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18.04.2017
Addameer’s forthcoming Annual Violations report on 2016 will be released soon, highlighting systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli detention. The report aims to document the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees and through 341 interviews conducted by Addameer attorneys and 65 field visits for data collection. The report highlights practices and violations associated with the arrest process, from the moment of arrest, interrogation, as well as inhumane detention conditions. In 2016, there were approximately 6440 cases of arrests of Palestinians, including 1332 children. The average daily rate of arrests was 17 per day in 2016. These...
17.04.2017
Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have launched a mass hunger strike starting 17 April 2017. The call for hunger strike came amidst resentment of Israeli’s cruel policies towards political prisoners. An estimated 1500 Palestinian prisoners have announced the beginning of an open hunger strike. The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: family visits, proper medical care, end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in so-called administrative detention and stopping the use of isolation. As the strike begins, Addameer Prisoner Support urges supporters of justice around the world to take action to support the...
16.04.2017
Longest-serving female Palestinian prisoner Lina Jarbouni has been released today after 15 years of imprisonment. Lina Jarbouni, 43 years old, from Arabet Al-Boutof in Galilee, has been imprisoned since 18 April 2002. Jarbouni was charged with communicating with the "enemy," and sentenced by the District Court in the city of Haifa to 17 years in jail. Despite her suffering in Israeli captivity, she was in high spirits and had a strong character, and was mandated by female Palestinian prisoners to represent them and be their spokeswoman. Jarbouni was born on 11 January 1974 among 9 sisters and 8 brothers. On the early hours of 18 April 2002, more than 30 Israeli army vehicles surrounded her...
12.04.2017
The number of imprisoned Palestinian Legislative Council members has climbed to 13 on Wednesday, 12 April after a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation forces seized PLC member Ahmad Atoun from his home in Ramallah. Atoun has previously spent several years in Israeli prisons. His last arrest was in 2013, during which he spent 17 months in detention. Atoun is originally from Jerusalem but is banned from living there by occupation forces. Democratically elected Palestinian political leaders are routinely targeted and detained as part of ongoing Israeli efforts to suppress Palestinian political processes – and, as a necessary result, political sovereignty and self-determination. The Israeli...
26.03.2017
Democratically elected Palestinian political leaders are routinely targeted and detained as part of ongoing Israeli efforts to suppress Palestinian political processes – and, as a necessary result, political sovereignty and self-determination. The Israeli policy of detaining members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) has adversely disrupted PLC normal functions. Israeli occupation forces have arrested several Palestinians in mass arrest campaigns during March 2017 including, 5 Palestinian Legislative Council Members, bringing the number of imprisoned PLC members to 12. Three PLC members were arrested in March 2017 with their legal status being undetermined yet. They are: Mrs...
12.03.2017
BREAKING: 11 th grade student Muftadi Khaled Ayyash from Biddu, Jerusalem was arrested in a raid on his home, today, Sunday 12 March 2017. According to the family’s account, Israeli occupation forces stormed the home at about 3.00 AM. Approximately 28 soldiers raided the home and its front yard and an estimated 10 soldiers were stood across the street. The family members witnessed Muftadi being taken by soldiers and beaten with the butts of their rifles and sticks. Family members recounted that when Muftadi's brother tried to intervene, the soldiers attacked him. The family also stated that the child, now in Israeli custody, was unable to walk properly on one of his feet due to the beatings...
12.03.2017
Palestinian Legislative Council member Samira Al-Halaiqa was brought to military court, today, 12 March 2017 where the prosecution requested an extension of detention for 5 days. The military judge rejected this request, and instead granted a one-day extension, ending on 13 March 2017, until her next hearing. Palestinian Legislative Council member Samira Al-Halaiqa was arrested from her home in Hebron on 09 March 2017, only one day after International Women’s Day. Israeli occupation forces raided the home, conducted searches. Samira was then taken to an undisclosed location. The Legislative Council member was taken to Ofer prison and then transferred to HaSharon. Samira Al-Halaiqa suffers...
01.03.2017
On 28 February 2017, an Israeli judge confirmed the administrative detention order of three months against hunger striking administrative detainee Mohammad Al Qeeq, who is currently placed in isolation. The current administrative detention order is set to end on 14 April 2017. Mohammed al-Qeeq, the Palestinian activist, and journalist has declared an open hunger strike after being issued an administrative detention order by the occupation authorities on 6 February 2017. Al Qeeq is refusing to undrgo any medical examination and his health condition has been deteriorating. Al Qeeq was rearrested by Israeli occupation forces on the evening of 15 January 2017 at Beit El checkpoint north of...
01.03.2017
On 28 February 2017, an Israeli judge confirmed the administrative detention order of three months against hunger striking administrative detainee Mohammad Al Qeeq, who is currently placed in isolation. The current administrative detention order is set to end on 14 April 2017. Mohammed al-Qeeq, the Palestinian activist, and journalist has declared an open hunger strike after being issued an administrative detention order by the occupation authorities on 6 February 2017. Al Qeeq is refusing to undrgo any medical examination and his health condition has been deteriorating. Al Qeeq was rearrested by Israeli occupation forces on the evening of 15 January 2017 at Beit El checkpoint north of...
22.02.2017
The Israeli military court at Ofer has reinstated the life sentence for the longest serving prisoner Nael Barghouthi today, 22 February 2017. This decision came in response to the appeal by the Israeli occupation military prosecution of Barghouthi’s imprisonment for 30 months – a sentence that expired on 17 December 2016. Barghouthi, 59, has spent 37 years in Israeli prison. Originally serving a life sentence, he was released in 2011 with over 1,000 fellow Palestinian prisoners as part of Wafa Al Ahrar exchnage deal. In 2014, he was rearrested with dozens of fellow former prisoners in an attempt to pressure Palestinian resistance organizations. Under Israeli military order 1651 and in...

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