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Palestinians, living under occupation and oppression for nearly 64 years, have been targeted for mass imprisonment and detention by the Israeli occupation


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 10:41 pm
PALESTINIAN PRISONERS’ DAY – Take Action to call for Freedom for Palestinian Prisoners!

Global Call to Action and Endorsers of Prisoners’ Day.
•Download Factsheets for Prisoners’ Day
•Watch Prisoners’ Video Testimony
•Act now: Write the ICRC
•Palestinian Prisoners’ Day International Events

April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, is a global day of action for Palestinian prisoners. Events will take place around the world in support of Palestinian prisoners (see below for details.) As Prisoners’ Day dawns, 10 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike, including Bilal Diab and Tha’ir Halahleh, two administrative detainees held without charge or trial who are both nearing 50 days of hunger strike. Thousands more Palestinian prisoners plan to join in a massive hunger strike to launch April 17. International solidarity is needed!
•Tweet now: Act for #PalestinianPrisoners on #April17! Resources, events around the world, take action now!

There are approximately 4,600 Palestinian political prisoners inside Israeli jails. Palestinians, living under occupation and oppression for nearly 64 years, have been targeted for mass imprisonment and detention by the Israeli occupation. Nearly every Palestinian family has been touched by political imprisonment – a father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, cousin, uncle, aunt – from the elderly to children.

Palestinian political prisoners are also political leaders. 27 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, including Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi, and the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Abdel-Aziz Dweik, who represents Hamas, are held in Israeli prisons. Ameer Makhoul, one of the Palestinian prisoners who is also a citizen of Israel, was general director of Ittijah – The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations and the Chairman of the Public Committee for the Defense of Political Freedom.

Writers, scholars, students and artists are also Palestinian political prisoners, including Palestinian scholar Dr. Ahmed Qatamesh, who has now been held without trial or charge for nearly a year, Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq, a professor at An-Najah University whose administrative detention was just extended for an additional six months, and Ola Haniyeh, a student leader at Bir Zeit University and a leading political prisoner solidarity activist abducted just before student elections and currently held under interrogation.

We demand the immediate release of all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. They have been targeted by an unfair and unequal legal system. Their imprisonment reflects Israel’s inherent system of injustice and racism. In addition, Israel must immediately halt its practices of:
•Administrative detention.
•Torture and ill-treatment of detainees.
•Solitary confinement and isolation.
•The use of military courts in the occupied Palestinian territory that illegally try civilians.
•Undermining a fair trial by using secret evidence against the accused.
•Arresting vulnerable groups, such as children, disabled, elderly and ill people.


1. Organize or attend an Event or Action marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day! See below for events taking place around the world. No listed event in your city? Tell us about your local event here!

2. Write to the International Committee of the Red Cross to demand it fulfil its responsibilities to protect the rights of Palestinian political prisoners. Click here to email!

3. Learn more about the Karameh Hunger Strike launching April 17 and inform others that over 1600 Palestinian prisoners will launch a hunger strike on Tuesday.

4. Download, use and distribute the handouts and factsheets for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day! These factsheets are made for use in your community:
•Download General Palestinian Prisoners’ Day Factsheet (PDF)
•Download Palestinian Prisoners’ Day Call to Action and Karameh Strike Handout (PDF)

5. Watch and display the video testimony of former Palestinian prisoner, Dr. Abdul-Aziz Omar. This video is available in three lengths – 6 minutes, 15 minutes, and 40 minutes. Stream the videos here!

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day Events (Submit Your Event Here)

Toronto: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – Perspectives on the current struggle

Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto, ON
Facebook event:

April 17th is International Palestinian Prisoners Day. As of 1 March 2012, there were 4,637 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 183 children. Just like Hana Shalabi and Khader Adnan, 320 prisoners are held–without charge or trial–under administrative detention. More details…

Ameena Sultan, Shaira Vadasaria, Issam Al Yamani

Vancouver: Rally and Speak-Out for Freedom for Palestinian Prisoners

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
CBC Building, 700 Hamilton St (Hamilton and Georgia), Vancouver
Facebook Event:

Nearly 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners are held in jails in Israel, including 170 children and 6 women. 310 prisoners are held – without charge or trial – under administrative detention. Palestinian prisoners include over 20 lawmakers and national leaders, like Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouthi and Aziz Dweik.

On April 17, 2012, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, people around the world will respond to the call to take action for Palestinian political prisoners. In Vancouver, Join us on April 17 to support Palestinian prisoners, demand their freedom, and call for justice. More details…

Chicago: Hungry for Justice – Fast in Solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners

Join CMPR for a community dinner and discussion with prisoner rights activist Bekah Wolf

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm
CAIR-Chicago Gallery
28 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60604
Facebook event:

**Free and open to the public, but space at the venue is limited. To ensure a seat, please RSVP to as soon as possible.**

Since 1974, April 17 has been commemorated annually as Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Currently there are more than 4500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers; nearly 200 of these prisoners are children. Just like Hana Shalabi and Khader Adnan, 320 prisoners are held – without charge or trial – under administrative detention. Here in Chicago, the Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR) is calling on people of conscience to fast from sunrise to sunset on April 17 in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. According to latest reports from prisoner rights group Addameer, 8 prisoners are currently on hunger strike. More details…

Speaker: Bekah Wolf

Glasgow: March for the Karameh Hunger Strikers, March for Palestine

Tuesday, April 17 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
George Square, Glasgow
Facebook Event:

On Palestinian prisoners day, Tuesday 17th of April, the Palestinian prisoners movement will launch the Karamah (Dignity) hunger strike. The magnitude of the 1600 Palestinian prisoners embarking on the Karamah hunger strike must be met with a significant international response. This means mass mobilisations to question the impunity of the Israeli state and our own governments involvement. As the resistance of the prisoners escalates, our actions in turn must escalate. This demo is called for by ‘We Are All Hana Shalabi’. More details..

Brussels: Protest for Palestinian Prisoners
•Manifestatie in Brussel
dinsdag 17 april 2012
Europese Commissie te Brussel (Schuman-Rotonde)

en een
18 tot 22 uur
film (25 min.): “Libres dans la prison de Gaza”
Chris Den Hond en Mireille Court (2012)

Den Haag: Picket at Israeli Embassy.
The Hague, picket line at Israeli embassy, address: Buitenhof
Time: 12.30 – 13.30h

In Den Haag bij een picket van 12.30 – 13.30 uur bij de Israelische ambassade (Buitenhof).

Bradford: Day of Action and Education.

Bradford United 4 Palestine will be in Student Central at the University of Bradford, in Bradford City, UK, all day, Tuesday, April 17, with information about Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and the struggle of Palestinian prisoners.

Pisa: International Solidarity On the Day of the Palestinian Prisoner.

Tuesday, April 17
7:00 pm
Via S. Lorenzo 38
Pisa, Italy
Facebook Event:

The Initiative of International Solidarity for the Palestinian Prisoners will feature a talk by Shoukri Hroub of the Arab Palestinian Democratic Union (UDAP), as well as a brief overview of the intervention of the Mossad in some Latin American countries, including Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Guatemala.

This event is sponsored by UDAP-Tuscany, Collective April 25, BRISOP, and Cobas Confederation Pisa. More details…

Athens: Picket in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners.

There is a protest April 17, 2012 at the Israeli Embassy in Athens, Greece at 6:30 in solidarity with the Karama Hunger Strike and the Palestinian prisoners.

