Erekat condemns Israel for holding cabinet meeting under Al Aqsa Mosque

al-Aqsa moskee


RAMALLAH, May 28, 2017 (WAFA) – Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat Sunday condemned the Israeli government for holding the weekly cabinet meeting under the Al Aqsa Mosque and approving several illegal procedures.

“The [Israeli] occupation’s government decided as the month of Ramadan started and coinciding with the 50 anniversary of the military occupation of Palestine, to send a message to our people and the international community and that is to continue to violate the international law. Israel is confident that it will not pay the price for undermining international resolutions.”

He said some countries have even encouraged Israel to get away without punishment instead of forcing it to abide by law and international charters.

Erekat said Israel is intentionally sabotaging international efforts to revive the peace process and working to annex the West Bank including Jerusalem.

“As a force, Israel is trying to alter the historical nature and annex Jerusalem in particular, an act against the United Nations’ resolutions which all state that Jerusalem is an occupied city and an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories on the borders of 1967.”

He called on the UN and the international community to deter Israel and stop its provocative behavior, respect the status quo in Jerusalem and holy places and hold its responsibility to end the occupation for all.

(Source / 28.05.2017)

New statement from Ahmad Sa’adat: Prisoners’ strike a collective victory

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat has released a new statement from imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on the suspension of the Strike of Freedom and Dignity. The statement is republished below: 

Statement by the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa’adat

The prisoners have made a new epic from their will and determination and have proven that their rights must be taken and not pleaded for

To the masses of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the forces of freedom in the world…

The striking prisoners mustered their steadfastness, will and resolve to thwart and resist all attempts to abort and dismantle the strike. No oppression has been spared against the strikers, which has contributed to the deterioration of the prisoners’ health through repressive policies and measures against the strikers, especially the policy of arbitrary transfer which did not cease until the last moment, apart from the occupation’s attempts to spread lies, rumors and misinformation. The heroic prisoners have confronted all of these policies and practices and have, for 41 days, made of their own will of steel a new epic in confrontation of the occupation, adding to the historic landmarks of the struggles of our people in the national liberation movement.

To our Palestinian masses…

This victory was the collective fruit of the efforts of the Palestinian people who rallied around the strike, including individuals and institutions, national, human rights, humanitarian and popular organizations, through the sacrifices of the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners. It came through the support of Arab popular forces throughout the Arab world, and through the support of all of the forces of freedom in the world, including popular movements and organizations, solidarity committees, parliamentarians, social justice movements confronting imperialism and globalization, and the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. To all of those who participated in the actions of solidarity with our strike to bring it to its honorable conclusion, we send all of our greetings and appreciation, especially to the families of the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners.

To the masses of our people:

While it is too early to provide a final assessment of the achievements of the strike before the offical statement of the strike leadership, we can say clearly that the inability of the occupation to break the strike or contain it is a victory for the prisoners and for their will and determination to continue the confrontation. This victory has important implications: first, to reaffirm the fact that rights can only be taken and never begged for, and that the resistance was the main lever for all of the achievements of the Palestinian people in the successive eras of the revolution. Second, that the different factions of the prisoners’ movement and the atmosphere of division did not prevent the unity of action of all of the national and Islamic factions on the fields of confrontation, as long as the compass of struggle remaind directed at the primary contradiction with the occupation. The third significant point is that the confrontation does not end with the strike; instead, it must continue in order to strengthen the achievements of the strike, expand them and build on them. This is critical to rebuild and unify the body of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement and expand its role to exit the situation of fragmentation and division and instead present a living model to our people to bring forward sincere efforts to advance the Palestinian cause from this current crisis and the framework of division.

To our Palestinian masses…

What our Palestinian political forces and factions must do to support the prisoners and strengthen their steadfastness is to restore our national unity toward a path of advancement and leave behind this stage of going around endlessly in circles.

Once again, all of our salutes to all of the popular Palestinian, Arab and international forces who contributed to strengthening the steadfastness of the prisoners and carrying their battle forward to the road of victory.

