Boulus: “Hunger Striking Detainees Face Life-Threatening Conditions”

On Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that attorney Jawad Boulus managed to visit with three of the six hunger-striking detainees, and stated that they are facing serious life-threatening conditions.

Boulus said that one of the detainees, Miqdad al-Qawasma, who started the hunger strike 82 days ago, is facing serious difficulties just to be able to speak, and added that his medical condition is extremely serious.

He added that the Israeli authorities are still refusing to end his arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, holding him captive without charges or trial.

Boulus also visited with Hisham Abu Hawwash, who started the hunger strike 56 days ago, and Shadi Abu Aker, who began the strike 48 days ago, and are both held at the Ramla prison clinic that lacks basic supplies, and physicians.

After visiting with Abu Hawwash, Abu Aker, and al-Qawasma, Boulus said the detainees were brought to see him on wheelchairs as they are unable to stand, and added that they have constant pain, fatigue, dizziness, and serious weight loss in addition to frequent vomiting, and are facing serious difficulties just to be able to sleep.

He added that a hearing was held, Monday, and the Israeli court decided to delay the deliberations until October 19th. The Israeli prosecution is demanding imposing six-month Administrative Detention orders without charges.

Boulos also said that he tried to visit with Ala’ al-A’raj, who started the strike 65 days ago, but he found out that the detainee was moved to an Israeli hospital that is supposed to submit a report about his condition to the Israeli court which will be looking into an appeal against his continued arbitrary detention.

It is worth mentioning that six detainees are ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders; one of them, Kayed al-Fasfous, started the strike 89 days ago.

Furthermore, another detainee, identified as Khalil Abu Arram, has declared a hunger strike, Sunday, while many other detainees intend to join the strike in solidarity with the hunger-striking detainees.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Attack Medics And Journalists, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, late on Monday evening, a young Palestinian man, and attacked several medics, journalists and pedestrians, causing injuries, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, in addition to abducting a child in Silwan town in the city.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted many young men who were sitting and socializing in Bab al-‘Amoud, and chased them away, in addition to abducting a young man.

They added that the soldiers also assaulted and injured several young men, and attacked Palestinian medics who were rendering the needed help to the wounded, before removing them from the area.

Among the wounded was a photojournalist working for the Al-Qastal News Agency, who was injured when the soldiers assaulted Palestinian journalists to prevent them from documenting the violations.

The soldiers also fired concussion grenades at the Palestinians in addition to spraying them with wastewater mixed with chemicals.

It is worth mentioning that dozens of soldiers and police officers were deployed in the areas of Bab al-‘Amoud, Sultan Suleiman Street, Silwan town, and other parts of the occupied city.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Sultan Mahran Shweiki, from Silwan town in Jerusalem, and took him to a detention facility in the city.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, two former political prisoners, from their homes in Abu Shkheidim town, northwest of Ramallah, and Kobar village, north of the city, in central West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Abu Shkeidim, before the soldiers abducted Mousa Ladadwa, after breaking into his home and searching it.

They added that the soldiers also abducted Qassam Majd Barghouthi, from his home in Kobar, also after the army invaded the property and violently searched it.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Teqoua’ town, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and searched one home before withdrawing.

The town is subject to frequent invasions and violations, including the repeated installation of roadblocks near its schools and the provocative searches of the students, in addition to frequent assaults by the illegal Israeli colonizers.

On Monday evening, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including one child, and attacked several residents, medics and journalists, in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eleven Palestinians, Shoot One, In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, eleven Palestinians, including siblings and former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the army also shot a young man.

Media sources in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said dozens of soldiers invaded the Safa area in Beit Ummar town, north of the city, before storming and violently searching several homes, causing damage.

They added that the soldiers abducted Abdullah Ahmad Ekhlayyel, 25, and his brother Saif, 22, from their homes in the town, before taking them to Etzion military base, north of Beit Ummar.

The soldiers also invaded the Shiokh village, northeast of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted two former political prisoners, identified as Qassam al-Halayqa and Abdullah Zayed al-Halayqa.

In Hebron city, the soldiers abducted Saleh Ja’bari, a former political prisoner who was held by Israel for fourteen years, after the army invaded his home and ransacked it.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked homes in Abu Shkeidim, northwest of Ramallah, before abducting a former political prisoner, identified as Mousa Ladadwa, in addition to Qassam Majd Barghouthi, from his home in Kobar village, north of the city.

In Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, the soldiers stormed and searched several homes, before abducting a Palestinian father, identified as Ma’moun Qatesh, along with his sons Hazem and Mohammad.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted Hisham Dweikat.

Also, several Israeli military vehicles invaded the area leading to Kafr Dan village, west of Jenin, and installed a roadblock.

In related news, several army jeeps invaded Tammoun town, south of Tubas city in northeastern West Bank, leading to protests, before several Palestinian resistance fighters briefly exchanged fire with the soldiers.

