Sunday, 2 June 2013

Palestinian women prisoners return meals to protest neglect of medical needs

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Palestinian female prisoners in the Israeli Hasharon jail returned their meals on Saturday in protest at the prison administration’s deliberate medical neglect.

Prisoner Mona Qadan told lawyer Amer Abu Hamdiya on Saturday that the prisoners were protesting the administration’s neglect of the health condition of their colleague Leena Jarboni, 34.

She said that Jarboni’s health condition was steadily worsening and was in need of an urgent surgery due to acute pain in her gallbladder.

She said that the prisoners would escalate their protest if the prison administration did not extend urgent medical assistance to Jarboni, who is serving an 18-year sentence. more

Video: Rare public hip-hop performance in Gaza City

By Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

Hip-hop is not new to Gaza, but in recent years – since Hamas came to power – public performances have been nonexistent. Wherever it has flourished, the art form has been misunderstood and misrepresented by politicians as a negative influence, and that is true in Gaza as well.

At one of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) workshops I took part in last week in Gaza, young rapper Mohammed Elsusi spoke of his frustration at not being able to practice his art in his own country. This is especially hard, when, as Elsusi says, his work speaks about the conditions and struggles Palestinians are living through.

Elsusi, who together with his brother Osama Elsusi, form the duo Revolution Makers, did get to stage a very rare public performance at the closing night of PalFest in Gaza City on 27 May. I captured this video of them performing “I am still fighting.” more