Category Archives: Prisoners

26 Feb

(VIDEO) Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation

Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

22 Feb

After 15 Years In Prison, Palestinian Detainee Rearrested Just Before His Scheduled Release

February 22, 2017 6:25 PM IMEMC News Jerusalem, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

As the family, along with hundreds of relatives, friends and residents of the al-‘Eesawiyya town, in occupied Jerusalem, were preparing to welcome Mohammad Zeidan Mahmoud, 39, who was scheduled to be released, on Tuesday, the Israeli authorities decided to re-arrest him. The family and residents of al-‘Eesawiyya were planning to […]

22 Feb

Palestinian Child With Epilepsy And Leukemia Sentenced To 90 Days In Israeli Prison

Report By Samidoun: Palestinian boy Ahmad Kaddour, 15, was sentenced on Monday, 20 February to 91 days in prison and a fine of 3000 NIS (approximately $810 USD), accused of throwing stones at Israeli occupation soldiers. Ahmad suffers from epilepsy and is undergoing continued treatment for leukemia, with frequent need for medication […]

Abdul Fatah Sharif's sister protesting her brother's murder (image from Middle East Eye)
22 Feb

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing Palestinian execution-style

Elor Azaria, the soldier who shot and killed 21-year old Abdul-Fattah Sharif in March 2016 while Sharif was lying on the ground, unarmed and wounded, has been sentenced by an Israeli military court to an 18-month sentence – a sentence which Palestinian leaders say gives the “green light” for Israeli […]

Ghost Hunting film
21 Feb

Film about Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians wins top award in Berlin

A film depicting the torture, humiliation and violence experienced by Palestinians imprisoned by Israel won the first ever “Silver Bear” award at the Berlinale international film festival. The film, “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting), was produced by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni. It was one of 18 finalists competing for the top […]

16 Feb

Two Detainees Announce Hunger Strike

February 16, 2017 1:20 PM IMEMC News Jerusalem, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

In a press release, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that two detainees, held by Israel, have declared an open-ended hunger strike, starting today – Thursday, protesting their continued imprisonment without charges or trial. The PPS identified the two detainees as Jamal Abu al-Leil and Raed Fayez Mteir, and […]

14 Feb

The Economic Exploitation of Palestinian Political Prisoners

Israeli prisons serve both as an instrument of political persecution and economic exploitation, says Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association in a new report. ~ Alternative Information Center (AIC). Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association explains in a new report how the arrest and detention of Palestinians is “central […]

12 Feb

Report: Israel Increases Prison Sentence for Tortured Palestinian Detainee

The Israeli Supreme Court has added two years to the prison sentence of a Palestinian detained during Israel’s 2014 ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said in a report issued on Sunday, detailing the prisoner’s torture at the hands of Israeli prison authorities. […]

11 Feb

Report: “10 Detainees Died In Israeli Prisons Since 2010, 210 Since 1967”

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee reported, Saturday, that ten detainees have died in Israeli prisons since the year 2010, and that the total number of detainees who died in prison, due to various reasons, including torture and medical neglect, since the year 1967, has arrived to 210. The Committee stated that […]

10 Feb

Torture: As Described by the Interrogators

February 10, 2017 10:24 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, Opinion/Analysis, Prisoners 0

By Chaim Levinson for Haaretz, via Days of Palestine. For years, the Israeli establishment has tried to conceal what happens in interrogation rooms. When interrogators use torture – or “special means,” to use the establishment’s term – the concealment efforts are redoubled. Even when testimony of torture reaches the public, […]

10 Feb

Wounded Palestinian Dies From Serious Injuries Suffered In November 2016

The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe stated that a young Palestinian man died, Friday, from wounds he suffered on November 9, 2016, at the Huwwara Israeli military roadblocks, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Amer al-Jallad, 24, from the northern […]

07 Feb

52.000 NIS In Fines Imposed On Imprisoned Palestinian Children In Ofer Prison In January

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Monday, that Israel has collected at least 52.000 Shekels in fines and bails, from families of Palestinian children, imprisoned in Ofer prison alone, in January. The committee stated that eight of the imprisoned children were shot and injured prior to their abduction. It added […]

06 Feb

Samidoun January 2017 Report: 590 Palestinians Seized by Israeli Occupation

Palestinian prisoners’ and human rights associations, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, issued a monthly report on Sunday, 5 February on the imprisonment of Palestinians in January 2017. The following translation is provided by Samidoun […]

