Friday, 18 May 2012

Three Palestinian prisoners still on hunger strike

On Thursday, 17th May, a report issued by Palestinian Prisoners' society revealed that three Palestinians still continue with their hunger strike since 17th April, despite the signed agreement between the Israeli prisons' administration and Palestinian prisoners. The striking-prisoners are: Mahmoud Sarsak, Akram al-Rekhawi and Mohammad Abdul Aziz, who are now in the hospital of al-Ramlah Israeli prison.

Israeli authorities had made a deal with Mahmoud Sarsak, a Palestinian detainee who is on his 61 days of Hunger Strike that he would be released on 1 July, yet Israel subsequently broke the deal, so he never broke the hunger strike.

The two other prisoners, Akram al-Rikhawi and Mohammad Abdul Aziz's demands were that they would be allowed to be presented again before the Military Court.

Sarsak is from Gaza Strip, who was detained in 2009, Akram al-Rikhawi is from Gaza and was detained in 2004, and Mohammad Abdul Aziz Abu Labdeh is also from Gaza and is in Israeli prison since 2000. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (10–16 May)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
16 Palestinian civilians, including 3 journalists, were wounded in peaceful protests organized in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
30 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in peaceful demonstration organized on the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.
Dozens of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.
IOF arrested 5 demonstrators, including a Polish human rights defender.

IOF conducted 41 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 13 Palestinian civilians, including two children.

IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested two fishermen and confiscated their boat.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers uprooted 15 grape saplings and seized 6 dunums of agricultural land in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.
Israeli settlers uprooted 14 trees in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. more

Ansar 2 and Miles of Smiles solidarity convoys enter Gaza

The “Ansar 2” and the “Miles Of Smiles 12” solidarity convoys managed to enter the Gaza Strip, on Thursday evening, via the Rafah border terminal on the Gaza Egypt border, the Quds Net News Agency reported.

Convoy members were welcomed at the terminal by delegates of the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza, headed by Ghazi Hamad, and several political and social figures in the coastal region.

Hamad thanked convoy members for their ongoing support and solidarity with the Palestinian people, and for challenging the illegal Israeli siege on the coastal region.

The Quds Net News said that several Arab and European physicians, lawyers and businessmen are part of the two solidarity convoys.

Head of the Ansar 2 convoy, Wael As-Saqqa, stated that the convoy will be establishing a fund for supporting small projects that would help eliminate unemployment in the besieged and impoverished coastal region. more