Foreign ambassadors to Palestine arrive in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– A number of foreign ambassadors to Palestine arrived on Monday morning in Gaza via Erez crossing in northern the blockaded enclave.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Palestinian Interior Ministry disclosed that the Ambassadors of Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, and Japan arrived in Gaza via Erez crossing on Monday morning.

The ministry has not referred to the ambassadors’ schedule in Gaza Strip.

A senior Turkish delegation along with the Norwegian Ambassador to Palestine reached the besieged enclave on Sunday.

The European ambassadors, Ministers of foreign affairs  and foreign officials have been arriving in Gaza without being escorted by the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki.
(Source / 18.05.2015)

Germany Reaffirms Support for the Syrian Coalition

Representative of the Syrian Coalition in Germany, Bassam Abdullah, said that Germany is continuing to support the Syrian Coalition considering it to be the strongest partner in the Syrian opposition. He also stresses that Germany will not accept any role for Bashar al-Assad to play in the future of Syria.

Germany is also seeking to improve its relationship with the Syrian opposition, most notably the Syrian Coalition and the interim government, adding that Germany will increase its support for them in the coming period. Furthermore, Germany recognize the interim government.

Germany calls for the expansion of the Syrian Coalition’s consultations with the UN envoy to Syria, stressing that that the Syrian Coalition should is the most eligible opposition body to express the Syrian opposition’s vision of a political solution in Syria. Germany sees the Syrian Coalition as the strongest political opposition body and is irreplaceable in any political talks on Syria’s future.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 18.05.2015)

Egyptian navy violates coastal waters of Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– An Egyptian naval boat on Sunday afternoon chased a Palestinian fishing boat inside the Palestinian territorial waters of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that an Egyptian gunboat ignored the presence of Palestinian coast police forces in the area and went after a fishing boat near the shores of Gaza in an attempt to confiscate it.

The Egyptian boat were still inside Gaza’s waters until the moment of preparing this report.

The incident was seen by the Palestinian authorities in Gaza as a serious Egyptian violation of the Palestinian territorial waters.

(Source / 18.05.2015)

Belgium convicts seven women for supporting ISIS

Five Belgian women, one Dutch woman and one Moroccan woman have been sentenced to prison for supporting ISIS and radicalizing other women

A Belgian court on Monday handed out prison sentences to seven women for supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and radicalizing young women to go to Syria to join its ranks and marry fighters of the militant organization.

Four of the seven women – five Belgians, one Dutch and one Moroccan – were not in court to hear their convictions and were believed to be in Syria with female battalions of ISIS, the Antwerp-based court said.

In their absence, they were given five-year prison sentences for their activities with those battalions, including patrolling and guarding entrances to towns and cities in Syria.

The women present in court were guilty of facilitating the departure of ISIS recruits and collecting money for organizations aiming to radicalize young girls. They received prison sentences of between 20 and 30 months.

In February, 45 men belonging to radical Islamist group Sharia4Belgium stood trial, accused of being part of a terrorist organization. The head of the group received a 12-year prison sentence.

(Source / 18.05.2015)

HISTORICAL FACT: ISRAEL COMMITTED OVER 70 MASSACRES DURING THE NAKBA

Intifada Youth calls for mass participation in “Friday of Anger” on Nakba day

Nakba literally means a natural disaster such as an earthquake, volcano, or hurricane. However, the Nakba in Palestine is a process of destroying unarmed indigenous nation to replace it by another ‘grouped-up’ nation.

In 1948, 1.4 million Palestinians lived in 1,300 Palestinian towns and villages spreading over all of historic Palestine. More than 800 thousand of them were forcibly displaced from their original towns and cities into the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab countries, and other countries of the world. Along with the displaced, some thousands remained in their hometowns in the so-called ‘1948 areas’. Documentary evidence shows that the Zionist troupes laid hand on 774 towns and villages and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns and villages during the Nakba. The atrocities of Israeli Zionist forces also included over 70 massacres in which 15 thousand Palestinians were killed.