Glory to the martyrs, and victory is certain

General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Ahmad Sa’adat
Ramon Prison
28 May 2017

(Source / 28.05.2017)

Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry congratulates hunger-striking prisoners

PA and Palestinian prisoners

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulated Palestinian prisoners on Sunday after Palestinian leadership said that a mass 40-day hunger strike succeeded in achieving the majority of its stated demands.The ministry joined other officials from the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Fatah movement, and the Hamas movement, by lauding the outcome of the hunger strike as an important victory.“The prisoners’ decision to go on an open-ended hunger strike was not easy, as they were well aware that they would be facing an unfair occupation that refuses to acknowledge them as prisoners of war or political detainees, and refuses to comply with Geneva conventions,” the foreign ministry’s statement said.The statement said that the hunger-striking prisoners emerged from “a battle that was full of risks, yet well studied, which relied only on their conviction and wide popular support.” The ministry also affirmed that the prisoners’ issue remained the top priority for Palestinian political leadership.The ministry denounced the suppressive punitive measures used by Israeli prison authorities throughout the strike, and further condemned Israeli leadership for politicizing the hunger strike and “complicating the situation.”“None of this would have happened if Israeli authorities had only responsibly dealt with the strike in accordance with international human rights law,” the ministry argued, adding that Israel “eventually surrendered to the prisoners’ demands, demonstrating that the will and determination of Palestinians has no limits.”

“In the end, the prisoners’ determination to continue with the strike, popular support in Palestinian society, and the support of various foreign countries and governments is what brought about a positive outcome.”The foreign ministry said that the wide support from the international community came as a result of “serious diplomatic effort by Palestinian leadership,” with many delegations being sent to gain international support for hunger strike.Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Maliki met with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva following direct orders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the statement said, which also highlighted Abbas’s intervention on different levels.
(Source / 28.05.2017)

Khalil: We responded to PA’s conditions and received no response

Fathi Sheikh Khalil

Deputy Director of the Gaza Energy Authority, Fathi Sheikh Khalil, said on Sunday that his Authority has responded to all conditions and remarks set by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to agree to solve the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip but received no response so far.

Sheikh Khalil said in a press conference that the PA demands include increasing the electricity tax collection, using the funds collected to contribute to the cost of the electricity provided to the Gaza Strip, and appointing neutral parties to oversee the work of the Electricity Distribution Company and participate in managing the electricity sector in Gaza.

He pointed out that if the PA in Ramallah did not respond to the urgent appeals and refused to supply tax-free fuel to Gaza, legal steps will be taken to put an end to the suffering of the Gazan citizens.

He called on all human rights organizations to sue all the parties and responsible persons who have a hand in the ongoing catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip due to the power shortage.

The deputy head affirmed that the Energy Authority and other competent authorities in Gaza exerted great efforts to make the PA agree to re-supply the fuel needed to operate the power plant and to alleviate the crisis that hit all aspects of life in the coastal enclave.

Sheikh Khalil explained that many meetings have been held with many parties, most notably the meetings between the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov and his assistant Robert Piper and the official authorities in Gaza.

He held Israel responsible for the crises caused to the Gazan people, adding that the occupation is responsible for providing all basic services to the citizens of the territories it occupies in accordance with the international laws and the Charter of the United Nations.

(Source / 28.05.2017)

Israeli army claims arresting Palestinian cell in Tulkarem

Tulkarm Jbara

Hebrew media sources said on Sunday that the Israeli army arrested 6 Palestinians who allegedly carried out a shooting attack at Jbara checkpoint to the south of Tulkarm a month ago.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that 3 members of the Palestinian Authority services and an ex-prisoner, who was freed in the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange deal, are among the detainees.

The Israeli army claimed that the 6 detainees carried out a shooting attack against an Israeli military force near Jbara checkpoint on 29th April 2017 and previously carried out 7 operations and attempted two others.

(Source / 28.05.2017)

Gaza children hospital sounds distress signals over medicine crisis

Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi Children's Hospital

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the blockaded Gaza Strip warned of an acute shortage in medicines at Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi Children’s Hospital.