Dublin: Lunchtime Picket with Palestinian Prisoners.

To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2012, on Tuesday 17th April from 1-2pm the IPSC will be holding a symbolic lunchtime demonstration outside EU House, Molesworth Street (Dublin 2) to highlight the European Union’s ongoing facilitation of Israel’s apartheid policies and war crimes – including the imprisonment of over 4,400 political prisoners.

Following the demo, activists will move to Grafton Street and conduct an information stall between 2.30 and 5.30pm, distributing information about Palestinian political prisoners. More details…

Sydney: International Day of Action for Palestinian Prisoners.

Tuesday, April 17
6 pm – 8 pm
Sydney town Hall
Sydney, Australia

Facebook event:

Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to a rally from 6pm to 8pm onTuesday, April 17, on Palestine Prisoners’ Day. Meet outside Sydney Town Hall. Our lips will be silenced with tape, symbolising the purpose of ‘administrative detention’, which is to silence Palestinian resistance against Israeli apartheid. More details…

Montreal: Sumoud – An Evening of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners

Thursday, April 19
6:30pm until 9:30pm
Concordia University Hall Building, Room H-110
1455 de Maisonneuve West Metro Guy-Concordia
Montreal, Quebec

Facebook event:

Please join us for a panel discussion and screening to highlight prisoner struggles, affirm our support and stand in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners. Featuring speakers: Issam Al-Yamani, Serin Atiani, and a screening of a video produced by Addameer, featuring an interview with Suha Barghouti, wife of Palestinian writer, scholar and political prisoner Ahmed Qatamesh. More details…

Action: Write to the ICRC!

[Write to the International Committee of the Red Cross to demand they take action for Palestinian prisoners”]

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday April 12, 2018, 1:59 am
And of course, Ahed Tamimi and her mother ...

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Thursday April 12, 2018, 3:28 am

Ben O (135)
Thursday April 12, 2018, 5:59 am
Signed 5 petitions...

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 12, 2018, 7:19 am
Free Ahed Tamimi!

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of over 450 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Issa Qaraqe of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission stated that approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

For supporters in the US: Call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office. CODEPINK has an action to highlight this case specifically.
2.Join the international actions: Write to your national parliamentarians and officials and urge them to take a stand for Ahed Tamimi. Sample letters and actions here.
3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here:
4.Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed:
5.Organize a protest for Ahed or join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
6.Write to Ahed, Nour and Nariman. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, these letters can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, Nour Tamimi or Nariman Tamimi (choose one and address your letter to one only) at: HaSharon prison
Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7
40 330 Israel


Lona G (66)
Friday April 13, 2018, 6:12 am
Noted and signed some petitions, Thanks for posting, Jess. So good to see there are hundreds of manifestations the coming weeks all around the world.

William C (0)
Friday April 13, 2018, 7:06 am
Thank you.

Angela J (61)
Friday April 13, 2018, 2:31 pm

Richard A (2)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 9:39 am
Thank you.

S J (130)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:18 am
Free all prisoners, free Palestine! Meows Fly

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:13 pm
17 April, Lille: Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners! Solidarity with Georges Abdallah!

Tuesday, 17 April
6:00 pm
Grand Place
Place du General de Gaulle, Metro Rihour
Lille, France
More info:

1984-2018: 34 years of prison and of resistance!

The struggling Lebanese Communist is detained inside French prisons since 1984 despite being eligible for release since 1999, but the successive French governments have refussed to release him. The United States and Israel have never ceased their pressure to block his freedom. Georges Abdallah is considered another Palestinian political prisoner – a resistance struggler imprisoned for their involvement with the Palestinian resistance and a resistance struggler with all peoples who confront imperialis,.

Freedom now for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah!

17 April 2018: Solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners!

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, marked each year on 17 April, the Palestinian people and those who stand in solidarity salute all of the prisoners behind Israeli prison bars.

They are thousands of Palestinians, resistance fighters, activists, parliamentarians, politicians, activists, or ordinary civilians, men, women and children locked up in 18 Israeli jails: neaarly 7,000, including 60 women and 300 children under the age of 18.

As of September 2017, 501 prisoners were serving life sentences and 466 were serving more than 20 years. 500 are held in illegal administrative detention without charge or trial. Almost every family in occupied Palestine has at least one member who has gone through Israeli prisons. Prison, therefore, has a central place in Palestinian life and resistance.

In 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross estimated at 850,000 the number of Palestinians who have been arrested or detained since 1967. Among these prisoners, dozens suffer from serious illnesses and their lives are in danger due to the medical neglect of the Israeli occupation authorities.

Solitary confinement, torture, humiliation, intimidation of family members and prohibition of their visits are all tactics used to try to stifle the movement for Palestinian freedom. The prisoners represent the resistance of those who face the oppression of the Zionist state. If we defend Palestine, we must defend them and show our full support and solidarity to the Palestinian resistance in all of its forms.

1984 – 2018 : 34 ans de prison, de résistance !

Ce combattant communiste libanais est détenu dans les prisons françaises depuis 1984 et libérable depuis 1999, mais les gouvernements français successifs refusent de le libérer. Les pressions des Etats Unis et Israël pour s’opposer à sa libération ne cesseront pas pendant toutes ces années. Georges Abdallah doit être considéré comme un prisonnier politique palestinien aussi – Un résistant emprisonné pour son implication dans la résistance palestinienne – Un résistant solidaire des peuples en lutte contre l’impérialisme.

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Liberté maintenant !

17 avril 2018 : Solidarité avec les prisonniers politiques palestiniens !

A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la solidarité avec les prisonniers palestiniens, célébrée le 17 avril de chaque année, le peuple palestinien et ceux qui sont solidaires rendent un grand hommage à tous les prisonniers en souffrance permanente derrière les barreaux des prisons israéliennes.

Ils sont des milliers de Palestiniens, résistants, activistes, députés, hommes politiques, militants, engagés, combattants ou simples civils, hommes, femmes ou enfants enfermés dans 18 prisons israéliennes : plus de 7000, dont 60 femmes et 300 enfants de moins de 18 ans.

En septembre 2017, 501 prisonniers purgeaient des peines de condamnation à vie et 466 des peines de plus de 20 ans.
700 sont en détention administrative illégale sans jugement ni procès.
Presque toutes les familles en Palestine occupée ont au moins un membre qui est passé par les prisons israéliennes. La prison a donc une place centrale dans la vie et la résistance palestinienne.

En 2015, le Comité international de la Croix Rouge (CICR) évaluait à 850 000 le nombre de Palestiniens ayant été arrêtés et plus ou moins longtemps détenus depuis 1967.

Parmi ces prisonniers, des dizaines souffrent de maladies graves, leur vie est en danger, à cause de la négligence médicale des autorités israéliennes qui veulent faire pression sur eux pour qu’ils cessent leur combat.

L’enfermement, la torture, l’humiliation, l’intimidation des familles et l’interdiction des visites sont des pratiques utilisées pour tenter d’étouffer le mouvement d’une Palestine libre.

Les prisonniers représentent la résistance de ceux qui font face à l’oppression de l’Etat sioniste. Si nous défendons la Palestine, nous devons les défendre et apporter notrnotre solidarité totale et notre soutien à la résistance palestinienne sous toutes ses formes.

