Palestinian dailies focus on prisoners’ condition on 32nd day of ” Dignity Hunger Strike”

The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Jerusalem

The front page headlines in local Palestinian dailies focus on Thursday is the condition of Palestinian prisoners who have entered their second month of “Dignity Hunger Strike” demanding their basic rights.

The three dailies reported head of the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee Issa Qaraqe saying Israeli Prisons Service (IPS) transferred all hunger strikers from dozens of Israeli prisons to three prisons that are close to Israeli hospitals.

Al-Quds added Israeli military has recruited doctors and paramedics who would deal with the hunger strikers should their health condition deteriorates further.

It added several Palestinians were shot and injured and others suffocated during clashes with Israeli forces in the Jerusalem district refugee camp of Qalandiya, Jenin refugee camp, and the Nablus district refugee camp of Askar.

Al-Ayyam explained Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians with live rounds during a raid of Jenin refugee camp.

It added Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian shepherds and Israeli forces raided Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said hundreds of Palestinians took part in the funeral of 16-year-old Fatima Hjeiji, who was shot dead by Israeli forces following an alleged stabbing attempt in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 7.

The dailies said President Mahmoud Abbas briefed Arab ambassadors to India and members of India’s Congress Party on the latest developments in relation to prisoners’ hunger strike.

Al-Quds reported deputy Hamas chief Mousa Abu Marzouq saying Hamas does not introduce itself as a substitute for any one, referring to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

It also reported him asserting the armed wing of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, is subject to the political decisions taken by various Hamas institutions.

Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed the importance of launching serious negotiations based on the two-state solution.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki applauding the position of US officials who refused to be accompanied by Israeli officials during a visit to al-Buraq (the Western Wall) in East Jerusalem.

It reported Director of Operations for UNRWA Bo Shack in Gaza warning the situation in the besieged coastal enclave was extremely tragic.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida had a story about a Bethlehem area village council naming a woman as head of council. It said the new council in the village of al-Masara, south of Bethlehem, which won without elections since only one list was submitted, agreed to name Fatima Breijieh, 60, as head of the council. Breijieh is a known activist and has led protests against Israeli settlements and land grab.

Al-Ayyam said the Preventive Security arrested a number of government employees in Nablus on suspicion they gave out forged receipts claiming they were issued by the Minister of Health.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Hunger strikers in Ashkelon jail suffer critical health conditions

Ashkelon jail

Lawyer of Detainees and Ex-detainees Committee, Karim Ajwa, affirmed that the hunger striking prisoners in Ashkelon Israeli jail are suffering critical health conditions.

The media committee of the hunger strike quoted lawyer Ajwa, who visited the hunger striker Othman Ziyada in Ashkelon jail on Thursday, as saying that the striking detainees are complaining of fatigue and tiredness and have lost over 20 kilograms of weight.

Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has been continuing daily search operations and confiscation of prisoners’ personal belongings. Four striking detainees were transferred to field hospitals over the past three days after the deterioration of their health conditions, the lawyer added.

Captive Ziyada underlined that three sick prisoners: Othman Abu Kherj, Yasser Abu Turki, and Ibrahim Abu Mustafa are going on the open hunger strike despite illness.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Guardian: Terrorizing Syrian People Is ‘Old Habit for Assad Dynasty’

The Assad regime’s attempts to conceal traces of the massacres it is committing in Syria are a cynical ploy which must not be allowed to succeed, said a Guardian editorial Tuesday.

The article referred to reports by the US State Department that the Assad regime has built a crematorium at the notorious Sednaya Prison to dispose of the bodies of murdered detainees.

“Burning bodies was a tactic used in Bosnia in the mid-1990s. It took years to find and prosecute those responsible, but it was done,” said the Guardian.

“Terrorizing one’s own population is an old habit for the Assad dynasty. Since 2011, it has done so relentlessly with the full force of its military arsenal. It has been increasingly propped up by Russia and Iran.”

The editorial went on: “The Assad regime in Syria is not only responsible for the worst state-orchestrated mass killings so far this century, it now appears to be trying to cover up at least some of its tracks in the belief that this will one day help it evade accountability when the war is over.”

“It may seem paradoxical that the Assad dictatorship should go to such lengths to conceal the traces of the massacres it commits. After all, when it targeted civilian areas with barrel bombs, when its army imposed starvation sieges on entire neighborhoods, or when it fired Grad missiles at cities whose inhabitants had defied it with calls for freedom, there was little effort to hide its responsibility.”

