Israeli forces detain young man, 39-year-old woman from Jenin
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tuesday March 31, 2009 12:24 by IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli police detained eight Arab youths in Um Al Fahim Arab town, north of the country, after claiming that the eight attacked settlers in the town last week.
One of the eight detained youths is below eighteen. Several residents stood guard last week and attempted to prevent extremist settlers who were planning to conduct provocative marches in Um Al Fahim.
The Arabs48 news website reported that the number of Arab youth detained by the police recently arrived to 38, and that some of them were released, while the rest are still detained without charges or trial.
The police still did not decide whether to release the youths or file charges against them. They were detained while trying to prevent extremist armed settlers from marching in their town.
The police admitted to an Israeli court that the police are using an internal technique in which policemen determine the charges against Arab residents on the moment of their arrest, even before they are officially interrogated.
Several lawyers from Um Al Fahim volunteered to defend the detained youth, asked them not to bow to pressure during interrogation, and gave them brochures informing them of their rights.
Date: 31 / 03 / 2009 Time: 12:21
The comments from the office came in after Israel tightened restrictions on Hamas affiliates and Islamic Jihad members in Israeli prison, and conducted a mass sweep of arrests targeting Hamas leaders in the West Bank.
The office also called swap negotiators to include the names of more prisoners in their demanded list to 11,600 prisoners.
The office condemned the recent reports of psychological warfare on Palestinians in Israeli detention centers, and the harsh living conditions imposed on political leaders.
Palestinian detainees imprisoned at the Ramon Israeli Prison voice an appeal to human rights groups in order to oblige Israel to stop the naked and provocative body searches practiced by the soldiers against them.
The detainees stated that several days ago, they were undress in front of each other, while the soldiers insulted them and searched their rooms.
They added that the soldiers, and a special police unit, claimed that they were searching for “illegal materials” in the rooms.
The detainees also said that the army escalated its attacks against them recently, repeatedly broke into their room, searched them, and placed a number of detainees in solitary confinement.
They “Illegal materials” the army usually searches for are usually certain books and educational materials.
The Israeli Prison Administration decided recently to bar the entry of newspapers, and confiscated radios and TV sets.
The detainees voiced an appeal to human rights groups and the Red Cross to intervene and stop the Israeli violations and escalation against them.
Ramon Prison is located on the Egyptian borders. It is isolated and nearly out of reach, and is considered a punishment to the detainees and their families.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) described the Israeli decision to impose for retractions against the detainees, as a terrorist decision that treats the detainees as hostages, and violates the basic international law.
The PFLP issued a press released stating that this decision is another Israeli violation against the detainees and their legitimate rights.
It also said that Israel rejects to recognize the international rights of the Palestinian detainees, as they are freedom fighters and prisoners of war who should be treated in accordance with the international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
In its statement, the PFLP said that this violation is “yet another Israeli violation to the humanitarian law, and the so-called Peace process”.
The PFLP demanded the Palestinian Authority, the Arab League, different human rights groups and the related United Nations institution to intervene and stop the Israeli violations to the international law.
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NABLUS, (PIC)-- Ra'fat Nassif, one of the leaders of Hamas held in Israeli prisons, said in a statement on Tuesday that he would agree to remain in jail if that would lead to releasing those who spent decades in prisons and those serving high sentences.
He described the new Israeli penal measures against Hamas prisoners as falling in line with political pressure and blackmail to conclude the prisoners' exchange deal without paying the required price.
For his part, Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri told a cultural event on Monday evening in Gaza city that the Israeli captured soldier, Gilad Shalit, would never be freed before the release of the tabled list of Palestinian prisoners.