Organizers: Collectif de soutien à la résistance palestinienne (CSRP59), Samidoun, Antifa59/62, Solidarité Georges Abdallah Lille,Capjpo europalestine, Amitié Lille Naplouse, Collectif « Bassin minier » pour la libération de Georges Abdallah, UJFP59, Comité « Libérez-Les ! » (59/62), Secours Rouge Lille et Bruxelles, NPA, PCRF,

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:15 pm
19 March, Paris: Unified Meeting for the Freedom of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah.

Saturday, 19 March
7:00 pm
CICP, 21b Rue Voltaire
75011 Paris

Freedom for Georges Abdallah!
It is our struggle! We are in struggle!

In 2015, the civilian population in France suffered massacres and attacks. The French government has used this situation to enhance its repressive system domestically and wage war externally.

Our response to this extraordinary situation must be unified resistance, involving the struggle against imperialism and state terror (including that of the Zionist state), against state violence (military, police, administrative), racism, repression and fascism of the state in general, directed against the people and the working class in particular areas; the struggle for the just and legitimate right to revolt and to liberation; the liberation struggle of the revolutionary political prisoners.

Georges Abdallah, Lebanese Communist struggler for the Palestinian national liberation movement, has been imprisoned in French jails for over 31 years – brings together these political struggles. That is why we say that this is our struggle, and we are in the struggle, and if a state of emergency must be declared, it should be for the release of Abdallah!

First organizers: : le CRI Rouge – le Comité pour un S.R.I de Baiona – Rouge vif 13 – Comité de Solidarité Tunisien pour la Libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah – Comité de défense populaire aux luttes du peuple Tunisien – CLGIA (Collectif pour la Libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah) – Parti Communiste Maoïste -FUIQP (Front Uni des Immigrations et des Quartiers Populaires) – Camarades du soutien de Bagnolet – Groupe d’associations de Bagnolet (GAB) – Comité Anti-impérialiste – Le Comité d’action et de soutien aux luttes du peuple Marocain – UPOTUDAK (comité international de solidarité avec les prisonniers politiques) – Plateforme des prisonniers politiques du Kurdistan et de la Turquie – La Voie Révolutionnaire du 17 décembre – OCML Voie Prolétarienne – Parti des Indigènes de la République (P.I.R) – Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs (CNT) – CAPJPO Euro Palestine – Libérons Georges 33 – Action Antifasciste NP2C – Comité solidarité Georges Abdallah Lille – Collectif de soutien à la Résistance Palestinienne 59 – Comité « Libérez-Les » de soutien aux prisonniers et réfugiés politiques 59/62 – Collectif « bassin minier » pour la libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah – Secours Rouge Arabe – Rassemblement organisé des communistes Marxistes Léninistes (ROCML) -Association Nationale des Communistes (ANC)

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:18 pm
17 June, Brussels: Free Georges Ibrahim Abdallah.

Saturday, 17 June
3:00 pm
Consulate General of France
42 Blvd du Regent
1000 Brussels, Belgium

On Friday, 17 June, outside the consulate general of France in Brussels, we will join to support the call of the national demonstration to Free Georges Abdallah in Paris, organized by the Unified Campaign to Free Georges Ibrahim Abdallah.

19 June is the international day of revolutionary prisoners.

An occasion that is very important for us to express our solidarity with Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Arab revolutionary Communist, struggler for the national liberation movement of Palestine, jailed in the French state prisons for 33 years. He was condemned to a life sentence for complicity in acts of resistance claimed by the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Fraction (LARF) while his country of Lebanon was invaded by Zionist forces.

He has been eligible for release since 1999. Despite two orders for release by a sentencing tribunal, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah remains imprisoned in France at the impetus of the US government. Georges Ibrahim Abdallah is a political prisoner who has no regrets for the struggle he has always led and which he pursues today, for freedom, justice and the emancipation of oppressed peoples. This struggle is fully part of the current struggle. It is the just and legitimate struggle of those who oppose the capitalist offensive and its wars of plunder. It is the struggle of all of those who confront repressive state violence which attempts to gag them, in the streets, the working-class neighborhood, or is the political and trade union context.

This fight of a lifetime is also ours! He is part of our struggle and we are with his struggle! That is why we call upon all who stand with the Palestinian resistance to fight capitalism, imperialism, Zionism, colonialism and the Arab reactionary regimes, to join us on Saturday, 17 June, to affirm the demand for his release.

Unified Campaign for the Liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah

Le 19 juin est la journée internationale des prisonniers révolutionnaires.

Une occasion de plus pour exprimer notre solidarité à Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, militant communiste révolutionnaire arabe, combattant pour la lutte de libération nationale de la Palestine et incarcéré dans les geôles de l’État français depuis 33 ans. Condamné à perpétuité pour complicité dans des actes de résistance revendiqués par les Fractions armées révolutionnaires libanaises, alors que son pays, le Liban, était envahi par les troupes sionistes, il est libérable depuis 1999. Malgré deux libérations prononcées par le tribunal d’application des peines, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah est maintenu en prison en France, sur injonction du gouvernement étatsunien.

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah est un prisonnier politique qui n’a ni regrets ni remords pour le combat qu’il a toujours mené et qu’il poursuit aujourd’hui pour la justice, la liberté et l’émancipation des peuples opprimés. Ce combat s’inscrit pleinement sur le terreau des luttes actuelles. C’est le combat des révoltes justes et légitimes de celles et ceux qui s’opposent à l’offensive capitaliste et à ses guerres de pillage. C’est le combat de tous ceux qui font face à la violence répressive d’Etat, qui s’abat sur eux pour tenter de les bâillonner, que ce soit dans la rue, dans les quartiers populaires ou pour les militants politiques et syndicaux. Ce combat de toute une vie est aussi le nôtre !

Il est de nos luttes, nous sommes de son combat ! C’est pourquoi nous appelons tous ceux qui comme nous, sont aux côtés des peuples en lutte, au côté de la résistance Palestinienne, qui combattent le capitalisme, l’impérialisme, le sionisme, le colonialisme et les États réactionnaires arabes, à se joindre à nous samedi 17 juin pour affirmer l’exigence de sa libération.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:21 pm
19 April, Gothenburg: People’s kitchen and Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.

Thursday, 19 April
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, food from 5:00 pm
Syndikalistiskt Forum
Ovre husargatan 27
Gothenburg, Sweden

Thursday, 19 April
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, food from 5:00 pm
Syndikalistiskt Forum
Ovre husargatan 27
Gothenburg, Sweden

Join Frihet åt Ahed Tamimi Göteborg for a people’s kitchen on Thursday, 19 April, to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners’ Day the same week.

Come to wrrite letters to Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian political prisoners, discuss international solidarity and national liberation movements, and plan future actions and events with us!

And while you are here, you can eat falafel, rice and hummus for an affordable price!

Vi i Frihet åt Ahed Tamimi Göteborg håller folkkök på Syndikalistiskt Forumpå torsdag 19 april för att uppmärksamma Palestinian Prisoners’ Day som äger rum samma vecka.

Kom förbi för att skriva hälsningar till Ahed Tamimi och andra palestinska politika fångar, diskutera internationell solidaritet och nationella befrielsrörelser och planera framtida solidaritetsarbete och aktioner med oss!

Och när du ändå är på plats kan du äta falafel med ris och hummus för en billig peng!