“International justice may seem entirely impotent today on Syria, not least because of Russian and Chinese vetoes in the UN – but that doesn’t mean it will for ever be paralysed.”

The editorial concluded by stressing that “there can be no peace without justice in Syria. No one should turn a blind eye.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 18.05.2017)

Iran imposes sanctions on supporters of Zionism and ‘takfiri’ groups

Image of the apartheid wall in West Bank

Image of the apartheid wall in West Bank [file photo]

Iran has imposed sanctions on nine American individuals and companies for aiding and abetting “the Zionist regime’s anti-human crimes in occupied Palestine.” The move was apparently made in retaliation for the US imposing new penalties on Iranian individuals.

On Wednesday, the US administration of Donald Trump extended sanctions relief for Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group of 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany). However, the US Treasury also announced new sanctions on Iranian individuals and companies; two Iranian defence officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network have been targeted for their alleged support for Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

Local sources said that Iran’s foreign ministry condemned the US Treasury’s decision to impose new sanctions. This, it believes, is an attempt to “downplay the positive outcomes” of extending the JCPOA deal.

Read: US, Iran trade barbs over landmark 2015 nuclear deal

The ministry also announced that it had come up with a plan to retaliate with the sanctions against the individuals and companies. “The individuals and entities have a proven record of brazen violation of human rights and international humanitarian law by engagement or direct and indirect aid for the Zionist regime’s anti-human crimes in occupied Palestine or in that regime’s terrorist measures.” The nine also stand accused of involvement in, or aiding and sponsoring, “takfiri” [ie Jihadist] terrorism and suppression of people in the region, or of engagement in measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s national security.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

IOF arrests 23 Palestinians including father of 2 martyrs

Arrestaties 180517

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn on Thursday 23 Palestinians in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem including a father of 2 martyrs from al-Khalil.

A report issued by Israeli army revealed that the arrests affected a Palestinian man from Kafr Qaddum town east of Qalqilya, two others from Zawata town west of Nablus, seven from Silwad town north of Ramallah, and a man from Aboud town near Ramallah.

The arrests also included six men from Hazma town east of Occupied Jerusalem, five others from each of Beit Awwa and al-Samou towns and al-Aroub refugee camp near al-Khalil, the report added.

Quds Press pointed out that IOF soldiers in al-Khalil arrested Sheikh Omar Abu Eisheh, the father of two martyrs: Zeid and Amer Abu Eisheh. The soldiers stormed his home and confiscated an amount of money, Quds Press added.

IOF troops also broke into the home of al-Qassam Brigades Martyr Marwan al-Qawasmi. Israeli forces also confiscated two cars of two ex-detainees; one of the cars belongs to ex-prisoner Anas Rasras.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Israeli soldiers beat and drag off Palestinian teenager in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, PALESTINOW.COM — Report By The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) – A Palestinian teenager was attacked in the street today by Israeli forces as he made his way through Hebron’s Old City. While talking with an NGO worker, the 18-year old was rushed by soldiers and beaten in broad daylight. Bleeding, he was taken into the nearby Bab Al-Baladiyeh military base where is he is currently detained. It is not yet known whether he will be arrested, but he can be held without charge for 7 days.

In the immediate aftermath, friends of the boy threw stones at the base’s gates in protest. Soldiers emerged from the base firing volleys of tear gas and stun grenades. The boys ran, but after a manhunt, through the Old City two were found and detained in the base. Soldiers refused to explain their actions when questioned by ISM activists.

A manhunt continued through the tunnels of the Old City, with conflicting reports suggesting another boy may have been detained. The soldiers eventually passed through the Ibrahimi mosque checkpoint towards Shahuda street, where ISM activists were harassed and spat on by Israeli forces.


