Palestinian Female Political Prisoners and Detainees: Ongoing Resistance Behind Zionist Bars

Israeli soldiers escort blindfolded Palestinian women to the Kissufim Israeli army base,after they were detained during a military operation in the Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Yehuda Lahiani)

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

Since 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians were detained by Israeli occupation forces, including over 15,000 women. During the First Intifada at least 3000 women were detained and during Al-Aqsa Intifada more than 900 women were locked up behind Zionist bars. Palestinians are subjected to raids by the Israeli occupation forces, whether day or night raids, to their houses, villages, refugee camps or towns, and subjected to kidnappings at checkpoints or workplaces. Sometimes those detained are released after a few days, after a few weeks or remain in detention indefinitely. These kidnapping and detention take place in violation of international laws and conventions, whereby the treatment of Palestinian female prisoners during arrest, interrogation and detention is a clear breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, in particular Articles relating to the protection of civilian prisoners at the time of war, particularly Article 32, Article 76, Article 49 and Article 27.

In average, the Zionist entity kidnaps and detains 5-8 Palestinian women and girls monthly for various reasons and periods. Often, Palestinian female prisoners are accused of being involved in or supporting Palestinian resistance, or as a means to pressure their wanted relatives to hand themselves in or in order to obtain confessions from their imprisoned relatives. Additionally, the Israeli occupation Prison Service (IPS) uses psychological and physical torture as a means to extract confessions and information from the Palestinian prisoners, including women. For example, interrogators deprive Palestinian female prisoners of sleep for long periods during interrogation, which may last from 20 to 120 days, and they are tied to plastic or wooden seats in interrogation cells as a means to achieve physical pressure. Additionally, Palestinian female prisoners are subjected to various forms of psychological torture; including verbal harassment, insulting religious and national beliefs of the prisoners, uttering obscenities in front of them during the investigation, threats of sexual assault and rape to force Palestinian women to surrender and submit confessions.

Additionally, Palestinian female political prisoners, like their male comrades, are held under inhumane conditions in cells that are overcrowded, dirty, humid, cold in winter and hot in summer, and lack ventilation and the basic needs for living. They also suffer from various punishments, ranging from malnutrition, medical negligence, to denial of family visits and isolation.

There are currently around 7000 Palestinian political prisoners and detainees held captive in 22 Israeli jails and detention centres, including 53 women, 430 children, 252 of whom from occupied Jerusalem (including 16 below the age of 12). Additionally, there are currently 540 administrative detainees held captive without charge or trial, including 3 women, 9 minors (3 from occupied Jerusalem and 9 from the occupied West Bank), and 2 MPs (Hasan Yousif and Mohammad An-Natsheh). Palestinian women, men, children and elderly are kidnapped either from their homes, at checkpoints, or during day and night raids. Some of those detained were released later, some kept in captivity, others deported from occupied Jerusalem for weeks or months. According to a recent report of the Prisoners Affairs Committee, 6830 Palestinian were detained in 2015, an increase of 12.7% from 2014, 76.3% from 2013, 77.5% from2012 and 106% from 2011. 60% of the detentions were registered in the occupied West Bank and 34.5% in occupied Jerusalem.

These were distributed as follows: January: 400 detentions, February: 335, March: 390, April: 420, May: 372, June: 375, July: 345, August: 420, September: 488, October: 1550, November: 920, December: 815. There was also an increase in the detention of women and minors, whereby 2179 minors and 225 women were detained. There is a registered increase in the number of administrative detentions, which are detentions without charge or trial. In 2015, 650 administrative detention orders were issued, including new and renewed orders for 3-6 months, raising the number of administrative detainees to 540, including 3 women.

Since October 2015, the Zionist entity started issuing administrative detention orders to Palestinian Jerusalemites, whereby 31 Palestinian Jerusalemites are currently held without charge or trial in administrative detention, including 3 minors. Since the beginning of the current Al-Quds Intifada in October 2015, 3285 Palestinians were detained, an average of 35-40 detentions per day, including 1500 children, making 45.7% of those detained, 90 women, and many sick and former prisoners. Many were beaten during arrest, others were shot deliberately before arrest.

During the months October – November 2015, 2500 cases of detention were registered, including 1200 children, and 350 administrative detention orders, and at least 30 Palestinians were charged with “incitement to violence” on Facebook. Alone in occupied Jerusalem, 800 detention cases were registered, half of which were children.

In average, 100-120 women and girls are detained monthly by Israeli occupation forces, some remain in detention, while others are released after hours or days on bail to under house arrest or are “deported” from their homes and towns for certain periods of time. Since the beginning of 2015, at least 27 women and girls were detained, who are first degree relatives of Palestinian political prisoners, 7 of whom are still in detention. Since the beginning of the current Al-Quds Intifada, there has been a significant increase in the number of women and girls detained by the IOF. Most of these detainees were arrested after Israeli occupation soldiers or Zionist colonists claimed that the women “carried knives and planned to stab Israelis”.

Early December 2015, it was reported that the IPS in Damon prison opened a new section for Palestinian female political prisoners due to overcrowding in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). 15 Palestinian female political detainees were transferred from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to the new section in Damon, none of whom are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them. On 22.12.2015, 3 female administrative detainees were also transferred to Damon. Currently, there are 53 Palestinian women and girls held captive in inhuman conditions in the Zionist jails and detention centres HaSharon, Ramleh and Damon; distributed as follows:
– 8 of from Jerusalem, 3 from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, 38 from the West Bank (Hebron: 16, Ramallah: 6, Bethlehem: 6, Jenin: 4, Nablus: 4, Tulkarim: 1, Tubas: 1, Qalqilya: 1), 2 from Gaza (1 born in occupied Haifa), 1 unknown.
– 13 minors under the age of 18.
– 14 mothers.
– 8 were detained after being shot by Israeli occupation soldiers.
– 3 in administrative detention.
– 6 former detainees.

Palestinian female political prisoners held captive by the Zionist entity:

Palestinian political prisoner Lina Jarbouni © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Lina Jarbouni

1. Lina Ahmad Saleh Jarbouni: 40 years old, from Arabet Al-Boutof in Al-Jaleel, held captive in Israeli jails since 18.04.2002.
Lina was born on 11.01.1974 among 9 sisters and 8 brothers. She received her primary and secondary education in the village school, and received her high school degree in 1992. The economic situation of her family prevented her from pursuing university education, so she was forced to work in a sewing workshop. On the early hours of 18.04.2002, more than 30 Israeli army vehicles surrounded her family house, and Israeli occupation soldiers kidnapped her and her brother Sa’id. Both were taken handcuffed and blindfolded to Al-Jalameh detention centre. She remained 30 days in interrogation cells, and was subjected to various forms of psychological torture such as insults, isolation and sleep deprivation.

During this time, her sister Lames was also arrested, to pressure Lina into confessing, but she remained steadfast. Lina was charged with “contacting the enemy”, providing assistance for resistance operations, and membership in Hamas, and sentenced by the District Court in the city of Haifa to 17 years in jail. Despite her suffering in Israeli captivity, she is in high spirits and has a strong character, and was mandated by Palestinian female prisoners to represent them and be their spokeswoman. Lina loves reading and was known in her family as a “book warm”, and because she speaks fluent Hebrew, she has a central role in teaching female prisoners Hebrew.

Lina comes from a family known for its sacrifices and contribution to the Palestinian resistance: her grandfather Haj Ali was one of the resistance fighters during the revolution of 1936, as well as through the Nakba of 1948, her father was imprisoned several times by the Zionist entity on political issues, and her uncle Omar was killed in Lebanon fighting Israeli occupation soldiers when they invaded Lebanon in 1982. She is currently held in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) and suffers from various diseases, such as permanent headache, swelling in the feet and infections in the gallbladder, which cause her severe cramps and pain. She underwent surgery, and her gallbladder was completely removed by laser. Consequently, she is in need of medical follow-up, but suffers from deliberate medical negligence. It is worth mentioning that the IPS repeatedly refused to release her, as she has spent two-thirds of her sentence.

Palestinian political prisoner Muna Qa’dan © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Muna Qa’dan

2. Muna Hussein Qa’dan: 43 years old, from ‘Arrabeh in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 12.11.2012.
Muna was born on 25.09.1971 and has 4 sisters and 3 brothers. She is a former prisoner and was detained five times and spent a total of 3 years in Israeli captivity: Her first detention was in 1999, where she was subjected to harsh interrogation in Al-Jalameh integration centre, and went on a hunger strike for a month before being released. Another time, she went on hunger strike for 16 days to protest her isolation, after which she was released from isolation. In 2003, Muna was kidnapped again from her home, and was held in Al-Jalameh interrogation centre for 45 days, after which she was sentenced to 17 months captivity in HaSaron prison (Tel Mond). Here, her health problems began, as she started suffering from ulcers and blood pressure problems. She was also detained on 02.08.2007 and released on 20.06.2008, detained again on 31.05.2011 at a military checkpoint, spent several months in captivity before being released on 18.11.2011 in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity.

Her last detention was on 12.11.2012, when a huge Israeli occupation force raided her parent’s house at midnight, searched the house and destroyed its property, confiscated her computer and before kidnapping her. She is still held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond), and is accused of running a charity society in Jenin, which provides support and help to orphans. Muna was subjected to over 30 court sessions, and her detention was renewed over 19 times. Israeli military courts deliberately postponed issuing a verdict to increase the psychological and physical pressure caused by the transport of prisoners in the “Posta” (prisoners’ transportation truck) to courts and back. In average, she is taken once a month to court in a 12-hour journey as a punishment. During such “journeys”,

Palestinian prisoners are not allowed to eat or drink, and are hand and leg shackled. Eventually, on 31.03.2015, Muna was sentenced by an Israeli military court, which cancelled her release in the prisoner swap deal. She received 70 months imprisonment, despite an agreement between her lawyer and the Israeli general prosecutor on a sentence of maximum 36 months. She was also sentenced to 24 months suspended sentence for 5 years from the date of her release, and a 30,000 NIS fine. Muna, currently the second longest serving Palestinian female prisoner, suffers from chronic ache in stomach and joints and blood pressure problems, and doesn’t receive proper treatment. She is deprived of family visits since her detention.

During her captivity, Muna lost her mother and was not allowed to say farewell to her. She also got engaged to Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Ighbariyyeh, who received 3 life sentences and 10 years. Her brother Tariq is an administrative detainee, but she is not allowed any communication with her fiancé or brother. On 04.05.2015, and following a petition submitted by her lawyer, Muna was allowed to meet with her fiancé. It is worth mentioning that Muna was enrolled at Al-Quds Open University, had a few credits left before graduation, but her studies were interrupted several times due to being detained.