För mer information om det internationella solidaritetsarbete för palestinska politika fångar, besök gärna och

Öppet kl. 16-20, mat från kl. 17.
Syndikalistiskt Forum
Övre Husargatan 27
Hål lplats: Olivedalsgatan eller Linnéplatsen
Cash is Queen! (även swish)

Tillgängligheten på Forum är tyvärr begränsad – kan vara svårt för rullstolsburen att själv ta sig till badrum. Armstöd finns i badrummet. Dock är det tillgängligt i själva kafédelen. För mer info, kontakta gärna Syndikalistiskt Forum .

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 7:29 pm
Naples event builds solidarity for Palestinian prisoners: including statement from Georges Abdallah.
25 March 2018

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 7:34 pm
No Education, no Awareness for Female Minors in Detention.
11 April 2018

On Tuesday 10 April 2018, Addameer’s director Sahar Francis visited a number of female prisoners detained at HaSharon prison. The female detainees, PLC member Khalida Jarar, the 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman Tamimi, reported to Sahar about the general conditions of their detention focusing on a recent escalation related to education. Today, there are 62 female detainees. This figure includes 7 minors and 3 administrative detainees. This statement is written on behalf of the female prisoners to mark the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, 17 April 2018.

Currently, female minors are participating in classes taught by PLC member Jarar solely. This is due to the fact that an external teacher has not been coming to the detention center for a number of weeks. Thus, Jarar has been preparing tawjehi students (last year of high school) for their final exams, which they are able to undertake while detained. Furthermore, Jarar has been providing these minors with awareness-raising sessions, primarily on human rights. to the primary aim of these sessions is to inform and educate the young girls in detention about their own rights, based on international human rights laws and conventions.

On 9 April 2018, the Israeli Prisoner Service (IPS) in the female section at HaSharon prison announced that Khalida is no longer allowed to prepare the young girls for their exams or provide these awareness sessions. In response, the female detainees on the same evening have closed the section and refused their dinner with the aim of demonstrating their rejection of the IPS’ decision. Eventually, the IPS promised to bring back an external teacher in less than a week and, in the meanwhile, Khalida was temporarily allowed to continue the classes and sessions.

Education in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law

All measures of international instruments and norms understand education to be a fundamental right. It is an economic, social, cultural, civil and political right, which is essential to the realization of other enshrined rights. International treaties and conventions emphasize that the right to education is part of the child’s basic rights, in times of peace and armed conflict. IHL specifically imposes on the occupying power the duty to ensure the right to education for the population under its control and stipulates that these responsibilities are not to be repudiated. In the event that they are, the state is to be held legally accountable internationally.

The Fourth Geneva Convention (IHL)

Article 94 of Section three of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which provides regulations for the treatment of detainees, stipulates that, “The Detaining Power shall encourage intellectual, educational and recreational pursuits, sports and games amongst internees [...] It shall take all practicable measures to ensure the exercise thereof, in particular by providing suitable premises”. Specifically, the article adds, “[a]ll possible facilities shall be granted to internees to continue their studies or to take up new subjects. The education of children and young people shall be ensured; they shall be allowed to attend schools either within the place of internment or outside."

International Human Rights Law

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESC) specifically articles 13 and 14ensure the right to education and asserts the state’s utmost responsibility for the realization of this right. Moreover, the Convention against Discrimination in Education, Article 1(b), provides clarification. It states that “for the purposes of this Convention, the term “education” refers to all types and stages of education, and includes access to education, its standard and its quality, and the conditions under which it is given.” The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), specifically articles 28 and 29, emphasizes the need to achieve the full realization of this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity.

The Arrest and Detention of Palestinian Children

Palestinian children are being systematically targeted by the Israeli occupation forces, which arrest around 700 children annually. Throughout 2017, Israeli occupation forces arrest around 2000 children, half of them being from East Jerusalem. The goal behind the occupying power’s detention of Palestinian children, especially those aged 16-18 who constitute the pillar of community development, is to stunt the intellectual growth and awareness of the Palestinian people.

No Education, no Awareness for Female Minors in Detention

By depriving prisoners of their right to education, Israel not only seeks to inhibit the development of the Palestinian people, it seeks to stifle any form of intellectual resistance amongst detained children. Unlike Israeli prisoners convicted of criminal offenses, who are given the opportunity to serve their sentence in conditions that respect their humanity, Palestinian detainees who are imprisoned with the aim of being psychologically destroyed, spiritually impoverished, or turned into collaborators and tools in the service of the occupier. To achieve this dehumanization, the IPS adopts an approach that is complementary to the oppression and torture practiced in interrogation facilities. It aims to control, humiliate, and degrade detainees, with the aim of placing them under its full control. As such, the IPS destroys their identity and vitality.

What is currently taking place at HaSharon prison is not only a denial of education, it is also an attempt to curtail female prisoner’s ability to better understand their own oppression. These sessions are about the fundamentals of human existence, rights. The Israeli occupation forces, are not only violating IHL and IHRL but are also attempting to erase an understanding of the acts of the oppressor and to distort the Palestinian consciousness.

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Sunday April 15, 2018, 4:52 am
Detainee Al-Hindi Continues Hunger Strike For The 33rd Day.
April 13, 2018

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that detainee Mosab Tawfiq al-Hindi, 29, is ongoing with an open-ended hunger strike he started 33 days ago, protesting being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

The detainee, from Tal town, in the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, is currently refusing to take any vitamins, rejecting medical checkups, and only drinks water. So far, he lost 12 kilograms (26.5 Pound), and is in a deteriorating condition.

The PPS said that one of its lawyer managed to visit al-Hindi, Thursday, in Ohali Kidar Israeli prison, and added that the Prison Administration has confiscated all his belongings, including clothes, and has been frequently moving him from one prison to another to deny his strike, and cause him further fatigue in an attempt to force him to end his strike.

It is worth mentioning that al-Hindi was abducted on March 15, 2017, and never faced charges, but instead was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders without trial.

He was also frequently abducted and imprisoned by Israel and held two hunger strikes in 2012 and 2014.

In related news, detainee Sami Mohammad Janazra, 45, from the al-Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron, continues his open hunger strike for the 18th day, in a protest against the renewal of his administrative detention, according to a report released on Thursday, by the detainees and ex-detainees’ commission.

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Monday April 16, 2018, 9:47 pm
Israel issued 50,000 administrative detention orders against Palestinians since 1967
April 17, 2018

The Israeli authorities have issued 50,000 administrative detention orders against Palestinians since 1967; the year when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said Monday.

The Commission explained that the number of administrative detention orders has increased sharply since 2002, noting that the detainees lose months or years of their lives inside the Israeli occupation cells without trial and continue to be brought before the courts without any sentence or charge.

According to the Commission, there are currently 427 Palestinians held in administrative detention.

The Palestinian prisoners in administrative detainees announced on February, 15 a boycott of administrative courts to protest the continued and increasing use of administrative detention against them.

The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies called on Human Rights and International bodies to pressure Israel to abide by the Geneva Conventions provisions and international humanitarian law and respect the Palestinian prisoners rights.

The Center’s director, Raafat Hamdouneh said in a statement on the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day that the prisoners conditions are difficult and could explode at any moment due to the deteriorating living conditions in light of the daily abuses committed by the Israeli Prison Service and the Israeli government against them.