The Demographic Reality: Palestinian population has increased about 9-fold since the Nakba

The estimated of Palestinian population in the world totaled 12.1 million by the end of 2014. This indicates that the number of Palestinians worldwide has multiplied 8.6-fold in the 67 years since the Nakba. According to statistics, the total number of Palestinians living in historic Palestine (between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean) by the end of 2014 was 6.1 million and this number is expected to rise to 7.1 million by the end of 2020 based on current growth rates.

Statistical data also show that refugees constitute 43.1% of the total Palestinian population in State of Palestine. UNRWA records showed that there were 5.49 million Palestinian refugees registered in mid-2014. Around 29.0% of Palestinian registered refugees live in 58 refugee camps, of which 10 are in Jordan, 9 in Syria, 12 in Lebanon, 19 in the West Bank, and 8 in Gaza Strip.

These estimates represent the minimum number of Palestinian refugees, given the presence of non- registered refugees. These estimates also do not include Palestinians who were displaced between 1949 and the 1967 war, according to the UNRWA definition, and do not include the non-refugees who left or were forced to leave in the aftermath of the war in 1967. The number of Palestinians who remained in their homeland in the 1948 territory after the Nakba was estimated at 154 thousand persons, now in 2014 estimated to be 1.5 million on the 67th anniversary of the Nakba. In the 1948 territories, the sex ratio is 102.2 males per 100 females, while 35.4% of the population are below 15 years of age and 4.3% are aged 65 years and over, based on available statistics relating to Palestinians living in Israel in 2013. This illustrates that the composition of the Palestinian population in the 1948 territory is young, as it is in Palestinian society as a whole.

The number of Palestinians in State of Palestine was estimated at 4.6 million at the end of 2014: 2.8 million in the West Bank and 1.8 million in Gaza Strip. The number of Palestinians in Jerusalem governorate at the end of 2014 was around 415 thousand, of whom 62.1% live in the areas of Jerusalem illegally annexed by Israel in 1967 (J1). The fertility rate in Palestine is high, compared to other countries. The total fertility rate in the period 2011-2013 was 4.1 births (3.7 births in the West Bank and 4.5 births in Gaza Strip).

Population Density: Gaza Strip the most crowded place in the world

The population density in State of Palestine at the end of 2014 was 767 individuals per square kilometer (km2): 500 individuals/km2 in the West Bank and 4,904 individuals/km2 in Gaza Strip. In Israel, the population density of Arabs and Jews in 2014 was 383 individuals/km2.

Settlements: Most settlers live in Jerusalem as part of Israeli Judaization policy

There were 409 Israeli settlements and military bases in the West Bank at the end of 2013 and the number settlers was around 580,801 at the end of the same year. Most settlements are located in the Jerusalem governorate. According to data, about 281,684 (48.5%) settlers live in Jerusalem governorate, of whom 206,705 live in Jerusalem (J1). The ratio of settlers to Palestinians in the West Bank is 21 settlers per 100 Palestinians compared to 69 settlers per 100 Palestinians in Jerusalem governorate.

Israeli Settlers Use More Than 50 Million m3 of Water from the Palestinians Water to Cultivate the Land Seized by the Israeli Occupation

Data from the Ministry of Planning on the national strategic framework for the development of policies and interventions in the Area C, based on World Bank report indicates that the total cultivated area in Israeli settlements in the West Bank during 2013 was about 100 km2. The majority of the land is irrigated using more than 50 million m3 of the Palestinians ground water. Irrigated areas cultivated by Palestinians 2011, are about 78 km2.

Historical Palestine: Israel controls more than 85% of its land

The area of the historical land of Palestine totals about 27,000 km2. Jews exploit more than 85% of the total area of land. Palestinian comprise 48% of the total population in historical Palestine and exploit less than 15% of the land. A Palestinian therefore has less than one fifth of the area available to an Israeli.

Water crisis in Palestine

The situation of water in Palestine differs from other countries in terms of water shortage and the limited water sources that include only the groundwater and surface water. The amount of groundwater pumped in Palestine in 2013 was 262.9 MCM and the water discharged from Palestinian springs was 39.5 MCM in the West Bank for the same year.

