Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, May, 25, 2017.
Palestinian political detainee on hunger strike reach life threating conditions as Israeli still refuse to negotiate with them. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee, Issa Qaraqe, has reported that as the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons enter their 39thÂ consecutive day of the hunger strike, many of them have reached life-threatening health conditions and complications.
Qaraqeâ€™ stated that Israel is still rejecting the legitimate basic demands of the detainees, and is refraining from holding serious talks with them. In an interview with the Palestine Radio, Qaraqeâ€™ said that contacts have been made with many legal and international organizations and human rights groups, in an attempt to push Israel to abide by International Law, and provide the detainees with their internationally guaranteed rights.
The detainees are demanding basic rights, including being able to have direct body contact with their visiting families, the right to adequate medical care, and ending the arbitrary Administrative Detention policies, holding them hundreds captive, without charges or trial.
Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, many Palestinian communities in the West Bank governorates of Qalqilia, Jenin, and Bethlehem, searched many homes and abducted seven Palestinians, including two siblings.
Moreover, Several Israeli army vehicles invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Thannaba and Ezbet al-Jarad areas, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched homes and abducted six Palestinians.
Also on Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians from a local mosque in Hizma town, east of occupied West Bank, after surrounding the mosque and invading it.
In other news, A report released by The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) concludes that Israel has violated press and media freedom 33 times during the month of April.
According to MADA, April of 2017 witnessed a slight decrease in the total number of violations against media freedoms in Palestine compared to a staggering number of violations recorded in March, which came in at 51 violations. Still, violations in the month of April were above the general average.
And thatâ€™s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, May, 25, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org todayâ€™s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.