[Ppnews] Palestinian prisoners protest Israeli treatment

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Tue Mar 24 11:33:52 EDT 2009

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Palestinian detainees to protest Israeli decisions against them


  Tuesday March 24, 2009 12:02
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News 
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The Prisoners Center for Studies (PCS) reported on Tuesday that 
Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons have decided to protest 
against the Israeli decisions against them, specifically calls for 
placing some in solitary confinement, and denying them visits and the 
right to education.

The PCS said that the decision came after the Israeli government 
decided several measures of collective punishment were taken against 
them following failed prisoner-swap talks with Hamas.

The measures also include barring prisoners from watching al-Jazeera 
new agency, and placing some of them in solitary confinement for 
indefinite periods, in addition to denying the detainees the right to 

The center said that the detainees will not surrender and will not 
accept that Israel removes achievements they obtained through years 
of struggle and hunger strikes.

Furthermore, the PSC stated that there will be cooperation between 
the detainees and several factions and institutions in Palestine in 
order to organize massive protests marking April 17, the Palestinian 
Prisoners Day.

Ra'fat Hamdouna, head of the center, said that there are serious 
threats and violations against the detainees, especially the recent 
decision of the Israeli government to impose further restrictions on them.

Hamdouna appealed to the international community and different human 
rights groups to intervene and stop Israel's violations of human 
rights and international treaties that call for protecting detainees.


Likud, Kadima MK's submit bill to worsen conditions of Palestinian detainees


  Tuesday March 24, 2009 09:45
 by IMEMC & Agencies 
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Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported o Monday that Likud member of 
Knesset (MK), Yariv Levin, and Kadima MK, Yoel Hasson, submitted a 
bill that calls for worsening the living conditions of imprisoned 
Hamas members.

They said that those who are responsible for "terrorist attacks, and 
for holding captive Gilad Shalit, should be denied all privileges", 
Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported.

The bill calls for placing some detainees in solitary confinement for 
extended periods, denying visitations, issuing Administrative 
Detention orders against the detainees who finish their terms, and 
barring detained students from continuing their education.

Several members of Knesset already declared their support to the new 
proposal. The MK's who expressed support to the illegal bill are of 
the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Shas Party, National Union Party, the 
Likud, and the Jewish Home.

It also aims at increasing Israel's bargaining power over Hamas in 
talks for the release of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, 
Haaretz said.

The two MK's claimed that Palestinian detainees imprisoned by Israel 
"are living in better conditions than the captured soldier".

Likud MK, Levin, who used to the vice-president of the Israeli Bar 
Association, claimed that the bill "would be balanced, and will be in 
line with the international law".

He also claimed that the bill will not violate the Geneva Convention. 
He said that the Convention only applies to prisoners of war and 
Israeli does not recognize the Palestinian detainees as prisoners of war.

Furthermore, Haaretz reported that a ministerial committee in Israel 
urged on Thursday the government to revoke some right of Palestinian 
detainees in order to increase the pressure on Hamas.

Such a decision is a violation to the basic rights of the detainees 
and constitutes collective punishment. Israel claims this decision is 
against detained Hamas members, but on the ground all detainees are 
imprisoned together and face the same aggression.

All Palestinian detainees are prisoners of war as Israeli is 
illegally occupying the Palestinians land and fully ignores and 
disregards the international law which labels occupation as a war crime.

Hundreds of detainees died in Israeli prisons since 1967. Most of 
them died due to extreme torture, while the rest died as the Israeli 
Prisons Authority denied them access to adequate medical treatment.

Israeli legalizes torturing detainees to obtain confessions, and 
several detainees died due to torture. Approximately 10.000 
Palestinians, including hundreds of women and children, are 
imprisoned by Israel. The number of Israelis imprisoned by the 
Palestinians in One.

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