Palestinian political prisoner Fathiyyeh Khanfar @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Fathiyyeh Khanfar

3. Fathiyyeh Abdel Fattah Khanfar: 65 years old, from Silet Al-Thahir in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 03.02.2013.
Fathiyyeh is mother of 7. She was detained on 03.02.2013 while visiting her son Rami Khanfar in An-Naqab prison, who is sentenced to 15 years in Israeli captivity.

Fathiyyeh was detained for 18 days, after which she was placed under house arrest under the supervision of a bailor in occupied Rahat and fined 30,000 NIS. She remained under house arrest for 9 months before being released and returned to her home in October 2013.

She was re-arrested on 25.07.2015, and sentenced to 11 months in jail after 21 court sessions on charges of allegedly attempting to smuggle a mobile SIM card to her imprisoned son. She suffers from arthritis, asthma back pain, pain in the legs, infections in the trachea. Fathiyyeh is held captive in Neve Tirza prison (Ramleh), and is isolated in a cell in the section of Israeli criminals. Her situation is especially difficult because she is old and sick. Her cell is small, dirty and infested with insects, with no drinking water or electrical utilities for cooking, where she sleeps on a very thin mattress placed on the concrete floor, and she is isolated from the outside world and denied visits from and contact with family members. The Israeli criminals in the nearby cells shout loudly all the time and insult her.

Palestinian political prisoner Dunia Wakid © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Dunia Wakid

4. Dunia Wakid: 38 years old, from Tulkarim refugee camp, held captive in Israeli jails since 27.05.2013.
Dunia worked in a jewellery shop, before being kidnapped from her house by Israeli occupation soldiers in a night raid on 27.05.2013. She was denied to see any lawyers until 16.06.2013, and was sentenced to 42 months in jail on 02.02.2014 on charges of trying to smuggle money and mobile phones to Palestinian political prisoners. Her fiancé Mohammad Wakid is currently serving a prison sentence of 29 years. She is not allowed any communication with him, and she is subjected to medical negligence as she suffers from diabetes and asthma. Two of Dunia’s brothers were killed by Israeli occupation forces.

Palestinian political prisoner Wi’am Asidah © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Wi’am Asidah

5. Wi’am Jaber ‘Asidah: 22 years old, from Tel in Nablus governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 11.11.2013.

She is a student of Business and Administration at An-Najah University.

She was arrested on 11.11.2013 at Za’tara military checkpoint, whereby Israeli occupation soldiers beat her to the ground, handcuffed her before taking her to interrogation cells. Wi’am was accused of possessing a knife and attempting to stab an occupation soldier, and sentenced on 24.04.2014 to 32 months imprisonment, a fine of 5000 NIS and 16 months suspended sentence.

She is currently held in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Her brother ‘Asem ‘Asidah was killed by Israeli occupation forces, he uncle was sentenced to 27 years in Israeli captivity. Wi’am is deprived of family visits.

6. Falasteen Fareed Najem: 28 years old, from Nablus, held captive in Israeli jails since 20.11.2013.
Falasteen is a former prisoner; was first arrested on 15.02.2006, sentenced to 16 months jail, and was released on 14.06.2007, and arrested again on 20.11.2013, accused of possessing a knife and trying to stab an occupation soldier, which is the ready excuse to kidnap Palestinian women, whereby 80% of female prisoners are accused of this. She was sentenced on 05.01.2015 to 48 months imprisonment, a fine of 3000 NIS and 24 months suspended sentence for five years.

In one report, Falasteen talks about her experience with the “Posta”: “It is a journey of slow death; an iron structure with iron chairs and walls, smell of vomit is everywhere, and there is no toilet or ventilation despite the fact that the journey in the “Posta” lasts hours and the weekly “journey” for some prisoners… It is very cold, seats are very close to each other to the point of causing pain to the knee, joints and back.

The prisoner cannot sit in a comfortable position, because of the restrictions and hand and leg shackles. She also remembers the waiting rooms at the Ofer prison before the court session: “My court session ends in the morning hours, but they keep me held in the dirty waiting rooms until the end of all trials, i.e. at around 17:00, to send me back to HaSharon…. These rooms are as dirty as a dumpsite; there are insects and cockroaches, the smell of humidity is stark, there is lack of air and sun, you cannot use the toilet, even if you need it urgently, because of its dirtiness and the filth is beyond description.”

Palestinian political prisoner Shireen Issawi © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Shireen Issawi

7. Shireen Issawi: 34 years old from Jerusalem, held captive in Israeli jails since 06.03.2014.
Shireen is a human rights lawyer and an advocate for the rights of Palestinian political prisoner. She was also the spokesperson for her brother Samer Issawi during his 270-day hunger strike. Shireen participated in monitoring and documenting Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinian prisoners. She is herself a former prisoner; she was arrested for the first time in 2010 and imprisoned for a year, in addition to being barred from legal practice for three years, a ruling that was extended in 2013 for another two years. On 06.03.2014, Shireen was kidnapped with her brothers Medhat and Shadi by Israeli occupation soldiers from her family house and was held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Shireen and Medhat were accused of smuggling funds to Palestinian prisoners. On 22.04.2015, Shireen and 5 other prisoners were punished and isolated in their cells for 4 days and denied family visits for a month; they were accused by the IPS of singing and waving a Palestinian flag while the sirens were on for the dead Israeli occupation soldiers. It was also reported that on 03.05.2015, Shireen and another 4 Palestinian detainees were isolated for a week after an Israeli jailor claimed that the Palestinian female detainees pushed her. Following protest from the other Palestinian female political detainees, the other 4 were returned back to the wing of Palestinian political prisoners, but with the same isolation conditions for a week. The next day, Shireen was transferred to isolation in Neve Tirza (Ramleh). Her cell was small, very hot, smelly, without windows, and had a tap that is connected to a douche in the ceiling, when the tap was turned on, the whole floor become wet. She was held in isolation until 13.05.2015, to be isolated again on 25.05.2015 for a week after being accused of sending a letter to Palestinian media. Shireen reported that during her trial on 12.10.15, Nachshon occupation forces threatened her by saying that she “deserved a bullet in the head instead of jail”, and that “this land is the land of the Israelis and Palestinians have to leave it”. Early December 2015, it was reported that the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Shireen, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these detainees are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

8. Thuraya Kamal Taha Al-Bazar: 21 years old, from Beit Ilu in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 26.07.2014.
Thuraya is a student of Media and Technology at Al-Quds Open University. She was arrested on 26.07.2014 in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, and 12.02.2015 was on sentenced to 22 months imprisonment. She is held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond).

Palestinian political prisoner Ihsan Dababseh @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Ihsan Dababseh

9. Ihsan Hasan Abdel Fattah Dababseh:28 years old, from Nuba in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 13.10.2014.
Ihsan is a former prisoner: she was arrested the first time on 11.12.2007 and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment on charges of membership in Islamic Jihad, and was released on 06.09.2009. On 13.10.2014, she was arrested for the second time, and is still waiting to be sentenced. Israeli occupation soldiers raided her house several times, sent her 4 summons and threatened to blow up her house of she didn’t come to interrogation centre. She went with her mother to detention centre and was detained and her personal computer was confiscated, while her mother told to leave. During her first arrest at “Etzion”, Israeli occupation soldiers filmed her while handcuffed and her eyes blindfolded. They were dancing and singing around her, while pushing, humiliating and harassing her. She recalls in an interview: “They handcuffed and blindfolded me, and threw me into a military jeep. After a while, I was thrown at the yard of the Etzion detention centre in front of criminals. It was very cold and raining, and I was left under rain for a while…. After some time, I started hearing loud music and felt that someone was trying to touch me. I tried to keep close to the wall, but it was useless. One occupation soldier brought a bottle of wine and offered me a drink, which I refused, so he continued to harass me… After a few moments, they began attacking me like rabid dogs, and began beating me with their rifle butts and their feet. One of the soldiers beat my head against the iron military jeep until I fainted… I regained conscience to find myself in front of a female doctor wearing military dress, and after a configurable medical examination, I was taken to the interrogation cell, and there began the journey of torment and humiliation.”… “The officer who began interrogating me was called Peran; he began threatening to demolish my family’s house and arrest my brothers.

The interrogation continued two hours, and afterwards I was taken blindfolded to another interrogation centre, I think it was the Russian Compound. There were three interrogators, and the minute I entered the room, they started insulting me and saying curses I don’t want to repeat. One of the interrogators was pulling my hair, and all the time I was handcuffed. This lasted till eleven o’clock at night, and afterwards they transferred me to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond), where I was charged with attempting to stab an occupation soldier and the membership in the Islamic Jihad.” She concluded: “I will never rest until the occupation soldiers are punished judicially in order to be a warning to anyone tempted to insult or humiliate any Palestinian prisoner.” Ihsan was subjected to various punishments, including isolation for a week with another 4 fellow

Palestinian female detainees and were denied family visits on charges of raising the Palestinian flag in the prison yard on the anniversary of the Nakba. Ihsan was brought to court 10 times, but without any verdict and her next court session is due on 12.01.2016. It was also reported that on 03.05.2015, Ihsan and another 4 Palestinian detainees were isolated for a week after an Israeli jailor claimed that the Palestinian female detainees pushed her. Following protest from the other Palestinian female political detainees, they were returned back to the wing of Palestinian political prisoners, but with the same isolation conditions for a week, with the exception of Shireen Issawi, who was transferred to isolation in Neve Tirza (Ramleh). Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Ihsan, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them. On 04.12.2015, Ihsan started a hunger strike to protest her transfer to Damon prison, which she ended on 19.12.2015 following promises from the IPS to return her to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) on 12.01.2016 after her trial. During her hunger strike, she was denied lawyer and family visits. Ihsan suffers from pains in the stomach and joints.

