Tag Archives: Palestine

Israel: Regime punishes hunger-striking prisoners

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younis and Mahmoud Abu Srour were moved from Hadarim prison to solitary confinement in Jalama prison on Monday evening, according to the Prisoners' Affairs committee. Barghouthi is to be 'prosecuted in a discipline court' as punishment for his op-ed published by the New York Times on Monday, where he described the daily struggle of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and the ambition behind the hunger strike, the statement said. Israeli prison officials reportedly accused Barghouthi of using his wife to 'smuggle' the article out of prison and to the New York Times." (04/17/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/israel-punishes-hunger-striking-palestinian-prisoners-170418085139953.html

Israeli regime: No talks with prisoner on hunger strike

Source: Washington Post

"Israel will not negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who launched a hunger strike to press for better conditions, a government minister said Tuesday, adding that the organizer of the protest has been placed in solitary confinement. If sustained, the strike led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed during the second Palestinian uprising, would be the largest in recent years. … The Palestinian prisoners seek better conditions, including more contact with relatives, and an end to Israel’s practice of detentions without trials." (04/18/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/palestinian-prisoners-hunger-strike-leader-sent-to-solitary/2017/04/18/c463c0e2-2409-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html

Israel: Palestinian Arab prisoners launch mass hunger strike

Source: Yahoo! News

"Palestinian prisoners have launched one of the biggest hunger strikes in recent years in a protest against prison conditions. As many as 1,500 prisoners could be participating in the strikes, which have been planned to coincide with the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day. The strike also comes ahead of commemorations this summer marking 50 years since the 1967 Six Day War and the start of Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The strike has been called for by prominent Palestinian prisoner and leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving a life sentence over his role in the second Palestinian intifada — or uprising." (04/17/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/palestinian-prisoners-launch-mass-hunger-strike-israeli-jails-113000707.html

Palestine: West Bank government says Hamas refuses elections in Gaza

Source: Washington Post

"The Palestinian government in the West Bank has announced that upcoming municipal elections will not take place in the Gaza Strip, territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says Hamas has 'refused to hold elections' in Gaza on May 13. The vote will only be held in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement run autonomous enclaves. … The elections were originally set for last October, but they were postponed after Hamas courts dropped most of Abbas'[s] electoral lists." (02/28/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/palestinian-government-no-voting-in-may-in-hamas-run-gaza/2017/02/28/19a07ffc-fdb1-11e6-9b78-824ccab94435_story.html

Israel: Soldier sentenced to 18 months in murder of disarmed, wounded prisoner

Source: CNN

"Sgt. Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian knife attack suspect, was sentenced to 18 months in military prison Tuesday. The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was one of two men accused of stabbing another Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron in March. The judge announced Azaria will demoted to the rank of private and handed him a 12-month probation on top of his prison sentence. Charges were brought against Azaria after video footage emerged showing him shooting Sharif in the head as he lay on the ground, injured and already subdued." (02/21/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/middleeast/israel-soldier-elor-azaria-sentence/

Trump says he "can live" with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine

Source: Boston Globe

"President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned the U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. 'I'm looking at two states and one state,' Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. 'I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.'" (02/15/17)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/02/15/ahead-netanyahu-visit-white-house-says-peace-may-not-include-two-state-solution/ejvrVNYSukvktvqFYKXYtN/story.html

Egypt: Islamic State claims rocket fire at Israel resort

Source: Yahoo! News

"The Islamic State group said Thursday that it fired rockets at the Israeli resort of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in a rare attack on the Jewish state from Egyptian territory. The Israeli army said there were no casualties from Wednesday evening's rocket fire — three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system and a fourth fell short of the town. A few hours later, two Palestinians were killed elsewhere in the Sinai. The Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza said it was an Israeli air strike. The Israeli army denied carrying out any such action." (02/09/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/confirms-fired-rockets-israels-eilat-egypt-004134014.html

Israel: Knesset passes bill to retroactively steal Palestinian property for Jewish squats

Source: Washington Post

"Israel's parliament passed a contentious law late Monday that allows the state to [steal] land privately owned by Palestinians in the West Bank and grant the properties to Jewish [squatters] for their exclusive use. The measure is designed to protect homes in Jewish [squats], built on private Palestinian property 'in good faith or at the state's instruction,' from possible court-ordered evacuation and demolition. Thousands of homes in dozens of [squats] may now be protected, at least temporarily. The bill is likely headed for a high court challenge." (02/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-passes-bill-to-seize-private-palestinian-land-for-jewish-settlements/2017/02/06/b6d14220-ec90-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_story.html

Gaza: Israeli forces strike Hamas targets, citing rocket attack

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

"Israeli forces struck targets in the Gaza Strip five times Monday in retaliation to earlier rocket fire, the army said in a statement. Earlier a rocket fired from Gaza struck in an open area, causing no casualties, prompting Israel to return fire with tanks and from the air. According to the army, in response to the rocket fire, a tank destroyed a Hamas position in the southern part of the strip. Earlier, the army said, a tank hit another Hamas position and Israel Air Force planes targeted three different sites in Gaza." (02/06/17)

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.769915

West Bank: Sixteen Israeli cops wounded in clashes as they attempt to shut down illegal squat

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

"Security forces have started evacuating residents from the illegal outpost of Amona in the West Bank on Wednesday, after hundreds of youths streamed into the outpost to fight the evacuation. A number of lawmakers, including a cabinet minister, have joined the protesters. … The number of police officers wounded in the evacuation has risen to 16, according to police. One of the officers was wounded in moderate condition, and the rest were lightly wounded. … Four protesters were arrested, while dozens of others were pushed beyond the confines of the outpost. Youths have barricaded inside the outpost's homes, with some chaining themselves in. Nine families left the outpost peacefully." (02/01/17)

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/LIVE-1.768926/Amona-evacuation-16-cops-wounded