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27 mai 2017 6 27 /05 /mai /2017 06:16
Publish Date: 2017/05/26
Palestinians continue solidarity marches on 40th day of hunger strike
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

RAMALLAH, May 26, 2017 (WAFA) – As around 1,300 Palestinian prisoners Friday entered a very critical phase on the 40th day of their hunger strike in Israeli jails, Palestinians made calls to continue solidarity marches and sit-ins across the West Bank.

The Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Strike called on Palestinians to organize solidarity marches and to crowd in sit-in tents in various West Bank districts before heading to seam zones.

Some 1,300 out of 6,500 Palestinians held by Israel launched a mass indefinite hunger strike on April 17, only consuming salt and water during the strike, without additives or supplements, to pressure Israel to improve their prison conditions.

Initially called for by Fatah-affiliated prisoners, most notably imprisoned senior Fatah official Marwan Barghouthi, the strike has been joined by other prisoners from various Palestinian political factions.

The hunger strikers' demands are basic and can hardly be described as political.
They include reinstating bimonthly family visits, better medical treatment, and the right to education.

Hunger strikers are also calling for an end to Israel’s widely-condemned policy of "administrative detention", which allows the imprisonment of individuals on "secret evidence" for without trial or charge for six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.

On 39th day of hunger strike, head of the Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe warned the health conditions of hunger strikers have become “very critical” and expressed concerns over possible deaths of hunger strikers.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also reportedly called on all concerned parties and authorities to find a solution that would avoid any loss of life or “irreversible damage” to the hunger strikers’ health.

“Six weeks into the hunger strike, we are concerned about potentially irreversible health consequences. From a medical perspective, we are entering a critical phase,” ICRC said.

President Mahmoud Abbas described the issue as “difficult and sensitive” and has asked the US envoy Jason Greenblatt to intervene to safeguard the rights of prisoners and achieve their humanitarian demands.

K.F.

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27 mai 2017 6 27 /05 /mai /2017 06:04
Publish Date: 2017/05/25
President Abbas urges US envoy to mediate prisoners' issue with Israel
 
 
 

 

RAMALLAH, May 25, 2017 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the issue of prisoners is a difficult and sensitive one and that he had asked the Americans to intervene in order to safeguard the rights of the prisoners and achieve their humanitarian demands.

Abbas said at the start of a Fatah Central Committee meeting held at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah that the issue of the prisoners was discussed in depth with US envoy Jason Greenblatt “to see what the American side can do in this matter.”

He added: "We explained in detail to the American envoy the issue of the prisoners' strike, and we hope to be soon in contact with him in order to give us an answer from the Israeli side on the demands of our prisoners.”

“The entire world knows that the demands of the prisoners are humanitarian, and Israel has no reason to reject them, especially since these demands were present in the past. Israel is trying to punish our prisoners and punish us by rejecting these humanitarian demands. We are patient and steadfast until we find a solution that satisfies everyone,” he said.

President Abbas met earlier with Greenblatt at his headquarters where they discussed in depth the prisoners' strike.

M.K.

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27 mai 2017 6 27 /05 /mai /2017 05:59

Fears of death loom as Palestinian prisoners enter 39th day of hunger strike

 
 
 
 
May 25, 2017 7:24 P.M. (Updated: May 25, 2017 9:27 P.M.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom and Dignity strike: Some of Palestine's most high-profile prisoners. From left to right: Fouad Shubaki, Nael Barghouthi, Karim Yunis, Ahmad Saadat, Marwan Barghouthi
 
 
 
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Several human rights organizations along with the United Nations (UN) have expressed serious concerns over the health conditions of some 1,300 Palestinians who entered their 39th day of a mass hunger strike across Israeli prisons on Thursday, as Palestinian leaders fear possible deaths as hunger strikers continue being transferred by the dozens to Israeli civilian hospitals.

The hunger-striking prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands for basic rights.

 

Fears of death as more hunger strikers transferred to hospitals

Head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement on Thursday that the health conditions of the hunger strikers have become “very critical,” and expressed his concern over possible deaths of the prisoners if Israel Prison Service (IPS) continued to refuse their demands.

Qaraqe said that calls were still being made to legal and international institutions, along with initiating calls with Israeli authorities “around the clock” concerning the hunger strike.

