Hunger Striking Detainee Moved For Hospital To Solitary Confinement

Despite his deteriorating health condition, the Israeli authorities transferred a detainee who began a hunger strike 40 days ago, from Kaplan Israeli Medical Center to solitary confinement in Nitzan prison, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees has confirmed.

In a statement, the commission said the detainee Imad al-Batran, 47, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, started a hunger strike 40 days ago, protesting his continued arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

It added that the detainee is facing various health conditions, including sharp pain in the abdomen, head, and joints, in addition to constant fatigue.

It is worth mentioning that, in the year 2013, the detainee held hunger-strike for 105 consecutive days, in addition to 36 days in the year 2016.

Palestinian Detainee Maintains Hunger Strike for 40 Days
Mar 31, 2021 at 08:00 

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) announced in a statement on Tuesday, that administrative detainee Imad Batran, 47, has is continuing his hunger strike after 40 days, to protest his administrative detention.

Batran, from Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, began his current hunger strike when Israeli authorities renewed his detention for the fourth consecutive time, on February 20, 2021.

The father of five has previously spent 10 years in Israeli jails, most of which were served without charges or a trial.

IN 2013, Batran refused food for 105 days in protest of his administrative detention, and again in 2016 for 36 days, which has consequently caused severe and chronic stomach pain and headaches.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reports that Israel holds 440 Palestinians under Administrative Detention, defined as:

A procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. The secret information or evidence cannot be accessed by the detainee nor his lawyer, and can according to Israeli military orders, an administrative detention order can be renewed for an unlimited time. The court issues an administrative detention order for a maximum period of six months, subject to renewal.”

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Detainee Faces Serious Health Conditions In Negev Prison

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees has reported that a Palestinian detainee, identified as Emad Rabay’a, is facing a serious health condition at the Negev Desert detention camp.

The commission stated that Rabay’a, 43, from Methaloon town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, started facing a deterioration in his health in November of last year; however, the Israeli Prison Authority kept delaying providing him with medical attention, and refused to have him examined by a specialist until February of this year.

After several medical tests, the detainee was diagnosed with vasculitis, and received some doses of cortisone, which also caused further complications, including pain, red pimples, and high fever, which requires him to be seen by a specialist, however, the prison authority in denying him that right.

It is worth mentioning that Rabay’a, a married father of two, was taken prisoner on July 21, 2002, and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

In related news, the Israeli authorities transferred a detainee, identified as Imad al-Batran, 47, who began a hunger strike 40 days ago, from Kaplan Israeli Medical Center to solitary confinement in Nitzan prison, despite his deteriorating health condition.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Mentally Disabled Palestinian Shot in the Back and Killed by Israeli Police

33 year old Munir Anabtawi from Haifa was killed by Israeli police on Tuesday in Haifa, in the northern part of what is now Israel. Munir was mentally disabled and his mother had called for an ambulance when he left the house distressed, hoping that he could be taken to the hospital for treatment. Instead of an ambulance, Israeli police arrived and shot him 5 times in the back.

The mother of Munir Anabtawi accused officers of killing her son “in cold blood”.

She told the Arabs48 News Agency, “Police killed my son in cold blood instead of helping him. They interrogated me without informing me of the death of my son”.

Itaf Anabtawi told reporters that her son “posed no threat, nor had he been violent before”. She said that she believed he was acting erratically because she had refused to give him money for cigarettes.

Israeli police claimed that they were called to the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood in Haifa to respond to a complaint about a domestic disturbance.

They claimed that Munir ran toward them with a knife, lightly wounding one officer.

An officer then shot Anabtawi five times killing him.

Munir’s aunt told Israel’s Channel 13 that the police were not his target, saying that he wanted “to kill himself with the knife, not the police”.

“They have guns. (Why not) shoot him in the leg? Shoot him in the hand.”

Israeli authorities say they are investigating the officer involved in the shooting.

Palestinian-Israeli members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) have raised concerns over the Israeli police handling of the situation, saying that it is just the latest incident demonstrating their racism against the Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Palestinians make up 20% of Israel’s population (not counting the 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, who are not citizens of any state, but live under Israeli martial law).

MK Ayman Odeh slammed what he called Israel’s “aggressive treatment” of its Palestinian citizens.

Israeli police have faced numerous accusations of excessive force against Palestinians inside Israel, while Israeli military forces who govern the West Bank and Gaza have faced similar accusations of targeting Palestinians with mental or physical disabilities, and resorting immediately to deadly force without attempting any other kind of non-lethal response.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier on Wednesday, two young Palestinian men from their homes, while the army also accompanied colonialist setters into a site, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Media sources in Ramallah said several army jeeps invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city, and Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah, before the soldiers broke into and searched many homes, and abducted two young men.

