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06.02.2017
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 today, 6 February 2016. Al Qeeq was rearrested bu Israeli occupation forces on the evening of 15 January at Beit El checkpoint north of Ramallah. Al-Qeeq, 35, earlier engaged in a 94-day hunger strike against his administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial with widespread Palestinian and international support, winning his release in May 2016. Since his release, al-Qeeq has been active in prisoners' issues and was arrested returning from a demonstration in Bethlehem for the release of the bodies of...
25.01.2017
An article by Haaretz accounts the methods that interrogators describe and brings light to torture practices that are known to be routinely and systematically used against Palestinian detainees. The article recounts that “N., a former senior interrogator … said the methods used are carefully chosen to be effective enough to break the suspect’s spirit, but without causing permanent damage or leaving any marks.” Israeli physical torture methods cited in the article include slapping, back-bending, shouting, and being forced to squat. The article also describes the excruciatingly painful back-bending position in which the detainee “is seated on a backless stool, his arms and legs cuffed, and...
24.01.2017
16-year-old Ahmad Khdour was arrested on Monday, 02 January 2017 near Ofer prison, where he is currently being held. The child has been taken to court for five hearings so far, and no charges have been put forth. Ahmad Khdour, who suffers from Leukemia and Epilepsy, also has a disability in the movement of his hand. He suffers from partial seizures as a result of his medical condition. His family has expressed concern regarding his health condition due to his chronic illnesses and frequent need for medication. Addameer strongly condemns the continued detention of the chronically ill child, who appears to present no security threat to the area, and who requires proper and consistent medical...
16.01.2017
Israeli occupation forces arrest several Palestinian in a mass arrest campaign in Ramallah in the early hours of Monday, 16 January 2017. Among those arrested was a Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmad Mubarak (55-year-old), who nearly spent 14 years in Israeli prisons. Occupation forced violently raided his house in Beitounia in Ramallah, causing destruction to property. Others who reportedly were arrested include: 1) 60-year-old Fallah Nada, 2) 50-year-old Mohammad Yousef Barghouthi, 3) 42-year-old Omar Nahed Barghouthi, 4) Shaja Darwish, 5) Walid Hodali, 6) 28-year-old Saeb Abu Salim. There are currently 7 Palestinian Legislative Council members held in Israeli prison and...
10.01.2017
16-year-old Palestinian detainee Sharif Khanfar is being held in Afula’s Ha'emek Hospital and has had a below-knee amputation, due to an injury sustained after being hit by an Israeli jeep near a flying checkpoint in Jenin on 3 January 2017. According to Addameer’s attorney legally representing the child, the 16-year-old was with three friends riding a Vespa motorcycle, when Israeli forces apprehended them for allegedly planning a ramming attack. Sharif and his family members are shocked by the incident which resulted in the loss of a leg, and deny the claims of the Israeli army that the boys intended to carry out an attack. Sharif was arrested on the day of the incident and then...
04.01.2017
13-year-old Shadi Farrah and Ahmad Zaatari have been sentenced to two years in prison by an Israeli court. The two boys were arrested in December 2016 while en route home from school in Jerusalem. Accounts state that Israeli settlers had called the police to investigate the boys, who were then arrested on suspicion of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. The boys were charged with attempted manslaughter – even in the absence of evidence against them. The two are currently held in a rehabilitation center in 1948 territories.
04.01.2017
Palestinian child Marah Bakeer has been sentenced by an Israeli court to 8 years and a half years in prison, including 10,000 NIS fine. Marah Bakeer, a 17-year-old girl from the city of Jerusalem, was arrested on 10 October 2015, after she was shot 10 times in her left arm by an Israeli soldier. According to an affidavit, Marah was not carrying anything, and when the soldier asked her to raise her hands, she did so, but he pushed her which made her fall on the ground. When the police attended the scene, a police officer pushed her to the ground again, causing her to hit her head with the ground. The police officer started searching her body with his hands, took her headscarf off and took...
03.01.2017
Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi, 59 has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails, and he is the longest-held Palestinian political prisoner. Today, on the basis of so-called "secret evidence," he is threatened with the re-imposition of life imprisonment with no charges and no legitimate trial. Along with over 1,000 fellow prisoners, he was released in 2011 as part of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange. While he married after his release and returned to his life, in 2014, he was swept up with other former prisoners in a series of arrests. Under Israeli military order 1651 - violating the release agreement - re-arrested prisoners can have their former sentences reimposed upon them...
02.01.2017
Palestinian prisoners’ affairs institutions – the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights – issued the following report on 1 January 2017, summarizing the statistics related to Palestinian prisoners over the year 2016. During 2016, the Israeli occupation arrested 6,440 Palestinians in 2016, including 1332 children and 164 women. At the end of the year, the number of Palestinian prisoners has reached approximately 7,000, including around 300 minor children, 53 women (among them 11 minor girls), 700 administrative detainees and 22 journalists. Young people were among those most vulnerable to arrest campaigns...
26.12.2016
On 25 December 2016, Israeli forces released 16-year-old administrative detainee Hamza Hammad, who was held under administrative detention without charge or trial since 28 February 2016. Hamza was arrested on Sunday 28/2/2016 during a violent night raid on his home, where Israeli occupation forces pointed their weapons at the family members, including children. The military prosecution claimed that the child, Hamza Hammad, is active in an illegal organization and that he participates in activities, including military ones, affiliated with the same organization. Hamza was arrested six months prior to this arrest, and was released on bail after 20 days of interrogation, without any charges...

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