10. Yasmin Tayseer Sha’ban: 32 years old, from Al-Jalameh in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 03.11.2014.
Yasmin is a mother of four. She was kidnapped from her home on 03.11.2014, and underwent five days in interrogation at Al-Jalameh Detention Centre, during which she was tortured; she was left to stand on a chair tied with chains for long periods, and was threatened with the arrest of her husband and children. She described the interrogation cells as “very bad, with rough walls, and dirty mattresses, high humidity and lack of hot water”. She was denied to meet any lawyers, and was transferred to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) on 09.11.2014. Israeli interrogators alleged that Yasmin was planning to carry out a resistance operation together with another 4 young men from Tulkarim governorate. She suffers from thyroid problems and shortness of breath and asthma and is in need of regular medical follow-up. On 22.04.2015, Yasmin and 5 other prisoners were punished and isolated in their cells for 4 days and denied family visits for a month; they were accused by the IPS of singing and waving a Palestinian flag while the sirens were on for the dead Israeli occupation soldiers. Also, it was also reported that on 03.05.2015, Yasmin and another 4 Palestinian detainees were isolated for a week after an Israeli jailor claimed that the Palestinian female detainees pushed her. Following protest from the other Palestinian female political detainees, they were returned back to the wing of Palestinian political prisoners, but with the same isolation conditions for a week, with the exception of Shireen Issawi, who was transferred to isolation in Neve Tirza (Ramleh).

Palestinian political prisoner Amal Al-Sa’dah @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Amal Al-Sa’dah

11. Amal Ahmad Al-Sa’dah: from Halhoul in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 16.07.2015.
Amal was detained on 18.11.2014 while visiting her brother Mohammad in jail, who is serving a 17 year sentence, after which she was released on conditions of a 12,000 NIS fine and imposing house arrest on her in Kisifyeh in Bir As-Sabis’ with a bailor who is holder of Israeli ID, and depriving her from visiting her brother Mohammad, who is held captive in Israeli jails. After 6 months under house arrest, Amal’s house arrest order was cancelled and she was returned to Halhoul, on condition of appearing before the district court in Bir As-Sabi’. After five court sessions, she was sentenced on 16.07.2015 to 14 months imprisonment on charges of trying to smuggle a mobile SIM card to her imprisoned brother Mohammad. The court also added 18 months imprisonment to her brother Mohammad who is serving a 17 years sentence since 2005. It is worth mentioning that Amal suffers from a number of diseases, including diabetes. She is currently held in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond).

12. Hala Msallam Abu Sall: 17 years old, from Al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 28.11.2014.
Hala was arrested on 28.11.2014 by Israeli occupation forces after she refused to be searched at an Israeli military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron. She was forcibly searched by the Israeli occupation soldiers under threat of guns, and was accused of possessing a knife. Hala was subjected to a harsh interrogation, tortured and coerced into confessing that she “intended to stab the occupation soldiers”. Her court sessions were postponed 9 times. On 27.11.2015, she ended her first year in Israeli captivity and is still not charged.

Palestinian political prisoner Amal Taqatqa @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Amal Taqatqa

13. Amal Ahmad Taqatqa: 20 years old, from Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 01.12.2014.
On 01.12.2014, Amal was on her way to Hebron to buy clothes for her wedding. She was shot with 5 live bullets by Israeli occupation soldiers near the “Gush Etzion” colony block after a colonist claimed that she tried to stab him. She was seriously injured in the chest, her left hand, her left waist and her left leg, and her legs were chained to the bed in Hadasa Hospital. Amal was subjected to interrogation while in hospital, and was told by Israeli interrogators that there was no need for her confession, as evidence was available from cameras at the scene; evidence they never provided. On 19.12.2014, and despite denying the accusation and the lack of evidence, Amal was accused of “attempted stabbing”. She was transferred to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) on 30.12.2014. Her family’s house was raided and her father arrested. Despite various cameras being present at the “Gush Etzion” junction, no evidence was ever provided by the Israeli occupation forces that Amal tried to stab the colonist till this day. While in hospital, she woke up one night to find a colonist pulling her hair and beating her in the face several times. On 01.12.2015, Amal entered her second year is Israeli captivity and is not sentenced yet. She is still in need of medical care, and suffers from medical negligence by the IPS. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Amal, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

Palestinian political prisoner Haniya Naser @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Haniya Naser

14. Haniya Munir Ali Naser: 23 years old, from Deir Qaddis in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 10.12.2014.
Haniya is a former prisoner, arrested on 12.09.2011 at Ni’lin military checkpoint. Israeli occupation soldiers claimed that Haniya possessed a knife, and she was sentenced to 38 months and a fine of 2000 NIS. She was released on 18.12.2011 in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity. On the dawn of 10.12.2014, Haniya’s house was raided and searched by Israeli occupation forces, and she was kidnapped and held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Her release in the prisoner swap deal was cancelled and her original sentence was re-imposed by a special Israeli military court on 30.04.2015, and she was returned to prison to finish her original sentence. On 03.05.2015, Haniya and another 4 Palestinian detainees were isolated for a week after an Israeli jailor claimed that the Palestinian female detainees pushed her. Following protest from the other Palestinian female political detainees, they were returned back to the wing of Palestinian political prisoners, but with the same isolation conditions for a week, with the exception of Shireen Issawi, who was transferred to isolation in Neve Tirza (Ramleh). She is member of the Media Support Team for Palestinian Prisoners, and her brother Naser is also held captive by the Zionist entity. On 10.12.2015, Haniya entered her second year in Israeli captivity.

Palestinian political political prisoner Khalida Jarrar @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Khalida Jarrar

15. Khalida Jarrar: 52 years old, from Ramallah, held captive in Israeli jail since 02.04.2015.
Khalida is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) for the Abu Ali Mustapha bloc, a prominent political and civil society figure, the head of the Prisoner’s Issues in the PLC, and mother of two. On 20.08.2014, Israeli occupation forces issued a “deportation order” in an attempt to displace Khalida from her home in Ramallah to Jericho. She rejected the order and received huge popular support. On 02.04.2015, Israeli occupation forces raided her home in Ramallah, destroyed the main door, searched the house and confiscated 2 laptops and a mobile phone, before kidnapping Khalida. She as subjected to a 4-hour interrogation at Ofer military camp, where Khalida refused to talk, take water or food. She was later transferred to HaSharon priosn (Tel Mond). Khalida was initially sentenced to administrative detention for 6 months, which was replaced with detention after one month and two days, following international pressure. Her detention was extended on 28.05.2015 until the end of legal proceedings, based on 12 charges against her that are related to her advocacy work for the freedom of Palestinian political prisoners. Her trial was delayed several times deliberately due to lack of evidence and witnesses against her. On 06.12.2015, an Israeli military court sentenced Khalida, a democratically elected MP, to 15 months imprisonment, on 2 charges, namely; “membership in an illegal organization and incitement”. She was also fined 10,000 NIS and given a suspended sentence of 12 months wihin a five year period. Her imprisonment is an attempt to terrorize Palestinians and target leaders. Khalida suffers from health problems, whereby the journey in the “Posta” is extremely exhausting for her. In a testimony to her lawyer, Khalida noted that on 05.12.2015 at 02:00 in the morning she was transferred to Neve Tirza (Ramleh) prison on her way to Ofer prison for the court session, and stayed there till 04:00. She was left waiting inside the “Posta” until 07:00 before reaching Ofer at 08:00. She described the condition in the waiting room: “The waiting room is a very cold refrigerator, and the seats are made of concrete, and the toilet was flooding in the room.” With her were female detainees Dina Misleh, Abeer A-Qadi, Su’ad Izreqat, and Sabreen Sanad, who suffers from back pains. She added: “After the court session ended in “Ofer”, I was transferred to “HaSharon” prison at 19:00, stayed for two hours in the “Posta”, and arrived at the prison after midnight. During the journey, the Palestinian female political detainees were placed with Israeli criminal prisoners, who were insulting the detainees and calling them “terrorists”. When we reached HaSharon, the temperature was zero. The entire journey to the court and back in the “Posta” took 10 hours, a tortured journey, great suffering. A number of detainees give up going for court hearings because of the cruel and inhumane conditions during the journey.” Khalida added that the IPS has tightened its measures against Palestinian political detainees, where they are hand- and leg-shackled during transfer from room to room, or during lawyer and family visits. It is worth mentioning that Khalida is banned by Israeli occupation military from travelling outside occupied Palestine. Full profile of Khalida Jarrar, Khalida Jarrar resource page on Samidoun.

Palestinian political prisoner ‘Alia Al-Abbasi @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner ‘Alia Al-Abbasi

16. ‘Alia Ali Mahmoud Al-Sheikh Al-‘Abassi: 51 years old, from Silwan in Jerusalem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 15.04.2015.
‘Alia is a mother of six. She was arrested on 02.01.2012 and released on 22.02.2012 under condition of house arrest and a fine of 7500 NIS. ‘Alia was charges with “carrying a knife and attempting to stab an occupation soldier” at a military checkpoint in Shu’fat, and was sentenced on 19.06.2014 to 40 months imprisonment, reduced to 26 months and a fine on condition that she turn herself in to the detention centre on 15.04.2015, which she did. The next day, she was transferred first to Neve Tirza Prison (Ramle) and later to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). She suffers from various health problems, such as Asthma, problems with the spinal column, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and is denied medical treatment. She is mother of Palestinian political prisoner Issa ‘Abbasi, serving a 20-year sentence in Nafha prison. Since her detention, ‘Abla is not allowed to see her son Issa, who went on hunger strike 6 months ago demanding to be allowed to see his mother, and ended his hunger strike following promises of the IPS to allow him to meet his mother. As usual, the IPS did not comply with it promises, forcing Issa to start another hunger strike on 15.12.2015.

Palestinian political political prisoner Ibtisam Hamarsheh @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Ibtisam Hamarsheh

17. Ibtisam Yousif Taha Hamarsheh:60 years old, from Ya’bad in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 23.07.2015.

Ibtisam was detained on 26.05.2015 during a visit to her imprisoned son Ali in Gilboa prison. She was accused of attempted smuggling of a mobile phone to her son. On 02.07.2015, the court ordered her release on conditions of paying a fine of 30,000 NIS, a bail of 10,000 NIS by a third party and house arrest at her sister’s house in Um Al-Fahim until the finalization of the court procedures for her trial. On 23.07.2015, the Israeli military court in occupied Tiberias sentenced Ibtisam to 6 months imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 NIS. She suffers from poor health due heart and blood pressure problems, and underwent an operation a few days following her detention, and was denied visits while in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond).

Palestinian political political prisoner Sabrin Abu Sharar @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Sabrin Abu Sharar

18. Sabrin Abu Sharar: 25 years old, from Dura in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 07.06.2015.
Sabrin was born on 27.11.1990, and graduated from medical school in Egypt in 2014. She is a trainee doctor at Alia hospital in occupied Hebron. She was kidnapped from her family home by Israeli occupation forces on 07.06.2015 and taken to interrogation cells in Asqalan prison. Sabrin was subjected to physical and psychological torture, including pressure, threats and humiliation during the harsh interrogation, which lasted from 08:00 till 23:00 every day, whereby the interrogators took turns in interrogating with her, while they were screaming, shouting, calling her names and threatening her.