The amount of water obtained for Palestinians from groundwater aquifers is estimated at only 15%, while 85% is drawn by Israel. To cover the shortage the Palestinians are forced to purchase water from Israeli Water Company “Mekorot” at quantities totaling 63.3 MCM in 2013.

The daily allocation per capita from consumed water for domestic use in 2013: 78.8 Litter/capita/day (l/c/d) in the West Bank and 91.3 l/c/d in Gaza Strip. However, 95% of drinking water in Gaza Strip doesn’t meet WHO standards and is also less than the minimum quantities recommended by WHO (100 l/c/d).

Martyrs: Continuous efforts to build a state

The number of martyrs killed in the al Aqsa Intifada between September 29, 2000 and December 31, 2014 was 10,062. The highest toll was in 2014 with 2,240 Palestinian martyrs, followed by 2009 with 1,219 martyrs. In addition, 306 martyrs, were killed during 2012, 15 of them from the West Bank, and 291 from Gaza Strip; 189 of them were killed during the Israeli attack on Gaza Strip in November 2012, and 56 martyrs, were killed during 2013, 42 of them from the West Bank, and 14 from Gaza Strip.

Detainees

Data from the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees show that Israel has arrested more than 850 thousand Palestinians since 1967: more than 85 thousand were arrested since the Al-Aqsa Intifada. Know there are around 6,500 Palestinians in detention. Of these, 24 detainees are female, 200 are children, about 500 Palestinians are held under administrative detention (without trial) and 480 detainees are serving life sentences. Israel arrested 6,059 detainees during 2014. Since 1967, 206 Palestinians have died in Israeli jails as a result of torture, denial of health treatment or deliberate killing

Health

Statistics for 2013 showed that the number of physicians per 1,000 population registered in the Physicians’ Union in the West Bank was 1.3 and 2.1 in Gaza Strip. In addition, there were 2.1 nurses per 1,000 population in the West Bank and 4.5 nurses per 1000 population in Gaza Strip in 2013. There were 80 hospitals in Palestine in 2012: 50 hospitals in the West Bank and 30 in Gaza Strip. These included 25 governmental hospitals, 34 non-governmental, 17 private and 3 hospitals run by military institutions, and one run by UNRWA. There were 5,619 hospital beds: 1.3 beds per 1,000 population and allocated as 3,263 beds in the West Bank and 2,356 in Gaza Strip. There were 622 primary health care centers in the West Bank in 2013 and 137 centers in the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem; Systematically Judaizing

The Israeli occupation authorities don’t only demolish Palestinian houses but also hinder the issuance of any building licenses for Palestinians in Jerusalem and its boundaries.

According to Al-Maqdisi Institute, between 2000 and 2014, the Israeli authorities demolished 1,342 Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem (the areas annexed by Israel in 1967). This has resulted in the displacement of 5,760 people.

Data show an increase in the cases of residents forced to demolish their own houses: 340 people were forced to demolish their own homes during the period between 2000 and 2014, the highest rate of which was recorded in 2010 with 70 demolitions and 49 in 2009.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed during the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2014

Data indicate that the number of completely destroyed housing units during the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip in summer 2014 was about 9 thousand units. Moreover, 47 thousand housing units suffered partial destruction. Furthermorer, 327 schools were completely destroyed, 50% of which served double shifts. In addition, six universities were partially destroyed. Holy places didn’t survive the attack either with the destruction of 71 mosques and some churches. 20 government buildings were completely destroyed, in addition to the damage caused to 29 hospitals and primary health care centers.

Labor Market 2014

The labor force participation rate in Palestine in 2014 was 45.8%: 45.7% among refugees and 45.8% among non-refugees. The participation rate in the West Bank was 46.6% (47.6% among refugees and 46.2% among non-refugees) compared with 44.4% in Gaza Strip for both refugees and non-refugees. The unemployment rate in Palestine was 26.9% (33.7% among refugees and 22.3% among non-refugees). The unemployment rate in the West Bank was 17.7% (19.3% among refugees and 17.1% among non-refugees) compared with 43.9% in Gaza Strip (44.0% among refugees and 43.5% among non-refugees).

