palestinian prisoners in israel
More Than 1,000 Palestinians In Israeli Prisons Go On Hunger Strike
Imprisoned Palestinians are staging a mass open-ended hunger strike to protest their conditions. It's being led by prominent Palestinian political figure Marwan Barghouti.

Palestinian prisoners and detainees are staging a mass open-ended hunger strike to protest their conditions in Israeli prisons.

Israeli authorities say approximately 1,100 of them are participating in the strike in eight prisons, NPR’s Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv reports, of the approximately 6,200 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

“It’s being led by Marwan Barghouti, a key Palestinian political figure found guilty of directing deadly attacks on Israelis,” Daniel adds. “The prisoners are demanding improved conditions like regular family visits, improved medical care, and an end to the practice of holding hundreds of detainees without charge.”

Israel’s hateful, misguided policy against the weakest of the weak
What connects jailed asylum seekers and displaced Palestinian shepherds? The government’s shameful, bullying treatment of them both.
By Gideon Levy
About 250 kilometers separate the Holot prison in the Negev and Ain al-Hilweh in the northern Jordan Valley, but a direct line of evil connects them. The two places are seemingly as different as the distance between the desert and the valley. The first is a “detention center” – an open prison for refugees fleeing violence, and asylum seekers from Africa. The other is a tiny village with Palestinian shepherds.

The Israel Prison Service controls the first, the Israel Defense Forces’ Civil Administration the other – again, two organizations with no seeming connection.

And yet, see what a nightmare it is. The policy is exactly the same, the means the very same means, and the goals identical: to pamper, coddle, indulge.

Evil holds sway in both, with abuse of the helpless and their dehumanization. In both cases, this abuse is aimed at making the victims miserable, until they break and want to leave it all behind – the Africans to leave Israel, the Palestinians to leave the Jordan Valley.

Israel is freezing the detainees in the cold. It incarcerated some 2,300 people at Holot, without providing any heating devices for their rooms. Freezing cold.

The shepherds dwellings at Ain al-Hilweh (and other shepherds’ dwellings) are demolished, leaving its residents – including babies and children, pregnant women and disabled elderly – exposed to the heavens, without anything, in the freezing cold of the Jordan Valley.

In recent weeks I visited both sites, which have everything except for a scrap of humanity or fragment of compassion. In Holot, I saw detainees rush out of their cells on a day in which the sun peeked through for a moment, wearing the entire contents of their closets on their bodies – layers of clothes to preserve their body heat. They have no other way.

In Ain al-Hilweh, I saw the residents spread out on the ground, under the open skies, living between the mounds of ruined tents and shacks that were once their homes. They didn’t even have clothes left; almost everything was trampled.

Israel’s attitude toward these two marginal groups is identical. That is, of course, not coincidental but the result of a systematic and intentional policy, dictated from above.

Israel is convinced that if it makes life miserable enough for the Africans, if it piles on their suffering, they will leave the country “voluntarily” – its fantasy.

It has the exact same goal in the Jordan Valley. Since Israel decided that it will remain in its hands, it has set its goal to purify it of Palestinian residents. Shepherds are, of course, the weak link, and this quiet policy of transfer is directed against them. More and more demolition, everything in the name of the law – the apartheid law that discriminates between settlements and a community of shepherds.

The shepherds will pitch their tents anew, Israel will once again demolish them – until they are fed up and leave on their own, like the Africans.

But here is what the government needs to know: Neither of them will leave. Why? They have nowhere to go. “They don’t like us here, and we have nowhere to go,” Fathi Zaidan, from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, told me last week at the entrance to Holot. Zaidan’s first wife was murdered in Sudan, while his second wife and their young daughter are hiding in Egypt. He has been jailed here for nearly a year.

To achieve these victories over the weakest of the weak, Israel does not rule out any methods. To prevent superfluous moral misgivings, the victims are declared to be nonpersons: The Africans do not need heat; the shepherds do not need shelter.