The cell was small and narrow, not bigger than 1.5m x 2m, dirty and smelly, with little ventilation, and the toilet was inside the small cell. Sabrin also reports that the journey in the “Posta” is another form of torture; the harsh journey starts at 03:00 in the early morning and lasts up to 8 hours. In a testimony to her lawyer, Sabrin described the suffering of the Palestinian female detainees during the journey to the courts in the “Posta”. She was transferred to court on 10.12.2015 from Damon prison and the journey lasted 5 days back and forth, because the “Posta” stopped several times in several locations. She described travelling in the “Posta” like hell, with iron chairs that are very cold and difficult to sit on. Palestinian detainees are held in narrow cages, their hands and legs tied during the journey, causing pain in the joints and back. She added: “On Sunday 13.12.2015, I had a court session in Ofer prison.

I was transferred on Thursday 10.12.2015 in the morning from Damon prison to Ramleh checkpoint. From there, and following a long wait, we exchanged “Postas” and were transferred to HaSharon, where we arrived at midday Thursday, and stayed there till Sunday 13.12.2015, then I was transferred at 03:00 in the morning from HaSharon to Ramleh checkpoint, and there I waited for the “Posta” several hours. At 8:30, we arrived to Ofer court. I remained in the waiting room for hours for my court session, after which I was returned to the waiting room until 18:00. Afterwards, I was transferred to Ramleh checkpoint and there we waited in the “Posta” for 3 hours. I was transferred to HaSharon, where we arrived at 23:00. I slept and on the next day, Monday 14.12.2015, at around 09:00, I was transferred to Jalameh prison, and there we waited for about 2 hours to change “Postas”. Afterwards I was transferred to Damon prison, where we arrived in the afternoon of Monday. The trip to Ofer court lasted 5 days in very harsh conditions.” Sabrin added that the Nachshon forces in charge of transferring prisoners attack the Palestinian detainees and don’t allow them to eat or use the toilet. The waiting room in Ofer is even worse, being very cold, with baton chairs, and detainees are left to wait for long hours before and after the court sessions. She said that Israeli criminal prisoners are transferred with Palestinian political detainees in the “Posta”, and they insult them all the way and attack them, and that some detainees prefer not to go to court because of the “Posta” journey. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Sabrin, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them. Sabrin is one of 5 Palestinian doctors currently held captive in Israeli jails.

19. Maysoun Mousa Mahmoud Al-Jabali: 19 years old, from Shawawreh in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 29.06.2015.
Maysoun is a university student. She was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers on 29.06.2015 for carrying out a resistance operation and stabbing an occupation soldier near “Rachel’s Tomb” military checkpoint in Bethlehem. Maysoun was brutally beaten by the Israeli occupation soldiers, who kicked her and beat her with sticks and rifle butts, before being transferred to the detention centre. She is currently held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Her family house was also searched, its contents ransacked and her parents were threatened with the demolition of their house. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Maysoun, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

Palestinian political prisoner Rawan Abu Matar @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Rawan Abu Matar

20. Rawan Abu Matar Ziadeh: 22 years old, from Beit Illo from Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 16.07.2015.
Rawan was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers on 16.07.2015 outside “Mahliel” illegal Zionist colony in Ramallah governorate. The occupation soldiers forced Rawan to the ground, and handcuffed her before taking her to interrogation.

Rawan was accused of carrying out a resistance operation and stabbing an occupation soldier near a military checkpoint outside the illegal Zionist colony. She was held captive in HaSharon prison, until early December 2015, when the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Rawan, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

Palestinian political prisoner Najwan Odeh @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Najwan Odeh

21. Najwan Mohammad Ayman Odeh: 34 years old, from Al-Bireh in Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 07.09.2015.
Najwan is an employee in the Palestine Office of Qatar Charity in Al-Bireh, and also works as a presenter at Nisa’ FM radio station in Ramallah. She was kidnapped by Israeli occupation soldiers on the morning of 07.09.2015 after raiding her house in Sateh Marhaba in Al-Bireh. Her house was ransacked by the IOF, the entrance door broken, contents destroyed and several PCs were confiscated, and she was taken to interrogation on accusation of “transferring money to hostile organizations, membership in a hostile organization, and working for a hostile organization”. Najwan’s court session was postponed 10 times, and her family wasn’t allowed to visit her, and only saw her in court and were able to exchange few words with her before occupation soldiers prevented them from talking to her. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Najwan, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

22. Asma’ Fahid Saied Hamdan: 19 years old from occupied Nazareth, held captive in Israeli jails since 05.10.2015.
Asma’ is a student of medical secretarial work, and was detained on 05.10.2015 during a protest stand against the human rights violations and brutality of the Israeli occupation forces. She told her lawyer that was held in the interrogation centre in Nazareth from 17:30 till 02:30, before being transferred to Al-Jalameh interrogation centre. At Al-Jalameh, Asma’ was strip-searched by a female soldier and interrogated for 10 days. She was subjected to torture, insults and threats during interrogation and she was isolated from the outside world. The cell she was held captive in was very narrow, dirty and smelly, and although it was very cold, she was allowed only one mattress and one blanket. Asma’ was charged with “incitement and threatening the state security” on her Facebook page and allegedly sending text messages to her family expressing the unity of the Palestinian people against the aggression on Al-Aqsa, and on 13.10.2015 received an administrative detention order for 3 months, later reduced to 2, making the first Palestinian female from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948 to receive an administrative detention order in many years. After hearing her sentence, she asked the judge why Israelis who incite against Arabs on Facebook are never detained, and told the judge that their laws are racist. She was held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond), and on 22.12.2015, was transferred to Damon prison.

Palestinian political prisoner Shuruq Dwayyat @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Shuruq Dwayyat

23. Shuruq Salah Ibrahim Dwayyat: 18 years old, from Sur Bahir in occupied Jerusalem, held captive in Israeli jails since 07.10.2015
Shuruq is a first-year student of History and Geography at Bethlehem University. On 07.10.2015, while walking in Al-Wad Street in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, Shuruq was shot deliberately and in cold blood by a Jewish colonist from a short distance after he tried to remove her head cover (hijab), and she pushed him away. She was shot 4 bullets in the chest, neck and shoulder, injuring a main vein in her shoulder, and was left bleeding on the street for at least two hours, while Israeli occupation soldiers shouted at her and insulted her. She was later transferred to Hadasa hospital to receive treatment, where she was tied to the hospital bed and denied family visits. Shuruq underwent an operation to plant a vein in her shoulder, after which she was taken on a wheelchair to interrogation cells in Al-Maskubiyyeh detention centre (the Russian Compound), where she was held for 4 hours and was insulted and threatened by the interrogators to be taken to an unknown place and to demolish her family house. She was accused to attempting to stab the Zionist colonists who attacked her. After interrogation, and only 3 days following her arrest, Shuruq was taken to HaSharon (Tel Mond) jail in the “Posta”, although she recently underwent an operation and needed medical assistant; she was unable to stand or walk, was in pain, and one time fell on the ground, but the Israeli occupation solders laughed at her. The “Posta” was smelly, without any ventilation, and the journey from Al-Maskubiyyeh to HaSharon (Tel Mond) lasted 8 hours. She was brought in front of an Israeli military court on 13.10.2015, but the trial was postponed. She looked very tired as a result of her injury. Additionally, and clearly a collective punishment to Shuruq’s family, Israeli occupation authorities issued a demolition order for the house of Shuruq’s brother under the pretext of building without a permit. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Shuruq, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

Palestinian political prisoner Isra Ja'abees @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Isra Ja’abees

24. Isra’ Mohammad Ja’abees: 31 years old, from Jabal Al-Mukabbir in Jerusalem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 11.10.2015.
Isra’ is a mother of 8 year-old Mu’tasim. On the morning of 11.10.2015, Isra’ was on her way to work coming from Jericho, where she has a second home, when her car caught fire due to an electrical short circuit that caused the airbag to explode. As her car stopped at the Z’ayem Israeli military checkpoint, and despite seeing the car catch fire, Israeli occupation soldiers rushed to shoot at Isra’. She received treatment at Hadasa hospital for the severe burns in her upper body, shoulders and face. Israeli occupation forces claim that Isra’ attempted to carry put a resistance operation, which eyewitnesses deny and insist that it was a car malfunction and that the car did not explode. She is denied family visits and only her lawyer is allowed to see her. Israeli occupation forces informed Isra’s family of their intention to demolish her house. On 23.12.2015, Isra’ was transferred from Hadasa Hospital to Ramleh prison hospital, despite her need for intensive medical treatment.

Palestinian political prisoner Dareen Tatour @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Dareen Tatour

25. Dareen Tawfiq Tatour: 33 years old, from occupied Reneh, held captive in Israeli jails since 11.10.2015.
Dareen is an activist and a poet. On 11.10.2015, Israeli occupation soldiers detained Dareen after raiding her house. She was accused of “incitement to violence” on social media through posting photos on her Facebook page, including a picture of Isra’ Abed and commenting on the photos: “I will be the next martyr”. She was also accused of posting a video of herself reciting a poem with pictures of Palestinian resistance operations. The Israeli central court in occupied Nazareth decided to release Dareen and place her under house arrest, but the military prosecutor objected and appealed the decision. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Dareen, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet. Dareen suffers from bad health conditions.

