Thursday, 16 October 2014

Palestinian prisoner now on hunger strike for over 3 weeks

35-year-old Raed Moussa, currently being held in an Israeli prison, has been on hunger strike for nearly a month, now, in protest against being held without charge or trial for nearly a year, under Israeli Administrative Detention policy.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), in Jenin, said in a statement that Raed was detained in Jenin on Nov. 29, 2013, and sentenced to six months of administrative detention, according to Ma'an.

Moussa's detention was then extended for four more months, the PPS statement added, upon which he began an open-ended hunger strike for 34 days, until he was finally promised by prison authorities that there would be no more extensions to his detention.

He began the strike again, this September, when Israeli Prison Service re-sentenced him for another four months of administrative detention.

Raed is now being held in solitary confinement, at Ktziot prison, in the Negev desert. He has spent a total of seven years in Israeli jails in separate periods, according to Ma'an.

Administrative Detention procedures, the use of which by Israel dates back to the British mandate period, allows them to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial, on the basis of secret information. The conditions under which prisoners are kept are often quite harsh, during such a sentence, with basic needs and medical care being neglected by Israeli authorities.

According to the PPS, the number of Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention has now doubled, since the beginning of 2014. Some 500 Palestinian are being held under administrative detention, some of whom are members of Palestinian parliament. more

PA security forces kill man during Hebron raid

Palestinian Authority security forces killed a 25-year-old man in Hebron early Thursday during a raid in the southern West Bank city.

Security officials told Ma'an that clashes broke out as PA forces attempted to arrest several known outlaws who had been hiding south of Hebron in Area C.

It is unclear what the men are accused of.

The men opened fire at security forces during the raid, injuring seven security personnel, including one who is in a critical condition.

PA forces responded with live fire and critically injured Bilal al-Rajabi, who later died in hospital. more