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8 mai 2017 1 08 /05 /mai /2017 07:37

Committee says alleged footage of Marwan Barghouthi breaking hunger strike is fake

May 7, 2017 10:44 P.M. (Updated: May 7, 2017 10:44 P.M.)
 
A screenshot of a video allegedly showing Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi breaking his hunger strike.

 

 

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A committee supporting the mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike which entered its 21st day denounced on Sunday evening video footage released by the Israel Prison Service (IPS), purporting to show strike leader Marwan Barghouthi eating in his prison cell, as part of an Israeli “war of lies” to discredit the prisoner movement.

The footage -- which did not bear timestamps and did not clearly show the face of the prisoner being filmed -- allegedly showed Barghouthi, a Fatah leader and the emblematic figure of the hunger strike, hiding in a bathroom stall to eat sweets, and was shared widely on Israeli media on Sunday.

IPS claimed that the surveillance videos were filmed during the hunger strike, which began on April 17 to demand basic rights and denounce Israel’s use of torture, medical neglect, and administrative detention against Palestinians.

However, the National Committee for the Freedom and Dignity Strike -- a joint committee formed by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) and Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs -- said that the footage dated back to at least 2004.

The committee said IPS’ decision to share the footage and present it as recent was evidence that Israel was “waging a serious war of lies and misleading information to create a state of confusion in the Palestinian public and among hunger striking prisoners.”

Fadwa Barghouthi, a member of the Fatah party’s Revolutionary Council and Barghouthi’s wife, said during a news conference on Sunday evening that the “Israel government’s fabrications” showed “the extent of the (Israeli) occupation’s decline,” adding that it would not affect the resolve of the estimated 1,500 prisoners participating in the strike.

IPS has imposed a range of repressive measures in an attempt to quash the hunger strike, including solitary confinement, arbitrary prisoner transfers, nightly cell raids, lawyer and family visitation bans, and the confiscation of personal belongings including salt -- the only nutrient hunger strikers have been consuming except for water.

Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to Palestinian organizations.

According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, some 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli custody as of April.

 
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8 mai 2017 1 08 /05 /mai /2017 07:23
Publish Date: 2017/05/07
 
Freedom and Dignitary Strike continues for day 21
 
 
 

 

RAMALLAH, May 7, 2017 (WAFA) – For the 21st day in a row, about 1800 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are continuing the “Battle of Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike amid strict repressive measures by the Israeli authorities to break their strike.

Jamil Sa'ada, lawyer of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission, told the Voice of Palestine that the Israeli prison authorities have threatened to force-feed the hunger strikers and called in doctors for this task. The Israeli Medical Association earlier announced it would not abide by Israel’s decision to force-feed the hunger strikers.

Sa’ada pointed out that the hunger striking prisoners had not received dietary supplements since they entered the strike on April 17. He added that the Israel Prison Service had tightened their repressive measures against the hunger strikers through solitary confinement, transfer of prisoners between prisons, and denial of family visits.

The hunger strikers are calling for better access to medical care; increased visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; removal of glass barriers during family visits; improved detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families and an end to the policy of administrative detention.

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8 mai 2017 1 08 /05 /mai /2017 06:52

Israel withholds UN payment, summons Swedish ambassador following UNESCO text

May 4, 2017 4:10 P.M. (Updated: May 4, 2017 4:33 P.M.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bethlehem (Ma’an) -- Israeli officials continued on Thursday to express their disapproval of the passage of a UNESCO resolution critical of Israeli policies in occupied East Jerusalem, as Israel undertook retaliatory measures against the UN body.

The resolution -- which passed on Tuesday with 22 countries in favor, 10 voting against, and 23 abstaining -- criticized Israel’s refusal to cease “persistent excavations, tunneling, works, and projects in East Jerusalem,” and stressed that these procedures were illegal under international law.

“All legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the 'basic law' on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith,” the text read.

The resolution also reaffirmed the importance of Jerusalem to the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

The resolution reflected a softer version of a draft resolution passed last year that sharply criticized Israeli policies in Jerusalem. However, Israeli officials nonetheless reacted furiously to the latest resolution, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by Haaretz as saying that Israel “does not believe in UNESCO.”

Netanyahu also announced that Israel would withhold $1 million in payments to the United Nations in retaliation for the resolution, Ynet reported on Wednesday.

Israel suspended its cooperation with UNESCO following the passage of the draft resolution last year. Israel had previously suspended its funding to UNESCO in 2011, when the UN agency voted to admit Palestine as a full member.