The two young boys were eventually released from detention, but the 18-year old is still being held, along with possibly another boy. The 18-year old has reportedly been harassed repeatedly by soldiers in recent days. Last week, he was cut on the wrists by Israeli interrogators after they accused him of lying to them. His relatives have apparently also received harassment from soldiers this past week. (IMEMC)

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Palestinian youth block officials from entering Jerusalem in solidarity protest

Blokkade Palestijnse jeugd

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian youths prevented diplomatic vehicles, United Nations (UN) employees, and a minister from passing a road towards the al-Jib Israeli military checkpoint in the central occupied West Bank’s Jerusalem district on Thursday, in protest of what the youth said was the officials’ failure to support the some 1,300 Palestinians currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

The youths prevented the passage of all UN vehicles, the vehicle of the Palestinian Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, and those of diplomatic representatives from approaching the al-Jib village circle towards the checkpoint, which is used by political and international officials to pass into occupied East Jerusalem.
Other demonstrations in support of the hunger strikers turned violent on Thursday, as a 23-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by an Israeli settler in Nablus following a solidarity march held for the prisoners.
Meanwhile, another Palestinian was shot with a live bullet when Israeli forces opened fire on protesters in the village of Silwad in Ramallah, while others were injured in Qalqiliya city during clashes with Israeli forces.
Palestinians across the occupied territory have been demonstrating, blocking roads, and carrying out other actions in solidarity with the hunger-striking prisoners who marked the 32nd day of their strike on Thursday, notably denouncing the international community’s inaction regarding the prisoners’ fight for basic human rights.
Since the beginning of the strike on April 17, prisoners have been calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — among other demands.
(Source / 18.05.2017)


The Ottoman State was established in 1299 CE and went on to become one of the premier empires of the Muslim world within a few centuries. While it lasted until the First World War, it was the sixteenth century that is commonly considered the “golden age” of the Ottomans. It was during this time that the prolific scholar Taşköprüzade Ahmet (d. 1561) wrote a monumental work giving brief biographies of the scholars of the Ottoman Empire up to his time. His Shaqāʾiq al-Nuʿmāniyya fī ʿUlemāʾal-Dawla al-ʿUthmāniyya today serves as a valuable source of information on the first 250 years of Ottoman scholarship.

The text is divided into ten parts, one for each of the ten sultans (from Osman to Süleyman) up to Taşköprüzade’s time. What follows is a translation of the first part, regarding the seven scholars of the time of Osman Ghazi, the founder of the Ottoman State:

The First Generation: regarding the scholars of the state of Osman Ghazi, who was recognized as sultan in the year 699

Master Edebali

And from among the scholars in his time was the master Edebali. He was born (may Allah be pleased with him) in the lands of Karaman and there he studied some of the sciences. Afterwards he travelled to the Levant and he studied deeply with the scholars of Syria. And he read tafsīr, Ḥadīth, and uṣūl al-fiqh with them. Afterwards he travelled to his homeland and began serving the Sultan Osman Ghazi. He attained his complete acceptance and they would resort back to him on issues of sharīʿah and would consult with him on issues of governance.

And he was a scholar, active, a worshipper, and an ascetic. It is told that his supplications were accepted and people would seek blessings from his noble sayings. And he (may Allah be pleased with him) had abundant wealth except that he proceeded upon the path of the Sufis and built in the Ottoman State a lodge where travelers would stay and he housed Sultan Osman in it as well.

He stayed in it one night and saw in his sleep that a moon came out of the chest of Shaykh Edebali and entered his own chest. And from it sprouted a great tree from his navel, with its branches blocking out the horizons and under it great mountains that have rivers coming from them that people benefit from for themselves, their riding animals, and their gardens.

So he told this dream to the shaykh, who told him: “You have a good news. You’ve attained the rank of sultan and Muslims will benefit from you and your children. And I give you this daughter of mine in marriage.” And Osman had children from her.

The shaykh reached an age of 120 years. He died in the year 726. A month after his death his daughter, the wife of Sultan Osman and the mother of Sultan Orhan died as well. And three months after his death, the Sultan Osman Ghazi died as well.

Tursun Faqīh

And from among them is the master Tursun Faqih. He is the son-in-law of Master Edebali and he was also from the lands of Karaman. He studied with the aforementioned master tafsīr, Ḥadīth, and uṣūl al-fiqh, and achieved deep understanding with him. And after his (Edebali’s) death, he took the position of giving legal opinions, management of governance, and teaching of the religious sciences. And he was a scholar and an active person, who’s supplications were answered.

Master Khattāb al-Ḳaraḥiṣārī

And from among them is the master Khattab ibn Abi al-Qāṣim al-Ḳaraḥiṣārī. He (may Allah be pleased with him) studied in his homeland with the scholars of his time, then he travelled to the Syrian lands and studied with its scholars and learned from them fiqh, Ḥadīth, and tafsīr, then he returned to his homeland, where he died, may Allah have mercy on him.