He added that reent discussions between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and right-wing US President Donald Trump during Trump's two day visit to Israel and the ocuppied West Bank, “played an important role” and “forced many to take action” in order to pressure Israel to respond to the demands. However, Qaraqe did not elaborate on what discussions he was referring to or how the US President has been involved in any initiatives around the hunger strike.

“Israel has become concerned and surprised when they found that field hospitals were not enough to take in all the prisoners,” he added, referring to controversial medical clinics that were set up in several Israeli prisons when the hunger strike began -- sites many fear could be used to force feed the hunger strikers en masse.

Abbas made a statement on Thursday during a Fatah Central Committee meeting in Ramallah saying that the prisoners’ cause was “deeply discussed” with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations. He added that Palestinian leaders had informed Greenblatt of the details around the hunger strike and that they were “hoping to be in touch with Greenblatt again soon to hear his responses concerning the prisoners’ demands."

Abbas also emphasized that the “whole world knows that the demands of hunger-striking prisoners are fair. Israel has no excuse to refuse their demands.”

The media committee formed to support the hunger strikers also released a statement on Thursday, saying that IPS officials have moved 15 hunger-striking prisoners from Israel’s Ashkelon prison to Israeli civilian hospitals owing to the deterioration of their health conditions.

Some 150 Palestinian prisoners have been transferred to Israeli civilian hospitals to be treated in recent days.

Hunger-striking prisoner Alaa al-Din Abd al-Karim from Bethlehem told lawyers of the the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Karim Ajwa and Khaled Mahajna that the prisoners have experienced severe weight loss, pains, exhaustion, and difficulty moving.

Abd al-Karim noted that IPS had moved him, along with a number of other hunger strikers, to Israel’s Barzilai Hospital to undergo medical checkups. He said that the Israeli doctors had informed IPS officials of the their “dangerous health conditions,” but did not provide them with any medical treatment.

 

Israel continues prison-to-prison transfers of Palestinian hunger strikers

Palestinian prisoner solidarity network Samidoun reported on Thursday that the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)'s prison branch Kamil Abu Hanish was transferred from solitary confinement in Israel's Gilboa prison in the north to solitary in Ayalon prison in central Israel.

On Wednesday, Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs lawyer Hanan al-Khatib, who recently visited hunger-striking prisoner Yousif Kamel al-Zaaqiq, said that IPS had imposed an information blackout on the health conditions of the hunger strikers and the daily transfers of prisoners from one detention facility to another -- a tactic used to exhaust, demoralize, and isolate the hunger strikers.

The media committee reported in a separate statement that these transfers have continued in Israel's infamous "Bosta", a prison vehicle with blacked out windows and hard, metal seats that transfer handcuffed and shackled Palestinian detainees between prisons and to prison medical clinics.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities released a 19-year-old Palestinian prisoner Saed Yihiya Dweikat on Wednesday after he had been on hunger strike for 38 days. Dweikat, from the Nablus-area village of Beita, was held in Israel’s Nafha prison for three-and-a-half years for being involved in political activities with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at Israeli forces and settlers.

He was released at noon on Wednesday and transported to the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah to receive medical care for his deteriorated health condition.

 

UN and B’Tselem express concern over prisoners’ health conditions

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein released a statement on Wednesday and expressed his concern for the deteriorating health conditions of the hunger strikers. He underscored his concern regarding punitive measures used by Israeli authorities in an attempt to break the hunger strike, and emphasized that “the right of detainees to access a lawyer is a fundamental protection in international human rights law that should never be curtailed.”

In reference to Israel’s use of administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence -- the ending of which is one of the central demands of the hunger strike, al-Hussein noted that “various international bodies have repeatedly called on Israel” to end the practice, adding that the prisoners should be “released immediately” or “charged with an offence and tried.”

Israeli rights group B’Tselem also released a statement Thursday, emphasizing that the worsening health of the hunger strikers has indicated that Israeli authorities could begin force-feeding the hunger strikers soon, an act which Israeli authorities have carried out several times before during previous Palestinian prisoner hunger strikes, and which has led to the deaths of several Palestinians.