He added that there are nearly 6,500 Palestinian prisoners who are detained in intolerable situations, where visits are prohibited, books and education are banned, the food is poor and their health is neglected.

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Monday April 16, 2018, 10:26 pm
South Africa president hails Palestinians’ defiance in face of Israel aggression

Thousands attend Winnie Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa
April 16, 2018

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed defiant Palestinians during a memorial service held on Saturday for South African anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Addressing thousands of mourners at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg’s Soweto, Ramaphosa said Madikizela-Mandela “lives on in the Palestinian teenager who refuses to stand by as he’s stripped of his home, his heritage and his prospects for a peaceful and content, dignified life.”

Eighty-one-year-old Madikizela-Mandela died on 2 April after a long illness for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

Madikizela-Mandela was the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president. She was one of the country’s greatest icons in the struggle against apartheid.

Read: Hamas mourns death of ‘Mama’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

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Monday April 16, 2018, 10:57 pm
Renaming the 1948 War: Partition, Dispossession and Fragmentation.
March 29, 2018

A local artist from the village of Taffouh depicts the struggles and dreams of the Palestinian people in a mural at the entrance to the local school, Taffouh High School, February 2018. Photo credit: Christian Peacemaker Teams.


Controlling the discourse

Israel has been brilliant over the years in shaping and misdirecting the public discourse on the future of Palestine. Among its earliest achievement along these lines was the crucial propaganda victory by having the 1948 War known internationally as the “War of Independence.” Such a designation erases the Palestinians from political consciousness, and distorts the deeper human and political consequences of the war. Language matters, especially in vital circumstances where there are winners and losers, a reality that applies above all to a war of displacement.

It took decades for the Palestinians to elevate their experience of the 1948 war to even the consciousness of those on an international level who supported the Palestinian national struggle for self-determination. Even now more than 50 years after the war, the “Nakba” by which the 1948 war is known to Palestinians remains internationally obscure. The word signifies “catastrophe,” which is associated principally with the dispossession of at least 700,000 non-Jewish residents of Palestine, what became the state of Israel after 1948, and subsequently, with the denial by Israel of any right of return for those Palestinians who abandoned their homes and villages out of fear or as a result of Israeli coercion. This double process of dispossession and erasure was reinforced powerfully by the bulldozing and utter destruction of 400-600 Palestinian villages in the new state of Israel.

Even those who have this revisionist awareness rarely convey a sense of the Nakba as a process, not just a calamitous event. For those Palestinians dispossessed of home, property, community, employment, and dignity, their life, that of their families, and that of subsequent generations has been generally “a living hell” as a consequence of either enduring the misery and humiliation of long-term residence in refugee camps or experiencing the various vulnerabilities and rootlessness of involuntary and permanent exile. In other words, the tragedy of the Nakba began and did not end with the traumas of dispossession, but rather continued in the ordeals that followed, which must be considered as inseparable from the originating catastrophe.

The UN Partition Resolution

For many reflective Palestinians, the decades since 1948 have intensified the ordeal that followed from the struggle for control of territory and elemental rights that followed from the UN General Assembly Resolution 181 adopted by a vote of 33-13 (with ten abstentions, one absent) on November 29, 1947. The Israeli mastery of the public international discourse was expressed by dramatizing the Zionist acceptance (as represented by the Jewish Agency for Palestine) of the proposed partition of historic Palestine while the Palestinians, their Arab neighbors, as well as India and Pakistan, rejected it declaring above all that partition without the consent of the inhabitants of Palestine was a flagrant violation of the UN Charter promise of the right of self-determination, entailing peoples choosing their own political destiny.

This clash of attitudes was then interpreted in the West as demonstrating the reasonableness of the Zionist approach to the complexities associated with two contradictory claims of right regarding self-determination and territorial sovereignty. The Zionist/Israeli spin claimed a readiness to resolve the conflict by way of political compromise while contrasting and denigrating the Palestinian approach to the future of the country as exclusivist and rejectionist, even as genocidal, implying an alleged Arab resolve to throw Jews into the sea, a contention that naturally agitated an extremely sensitive post-Holocaust Western liberal political consciousness. A more objective rendering of the opposed viewpoints of the two sides supports a set of conclusions almost totally the opposite of what has been sold to the world by an Israeli narrative of the UN partition initiative and its aftermath that despite these contrary considerations remains dominant.

After an understandable initial Palestinian reflex to repel Jewish intruders intent on occupying and dividing their homeland of centuries, it has been the Palestinians, not the Israelis, who have been proposing a comprehensive compromise and it is the Israelis who, by and large, subscribe to the view that the Jewish “promised land” incorporates the West Bank and the unified city of Jerusalem, and any dilution of these goals would be a fundamental betrayal of the Zionist project to restore fully a mythic “biblical Israel” in the form of a sovereign state. The more ideological Israelis, including Menachem Begin (commander of the Zvai Leumi Irgun, 6th prime minister of Israel, 1977-83) were outspoken critics of partition in 1947, anticipating correctly that it would produce violence, and believing that Israel would only achieve its security and complete the Zionist Project by engaging in military operations with the object of territorial expansion. David Ben-Gurion, the master Zionist tactician and the first and foremost Israeli leader, shared Begin’s skepticism about partition, but favored it for pragmatic reasons as a step toward the fulfillment of the Zionist Project, but not the end of it. Partition was provisional, to be followed by seeking to complete the Zionist agenda, which is precisely what unfolded ever since 1947.

Partition was a familiar British colonial tactic that complemented their “divide and rule” strategy of occupation. It was proposed for Palestine as early as 1937 in the report of the Peel Commission, but in view of the desire for Arab cooperation in World War II, the UK uncharacteristically backed away from their advocacy of partition for Palestine. In a later white paper, the British declared partition to be “impractical” as applied to Palestine, and somewhat surprisingly abstained from the vote on Resolution 181.

Prolonging the Palestinian ordeal

At least since 1988, the PLO decided to accept Israel as a legitimate state and offer normalization of relations if Israel followed the prescriptive provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 242, that is, withdrawing to the 1967 green line borders and agreeing on arrangements for an effective resolution of the refugee issue. The Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 added regional inducements to the PLO offer of political compromise, and this too was met by Israeli silence and a lackluster response in the West. The Oslo diplomacy was a one-sided failure. It never produced proposals on the disputed issues in ways that contained any reasonable prospect of bringing the conflict to a sustainable end, while it allowed Israel valuable time to keep expanding their network of unlawful settlements, a form of creeping annexation that served, as well, to make the two-state mantra more and more of a cruel chimera, useful to pacify international public opinion that sought a sustainable peace for both peoples and an end to the conflict.

More objectively considered, these dual reactions to the partition solution can be deconstructed. The Zionist movement at every stage took what it could get, and then went about creating conditions on the ground and diplomatically for getting more, by expanding their political demands and expectations, or as sometimes observed, “shifting the goalposts.” Reliance on such “salami tactics” can be traced back at least as far as the Balfour Declaration when Zionists accepted the terminology of “national home” despite their aspirations from the outset to establish a Jewish state that disregarded Palestinian moral, legal, and political rights. Recent archival research has made it increasingly clear that the real Zionist goal all along was the imagined Israel of biblical tradition, “the promised land” that deemed to encompass all of the city of Jerusalem, as well as the area known internationally as “the West Bank” and in Israel as “Judea and Samaria.”