He also said that all attempts to exclude Hamas from the Palestinian political arena had failed, and advised the factions in Cairo not to bow to foreign pressure in order to ensure success of the national dialog.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Torture and ill treatment include:
(2) B'Tselem "Statistics on Palestinians in the custody of the Israeli security forces" http://www.btselem.org/english/statistics/Detainees_and_Prisoners.asp
(3) The numbers are given from Palestinian researcher and specialist in detainees’ affairs, Awni Abdul-Naser Farwana as cited in the article "Palestinian Detainee Dies Due to Medical Negligence in al-Ramah Israeli Prison", IMEMC 24/12/2008 http://www.imemc.org/article/58140 But I added another death according to "Medical negligence suspected in prisoner's death" PCHR 5/3/2009 http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9371.shtml
(4) Most of this chapter is based on the reports of PCATI: Torture in
Israel 1990-1999 http://www.stoptorture.org.il/en/skira90-99 and Torture in 1999 to present http://www.stoptorture.org.il/en/skira1999-present Israel
(5) "Report: High Court permits torture of Palestinians" PCATI 30/5/2007 http://www.stoptorture.org.il/en/node/777
(6) "Report: Palestinian prisoners face numerous kinds of suffering in Israeli jails" PIC 11/3/2009 http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7nMYFv82YDKZrrSD9fMq2wsIBuZLlcJXzCirI5gTjvBD1c1Y5WTYusvU6xvwvJyX9J0aOE3R4PZNapbBk2y9ILSkpXzyuY0JjWx8PNMKEcf4%3d where as source is cited a report of the Palestinian center for prisoners' studies.
(7) About strip searching see "Israeli Strip Searches: A Partial List" Compiled by Sarah Tiglao
If Americans Knew http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/strip-searches.html
(8)Amnesty International Report 2008
(10) "Administrative detention" ADDAMEER http://www.addameer.org/detention/admin_deten.html
(11) ADDAMEER Fact Sheet: "Palestinians detained by
" http://www.addameer.org/resources/reports/factsheet.html Israel
(12) This chapter is mainly based on "
treats Gaza Prisoners us unlawful combatants" Al-Dameer 5/3/2009 Israel
(13) "Waed Society: "Sick prisoners facing death due to medical negligence"" IMEMC 3/3/2009 http://www.imemc.org/article/59090
(16) "Paralyzed detainee facing slow death" IMEMC 7/7/2008 http://www.imemc.org/article/55886
(17) "IPS must pay for a Palestinian prisoner´s transplant" PHR 1/10/2007 http://www.phr.org.il/phr/article.asp?articleid=500&catid=57&pcat=46&lang=ENG
(18) The numbers are given from Palestinian researcher and specialist in detainees’ affairs, Abdul-Naser Awni Farwana as cited in the article "Report: “Amy kidnapped 7,600 children since 2000, 246 remain behind bars”" IMEMC 19/2/2009 http://www.imemc.org/article/58929
(19) Palestine Monitor fact sheet http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article9
(20) B'Tselem "Statistics on Palestinian minors in the custody of the Israeli security forces" http://www.btselem.org/english/statistics/Minors_in_Custody.asp
(21) "Palestinian Children Political Prisoners" ADDAMEER http://www.addameer.org/detention/children.html
(22) Newsletter February 2009 WOFPP http://www.wofpp.org/english/february9.html
(23) "Palestinian Women Political Prisoners" ADDAMEER http://www.addameer.org/detention/women.html
(24) "Farawna:' March 8th a day of solidarity with Palestinian female detainees' " IMEMC 6/3/2009 http://www.imemc.org/article/59170
(25) "Palestinian prisoners in Guinness book of records" Ma'an 23/12/2007 http://maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=26863
(26) "Over 750 Palestinian Citizens, Residents of Israel Detained by Israel Since Beginning of Attacks on Gaza" Written by Connie Hackbarth, Alternative Information Center (AIC) 19/1/2009 http://www.alternativenews.org/english/1687-over-750-palestinian-citizens-residents-of-israel-detained-by-israel-since-beginning-of-attacks-on-gaza-.html
(29) "More Druze refuseniks despite Israeli threats" IMEMC 6/7/2007 http://www.imemc.org/article/49363
(31) For example see "Palestinians end hunger strike" by Laila El-Haddad 3/9/2004 http://sumoud.tao.ca/?q=node/view/120 or "2400 detainees in the
Negev on Hunger Strike" IMEMC 16/8/2006 http://www.imemc.org/article/20884
(32) "What is not being said about the Ketziot prison raid" http://palsolidarity.org/2007/10/2746
(33) "Palestinian detainees on Hunger Strike in protest to Israeli attacks in
" IMEMC 28/12/2008 http://www.imemc.org/article/58181 Gaza
(34) "Detainees in the Negev on Hunger Strike protesting attacks in
" 31/7/2006 http://sumoud.tao.ca/?q=node/view/732 PNN cited as original source Gaza, Lebanon
(35) "The full text of the National Conciliation Document 'Prisoners Document' " 11/5/2006 http://www.elections.ps/template.aspx?id=330
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Date: 29 / 03 / 2009 Time: 19:46
Minister of Prisoners Affairs Ashraf Al-Ajrami told Ma’an that the six are currently held in the prison in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, north of Gaza. Some of them have already completed their sentences but have not been released yet.