“Force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike against their wishes is dangerous and is considered a form of torture. It is also prohibited since it violates the individual’s right to autonomy over their body and dignity, and their right to protest in the manner they choose,” the group said, pointing out that despite international medical ethics, the Israeli government passed a law in 2015 permitting Israeli authorities to force feed hunger strikers if their lives are perceived to be in danger.

However, according to earlier reports, Israeli doctors have thus far refused to accept force-feeding the hunger strikers, aligning themselves with international standards, prompting the Israeli government to explore importing foreign workers into Israel to carry out the painful and dangerous procedure.

The incarceration of 6,300 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, “most of them without a fair trial, and some without any trial at all – and the draconian restrictions they face form an integral part of the occupation regime,” the group said.

 

Solidarity actions continue across Palestinian territory

Meanwhile, Palestinians have continued to launch solidarity activities across the occupied Palestinian territory in support of the hunger strikers.

On Wednesday evening, three former prisoners from Jabaa village in the Jenin district in the northern occupied West Bank declared an open hunger strike in support of the prisoners while visiting a solidarity hunger strike tent in Ramallah city. Local sources identified the three as Maamoun Salama, Azzam Abu Auon, and Mueen Hamamra.

In central Hebron, PPS and the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs organized a sit-in on Thursday with the participation of numerous family members of hunger strikers. The demonstrators marched to Hebron city and closed its northern entrance for about an hour and a half to express their support for the prisoners.

 
 
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27 mai 2017 6 27 /05 /mai /2017 05:53

UN alarmed at conditions for Palestinian hunger strikers

 
 
 

By Reuters - May 26,2017 - Last updated at May 26,2017

 
 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (centre) speaks to senior members of his Fateh Party during a press conference in the Israeli occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday (AFP photo)

GENEVA —The top United Nations human rights official urged Israel on Wednesday to improve conditions for Palestinians in custody, especially the more than 1,000 whose hunger-strike was into its 38th day.

The strike followed a call by Marwan Barghouthi, the most high-profile Palestinian held by Israel, for a protest against solitary confinement and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied to thousands of prisoners since the 1980s.

"I am especially alarmed by reports of punitive measures by the Israeli authorities against the hunger strikers, including restricted access to lawyers and the denial of family visits," HH Prince Zeid, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.

The right to consult a lawyer is a fundamental protection in international human rights law that should never be violated, Prince Zeid said. He added that the health of hundreds of the hunger strikers had "deteriorated significantly".

While hunger strikes are not uncommon among the 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli jails, this is one of the largest.

It is likely to raise tensions between Israel and the Palestinians as the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem approaches in early June.

Prince Zeid said his office had received reports that the Israel Prison Service had evacuated at least 60 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to hospitals because their medical condition had worsened. A further 592 had recently been moved for observation to infirmaries set up in the prisons, he said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which visits Palestinian detainees, urged Israel early this month to allow family visits. Under international law, these “can only be limited for security reasons, on a case by case basis, but never for strictly punitive or disciplinary purposes”, it said.

It added that “Israel detains Palestinians within its territory — but not within the occupied territory as required by the law of occupation”.

 

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27 mai 2017 6 27 /05 /mai /2017 05:48

Rights group demands Israel cancel tenders opened in illegal West Bank settlements

 
 
 
 
May 26, 2017 2:25 P.M. (Updated: May 26, 2017 5:36 P.M.)
 
A bulldozer is seen next to a new housing construction site in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) in east Jerusalem on March 19, 2014 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, File)
 
 
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities have been offering land tenders inside Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law, in the occupied West Bank, according to Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

According to Adalah, during 2016 and 2017 the Israel Land Authority (ILA) opened tenders offering “state lands” for available plots in at least seven West Bank settlements, including the Givat Zeev, Maale Adumim, Alfei Menashe, Ariel, Beitar Illit, Karnei Shomron, and Oranit settlements.

Adalah sent a letter to senior Israeli officials on Tuesday, demanding that the open tenders be canceled, as “the Israeli agency responsible for issuing these tenders has no legal authority in the 1967 Occupied Territories,” referring to the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which were illegally occupied by Israel following the six-day war in 1967.

In the letter, attorney Suhad Bishara, director of Adalah's Land and Planning Rights Unit, wrote "the territories included in these tenders are being managed as if they are part of the State of Israel to which Israeli state law applies. This practice – for all intents and purposes – therefore annexes these territories to the State of Israel."