03 Feb

Khader Adnan Calls for Intifada

Khader Adnan, leader of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, and an ex-detainee, has called for an intifada inside and outside prisons.   Adnan demanded during his interview with” voice of prisoners” radio all Palestinians to be united in order to support the prisoners.   He confirmed that the conditions inside […]

01 Feb

Detained Father Of Slain Palestinian Teen Declares Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Shafiq al-Halabi, the father of Mohannad, who was killed by the army last year, has declared a hunger strike, protesting his detention without charges. Shafiq was taken prisoner on Sunday January 29, 2017, after he was summoned for interrogation at the Ofer […]

31 Jan

12-year-old Circus Student Abducted by Israeli Forces

January 31, 2017 11:03 PM IMEMC News & Agencies News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

12-year-old student at the Palestinian Circus School, Sohaib Saeed, was abducted last Thursday, in Birzeit, by the Israeli occupation army. Sohaib was sentenced to 31 days in prison and  a fine of 500 NIS (135 USD) on charges of throwing stones. The school, in a statement expressed outrage about the […]

30 Jan

Dareen Tatour’s Prosecution for Poetry Continues in Nazareth Court

Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour testified before the Magistrate’s Court in Nazareth on Thursday, 26 January; Dareen’s saga has lasted for nearly a year and a half as she faces prosecution and imprisonment for writing a poem, “Resist my people, resist them,” and posting […]

28 Jan

Female Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For Fifth Day

The Palestinian Detainees’ Radio has reported, Saturday, that a Palestinian woman, identified as Randa Mohammad Shahateet, 30, who is a political prisoner held by Israel, has been holding a hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day, protesting her imprisonment and being held in solitary confinement. Shahateet is a former political […]

24 Jan

East Jerusalem Teen Detained at Night and Beaten during Interrogation

Amir Othman Darweesh, 14, was repeatedly beaten during an interrogation by Israeli officers on January 2. (Photo: Darweesh family) Ramallah, January 23, 2017—Israeli forces beat a Palestinian boy during interrogation after detaining him from his East Jerusalem home, in the early morning hours of January 2, on suspicion of throwing stones. […]

23 Jan

West Bank: Occupation Plants Hidden Cameras in Ex-detainees’ Houses

By coincidence, two ex-detainee brothers, Tareq and Akram Jibril, found very tiny and accurate cameras, planted by Israeli soldiers, at the entrances of their homes in the town of Tekoa, south-east of Bethlehem, south of the West Bank. The Israeli occupation has recently accelerated the targeting campaign against residents of […]

23 Jan

Israeli Military Police Abducts Abdullah Abu Rahma While Attending Court Hearing

The Israeli Military Police abducted, Monday, senior nonviolent activist, Abdullah Abu Rahma, at the Ofer Military Court, while attending a hearing for activists who were abducted last Friday. The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil’in village, in Ramallah, strongly denounced the abduction of Abu Rahma, who […]

18 Jan

Detainee Jaradat Declares Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that an ailing Palestinian detainee, who is held in solitary confinement in Asqalan Israeli prison, declared an open-ended hunger strike, demanding receiving the urgently-needed medical treatment. The PPS said that Anas Ghaleb Jaradat, 36, from Sielet al-Harethiyya town west of the northern West […]

16 Jan

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Journalist Who Held Extended Hunger Strike

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, Palestinian journalist, Mohammad al-Qeeq, 34, who was released on April 19 2014, after holding a 94-day hunger strike, and detained the family members of slain Palestinians, identified as Mohannad al-Halabi, Thaer Abu Ghazala, Hussein Abu Ghosh, after participating in a peaceful procession in Bethlehem, […]

14 Jan

Israeli Soldiers Assaults Detainees In Ramon

January 14, 2017 3:44 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Israeli special forces attacked, on Thursday at night, many detainees in the Ramon detention center, and conducted extensive searches of their rooms. The detainees said the undercover officers forced them out in the cold, and conducted extensive searches of their room, and that the soldiers also assaulted many of them […]

Israeli army invasion - archive image (from Istandul Daily Times)
03 Jan

15 Palestinians abducted in pre-dawn raids by Israeli forces, including 5 minors

Israeli troops conducted pre-dawn raids in several West Bank towns on Monday, abducting 15 Palestinians and taking them to unknown destinations. In Jerusalem, Israeli troops abducted 8 Palestinians, including 5 minors aged between 15 and 17 years old. The youth were identified as Ameer Darwish, Adam Mustafa, Hussam Eliyan, Moumen […]