Speaking during a press conference at the hospital, Dr. Mohamed Abu Suleiman said the health status of a number of hospitalized children has taken a turn for the worse due to the power crisis and shortage in medicines and chemical doses.

According to Dr. Abu Suleiman, the health of 48 children undergoing weekly kidney dialysis is deteriorating as the hospital has run out of medicines to treat seizures and hormone disturbances.

Several cases diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, neurological disorders, tumors, and renal failure have also gone untreated at home and in the hospital, he added.

Abu Suleiman further warned that several patients held in the intensive care unit are on the verge of death due to the power crisis.

The medics at the hospital sounded distress signals and urged all concerned institutions to provide chemical therapy and emergency treatment for children so as to save their lives.

(Source / 28.05.2017)

Coalition Condemns Terrorist Attack Claiming Lives of Innocent Civilians in Egypt

The Syrian Coalition condemned the terrorist attack which targeted civilians in the Minya governorate in Egypt as it stressed it stands in full solidarity with the families of the victims.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition condemned the “cowardly terrorist attack” which targeted a convoy carrying Egyptian civilians on their way to a monastery in the city of Minya in Upper Egypt on Friday morning.

“On behalf of the Syrian people, the Coalition extends sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, stressing it stands in full solidarity with our brothers in Egypt.”

“The Coalition condemns the targeting of innocent civilians everywhere and all attempts to spread instability and chaos in the sisterly Egypt.”

Twenty-eight people, including children, were killed and around 25 wounded in the gun attack. Egypt’s interior ministry said the attackers, travelling in four-wheel-drives, “fired indiscriminately” at a car, bus and a truck in the al-Idwah district outside Minya, about 135 miles south of Cairo.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 28.05.2017)

Victory, Towards Liberation: Salute to the Palestinian Prisoners and the Struggle for Freedom

On the occasion of the victory of the Strike of Freedom and Dignity, the valiant battle of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails, confronting the occupier with their bodies and their lives, we salute the Palestinian prisoners on achieving their victory, not only for themselves and their families, but for the entire Palestinian people and global movement for justice and liberation. We salute and congratulate the prisoners on their victory after 40 days of sacrifice, steadfastness and endless struggle. We also salute and congratulate all those who contributed to this victory, throughout Palestine, in the refugee camps, in Palestinian communities everywhere and among strugglers around the world for justice and liberation. We simultaneously take this moment as an inspiration to continue and elevate our action and organizing for freedom – for all Palestinian prisoners and for the land and people of Palestine.

On 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, 1500 Palestinian prisoners out of nearly 6500 imprisoned in Israeli jails launched their strike for a series of demands. These demands were straightforward, focusing on the restoration of family visits, the right to education, access to media and health care. Among the accomplishments of the strike is the restoration of the second monthly family visit, cancelled last year by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under the pretext of budget cuts, despite pledges from at least August 2016 to cover the costs of the second monthly visit for Palestinian prisoners.

It is appalling that it should take a 40-day mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners to restore family visits taken away by an international agency that should be motivated by the rights and well-being of the prisoners. Far from a neutral bystander, the ICRC was in fact a party to this strike and a participant in the confiscation of the rights of Palestinian prisoners. This raises once again sharp questions about what really provoked the cut in family visits for Palestinian prisoners and the level of Israeli involvement in what was claimed at the time to be a mere financial decision, despite Palestinian pledges to cover costs.