Palestinian political prisoner Marah Bakeer @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Marah Bakeer

26. Marah Jawdat Bakeer: 16 years old, from Beit Hanina in Jerusalem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 12.10.2015.
Marah left Abdallah Bin Al-Hussein School in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem after the end of the school day on 12.10.2015, and was waiting for the bus to go home like every day, when Zionist colonists shouted at her and claimed that she attacked them. Israeli occupation soldiers immediately shot her several times; 10 bullets according to various reports, in the upper body and in the left leg and arm causing fractures in both and shrapnel in the face. She was left to bleed for some time, before being taken to Hadasa hospital for treatment, where she stayed for 24 days while hand and leg tied to the hospital bed, and underwent 2 operations. Despite her need for medical treatment, Marah was transferred to Asqalan prison, as HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) refused to take her in due to over-crowding. Marah was held captive, together with Jihan ‘Ereqat and Instabraq Nur, in a cell in Asqalan prison; the three minors told lawyers that the cell was small, dirty and that they suffered from allergies because the cell was infested with insects and cockroaches, and the lack of hygiene material such as shampoo, in addition to bad food and a delay in providing drinking water. They also complained from the various raids of the IPS, the searches, humiliation and racist ridicule by Israeli occupation soldiers, and asked to be transferred to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to be with other Palestinian female political prisoners. On 22.11.2015, the three minors Marah, Jihan ‘Ereqat and Istabqar Nur were transferred from Asqalan prison to an isolation cell in Neve Tirze (Ramle) for Israeli female prisoners held on criminal charges. They suffered from abuse, bad food quality and quantity, dirty cell, the day and night raids of the IPS, they couldn’t sleep because of the shouting coming from the section of Israeli criminal prisoners, and weren’t allowed family visits since their detention. During lawyer visits, the three minors were hand- and leg-cuffed. On 29.11.2015, the IPS issued a decision to transfer the three minors to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Both Marah and Istabraq Nur were transferred from Neve Tirze (Ramle) to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) on 02.12.2015, while Jihan ‘Ereqat was kept captive at Neve Tirze (Ramle). Marah suffers from 80% disability in her hand and can’t move it due to the damage caused to the nerves, and her detention was renewed till 29.12.2015.

Palestinian political prisoner Nisreen Hassan @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Nisreen Hassan

27. Nisreen Hassan Abdallah Hassan: 40 years old, from occupied Haifa, held captive in Israeli jails since 18.10.2015.
Nisreen is from occupied Haifa, and is married to a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip. She is mother to seven children, the youngest of whom is 10 years old. Nisreen was detained at Beit Hanoun Israeli military checkpoint on 18.10.2015, and has since been held in detention. Israeli occupation forces accuse Nisreen of membership in Kataeb Al-Mujahideen in Gaza Strip, and collecting information in 2013 and 2014 on governmental buildings and other sensitive locations in occupied Haifa for the benefit of the Palestinian resistance. Her trial was postponed 5 times under the pretext of “completing the interrogation”. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Nisreen, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them. It is worth mentioning that Nisreen suffers from cervical cancer.

Palestinian political prisoner Istabraq Nur @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Istabraq Nur

28. Istabraq Ahmad Nur: 15 years old, from Madama in Nablus governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 21.10.2015.
Istabraq comes from a family of 11 and is a student in the 9th grade at Madama Girls School. She was detained on the early morning of 21.10.2015, after being shot in the right hand and foot by Israeli occupation forces near the illegal Zionist colony “Yitzhar”. Israeli occupation soldiers claimed that Istabraq attempted to sneak into the Zionist colony to carry out a resistance operation. She lost conscience as a result of the injury and only awoke in the ambulance. Istabraq spent 3 days receiving treatment at Shneider hospital, before being transferred between jails, which refused to take her in due to over-crowding, to finally end up in Asqalan prison together with Jihan ‘Ereqatand Marah Bakeer.

The three girls were held in isolation in Asqalan prison, where they were held in a small and narrow cell that was dirty, infested with insects and cockroaches, high humidity and lacked basic needs for living. The cell was close to the section of Israeli criminal prisoners, who often shouted and insulted the three Palestinian minors. When first transferred to Asqalan, the three minors were left several days without blankets and suffered from the harsh cold, lack of winter clothing, the food was of bad quality and they were not allowed to go regularly to the yard. Istabraq was brought to Salim military court several time, and one time she was beaten by an Israeli occupation policewoman during the court session. On the way to Asqalan prison, one of the Israeli policewomen removed the bandages from her hand although not fully recovered, as she still needs treatment, and since her transfer to Asqalan, she’d been suffering from deliberate medical negligence. On 22.11.2015, the three minors Istabraq, Jihan ‘Ereqat and Marah Bakeer were transferred from Asqalan prison to an isolation cell in Neve Tirze (Ramle) prison for Israeli female prisoners held on criminal charges. When transferred, they were searched naked and in an insulting manner.

They suffered from abuse, bad food quality and quantity, dirty cell, the day and night raids of the IPS, they couldn’t sleep because of the shouting coming from the section of Israeli criminal prisoners, and weren’t allowed family visits since their detention. During lawyer visits, the three minors were hand- and leg-cuffed. On 29.11.2015, it was reported that the IPS issued a decision to transfer the three minors to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Both Istabraq and Marah Bakeer were transferred from Neve Tirze (Ramle) to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) on 02.12.2015, while Jihan ‘Ereqat was kept captive at Neve Tirze (Ramle).

29. Jihan Hatem Abdel Aziz ‘Ereqat: 17 years old, from Abu Dees in Jerusalem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 27.10.2015.
Jihan is a high school pupil. On 27.10.2015, she was detained with her sister Nour near the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied Hebron on claims of possessing a knife. Nour was released later and Jihan was taken to the Maskubiyyeh detention centre (Russian Compound) for interrogation, after which she was transferred to Asqalan prison. Jihan was isolated, together with Marah Bkeer and Instabraq Nur, in a cell in Asqalan prison. The cell was small, dirty, infested with insects and cockroaches. They complained from the bad food and the lack of drinking water. They also suffered from the various raids of the IPS, the searches, humiliation and racist ridicule by Israeli occupation soldiers. In a testimony to her lawyer, Jihan described the conditions of their arrest in Asqalan: “There was no ventilation in the cell as it lacked windows, and we didn’t know day from the night. Water was seeping from the ceiling on the mattresses, and the insects caused us skin rashes. We used to sleep hungry due to the bad quality and quantity of the food, and the Jewish criminal prisoners held in the same section used to annoy us all the time with their shouting and cursing us, insulting us and calling us “terrorists”, in addition to the lack of any privacy because of the cameras monitoring everything in the cells, and even the toilets.” They asked to be transferred to HaSharon (Tel Mond) to be with other Palestinian female political prisoners. On 22.11.2015, the three minors Jiahn, Istabraq Nur and Marah Bakeer were transferred from Asqalan prison to an isolation cell in Neve Tirze (Ramleh) for Israeli female prisoners held on criminal charges. When transferred, they were searched naked and in an insulting manner. They suffered from abuse, bad food quality and quantity, dirty cell, the day and night raids of the IPS, they couldn’t sleep because of the shouting coming from the section of Israeli criminal prisoners, and weren’t allowed family visits since their detention. During lawyer visits, the three minors were hand- and leg-cuffed. On 29.11.2015, the IPS issued a decision to transfer the three minors to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Both Istabraq Nur and Marah Bakeer were transferred from Neve Tirze (Ramle) to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) on 02.12.2015, while Jihan was kept captive at Neve Tirze (Ramle).

Palestinian political prisoner Jurin Qadah @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Jurin Qadah

30. Jurin Saied Qadah: 19 years old, from Shuqba in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 28.10.2015.
Jurin is a second-year Media student at Birzeit University. On 28.10.2015 at 03:00 am, Israeli occupation forces raided Jurin’s family house, searched the house, beat her and kidnapped her, because she wrote the following sentence on her Facebook page: “If I ever leave, cover me with your prayers for me”. Jurin was subjected to a degrading treatment during the harsh interrogation, and she fainted during the transfer to Ofer military court because of extreme fatigue and the length of the journey in the “Posta” from the prison to the court. On 02.11.2015, Jurin received an administrative detention order of 3 months renewable; making her the second Palestinian woman in years to receive an administrative detention order. Jurin was held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond), where she was subjected to harassments, and in one incident, a female occupation soldier beat Jurin, causing her bruises in her foot. On 22.12.2015, she was transferred to Damon prison.

31. Hilweh Mohammad ‘Elayan Hamamreh: 25 years old, from Husan in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 08.11.2015.
Hilweh is married and has 1 year-old daughter. She was shot and severely injured in stomach and lg by Israeli occupation soldiers on 08.11.2015 in the abdomen and leg after carrying out a resistance operation in which she slightly injured an Israeli security guard outside the Zionist colony “Beitar Ilit”. Hilweh was transferred to the intensive care unit at Hadasa hospital due to her critical condition. She underwent several operations in the stomach, and parts of her kidney, intestines, pancreas and spleen were removed as the bullet that hit her in the left side of the abdomen was the explosive type. On 22.11.2015, Ofer military court extended the detention of Hilweh under the pretext of “incomplete interrogation”, and on 23.12.2015, the IPS transferred her from Hadasa Hospital to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond), although she is still in need of medical care for her injury.

Palestinian political prisoner Samya Mashahreh @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Samya Mashahreh

32. Samya Mashahreh: 30 years old, from Jabal Al-Mukabir in Jerusalem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 08.11.2015.
Samya is mother of two girls and one boy, and is wife of Palestinian prisoner Fahmi Mashahreh who is serving a 20-time life sentence. She was detained and her two children, 13 year-old Obeidah and 2 year-old Aziza, on 08.11.2015, while visiting her husband in Eshel prison, and were taken to Bir As-Sabi’ police station. Her children were sent to her parents, while her detention was repeatedly extended. She is held captive on charges of “trying to smuggle a mobile phone to her husband, disrupting the work of the police and helping a terrorist organization”. She is currently held captive in Neve Tirza prison (Ramleh). It is worth mentioning that her second daughter Aziza, born in 2003, was conceived after samples of her father’s sperm were smuggled out of prison.

33. Abeer “Amira” Ali Ahmad Hmeidat Al-Qadi: 43 years old, from Sourif in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 16.11.2015.
At 20:00 on 16.11.2015, more than 30 military vehicles of the Israeli occupation forces raided Abeer’s house in Sourif in an attempt to kidnap her son, whom they didn’t find. They shouted at the residents, insulted them, and ransacked the house for 3 hours before kidnapping Abeer while handcuffed. Israeli occupation soldiers also beat Abeer’s husband Ahmad, when he tried to prevent the soldiers from stealing money and other possessions from the house, whereby they took 65,000 NIS. She suffers from various health problems, including Asthma, and underwent an operation 5 years earlier to remove a tumour. Abeer is held captive in Asqalan interrogation centre and denied family visits.