Education

According to the primary results of the Education data the 2014/2015 scholastic year, there were 2,843 schools in Palestine: 2,145 in the West Bank and 698 in Gaza Strip. Their distribution according to the supervisory authority was follows: 2,096 governmental schools, 349 UNRWA schools and 398 private schools. The total number of students in these schools exceeded 1.177 million, of whom 586 thousand were male and 591 thousand female. There were 778 thousand students enrolled in governmental schools, 290 thousand enrolled in UNRWA schools, and 109 thousand enrolled in private schools.

The illiteracy rate among Palestinians aged 15 years and above was 3.6% in 2014, distributed as 1.6% of males and 5.6% of females. It was 3.3% among refugees and 3.8% among non-refugees. In the field of higher education, there are 14 universities: 5 universities in Gaza Strip and nine universities in the West Bank, in addition to 19 colleges that grant bachelor’s degrees: 6 in Gaza Strip, and 13 in the West Bank. while, there is only University for Open Education has 15 centers in the West Bank and 5 centers in the Gaza Strip, while there are 18 community colleges: 11 in the West Bank and 7 in the Gaza Strip.

Macroeconomics: Consumer Price Index during 2014

The Palestinian Consumer Price Index increased by 1.73% in 2014 compared with 2013: by 3.84% in Gaza Strip, 2.85% in Jerusalem (J1), and by 1.20% in the West Bank. In comparison with the base year of 2010, the Consumer Price Index in Palestine increased by 9.42%: by 13.65% in Jerusalem (J1), 12.44% in the West Bank, and 3.14% in Gaza Strip.

Trade: Limited Palestinian exports

Both imports and exports of registered goods increased in 2013 over 2012. In 2013, the value of imported goods totaled USD 5,163.9 million, an increase of 9.9% compared with 2012. The total value of exports was USD 900.6 million, and increased by 15.1% compared with 2012. As a result, the net trade balance in goods recorded a deficit of USD 4,263.3 million in 2013, an increase of 8.9% over 2012.

The results indicate that 87.3% of exports destination was Israel, while only 12.7% of total exports reached other countries excluding Israel. The limited value of exports to other countries was due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinian exports, especially from the Gaza Strip.

Information Society

The percentage of households that have a computer in the State of Palestine, 63.1% for 2014, by 66.9% in the West Bank and 55.6% in Gaza Strip, compared with 50.9% of households in 2011. The results show that 48.3% of households in the state of Palestine has a connection to the Internet in 2014, compared with 30.4% in 2011.

(Source / 18.05.2015)

Marianne reaches Copenhagen heading for Gaza

ANATOLIA, (PIC)– Marianne reached Friday port of Copenhagen-Denmark after it kicked off from Sweden heading to break the siege of Gaza as part of Freedom Flotilla III, a peaceful nonviolent action to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip.

On the 10 of May, the trawler, which has been acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway jointly, departed for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles to eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

On board are Danish and Norwegian members of Parliament as well as other well known Scandinavian activists, artists and academics including Rosa Lund, Member of Parliament (Denmark)Rosa Lund, Member of Parliament (Denmark).

The Danish politician and Member of Parliament for the Socialist People’s Party (SF) Özlem Sara Cekic stated that Marianne will join other ships and together they will form the Freedom Flotilla III.

For her part, the Danish-Syrian doctor Haifa Awad pointed out that cancer patients’ number has increased due to the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip.

Spokesperson for the campaign Stefan Garner appreciated the “great international efforts made to break the siege of Gaza.”

Marianne will join other ships to form Freedom Flotilla III. On its way Marianne will call at many European and will serve as a focus for demonstrations and manifestations against the blockade.

In 2010, Freedom Flotilla 1, comprised of 6 seats, was on its way to Gaza when it was attacked and boarded in international waters by Israeli navy forces. During the attack, the Israeli soldiers murdered 10 unarmed activists on Mavi Marmara.

In 2011, Freedom Flotilla 2 comprised of 12 boats attempted to sail from Greece and Turkey. Most boats were prevented from leaving their ports; however three of them sailed towards Gaza and were attacked by the Israeli Navy. The boats were illegally confiscated by Israel.