While further information about the agreement has not yet been released, news indicates that further achievements of the strike also center on the issue of family visits, including access to more relatives including grandparents and grandchildren; improved communication, especially between imprisoned children and women and their families, and the installation of public telephones; easing security prohibitions and the frequent bans on family visit imposed by the Israeli prison administration. Al-Mayadeen TV reported further aspects of the agreement:

  • periodic entry of private external physicians to examine ill prisoners
  • allowing visits from family members of the “second class,” including grandparents and grandchildren
  • increasing the amount prisoners may have in their canteen (prison store, where nearly all necessities of life must be purchased from and Israeli corporation) accounts
  • adding 3 satellite channels to the prisoners’ TV access
  •  transferring the Ramla prison hospital to the old section which includes several rooms and a recreation area
  • installation of a public telephone for women prisoners, child prisoners and ill prisoners to communicate on a daily basis with their family members
  • family visits to be increased to 60 minutes from 45 minutes
  • photographs with parents once annually
  • increasing the quantities of meat, vegetables and fruits for prisoners
  • allowing the introduction of clothing such as trousers and bags
  • providing each prisoner with 1 liter olive oil, 1 kilo coffee, 1/2 kilo baklava and 1/2 kilo za’atar.

The leaders participating in the strike included Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, fellow PFLP leaders Kamil Abu Hanish and Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, longest-serving Palestinian prisoners Karim Younes and Nael Barghouthi, Hamas leaders Abbas Sayyed and Hasan Salameh, Islamic Jihad leaders Zaid Bseiso and Anas Jaradat, DFLP leader Wajdi Jawdat, former long-term strikers Mohammed al-Qeeq and Samer Issawi, and hundreds more of the imprisoned leadership of the Palestinian people.

Throughout the strike, the prisoners faced harsh repression. They were denied legal visits, family visits, beset by repressive raids, their belongings confiscated – even the salt that they relied on with water to preserve their life and health. Through it all, their steadfastness was an example of commitment and dedication to carry through their struggle. They were not alone in their steadfastness. The mothers and the families of the prisoners filled the tents of solidarity and support in every city, town, village and refugee camp in Palestine. Many prisoners’ mothers launched their own hunger strikes; they struggled, suffered, resisted and led alongside their children. Martyrs fell on the streets of Palestine as they protested and struggled for the liberation of their beloved prisoners at the hands of the occupation forces.

The Palestinian prisoners made clear through the Strike of Dignity and Freedom the power of Palestinian unity. The imprisoned leadership of all Palestinian trends stood together to confront the occupier, while that unity was felt in struggle, on the streets and inside prison walls – and the effects of that unity have been felt in the achievement of the prisoners’ victory.

The hunger strikers demanded that the Israeli occupation speak with their chosen leadership and defeated all attempts to circumvent the prisoners’ direction, leadership and choices. More than that, however, they demonstrated once again that the true, respected leadership of the Palestinian national liberation movement itself is found in the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. The Palestinian prisoners’ movement is at the core of the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people as a whole; far from a side issue of the movement, it represents the Palestinian people and their resistance.

Fundamentally, the Palestinian prisoners’ movement is and remains a voice and a power of resistance that continues to confront the occupier on a daily basis. This strike was not only about family visits, medical care and basic human rights; fundamentally, it was an assertion of Palestinian resistance, rejection of the occupier, and power to struggle, not only for specific demands, but for freedom, return and liberation.

The strike came as U.S. President Donald Trump visited the region, in cahoots with the Zionist movement, the Israeli state and the most reactionary Arab regimes in order to peddle weaponry, death and a so-called “grand bargain” designed to liquidate the Palestinian people’s struggle after 100 years of colonization, 70 years of Nakba and 50 years of intensified occupation. From within Israeli prisons, the strikers’ power and its reflection and resonance on Palestinian, Arab and international streets came to confront any and all such attempts to destroy Palestinian rights and push an apartheid “solution” of endless colonization. It made clear where the Palestinian people stand – with the prisoners, with the resistance and their imprisoned leadership, and not with reactionary Arab regimes or even the Palestinian Authority, which continued its security coordination with the occupation even as the prisoners, their families and their movement demanded that it come to an end.

