Thursday, 6 June 2013

Female detainees start hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment

Thursday June 6 2013, Palestinian female detainees, held by Israel, started an open-ended hunger strike demanding the Israeli Prison Authority to provide the needed medical treatment to detainee Heba Abu Rezeq.

Abu Rezeq was kidnapped three months ago, and is being held in solitary confinement.

She is facing several psychological problems, and needs urgent therapy, yet, the prison administration is threatening to move her to a different facility, and to completely isolate her.

The detainees are demanding the transfer of Abu Rezeq to a private hospital. They stated they would escalate their strike should Israeli refrain from providing the needed medical attention to Heba. more

Miles Of Smiles 20 aid convoy arrives In Gaza

Wednesday June 5 2013; The “Miles of Smiles 20” human right solidarity convoys managed to reach the Gaza Strip via the Rafah Border Terminal between the coastal region and Egypt, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported.

Abdul-Rahman Al-Madhoun, in charge of the Committee for Welcoming Solidarity Convoy in Gaza, stated that convoy members would participate in the “World Procession to Jerusalem” this Friday.

Dozens of parallel processions are planned in Arab and Islamic capitals around the world as part of an international solidarity campaign with the Palestinian people, living under Israeli occupation, aggression and siege. more

Gaza factions denounce Hamdallah appointment as PA prime minister

The appointment of 54-year-old Rami Hamdallah as the new Palestinian Authority Prime Minister has drawn a sharp response from Gaza factions, least of all Hamas.

President Mahmoud Abbas selected Hamdallah, the chairman of An-Najah University in the West Bank, six weeks following the resignation of Salam Fayyad after a bitter dispute with Abbas.

The new government is not expected to have any major replacements, with only the addition of two deputies: one from Gaza and the other from the West Bank.

Hamas reacted harshly to Hamdallah’s appointment, labelling the move as “illegal," while other Gaza-based Palestinian factions, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) have vowed to boycott the new government.

The "new government proves that the Fatah leadership is willing to maintain and prolong the state of disagreement," Hamas said in a statement on Wednesday.

But according to Ramallah-based Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf, the appointment of Hamdallah was a must in such circumstances where the prime minister’s chair was vacant.

“With Fayyad’s resignation while the reconciliation talks are still in process, we had no alternative but assigning a new prime minister to take care of administrational issues,” Assaf told Al-Monitor by phone. more

Israel detains prisoners' rights activist

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian prisoners' rights activist in Nablus on Thursday morning, a local source told Ma'an.

Ammar Tbeileh, 46, was detained after his home was raided in the Rafidya neighborhood in Nablus, the source said.

Israeli military jeeps stormed the area at dawn, the source added. more