[Pnews] 33 Days of Hunger Strike: Mass transfers of prisoners as colonial settler murders Palestinian protester

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Fri May 19 10:35:15 EDT 2017


  33 Days of Hunger Strike: Mass transfers of prisoners as colonial
  settler murders Palestinian protester

May 19, 2017

On Friday, 19 May, Palestinian prisoners entered their 33rd day of the 
collective hunger strike 
launched by1500 Palestinian prisoners 
– out of a total of over 6300 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli 
jails –  on 17 April 2017, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The strikers are 
demanding basic human rights, including an end to the denial of family 
visits, proper medical care and treatment, access to higher education 
and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, 
imprisonment without charge or trial.

On Thursday, 18 May, the 32nd day of Palestinian prisoners’ collective 
hunger strike, the Israel Prison Servicetransferred large numbers of 
strikers <http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777141> to Beersheva, 
Shatta and Ramle prisons, concentrating the hunger strikers in prisons 
that are home to the so-called “field hospitals” created by the prison 
administration. These prisons are also close to Israeli civilian 
hospitals. These transfers, however, were carried out via the “bosta” 
through the arduous transfer process that has been used again and again 
to put additional stress on the weakened bodies of the strikers in an 
attempt to undermine their strike.

At the same time that the mass transfers of hunger strikers continued, 
Israeli occupation forces attacked demonstrations in support of the 
prisoners’ strike and an illegal Israeli colonial settler murdered one 
Palestinian protester, Moataz Hussein Bani Shamsa 
<http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777141>, 23, from the village of 
Beita near Nablus.

Israeli occupation forces attacked the protesters and defended the 
settler who killed Bani Shamsa and injured Palestinian journalist Majdi 
Eshtayyeh. Ma’an News stated 
<http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777141> that the army “spokesperson 
said she was unable to comment on whether the Israeli settler had been 
detained or reprimanded in any way for opening live fire on the 
Palestinian crowd.” Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett 
<http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777148> portrayed the settler who 
murdered Bani Shamsa, shot Eshtayyeh, and then rammed his car into an 
ambulance coming to assist them, as the victim. The uninjured settler on 
Palestinian land was “brutally attacked” by the existence of 
Palestinians on the road throwing stones against the occupying forces on 
their land, in Bennett’s words; Bennett then claimed that “any one of 
us…would have acted” as he did in murdering Bani Shamsa as an occupying 
settler on Bani Shamsa’s land who got out of his car to shoot live fire 
on Palestinians.

Bani Shamsa is the second Palestinian to be killed 
<https://www.qudsn.ps/article/118970> by Israeli occupation soldiers or 
settlers while participating in protests in defense of the prisoners and 
the fifth Palestinian overall killed by Israeli forces since the 
beginning of the strike. Saba Obeid, 
22, himself a former prisoner, was killed in Nabi Saleh village by 
Israeli occupation forces as he participated in a march on 12 May. 
  Colonial settlers on the road near Huwwara in Nablus celebrated the 
murder of Bani Shamsa <http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=908136> 
by distributing sweets to other settler cars on the road.

Meanwhile, as the prisoners’ strike for dignity and freedom continued, 
Israeli occupation forces seized at least 48 Palestinians overnight 
<http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777115> between Wednesday and 
Thursday in arrest raids throughout the West Bank.  In Silwad, near 
Ramallah, occupation forces arrested seven young men 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/6789/> and simultaneously demolished the 
solidarity tent supporting the prisoners’ strike.

As protests continued in support of the prisoners, marchers near 
Qalandiya refugee camp in Ramallah were attacked on Wednesday night, 17 
May, by Israeli occupation forces, shooting live bullets and tear gas at 
the marchers. In Jerusalem, a sit-in outside the offices of the 
International Committee of the Red Cross was attacked by occupation 
forces who seized three participants 
<http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777130>: Ahmad al-Safadi, director 
of the Elia Media Group, Mohammed al-Daqqaq and Kayed al-Daqqaq. Areen 
Zaanin was violently assaulted by Israeli forces and taken to hospital.

As Israeli repression continues to escalate outside the prisons, inside 
the prisons, the strikers’ health continues to deteriorate 
<http://alasra.ps/ar//index.php?act=post&id=30598>. Many strikers are 
extremely dizzy and fatigues and have difficulty walking or standing, 
and there are great fears of heart slowdowns or sudden drops in blood 
pressure. A number of strikers have fainted and some are vomiting blood.

As part of the mass transfer campaign inside Israeli prisons, numerous 
leaders were once again transferred. Ahmad Sa’adat 
the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation 
of Palestine, fellow PFLP leader Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Hamas prison leaders 
Hassan Salameh and Abbas Sayyed, longest-held Palestinian prisoner Nael 
Barghouthi and journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq were all transferred from 
Ohli Kedar prison to Nafha prison, all in isolation.Handala Center for 
Prisoners and Former Prisoners reported 
<http://handala.ps/ar/post/1500/> that the health of Sa’adat and al-Qeeq 
is particularly fragile and requires hospitalization.

International actions also continued in support of the strike. United 
Nations officials, including Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk, expressed 
concern about Palestinian prisoners, especially the large-scale use of 
administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, in 
violation of international law.

In Spain, climber Carlos Blanca displayed his solidarity with 
hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners while climbing Aneto Peak, the 
highest mountain in the Pyrenees, on 17 May.

Chilean Senator Alejandro Navarro spoke about the case of the 
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in parliament, urging action to 
support their cause.

In Belfast, protesters gathered at the famous International Wall where 
the Irish republican struggle is highlighted in murals – along with a 
number of murals in support of Palestine – for a protest in support of 
the Palestinian prisoners, while in London, activists responded to the 
call for action to pressure the International Committee of the Red Cross 
by picketing and delivering a letter to the ICRC’s office, demanding 
meaningful action for Palestinian prisoners.

In Glasgow, Hellemmes, Belfast, Evry, Chicago, Milan, Buenos Aires, 
Granada, Sevilla, Manila and Malaga, protests were organized in the last 
days in support of the strikers. On Friday, 19 May, events and actions 
are scheduled in Saint-Denis, Brussels, Milan, Cadiz, San Roque, 
Aravena, Mans, New York City, Berlin, Cagliari, and Copenhagen. A full 
list of actions around the world 
is available at the Samidoun website.

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