01 Jan

(VIDEO) Number of Palestinian Minors in Israeli Prisons Doubles in 2016

Israeli forces are disproportionately incarcerating Palestinian children in occupied Jerusalem, says documentary short film by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.  ~Louisa Emslie, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association recently released a documentary short film, produced by Odeh Film, titled, “Precarious Childhood: Arrests of […]

28 Dec

Palestinian Sentenced to 35 years in Prison

An Israeli court in Jerusalem, on Wednesday, sentenced Abdul Aziz Mirie, aged 22, from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the north of the occupied West Bank, to 35 years in prison plus reparation fees amounting to approximately $140,000, after convicting him of being an accessory to the killing […]

28 Dec

Knesset Member Ghattas Released, Placed Under House Arrest

The Israeli Central Court released, Tuesday, Arab Member of Knesset (MK) Bassel Ghattas, after ordering him under strictly-monitored house arrest for ten days, in the town of ar-Rama, in the Galilee, for the ‘crime’ of visiting Palestinian prisoners.   The Israeli prosecutor’s office demanded the court to hold Ghattas under house […]

26 Dec

Elderly Syrian Detainee From Golan Dies In Israeli Prison

December 26, 2016 8:33 AM IMEMC News Arab World, Israel, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe stated that an elderly Syrian detainee from the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights, died in detention under circumstances that remain unclear due to lack of information from the Israeli side. Qaraqe stated that the detainee, identified as As’ad al-Wali, 70, was […]

Shurouq Dwayyat (image from
26 Dec

19-year old Palestinian girl sentenced to 16 years in prison, $20,000 fine

On Sunday, an Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian girl to a 16-year prison term for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler in East Jerusalem in 2015. During the incident in question, she was shot 4 times and severely wounded by the Israeli settler, who claimed that he was acting […]

22 Dec

Detainees Shadeed And Abu Fara Suspend Their Hunger Strike

December 22, 2016 1:06 PM IMEMC News Hebron, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqe has reported, Thursday, that detainees Anas Shadeed, 19, and Ahmad Abu Fara, 31, have suspended their hunger strikes after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Authority.   Qaraqe stated that the two detainees, who held hunger strikes for ninety consecutive days, […]

21 Dec

Israeli Authorities Deny Winter Clothing to Palestinian Detainees

Amidst freezing winter weather, Israeli occupation forces have banned winter clothes for Palestinian prisoners in Negev Prison, it was revealed on Tuesday. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said that Israeli authorities prevented the entry of the winter clothing which Palestinian families had sent to their sons being held inside the prison. […]

18 Dec

Detainees Shadeed And Abu Fara Continue Hunger Strike Amidst Life-Threatening Health Conditions

The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqe stated, Saturday, that hunger striking detainees Anas Shadeed and Ahmad Abu Fara have stopped drinking water, four days ago, and that they are ongoing with the strike amidst serious, life-threatening, deteriorations in their health condition.   The two detainees are at the […]

13 Dec

Two Palestinian Hunger Strikers Stop Drinking Water After Israeli Court Denied Their Appeal

December 13, 2016 12:15 PM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

On the same day that Israeli authorities released from prison one long-term hunger striker, Bilal Kayed, the Israeli High Court decided not to release two others, Anas Shadeed and Ahmad Abu Farah. Both men have been on hunger strike for more than 80 days, and both declared on Monday that […]

13 Dec

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

12 Dec

Detainee Bilal Kayed Released

December 12, 2016 11:48 PM IMEMC News Nablus, News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Israeli Prison Authority has released, Monday, detainee Bilal Kayed, who was held under arbitrary administrative detention orders after serving a 14.5-year prison sentence, and held a 71-day hunger strike until reaching an agreement ending his illegal detention. The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee said Kayed was released at the Jabara military […]

11 Dec

One Year of Administrative Detention Passes for Palestinian Circus Trainer

December 11, 2016 3:37 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

A year has passed since Israel detained Palestinian circus trainer Mohammad Abu Sakha and placed him under administrative detention without charge or trial, a press release by the Palestinian Circus School in Ramallah said on Saturday. It said that the Israeli High Court rejected, after only 15 minutes of deliberation, […]