They said the soldiers abducted Ma’an Abdul-‘Alim Alawi, 20, from Deir Jarir, and Ayman Rami Zeid, 19, from al-Jalazoun.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Beit ‘Or al-Foqa village, west of Ramallah, to accompany groups of illegal colonialist settlers into an archaeological site in the area.

In addition, the army invaded Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, fired many concussion grenades and flares, in addition to breaking into and searching a few homes.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Israeli Colonists Invade Archaeological Site Near Hebron

A group of illegal Israeli colonists, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded an archaeological site, Tuesday, in the Sammoa’ Palestinian town, south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers, and the settlers, invaded the town, before heading to a Roman-era archeological site, known as al-Burj.

They added that the soldiers and the colonialist settlers repeatedly invade the site, after the army closes and isolates the entire area to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

It is worth mentioning that the archaeological area of “al-Burj” witnesses repeated invasions, including during Jewish holidays, as it contains the ruins of a church dating back to the Roman era, in addition to the ruins of the al-Mihrab mosque.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Army Closes Archeological Site In Sebastia

Israeli soldiers closed, for the second day, the archeological site in Sebastia Palestinian town, north of Nablus, in northern West Bank, to allow groups of colonialist settlers into it.

The Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem, said dozens of illegal colonialist settlers, accompanied by many soldiers invaded the site after the soldiers closed the entire area to the Palestinians.

Azem added that the soldiers closed the site on Tuesday, and continued the closure Wednesday, to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Sebastia to accompany groups of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers into the archeological site, an issue that leads to protests, injuries, and abductions of locals.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, in addition to frequently storming homes, abducting Palestinians, and attacking protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag from the site.

In related news, a group of illegal Israeli colonists, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded an archaeological site, Tuesday, in the Sammoa’ Palestinian town, south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Farmlands In Central Gaza

Several armored Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands, Wednesday, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, before bulldozing them and installing sandhills.

Eyewitnesses said the military vehicles came from Kissufim base, across the fence, southeast of Deir al-Balah, and advanced dozens of meters into the farmlands.

They added that the soldiers bulldozed and uprooted the lands and installed sand hills close to the perimeter fence while firing sporadic live rounds and smoke bombs.

It is worth mentioning that the National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), said a group of its fighters exchanged fire with the invading soldiers.

The army carries out repeated invasions into Palestinian lands across the fence, along the northern and eastern parts of the coastal region.

The army also frequently fires at the farmers, and shepherds, and forces them out of their lands, in addition to the repeated assaults against workers, and fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Tubas

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Wednesday, a Palestinian from Tubas, in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank.

Kamal Bani Odah, the head of the Tubas office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said the soldiers invaded the city and searched homes.

He added that the soldiers abducted Abdul-Wahab Daraghma, from his home, after ransacking his home, and took him to an unknown destination.

In related news, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men from their homes, while the army also accompanied colonialist setters into a site, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

In addition, Israeli colonialist settlers invaded areas near the at-Tira neighborhood in Ramallah, accompanied by dozens of soldiers who closed the area to the Palestinians.

Also, a group of illegal Israeli colonists, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded an archaeological site, Tuesday, in the Sammoa’ Palestinian town, south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Furthermore, the soldiers closed, for the second day, the archeological site in Sebastia Palestinian town, north of Nablus, in northern West Bank, to allow groups of colonialist settlers into it.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

‘Israel’ re-arrests Palestinian prisoner one day after his release

Israeli occupation authorities re-arrested yesterday the Palestinian veteran prisoner Majd Barbar, one day after his release.

Majd Barbar, from Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of East Jerusalem, was arrested on March 30, 2001, for his role in the resistance against the Israeli occupation and sentenced to 20 years.

Barbar was released on Monday after completing his 20-year-prison term in Israeli jails.

However, the Israeli occupation re-arrested him again, one day after his release, after raiding his house yesterday night while his family were celebrating his release.

It’s worth mentioning that the occupation had also transferred Majd to the Russian Compound detention center in West Jerusalem for interrogation, a few days before his release on Monday and summoned Majd’s brother, Izzeddin, for interrogation.

Majd had two children when he was arrested, one of them, a daughter named Zeina, was only 15 days old at the time.

The Israeli occupation authorities often re-arrest freed Palestinian prisoners from East Jerusalem and hold them for few days to prevent their families, friends and neighbors from celebrating their release and in a way to disrupt his homecoming.

The police also ban families from holding any celebrations.

(Source / 31.03.2021)

Abu Marzouq: We refuse to postpone the elections under any pretext

Days of Palestine – Gaza – A member of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, Moussa Abu Marzouq, confirmed today, Tuesday, his movement’s absolute rejection of postponing the Palestinian elections under any pretext.

Abu Marzouq said in a tweet on his Twitter account that We refuse to postpone the elections under any pretext. 

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“We want to embody the free will of the Palestinian voters, not to exclude Jerusalemites from voting and to support candidates with their dignitaries,” he added.

(Source / 31.03.2021)