After that, the regular brainwashing and justifications are enlisted. The Africans entered Israel illegally (as if African refugees can enter Israel legally), and the shepherds planted their tents without permits (as if Israel allows legal construction). Both of these groups “endanger” the existence of Israel and “undermine” its rule of law.

Then the work is amazingly easy: The jailers freeze, the Civil Administration employees destroy, the media ignores, the public yawns, no one appeals – and may peace be on Israel.

At the margins, at the very ends of the country, these actions are being carried out as a matter of routine. They are far out of sight and far from the heart. But they are determining the true face of the country.


You know you’re in Palestine when there are books/magazines like this in waiting rooms while at the dentist.

The photos above were taken from a book that discussed women in the Palestinian struggle. The text above illustrates a few of the torture experiences endured by Palestinian female prisoners while being detained by Israeli forces.  

One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years

Official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah have revealed that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel’s occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013. That’s the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The ministry added that the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the Second Intifada against Israel’s occupation has now reached 6,000.
“The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1,” said a spokesman, “but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”
Noting that 2012 saw an unprecedented rise in the number of children arrested by Israeli forces, the report pointed out that 9,000 Palestinians under 18 years old have been arrested since the end of September 2000. Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18. Almost two hundred and fifty Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age.

anonymous asked:

Okay. Short of the Israelis leaving an the land all being returned, how do you think peace can be achieved? I'm not trying to be belligerent I just wanted to know what you think

No I understand, I didn’t think you were being belligerent, and this is an important question. I’ve actually been wondering when someone would ask this–partially because it’s not an easy one to answer. Like I answered earlier, I believe the “fairness” of the coexistance of Israel/Palestine is not possible because the establishment of a nation where one already existed could never be ‘fair’, and the existence of Israel currently relies on the occupation of Palestine–even if peace were to be achieved at the highest degree possible, it would never be 100% fair to the Palestinian people. 

The very first step to “peace” in any occupied zone is to cease the occupation. Until that happens it is not possible for any semblance of “peace” in the OPT–this includes Gaza. People argue often that occupation of Gaza ended 10 years ago, but forget that the current restrictions placed on Gaza, the way Gazans are treated constitutes the qualities of an occupation, and for this reason the international community treats Gaza as an occupied member of the OPT [x]

1. This would include the dismantling of ALL illegal settlements on Palestinian land and the rightful return of land to the Palestinians that were stolen from.

2. The removal of any and all Israeli military presence from the OPT. 

3. Restoration of EXACT 48′ borders. 

4. Removal of all Israeli influence in any of the OPT at the governmental, judicial level. Removal of all restrictions on international trade. Removal of restrictions on fishermen in international waters. 

5. Removal of any and all restrictions on the freedom of movement of Palestinians. Palestinians should be allowed to travel WHEREVER they want within Palestinian territories, access to holy sites for Muslim and Christian Palestinians must be restored. 

6. The IMMEDIATE restoration of the right of return for ALL Palestinians of the international diaspora/refugees. 

7. The IMMEDIATE release of ALL PALESTINIAN PRISONERS held without charge. The immediate access to lawyers for detainees under the age of 18. 

8. The immediate release of all Palestinian diplomats and administrative prisoners held without charge. 

9. The expedited trial and sentencing of Palestinian prisoners in Israel through judicial hearings INDEPENDENT of an Israeli court. 

10. The immediate indictment of all IDF personnel responsible for hurting, killing, abusing Palestinians at checkpoints, during protests and 100% willful cooperation of the Israeli government with the ICC in the investigation of warcrimes. 

11. Lastly, the immediate recognition of the sovereignty of Palestine. Recognizing that Palestine exists independently of Israel, that its government bodies will always remain independent of Israel, and that the Israeli government holds no rights over Palestinians or the land on which they live.

Without these fundamental changes, ‘peace’ is not possible. This is the BARE MINIMUM required to ensure that Palestinians could have their freedoms returned to them. 