09 Dec

Israel Releases Balboul Brothers

December 9, 2016 1:19 PM IMEMC News Bethlehem, News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Israeli authorities released, on Thursday evening, Mohammad and his brother Mahmoud, who were held under illegal Administrative Detention orders, and went on hunger strike for 82 consecutive days, until reaching an agreement for their freedomBeth. Mohammad and Mahmoud were welcomed by hundreds of Palestinians in a massive celebration at […]

05 Dec

Israeli Forces Abduct 13 Palestinians Overnight

Israeli forces abducted at least 13 Palestinians during overnight raids across occupied West Bank districts and East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Monday. It said Israeli police detained six Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Israeli police also said, according to WAFA, that the six were arrested on charges of […]

05 Dec

32 Disabled Detainees Facing Medical Neglect in Israeli Custody

December 5, 2016 4:20 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

32 Palestinian prisoners suffering from different disabilities are being held in Israeli detention centers without receiving suitable medical care, according to a report released by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) on Sunday. Center spokesperson Riyad al-Ashqar stated according to Ma’an News Agency, that Israeli use of torture against […]

04 Dec

Hunger Striking Detainee Moved To Asqalan Prison

December 4, 2016 3:42 PM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Israeli Prison Authority has transferred a hunger striking detainee, identified as Ammar Hammour, 28, from the Negev detention camp, to Asqalan prison, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS said Hammoud started his strike fourteen years ago, protesting his illegal Administrative Detention, without charges or trial. The […]

29 Nov

Palestinian Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

November 29, 2016 7:12 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Israeli District Court sentenced, on Monday, Palestinian detainee Raed Khalel, aged 36, to two life terms of imprisonment plus 20 years, and fined him 700,000 New Israeli Shekels, on charges of stabbing to death two Israelis. Kahleel, from Dura town in Hebron, is accused of carrying out a stabbing attack […]

28 Nov

Hunger Striking Detainee Forced Into Solitary Confinement

The Israeli Prison Authority has forced, Monday, a hunger striking Palestinian detainee into solitary confinement as he continues his strike for the ninth consecutive day, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said. The PPS identified the detainee Ammar Ibrahim Hammour, 27, from Jaba’ town, south of the northern West Bank city […]

28 Nov

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Legislator, A Son of A Legislator, In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, a Palestinian legislator, and a son of another legislator, after invading their homes, and searching them, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. The soldiers also abducted a third Palestinian in the city. The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) […]

27 Nov

Israel Is Threatening To Force-feed Two Hunger Striking Detainees

The head of the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqe has reported that Israel is threatening to fore-feed two detainees, who are ongoing with their hunger strikes they started 65 days ago. Qaraqe’ stated that the two detainees, Anas Shadeed and Ahmad Abu Fara,  from Hebron, in the southern […]

27 Nov

Army Abducts Eight Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and at dawn Sunday, at least eight Palestinians, including former political prisoners, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. The Jenin office of the PPS, in the northern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and […]

27 Nov

As firefighters try to control wildfires, Israeli troops abduct 23 Palestinians for ‘arson’

Despite a total lack of evidence of any human cause of the wildfires that have burned in Israel for nearly a week, Israeli troops have detained 23 Palestinians. This follows a statement Thursday by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who claimed “only someone who this land does not belong to […]

26 Nov

Hunger Striking Detainee Moved To Hospital

November 26, 2016 9:18 AM IMEMC News Hebron, News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe’ stated, on Friday at night, that the Israeli prison authority has moved hunger striking detainee Anas Shadeed to an intensive care unit at the Assaf HaRofeh Israeli medical center, after suffering a sharp health deterioration.   Qaraqe’ stated that the prison authority […]

23 Nov

After Convicting Her Of Attempted Stabbing, Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian Teen To 13 Years

An Israeli court sentenced, Wednesday, a wounded Palestinian teenage girl to 13.5 years in prison, after convicting her of an attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem, along with her cousin Hadeel, who was executed after being shot and seriously injured. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that an Israeli court, […]

23 Nov

Health of Hunger Strikers Deteriorating

Two Palestinian detainees, Anas Shadid and Ahmad Abu Fara, are reportedly facing a sharp health deterioration due to their hunger strike, which has now entered its third month, in protest of Israeli administrative detention practices which are conducted without charge or trial, and based on secret information. A lawyer from […]

23 Nov

Palestinian Girl Sentenced to Over 13 Years in Prison

An Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem, on Wednesday, sentenced a teenaged Palestinian girl to 13-and-a-half years in prison, for a stabbing attack carried out exactly one year ago in Jerusalem. (photo: PNN archive image) According to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), lawyer Mufid al-Hajj reported that […]