(Source / 18.05.2015)

Strong Egypt Party: Regime dragging Egypt into civil war

Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh

Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh

The Strong Egypt Party has criticised the ruling regime saying it will drag the country into “civil war”.

Headed by Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a former presidential candidate, the party’s remarks came in response to the execution of six people.

The party’s media spokesman, Ahmed Imam, said in a press statement: “The rush to implement the death penalty in similar cases that have clear political dimensions under present circumstances will lead us into a path that will be hard to return from.”

Imam explained: “To insist on implementing those rulings in cases that stirred a lot of confusion where the accused are believed to have been detained before the offences were committed threatens social peace and drags the country into an unknown fate.”

He warned that “the Egyptian regime’s unprecedented escalation against its opponents over the past few days will drag the country into civil strife and will only increase the state of tension in society.”

In March, the Supreme Military Court of Appeals upheld an earlier death sentence against seven people.

The convicts are:

1. Mohammed Bakri Muhammad Harun, 31, an accountant and graduate of commerce

2. Hani Mustafa Amin Amer, 31, a graduate of chemistry

3. Muhammad Ali Afifi, 33, bachelor of law

4. Abdul Rahman Sayed Rizk, 19, high school student

5. Khalid Faraj Mohammed, 27, graduate of commerce

6. Islam Syed Ahmed Ibrahim, 26, bachelor of tourism

(Source / 18.05.2015)

Netanyahu puts minister Silvan Shalom, who opposed Palestinian state, in charge of talks with PA

Shalom has never publicly supported a two-state solution, and has even expressed his support for West Bank settlement construction.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alongside Silvan Shalom in a cabinet meeting, July 1, 2012.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alongside Silvan Shalom in a cabinet meeting, July 1, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has been made responsible for talks with the Palestinians, according to sources close to the minister.

Shalom has never publicly supported the principle of two states for two peoples, and has even expressed his opposition to a Palestinian state, and his support for West Bank settlement construction on a number of occasions.

According to sources close to Shalom, Netanyahu promised the minister he would be responsible for negotiations with the Palestinians during recent talks to expand Netanyahu’s new cabinet.

Shalom’s appointment was first reported on Israel Radio. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Shalom will handle negotiations with the Palestinians if they are renewed, just like Tzipi Livni did before him in that position in the previous government. Yitzhak Molcho will continue to serve as the prime minister’s special envoy to the Palestinian Authority, the sources said.

The responsibility Shalom was given is an empty title at this stage. The peace process has been deeply stalled since talks with the Palestinians exploded in April 2014 and remained stuck. Last year, contact with the Palestinians was mostly handled by Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, IDF coordinator of government activities in the territories. On a few isolated occasions it was handled by Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho. These talks did not deal with renewing peace negotiations, but with ongoing issues, such as tax revenues.

Unlike Tzipi Livni who supported a two-state solution and pushed for a deal with the Palestinians, Shalom has never expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state. An examination of his comments on the subject over the past six years shows that he has taken a hawkish stance on anything related to the peace process.

For instance in March 2009 during coalition negotiations after the Israeli election, Shalom told Reuters that Netanyahu was against the establishment of a Palestinian state. “I don’t see a way now to announce in advance that the final outcome will be an independent Palestinian state,” he said. “That’s something that should be discussed…. To think that if now Mr. Netanyahu would … say ’two-state solution’ and it would immediately bring a peace treaty, I think it’s something that is unrealistic,” he added.  Three months later Netanyahu gave the landmark “Bar-Ilan speech,” in which he accepted the principle of a two-state solution.

Shalom was against the decision Netanyahu’s government made in November 2009 to freeze settlement construction for 10 months. Shalom said in 2012 during a visit to Ariel in the West Bank that “freezing was a serious mistake” and called to renew construction as soon as the freeze was over. “To decide on a freeze even before negotiations and to give the Bar-Ilan speech before negotiations, what is left to discuss in the negotiations?”