Ynet also reported that the Israeli Foreign Ministry had summoned Swedish Ambassador to Israel Carl Magnus Nesser to admonish him for his country’s vote in favor of the resolution.

Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, meanwhile, said he was “outraged” by the resolution and accused the United Nations of anti-Israeli bias, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

“The resolution that UNESCO passed on Tuesday demonstrates once again the ludicrous and anti-Israel nature of the organization,” Barkat said, vowing to continue illegal settlement expansion and Judaization policies in East Jerusalem, and calling the Holy City “the eternal home and capital of the Jewish people.”

Meanwhile, archaeological group Emek Shaveh -- which has long been critical of Israel’s attempts to erase non-Jewish history in the area -- welcome the resolution on Wednesday.

“UNESCO’s decision on Jerusalem yesterday is one of the best, most just, and most long-awaited by the organization,” Emek Shaveh said in a statement, noting that “Israel is working unilaterally in the Old City, digging and advancing its construction, regardless of Jerusalem’s historical character, and of it being a world heritage site.”

 
 
 
 
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7 mai 2017 7 07 /05 /mai /2017 07:15

Palestinian leaders call for 'week of rage' as Israel explores force feeding hunger strikers

 
 
May 6, 2017 3:12 P.M. (Updated: May 6, 2017 10:17 P.M.)
 

 

 

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian leaders of the mass hunger strike that entered its 20th day on Saturday have called for a “week of rage” against the Israeli occupation, in response to reports that Israeli authorities are seeking to import foreign doctors into Israel to force feed the hunger strikers, as Israeli doctors have aligned themselves with international ethics on force feeding that prohibits doctors from carrying out the act.

"Our people should unleash their anger and clash uninterruptedly with the Israeli occupation at seam zones," the prisoners' leadership said in a statement, referring to unilaterally declared zones around Israel’s separation wall where Palestinians are not permitted to enter.

The statement, which was conveyed by the Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Strike -- a joint committee formed by the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) and Palestinian Committee for Prisoners' Affairs, also called upon the Palestinian people to "blockade Israeli embassies all over the world and continue to organize rallies and sit-ins and to crowd in sit-in tents in Palestinian cities and villages."

"Any attempt to force feed any hunger-striking prisoner will be treated as an attempt to execute prisoners. We will turn these prisons into battle fields with our bodies, armed with our will and determination. We count on our people, along with the Arab and Islamic nations, and all the free people of the world to stand by our side," the prisoners' added.

The statement also urged the unions of Palestinian and Arab doctors to launch a worldwide campaign warning Israeli doctors of the conséquences of "involvement in the crime of force feeding prisoners."

Before the strike was launched, Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan ordered for the establishment of a military hospital to ensure that hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were not transferred to civilian hospitals -- which have so far refused to force feed hunger striking Palestinian prisoners.

While the Israeli Supreme Court recently decided force feeding hunger-striking prisoners was constitutional, Israeli doctors have sided with internationally accepted medical ethics that regard the practice as a form of torture.

Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity network Samidoun warned that it was “highly possible” that Erdan’s field hospital proposal was “an attempt to impose mass force feeding on striking Palestinian prisoners outside of the civilian medical framework.”

Head of the Palestinian Commitee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said on Saturday that “any doctor of any nationality that takes part in force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners” will be legally pursued.

Qaraqe said that applying force-feeding is a crime and jeopardizes the lives of prisoners, adding that the participation of any doctor in force feeding violates international laws and ethics, citing the 1991 Declaration of Malta adopted by the World Medical Assembly, which specifically stated that force feeding is not ethically acceptable when dealing with hunger strikers, even when the goal is to provide assistance to their health conditions.

He called upon all countries not to send doctors to Israel to take part in the force-feeding.

Initially called for by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi and other Fatah-affiliated prisoners, Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum have since joined the strike.The hunger strikers have denounced the torture, ill treatment, and medical neglect of Palestinian prisoners at the hands of Israeli authorities, as well as Israel’s widespread use of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges -- which is only permitted under international law in extremely limited circumstances.

Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released on Saturday by Palestinian organizations.

According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, some 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli custody as of March.

 
 
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7 mai 2017 7 07 /05 /mai /2017 06:55

Israeli military fires shells at Palestinians near Gaza perimeter fence, killing a 15-year-old and injuring another man

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Yusef Abu ‘Athrah, 15. Photo: Courtesy of the family.On the evening of 21 March 2017, at around 9:00 P.M., three Gaza residents - Yusef Abu ‘Athrah, 15, and Muhammad al-‘Aker, 24, who both live in Rafah Refugee Camp, and ‘Abdallah a-Rikhawi, 29, who lives in the city of Rafah - set out for land that belongs to Abu ‘Athrah’s family in a-Shokah, east of the city of Rafah. The land lies some 300 to 400 meters from the fence between Gaza and Israel. Relying on Abu ‘Athrah’s familiarity with area, the three Palestinians were planning to walk from his family’s plot to the fence in order to cross into Israel to seek work.

