[Pnews] The “Battle of Breaking the Chains": Towards the Freedom of Palestine and Palestinians

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  The “Battle of Breaking the Chains": Towards the Freedom of Palestine
  and Palestinians

Posted on 06/09/2015 
<https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/the-battle-of-breaking-the-chains-towards-the-freedom-of-palestine-and-palestinians/>

Nidal, Shadi, Ghassan, Bader, Munir, Sleiman, Bilal, Amer and Kayed
9 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, refusing to eat, 
refusing to surrender. 9 Palestinian heroes held captive in Zionist 
dungeons, breaking the walls of captivity, defying their jailor, 
protesting their illegal and inhumane detention. 9 Palestinian freedom 
fighters; their only weapon their strong will and the belief in their 
just cause, their only weapon their empty stomachs steadfast in the face 
of torture, intimidation and force-feeding. Hunger strikes have always 
been a legitimate and effective weapon of protest and struggle used by 
Palestinian political prisoners and detainees in the face of injustice. 
Whether mass hunger strikes that sweep Israeli jails or single hunger 
strikes that last for months; Palestinian freedom fighters continue to 
resist the occupation from behind Zionist bars and isolation cells. 
Their battle against their jailors, against the policy of administrative 
detention, against the sham courts of the occupation, is the “Battle of 
Breaking the Chains”; an on-going battle till all Zionist jails are 
empty, an on-going battle till Palestine is free from the River to the 
Sea. It is a battle to break the chains of all Palestinians held in 
Zionist captivity; those held captive in small jails and those held 
captive in the bigger jails defined by the infamous Oslo Accords, it is 
a battle against injustice, a battle towards the freedom of all of us.

Nidal, Shadi, Ghassan, Bader, Munir, Sleiman, Bilal, Amer and Kayed
9 Palestinian political prisoners held captive by the Zionist entity 
along with the around 500 Palestinian political prisoners currently 
detained without charge or trial; The Israeli occupation resorts to 
administrative detention and so-called secret files, prepared by the 
Israeli intelligence and used against Palestinian prisoners when Israeli 
interrogators fail to force confessions out of Palestinians detainees 
and when the prosecution is unable to prove the charge on the detainee. 
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military 
to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret evidence without charging them 
or allowing them to stand trial <http://www.addameer.org/>. The Israeli 
Prison Service (IPS) uses administrative detention as prolonged 
detention, and in some cases Palestinian detainees are held captive 
without charge or trial for 5 or even 10 years. On 20.08.2015, Nidal, 
Shadi, Ghassan, Bader, Munir started an open hunger strike to protest 
the renewal of their captivity without charge or trial and to protest 
the policy of administrative detention. They stopped consuming food, and 
are facing the brutality and illegality of their detention with their 
empty stomachs. Additionally, they announced their boycott of all 
Israeli occupation courts, being nothing but sham courts, along with 
another 50 administrative detainees, and in protest of the so-called 
secret files. As a punishment, the IPS transferred the hunger strikers 
to isolation cells. The detainees gave the IPS an ultimatum till 
01.09.2015 to end their administrative detention, otherwise they will 
stop consuming liquids and medicines.

Since 1967, the Zionist entity held more than 850,000 Palestinian men, 
women and children captive, including thousands of Palestinians held in 
administrative detention, for periods ranging from months to years. 
According to the latest statistics from Palestinian human rights 
organizations and prisoner support sites, there are currently over 6000 
Palestinian political prisoners held captive in 22 Israeli jails and 
detention centres, including 160 children, 26 women, and more than 1600 
prisoners suffering from various diseases, and 30 prisoners detained 
since before the Oslo agreement. Additionally, around 500 Palestinians 
are held in administrative detention in several Israeli prisons, 
including Ofer, Megiddo and Al-Naqab. These detainees are held without 
charge or trial, and often their detention is extended in the final 
minutes of their captivity, which increases their suffering and that of 
their families. Among the around 500 administrative detainees, there are 
3 PLC members. Alone in August 2015, 390 cases of detention were 
registered in comparison to 330 in July 2015. Among the 390 detained in 
August, 85 were children – mostly from occupied Jerusalem, 15 were 
women, and geographically; 155 from occupied Jerusalem, 70 from occupied 
Hebron, 50 from occupied Bethlehem and 15 from besieged Gaza. 
Additionally, in August 2015, 94 new administrative detention orders 
were issued in comparison to 63 in July 2015.

