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EU Calls for Better Conditions for Palestinians Jailed in Israel

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The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to improve conditions for Palestinians in its jails, and a Palestinian minister said there would be rallies next week to support hunger striking prisoners.

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Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 6:59 pm
Nearly 5,000 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails, many charged with involvement in attacks on Israelis.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement that she is "following with concern" the deteriorating health of four Palestinian inmates who are staging long-term hunger strikes in protest of their detention.

"The EU calls on the government of Israel to allow for the immediate restoration of their family visiting rights and calls for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian detainees and prisoners," she said.

A spokeswoman for Israel's Prisons Service said the four prisoners were in "good condition" and receiving medical treatment as needed, but they had lost the right to family visits when they began their protests.

Issa Qaraqea, minister for prisoner affairs in the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, said public demonstrations to show solidarity with the group would be held all next week.

On Friday, Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers at a rally outside an Israeli prison in the West Bank.Ÿ

Of the prisoners listed by Ashton, Samer al-Issawi has been on hunger strike the longest, for 208 days, and has been treated a number of times in hospital.

Israel had released Issawi from jail in 2011 along with more than a thousand other prisoners as part of a swap to free a captured soldier. Israel arrested him again in January 2012, saying he had violated conditions for his release by engaging in militant activity.

Dana H (229)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 7:40 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 7:42 pm
well, I could .)

Abu Ali (0)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 7:45 pm
Good, why not actually grant Palestine independence while you're at it.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 7:50 pm
Wouldn't that be great Abu, if the EU had authority to do that. At least BDS is spreading here, too.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 7:54 pm
Noted , thanks !

Henriette M (154)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 8:24 pm
I pray Israhell will grow a conscience asap! Thanks for posting Angie!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 8:29 pm
Most Israelis do have a conscience I assume, sadly their PM is missing out on. IFD very likely as well.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 11:14 am
Please, if you care take action, ask the white House to free him and all other detainees including the CHILDREN held in Israeli military detention.

If you have a facebook acount, take action here:

The Free Samer Issawi Campaign
and there is also an Avaaz Petition Justice and Fair Treatment For Samer Issawi and other detainees on Hunger strike

Jim P (3257)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 12:08 pm
AVVAZ already petition signed.

This all needs to end. Enough!

Ty, Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
DO something, time is running out. Let us not rely on EU or any other govts. to slap Israel's wrist once more, that will not save any lives! Many of these detainees are held prisoners for no other reason than being Palestinian!!

JL A (281)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 5:18 pm
Human rights are for everyone and that includes any jailed!

Autumn S (151)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:22 am
Thanks, Agelika! Noted and very true what JL said. Human rights are for everyone

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:52 am
There is a great difference between the Government and the regular everyday civilians. Sometimes it's very frustrating to read all the condemnation of Israelies, when actually, if you really came here and met the locals and toured the country, you would change your mind about a lot of issues...

Ben O (171)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:00 am
Signed the Avaaz petition. -For a FREE Palestine!

paul m (93)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:50 am


Aaron Bouchard (158)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:32 am
Noted thanks

Angelika R (143)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:39 am
Giana, thanks very much for pointing that out, it needs more emphasis and I think the same way. Actually people SHOULD have noticed this long time ago, at least from past election results! 8 yrs have left their impact...

Thanks Ben for repeating this other petition here, guess many have not yet signed even that one.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:08 pm
Yeah, good luck on that.

Marvin F (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:12 pm
All this concern would have much more moral weight if it went in both directions. Where is the concern for Israelis held by the Palestinians?

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:58 pm
Thanks for posting, Angelika...I'm sorry I'm out of green stars to send you.
Signed the Avaaz petition and over the past few months, it seems I received petitions on his behalf by other groups as well...signed those, too. Glad to see the EU finally getting around to this; hope they don't "drop the ball" and there's a positive outcome soon. Even Jewish groups here in the U.S. are pushing for a "two-state solution."

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:00 pm
Palestinian Arabs violated pretty much ALL of the rules to keep POW when they hold Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. They kept him incommunicado and in anti-sanitary conditions.

In comparison, Palestinian terrorists are allowed to marry, have conjugal visits, attend Israeli University and get degrees by correspondence.

Only completely indoctrinated and biased people could initiate the petition like that.


Birgit W (160)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:29 pm
Thank you for the article.

Angelika R (143)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:43 pm
Shame on Bob for once again spreading lies here. Get educated!

Marvin F (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 5:33 pm
What lies is Bob spreading? Do you think Gilad Shalit was treated properly when he was held by the Palestinians?