He has a beneficial commentary on the work of the shaykh and scholar ʿUmar al-Nasafī on issues of dispute. He completed writing it in the year 717.

Mukhlis Baba

And from the shaykhs of his time was the shaykh, the knower of Allah, Mukhlis Baba. He (may Allah be pleased with him) settled down in the lands of Karaman and he attended the conquests of Sultan Osman Ghazi. And he was one who’s supplications were accepted, a seeker of spirituality, and one who had reached Allah. And he had supreme gifts bestowed from Allah and sublime ranks. May Allah protect his great secrets.

ʿĀshiq Paşa

And from them was the shaykh, the knower of Allah, ʿĀshiq Paşa, the son of the aforementioned Mukhlis Baba. He settled down in a place called Kırşehir in the lands of Ḳaramān, and he died in it. His tomb is well known there, supplications made there are answered, and people seek blessings there.

He (protect his secrets) was a worshipper, an ascetic, a knower of Allah and His attributes, and active in attaining the ranks and stations of the seeking spirituality. He wrote a book in Turkish containing the states and ranks of seeking spirituality.

ʿIlwān Çelebi

And from among them is the shaykh, the knower of Allah ʿIlwān Çelebi, son of the aforementioned ʿĀshiq Paşa. He (may Allah be pleased with him) settled in a place close to the city of Amasya and he died and was buried there. I visited his venerable tomb in the prime of my youth and sought blessings. He (may Allah be pleased with him) was a worshipper, an ascetic, and a knower of Allah and he had an immense ability to attract people. He also has a work on the ranks of seeking spirituality.

Shaykh Ḥasan

And from among them is the shaykh, the knower of Allah, Shaykh Ḥasan. He (may Allah be pleased with him) was a worshipper, an ascetic, who’s supplications were accepted and who’s gifts from Allah were apparent and was a treasure trove of blessings. And he had a lodge close to the House of Felicity in the land of Bursa. He is nicknamed “Akhī Ḥasan”. May Allah protect his great secret.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Palestinian intellectual Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh ordered to three months in administrative detention

Palestinian writer, thinker and previous long-term administrative detainee Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh was ordered on Wednesday, 17 May to three months in administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, only three days after he was seized from his family home in el-Bireh by Israeli occupation forces.

Qatamesh, 63, was last released from administrative detention nearly 4 years ago; at the time, he had been imprisoned without charge or trial for two and one-half years. Between 1992 and 1998, he was the longest-held Palestinian prisoner in administrative detention; his detention was renewed every six months for nearly six years. Since his release, he has been banned from leaving Palestine and traveling by Israeli occupation military orders.

He has been arrested repeatedly by Israeli occupation forces over the years, including in 1969 and again in 1972, when he was jailed for 4 years. He lived “underground” evading capture by occupation forces for 17 years.

His memoir, I Shall Not Wear Your Tarboush, recalls his time in prison as well as the 100 days of torture he underwent during interrogation in 1992. Since his release in 1998, he has become a prominent Palestinian intellectual, writer and teacher; he is the founder of the Munif Barghouthi Research Center.

Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh is now one of over 500 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention. Administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable and can be issued for up to six months at a time; like Qatamesh has been on multiple occasions, Palestinians can be imprisoned indefinitely for years on end under these orders. The use of administrative detention in Palestine dates from the era of British colonization in Palestine and has been maintained and extended intensively by Israeli occupation. The call to end administrative detention is one of the key demands of the approximately 1500 Palestinian political prisoners engaged in an open hunger strike since 17 April 2017.

As Qatamesh was ordered to administrative detention, United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk drew attention to Israeli violations of Palestinian rights through the use of systematic imprisonment without charge or trial. “I am particularly concerned with Israel’s use of administrative detention, which involves imprisonment without charge, trial, conviction or meaningful due process, as well as the possibility of unrestricted renewal of their detention…Israel’s use of administrative detention is not in compliance with the extremely limited circumstances in which it is allowed under international humanitarian law, and deprives detainees of basic legal safeguards guaranteed by international human rights law,” Mr. Lynk said.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the administrative detention of Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh and demands his immediate release. The targeting of this Palestinian writer and historic, prominent figure of the Palestinian liberation movement who exposed before the world the experience of torture under interrogation in Israeli prison is part and parcel of the ongoing Israeli assault on Palestinian culture and resistance that predates the Nakba. Palestinian writers from Mahmoud Darwish to Samih al-Qasem to today’s young poets like Dareen Tatour have been targeted alongside countless Palestinian intellectuals and academics for imprisonment, especially when their writing and work enters the sphere of the politics of Palestinian national and social liberation. We urge international support and solidarity to free Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh, put an end to the policy of administrative detention and free all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Israeli forces suppress solidarity events in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Suppression demonstrations

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces suppressed at least two solidarity demonstrations on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in support of the some 1,300 Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli custody, as one Palestinian was injured with a live bullet and tens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation.