Palestinian political prisoner Dunya Misleh @ google

Palestinian political prisoner Dunya Misleh

34. Dunia Ali Misleh: 19 years old from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 16.11.2015.
Dunia is a student at Palestine Ahliya University in Bethlehem and is active in the Progressive Student Labour Front at the university. On 16.11.2015, Israeli occupation forces conducted a dawn raid on Dheisheh refugee camp, during which several houses were raided, accompanied with firing live bullets, gas and sound canisters at the houses and the Palestinian protesters who came out to defend confront the IOF and defend the refugee camp. 4 young men were injured with live bullets and Dunia was detained. Dunia’s house was raided, its main entrance forced open and it was thoroughly searched. It is suspected that Dunia is detained on accusation of incitement on Facebook, as she received a phone call weeks before her detention from someone claiming to be from the Israeli intelligence and threatening her over her Facebook activity. Her court session was postponed several times.

35. Lynn Haitham Tawfiq Al-Heeh: 18 years old, from Sourif in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 18.11.2015.
Lynn was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers on 18.11.2015, as she tried to cross the “container” Israeli military checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Shuhada Street in the Old City of occupied Hebron. She was taken to the Israeli occupation police centre for interrogation, and was accused of trying to cross the military checkpoint.

36. Tamara Mohammad Ahmad Shreiteh: 27 years old, from Yatta on Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 21.11.2015.
Tamara is a mother of 4 children. She was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers on 21.11.2015 near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of occupied Hebron under the pretext of “possessing a kitchen knife”. Tamara was beaten by the occupation soldiers before being taken to the occupation police station in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque for interrogation. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Tamara, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

Palestinian political prisoner Nourhan Awwad @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Nourhan Awwad

37. Nourhan Ibrahim Awwad: 14 years old, from Qalandia refugee camp, held captive in Israeli jails since 23.11.2015.
On 23.11.2015, Nourhan and her 16 year-old cousin Hadeel were on their way to school, when they were harassed and threatened by Zionist colonists. They tried to defend themselves with a little scissor they had, at which point Israeli occupation policemen shot at the two minors, whereby Hadeel was martyred and Nourhan was hit with 10 bullets and critically injured in the liver, hand and the foot. She was also subjected to severe beating and insults. She is accused of “stabbing Zionist colonists”. On 27.11.2015, it was reported that Nourhan told interrogators that: “I did not intend to stab anyone, but when I heard them say “terrorist, terrorist” I pulled out a scissor to protect myself.” A video appeared that shows Israeli occupation policemen shoot at Nourhan although she was lying on the ground motionless.

Nourhan was transferred from hospital to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond), although she was still in need of medical treatment. When her mother visited her in hospital on 21.12.2015, she noted that her daughter still suffered from severe pain in the stomach, was unable to walk, and the only treatment she received from the “prison doctor” was pain painkillers that don’t do much to stop the pain. Only Nourhan’s mother was allowed to visit her, and only for 45 minutes and to see her and talk to her from behind glass. The family demanded to bring in a doctor on their own expenses, but the prison administration refused, and prohibited any visits from the family lawyer and the ICRC doctor.

Palestinian political prisoner Sana'Al-Hafi @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Sana’Al-Hafi

38. Sana’ Mohammad Hussein Al-Hafi: 43 years old, from Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, held captive in Israeli jails since 25.11.2015.

Sana’ is a mother of 7 children. On 26.05.2015, she was detained at Erez checkpoint while in her way back to Gaza from visiting her family in ‘Am’ari refugee camp near Ramallah and receiving treatment in the West Bank, as she suffers from poor health. Her court sessions were postponed several times, and she was transferred from Asqalan to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond).

She was released under conditions of house arrest in occupied Jerusalem and a fine of 20,000 NIS. Sana’ was detained again on 25.11.2015 and held captive in HaShaon prison (Tel Mond), awaiting her court trial. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Sana’, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding. None of these prisoners are sentenced yet, and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them.

Palestinian political prisoner Mariam Sawafta @ google

Palestinian political prisoner Mariam Sawafta

39. Mariam Arafat Sawafta: 21 years old, from Tubas, held captive in Israeli jails since 28.11.2015.

Mariam is originally from Tubas, but is married and resides in the Jordan Valley. On the morning of 28.11.2015, Israeli occupation soldiers detained Mariam at Al-Hamra military checkpoint in Jericho governorate on accusation of “attempting to stab an occupation soldier”. Early December 2015, the IPS transferred 15 Palestinian female political detainees, including Mariam, from HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to Damon prison because of overcrowding and they were not allowed to take their personal belongings with them. None of these prisoners are sentenced.

40. Nada Ahmad Yousif Saqer Shusheh: 52 years old, from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 29.11.2015.
Israeli occupation soldiers detained Nada on the morning of 29.11.2015 when she went to visit her two imprisoned sons Hamzeh and Mohammad Abdallah Shusheh in An-Naqab prison. She was detained at Ath-Thahriyyeh military checkpoint and accused by Israeli occupation soldiers of carrying a “knife”, which her brother says was a pair of small scissors for trimming the nails that she always keeps in her handbag. Nada was taken to interrogation in the police station in “Kiryat Arba” Zionist colony. Despite a court order from the Ofer military court on 03.12.2015 to release Nada on condition of a 5000 NIS fine, the Israeli Prosecution appealed the decision. It is worth mention that Nada fainted during the court session due to fatigue and bad health.

Palestinian political prisoner Sabreen Sanad @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Sabreen Sanad

41. Sabreen Mujahid Sanad: 14 years old, from Artas in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 01.12.2015.
Sabreen is the youngest among her siblings. On 01.12.2015, and while on her way to school, she was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers at a military checkpoint in the south of Bethlehem. Sabreen was blindfolded and taken to interrogation, where she was accused of “attempted stabbing”. A video that was posted on social media networks clearly shows Israeli occupation soldiers throwing a knife in front of a scared and shivery girl. Her father said that there is no settlement or Israeli military bus station near their village, and that it was clear in the video how scared and confused his daughter was, and that the occupation soldiers wanted to frame her. Sabreen was taken to Ezion detention centre, before being transferred to HaShaon prison (Tel Mond). On 03.12.2015, Ofer military court decided to release Sabreen on condition of a 4000 NIS fine, and allowing for a 72-hour period for the Israeli prosecution to appeal the decision. Nonetheless, she remains captive and is held in Neve Tirze prison (Ramleh) with Jihan ‘Ereqat and Niveen ‘Alqam.

Palestinian political prisoner Diana Rajabi @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Diana Rajabi

42. Diana Ismael Ar-Rajabi: 15 years old, from Hebron, held captive in Israeli jails since 02.12.2015.

iana was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers at a military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron on 02.12.2015. She was blindfolded and taken to interrogation, and was accused of “attempting to stab Israeli occupation soldiers”. Despite a court order from Ofer to release Diana on conditions, the Israeli prosecutor appealed and she was kept in detention. On 17.12.2015, Ofer military court referred Diana to the Israeli occupation “Behaviour Officer”.

43. ‘Abla Abdel Wahid Al-‘Adam: 45 years old, from Beit Ula in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 02.12.2015.
‘Abla is a mother of 9 children, the eldest is 28 years old and the youngest 3 years old. She was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers after being shot in the head and right eye near the container checkpoint in Hebron. She was kidnapped by Israeli occupation soldiers from a Red Crescent ambulance while receiving treatment.. ‘Abla is still in critical condition and is held in the Intensive Care Unit at Hadasa Hospital. Israeli occupation forces accuse ‘Abla of “attempted stabbing”. On 24.12.2015, the Ofer military court extended her detention in absentia for another 8 days, under the pretext of continuing the interrogation and legal procedures.

Palestinian political prisoner Su'ad Izreqat @ google images

Palestinian political prisoner Su’ad Izreqat

44. Su’ad Abdel-Karim Omar Izreqat: 28 years old, from Tfuh in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 03.12.2015.
Su’ad’s is a former political prisoner and was detained on 08.04.2008, and was accused of planning a martyrdom operation and was sentenced to one and a half years imprisonment. She was freed on 07.07.2009 in the prisoner swap deal. During her arrest, she was denied family visits. Months later Su’ad was married to Mohammad Izreqat, only to live with him six months, as he was killed by a Zionist colonist who ran him over on 10.05.2010. On 03.12.2015, Israeli occupation forces raided her family house, and interrogated with her brother, while the women and children of the family were kept outside the house in the cold. The Israeli occupation officer in charge asked to bring Su’ad in for interrogation, when her brothers and mother tried to prevent her arrest, they were attacked by the occupation soldiers and beaten, before Su’ad was kidnapped while handcuffed and blindfolded. She was transferred to Ramleh (Neve Tirze), where she was held in isolation close to the cells of Israeli criminals. Despite her various demands, the IPS refused to transfer her to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond) to be with other Palestinian female political prisoners. Five days after her arrest, Su’ad received an administrative detention order for 4 months without charge. She went on an open hunger strike to protest her re-arrest, the harsh treatment she was subjected to during and after her arrest and to demand a transfer to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). She ended the hunger strike on 17.12.2015 following promises from the IPS to transfer her to HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). She is in a bad physical and psychological condition due to harsh detention conditions, and is in need of a gastroscopy operation. It is worth mentioning that Su’ad enrolled at Hebron Polytechnic University at the Department of Businesses Administration before her arrest. On 22.12.2015, Su’ad was transferred to Damon prison.

Palestinian political prison Lama Bakri @ google images

Palestinian political prison Lama Bakri

45. Lama Munther Hafith Al-Bakri: 15 years old, from Hebron, held captive in Israeli jails since 13.12.2015.

Lama was detained by Israeli occupation forces on 14.12.2015, after being shot in left leg with live bullets near “Kiryat Arba” Zionist colony.

She was accused of “attempted stabbing” of Israeli occupation soldiers. She is currently held in Hadasa Hospital, tied to the hospital bed.

Her parent’s house was raided by the IOF the next day and Israeli occupation soldiers took measurement to blow up the house.

Palestinian political prison Haifa Abu Rmeileh @ google images

Palestinian political prison Haifa Abu Rmeileh

46. Haifa Makrum Abu Rmeileh: 37 years old, from Arroub refugee camp in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 14.12.2015.
Haifa is a mother of 6 children, the youngest of whom is 2 years old. She works as headmistress at Beit Al-Maqdisi School in occupied Hebron, and is a social and human rights activist. At 01:00 of the early morning of 14.12.2015,

Israeli occupation soldiers raided Haifa’s house in the Hawooz area in occupied Hebron, held her children in one room, her husband in another and searched the house before kidnapping Haifa, while handcuffed, in the rain and the cold. Her house was raided by the Isreali occupation forces two weeks earlier and its contents were destroyed.

