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24.05.2017
Addameer’s attorneys visited five hunger-striking prisoners (Hussam Zahayqa, Murad Abu Sakout, Dorgham Al Araj, Mohammad Abu Sakha and Amjad Abu Latifa) in Eshel, Hadarim and Ela prisons on Tuesday, 23 May, 2017. On the 38th day of hunger strike, Palestinian political prisoners remain strong and determined. The hunger strike was launched on 17 April 2017, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, by an estimated 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The prisoners have a range of demands, highlighting basic needs and human rights, including an end to the denial of family visits, the right to proper health care and medical treatment, the right to pursue distance...
22.05.2017
Addameer's attorney Mahmoud Hassan visited hunger-striking political leader Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh on 21 May 2017, in Ohli Kedar prison. This is Abu Ghoulmeh’s first legal visit since joining the hunger strike on 4 May 2017; prior requests were repeatedly denied until a High Court petition on 14 May 2017. Since the beginning of the strike, 17 April 2017, Addameer requested several visits from Israeli Prison Service (IPS) to visit hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, but the IPS either did not respond or rejected the requests. The hunger strike was launched on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, by 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The prisoners...
17.05.2017
Prominent Palestinian writer and political scientist Ahmad Qatamish, who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation forces on 14 May 2017, received a three months administrative detention order, signed by the occupation military commander of the West Bank today, 17 May 2017. Within 8 days, a confirmation hearing will be held at Ofer military court. Addameer strongly condemns Qatamish’s continuing detention, as it suggests that he is still being targeted for his writings and activism. Mr. Qatamish was first arrested by the Israeli authorities in 1969 and held for a few months. He was then rearrested in 1972, this time spending 4 years in prison. After his release, Mr. Qatamish...
16.05.2017
As a result of Israel’s cruel policies and practices towards Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, over 1500 political prisoners have declared the beginning of an open hunger strike on 17 April 2017 in order to achieve a list of demands: One of the primary demands of the hunger strikers is an end to the policy of administrative detention. Approximately 500 Palestinians held in administrative detention, without charge or trial for indefinitely renewable periods of up to six months, on the basis of secret evidence. Israel's widespread and systematic use of administrative detention violates international human rights and humanitarian law and amounts to psychological torture. Another...
15.05.2017
Karim Younes, known as “the Dean of Palestinian prisoners,” wrote a letter emphasizing that the prisoners will to continue with the hunger strike until victory or death, and despite repressive measures taken by prison forces to break the will of hunger-striking prisoners and detainees. Prisoner Younis also said in the letter that the prisoners informed the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) administration that they are ready for serious negotiations only, and not for any empty sessions or promises. Mr. Younes added that the only body authorized to negotiate are the leaders of the strike, and according to the standards set in the beginning of the strike. Full text of the letter: Our noble people,...
14.05.2017
Addameer's attorney Farah Bayadsi visited hunger-striking political leader and Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Sa'adat today, 14 May 2017, in Ohli Kedar prison. Addameer's attorney was previously denied visitation, but received approval following a High Court petition submitted on 10 May 2017. Since the beginning of the strike, 17 April 2017, Addameer requested several visits from Israeli Prison Service (IPS) to visit hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, but the IPS either did not respond or rejected the requests. Mr. Sa'adat joined the hunger strike, along with several significant Palestinian political leaders on 3 May 2017 including...
14.05.2017
Prominent Palestinian writer and political scientist Ahmad Qatamish was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation forces today, 14 May 2017. Mr. Qatamish was arrested from his home in Ramallah and has been taken to an unidentified place. Addameer strongly condemns Qatamish’s continuing detention, as it suggests that he is still being targeted for his writings and activism. Mr. Qatamish was first arrested by the Israeli authorities in 1969 and held for a few months. He was then rearrested in 1972, this time spending 4 years in prison. After his release, Mr. Qatamish spent 17 years in hiding from 1976 to 1992 to avoid re-arrest. On 2 September 1992, however, he was arrested once more...
11.05.2017
The administrative detention of hunger-striking circus trainer and performer Mohammad Abu Sakha has been limited to three months during a High Court hearing on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Addameer's attorney Mahmoud Hassan submitted an appeal against renewing the administrative detention of Abu Sakha, which will end on 11 June 2017. The prosecution requested renewal of his detention order for an additional six months. However, during the court hearing, the judge agreed to renew the order for three months under the condition of no further renewal. Abu Sakha joined the mass hunger strike on 17 April 2017, which is currently on its 25th day. His mother, Raja'a Abu Sakha, has also joined the hunger...
10.05.2017
On 10 May 2017, Addameer's attorney Farah Bayadsi submitted a petition to the Israeli District Court of Beer Al Sabe' against banning her from visiting PFLP leader Ahmad Sa'adat, who was transferred to isolation in Ashkelon prison after joining the mass hunger strike. Since the beginning of the strike, 17 April 2017, Addameer requested several visits from Israeli Prison Service (IPS) to visit hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, but the IPS either does not respond or rejects the request. Addameer particularly condemns the IPS’ restrictions imposed on lawyers to visit all prisoners following the increasing number of Palestinian prisoners engaging in the hunger strike. Despite Israeli...
09.05.2017
Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2017, on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The call for hunger strike came as a result of Israel’s policies and practices towards Palestinian political prisoners, who continue to face punishments by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). An estimated 1700 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike. The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: an end to the IPS’ abusive use of isolation for “security” reasons; an end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in administrative detention, under which 500 Palestinians are currently detained; ending denial...

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