A Palestinian was injured with a live bullet, while tens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation after clashes erupted with Israeli forces near the entrance of Qalandiya refugee camp in Ramallah when Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful march Wednesday night in support of the mass hunger strike among Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
Local sources told Ma’an that the march was launched from a hunger strike solidarity tent at the entrance of Qalandiya camp, and subsequently erupted into clashes with Israeli forces, who shot live bullets and tear gas at the demonstrators, and Palestinian youths who threw rocks and empty bottles at the soldiers.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the clashes.
Suppression demonstrations1
Meanwhile, another sit-in was organized in solidarity with the hunger strikers in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem and also suppressed by Israeli forces, who reportedly assaulted protesters and detained three.
Head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) in Jerusalem Nasser Qaws told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained three activists during the demonstration, whom he identified as Ahmad al-Safadi, head of Elia for Media Group, Muhammad al-Daqaq, and Kayed al-Daqaq, while Arin Zaanin was injured after being “assaulted violently” by Israeli forces and was transferred in an ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Qaws said that Israeli forces “suppress solidarity” with the hunger-striking prisoners by “attacking protesters, including pushing elderly (Palestinians).”
Suppression demonstrations2
Head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners Amjad Abu Assab said that Israeli forces arrived in the area and stationed themselves at the gates of the ICRC building, and proceeded to film the event and take pictures.
Abu Assab added that Israeli forces in a “sudden manner” began “attacking protesters” and “pushing them out of the Red Cross yard.”
An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
Families of prisoners expressed concern during the demonstration over the deteriorating health conditions of the hunger strikers, as the sister of Jerusalemite hunger-striking prisoner John Qaqish, sentenced to nine years in Israeli prison over an alleged stabbing attack, said that her family had not received any information about Qaqish and that they were living in “fear and concern.”
Mother of imprisoned Palestinians Hamza and Islam al-Najjar from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur said that their sons had launched their hunger strikes 30 days ago, but after several days Hamza ended his strike owing to his health condition, while Islam was recently transferred to a hospital and has continued his hunger strike.
She added that her son Hamza suffers from psoriasis — an autoimmune disease that affects the skin — and that Israel Prison Service (IPS) does not provide him with medicine and refuses to permit his family to bring medicine to him in the prison.
“We have offered to cover all of the costs of his treatment, but in vain. I can’t rest; I am always thinking about my sons,” she said.
Suppression demonstrations3
Meanwhile, the mother of Jerusalemite prisoner Nasser Abu Khdier said that her son was transferred to Ohli Kidar prison since the start of the strike and is now in critical health, as he has lost 22 kilos of his weight and has been transferred to a controversial prison field hospital.
Since the hunger strike began, Israeli authorities have established field hospitals for Palestinian prisoners, Israel’s public security minister has confirmed.
The move has raised alarm that hunger strikers, who have faced severe health deteriorations in recent days, will be force fed en masse — violating international standards of medical ethics and international law that regard the practice as inhumane or even a form of torture.
The mother of prisoner Muhammad Abu Khdier said that a court session was held for her son on April 27 on the 10th day of the hunger strike, when she said he already seemed exhausted and had lost some eight kilos of weight.
She added that she participates in every event organized in solidarity with the prisoners, saying that “all prisoners are our sons.” She also demanded that the ICRC provide more information about the conditions of the hunger strikers in Israeli prisons.
Palestinians across the occupied territory have been demonstrating, blocking roads, and carrying out other actions in solidarity with some 1,300 imprisoned Palestinians who marked the 31st day of their hunger strike on Wednesday, notably denouncing the international community’s inaction regarding the prisoners’ fight for their human rights.
Since the beginning of the strike on April 17, prisoners have been calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — among other demands for basic rights.
(Source / 18.05.2017)