Palestinian political prison Asma' Qadah @ google images

Palestinian political prison Asma’ Qadah

47. Asma’ Abdel Hakim Qadah: 21 years old, from Nablus, held captive in Israeli jails since 19.12.2015.
Asma’ is from Nablus and is a fourth year student of English Literature at Birzeit University, and is head of the Cultural Committee of the Student Council at the University. On the morning of 19.12.2015, she was detained at Zaatarah military checkpoint while on her way from Nablus to Birzeit University. She was dragged out of a taxi at the checkpoint, despite the efforts of the taxi driver to prevent the arrest, and taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. On 22.12.2015, Asma’ received a 3-month administrative detention order from the Ofer military court in absentia while held captive in HaSharon prison (Tel Mond). Asma’s father Abdel Hakim Qadah is a former prisoner and is currently held captive in the Petah Tikva detention centre since 2 months. It is speculated that Asma’s detention is to place pressure on her father and to pressure him to confess. It is worth mentioning that Asma’s final exams are due in January 2015. According to various sources, in the last 5 years, Israeli occupation forces detained around 500 male and female students from Birzeit University, including 17 students since the beginning of October 2015.

48. Madeline Mohammad Taleb Hrezat: 16 years old, from Yatta in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 21.12.2015.
Madlene was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers near the “Zeef” junction east of Yatta. Eyewitnesses report that Israeli occupation soldiers handcuffed Madeline and placed a knife by her side. She was taken to an interrogation centre in “Kiryat Arba” Zionist colony, and is accused of “attempted stabbing of an occupation soldier”. On 24.12.2015, the Ofer military court extended her detention under the pretext of continuing the interrogation and legal procedures, despite a previous court order to release her on conditions.

49. Dalal Mu’ammar Mahmoud Al-Qemari: 23 years old, from Yatta, held captive in Israeli jails since 23.12.2015.
Dalal was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers at the entrance to Yatta on 23.12.2015. On 24.12.2015, the Ofer military court extended Dalal’s detention till Monday 28.12.2015, under the pretext of continuing the interrogation and legal procedures.

50. Kariman Akram Sweidan: 14 years old, from ‘Azzoun in Qalqilya governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 27.12.2015.
Kariman was detained by Israeli occupation forces on 27.12.2015 and accused of “attempted stabbing”. On 28.12.2015, Israeli occupation authorities to extend the detention of Kariman until Tuesday, where she will have a court session in Salim military court.

51. Maha Shihdeh Shattat: 16 years old, from At-Thahriyyeh in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 27.12.2015.
Maha was detained by Israeli occupation forces on 27.12.2015 near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of occupied Hebron. She was taken for interrogation and is accused of “possessing a knife and attempted stabbing”.

52. Amrat Zama’reh: 16 years old, from Halhoul in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 27.12.2015.
Maha was detained by Israeli occupation forces on 27.12.2015 near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of occupied Hebron. She was taken for interrogation and is accused of “possessing a knife and attempted stabbing”.

53. Unknown: a Palestinian girl was detained by Israeli occupation forces at Jaba’ checkpoint, north east occupied Jerusalem, and was taken to an unknown location. Eyewitnesses say that the girl was on her way to Jaba’ village when Israeli occupation soldiers sitting in a military jeep called her to come closer, she was scared and complied, after which the occupation soldiers took her in the military jeep and left.

In addition to Palestinian female prisoner in Israeli jails, the Zionist entity imprisons the bodies of 8 Palestinian female martyrs:
1. Martyr Dalal Said Mohammad Al-Mughrabi, martyred on 11.03.1978.
2. Martyr Darin Mohammad Abu Eisheh, from Jenin, martyred on 17.02.2002.
3. Martyr Wafa‘ Ali Khalil Idris, from Al-Am’ari refugee camp, Ramallah, martyred on 21.02.2002.
4. Martyr Hanadi Tayseer Abdel Malik Jradat, from Jenin, martyred on 04.10.2003.
5. Martyr Ashraqat Taha Ahmad Qatanani, from Askar refugee camp, martyred on 22.11.2015.

Freedom for ALL Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Dungeons

Sources:
http://www.assra48.com
http://www.waed.ps
http://www.samidoun.ca
http://www.addameer.org
http://www.freedom.ps
http://www.wofpp.org
http://www.ahrarwledna.com

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Steadfast for Palestine: The Heroes of the Battle of “Breaking the Chains”

Dheisheh refugee camp, solidarity tent with hunger strikers © Reham Alhelsi

Seven Palestinian administrative detainees have been waging the battle of “Breaking the Chains” against administrative detention; Nidal Abu Aker, Shadi Ma’ali, Ghassan Zawahreh, Bader Al-Ruzza and Munir Abu Shara are on day 31 of an open hunger strike, Bilal As-Seifi is on day 25 of an open hunger strike, Sleiman Skafi is on day 19 of an open hunger strike. With their joint hunger strike, they united Palestine: united Al-Walaje with Nablus, Al-Jora with Dura, Ras Abu Ammar with Hebron. From behind Zionist bars they raise their voice against the illegal administrative detention and against injustice. Their struggle is for all of us, their message is unanimous, their demands are clear: an end to the policy of administrative detention, establishing an international commission on arbitrary administrative detention, physical and psychological compensation for administrative detainees, and defeating the law of force-feeding hunger strikers.

I sat with Im Nidal, Im Shadi, Im Ghassan and Im Bilal in their living rooms, simple houses in the steadfast refugee camp… I hadn’t been to Dheisheh since my beloved grandfather passed away one and a half years earlier… the refugee camp was the same… Im Nidal’s living room was the same… the graffiti leading to Im Shadi’s house was the same, Dheisheh’s narrow alleys and neighbourhoods were the same… it seemed that some things never change; you could still feel the power, the strength, the struggle in the narrow alleys of Dheisheh, you could smell the resistance coming from the simple houses, the same simple houses that produced the heroes and the martyrs of the First and Second Intifadas and the time before and after. Some things never change, the steadfastness, the dream of return and the belief in victory never change… We talked about the old days, about Dheisheh, talked about family members, and exchanged greetings, talked about relatives we hadn’t seen in a while because of work and other daily matters that keep people apart even when they are so close and shared so much… we talked about the hunger strikers, about the resistance, about those who sacrifice their lives so Palestine may live free and about those who betray Palestine so they may continue to live as slaves…. And it seemed, in the sea of all things constant, something do change; to some, betrayal and treachery have become a point of view … betrayal is no more a crime against man and land, but an opinion… this more than anything else pained us and still does, but we are partly to blame, because we, the Palestinian people, as the force leading one revolution after another, we don’t hold popular revolutionary courts for the traitors who are betraying Palestine, Palestinian constants and Palestinian rights. In Dheisheh I sat with them, the mothers of the four hunger strikers; steadfast and defiant like their children, strong and patient for their children, and always present at the tent of solidarity with the hungers strikers. These four Palestinian women from Ras Abu Ammar, Al-Jora, Al-Walaja and At-Ta’amra, together with their hunger striking sons, are the heroes of the battle of “Breaking the Chains”. I asked them the same questions; what was the latest news coming from the isolation cells where their sons are held captive, how do they see the solidarity actions with their children, what messages do they have for the Palestinian people, for those standing in solidarity with their children and for their children resisting the occupation with their empty stomachs and leading the battle of “Breaking the Chains”.

Nidal Abu Aker, © google images

Nidal Abu Aker: 47 years old from Ras Abu Ammar, temporarily resident of Dheisheh refugee camp, is on day 31 of an open hunger strike. Nidal spent a total of 13 years in Israeli captivity, including 9 years in administrative detention. His home was raided by Israeli occupation soldiers on the dawn of 28.06.2014; and since then he’s been held in administrative detention without charge or trial. On 20.08.2015, Nidal and his comrades started an open hunger strike to protest their administrative detention and their captivity on the basis on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred him to isolation cells in ‘Asqalan prison to pressure him to end his strike, after which he was transferred to Ela isolation. His cell is 150 x 180 cm, with a bed, a toilet and a shower, his hands and feet are shackled when he is to leave the cell, and all his personal belonging were taken from him when he was sent to isolation. On 12.09.2015, and while on hunger strike, Nidal’s administrative detention was renewed for another 3 months. It is worth noting that Nidal suffers from various health problems, including blood pressure, weakness of the heart muscle, ulcer, acute rheumatic and haemorrhoids. Since the beginning of the hunger strike, Nidal lost 12 kilos and has developed an infections in the throat. He refuses to take his medicines.

Malka Abu Aker, mother of hunger striker Nidal Abu Aker © Reham Alhelsi

Malka Abu Aker (Im Nidal): Today is the 27th day of hunger strike for Nidal and his comrades… they don’t see anyone, they are not allowed to see the representatives of the Red Cross. I just came back from the Red Cross, and they told me they were not allowed to see the hunger strikers. Nidal, Allah yirda 3aleh and stand with him, and protect him, and free him and free all the young men … May God protect them and free them all. I remember the day they came to arrest him… did you see the pictures? The destruction they left in his house? They surrounded the house, beat him and beat his son Mohammad, they pointed the gun at Mohammad’s head…. There was a resistance operation in Beit Ummar or Halhoul, I don’t remember exactly, so the Israeli intelligence searched in their computers for the names of those who are often imprisoned, they searched for the names of the activists… they caught the ones who did the operation, but nonetheless they searched for names of those active in resisting the occupation… They surrounded the refugee camp on that night, at 12 am. We heard that the Israeli occupation soldiers were in the camp; the first house they raided was our house, 50 soldiers came and surrounded the house… this is our life, I knew that they will come to our house and they did… Nidal was outside, I told him that the soldiers are in the camp, he decided to stay away, so when they came, they went to his house, broke everything inside and beat his son… this was one week before his arrest. Every night since that night, Nidal would leave the house and stay away till 4-5 in the morning, because usually the soldiers leave the camp when the mosques start calling for Morning Prayer. This went on for a whole week… On the dawn of 28.06.2014, Israeli occupation soldiers raided our house; they attacked Nidal and his family and ransacked the house, before taking Nidal with them. Since then, he’d been held in administrative detention without any charge or trial.

I respect everyone who comes and feels with these young men and stands with their cause. I thank Dheisheh residents… everyone is good to us, everyone cares for our cause, the cause of the hunger strikers. Groups come from everywhere, from Aida refugee camp and from Al-Azza refugee camp, from everywhere they come… many tell me they know Nidal because they were detained with him… they met him behind Israeli bars…. Abu Mazen called me from Egypt after Nidal’s sentence was renewed for another 3 months; he said he stands in solidarity with me and with those on hunger strike… When he called, I was outside sitting in the solidarity tent, and there was much noise. I told him I wish you were here with us sitting on the chairs in the tent in Dheisheh and I thank you for your call….