[For more information, and for some of the sources used to compile this post, click HERE]

  • Israel: *kidnaps ten Palestinians per week*
  • Israel: *kills Palestinian children on a daily basis*
  • Israel: *Imprisons Palestinian adults AND children*
  • Israel: *Tortures prisoners*
  • Israel: *Rains missiles over Gaza*
  • Israel: *Protects settler terror*
  • Israel: *Doesn’t do anything about IDF terror*
  • **three Israeli settler teens get kidnapped**
  • Israel: TERRORISTS!

GAZA CITY : A doctor holds the new born baby boy of Palestinian mother Hanaa al-Zanen, 26, who had her baby conceived with sperm from her husband smuggled out of an Israeli prison, at a hospital in Gaza City on January 11, 2013. The boy is the son of Palestinian prisoner Tamer al-Zanen (portrait), who has been incarcerated in an Israeli jail for the past seven years. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

thatambroseboy  asked:

Following on from your 'three israel teens kidnapped' post, I must admit its rather ironic that you're kicking up such a fuss. Every day many Palestinian children and teens remain in detention by Israeli security forces for lengths of time without trial or reason, lengths of time western governments won't allow in their own countries because it is seen as a breech of basic human rights. Now lets not even start about the hundreds of teens/childrens homes Israel demolishes and lives Israel ruin..

Ironic? I don’t think so. But let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that due to the tremendous amount of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic propaganda floating around the Internet these days, you lack the understanding as to why your question is so grossly morally offensive.

Shills for Palestinian terrorism like to make the false allegations that you echo in your question. So let’s take a look at your claim of moral equivalence between three Jewish teenagers, kidnapped and taken hostage because they were Jewish soft targets, and the Palestinian terrorists and murderers Israel has in its prisons, or has released in exchange for other kidnap victims or in the vain hope of encouraging peaceful co-existence with the Palestinians. Please read the list at the link and then tell us how three kidnapped teenagers are morally equivalent to unrepentant murderers. Of course, some of the Palestinian criminals incarcerated by Israel only threw rocks at cars – which sometimes killed people. In any other country, these “children and teens” would be correctly branded as murderers. But in the hate-filled minds of some people, killing Jews doesn’t count as murder. Further, if you do read the list of murderers, you will notice that some of them were incarcerated for murdering Palestinian “collaborators”.

This, of course, brings up the question of human rights, justice, and fair trials under Palestinian law. Why aren’t the murderers of “collaborators” in Palestinian jails? Why is nobody, including all of the so-called human rights organizations (and including you) concerned with this kind of Palestinian “justice?” Do demands for human rights only exist inside of Israel (where we’re not supposed to notice that Arabs and Muslims have more rights and more freedom than they do in any Islamic country)?

What it comes down to, as it always does, is that when Jews (or in this case Israel, you know, that upstart Jewish nation, created and run by Jews who refuse to acknowledge their proper position – face-down in the mud with the collective boot of the world on their neck) are accused of an imaginary sin (the more outlandish the better) it gives license to any and all Jew-haters to commit any atrocity they wish on any Jew they meet.

It’s amazing (in a sickening sort of way) how selective the human-rights-hypocrites are in their demands for human rights. You mention home demolitions. Do you think they will ever protest these home demolitions?

Neither do I.

Do you think it ruins the lives of the inhabitants?

You don’t care. Nobody in the “human rights” community cares because it’s not about human rights. It’s about bashing Israel.

So, continuing to give you the benefit of the doubt because we at EY value all of our readers I hope you understand that anyone who truly believes in the moral equivalence between kidnapped Jewish teens and violent Palestinian murderers is as morally twisted as the murderers themselves.

Good day, sir.

JERUSALEM : Palestinians wave their national flag as they await the release of Palestinian prisoners to Jerusalem December 31, 2013. Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA

April 17: Palestinian Prisoners Day - Solidarity with the continued struggle of the over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons. Every year Israel arrests thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to suppress any resistance to its continued occupation and colonization, the result being the imprisonment of approximately 800,000 Palestinians since 1967. Since the beginning of 2013 12 Palestinians have been killed during arrest operations by Israeli Occupying Forces , while another three have died as a result of medical neglect and another of torture. As of 1 March 2014 there were 5,224 Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees; 210 children; 21 female prisoners; 
and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.