Medical sources in Tubas have confirmed that the soldiers shot one Palestinian with a live round in the leg.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Teqoua’ town, Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, and searched a few homes.

On Monday at night, the soldiers invaded Anata town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, before several protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles, while the soldiers fired live rounds; no injuries were reported.

Late on Monday evening, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man and attacked several medics, journalists and pedestrians, causing injuries, in Bab al-‘Amoud area in addition to abducting a child in Silwan town, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Soldiers Demolish A Shed Near Salfit

Israeli soldiers demolished Tuesday, an agricultural shed at the western entrance of Hares town, west of Salfit in central West Bank.

Omar Samara, the head of Hares Town Council, said the soldiers invaded the area and demolished a shed, built on private Palestinian lands.

He added that the shed is owned by Osama and his brother Bilal Tahsin Shamlawy, and was built on their land.

The two siblings received the demolition order just two days ago, under the pretext of being built without a permit from the so-called Civil Administration Office, the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation, and were not granted time to appeal the decision.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians, including siblings and former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and shot a young man.

Late on Monday evening, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man and attacked several medics, journalists and pedestrians, causing injuries, in Bab al-‘Amoud area in addition to abducting a child in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Israeli Army Demolishes A Residential Shed East Of Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished Tuesday, a residential shed in Abu an-Nuwwar Bedouin community, east of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and confiscated its materials.

Daoud al-Jahalin, the secretary of the Fateh movement in the Arab al-Jahalin and the surrounding Bedouin areas, said several Israeli army vehicles invaded the area after surrounding and isolating it.

He added that the soldiers demolished a 45-meter residential shed, owned by Suleiman Ibrahim Mohammadain, and was inhabited by him and seven other family members.

After destroying the property, the soldiers confiscated its materials before leaving the area.

Al-Jahallin said the attack is the 57th on repeated Israeli violations that aim at forcing the Palestinians out to replace them with illegal colonies.

Bedouin communities near Jerusalem, in the Jordan Valley, Hebron, and several parts of the occupied West Bank witness frequent Israeli violations, including demolition and displacement, and are prevented from having any infrastructure, including electricity and running water.

In related news, the soldiers demolished an agricultural shed at the western entrance of Hares town, west of Salfit in central West Bank.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians, including siblings and former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and shot a young man.

Late on Monday evening, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man and attacked several medics, journalists and pedestrians, causing injuries, in Bab al-‘Amoud area in addition to abducting a child in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

6 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails starve for freedom

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been starving for freedom as they continue their open hunger strike in protest of their unfair administrative detention without a charge or trial.

The Six hunger-striking prisoners’ health condition has been deteriorating, as they have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, and deficiency of fluids in the body.

The longest hunger-striker is Kayed Fasfous, as he has been on hunger strike for 90 days, and he lost over 30 kilograms of his weight, and suffers from pain all over his body.

Fasfous is currently held at Barzilai Hospital, and his family has expressed serious concern over their son’s health

Fasfous is followed by Miqdad Qawasmi, who has been on a hunger strike for 83 days.

Qawasmi’s health condition has been deteriorating severely as he lost over 20 kilograms of his weight, and he is held now in the Kaplan Medical Center as a patient, rather than as a detainee.

Qawasmi’s family said that he has started losing a part of his memory.

Israel’s High Court has frozen Qawasmi’s administrative detention on Wednesday. The court’s order does not release Qawasmi from administrative detention – it simply freezes the order for the period of his treatment and observation, as his health condition has been deteriorating severely.

The court’s decision also means that the administration of prisons and the Intelligence device are not responsible for his life, and turning him into an unofficial prisoner held at the hospital, under the guardianship of the hospital’s security instead of the jailors.

But Qawasmi said he will continue his strike until he gains freedom.

The 6 hunger-striking prisoners are:
•Kayed Fasfous (90 days of hunger strike)
•Alaa Al-A’raj (66 days of hunger strike)
•Miqdad Qawasmi (83 days of hunger strike)
•Hisham abu Hawash (57 days of hunger strike)
•Rayek Bisharat (52 days of hunger strike)
•Shadi abu Akaer (49 days of hunger strike)

Around 40 Palestinian detainees started hunger strike since the start of 2021, in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.

Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.

‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.

Thus, the hunger strike is a method of a non-violent resistance which the prisoners use to protect their lives and their fundamental rights and a response to the occupation racist policies which they face in the prisons.

There are 4,650 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, among the prisoners are 520 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, 200 child prisoners and 39 female prisoners.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Over 400 PIJ prisoners in Israeli jails to start hunger strike against Israeli repression

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Over 400 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners in Israeli jails are going to start an open-ended hunger strike on Wednesday in protest against the punitive and repressive measures taken by the Israeli prisons’ administration, the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Tuesday.

As a part of a campaign against Israel’s recent repression and attacks against Palestinian prisoners, over 400 Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners will start an open hunger strike tomorrow.