“Adalah emphasizes that this practice is a violation of international law, which determines that any long-term changes imposed upon occupied territories must be in the interests of the local protected civilian population. International law also forbids the occupying power from exploiting occupied territories for its general use,” the letter concluded.

An ILA spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

An estimated 500,000 to 600,000 Israeli settlers reside in 196 illegal Israeli settlements and outposts, scattered across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now released a report on Sunday, revealing a 34 percent increase in illegal Israeli settlement construction over 2016, with Israeli settlers breaking ground on 1,814 new housing units, compared to 1,350 new construction starts in 2015.

Peace Now’s findings for 2016 coincided with a record number of Palestinian home demolitions by Israeli authorities in 2016, according to a December report from the the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Meanwhile, the Israeli government has already pushed the advancement of some 6,000 new illegal settlement housing units on occupied Palestinian land since the beginning of the year, and passed the outpost Regularization law, which has paved the way for the retroactive legalization of dozens of illegal Israeli settler outposts.

Human rights groups and international leaders have strongly condemned Israel’s settlement construction, claiming it is a strategic maneuver to prevent the establishment of a contiguous, independent Palestinian state as envisioned in the two-state solution by changing the facts on the ground.

 
 
 
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27 mai 2017 6 27 /05 /mai /2017 05:29

Lina Kennouche. chercheure à l’université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth

«L’Arabie Saoudite a littéralement acheté sa protection aux Etats-Unis»

 

le 25.05.17 | 12h00 Réagissez

 
 

 

Le premier voyage de Donald Trump à l’étranger a débuté samedi par un accueil chaleureux en Arabie Saoudite et l’annonce par la Maison-Blanche d’un mégaprojet de ventes d’armements au royaume. Les Etats-Unis et l’Arabie Saoudite ont, en effet, signé des accords d’une valeur de plus de 380 milliards de dollars. Lina Kennouche, doctorante en sciences politiques à l’université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, explique les raisons de la générosité de la monarchie saoudienne à l’égard de Washington.

- C’est à l’Arabie Saoudite que le président américain, Donald Trump, a décidé de consacrer son premier voyage hors des Etats-Unis. Faut-il y voir un retour aux constantes de la politique étrangère américaine, des constantes desquelles s’était quelque peu écarté Barack Obama ?

Oui et non. Dans le discours officiel américain, il y a une remise en cause de la politique menée par Obama. L’attitude de l’Administration Trump vis-à-vis de l’Iran est beaucoup plus offensive, on assiste également à un discours plus violent à l’égard des mouvements de résistance. Mais la question est de savoir comment cela va-t-il se traduire en pratique. On peut s’attendre à une plus grande ingérence américaine dans les affaires régionales, sans pour autant renouer avec l’aventurisme de l’ère Bush.

- Pourquoi cela ?

Et bien tout simplement parce que les Etats-Unis n’ont plus les moyens d’une politique militariste. Les Américains vendent des armes à leurs alliés, mais ne sont pas prêts à aller combattre à leur place. Rappelons que le grand retour des Etats-Unis sur l’échiquier régional a lieu dans un contexte géopolitique largement modifié, avec un Iran qui a renforcé son influence sur fond de concurrence et de tension avec la Russie et la Chine. Les dynamiques de terrain échappent aux Américains.

- Comment analysez-vous, au plan politique, le bilan de cette visite de M. Trump en Arabie Saoudite, visite à laquelle étaient conviés du reste la quasi-majorité des leaders arabes et musulmans ?

Il s’agit avant tout d’une opération commerciale de grande envergure qui va permettre à la machine économique américaine de fonctionner quelques années. Cependant, il ne faut pas perdre de vue la dimension stratégique. Dans la vision de l’Administration Trump, l’ennemi irréductible est l’Iran, on revient à la traditionnelle politique d’endiguement de ce pays. Pourtant, l’accession au pouvoir du nouveau Président, sa proximité avec Moscou et l’attitude première vis-à-vis de certains alliés comme l’Arabie Saoudite annonçaient de relations tendues.