At around 10:00 P.M. they reached the Abu ‘Athrah plot, gathered wood for a campfire, and started preparing supper. About two hours later, around midnight, while their food was cooking, the military fired a tank shell at them.


In testimony he gave to B’Tselem field researcher Muhammad Sa’id on 22 March 2017, ‘Abdallah a-Rikhawi described what happened:

We were sitting on the ground by the campfire. Suddenly I heard a loud explosion nearby and saw thick smoke rising a few meters away from us. I immediately jumped up and ran away, and saw my friends running in different directions. I ran a few meters when I heard another explosion very close to me. I lay down flat on the ground and saw smoke several meters away. Because of the smoke and the dark, I couldn’t see anything. I didn’t know where my friends were. I called out to them a few times, to know if they were all right, but they didn’t answer.

I started crawling to get away from there. I was terrified. As I was crawling, I heard more explosions, coming one after another in quick succession. I got up and started running blindly without seeing where I was going. I’d never been in the area before and was completely unfamiliar with it. I kept running through the fields until I was about 700 meters away. I could still hear explosions.

The shells fired killed Yusef Abu ‘Athrah when he was about 300 to 400 meters away from the fence. Muhammad al-‘Aker was hit by shrapnel in the abdomen and both legs.

In testimony he gave to B’Tselem field worker Muhammad Sa’id on 23 March 2017, Muhammad al-‘Aker described the moments after the shelling began:

Muhammad al-‘Aker in the Hospital. Photo by Muhammad Sai'd, B'TselemI heard a loud explosion very close to us and felt sand and gravel flying around me. I started running and my friends did too, each one in a different direction. The explosions continued around us. The military also fired a lot of flares.

I kept running as fast as I could through the fields. It was very dark and I fell over several times, but I was so scared that I just got up and kept running. I had no idea where my friends had gone and couldn’t hear either of them. I just kept running to get away from there, while the explosions continued.

The explosions went on for about half an hour. When I was some distance away from the border, I sat down on the ground to rest. My chest and stomach hurt badly and I saw that my left hand and left leg were bleeding. I stayed put and heard drones flying above me. A short while later, I heard an ambulance driving through the farmland nearby. I called out for help and the ambulance stopped near me. Two paramedics came over and helped me into it. In the ambulance I saw a body wrapped in a plastic bag. When one of the paramedics asked me what had happened, I told him we had been bombed and that I didn’t know where my friends are. He opened up the plastic bag and asked if I could identify the body. I saw Yusef Abu ‘Athrah lying inside the bag, covered in blood.

Al-‘Aker was taken to a-Najar Hospital in Rafah, where he received initial treatment. He was then transferred to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis, where he underwent surgery and was hospitalized for four days. A-Rikhawi made his way back to Rafah on foot. He went to a-Najar Hospital, where he learned that Abu ‘Athrah had been killed and al-‘Aker injured. He then returned home. In his testimony, he explained why he had decided to try and cross the fence into Israel:

I’ve been out of work for years. I looked for work for a long time, any job at all, to provide for my children, but I couldn’t find anything because Gaza’s economy is in very bad shape. Over time, my financial situation grew worse so I couldn’t even buy food for my kids. I racked up large debts to the grocery stores and other various shops. That’s why I thought I’d try to sneak across the border into Israel, so I could work there, even though I knew I might die along the way. But I didn’t expect to be shot at before we even reached the fence. We thought we were safe on the farmland where we were sitting when we were shot.

The Israeli media reported that “according to the IDF, the three young men were identified as doing something on the ground in an area covered in vegetation, and were suspected of trying to plant an explosive device on the fence. In response, IDF tanks fired several shells at them. The IDF is now examining whether they were indeed terrorists who were planning to carry out an attack.”

The military’s response, as quoted by the media, attests to a ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ policy. B’Tselem’s investigation found that the two men and the teen had been several hundred meters away from the fence and were in no way attempting to plant an explosive device. The military opened fire on them although they posed no danger, and with no reason to suspect otherwise except their actual presence in the area. Clearly, that is not enough to justify shelling people and the military’s action was unwarranted and exaggerated.