And with respect to the Palestinian response, initially ardently supported by the entire Arab world, as well as most countries with majority Muslim populations, rejection of the UN approach was based on the extent to which partition bisected Palestine without any process of consent by, or even consultation with, the majority resident population. It was an arrogant effort by the UN, then under Western control, to dictate a solution that was not sensitive to Palestinian concerns or in keeping with the spirit or letter of its own Charter. To treat Palestinian rejection of Resolution 181 as indicative of anti-Semitism or even rejectionism is to accept an explanation of the disastrous legacy of partition that conforms to the Israeli narrative, which misses the real dynamic at work that has kept the conflict alive all these decades. To this day Israel continues to create conditions that diminish Palestinian prospects while subtly depicting the Zionist Project as in reasonable pursuit of previously undisclosed ambitions with greater clarity.

This leads to the central question that also includes reasons why the Israelis did also not want partition, but felt correctly that its provisional and temporary acceptance was a way of gaining more political space both for maneuvering and for showing the world its reasonable face that included a commitment to peace. In contract, the Palestinians felt shut out and humiliated by the way the future of their society was treated by the UN and the West, and yet didn’t want to alienate the international community, especially Washington. This kind of attitude meant lending credence to the 1993 Oslo Framework of Principles, and acting as if the “peace process” had something to do with “peace.” This accommodationist mode of diplomacy practiced by the Palestinian Authority over the course of the last 25 years while Israel annexed and Judaized East Jerusalem and penetrated more deeply into the West Bank created the impression in many circles, including Palestinian and others, that the Palestinian Authority was not nearly rejectionist enough, and either naively playing a losing hand or completely failing to understand the real Zionist game plan.

The Partition War

To circle back to the contention that language is itself a site of struggle, it has become desirable, even now, more than 70 years later, to call the 1948 War by a name that reveals more clearly its essential and flawed character, and this name is The Partition War. Only by such a linguistic move can we begin to understand the extent to which the international community, as embodied in the UN, was guilty of original sin with respect to the Palestinian people, and their natural rights, as well as their legal entitlements and reasonable political expectations. Endorsing the partition of Palestine was what I would describe as a geopolitical crime.

Richard Anderson Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. In 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. This article originally appeared in his blog, Global Justice in the 21st Century.

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Tuesday April 17, 2018, 6:36 pm
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Wednesday April 18, 2018, 10:31 pm
Ahed Tamimi’s father tells Al Arabiya why he released Israeli harassment video. (Click on video).
11 April, 2018

Ashraf Abdulhamid

After a video emerged showing two Israeli interrogators threatening Ahed al-Tamimi, the now iconic face of the Palestinian revolution, with harassment, her father Bassem al-Tamimi sheds light on the story.

Speaking to Al, the 16-year-old’s father explained that the purpose behind spreading the video is to show the young girl’s power, her patience to resist and her courage.

He also said that the interrogators attempted to orally harass her to break her, in turn, forcing her to speak to them after she chose to remain silent throughout the 10-day investigation period. “She wouldn’t even answer the simplest of questions such as what her name is,” he said.

Eyes of an angel

In the video, the interrogator can be seen commenting on her body, fair skin and “eyes of an angel.”

The interrogator, said to be an agent of the Israeli military intelligence branch, at times moves within inches of the teenager who doesn’t respond and repeatedly asserts her right to remain silent.

The point of the video was not to show the act of harassment in itself, said Tamimi’s father. “This is not our way and it’s not our tradition. Not to mention, no father can put out a video showcasing his daughter being harassed,” he added.

“The point of the video was to show how brave and strong she was,” said the father.

Tamimi’s father urged people not to focus on the harassment predicament, but to learn from the model Ahed embodies. He said: “The point is that Israeli harassment and occupation crimes do not break the Palestinian people’s will or their children’s will.”

He also told Al Arabiya that his daughter has been under a lot of pressure as she was move to another prison and was isolated in a cold cell. Tamimi was also threatened that the rest of her family would be arrested.

“We will continue fighting the occupation and continue showing its ugliness because we are not victims. We are fighters for the freedom of our people,” said the father.

Speaking to the Palestinian people he said: “Don’t be afraid of this occupation and don’t fear it because it is weaker than you think. You need to continue resisting them and this young girl is a model to all.”

- With AP.
Last Update: Wednesday, 11 April 2018

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Thursday April 19, 2018, 1:23 am
March 2018 report: 609 Palestinians seized by occupation forces as prisoners face torture, isolation.

The following report is prepared monthly by four Palestinian human rights organizations: Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission. Translation below by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.


International law has established specific standards for the protection of the rights of prisoners in order to regulate their conditions and preserve their human dignity. These standards are legal obligations that require the occupying state to fully comply with their provisions, ensure fair trial guarantees and ensure that no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.

During March 2018, the Israeli occupation authorities continued their policy of the arbitrary detention of Palestinians, in violation of these international standards for prisoners in international humanitarian and human rights law.

The report includes five sections; the first deals with statistics on Palestinian prisoners, the second focuses on torture and other forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment (with the case of detained Palestinian student Omar al-Kiswani as an example), the third deals with the policy of isolation and solitary confinement, the fourth deals with violations of the right to life and physical integrity, and the fifth presents legal obligations of the occupation and presents a set of recommendations.

1. Statistics on Arrests

In March 2018, the Israeli occupation authorities arrested 609 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, including 95 children and 13 women.

Monitoring and documentation by Palestinian human rights institutions indicate that occupation forces seized 155 Palestinians from Jerusalem, 113 from Ramallah, 85 from al-Khalil, 48 from Nablus, 47 from Tulkarem, 43 from Bethlehem, 33 from Jenin, 28 from Qalqilya, 24 from Jericho, 7 from Salfit and 5 from Tubas as well as 19 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

In the context of the ongoing policy of administrative detention, imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial, occupation authorities issued 81 administrative detention orders, including 34 new orders, with the remainder renewals of existing detention orders. These arrests brought the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons to approximately 6500, including 62 women, among them 8 minor girls. There are approximately 350 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons and 500 people held under administrative detention.

2. Torture and other cruel and inhumane treatment

In March 2018, the occupation authorities continued to carry out various forms of torture and ill-treatment against Palestinian prisoners. The case of Palestinian student detainee Omar al-Kiswani is an example in this regard.

On Wednesday, 7 March at approximately 4:30 pm local time, an Israeli occupation force stormed and invaded Bir Zeit University disguised in civilian clothes in order to seize the student Omar Hassan al-Kiswani, 24. Kiswani is the president of the Bir Zeit Student Council, a resident of the town of Beit Iksa. He was abducted from campus in a violent attack and forcibly taken to the Moskobiya detention center.

According to his statements to his lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on 1 April 2018, he was beaten severely from the moment of his arrest, punched and kicked and also beaten with an electrified baton. This physical abuse and torture did not stop at the time of his arrest, but continued into the interrogation with various forms of physical and psychological pressure. He has been interrogated for up to 18 hours at a time for consecutive days as a form of psychological pressure and sleep deprivation; in addition, his mother was seized, brought into the interrogation center, and shown to him in an attempt to pressure him. He was prohibited from speaking to or contacting his mother. Physical pressure was also exercised in conjunction with this psychological pressure. He has been forced to sit through the interrogation on an iron chair with his hands and feet shackled or restricted.