Mais le rapport de forces au sein de l’Administration Trump a changé. La vision défendue par la frange idéologique incarnée par l’ex-conseiller à la sécurité nationale de Trump, Michael Flynn, et le stratège Stephen Banon évincé du Conseil de sécurité nationale, selon laquelle l’ennemi principal est l’islamisme, d’où l’intérêt d’un rapprochement avec Moscou pour faire face au péril islamiste, a été battue en brèche.

C’est le point de vue militaire qui s’est imposé : la contradiction principale demeure la Chine, la Russie et l’Iran. Si l’objectif est de renforcer le poids stratégique des Etats-Unis, il faut rompre avec l’approche du compromis et relancer la course aux armements. Au Moyen-Orient, cela se traduit par la mobilisation d’un front sunnite pour affaiblir Téhéran.

- Au premier jour de la visite du président américain, les Etats-Unis et l’Arabie Saoudite ont signé des accords d’une valeur de plus de 380 milliards de dollars. Du jamais vu dans les relations américano-saoudiennes. Pourquoi une telle générosité de Riyad à l’égard de l’allié américain, surtout que le royaume wahhabite vit une crise économique aiguë ?

Il faut avoir à l’esprit que la stabilité du régime saoudien repose exclusivement sur la protection américaine. Si sous Obama les Salman pouvaient craindre les conséquences redoutables d’une brouille avec les Etats-Unis, l’attitude de Trump est accueillie avec soulagement. De la protection américaine dépend la survie d’un régime dont la légitimité est contestée sur le plan interne. L’équipe de Mohamad Ben Salman a été à l’origine d’un véritable coup d’Etat pour s’arroger le pouvoir, rompant avec les règles traditionnelles de succession en place depuis le roi Abdelaziz.

A la mort du roi Abdallah, le prince héritier a été écarté au profit de Salman. Ce dernier est cependant loin de faire l’unanimité. La démonstration de force depuis son arrivée au pouvoir, sa politique étrangère offensive, la mainmise de son entourage sur l’ensemble des administrations répondent à cette quête de légitimité et au besoin d’affaiblir et de marginaliser Ben Nayef au départ soutenu par les Américains et les Français. Son frère Khaled Ben Salman, ambassadeur saoudien aux Etats-Unis, a joué un rôle de premier plan dans la faramineuse opération commerciale à laquelle nous avons assisté. L’Arabie Saoudite a littéralement acheté sa protection.

- La politique du chéquier a-t-elle de l’avenir avec le président Trump ?

La question est plutôt de savoir jusqu’où Américains et Saoudiens seront-ils suivis dans leur politique de reconstitution d’un front sunnite contre l’Iran. Pour l’instant, il n’est pas certain que le Pakistan, allié traditionnel de Washington, accepte de rejoindre l’axe d’opposition à Téhéran.

 

L’Egypte d’Al Sissi tient un discours qui n’a pas la même teneur que celui de Riyad et Washington, sans doute pour mieux faire monter les enchères. Il y a des contradictions palpables dans la coalition que Saoudiens et Américains cherchent à mettre en place aujourd’hui. Si cette coalition réunit uniquement les pays du Golfe, on peut alors s’interroger sur son efficacité.

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Death toll in Upper Egypt armed attack on Copts reaches 28

 
 
 

 

 
 
Ahram Online , Friday 26 May 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The number of Christians killed in an armed attack on buses carrying pilgrims in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate has risen to 28, with 23 injured, the governor announced on Friday afternoon.

 

In a phone call interview with local satellite channel ONTV live on Friday afternoon, Minya's governor, Essam El-Bedewy, announced the new death toll, adding that seven of the victims were from El-Minya while the other 21 were from Beni Suef governroate.

Shortly after, Egypt's health ministry confirmed that the death toll had risen to 28.

The interior ministry said in an official statement that unknown assailants driving three 4x4 wheelers attacked by "firing randomly" at the bus carrying Coptic citizens.

The ministry added that an official count of the final death and injuries toll was underway.

A cordon was imposed around the site of the attack, with security forces intensifying efforts to catch the culprits, according to the statement.

The ages of the victims ranged from children to over 60, the bishop of Minya told Egyptian privately owned TV Channel DMC. Many victims were children, and only three children survived the attack, a source from the church told Al-Ahram.

The bishop added that the vehicles attacked included a minibus and two cars.