According to Al-Ajrami, Israel has not found a country, Arab or otherwise, that is willing to accept the men, all of whom hold Palestinian Authority (PA) ID papers. He said the PA is negotiating with Israel in an attempt to stop the deportation.
Ma’an obtained the names of the prisoners who are facing deportation. They are:
1. Saleh Sawarka
2. Nassri Atwan
3. Mohammad Abu Zweid
4. Samer Hamed
5. Marwan Faraj
6. Ahmad Zeidat
Meanwhile, the prisoners managed to send a statement to the ministry urging them to intervene in their case, especially since they are being held beyond the end of their terms.
They also said that the prison administration has forced them to wear orange jumpsuits, preventing their families from providing clothes for them. The administration also prevented their children from visiting.
The deportation threat comes the same day that the Israeli cabinet decided to strip Palestinian prisoners of certain rights in order to increase pressure on Hamas to agree to a prisoner exchange for a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza. According to the decision, prisoners will face restricted family visits, and will be denied access to education and Arabic-language television, among other services.
The negotiations over the release of soldier Gilad Shalit in a prisoner swap broke down when Hamas refused to accept Israel’s demand to deport certain prisoners instead of releasing them to their homes in the West Bank and Gaza, while refusing to release other key prisoners.
Date: 29 / 03 / 2009 Time: 15:22
According to Israeli officials, four Israeli employers, five drivers and two people who provided the Palestinians with housing were also arrested.
The Secretary-General of Palestinian Workers’ Public Union, Shaher Sa’d, condemned the arrests of the workers as a violation of international law. He also accused Israeli police of beating Palestinians during arrest raids.
The union said that it was aware of 30 workers who were arrested, interrogated, and sent back to the West Bank. The workers were originally from Jenin, Tulkarem, and Qalqiliya, and were detained in Haifa and Tel Aviv.
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli government is expected to endorse a new set of penal measures against the Palestinian prisoners especially those affiliated with Hamas following failure of the prisoners' exchange deal, Hebrew press reported on Sunday.
Ma'ariv daily said that the government is expected to prevent prisoners from watching TV and from following up education in addition to barring entry of newspapers, confiscating radios and reducing the amount of money allocated to each prisoner to buy needs from the prisons' cantinas.
It said that the "justice minister" Daniel Friedman would table at the cabinet session on Sunday means of imposing those new penalties against the prisoners without violating the international law on prisoners' rights.
The government of outgoing premier Ehud Olmert had formed a special ministerial committee headed by Friedman to look into ways of pressuring Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners.
The penal measures hope to pressure Hamas into softening its conditions for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Israel refused Hamas's list of Palestinian prisoners to be freed in return for the release of Shalit and asked for a change in some of those names and for deporting others. Hamas refused to amend the list.