In October 2011 Shalom said in an interview to the B’sheva newspaper that there was no agreement in the government or in the Likud to the principle of two states for two peoples. He said then that there was no decision of the government, the cabinet or Netanyahu’s Likud party on the matter. Shalom even said in an interview that in his opinion if an agreement including the establishment of a Palestinian state were brought to a vote in Likud, it wouldn’t pass.

In May 2012, during a meeting with Likud activists in the city of Rehovot, Shalom said the heads of the Likud are opposed to the founding of a Palestinian state. “We are all against a Palestinian state, there is no question about it.”

In September 2014, during a tour with the heads of the Yesha council of settlements, Shalom said that “Judea and Samaria are the bullet-proof vest of the State of Israel.” In recent months, it was Shalom who held up for a long time the new West Bank city of Rawabi being connected to the water supply. He did this despite the fact that Israel’s defense establishment had approved hooking up the new metropolis.

Those close to Shalom also said that Netanyahu placed the minister in charge of the Israeli delegation that will attend the yearly strategic dialogue meeting Israel has with the U.S. This strategic dialogue is intended to be a key diplomacy and defense coordination meeting between the two countries, although in recent years it has become little more than a ceremonial and symbolic forum.

The reason for this was that every time that a new government was established the responsibility for the yearly strategic dialogue was handed to a ministers who wasn’t the foreign minister. This was done as a political reward, as part of the coalition negotiations. In the last government, Minister Yuval Steinitz fulfilled this role, and in the one before that it was then-Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz.

(Source / 18.05.2015)

Fatah: Egyptian judiciary is ‘ancient’, we do not interfere in its rulings

Egyptian supreme court

Egyptian supreme court

Fatah expressed its refusal to intervene or comment on an Egyptian court’s decision to refer the papers of Palestinian martyrs and prisoners to the Grand Mufti to consider the death sentences handed to them, describing the Egyptian judiciary as “ancient”.

In exclusive statements to Quds Press, the Secretary of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, Amin Maqboul, stressed that his movement refuses to intervene in the Egyptian judicial decisions which he considered “an internal affair that cannot be commented on”. He denied knowledge that Palestinian martyrs and prisoners were included in the list of those defendants whose papers were referred to the Mufti.

Fatah leader, Yahya Rabah, described the Egyptian judiciary as “ancient and great”, adding that “any Palestinian politician cannot intervene or comment on an Egyptian judicial decision, and it is essential to take advantage of the wide range of judiciary opportunities for appealing against the death penalties against Palestinian prisoners and martyrs.”

In a statement to Quds Press, Rabah said the problem could be solved through the judiciary and “not by pouring oil on the fire or launching insults and curses against Egypt and its judiciary,” demanding Palestinians “stop the political Twitter campaigns against the Egyptian regime and not to forget the Egyptian relationship with the Palestinians.”

Rabah noted that the Egyptian judiciary has multiple degrees of litigation, pointing out that those who reject its decisions can appeal and present recourse, which is what happened in the initial anti-Hamas movement verdict which considered the group a “terrorist” organisation; the decision was criticised by another court.

On Saturday, the Cairo Criminal Court referred the papers of 126 defendants involved in the cases of “spying” and “storming Natrun prison” to the Grand Mufti for his opinion on the executions. The prisoners include ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat Al-Shater, in addition to dozens of brotherhood members, opponents of the coup and Arab figures from Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The list included the names of Palestinian martyr Raed Attar, who was killed during the recent war in the Gaza Strip, the martyr Hossam El-sanie, who died in 2008, three years before the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution, in addition to the martyr Tayseer Osnaimah and the Palestinian captive Hassan Salama.

(Source / 18.05.2015)

Gilboa jailers assault, transfer prisoners

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli prison soldiers on Sunday violently raided section 4 in Gilboa jail, causing a state of high tension with the Palestinian prisoners, according to the Palestinian prisoner society.

The society said that the soldiers assaulted the prisoners in the section and transferred a number of them to other places.

It noted that the jailers closed the entire jail and prevented visits until further notice, without stating if there was a claimed reason for such measures against the prisoners.

(Source / 18.05.2015)