Currently, the following Palestinian detainees are on hunger strike 
protesting their detention without charge or trial:

/*1. Nidal Abu Aker: 47 years old from Ras Abu Ammar, temporarily 
resident of Dheisheh refugee camp, on day 18 of an open hunger strike.*/
Nidal was born on 10.05.1968 in Dheisheh refugee camp to a family 
expelled from Ras Abu Ammar village in occupied Jerusalem by Zionist 
terrorist gangs in 1948. He is a father of 3 children, and has a BA in 
Sociology from Bethlehem University. Nidal works as a journalist and 
hosts a program titled “In their Cells” on Sawt al Wihdeh Radio station 
in Bethlehem, which tackles the issues of Palestinian political 
prisoners. He also works as a Hebrew translator, and is among the 
founders of the “Families of Prisoners Association” in Dheisheh. Since a 
young age, Nidal, as the rest of his family members, resisted the 
occupation. From a total of 15 years in Israeli captivity, he spent 9 
years in administrative detention. Nidal was detained for the first time 
in 1984, still a child at the age of 13, and was accused of throwing 
stones. His home was raided by Israeli occupation soldiers on the dawn 
of 28.06.2014; he and his son Mohammad were beaten, and his home 
ransacked. Since then, he’d been held in administrative detention 
without any charge or trial, whereby his administrative detention order 
was renewed several times: in a hearing on 14.01.2015, his 
administrative detention order was confirmed under the pretext of being 
“a threat to security” without the prosecutor presenting any substantial 
evidence. On 20.08.2015, Nidal and his comrades started an open hunger 
strike to protest their administrative detention and their captivity on 
the basis on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred 
him to isolation cells in ‘Asqalan prison to pressure him to end his 
strike. It is worth noting that Nidal suffers from various health 
problems, including blood pressure, weakness of the heart muscle, ulcer, 
acute rheumatic and haemorrhoids.

/*2. Shadi Ma’ali: 39 years old from Al-Jorah, temporarily resident of 
Dheisheh refugee camp, on day 18 of an open hunger strike.*/
Shadi was born in Dheisheh refugee camp to a family expelled from 
Al-Jorah village in occupied Jerusalem by Zionist terrorist gangs in 
1948. He is a father of 5 children. A long-time activist against the 
occupation, he was held captive several times for resisting the 
occupation by both the Israeli occupation forces and the “PA security 
forces”, spending a total of 12 years in Israeli captivity and around 2 
years in “PA” jails. He was tortured by both during interrogation. 
During the First Intifada, Shadi was only 16 years old when he was 
detained for the first time by the occupation and was sentenced to 2 
years imprisonment. Shadi was released from Israeli captivity in 
February 2014 after spending 22 months in jails. On 28.06.2014, Israeli 
occupation forces raided and ransacked his home before detaining him. He 
has been since held in administrative detention, which was renewed 3 
consecutive times for 6 months each. On 20.08.2015, Shadi and his 
comrades started an open hunger strike to protest their administrative 
detention and their captivity on the basis on so-called secret files. As 
punishment, the IPS transferred him to isolation cells in Ela prison to 
pressure him to end his strike. Shadi participated in various hunger 
strike while in Israeli captivity, including the Karameh mass hunger 
strike in 2012 and the 2013 hunger strike. Shadi suffers from chronic 
ulcer in addition to the weakness of the cornea.

