[Pnews] Israel withholds bodies of Palestinians killed in its prisons
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Mon Jul 29 16:43:18 EDT 2019
Israel withholds bodies of Palestinians killed in its prisons
Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 29
Human rights organizations are holding Israel responsible for the death
of detained Palestinian Nassar Taqatqa.
Taqatqa, 31, died on 16 July in Nitzan prison, less than a month into
Israeli forces arrested Taqatqa on 19 June from his home in the town of
Beit Fajjar near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
For the majority of his detention, he was held in the Russian Compound
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/russian-compound> in Jerusalem, an
Israeli detention center synonymous with the torture of Palestinian
“There is serious concern that he was tortured and exposed to ill and/or
degrading treatment while he was in detention,” the Palestinian Human
Rights Organizations Council stated
Israeli prison authorities then transferred Taqatqa to the al-Jalameh
detention center in the northern West Bank and then finally to Nitzan
prison inside Israel.
It is unclear what caused Taqatqa’s death, as Israel is refusing to
release his body.
“Neither we nor his family have been communicated with or given access
to his dead body,” the council added.
His family said that Taqatqa had no health problems prior to his
<https://www.facebook.com/ppsmo/posts/2382755611789124> to the
Palestinian Prisoners Club.
Among the council’s members are prisoners rights group Addameer
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer>, refugee advocacy group
Badil <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/badil>, and human rights
organizations Al-Haq <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/al-haq-0>, Al
and Defense for Children International Palestine
Since the beginning of 2018, three Palestinians have died in Israeli
prisons, and others during arrest.
Palestinian prisoner Aziz Awisat
after Israeli officers severely beat him in Beersheba prison in May 2018.
Awisat, 53, allegedly poured hot water on a guard in the prison. He died
days following the beating.
Palestinian prisoner Faris Baroud
after 28 years in Israeli detention in February.
Baroud, 51, spent the majority of his imprisonment in isolation and died
after years of medical neglect.
The bodies of Taqatqa, Baroud and Awisat are still held by Israel.
Some 220 Palestinians have died in Israeli custody since 1967, according
This includes 23 Palestinians who died after they were tortured since
Israel ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture in 1991,
according to the statement.
Meanwhile, Jordan refused
entry to photojournalist Mustafa al-Kharouf after Israel attempted to
forcibly exile him last week.
Israel’s interior ministry insists that al-Kharouf has a Jordanian
passport and that he can be expelled to Jordan whether or not he is a
citizen of that country.
However al-Kharouf’s lawyer, Adi Lustigman, had told an Israeli court
that his only travel document is a laissez-passer, and that a Jordanian
diplomat had informed her that al-Kharouf would be denied entry,
to Israeli daily /Haaretz/.
Israeli forces arrested
al-Kharouf in January and kept him in Givon prison in Ramle in
present-day Israel where asylum-seekers and others facing expulsion are
In February, an Israeli court denied him family reunification citing
“security grounds” and ordered him forcibly exiled to Jordan.
Al-Kharouf has not been charged or tried, and agents of Israel’s Shin
Bet secret police and a Jerusalem court did not respond to Lustigman’s
inquiry as to why that is, if he really posed a security threat.
The interior ministry also accused al-Kharouf of being a member of
Hamas, a claim he denies.
Al-Kharouf was born in Algeria to a Palestinian father and an Algerian
mother but he is not a citizen of any country, according
to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
His wife and child are both from East Jerusalem and have permanent
residency status issued by Israeli occupation authorities, /Haaretz/
He has been living in occupied East Jerusalem since he was 12 years old.
Assault on journalists
Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas
canisters at Palestinian journalists in the occupied West Bank and Gaza
Strip earlier this month.
Three Palestinians were injured, according
Among them was photojournalist Ayat Arqawy, whose work has occasionally
appeared on The Electronic Intifada.
Israeli soldiers fired a tear gas canister that hit Arqawy in the
stomach while she was covering protests against Israel’s demolition
of buildings earlier this month in the Wadi Hummus neighborhood on the
outskirts of Sur Bahir, a village southeast of Jerusalem in the occupied
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