[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
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
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,
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
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