Fifteen of the injured were transferred from Maghagha Central Hospital in Minya to Maahad Nasser Hospital in Cairo, sources at Minya's ambulance service told MENA.

The bishop of Maghagha and Adwa in Minya, Bishop Agathon, said that the funeral service for the victims of the attack will be held tonight at the Monastery of Garmous in Maghagha.

"We are in pain over violence and evil,” Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement on Friday afternoon, adding that it was suffering "with the whole nation over the violence and evil that targets the heart of Egypt and our national unity.”

“While we appreciate the fast response by officials in dealing with the event, we hope that necessary procedures are undertaken to avoid such attacks, which damage Egypt’s image and cause Egyptians a great deal of pain,” the statement added.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for an emergency security meeting to follow up on the attacks.

In a statement from the presidency, El-Sisi also instructed authorities to take all necessary measures to attend to the injured and arrest the assailants.

Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek has ordered an extensive investigation to arrest the attackers, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The prime minister and the ministers of health and social solidarity are heading to the attack scene in Minya.

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb condemned the attack while on a visit to Berlin, saying that "such attacks can never satisfy a Muslim or a Christian."

Arab and western countries have denounced the attack, expressing their solidarity with Egypt against terrorism.

No group has yet claimed the Minya attack, which is the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Egypt’s Christians.

On 9 April, two suicide bombers targeted St George's Church in Tanta and St Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria, killing and injuring dozens in the deadliest attack against civilians in the country's recent history. A total of 29 people died in the Tanta explosion and 18 in Alexandria.

Egyptian authorities said they have identified the two suicide bombers and the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks.

Cairo imposed a nationwide three-month state of emergency after the bombings, with the option to extend for another three months dependent on a parliament vote.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million.

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Les grévistes de la faim palestiniens dans une phase "critique", selon le CICR

 
 
 
AFP
25/05/2017
 
 
 
 
Les centaines de Palestiniens en grève de la faim depuis 39 jours dans les prisons israéliennes entrent dans une phase "critique", a averti jeudi le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), après avoir vu tous les détenus.

"Les médecins du CICR ont rendu visite à tous les détenus en grève de la faim et surveillent de près leur situation", a déclaré le chef du département de la santé du CICR en Israël et dans les territoires palestiniens occupés, Gabriel Salazar, dans un communiqué. "Six semaines après (le début de) la grève de la faim, nous sommes préoccupés par les éventuelles conséquences irréversibles sur leur santé. Du point de vue médical, nous entrons dans une phase critique", a-t-il estimé.

Cet appel intervient au 39e jour de la grève de la faim collective entamée par des centaines de prisonniers palestiniens -emmenés par le très populaire dirigeant du Fatah, Marwan Barghouti- pour réclamer des visites médicales régulières et l'accès au téléphone, entre autres. M. Barghouthi purge cinq peines de perpétuité pour des attentats meurtriers pendant la deuxième Intifada (2000-2005).

Les grévistes de la faim sont issus de toutes les mouvances politiques palestiniennes, du Fatah du président Mahmoud Abbas et de son grand rival Marwan Barghouthi, aux partis de la gauche en passant par le Hamas islamiste.

Le CICR est l'unique organisation internationale admise auprès des détenus palestiniens dans les prisons israéliennes. Dans le communiqué, cette organisation dont le siège est à Genève appelle "les autorités et toutes les parties concernées à trouver une solution qui évitera toute perte de vie ou des dommages irréversibles à la santé des détenus".

Elle dit par ailleurs avoir augmenté le nombre de ses employés qui rendent visite aux détenus en grève de la faim et avoir "renforcé son dialogue confidentiel avec les autorités pénitentiaires". Le CICR assure aussi être "en contact régulier avec les proches des détenus en grève de la faim", soulignant que "l'anxiété des familles (...) continue de progresser en l'absence de visites familiales".

 

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1053782/les-grevistes-de-la-faim-palestiniens-dans-une-phase-critique-selon-le-cicr.html

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3 Palestinians detained in wake of Huwwara clashes, settler who killed 1 remains free

May 25, 2017 5:17 P.M. (Updated: May 25, 2017 10:03 P.M.)
 
A Palestinian grieves next to the body of 23-year-old Muataz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa.

