Thursday, 23 January 2014

Seven Palestinian prisoners currently on open-ended hunger strike

The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees has reported that seven Palestinian detainees are currently holding open-ended hunger strikes in Israeli detention facilities, and that some of them are facing very serious health issues and complications.

The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees said that detainees Akram Al-Faseesy, Waheed Abu Maria, legislator Yasser Mansour, and Bilal Abdul-Aziz are striking to protest their arbitrary illegitimate Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

The Ministry added that detainee Abdul-Majid Khdeirat is striking to protest being arrested following his release under the Shalit prisoner swap deal, and detainee Yousef Nawaj’a is striking to demand the urgently needed medical attention.

Detainee Moammar Banat, along with detainee Al-Faseesy, started their hunger strike on January 9 2014, after being forced into solitary confinement at the Ofer Israeli military detention center.

They are being held under very difficult conditions, their clothes were confiscated, and each cold cell only includes one mattress and two blankets.

Abu Maria said that the detainees are frequently harassed, repeatedly searched and assaulted in an attempt to force them to quit their strikes, and that the army is blackmailing them by offering them medical attention in exchange for ending their hunger strike.

Detained Legislator, Yasser Mansour, started his hunger strike on January 16, 2014, while detainee Bilal Abdul-Aziz started his strike on January 22; both were moved to the Negev Detention camp, and are demanding an end to their administrative detention.

Detainee Abdul-Majid Khdeirat started his strike on the day of his arrest on January 15, as he could be facing eight years imprisonment. more

PA ministry condemns Israeli attack on Al-Quds campus

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday strongly condemned an Israeli raid on Al-Quds University campus in Abu Dis in which dozens of students suffered tear gas inhalation and university property was damaged.

The PA ministry denounced the attack as "desecrating the sanctity of the institution, obstructing the educational process," and "intentionally horrifying thousands of students and staff members by utilizing all terrorist means including random heavy firing."

The raid on Wednesday was part of a "continuous and systematic context of violations against the Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, including the educational institutions and their cadres," a statement added.

These violations aim to challenge the Palestinian presence in occupied East Jerusalem and push Palestinian society towards ignorance and poverty, the ministry said. more