22 Nov

Interrogation Extended for Activist Salah Khawaja

Palestinian grassroots activist Salah Khawaja, the Secretary of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) in Palestine, once again was ordered to eight days interrogation on Wednesday, 16 November. Khawaja, 45 years of age and a leader of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall), was seized […]

18 Nov

DCIP Calls on EU to Hold Israel Accountable

Khaled Quzmar, DCIP general director, addresses the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Palestine in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo: European Parliament News screen capture) Ramallah, November 17, 2016—Defense for Children International – Palestine urged the European Union, during a meeting on Thursday, to pressure Israeli authorities to end ill-treatment of Palestinian […]

14 Nov

Sheikh Raed Salah Declares Hunger Strike

Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement, has declared an open-ended hunger strike, protesting bad treatment in Israeli prison, and his continued solitary confinement. Sheikh Salah, who heads the northern branch of Islamic Movement in historic Palestine, is being held at the Ramon prison, in the Negev Desert. […]

12 Nov

Hunger Striker Loses Memory, at Risk of Paralysis

A Palestinian hunger striker who has refrained from eating for 49 days, in protest his administrative detention, has lost his memory and is at risk of sudden paralysis, said the Palestinian Detainees Commission, Saturday. According to WAFA correspondence, Ahmad Shadid, aged 20, who is currently receiving treatment at Assaf Harofeh Medical […]

12 Nov

Israel Releases A Wounded Young Woman After Four Moths In Detention

November 12, 2016 10:56 AM IMEMC News Jerusalem, News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Israeli authorities released, Friday, Raghad Nasrallah Sho’ani, 18, after holding her captive for four months, following an Israeli court ruling, sentencing her to six-month suspended sentence for three years, and ordered her to play a 2000 Israeli Shekels fine. Sho’ani was released at Jabara military roadblock, near Tulkarem, in […]

12 Nov

Wounded young Palestinian woman released after 4 months in prison

After being kidnapped by Israeli soldiers and imprisoned for four months under the allegation of attempting to stab a soldier, a young Palestinian woman was released from custody on Friday. The woman, Raghad Nasrallah Sho’ani, 18, was released at Jabara military roadblock near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. […]

11 Nov

Three Detained Siblings Hold Hunger Strike

Three detained brothers from Beit Amin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, have been holding hunger strikes for 10 days, demanding removing one of them from solitary confinement, where he has been held for more than three consecutive years. Two of the detained siblings, Abdul-Salam and […]

11 Nov

Palestinian Detainees on 47th Day of Hunger Strike, Shackled to Hospital Beds

via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Palestinian hunger striker Ahmad Abu Fara, 29, is facing a critical health situation after 47 days of hunger strike. Held shackled to his hospital bed in Assaf Harofeh hospital, he has developed a problem pumping blood from his heart. Abu Fara is on hunger […]

10 Nov

VIDEO: Quizzed About Israel’s Crimes, US Tries to Change Subject

by Michael F. Brown John Kirby, US State Department spokesperson and self-described “lover of history,” knows “the media pivot.” He can ably transition from uncomfortable political terrain – Israeli wrongdoing – to the preferred territory of criticizing Palestinians living under military occupation. Last week provided Kirby just such an opportunity. […]

07 Nov

14-year-old Manasra Sentenced to 12 Years in Israeli Prison

An Israeli court in Jerusalem, on Monday, sentenced 14-year-old Ahmad Manasra to 12 years of prison, under conviction of attempted stabbing. Ahmad, on 12 October, 2015, was shot and tortured on camera by an Israeli settler, while his cousin, Hassan Manasra, was killed on the spot, for allegedly stabbing settlers in Pisgat […]

06 Nov

VIDEO: Life On Hold – The Policy of Administrative Detention

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization is pleased to announce the launch of a new film that tackles the issue of administrative detention as a policy used by the Israeli government to hold Palestinians indefinitely on secret information without charge or trial. The film specifically focuses on the psychological effects […]

06 Nov

PA Security Forces Detaining Students, Former Prisoners for Political Activity

via Samidoun  Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network Several former political prisoners in Israeli jails have been arrested recently, by Palestinian Authority security forces, including brothers Imad and Abdullah Amlah of al-Khalil, who were detained on 2 November, following the arrest of former prisoner Issam Ramadan of Nablus. Khader Adnan, the prominent former prisoner and […]