 

 

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians suspected of having been involved in clashes in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus a week prior, during which an Israeli settler shot and killed a young Palestinian man.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Wednesday that the three residents of the village of Huwwara, where the deadly incident took place, were “suspected” of throwing stones at the settler’s car when he drove in the middle of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth demonstrating in solidarity with an ongoing prisoner hunger strike.

Al-Samri did not specify when the three were detained.

In an interview published by Middle East Monitor on Tuesday, the settler, a resident of the nearby illegal settlement of Itamar, claimed that a Palestinian ambulance deliberately blocked his way, adding that a paramedic tried to open his car door, while Palestinians “with murder in their eyes” were throwing stones at his vehicle.

The settler added he shot without seeing where he was aiming, and that he fled in his car once the ambulance moved out of the way. Muataz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23, was killed in the shooting, while Palestinian journalist Majdi Ishtayeh was injured.

Muataz Bani Shamsa

 

However, an investigation by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the settler had attempted to run over a number of protesters at high speed, and that the ambulance driver had blocked the way in an effort to prevent him from harming any of the demonstrators. The settler then opened fire at the protesters, before an Israeli military vehicle arrived at the scene and heavily fired tear gas in the area, causing Palestinians to disperse, while evacuating the settler from the area.

The ambulance driver for the municipality of the nearby village of Aqraba was also detained for “seemingly” obstructing the settler’s vehicle during the clashes, “posing a real danger to the driver’s life,” al-Samri said in a statement at the time.

Aqraba Mayor Ayman Bani Fadel told Ma’an on Thursday that the ambulance driver, whom he identified as Yousif Moussa Deiriyyeh, was blocked off by the army during the clashes while he was trying to assist wounded demonstrators, adding that the ambulance driver threatened to prosecute the soldiers for preventing him from doing his work.

Deiriyyeh was then detained a day after the deadly clashes, and has been held in Megiddo prison, where he has had his remand extended until May 29, Bani Fadel added.

The mayor said that Aqraba’s ambulance was also still held by Israeli authorities a week later, adding that it was the first time that Israeli forces had detained an ambulance driver and confiscated an ambulance from the municipality.

The Times of Israel also reported on Friday that Israeli forces detained a Palestinian following the clashes, and confiscated a bus believed to have been used to take demonstrators to Huwwara.

While at least four Palestinians have been detained over their involvement in the clashes, Israeli media reported that the settler who killed Bani Shamsa was not being investigated as a criminal suspect in the case.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an on Thursday that the settler had testified to Israeli police over the events and had later been released, adding that he did not have more immediate information on whether charges were being pressed against the settler.

“Israeli forces continue to cover settlers’ crimes and even support and offer them permanent protection in addition to not subjecting them to the law,” PCHR said in its report on the case. “All of these practices encourage settlers to continue committing crimes against Palestinian civilians.”

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Shortly after the shooting, an Israeli settler, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, was filmed distributing candy to passing Israeli vehicles south of Nablus in celebration of Bani Shamsa’s killing, saying that he wanted “to congratulate the Israeli people for the vandal’s death.”

In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

Palestinian stone-throwers, in stark contrast, face harsh penalties by Israeli authorities, including up to 20 years in prison if charged with throwing stones at vehicles and a minimum prison sentence of three years for throwing a stone at an Israeli.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016. OCHA reported 46 such attacks in 2017 as of May 1.

 
 
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Actualisation de la situation des prisonniers politiques palestiniens au 24 Mai 2017

24 05 2017 • 11 h 02 min

 

 

 

 

24 Mai 2017, 38ème journée de grève pour les prisonniers politique palestiniens.

Alors que la presse israélienne ne cesse d’affirmer que des négociations sont en cours et progressent, ce qui a pour effet de faire croire à la population que tout est en cours de règlement, le comité des médias de la grève a officiellement déclaré qu’aucune négociation n’avait eu lieu avec la direction de la grève à propos des demandes des grévistes, bien que celle-ci ai commencée il y a plus d’un mois. Le comité a également déclaré que les rapports de négociations sont des rumeurs diffusées par le Service Pénitentiaire Israélien dans le but de saper le moral des grévistes, l’attention du public et le soutien de la grève en ce moment crucial.

