[Pnews] Amidst Serious Israeli Escalation, Palestinian Political Prisoners Start Hunger Strike

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Mon Jan 13 11:59:47 EST 2014


  Amidst Serious Israeli Escalation, Detainees Start Hunger Strike

author Saturday January 11, 2014 22:42author by Saed Bannoura
*http://www.imemc.org/article/66733*

[Saturday January 11, 2014] The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees has 
reported that Palestinian political prisoners held at the Israeli 
detention facility 'Ramon' started a hunger strike to protest the latest 
serious Israeli assaults carried out against them.

Rami Al-'Alami, a lawyer of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, said 
that the situation at the Ramon Israeli prison could lead to 
confrontations, especially after four units of the military have 
continued their assaults against the detainees for the third week in a row.

The soldiers, accompanied by military dogs, broke into the cells of the 
detainees, violently searching them.

The Ministry said that the detainees discovered that there are hidden 
cameras 
<http://skimlinks.pgpartner.com/mrdr.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fskimlinks.pgpartner.com%2Fsearch.php%2Fform_keyword%3Dhidden%2Bcameras> 
in the walls of their rooms, and protested against this serious 
violation of their rights.

Detainee Abdul-Salam Shokry said that, after the detainees found the 
hidden cameras and protested the violation, the Prison Administration 
and the Israeli Security Agency decided to attack the detainees and 
retrieve the cameras.

Shokry added that the soldiers caused excessive damage to the detainees' 
property, broke their electrical equipment and forced the detainees into 
solitary confinement, in another section, after cuffing them and forcing 
them to undergo a strip search.

The issue led to clashes between the detainees and the soldiers, who 
also attacked and struck several detainees, including Kamal Abu Shanab, 
Yousef Barghouthi, Ibrahim Ziyada and Ahmad Ka'abna.

The prison administration also decided to move the representative of the 
detainees, Kamal Rajoub, into solitary confinement.

Shokry said that the situation at Ramon prison could deteriorate even 
more and lead to clashes, should the army and the prison administration 
continue these violations and assaults.

He said that the detainees started a gradual hunger strike on Saturday, 
a strike that could lead to an ongoing hunger strike by the detainees, 
and added that the detainees filed 49 appeals against the Israeli 
violations.
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    Former hunger striker Imad Batran seized again by occupation forces
    <http://samidoun.ca/2014/01/former-hunger-striker-imad-batran-seized-again-by-occupation-forces/>

by samidoun <http://samidoun.ca/?author=1>
*http://samidoun.ca/2014/01/former-hunger-striker-imad-batran-seized-again-by-occupation-forces/*

Former Palestinian prisoner Imad Batran 
<http://samidoun.ca/2013/11/release-of-imad-batran-former-hunger-striker/>, 
who engaged in a 105-day hunger strike to protest administrative 
detention without charge or trial before his release last November 14, 
was seized once more by Israeli occupation forces on January 12.

According to the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies, military forces 
stormed Batran's home in Ethna village near Khalil, beat him and took 
him directly to Ashkelon prison.

Amina Tawil said that intelligence officers had threatened Batran a week
ago with re-arrest when he was called to interrogation by occupation 
military forces; she said that Batran had told his wife that he intended 
to engage in a hunger strike again if returned to administrative detention.

Batran had been held for two years without charge or trial before his 
release in November; he ended his hunger strike when occupation 
authorities pledged to not renew his detention. His brothers are also 
held in Israeli prisons: Tareq is serving a life sentence; his brother 
Mohammed is being held without charge or trial in administrative 
detention in Ashkelon.


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