Jelica R (144)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:39 pm
Gilad Shalit is with his family now. Isawi and Sharawna were released under the 2012 prisoner swap deal but rearrested shortly after and held without charge ever since.

Jelica R (144)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:43 pm
Going both ways - Israelis held by Palestinians, Marvin? Name one, if you can.

According to a report released by Save the Children and the East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program in March, the Israeli authorities have arrested and detained over 8,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2000 (“The impact of child detention: Occupied Palestinian Territory”, March 2012).

One of the children, Muslim Odeh, resident of Silwan in East Jerusalem, was first arrested at the age of nine. By the age of 12 (twelve), he was arrested 10 (ten) times. Israeli riot police usually raided his home during night, took him from his bed, blindfolded him, subjected him to hours of intense interrogation. Last October, Odeh was interrogated from 5am until 3pm before being transferred to the notorious Russian Compound, prison compound in West Jerusalem. During each arrest, Israeli interrogators accused him of throwing Molotov cocktails and stones, and asked him about the activities of other children in Silwan.

Marvin F (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:52 pm
This discussion started with "EU Calls for Better Conditions for Palestinians Jailed in Israel" and my response was that "All this concern would have much more moral weight if it went in both directions. Where is the concern for Israelis held by the Palestinians? " When Gilad Shalit was held by the Palestinians the EU was silent. This also answers the challenge from
Jelica R. (154)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:43 pm
Going both ways - Israelis held by Palestinians, Marvin? Name one, if you can.

Jelica R (144)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:36 pm
Still, no Israeli held by Palestinians. Right now, Israel holds almost 200 Palestinian CHILDREN in detention, and you wine about single one Israeli SOLDIER which was released a year ago.

: According to figures released by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) in December 2012, 51 percent of Palestinian child prisoners detained in IPS custody were held in facilities located inside Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. According to this data, 99 children were held in Al Mascobiyya, Ha’sharon, Megiddo and Kishon prisons inside Israel, whereas 94 children were detained in Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank. Two other children were held at a temporary Israeli army detention facility in the West Bank.

The Convention, ratified by 194 countries, contains detailed rules on the administration of occupied territory, including rules on issues such as detention and transfer of populations. Although Israel ratified the Convention in 1951, it does not accept that it has the full force of law in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip (occupied territory). The Israeli government primarily bases its position on an interpretation of article 2 of the Convention that has little, if any, authoritative international support, and was rejected by the International Court of Justice. However, as a matter of policy, the Israeli government has stated on a number of occasions that it will apply the “humanitarian” provisions of the Convention to the West Bank."


Jelica R (144)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:40 pm
Non-related: Petitioning UEFA President Michel Platini: Remove UEFA 2013 European Under-21 Championship from Israel

Jelica R (144)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:52 pm
Link for my Monday February 18, 2013, 8:36 pm comment:
Unlawful transfer and detention of children(PDF)

Source: Defence for Children International (DCI); Child Detainees


Angelika R (143)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:51 am
It is so sad and rediculous (though there's NOTHING to laugh about) how defenders of Israel's unlawful actions keep popping up here,-that tells a lot about them and their own position towards laws in general.
Thank you Jelica for all you do and for these additional links! Petition to Platini certainly signed!

M B (62)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 8:37 am
signed and shared, some time ago. Free Palestine !!

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:57 pm
It is far more ridiculous how devil advocates apply different approaches to Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.

They can't stand the truth and accuse those who tells it of lying. The treatment of Gilad Shalit by Palestinians holding him was in violation of ALL norms, accepted by all civilized societies, including Israel.

Yes, Jelica, he is home nowm after he was exchanged for a 1,500 terrorists.

I won't support Islamic terror and its perpetrators under any cover and under any circumstances. If we learnt Israeli tactics here, the regular folks would not have to take of the shoes when passing TSA security.

Free Palestine from terrorists!

Shirley B (5)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:16 pm
Avaaz signed,TY

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:52 pm

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:52 pm
So, a dangerous terrorist who was detained for 10 times before he was twelve years old forces you to take of your shoes on airports, Bob? Get an urgent assistance by a qualified mental care specialist, Bob. You're under tremendous pressure, and cracks are starting to show

Angelika R (143)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:53 am
February 21, 2013
Day 214: Demand Freedom for Samer Issawi!

SPREAD THE WORD FOLKS! More signatures needed..almost at goal of 100000

Demand FREEDOM for Samer Issawi

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