Throughout Palestine, in the refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, everywhere around the world in exile and diaspora, it was clear that the Palestinian people were side by side with the prisoners’ movement in this strike. The prisoners’ struggle helped to build and energize Palestinian community organizing internationally to support the strike and demand freedom for the prisoners.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes all of the Palestinian community organizers, international political parties, global labor organizations, Palestine solidarity movements, women’s organizations, and strugglers for justice who organized hundreds of events in cities in every continent of the world, demonstrating again and again, developing creative protest mechanisms, taking the #SaltWaterChallenge, organizing one-day hunger strikes and building strength to support the Palestinian prisoners’ struggle. Historically the Palestinian prisoners have always emphasized the importance of international solidarity and support for their struggle for liberation. Every one of these groups and individuals who have taken action around the world has a part in this collective struggle and collective victory.

Through their struggle, the Palestinian prisoners have escalated and developed growing support for the Palestinian struggle – in the labor movement, where major union confederations in Canada and Uruguay joined social movements in Brazil issuing resolutions in support of the strike, and even among parliamentarians, as the Portuguese parliament, the Pan-African Parliament, many Members of European Parliament, Argentine and Chilean parliamentarians, Galician and Andalucian parliamentarians, and even Canadian NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton and US Congressperson Danny Davis – supported the prisoners.

Perhaps most movingly, the power of internationalist solidarity between liberation struggles was vividly illustrated in the solidarity of Irish Republican, Filipino and Turkish and Kurdish political prisoners and the hunger strike of Arab Communist struggler for Palestine, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, along with Basque and Arab comrades, in French prison in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ strike, as well as the solidarity expressed from U.S. prisons. Palestinian prisoners celebrated the news of Puerto Rican struggler Oscar Lopez Rivera’s release from U.S. colonial prisons and rejoiced in the scene of his homecoming alongside former Palestinian prisoner and community leader Rasmea Odeh.

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement and their struggle also further empowered and inspired campaigns for boycott, divestment and sanctions – from the establishment of HP-free zones in labor unions and community institutions to the inspiration of local boycott campaigns and initiatives, focusing on G4S, HP, academic and cultural boycott and the full boycott adopted by the LO labor union in Norway. The power and clarity of the prisoners’ resistance must encourage all of us to center the demands and struggle of the prisoners in building the global campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions.

On this occasion of the prisoners’ victory, we know that there is a long struggle to come, for liberation for the prisoners and liberation for Palestine. We urge all of the Palestinian communities, supporters of Palestine and social justice organizers who took to the streets, drank salt water, engaged in hunger strikes, expressed their solidarity and organized across borders and walls to celebrate the victory of the prisoners with events and actions on 4-6 June, in Celebrations of Dignity and Victory.

In these celebrations, we will recognize the power of the Palestinian people to defeat the occupier and the colonizer, honor the prisoners and their steadfastness, and emphasize the ongoing struggle. These celebrations are an occasion to escalate our demands for Palestinian freedom – for the liberation of Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian people, and the entire land of Palestine.

(Source / 28.05.2017)

75 Israeli settlers enter Al-Aqsa mosque yards

Around 75 israeli settlers on Sunday morning have entered the yards of Al-Aqsa mosque on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The settlers were heavily guarded by Israeli special forces.

Local sources said that the settlers entered the mosque in small consecutive groups from the Magharba Gate, and were going on “provocative” tours in the mosque, under protection.

Palestinian prisoners’ committee: 80% of hunger strikers’ demands met by Israel

Palestinian prisoners

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A day after hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons suspended a 40-day mass hunger strike, more details emerged on Sunday regarding the outcome of negotiations between hunger strikers and the Israel Prison Service (IPS), with the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ officials saying that 80 percent of the strike’s demands were met.