06 Nov

Israeli Destruction of Humanitarian Assistance Items Up 150% says UN

Israel’s destruction and seizure of items provided by international donors, as humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, have gone up by 150 percent since the beginning of this year, a United Nations agency said on Thursday. In its bi-weekly report on the Protection of Civilians, covering the period between 18 and 31 […]

01 Nov

2017 – The Year of Prisoners’ Freedom: Challenges and Ideas for Action by Wael Jaghoub

The following article on the situation and struggle of Palestinian prisoners today was written inside Israeli prison by Palestinian prisoner Wael Jaghoub, a leader in the prisoners’ movement affiliated to the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was originally published in Arabic by the Handala Center for Prisoners […]

01 Nov

9 Palestinian Detainees Continuing with Hunger Strike

Nine Palestinian detainees continued their open hunger strikes in Israeli prisons on Monday, according to Sawt al-Asra (Voice of the Prisoners) radio. Protesting for various reasons, the detainees have all refused food until their demands have been met by Israeli authorities. Four of the nine hunger strikers have been protesting being […]

22 Oct

Palestinian Detainees In Galboa’ Prison Declare Hunger Strike

October 22, 2016 2:21 PM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, on Saturday afternoon, that Israeli soldiers of the Masada special unit, of the Israel’s Prison Service, invaded Section 3 of Galboa’ prison, and assaulted many detainees, an issue that pushed them to declare a hunger strike. The head of the Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe […]

22 Oct

Four Hunger Striking Detainees Remain In Solitary Confinement

October 22, 2016 12:29 PM IMEMC News Hebron, Jenin, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that four detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, remain in solitary confinement since they declared their strikes. The Committee stated that Anas Shadeed and Ahmad Abu Fara, both from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, are […]

20 Oct

Health of Hunger Strikers Deteriorates

Two Palestinian detainees on hunger strike are suffering from marked health deterioration, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. A PPS lawyer stated, after visiting the detainees in Ramla clinic, that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) had imprisoned them in two isolated cells […]

20 Oct

MADA Report: Social Media a “New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists”

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has released a special report regarding the prosecution of Palestinian journalists, in relation to what they post on social media sites. The report, entitled “Social Media 
 A New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists” — which, according to the PNN, […]

15 Oct

Jerusalemite Palestinian Organizer Nasser Abu Khdeir Freed after 5 1/2 Years Imprisonment

(via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network) Longtime Palestinian struggler, Nasser Abu Khdeir of Shuafat, was released yesterday, 13 October from Israeli prison after serving a sentence five and one-half years. Abu Khdeir, 55, was arrested by occupation forces on 15 April 2011, and subject to a prolonged and cruel […]

04 Oct

September 2016 report: 436 Palestinians arrested, nearly 8000 since October 2015

Samidoun: The following is a translation of the report issued monthly by Palestinian organizations working on prisoners’ issues: Prisoners Affairs Committee; Palestinian Prisoners; Society; Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. The report was issued on Monday, 3 October and translated by Samidoun Palestinian […]

02 Oct

Woman whose Fiancé was Killed by Israel Released by Israeli Authorities

A 19-year old Palestinian woman was released from custody Saturday after spending two weeks in Israeli prison. Raghad al-Khdour, 19, was seriously wounded on September 16, 2016, and her fiancĂ© Fares al-Khdour was killed by Israeli soldiers. The couple was driving near Bani Neim, north of the southern West Bank […]

28 Sep

Detainee Jawareesh Starts Hunger Strike Demanding Ending Violations, Constant Transfers

Palestinian detainee Jawad Jawareesh, 40, declared hunger strike this past Sunday from his solitary confinement cell in the Ramon Israeli prison, protesting ongoing violations, and his repeated transfers from one prison to another without any reason but to keep his restless. The detainee is from the West Bank city of […]

27 Sep

Autopsy: Palestinian Detainee Died of Heart Condition, Following Longstanding Neglect by Doctors

September 27, 2016 10:56 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

An autopsy has confirmed that the cause of death for 41-year-old Palestinian prisoner Yasser Thiab Hamdouna, who died in Israeli custody Sunday morning, was cardiomegaly, a condition in which the heart is enlarged, and can lead to sudden death. A statement from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, released on […]

26 Sep

Balboul Could Regain Eyesight After Treatment And Nutrition

September 26, 2016 5:59 AM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

On Sunday, Arab members of Israeli Knesset (MK) Dr. Ahmad Tibi and Osama Sa’adi, along with Optometrist Dr. Salam Erekat, visited detainee Mohammad Balboul, at the Wolfson Israel medical center, and said that Balboul’s blindness, could be temporary, but he needs good nutrition and professional medical treatment. Mohammad Balboul lost […]