Lately, the Palestinian prisoners’ movement announced that 1,380 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails from across the political spectrum will start an open-ended hunger strike as a part of the campaign against Israeli repression.

The prisoners’ movement said it decided to dissolve all the regulatory bodies of all factions in all prisons.

It said that the first batch of the hunger strike will include 1,380 detainees from several prisons; 400 detainees from Ramon prison, 300 from Ofer prison, 200 from Nafha prison, 200 from Megiddo prison, 100 from Gilboa prison, and 80 detainees from Eshel Prison, 50 from Shatta Prison, and 50 detainees from Hadarim Prison.

The prisoners have demanded the Israeli prisons’ administration to end its policy of repression, abuse, and arbitrary transfers and release isolated prisoners to regular sections, return detention conditions to what they were before September 6, and to end the policy of arbitrary administrative detention and stop the renewal policy for administrative detainees, among other demands.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned Israel Prison Service against suppressing the protest, saying it held ‘Israel’ for responsible for any harm to the prisoners.

Such tensions came after the heroic act of six Palestinian prisoners who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison.

Four of the six breakers were rearrested by the Israeli occupation on September 11, after five days of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems and the two others were rearrested on September 19, after 13 days of sweep operations.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Israeli officials oppose US consulate in Jerusalem for Palestinians

A picture taken on October 18, 2018 shows the US consulate in Jerusalem. – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced today that the US office in Jerusalem dealing with Palestinians is being merged into the controversial new US embassy in the city 

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar said on Tuesday that he opposes a US consulate being opened in Jerusalem that will exclusively serve Palestinians.

In a conversation with Editor-in-Chief Yaakov Katz at the Jerusalem Post Conference on Tuesday, Sa’ar said that he strongly opposes the opening of a US consulate that handled relations with Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, adding that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is on the same page.

Bennett has expressed his opposition to the opening of the US Consulate in Jerusalem several times, as he proposed to US President Joe Biden that the American Consulate reopened on the outskirts of Ramallah or in the occupied West Bank town of Abu Dis, but the United States has said it is not interested in the plan.

In May, the Biden administration announced that the U.S. would be reopening the Consulate General in Jerusalem that handled relations with the Palestinians.

The consulate dates back to 1844 and served for 25 years as the U.S. diplomatic mission to the Palestinians.

However, in 2018, outgoing President Donald Trump merged the consulate into the US embassy in Jerusalem, after he moved the US embassy to ‘Israel’ from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

(Source / 12.10.2021)

Sally Rooney bans Hebrew translation in support of cultural boycott of ‘Israel’

The Irish bestselling author Sally Rooney has announced on Tuesday that her recently published novel, “Beautiful World, Where Are You?” will not be published in Hebrew because she supports a cultural boycott of ‘Israel’.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Rooney explained her decision, writing that while she was “very proud” to have had her previous novels translated into Hebrew, she has for now “chosen not to sell these translation rights to an Israeli-based publishing house”

“Earlier this year, the international campaign group Human Rights Watch published a report entitled A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution. That report, coming on the heels of a similarly damning report by Israel’s most prominent human rights organization B’Tselem, confirmed what Palestinian human rights groups have long been saying: Israel’s system of racial domination and segregation against Palestinians meets the definition of apartheid under international law,” Rooney’s statement continued.

“Of course, many states other than Israel are guilty of grievous human rights abuses. This was also true of South Africa during the campaign against apartheid there. In this particular case, I am responding to the call from Palestinian civil society, including all major Palestinian trade unions and writers’ unions.”

She said that she knew that not everyone will agree with her, but that she did not feel it would be right to collaborate with an Israeli company “that does not publicly distance itself from apartheid and support the UN-stipulated rights of the Palestinian people.”

Rooney also expressed her desire to support the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS), a campaign that works to “end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law”.

“The Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel are still available, and if I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so,” Roony’s statement read.

She added, “In the meantime I would like to express once again my solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”

This is not the first time Rooney expressed her opposition to ‘Israel’.

In July, soon after Israel’s May aggression on the Gaza Strip, Rooney was one of thousands of artists to sign a letter accusing the occupation state of ‘Israel’ of apartheid.

The letter called for “an immediate and unconditional cessation of Israeli violence against Palestinians”, and asked governments to “cut trade, economic and cultural relations”.

Moreover, in her novel, “Normal People,” the main characters attend a protest against ‘Israel’ during the 2014 Gaza War.

And in Rooney’s novel, “Conversations with Friends,” a character named Bobbi talks about how relationships are about power, but people instead focus on “niceness.” She then says, “I mean this is an issue in public discourse. We end up asking like, is Israel ‘nicer’ than Palestine.”

Rooney is not the first prominent author to refuse to publish a book in Hebrew.

In 2012, Alice Walker said it would not allow “The Color Purple” to be translated into Hebrew because of what she referred to as Israel’s “apartheid state”.

(Source / 12.10.2021)