*/3. Ghassan Zawahreh: 34 years, temporarily resident of Dheisheh 
refugee camp, on day 18 of an open hunger strike./*
Ghassan was born in Dheisheh refugee camp to a family expelled from its 
original village by Zionist terrorist gangs in 1948. Ghassan is a former 
prisoner and was detained several times by the Israeli occupation 
forces, spending a total of 10 years in Israeli captivity, including 3 
years in administration detention. He was beaten during his various 
arrests, leading to injuries in his right hand, his left leg and knee, 
for which he was denied treatment. In 2008, Ghassan was a student of 
Social Work in his final year at Al-Quds Open University when he was 
detailed by the Israeli occupation forces, after which he was prevented 
from completing his studies due to his multiple arrests. Ghassan is a 
long-time activists and works as a taxi driver. He was detained on 
08.04.2015 at a flying checkpoint in Bethlehem, and has since been held 
in administrative detention, which was renewed 3 times for 4 months 
each. On 20.08.2015, Ghassan and his comrades started an open hunger 
strike to protest their administrative detention and their captivity on 
the basis on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred 
him to isolation cells in Eshel prison to pressure him to end his 
strike. On 04.09.2015, Ghassan stopped consuming any liquids or 
medicine. Ghassan suffers from ulcers and arthritis

*/4. Munir Abu Sharar: 31 years old from Dura, Hebron, on day 18 of an 
open hunger strike./*
Munir was born in Dura, Hebron. He is the only son to his parents. Munir 
is an activist, a former prisoner and was detained several times by the 
Israeli occupation forces. Munir is an employee at the Hebron 
municipality. On 24.07.2014, Israeli occupation forces detained Munir, 
and since then he’s been held in administrative detention without charge 
or trial. His detention order was renewed several times, totalling 14 
months. On 20.08.2015, Munir and his comrades started an open hunger 
strike to protest their administrative detention and their captivity on 
the basis on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred 
him to isolation cells in Naqab prison to pressure him to end his strike.

*/5. Bader Al-Ruzzeh: 26 years old from Nablus, on day 18 of an open 
hunger strike./*
Bader was born in Al-Yasminah neighborhood in Nablus. He is the nephew 
of martyred leader Ayman Al-Ruzzeh. Bader was detained on 13.05.2014 by 
Israeli occupation forces, and after interrogation was send to 
administrative detention without charge or trial. His administrative 
detention order has been since renewed twice. On 20.08.2015, Badir and 
his comrades started an open hunger strike to protest their 
administrative detention and their captivity on the basis on so-called 
secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred him to isolation cells 
in Naqab prison to pressure him to end his hunger strike. It is worth 
mentioning that Bader suffers from asthma.

*/6. Bilal As-Seifi: 26 years old, temporarily resident of Dheisheh 
refugee camp, on day 11 of an open hunger strike./*
Bilal was born in Dheisheh refugee camp to a family expelled from its 
original village by Zionist terrorist gangs in 1948. He has been held 
captive in administrative detention since 01.03.2015, which was renewed 
twice for six months. On 27.08.2015, Bilal started an open hunger strike 
to protest his administrative detention and his captivity on the basis 
on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred him to 
isolation cells in Naqab prison to pressure him to end his strike.

/*7. Sleiman Skafi: 30 years old from Hebron, on day 6 of an open hunger 
strike.*/
Sleiman was born in Hebron. He is a former prisoner, and was detained 5 
times. Sleiman spent a total of 6 years in Israeli captivity. During 
interrogation, Sleiman was subjected to torture, which resulted in 
chronic pains in his back and legs, in addition to other health issues. 
He was denied the needed medical follow-up and treatment. Sleiman has 
been held captive without charge or trial since 12.11.2014 on the 
pretext of a secret file that claims he is “a security threat”. 
Sleiman’s appeal against his administrative detention was refusal by 
Israeli military courts. In August 2015, Sleiman went on a 2-day warning 
hunger strike to pressure the IPS to consider the issue of the 
systematic medical negligence against him and the continuation of his 
administrative detention without charge. He ended his strike after 
promises from the IPS to look into his demands and respond to them 
within days. When the IPS did not reply to his demands, Sleiman started 
an open hunger strike on 01.09.2015 to protest the renewal of his 
administrative detention. As punishment, the IPS transferred him from 
Al-Naqab prison to isolation cells in Ofer prison to pressure him to end 
his strike. It is worth mentioning that Sleiman participated in the 
general hunger strike of 2012.