For decades, B’Tselem referred such incidents to the military law enforcement system in order to promote real accountability for the killing of Palestinians – to no avail. In many cases, no investigation was opened; yet even when investigations were carried out, they invariably ended in some form of cover up. Consequently, B’Tselem decided to stop applying to the MAG Corps to demand that incidents in which Palestinians were harmed by soldiers be investigated. Nevertheless, B’Tselem continues to promote accountability in other ways, which is why we investigate incidents independently and publish our findings. That said, the responsibility for investigating and holding the persons responsible for these incidents accountable still lies with the military. However, as long as the MAG Corps upholds its whitewash policy, there is nothing to deter Israeli security forces from using lethal firepower against Palestinians who are not endangering them.

 
 
 
 
 
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7 mai 2017 7 07 /05 /mai /2017 06:48
Publish Date: 2017/05/06
Ashrawi thanks Sweden for vote at UNESCO, urges Europe to follow suit
 
 
 

 

 

Hanan Ashrawi delivering a seminar at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs on May 3. (Photo courtesy of Ashrawi's office.)

RAMALLAH, May 6, 2017 (WAFA) - PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi thanked Sweden for voting in favor of a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem and urged other European countries to follow Sweden’s example in recognizing the state of Palestine, a press release said on Saturday.

Ashrawi participated in a series of official meetings and events between May 2 and 4 in Stockholm during which she met with Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder.

In the meeting with Wallstrom, Ashrawi expressed her appreciation to the Foreign Minister “for exhibiting the courage to stand up to Israel and its flagrant violations of international law and speaking against injustice,” as came in a press release by Ashrawi’s office.

She also thanked Sweden for voting in favor of the UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem.

"It is extremely disturbing that there are European countries that voted against such a resolution even though in accordance with international law and global consensus, Jerusalem is occupied territory," she said.

The resolution that considers Jerusalem occupied territory passed a UNESCO vote last week with 22 countries voting in favor, 10 against and 23 abstaining.

Ashrawi and Wallstrom discussed the deteriorating conditions on the ground, including Israel's expansion of its illegal settlement enterprise, and the importance for the European Union to play a direct and distinctive role in genuine peacemaking.

In her meeting with Söder, Ashrawi stressed the significance of Sweden's recognition of Palestine and how other countries should follow its example to exhibit their commitment to peace and justice.

Both parties discussed the latest political, international and regional developments and Palestine's latest moves in the international community. The meeting also covered issues of bilateral relations and future cooperation between Palestine and Sweden.

Ashrawi emphasized the importance of the collective hunger strike of the Palestinian political prisoners and paid tribute to Palestinian prisoners for their continued determination and steadfastness.

Upon the invitation of Wallström, Ashrawi participated in the fourth annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development on May 3 and 4, which was co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

At the Forum, she spoke in high-level panels in which she addressed various issues such as the UN and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, peacemaking, peace building, human security, human rights, and women's rights.

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7 mai 2017 7 07 /05 /mai /2017 06:25
Publish Date: 2017/05/05
Palestinians to step up solidarity marches on 19th day of hunger strike
 
 
 
 

 

 

RAMALLAH, May 5, 2017 (WAFA) – As 1,800 Palestinian prisoners Friday entered their 19th day of hunger strike in Israeli jails, Palestinians made calls to step up solidarity marches and sit-ins across the West Bank.

The Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Strike called Palestinians to step up solidarity marches in all villages, bypass roads and seam zones, referring to isolated Palestinian areas that fall between Israel’s apartheid wall in the West Bank and the Green Line.

The committee also called on Palestinians to “gather for Friday prayer in many solidarity tents, public spaces and friction areas across the various West Bank districts.

This call came a day after the committee announced that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred all 41 hunger strikers from Ashkelon prison to Ohalei Keidar prison in the Naqab desert.

Some 1,500 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.

The hunger strikers have denounced the torture, ill treatment and medical negligence of Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities.

They have also denounced Israel’s widely-condemned practice of administrative detention, which allows for internment without trial or charge for six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.

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.

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6 mai 2017 6 06 /05 /mai /2017 06:45

Israeli forces demolish East Jerusalem home, leaving 6 Palestinians homeless

 
 
May 5, 2017 10:36 A.M. (Updated: May 5, 2017 10:36 A.M.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Amid a spate of demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities Thursday demolished a home in the town of Sur Bahir, leaving six Palestinians homeless.

Israeli bulldozers, escorted by crew from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality and armed Israeli forces, demolished a house Sur Bahir belonging to Ashraf Fawaqa.