After the strike ended in the early hours on Saturday following 20 hours of negotiations, Palestinian officials did not immediately reveal details regarding the achievements of the hunger strike. An IPS spokesperson only confirmed that family visitation sessions were restored to two times a month, adding that IPS was not considering the talks “negotiations,” as they only reinstated a previous policy and did not provide any new concessions to the prisoners.
However on Sunday, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that 80 percent of the hunger strikers’ demands were met according to the agreement reached after negotiations between IPS and representatives of hunger strikers led by imprisoned Fatah official Marwan Barghouthi.Qaraqe described the outcome of the hunger strike as “a fundamental transformation in the terms of the prisoners’ living conditions.”A mechanism was also established for further negotiations, to continue discussions on agreements that were so far made only “in principle,” and regarding the original demands of the strike that were not met at all. A committee consisting of prisoners Karim Yunis, Nasser Abu Hmeid, Hafith Sharayaa, Nasser Uweis, Ammar Mardi, and Ahmad Barghouthi will continue such talks with IPS, according to Qaraqe.Qaraqe also highlighted that the Fatah movement appointed Karim Yunis, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, as a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, describing that appointment as “a major political achievement of the hunger strike,” for defying Israel’s designation of Palestinian prisoners as terrorists rather than political detainees.According to committee lawyer Karim Ajweh, who met with hunger-striking prisoner Nasser Abu Hmeid — a member of the team who negotiated the agreement at Ashkelon prison Friday night — the major terms agreed upon were listed as follows:1. Expanding access to public telephones in order to communicate with family members, in accordance with agreed-upon mechanisms, with continuation of dialogue on this issue as a priority for detainees in all prisons.2. An agreement was reached on a number of issues related to family visitations, including lifting the security ban imposed by Israel on hundreds of prisoners’ family members, including 140 children. According to prisoners’ solidarity network Samidoun, the agreement would also end the practice of returning visitors holding permits and refusing their visits at checkpoints.
3. The Israelis agreed “in principle” to allow Palestinians the besieged Gaza Strip to visit their imprisoned relatives once every month instead of once every two months.4. An agreement was reached “in principle” to a number of improvements regarding the conditions of family visits, such as allowing the entry of clothes and candy.5. New criteria will be introduced to allow visits from second degree relatives — such as nephews and nieces. Prisoners whose fathers and mothers are deceased may also add one or two additional distant family members to their visitation list, Samidoun said.6. The Israelis officially agreed to resume a second family visit every month, as was agreed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) — who will fund the second visits, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) — who used to fund both visits until the organization decided last year to only facilitate one monthly visit. 7. An agreement was reached to return ill prisoners to the newly refurbished Ramla prison hospital.8. An agreement was reached to gather all female Palestinian prisoners in HaSharon prison. Arrangements will also be made for visits from their husbands and children. In addition, female prisoners will be allowed to receive materials for handicrafts, and a special system will be introduced for their transportation from prison to courts.9. An agreement was reached to improve the living conditions for imprisoned minors and their transportation from prisons to courts. Samidoun said the agreement also included child prisoners’ access to education and other related issues.10. “The majority” of unresolved issues regarding improving living conditions at Nafha prison were resolved.11. An agreement was reached to transfer ill prisoners currently held in the Ramla prison clinic to the newly refurbished section at Ramla noted above, under adequate and humanitarian living conditions. A new system was also put into effect to directly transport the ill prisoners between prison and court without transiting through lengthy crossing points.12. Prisoners in transit will also receive meals and be allowed use the toilet during transfers.13. An agreement was reached to have an appropriate kitchen area established in every prison ward, to be equipped with cooking equipment, instead of having a cooking corner in every prison cell.14. Prisoners will be allowed to take photos with their spouses during visits. Photos with siblings will also be permitted — but only if one of their parents is dead.15. The system of the prison’s commissary will be amended “substantially,” in terms of the prices and quality of goods, while spices and some vegetables such as mulukhiyya will be allowed.16. Modern sports equipment will be installed in prison recreation yards.17. The issue of overcrowding, as well as issues related to temperatures, ventilation, and cooling will be resolved.
18. Ambulances equipped as intensive care units, to transfer prisoners in urgent health emergencies, will be stationed outside Ktziot prison, Ramon prison, and Nafha prison, due to their remote locations away from hospitals in Israel’s southern Negev region.19. According to the agreement, prisoners should be transferred to prisons as close as possible to their families’ places of residence. However, Israel’s detention of Palestinians contravenes the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of prisoners outside of occupied territory, which can result in family members being denied access to their detained relative.
An IPS spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment on the above agreements.
(Source / 28.05.2017)