In response to this mistreatment, he launched a 14-day hunger strike in protest. He continues to be held under interrogation and the Ofer occupation court extended his detention for the fourth time on 7 April 2018 to continue his interrogation.

3. Solitary confinement of Palestinian prisoners

Solitary confinement is one of the harshest punishments carried out by the Israeli prison administration against Palestinian detainees. The prisoner is held alone for prolonged periods in a dark, dirty cell, often with damp walls and only a toilet inside. It is common for the cells to be smelly and old and infested with insects and rodents. The experience of solitary confinement can cause significant psychological damage and deterioration to Palestinian prisoners.

The isolation rooms:

The isolation rooms are 1.8 meters in length and 2.7 meters in width. There is no room for walking or for most of the prisoners’ needs; this can be intensified when there are two beds in the room for prisoners held in joint isolation.

The isolation rooms have little ventilation and high humidity. There is one small, high window close to the ceiling, and the door has a small window, eight centimeters long and eight centimeters wide. It is common for Palestinian prisoners in isolation to develop illnesses, especially respiratory disorders.

One such case is that of the ill prisoner Musa Soufan from Tulkarem, serving a 33-year sentence. He has completed 15 years in prison as of the writing of this report and has spent the longest number of years in isolation. In recent years, he has been isolated continuously for 5 years under the pretext of a “secret file” that declares that he poses a threat to the security of the occupying power. He suffered from a tumor that was removed surgically on 24 December 2016, but he was given no further treatment after the procedure and remains concerned that the disease will return.

During his isolation, he has been deprived from communicating with the outside world or receiving family visits and is held in a small, poorly lit, dirty and poorly ventilated cell.

4. Violations of the right to life and physical integrity

Israeli occupation forces continued attacks against Palestinian civilians during their arrests. The excessive use of force by Israeli occupation soldiers and special forces has caused serious injuries to Palestinian prisoners and the death of Palestinian prisoners, as in the case of the martyr Raed al-Salhi, 21, of Bethlehem. He was killed in August 2017 after being severely injured when attacked by occupation forces who stormed Dheisheh refugee camp and attempted to arrest him.

More than 60 Palestinian prisoners and detainees have died as a result of medical neglect in Israeli prisons, the majority of whom were injured during their arrests by occupation forces.

On 7 March 2018, a special unit of occupation forces invaded Bir Zeit University to kidnap the student council president, Omar al-Kiswani. The occupation forces opened live fire on campus as they dragged Kiswani from the university. Kiswani himself was beaten all over during his arrest and was kicked in the military jeep on his way to the detention center as occupation soldiers cursed his family.

Palestinian detainee Abdullah Nayef Salem was seized by occupation forces at 6 a.m. on 26 March 2018 as he went to visit a grocery store near his home in Dheisheh refugee camp, where he was intercepted by a white car. An occupation soldier emerged and fired directly at his knee; he fell on the ground and was dragged and beaten by the soldiers before being taken to the Etzion military camp. He was then taken with Israeli occupation soldiers to Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. He continues to have slight internal bleeding and is in stable condition after surgery.

5. Legal Analysis

This report presents the legal protections under international humanitarian and human rights law to detainees, related to the types of Israeli violations during the reporting period and the legal rules that prohibit such violations, as follows:

1 – The arbitrary detention of Palestinian citizens violates the legal guarantees related to the prohibition of arbitrary detention in international human rights law, including article 9 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and articles 9 and 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976).

2 – The policy of administrative detention by the occupation state, in which detention is carried out on the basis of secret evidence and without any charge against the detainee, constitutes a direct violation of fair trial guarantees under the following legal principles:

a) It is contrary to Article 11 (1) of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that: “Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.”

b) It constitutes a grave violation of articles 9 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1976, which guarantees everyone the right to a fair trial, to be informed of the charges against them and to be able to defend themselves. (Note: The Occupying Power acceded to the ICCPR in October 1991, and shall be bound by it.)

c) The failure to disclose any charges against the person detained under the administrative detention order precludes every possibility of verifying the compliance of the occupying state with Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which states that “If the Occupying Power considers it necessary, for imperative reasons of security, to take safety measures concerning protected persons, it may, at the most, subject them to assigned residence or to internment.” It is impossible to verify whether this detention is permitted without knowing what the reasons have been and are.

d) Failure to inform the detained person of the charges against them constitutes a violation of Article 71 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which obliges the occupying power to report charges without delay. They also constitute a violation of article 10 of the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons in Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment of 1988, which requires the same.

3. The violations of the rights of detainee Omar al-Kiswani involve violations of the right to not be subjected to torture, contained in Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture. Torture and other cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment are contrary to the standards and rules in the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners of 1955, and are among the offenses prohibited under Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

4. The expansion of the use of solitary confinement leads to severe human suffering, prohibited under Rule 31 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners of 1955 as well as the aforementioned legal principles in the Convention Against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

5. The practices of the occupying forces in conjunction with arrests are an explicit violation of international standards on the right to life and physical integrity, in particular Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 1 of the Convention Against Torture.


At the conclusion of the report, this series of recommendations is based on the above-mentioned facts and the systematic and gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by the occupying power, as follows:

1) Formation of a fact-finding committee by the UN Human Rights Council on Israeli violations against detainees.

2) Activate the mechanisms of accountability by the international community towards the perpetrators of violations in fulfillment of its legal and ethical obligations.

3) The High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions must uphold their responsibilities and pressure the occupying power to respect international humanitarian law.

4) International contracting committees of the Conventions must activate their role to pressure the occupying state to respect the standards for prisoners’ rights.

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Sunday May 6, 2018, 7:51 am
Documenting the Nakba: an interview with poet Dareen Tatour.
May 1, 2018

I visited poet Dareen Tatour, under house arrest at her home in the Arab town of Reineh on April 17, known here as “Palestinian Prisoners Day.” Two and a half years ago Dareen was arrested for publishing a poem, and since then she underwent a trial and is now awaiting the verdict expected on May 3 — all, of course, while still under house arrest.

Meanwhile, over the past few days Palestinians have protested 70 years of the ongoing Nakba. Palestinians inside the Green Line, those that remained on or near their land inside of historic Palestine after the 1948 ethnic cleansing, now hold every year a “March of Return.” It is their main annual gathering to express their national identity and their aspirations for freedom and equality, and is held on the same day that Israel declared its independence.

This year was also witness to a new initiative for mass non-violent resistance in the besieged Gaza Strip under the title of “The Great March of Return.” Every Friday from Land Day (on March 30), tens of thousands of Palestinians march toward the prison-walls that Israel built all around them, fortifications that close on almost two million people, most of them refugees, in a very small patch of land, highly restricting all viable economic activities, supply of basic needs, medical treatment and the freedom of movement. When protesters approach the fence, Israeli army snipers shoot at them in cold blood. Since the start of the demonstrations Israeli forces have killed 45 and injured more than 6,000. Through these marches, the notion of the Palestinian Right of Return regained its initial place at the hallmark of the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

To see how Dareen’s story fits within the context of these events, I decided to interview her about her personal experiences with the Nakba and the struggle for al-‘Awda – Arabic for “the return.”

Ruins of Palestinian homes in Safsaf. (Photo: Nayef Naser Ahmad Zaghmout/Palestine Remembered)

Dareen’s grandmother and the Nakba in Safsaf

“Are you a refugee yourself?” I asked Dareen. “No”, she responded, “the Tatour family lived in Reineh long before the Zionists came to Palestine.”