Fawaqa told Ma’an that forces raided his house without prior notice, and began emptying and evacuating the house in preparation for demolition. Authorities told Fawaqa that his home would be destroyed for lacking nearly impossible to obtain construction permits.

According to Fawaqa, he had been trying to obtain licenses for his house since he built it six years, but no no avail, pointing out that had paid more than 200,000 shekels ($55,403) in lawyers fees over the years.

He added that while the Jerusalem municipal court, magistrate court and central court approved the demolition, the Israeli Supreme Court had frozen the demolition.

Despite the supreme court’s freeze on the demolition, Israeli forces destroyed Fawaqa’s 100 square meter house, leaving him, his wife, and their four children -- the eldest of which is eight years old -- homeless.

A spokesperson from the Jerusalem municipality was not immediately available for comment.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli forces demolished three Palestinian buildings, also for not obtaining the required construction permits, which Israel rarely grants Palestinians, although the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that, compared to the Jewish population, it receives a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which it said sees high approval rates.

However, testimonies collected by the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ) found that the procedures to apply for Israeli-issued building permits were lengthy, sometimes lasting for several years, while the application costs could reach up to 300,000 shekels ($79,180).

As four out of five of Palestinians in East Jerusalem live under the poverty line, applying for costly building permits is nearly impossible, leading to only seven percent of Jerusalem building permits go to Palestinian neighborhoods.

Israeli authorities have stepped up issuing demolition warrants for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, particularly after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat warned that the demolition of the illegal Israeli outpost of Amona in the occupied West Bank would be met with the mass demolition of Palestinian homes lacking the nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued building permits.

According to UN documentation, as April 17, 59 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished by Israel in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year, displacing at least 135 Palestinians. A total of 190 Palestinian buildings were demolished in East Jerusalem in 2016.

 
 
 
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Publish Date: 2017/05/05
Prisoners’ committee warns against Israeli intentions to hurt Barghouthi’s life
 

 

RAMALLAH, May 5, 2017 (WAFA) – The Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Friday warned against Israeli intentions to hurt the life of imprisoned Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouthi, who has been leading a large-scale indefinite hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Chairman of the Committee Issa Qaraqe' said the Israeli government has particularly targeted Barghouthi, who is imprisoned in al-Jalama prison in northern Israel, for his role in leading the mass hunger strike.

Qaraqe' added Israeli Prison Service (IPS) are placing Barghouthi under solitary confinement in al-Jalama, denying him lawyer visitations and placing conditions for such visitations.

“Barghouthi is held in small grave-like prison cell measuring barely three square meters without a window, leaving him unable to properly move and sleep in this very ed space,” said Qaraqe'.

Barghuthi has not been permitted a short break in a courtyard since he launched the mass hunger strike on April 17, but forced to remain inside a concrete-made barely-lit cell that does not have a separate bathroom.

IPS has confiscated all the clothes and belongings of Barghouthi, who has lost 10 kilograms and is suffering from a severe drop in blood pressure, blood sugar levels and has become very frail.

By placing him under inhuman and unsanitary conditions, the IPS intended to harm the life of Barghouthi, Qaraqe' affirmed.

He concluded that Israeli officials’ incitement against Barghouthi raised concerns about an Israeli government’s intention to directly or indirectly eliminate him.

Some 1,500 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.

The hunger strikers have denounced the torture, ill treatment and medical negligence of Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities.

They have also denounced Israel’s widely-condemned practice of administrative detention, which allows for internment without trial or charge for six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.

 

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6 mai 2017 6 06 /05 /mai /2017 05:42
Publish Date: 2017/05/04
Palestinian President expresses deep appreciation for President Trump after meeting
 
 
 

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2017 (WAFA) - The Palestinian President expressed his deepest appreciation for President Trump after the productive and in depth meeting that constituted a promising beginning regarding moving forward towards peace during the Trump Administration.

Both President Abbas and President Trump committed to exert every possible effort in order to achieve a historic peace treaty between Palestinians and Israelis. President Abbas reaffirmed that the Palestinian strategic option is two states on the 1967 borders, the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with the state of Israel in peace and security.

President Abbas reiterated the strategic importance of the Arab Peace Initiative which was re-adopted in the Arab Summit held in Jordan recently.

Both leaders committed to be partners in the fight against extremism and terrorism in order for the peoples of the region to live in peace, prosperity and security.

President Abbas stressed the need for all parties to refrain from any steps that may pre-empt or pre-judge issues reserved for permanent status negotiations, including Jerusalem, settlements, and refugees. President Abbas reiterated his commitment to end the Palestinian division and to alleviate the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip.

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