*/8. Kayed Abu Al-Reesh: 42 years old, temporarily resident of Al-Ein 
refugee camp, on day 5 of an open hunger strike./*
Kayed was born in Ein Beit Al-Ma’ refugee camp in Nablus. He is a father 
of three children, and was detained 10 times by Israeli occupation 
forces, spending a total of 16 jails in Zionist captivity. On 
14.12.2014, Kayed was detained by Israeli occupation forces yet again, 
and has since been held in administrative detention, which was renewed 
twice for 6 months each. Kayed started an open hunger strike on 
04.08.2015 to protest his renewed hunger strike. As punishment, the IPS 
transferred him to isolation cells in Majido prison to pressure him to 
end his strike. During the first days of his hunger strike, Kayed’s 
mother received a telephone call from the Israeli intelligence asking 
her to convince her son to end his hunger strike in return to releasing 
him at the end of his detention period, but the family refused as he was 
held without charge or trial. After 23 days, Kayed suspended his hunger 
strike following promises from the IPS to review his case and hold a 
special court hearing to consider the possibility of his release. But at 
usual, the IPS did not comply with its promise. Days afterwards, Kayed 
was transferred to the so-called Ramleh clinic due to severe migraine as 
a result of his hunger strike. On 02.09.2015, Kayed’s family reported 
that he resumed his hunger strike.

*/9. Amer Shammas: 24 years old from Hebron, on day 4 of an open hunger 
strike./*
Amer was born in Hebron. In 2014, Amer went on an open hunger strike for 
3 months to protest his detention without charge or trial, but suspended 
his hunger strike after the IPS promised to release him, nonetheless his 
administrative detention was renewed more than once. Amer started an 
open hunger strike on 03.09.2015 to protest his administrative 
detention. As punishment, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred 
him to isolation cells in Naqab prison to pressure him to end his strike.

In addition to the 9 administrative detainees on hunger strike, a 10th 
prisoner is currently on hunger strike:

*/10. Nour Jaber: 42 years old from Hebron, on day 5 of an open hunger 
strike./*
Nour Jaber was born in Hebron. He was charged with resisting the Israeli 
occupation and was sentenced to 17 times life imprisonment, and has been 
in Zionist captivity since 17 years. He was injured in the leg by the 
Israeli occupation forces during his arrest, and was tortured during the 
interrogation, including the use of staplers on his body more than 50 
times by the Israeli interrogators, placing salt on his wounds and 
beating him severly on his injured leg. Since his imprisonment, Nour has 
been subjected to medical neglect by the IPS. On 02.09.2015, Nour 
started an open hunger strike to protest his arbitrary transfer from 
Rimon jail to Jilboa jail and to protest the policy of medical 
negligence he was subjected to. As punishment, the IPS transferred him 
to isolation cells in Nafha prison to pressure him to end his hunger strike.

In a statement issued by five of the hunger strikers, they stressed that 
the goals of their hunger strike include the rejection of the policy of 
administrative detention against our people and freedom fighters, the 
refusal of the law of forced feeding, demanding the immediate freedom 
and breaking the stalemate and internal division, and the unification of 
the Palestinian national forces on the basis of joint national action 
inside the prisons and culmination of true national unity.

Freedom for ALL Palestinian and Arab political prisoners and detainees 
held captive in Zionist dungeons.

Sources:
http://pflp.ps
http://www.ahrarwledna.com
http://alasra.ps
http://samidoun.ca/
http://addameer.org

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