Mahmoud Hassan, l’avocat d’Addameer (association de soutien aux prisonniers palestiniens) a pu rendre visite au gréviste Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, le 21 mai 2017 à la prison d’Ohli Kedar. L’avocat Hassan a noté que l’état de santé de Mohamed Abu Ghoulmeh se détériorait et qu’il paraissait fragile. Il a signalé qu’il avait perdu environ 10 kg et qu’il souffrait d’hypertension artérielle.

Depuis le début de la grève, il y a environ 1 mois, Mohamed Abu Ghoulmeh a été transféré six fois (quatre jours entre chaque transfert). Il est actuellement isolé dans la prison d’Ohli Kedar, dans laquelle il a informé l’avocat que les prisonniers sont placés dans une section, remplie d’insectes et qui ne respecte pas les normes de base pour la vie humaine.*

Un certain nombre de grévistes de la faim connaissent de fortes pertes de poids, fatigues, incapacité à se tenir debout, une vision floue et même des vomissements de sang. Alors que certains ont été transférés dans des hôpitaux civils, y compris un groupe transféré de la prison d’Ashkelon à l’hôpital de Barzilai, beaucoup d’autres sont détenus dans des prisons avec des «hôpitaux de terrain» créés pour cacher les grévistes à l’accès public.

D’après Samidoun, site de soutien aux prisonniers palestiniens, la Commission des affaires des prisonniers et la Société des détenus palestiniens ont noté le désir du gouvernement israélien de mettre fin à la grève avant que le président américain Donald Trump arrive dans la région et essaie d’isoler les leadership de la grève et de neutraliser leur pouvoir en évitant de négocier directement avec les dirigeants choisis par les prisonniers eux-mêmes.

L’avocat palestinien Muhannad Karajeh d’Addameer a déclaré que les arrestations de militants palestiniens par les services de sécurité de l’Autorité Palestinienne se sont intensifiées, en particulier parmi les étudiants et après des activités de solidarité en soutien à la grève de la faim des prisonniers. Plusieurs militants arrêtés par les forces de sécurité de l’AP (autorité palestinienne) ont déclaré à « Quds News » qu’ils ont été interrogés sur les actions de solidarité et les médias sociaux relayant les informations de la grève.

Effectivement, de nombreux organisateurs palestiniens ont fortement critiqué le rôle de l’Autorité Palestinienne en ce qui concerne la grève des prisonniers, d’autant plus que l’Autorité palestinienne continue de coordonner sa sécurité avec l’occupation israélienne. Malgré des appels clairs du mouvement des prisonniers et du Comité pour soutenir la grève pour que cette coordination cesse.

Abla Sa’adat , militante palestinienne et femme du prisonnier politique gréviste et chef du FPLP Ahmad Sa’adat, a déclaré à Sakhnin, dans une tente de soutien des prisonniers, que le président de l’Autorité palestinienne, Mahmoud Abbas, » errant d’un pays à l’autre en Amérique, en Russie et en Inde, comme si rien n’était en train d’arriver à notre peuple et à nos prisonniers « . **

Le dimanche 21 mai dernier, plusiers villes ont procédé à une grève partielle de 11 heures à 14 heures en soutien à la grève. Lundi, un appel à une grève générale dans toute la Palestine occupée a été lancé. En Cisjordanie, dans la bande de Gaza, à Jérusalem et dans les territoires de 48 avec la participation de la diaspora palestinienne. Des manifestations à 11 heures et une grève de la faim d’une journée débutant à 10h dans un contexte national de colère et de protestations en réponse à la présence du président américain Trump.

Le mercredi 24 mai, le comité appelle à des marches nocturnes en soutien aux prisonniers. Il appelle également à des conférences populaires pour soutenir les prisonniers le jeudi 25 mai.

Sources : Addameer et Samidoun

* http://www.addameer.org/news/addameer-visits-hunger-striking-political-leader-ahed-abu-ghoulmeh

** http://samidoun.net/2017/05/35-days-on-hunger-strike-critical-moment-solidarity-needed-for-strike-of-freedom-and-dignity/

Dossier de presse rédigé par l’Agence Média Palestine

 

http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2017/05/24/actualisation-de-la-situation-des-prisonniers-politiques-palestiniens-au-24-mai-2017/

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