Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Reports: Qaadan, Azzidine suspend hunger strike

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Tareq Qaadan and Jafar Azzidine on Wednesday suspended their 93-day hunger strike after a hearing held at a hospital near Tel Aviv, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said.

Qaadan and Azzidine suspended their strike after an Israeli military prosecutor said their administrative detention order would not be renewed, the PPS said in a statement. Their current detention order expires on May 21.

They will consider renewing the strike depending on the outcome of the next hearing on March 6.

In Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where the prisoners are being treated, a military judge said she would reveal the secret charges and evidence against the men and issue a final decision at their next hearing, said lawyer Jawad Bulous.

Qaadan and Azzidine have been held in administrative detention on secret charges and evidence that even their lawyers have not been allowed to review. more

Video: Israeli mob celebrates savage beating of Palestinian man, shouts racist slogans

A video posted on YouTube shows an Israeli mob rampaging in Jerusalem on 24 February with multiple voices heard shouting the racist slogan, “A Jew is a soul [i.e human], an Arab is a son of a whore.”

This is the same slogan chanted by Israeli mobs who have carried out violent attacks on Palestinians on other occasions.

Some people in this video, though it is unclear if they are participating in the mob, can be seen in costumes traditionally worn for the Jewish festival of Purim which was just marked by Israelis.

Racially motivated beating of Hasan Usraf in Jaffa

At the beginning of the clip, a voice can be heard saying, “Did you hear what they did to the Arab guy? They screwed him with beatings.”

This may be reference to an incident earlier that day when Hasan Usraf, a street-sweeper in Jaffa was brutally beaten by Israeli youths in what police suspect was a racially-motivated attack. more