“So how did you become aware to the ethnic cleansing of 1948?” I continued.

“Well, it all started with my grandmother,” she said, “She told me how they were expelled from Safsaf.”

Safsaf was a Palestinian village northwest of Safed, near the Lebanese border. On October 29, 1948, it was occupied by the Israeli army. After the villagers surrendered, the soldiers committed a massacre, shooting more than fifty men in the village, who were tied up, and dumping their bodies into a well. Three women were raped, including a 14-year old girl. The story of the massacre in Safsaf is recognized not only by Palestinian historians but also by Israeli sources. The Israeli army held an internal investigation but its results are still sealed by the state.

At that time Dareen’s grandmother was 16 years old and was already married to a man from Al-Jesh, a nearby village. The day Israeli forces occupied Safsaf she was in the village and witnessed the horrors of the massacre. She told Dareen how, before the mass shooting, the soldiers instructed people to gather in the middle of the village. She saw how they found two young women and a young men hiding in a cave. They shoot the three of them dead before her terrified eyes.

Most of the people of Safsaf, including Dareen’s grandmother’s brothers and sisters, ended up as refugees in Lebanon and Syria, thrown into an ordeal of statelessness and suffering in which, after 70 years, there is still no end in sight. Dareen’s grandmother joined her husband in Al-Jesh and stayed there, where Tatour’s mother was later born. Many people from Al-Jesh, after hearing about the massacre in Safsaf, also fled. So other relatives from Dareen’s grandfather’s family also became refugees. Some of them, as a result of Israeli and/or Arab massacres against the inhabitants of the Palestinian refugee camps, later found refuge in Europe, but most of them are still in Syria and Lebanon.

Dareen never met her grandfather. He died when her mother was still a girl. But she is proud of what she heard about him from her grandmother. He was a revolutionary and took part in the organization of the 1936 Arab General Strike in Palestine against the British occupation and against Zionist colonization. Later he took part in the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt, which was brutally repressed by the British army.

Dareen said she felt very close to her grandmother who told her about life in the lost paradise in Safsaf, the Nakba and the fate of the refugees. From this, came an urge to write down the stories, to photograph whatever was left of the people, memories and houses, and to devote her life to the Palestinian struggle of restoring lost rights.

Dareen Tatour and her grandmother. (Photo courtesy of Dareen Tatour)

Photography, oral history and activism

Just as she finished high school, Dareen started documenting Palestinian life before the Nakba by interviewing the generation that lived through it. She filmed videos and wrote stories; she started by interviewing her own grandmother, but soon widened the effort and started looking for people displaced from any the more than 500 villages and towns that were destroyed by Israel in 1948. Dareen accompanied them to their destroyed villages, or at times went there alone to take pictures.

Dareen published some of her documentary footage on the website Palestine Remembered, a database of destroyed Palestinian villages, as well as her Youtube channel, Facebook pages and blog. Eventually she established a website to warehouse her material, “” (yanbu’a in Arabic means “water spring”). While under house arrest, the court prohibited Dareen from accessing the internet. Not able to keep up her ynbu3 registration, the is no longer accessible. Dareen said she fears that the precious materials she stored on the website may have been lost forever. Similarly, much of her documentary footage was saved a computer that police confiscated in the course of her arrest and trial.

When ynbu3 was up and running, Dareen used the site to give new dimensions to the Palestinian struggle by building connections between the internally displaced and refugees beyond the borders. Each side gave what the other could not. The people that stayed in Palestine could visit the sites of destroyed villages and send pictures. Refugees contacted the site to request that local activists find what remained of their houses or photo for them locations that hosted endeared memories. People in the refugee camps conveyed a treasure trove of precious memories and Dareen interviewed them by Skype and wrote their stories. She also helped to coordinate visits of refugees that now hold European passports to their destroyed villages. She produced three films about such “return visits” to the villages of Al-Damun, Al-Birweh and Tirat Haifa.

In 1995, a few years before Dareen began her documentation effort, representatives from groups of displaced Palestinians from different towns and villages united to form The National Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced in Israel. In 1998, on the 50th anniversary of the Nakba, they started the tradition of “The Annual March of Return.” In the year 2000 the national committee established itself as an officially registered association.

When activist with the internally displaced association discovered Dareen’s documentaries on Palestine Remembered, they invited her to take part in a guides’ course. Dareen then joined the association and found another platform for her effort to preserve Palestinian memories. She brought together refugees from the Nakba and visitors to the destroyed villages so that they refugees could share their memories. Dareen filmed the encounters.

As the annual March of Return events evolved to draw tens of thousands participants, they now also include tents with special exhibitions. In the last marches before her arrest Tatour maintained her own tent, with an exhibition of more than 500 photos from the destroyed villages and towns, under the title “tell me about my village”.This was not a one time event–but an annual exhibition during the March of Return that ran for several years.

Dareen visiting a destroyed Palestinian village. (Photo: courtesy of Dareen Tatour)

Wounded in Saffuriyya

Once while looking at Dareen’s Facebook page, which she is not allowed to do but everybody else can, I found an image of her lying in a hospital bed, visited by Knesset Member Jamal Zakhalka. She told me how she was wounded during the 2008 March of Return.

It was the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. That year there was a surge of right-extremists’ and settlers’ incitement against the March of Return, which was held on the lands of the destroyed town of Saffuriyya, northwest of Nazareth. There was a big Palestinian presence that day, with many families who brought kids of all ages to take part in an educational event. At the end of the day, as the marchers were leaving the gathering spot heading towards the parking, the police allowed a group of settlers to come close and throw stones at them. As some Palestinian youth tried to confront the settlers, a large police force, including special forces “anti-riot” units, some of them mounted on mighty horses, fired tear gas and stun grenades into the whole of the Palestinian public and struck some with batons. The police’s munitions caused a wild fire in dry fields, which put the participants in extra danger.

There was havoc. Most people didn’t expect such violence and were confused. They tried run away, in all directions. Children cried and many were separated from their relatives or friends. Dareen, armed with her professional camera, tried to stay calm and document the events. She still remembers the scene of policemen beating whoever they could catch, sometimes stomping their boots on victims. She also vividly described how people were wounded when the mounted police rode their horses into the crowd.

Suddenly Dareen saw three children without a parent nearby who were stuck between two lines of the police, not knowing where to hide. She stopped filming and went to help them. She guided the children out of danger, but was caught herself between the police lines and became a direct target for their fury. Officially gas canisters and shock grenades should be shot in the air, but she remembers how the policemen were shooting them directly at her from close range.

She especially remembers one direct hit at her leg, and another shock grenade that hit her chest. She felt the burning heat of the iron and the force of the blow left her unable to breath. She fell on the ground. She remembers hearing herself call for help before she fainted. She was evacuated by an ambulance to Nazareth and was hospitalized for one day

Exactly 10 years later, on Friday, April 20, 2018 some 20,000 Palestinians attended the 21st March of Return on the site of the destroyed village of Atlit, just south of Haifa. It was the third march in a row that Tatour missed due to her house arrest. Some Israeli politicians and racist social media activists demanded the march be abolished. They threatened havoc if it would have taken place. Yet, they didn’t show up and the march went on. I just hope that the next year Dareen will be marching with us again.
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