

“We are concerned about the British police using anti-terrorist legislation to target non-violent pro-Palestinian activists. We are a transparent group, trying to uphold the principles of internaBRITAINtional law; even inside Israel the International Solidarity Movement is not considered illegal. We would encourage the British Police to ask any questions they wish to do so, directly, and not by detaining affiliated activists at the airport”

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which the two activists have been held on, allows the police, under certain specified circumstances, to arrest individuals without a warrant who are reasonably suspected of being terrorists. These laws are draconian measures which give the British police powers to detain suspects for up to 28 days without charge.

Schedule 7 is clearly being used as a tool to find out more about activists involved in a wide variety of types of political dissent and to provide profiles of activists for the police to use in trying to undermine political movements. None of the questions about movements in the UK were designed to root out terrorism or uncover the preparation for terrorism. In fact, the movements concerned have never even been accused of terrorism (with the exception of completely false accusations made against the ISM, see here).

Britain abstained at the last vote at the United Nations deciding whether Palestine should be accepted as a non-member observer state. But in the last two weeks the double standards of the British government in relation to Palestine and Israel have again been laid bare; Saeed Amireh, has been refused a visa to visit the UK. Amireh is a peaceful campaigner against Israel’s occupation and the theft of Nilin’s land. He was told he hadn’t provided “enough supporting documents”, even though he had supplied everything that was asked for, including a letter of invitation and guarantee from the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign of his costs being paid.

The use of these powers as a way to clamp down on non violent activists from Palestine and Britain is not acceptable, what is the British government afraid of? Maybe the fact the activists, returning home from Palestine, work with Corporate Watch and have helped reveal the continued supply of weaponry from Britain to the Israeli army has made them a target. This is despite the current British arms export policy stating it won’t deliver weapons to any countries breaking UN treaties. British companies are still complicit in Israeli war crimes in Gaza, as was proved in the EDO Decommisioners case of 2011.

(Source / 28.02.2013)

A pogrom in Qusra

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Settlers and soldiers working together against the residents of Qusra Feb.24, 2013

Last Saturday a mob of armed settlers attacked a Palestinian village, and the Israeli military brought up the rear, and now a child is fighting for his life. This complicity occurs time and time again: violent settlers and the Israeli military acting as a tag team against Palestinians. (Israel is busy spinning this as heroic soldiers rescues Arab, but we’ll get to that later.)

Take a look at that photo up there: those criminals are not being arrested. Even if they initiated the attack on their own, the settlers look to have army coordination in carrying it out. These violent settlers are not being thwarted by the Israeli military, who are supposed to be protecting civilians.

Let’s take a closer look at the pogrom being carried out by settlers and soldiers in Qusra.

International Solidarity Movement: Young man fighting for his life following settler attack on Qusra:

Around 15 settlers from Esh Kodesh (Holy Fire) and Shilo entered Qusra…At around 11am this morning settlers began attacking the village of Qusra. Armed with rifles, they attacked homes on the outskirts of Qusra, throwing stones they broke windows. The youths of the village attempted to defend their homes. In the clashes that ensued Helmi Abdul Azeez Hassan was shot by a settler, the bullet narrowly missed his heart.

Soldiers arrived on the scene and, as usual, protected the invading settlers.

Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din,  Not “conflicts,” a pogrom:

A group of settlers, coming from the direction of one of the most notorious outposts, Esh Kodesh, raided …Palestinian village of Kusra. Some six Palestinians were wounded. The Israeli media reported a “conflict” in the village. There wasn’t any.

A conflict is what happens when two sides of more or less equal strength clash. What took place in Kusra is much more similar to the Czarist period and to the American South before the passage of the civil rights laws: a group of bullies attacking a persecuted minority, and then receiving the protection of the law enforcement forces.

Look at these pictures, taken yesterday: Settlers and soldiers firing together at the residents of Kusra, while the latter are standing on their lands. The regular Israel, whose media makes an effort not to report what goes on in the West Bank – more on this below – will automatically excuse it by saying the army has to put down “disturbances of order.” Okay. So what are the settlers doing there?
The repeating pattern is of attacks, theft, damage to property – with the police doing nothing and the army becoming a part of the problem. In an incident from last September, Palestinians were attacked by settlers; one Palestinian was reportedly kidnapped by them for a short while. In response, the army forces arrived…. and used tear gas and stun grenades on the Palestinians. The police closed the case, claiming “perpetrator unknown.” –

con’t…..

According to this Qusra resident, this is the 4th attack this week:

http://youtu.be/OMfbmNSZgvM

How are people supposed to live like this? Gurvitz reports Yesh Din sent a letter to the army commander in the region  because these violent settlers will not stop attacking this village. Complaints just stack up, and they do nothing.

Yesh Din can document “ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians”:

The human rights organization Yesh Din sent an urgent letter today (January 3) to Brig.-Gen. Hagai Mordechai, commander of the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, and to Commissioner Amos Yaacov, commander of the Judea and Samaria District Police, demanding that the security forces allocated additional personnel to protect the Palestinian civilian population in the Shilo Valley area, following serious attacks by settlers over the past week,

Over the past week, Yesh Din has documented ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians. The incidents include the cutting down of trees, throwing of stones at residents’ homes and so-called “price tag” attacks, among others.
These attacks have caused damage to property as well as injuries:
• A 4-year-old boy from Jalud was injured in the head by stones thrown at night at the houses in the village
• A resident of Karyut suffered a broken skull after stones were thrown at his car
Full list detailed in the attached letter (Hebrew)

According to various reports, these incidents of violence and attacks against property have been committed by settlers from the adjacent outposts, with the goal of deterring Palestinian farmers from exercising their right to farm their land.

In the letter to the security forces, Attorney Adar Grayevsky of the Yesh Din legal team emphasized that: “These are grave incidents in which, prima facie, dozens of settlers have acted with impunity, imposing terror against Palestinian residents of the area through acts of unbridled violence and vandalism.” –

Full Letter (pdf)

And here’s the IsraelNationalNews.com covering the pogrom:

Arab rioters who are injured when they try to attack IDF soldiers or police are provided an important “health benefit” – they are often taken for treatment to hospitals in Israel. Many of the Arab rioters injured in unrest in Judea and Samaria are taken to Israeli hospitals in ambulances, but on Saturday, for the first time in a decade, Israel provided a helicopter to take an Arab rioter who was injured after he rushed IDF troops, throwing rocks and bricks at soldiers, with soldiers responding with anti-riot tactics and injuring the attacking Arab.

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A senior IDF medical officer told Arutz Sheva that in the months since the conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense, the number of riots by PA Arabs had climbed significantly, as had the number of injured Arab rioters. Consequently, the number of Arab rioters Israel is treating in its hospitals – at its own expense, of course – had also grown considerably.

Saturday’s incident occurred in the course of a riot by Arabs in the village of Kafr Kutzra, near Shechem. The Arab was badly injured in the incident, and was taken to a hospital in Shechem. Doctors there decided that they did not have the facilities to help the rioter – but called in the IDF, in the hope that the army would transport him to Israel, where there were facilities to deal with his injuries.

The attacking settlers have been erased from their coverage.

The International Solidarity Movement:

A local resident explained to ISM volunteers that he cannot remember a week in which Qusra had not been attacked over the last two years. He went on to say that recently things have been getting progressively worse. Today’s assault is the culmination of events which have been evolving all week. There have been incursions in three out of the last four days. The village expects more in the week to come.

(Source / 28.02.2013)