26 Sep

Detainee Mohammad Balboul To Be Moved From Wolfson Hospital To Ramla Prison Clinic

September 26, 2016 5:24 AM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, on Sunday evening, that the Israeli Prison Authority has decided to move detainee Mohammad Balboul, who held an extended hunger strike, from the Wolfson Israeli medical center to the infamous Ramla prison clinic. In a press release, the Committee said that despite the difficult […]

26 Sep

Soldiers Assault Several Palestinian Detainees In Nafha Prison

September 26, 2016 4:50 AM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Several Israeli soldiers, and special units of the Israeli Prison Authority, assaulted Sunday many detainees in Nafha prison after they returned their meals, declaring mourning after the death a Palestinian detainee in solitary confinement in Ramon prison. The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that the special military force in Nafha […]

25 Sep

Palestinian Detainee Dies From Stroke in Ramon Israeli Prison

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) reported Sunday that a Palestinian detainee died from a stroke he suffered in the Ramon Israeli Prison, before he was moved to Soroka hospital. The detainee suffered various serious health issues but was not provided with the needed treatment and follow-up, the Palestinian […]

25 Sep

Detainees Committee: “Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 1000 Children This Year”

The Palestinian Detainees Committee reported Saturday that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped at least 1000 children, between the ages of 11 and 18, since the beginning of this year. Testimonies from six detained children are included in this report. In a press release, the committee said that the numbers showed an […]

24 Sep

Cancer Stricken Detainee Held In Solidarity Confinement For Fourth Consecutive Year

September 24, 2016 4:20 PM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Prisoners, Tulkarem, West Bank 0

Shireen Iraqi, a lawyer with the Palestinian Detainees Committee, has reported that detainee Mousa Sofan, who is serving a 33-year imprisonment sentence by Israel, has been in solitary confinement for the fourth consecutive year despite his bad health condition. Iraqi stated that Mousa Sofan, 41, from the Northern West Bank […]

24 Sep

Al-Qadi Released, Moved To The Istishari Hospital In Ramallah

Former Palestinian political prisoner Malek Qadi, who held a hunger strike for 70 days, protesting his illegal Administrative Detention by Israel without charges or trial until achieving his freedom, was discharged from Israeli hospital and is currently at the Istishari Hospital, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Fathi […]

23 Sep

Qaraqe’: “Qadi To Be Moved To A Hospital In Ramallah Saturday”

September 23, 2016 2:38 PM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Prisoners, Ramallah, West Bank 0

The head of the Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe’ has reported that detainee Malek al-Qadi, who went on hunger strike for seventy days until winning his freedom from Israel’s illegal Administrative Detention, will be transferred this Saturday from the Wolfson Israeli Medical Center to the Istishari Arab Hospital, in the West […]

22 Sep

Detainee Malek Al-Qadi To Remain Hospitalized For Two Weeks

September 22, 2016 11:33 AM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that detainee Malek Al-Qadi, who ended his 70-day hunger strike, on Wednesday, after reaching an agreement for ending his Administrative Detention, and setting a date for his release, will be sent home in two weeks after completing recovery an Israeli hospital. The committee stated […]

21 Sep

Agreement Reached For Releasing Hunger Striking Detainees Al-Qadi And Balboul Brothers

September 21, 2016 1:42 PM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqe has reported that an agreement was reached for the release of hunger striking detainees Mohammad Balboul, Mahmoud Balboul and Malek al-Qadi, after Israel agreed not to renew their illegal Administrative Detention. Qaraqe’ stated that due to the determination of the striking […]

19 Sep

“Day of Rage” Announced in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission of the Palestinian Authority called, on Monday, for a day of rage in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian detainees held in Israeli jails. The commission called for mass rallies and a day of rage across the West Bank, on Tuesday, in support of Mohammad and Mahmoud […]

19 Sep

After Coming Out Of Coma, Al-Qadi Continues His Strike, Remains In Critical Condition (Video)

Palestinian detainee Malek al-Qadi said after he came out of coma, Sunday, that he is ongoing with the hunger strike he started 65 days ago, and refused to take any sort of medical treatment, vitamins, salt and sugar, despite his life-threatening medical condition. The detainee said that his strike continues […]

