Saturday, 16 June 2012

20 imprisoned Palestinian children start hunger strike in Hasharon prison

Twenty Palestinian children, detained in Hasharon prison, launched on Tuesday June 12, an open hunger strike protesting the harsh prison conditions and the prison administration’s neglect of their demands.

A 17-years-old child Ahmed Lafi, who was one of the strikers, told the Ministry of the prisoners in Gaza that 20 detained children started an open hunger strike to protest the bad and deteriorating living conditions in the prison, where they are not allowed to visit each other and are deprived from their study.

He also revealed that “the prison administration continues to torture and humiliate the child prisoners even after the agreement signed between the strike leadership committee and the prison administration.”

Ahmed Lafi also stressed that the prison administration holds in solitary confinement every prisoner trying to demand his rights amid the bad conditions he witnesses in the jails. more

Palestine federations urges UEFA to remove Israel as 2013 European Under-21 Championship host

WARSAW, Poland, June 14, (AP): Palestine football leaders have urged UEFA to remove Israel as the 2013 European Under-21 Championship host nation for jailing Palestine national team players without trial.

Palestine federation president Jibril Rajoub wrote to UEFA President Michel Platini to say that Israel’s government is in “direct violation of FIFA regulations.”

“We ask, your excellency, to not give Israel the honor to host the next UEFA Under-21 Championship,” Rajoub said, in a letter seen by The Associated Press on Thursday. “We are deeply concerned about the situation of our footballers.”

UEFA declined official comment.

Israel is set to stage the eight-nation tournament across four venues from June 5 to 18 next year.

The UEFA executive committee voted for Israel in January 2011 over competing bids from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, England and Wales.

Rajoub is pressuring Platini to intervene on Palestine’s behalf as player Mahmoud Sarsak approaches a fourth month on a hunger strike. more

Israel continues campaign against Gaza fishing industry as three kidnapped

update Israeli Navy opens fire on fishing boats on Saturday 16 June - more

The Israeli Navy kidnapped, late on Thursday evening, three Palestinian fishermen, while in Palestinian territorial waters, close to the Gaza shore, the Palestinian Fishermen Syndicate reported.

The Syndicate said that an Israeli Navy chased the fishermen's boat and fired several rounds of live ammunition before boarding it, and kidnapping the fishermen.

The three were taken to an unknown destination, while the boat was towed and confiscated.

On Thursday, the army fired a number of shells into al-Kurd Hill, located between al-Qarara town, near the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, and Dir al-Balah city, in central Gaza.

On Wednesday, 13 June 2012, the Israeli Navy attacked the Oliva Boat, which monitors the situation off the Gaza coast, and held a fishing boat in Rafah waters in the southern Gaza Strip with 2 fishermen on board. more