Sunday, 13 May 2012

Reports: Israel, Palestinian prisoners on verge of deal to end hunger strike

A member of the Fatah Central Committee revealed Sunday that Israel was on the verge of signing an agreement with the Palestinian Prisoner's Association to end a months-long hunger strike.

Azam al-Ahmad indicated in an interview with Palestinian media outlet Ma’an that he arrived in Cairo under orders from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in order to reach an agreement over the issue of the prisoners. Included in the reported deal was the demand to cancel the policy of solitary confinement as well as granting visiting permits to the families of imprisoned Palestinians from Gaza.

Sources in the Palestinian Prisoner Association told Haaretz that the agreement formed by the Israel Prison Services will be presented to the group on Monday.

The sources also stated that the agreement will include three main clauses relating to administrative detention, solitary confinement and granting visiting permits to families from Gaza. more

Settlers steal Palestinian farmland near Bethlehem

A group of armed extremist Israeli settlers occupied at gunpoint privately-owned Palestinian farmland that belongs to a resident of Al-Khader city, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Al-Khader, Ahmad Salah, stated that a settler, known as Hanania, and several armed settlers who accompanied him, occupied 6 Dunams of farmland west of Al-Khader.

The land, located in Ein Al-Qassis area, belongs to resident Mohammad Mustafa Ghneim.

Salah stated that when Ghneim went to his land on Saturday morning, he found “Hanania” in his land preventing him from entering it, and told him that “this land is now his own property”, and threatened to shoot Ghneim should he return to the land. Hanania even ploughed the land and was preparing to plant it. more

Malaysian solidarity protests shows growing support for Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strikes

KUALA LUMPUR, (PIC)-- The Malaysian people and the Arab and foreign communities in Malaysia showed great support for the Palestinian issue during the Palestine Week event in Kuala Lumpur while a solidarity sit-in was staged in front of the UN offices.

The Palestinian Cultural Organization-Malaysia organized a sit-in in front of UN headquarters in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Friday, in solidarity with the striking prisoners in the Israeli occupation’s jails with the participation of members of the Palestinian community in Malaysia and representatives of several Malaysian institutions, associations, and non-governmental organizations.

The head of the organization, Muslim Abu Omar, and a delegation of the participants handed the UN’s Office a statement in which they called on the UN to take action to stop the Israeli practices and violations against the Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s jails.

During the sit-in, the protestors raised photos and chanted slogans supporting the prisoners and condemning the Israeli violations, and demanded the international community and the international human rights groups to give the prisoners’ issue the deserved attention, especially after the launch of the battle of the “empty stomachs” for more than three weeks. more