اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Hunger strike in 5th week as activists call for pressure on Israel
Published Saturday 24/05/2014 (updated) 25/05/2014 09:45
Font- Font+
Palestinians hold up photos of their imprisoned relatives at a support
rally in al-Bireh for over 100 hunger striking administrative detainees
on May 13, 2014 (MaanImages/Graham Liddell)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- As hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails began a fifth week of refusing meals, activist organizations on Saturday called on Israel to respect prisoners' rights and end its policy of administrative detention.

Some 125 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike, many of whom are administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Most of the prisoners began their strike on April 24, demanding Israel change its detention policy.

"We demand that the Israeli Prison Service (adhere) to the international treaties and declarations of which Israel is a signatory," three organizations said in a joint statement Saturday.

International Women's Peace Service, International Solidarity Movement, and Christian Peacemaker Teams called on the IPS to respect "the human rights of all Palestinians" in Israeli custody, and to end "the illegal practice of administrative detention immediately."

The statement alleged that "prison guards have increased raids on hunger strikers, confiscated all belongings other than clothing, and in some cases have physically assaulted prisoners."

Prison authorities have also at times "denied strikers salt -- the only form of sustenance besides water ... that the strikers have been taking."

The activist groups called for international pressure on Israel to meet the prisoners' demands.

A spokeswoman for the IPS did not answer calls seeking comment.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, "unlike a criminal proceeding, administrative detention is not intended to punish a person for an offense already committed, but to thwart a future danger."

"The entire procedure is secret: administrative detainees are not told the reason for their detention or the specific allegations against them. ... Since the detainees do not know the evidence against them, they are unable to refute it," B'Tselem said in a May 11 report.

On May 14, 2012, some 2,000 Palestinian prisoners ended a 27-day hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israel. Under the terms of the deal, around 400 prisoners from Gaza would be allowed receive family visits and administrative detainees would be either freed or charged.

According to Addameer, Israel also agreed to limit the use of administrative detentions to exceptional cases, but reneged on the deal, renewing the detention of several prisoners and continuing to regularly implement the policy.
Print
1 ) Blessings & Curses / The Truth
24/05/2014 17:20
BLESSED are those that bless those who bless the Jews (Gen.12.3), and Blessed are the Peacemakers who shall be called sons of god (Matt.5.9). AND, CURSED are these Murderers of Jews, who have earned for themselves far worse than life in an Israel prison, with education, TV, and internet !! And, in doing so they have also earned for their people an impoverished statelessness in Hamastan-Fatastan, with or without unity !!!

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
24/05/2014 17:26
There is No "Pressure" that Israel can Not ignore, when, or if, it comes to the internal CRIME & PUNISHMENT OF MURDERERS.

3 ) Mel / USA
24/05/2014 17:58
#1:Boring Zio-zombie yeshiva indoctrination dude! Mindset like that is causing Israel to self-destruct! Israel is so psychologically screwed-up & indoctrinated,by Zionism, it gave up on tolerance & compassion decades ago &buried its head in the xenophobic sand! Their'Dear(Zionist)Leaders' don't care how non-Jews die,as long as they're GONE. Palestinians should be bombarding ISRAEL'S PATRONS &their embassies in USA,EU.Email the Hague,ICC,UNHRC with letters,photo's & Geneva Cons.END THE OCCUPATION

4 ) @ Mel-3 / Truth
25/05/2014 00:54
I've never spent a single day in "yeshiva indoctrination ", and if your "Mindset" was functioning properly you'd have realized it, since yeshiva students probably do NOT quote Matthew (5.9), or anything from the New Testament "Dude".

5 ) Arnold / Canada
25/05/2014 02:56
Mel / USA. Let me go along with your saying that the Israelis "gave up on tolerance & compassion decades ago" You want to know why MELVIN ? I'll tell you why. Because you Arabs are crazy as the day is long and you only live by being violent to one another and especially to Jews. Decades ago Jews suffered under the Arab riots in Jerusalem , Jaffa , and later again in Hebron. Long before 1967 and occupation. So yes the Israelis loss their compassion and tolerance. I understand why. You don't.
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Israeli forces block weekly protest near Bethlehem
Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests
Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Duheisha camp

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014