16 Sep

More Than 100 Detainees Join Hunger Strike

September 16, 2016 12:49 PM IMEMC News Gaza City, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, on Friday morning, that more than 100 detainees have joined the hunger strike, in solidarity with the striking detainees Mohammad Balboul, his brother Mahmoud and Bilal Kayed. The Committee said the detainees are held in Ramon, Nafha, Negev, Ofer and Galboa’ Israeli prisons. In […]

15 Sep

Fifty Detainees Join Hunger Strike As Qadi Enters Coma After Acute Pneumonia  

September 15, 2016 2:28 AM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee ‘Issa Qaraqe voiced an urgent appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council, holding its 33rd session Wednesday, to immediately intervene and save the lives of all hunger striking Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, especially Malek al-Qadi who entered a coma after developing […]

12 Sep

Israeli Supreme Court: Force Feeding of Hunger Strikers is Constitutional

(photo: A suffragette is force-fed in HM Prison Holloway, in the UK, during hunger strikes for women’s suffrage. ~Wikipedia) The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Sunday, that a law which permits force feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is constitutional, rejecting petitions filed last year by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), and by […]

11 Sep

Bethlehem: Protesters Stage Sit-in at Red Cross Headquarters in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers

A group of Palestinian youth, activists and politicians staged a sit-in, Saturday, at the Bethlehem office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in the southern occupied West Bank, to show solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody. Spokesperson for the Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoner’s […]

10 Sep

Hunger Striking Detainee Malek Qadi Facing Imminent Death  

Palestinian Detainee Malek al-Qadi, who started a hunger strike 57 days ago, fell into a coma, and is currently in a life-threatening condition that could result in imminent death, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. Executive head of the PPS Abdullah az-Zaghari said the Israeli Prison Authority issued an […]

09 Sep

PHRI Concerned by Recent Court and Hospital Decisions

September 9, 2016 10:26 AM IMEMC News Human rights, Israel, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

PHRI – Press Release: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) is concerned by the recent court decision to temporarily freeze the administrative detention of hunger strikers Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul until they recover from their hunger strike, with the option of renewing it once they are no longer in critical danger. […]

08 Sep

Video: Hunger-Striking Detainee Loses Eyesight, Continues His Strike

September 8, 2016 8:22 AM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Palestinian detainee Mohammad Balboul, who started a hunger strike more than two months ago, said he is continuing with his strike despite losing his eyesight, and experiencing a seriously deteriorating health condition. Balboul started his strike after an Israeli court renewed his arbitrary Administrative Detention, holding him prisoner without charges […]

06 Sep

Palestinians Rally Around Hunger Striking Prisoners

by Ahmad Jaradat, Senior Project Coordinator, Alternative Information Center In Bethlehem, hundreds of Palestinians participated in a march in solidarity with three Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, the Palestinian Ministry of Education and local civil society groups organized the demonstration. […]

05 Sep

PPS: “Underage Detainee Assaulted By Soldiers, Strip-Searched”

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, Monday, that a detained Palestinian teen has been subjected to repeated assaults during his abduction, and interrogation, including being strip-searched after the soldiers kidnapped him. The teen, Mazen Monther Ramadan, 17 years of age, was kidnapped from his home, in the central West Bank […]

05 Sep

Palestinian Detainee Faces Serious Complications

The Palestinian Detainees Committee stated, Monday, that a detainee, identified as Mohammad Khamis Abrash, from the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, is facing serious health complications, but is not receiving the proper, specialized, medical treatment. It said that Abrash’s left leg was amputated due […]

02 Sep

Hunger Striker Rushed to ICU

Tareq Barghouthi, a lawyer for the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, said in a statement issued Thursday that the hunger striker Mohammad Balboul’s health had seriously worsened, adding that he was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Balboul’s health situation has sharply […]

02 Sep

250 people March demanding “Freedom for Prisoners of Peace”

At least 205 Israelis and Palestinians marched on Friday Under the title of “Freedom for Prisoners of Peace”. The protest was organized at the settlers road 60 near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. Combatants for Peace Movement organizes the freedom march, in collaboration with Palestinian and Israeli NGOs, […]

01 Sep

Two Palestinian Children Tell Stories of Abuse in Israeli Jails

PNN file photo: Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian child Recently, two Palestinian child detainees, Mu’men Hamayel and Oday Bader, told attorneys from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs that they have been physically abused and severely beaten after their arrest in the West Bank. According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), sixteen-year-old […]