Prisoner Emad Al-Batran enters his 45-day on hunger strike

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian prisoner, Imad Al-Batran, from Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, has been continuing his open hunger strike for 45 days against his administrative detention in a harsh health condition.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said in a statement, today, Monday, that the prisoner Al-Battran, who is currently isolated in “Nitzan Al-Ramla”, suffers from emaciation, weakness, and aches in the joints, stomach, and head. 

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The head of the Prisoners and Executives Affairs Authority, Major General Qadri Abu Bakr, said that the prisoners in the Israeli jails suffer difficult living conditions, as a result of repressive practices, collective punishment, and denial of their most basic legitimate rights stipulated by international law.

Badran already went on a hunger strike in 2013, for 105 days, and in 2016, for 36 days.

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There are 440 administrative detainees in the occupation prisons, while 175 orders, including 51 new ones and 124 renewals, were issued in the months of January and February of this year, according to the PPS.

(Source / 05.04.2021)

Israeli navy fires at the fishermen’s boats in Gaza

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation navy today, Monday, opens its fire toward fishermen’s boats in the sea of ​​Gaza City, but no injuries were reported.

Local sources said that the Israeli naval boats opened fire towards the fishermen’s boats, three miles off the sea in the Sudania area (northwest of Gaza), forcing the fishermen to retreat towards the shore.

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The Israeli occupation forces deliberately attack fishermen in the Gaza Sea, almost daily, and restrict them while they engage in fishing activities.

(Source / 05.04.2021)

Muhammad al-Khudari: Two years of injustice and darkness in Saudi’s jails

The leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” Muhammad Al-Khudari has been in Saudi prisons for two years, in very harsh and difficult conditions.

Despite appeals for his release due to the seriousness of his health condition, Riyadh continues to arrest him and prosecute him over cases of which he has proven innocent.

On 4 April 2019, Palestinian national Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari (81) and his son Dr. Hani alKhudari (48) were arbitrarily arrested and remain in detention without charge. 

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They were held incommunicado and in solitary confinement for the first three months of their detention. 

Dr. Mohammad al-Khudari requires adequate medical attention and treatment for cancer.

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Amnesty International called upon people to write an appeal to call on Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to release Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari and his son Dr. Hani al-Khudari.

Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari is a Palestinian national and a retired doctor and politician, who has been residing in Saudi Arabia for approximately 30 years. 

Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari was the official representative in Saudi Arabia of the Hamas de facto authority in Gaza, and responsible for coordinating relations between the Hamas de facto authority in Gaza and the government of Saudi Arabia. 

He resigned from his position and has been inactive for the past 10 years due to his illness.

Dr. Hani al-Khudari is a Palestinian national with no political affiliations. He completed his Ph.D. in computer science and is currently a professor at Um al-Qur’an University, where he was arrested.

Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari and Dr. Hani al-Khudari have been subjected to gross human rights violations including enforced
disappearance, arbitrary arrest and detention, being held incommunicado and in solitary confinement.

Furthermore, both men were interrogated behind closed doors without the presence or participation of their lawyers. Their treatment and conditions of detention placed a great deal of stress and psychological pressure on both men, especially Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari who was reportedly heard crying in his cell every night. 

The denial of access to adequate medical care deteriorated further the health conditions of Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari, who received a diagnosis while in detention that his cancer had developed. Such conduct violates the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

The arrests of the two Palestinian nationals are part of a wider crackdown by the Saudi Arabian authorities on Palestinians residing in Saudi Arabia with a perceived link to Hamas de facto authorities. 

Since February 2019, the Saudi authorities have detained approximately 60 Palestinians visiting or residing in Saudi Arabia, including students, academics, and businessmen. 

According to the family members of the detained Palestinians, they were subjected to enforced disappearance, held in solitary confinement, and detained incommunicado. 

Until this day, the detained Palestinians have been held in Saudi detention without charge or trial and have no access to legal representation.

(Source / 05.04.2021)

85% of Palestinian detained children were subject to physical violence by Israel: Report

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — Defence for Children International (DCI) reported on Sunday that 85% of Palestinian children, detained by the occupation state, were subject to physical violence during their detention.

A report by DCI said that 85% of detained children were subject to physical violence; 68% of them had their hands and legs cuffed while 91% were blindfolded, according to the report that was based on testimonies by 79 children from the West Bank.

The movement added in the report, issued to mark the Palestinian Child Day, that Israeli authorities continue to violate the rights of Palestinian children despite the pandemic. 57% of Palestinian children were detained from their houses at night, while 76% of them were not informed of the reason why they were detained, according to the report.

The report added that it documenting detaining 27 children in solitary confinement for two days or more, which rises to the level of torture. In one case, a child was detained in solitary confinement for 32 days.

It also stated that administrative detention orders were issued against 36 children, two of them are still under administrative detention, noting that Palestinian children are usually sent to military trials and denied their right to have a lawyer or even any of their family members around.

In the same context, Israeli authorities continued to kill and meme Palestinian children. Last year, nine children between 14 and 17 were killed, seven of them were in the West Bank and two in Gaza, while one child was killed this year in Salfit.

(Source / 05.04.2021)

Occupation forces attack Palestinian fishermen, farmers in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen boats off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip and farmers’ lands east of Khan Yunis.

Local sources reported that Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire and water cannons at fishing boats, three miles off the shore of al-Sudaniya area in the north of Gaza City.

The intensity of the shooting forced the fishermen to return ashore and at least one boat was damaged. No one was reportedly hurt in the shooting attack.

Meanwhile, military observation towers and the IOF vehicles on the border strip east of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza Strip, fired at farmers east of al-Qarara area, forcing them to leave their lands.

IOF almost daily fires at Palestinian fishermen in Gaza’s sea and farmers in northern and eastern Gaza Strip border areas.

(Source / 05.04.2021)

Extremist settlers attack Palestinian elder, destroy 100 olive trees

NABLUS, PALESTINOW.COM — An Israeli human rights organization condemned on Sunday the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) for standing by watching Jewish settlers assaulting and wounding an elderly Palestinian man who was working on his farmland.

The Yesh Din human rights organization said that a group of masked settlers from the Ish Kodash settlement attacked on Saturday a 50-year-old Palestinian man while he was tending to his land east of Jaloud.

The settlers also prevented the farmer from continuing to work at gunpoint and tore down electricity poles on the road between the towns of Qusra and Jaloud.

The report pointed out that settlers hit the elderly Palestinian with batons and threw large stones at him. He suffered various injuries.

The organization pointed out that two IOF soldiers arrived in the area near the settlers and instead of stopping the settlers’ attack on the elderly man and protecting him, they forced him out of his land.

IOF also started firing stun grenades at Jaloud’s residents who were trying to help the elderly Palestinian.

The organization published a video documenting the attack on the elderly farmer.

In another development, Emad Hassan, a member of Qasra’s municipality, said that settlers of the Ish Kodash settlement cut down about 100 olive saplings in Qusra town, south of Nablus.

(Source / 05.04.2021)