We don’t know how these young men will come back home; alive or I don’t know what … May God give them strength. We don’t hear any news from them, but I know that Nidal is growing weak because of the hunger strike. The last news we received from Nidal was through Addameer; it was a letter from him written on 09.09.2015 in which he says … it was read by the young men in the solidarity tent… he says: “I am isolated in ‘Asqalan in a cell that is only 1,5 meter by 1,40 meters. I can’t leave the cell and no one is allowed to visit me. I don’t eat and I don’t take medicine; a doctor came and told me that I am sick, it’s my chest, and that I need treatment. I told him: No, I will not take any treatment until you bow to our demands.” He adds: “I ask Dheisheh residents, I ask everyone to stand with us, and I ask all those with a conscience; women, men, children, to be present at the solidarity tent, and I ask from all the institutions to talk about us and our cause, in Palestine and abroad. I ask you to be active for my mother and father. We ask you all for more mobilization.”

Don’t worry, yamma ya Nidal, even if I am sick and crawling on my knees, I will continue to support your cause and your struggle. I see that no one is failing the hunger strikers, many participate in actions in their support, even in France they have protests, in Italy, in Jordan, in Ramallah… There are sit-ins, also in Hebron…. Everywhere people stand in solidarity with the hungers strikers because these are 6 young men on hunger strike, you don’t know what will happen to them… today is their 27th day of hunger strike… to them I say: stay strong, yamma, and God willing, you will achieve all your demands, and God willing you will always stay strong and will leave the jails with your heads high, yamma, you are unjustly held in administrative detention and your hunger strike is in protest of the administrative detention, 6 months after 6 months…. I am sure they will emerge victorious and that they will hold their heads high and defeat the Zionist enemy. I ask all administrative detainees to stand in solidarity with you, and if you would follow each other and joint the strike, it would be stronger. They were six, and now there are two hunger strikers from Hebron, so they are eight. I only hope that everyone will stand in solidarity with Nidal and his comrades.

Shadi Maali © google images

Shadi Ma’ali: 39 years old from Al-Jorah, temporarily resident of Dheisheh refugee camp, on day 31 of an open hunger strike.

Shadi spent a total of 12 years in Israeli captivity and was tortured during interrogation.

On 20.08.2015, Shadi and his comrades started an open hunger strike to protest their administrative detention and their captivity on the basis on so-called secret files.

As punishment, the IPS transferred him to isolation cells in Ela prison to pressure him to end his strike.

Shadi suffers from chronic ulcer in addition to the weakness of the cornea.

On 11.09.2015, it was reported that Shadi was transferred from Ela isolation to Naqab isolation.

Su’ad Ma’ali, mother of hunger striker Shadi Ma’ali © Reham Alhelsi

Su’ad Ma’ali (Im Shadi): Shadi was first arrested when he was 15 years old, now he is 40. He has 2 girls and 3 boys, but was not able to spend much time with them because he was often held captive in Israeli jail, he spent more than 10 years in Israeli jails, and was also detained once by the PA. Shadi had been released from Israeli captivity only one and half month earlier, when on 28.06.2014, Israeli occupation forces raided and ransacked his home before detaining him. Since then, he’d been held in administrative detention, which was renewed 3 consecutive times for 6 months each. We knew about the hunger strike 3 months before it started; Shadi told us when we visited him in jail. I told him: for God’s sake, the strike is difficult. The decision to start a hunger strike is not an easy one, and they had been preparing for this for 3 months. Yesterday, we were told that Shadi sent a letter through the lawyer, in it he tells us that he is steadfast and will continue the strike until the last breath… its either victory or martyrdom. He has been on hunger strike since 30 days now… imagine, when you fast one day, in the evening, when it is time to break the fast, you feel very tired and frail, so imagine someone fasting and not eating at all for 30 days. So, without anyone telling us, we know that their health is deteriorating and that they are getting weaker by the day. But the lawyer tells us that Shadi and his comrades are steadfast and their spirits are high, they are determined to continue the battle of “Breaking the Chains” until victory, thank God, but they are very tired and fatigued. The IPS resorts to various means to pressure the hunger strikers to end their strike, such as isolating them, and placing food in front of them and telling them individually that their comrades have broken their strike. The hunger strikers say that, in case of any agreement with the IPS, one of their conditions is that all hunger strikers and their lawyer be present to discuss the agreement. Issa Qaraqe’ (Prisoners’ affairs Minister) told us that they spoke with the Red Cross in order to demand that the hunger strikers be transferred to a hospital, but till now we haven’t heard anything from the Red Cross. The Red Cross calls us asking for information about our children, they know nothing and they do nothing, they call us when they want information about our detained children instead of giving us information. You know, I don’t want money, or houses, or high positions or anything, I just my son back, I want him to come back home… everything can be compensated, but not a son…

I want to thank everyone who stands in solidarity with our children, and I call on everyone to show a real stand of solidarity with our children, because, as they say, a rubble supports a stone, and I ask Arab and foreign countries and all organizations to stand in solidarity with our children. We wish that the PA officials would support the hunger strikers, we ask them to stand with our children now and not wait for the last minute. Bethlehem governor didn’t even bother to come to the solidarity tent in Dheisheh, they don’t care. In Dheisheh there is a solidarity tent, in Ramallah there is a solidarity tent, we hear of support actions in Gaza, in France, in other places… On the popular level, there is support and solidarity with the hunger strikers, but it is not enough and the mobilization is not enough, the tent in Dheisheh is full every night, but, in general, there is still not enough mobilization everywhere. I ask everyone to stand in solidarity with our children and not wait till they reach the point of danger. We don’t want them to wait till the hunger strikers are close to death and then everyone remembers them. Our children are struggling to defeat the policy of administrative detention, not only for themselves but for everyone… they are struggling for the freedom of every detainee. They are fighting with their stomachs only, they have no weapons but their stomachs. I have another son in Israeli captivity; Mohammad received 21 life sentenced. Palestinian political prisoners resist the occupation inside jails, and the only means to resist the jailor is their empty stomachs. I pray that the Palestinian people, as a whole, stand with them. Wherever there is a solidarity action we go; to Ramallah, to Dura, to Bethlehem… for the sake of the hunger strikers we will walk on our eyelashes, for their sake we will walk on water

My son Shadi is the eldest; I have 9 sons. When he was resisting the occupation as a 12 year-old, I used to follow him and beat him in front of the people and in front of his friends so he be ashamed and stop going and resisting the occupation, but he never listened to me. I used to hide his sneakers so he can’t leave the house, but he used to wait till when I am not paying attention, and he would run out of the house barefoot and go and resist the Israeli occupation soldiers and throw stones at them. Resistance is in his blood since he was a kid; he was first imprisoned as a 15 year-old. They locked him behind bars as a 15 year-old and they still lock him behind bars. Shadi is stubborn; one time the Israeli occupation forces came to arrest him, and he ran up to the roof. There is some distance between our house and that of our neighbours. He jumped to the neighbour’s roof, and then from one roof to the other, and he escaped. The Israeli occupation soldiers were mad, but later they arrested him after someone informed them about his hideout. Shadi loves to smile, he loves to joke, but to him his homeland and resistance are the most important thing. To Shadi I say: May God give you and your comrades the strength to continue and make you victorious over your jailors… continue your battle and, God willing, victory is yours… We are with you all the way. To me a life sentence and a 100-year detention is the same. God is the judge, but, God willing, they will all be free… soon… we are always full of hope.

Hunger striker Ghassan Zawahreh © Reham Alhelsi

Ghassan Zawahreh: 34 years, temporarily resident of Dheisheh refugee camp, on day 31 of an open hunger strike.

Ghassan spent a total of 10 years in Israeli captivity, including 3 years in administration detention. He was detained on 08.04.2015 at a flying checkpoint in Bethlehem, and has since been held in administrative detention, which was renewed 3 times for 4 months each.

On 20.08.2015, Ghassan and his comrades started an open hunger strike to protest their administrative detention and their captivity on the basis on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred him to isolation cells in Eshel prison to pressure him to end his strike. His cell his cramped, dirty, with only one mattress and the IPS confiscated all his personal belongings.

On 04.09.2015, Ghassan stopped consuming any liquids or medicine for 3 days. He suffers from ulcers and arthritis.

It was reported lately that Ghassan’s health deteriorated and his weight dropped sharply due to the strike, but he is steadfast, has strong belief that they will beat the jailors and be victorious, he is in high spirits and is determined to continue until the end.

Najiyyeh Zawahreh, mother of hunger striker Ghassan Zawahreh © Reham Alhelsi

Najiyyeh Zawahreh (Im Ghassan): Ghassan is my eldest son, he is 33 years old, married and father to 2 boys and 1 girl. He studied Social Service at the university, and has only one semester left till graduation. Ghassan was detained by the Israeli occupation forces several times; the first time was in 2002 and he was sentenced to 7 years in jails, he was detained at Al-Qubbe checkpoint. The second detention was in 2009, the Israeli intelligence sent Ghassan an order to go for an “interview” at the detention center, where he was held and received an administrative detention order for 6 months, which was renewed twice afterwards totalling 18 months without charge or trial. The thirds time was in 2014, the Israeli soldiers came to our house searching for Ghassan, he wasn’t home, they cut off the telephone lines and raided his and our houses. They later arrested him at a flying checkpoint in Al-Khader while he was coming back from Hebron. Ghassan was sent to administrative detention for 4 months, which were renewed another three times, totalling 16 months. Ghassan started his hunger strike together with his comrades on 20.08.2015, he stopped drinking water for two days. We were informed about the hunger strike during our latest visit to Ghassan; he told us they were planning a hunger strike, but did not tell us when the strike will start. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) separated the hunger strikers in various jails and placed them in isolation cells, but they are all steadfast and they all are in high spirits. The lawyer tells us that Ghassan is still strong. The hunger strikers boycott the Israeli courts and the medical tests, a doctor comes once every two days but no real medical treatment is provided to the Palestinian political prisoners, so the hunger strikers boycott the doctors. We ask all administrative detainees to stand in solidarity with the hunger strikers. Ghassan’s father and grandfather were also former detainees; his father was held captive in Israeli jails and his grandfather was held captive in jails of the British Mandate. I used to visit Abu Ghassan in Israeli jails carrying 7-month-old Ghassan on my arm.

The level of solidarity is acceptable, but not the level we want, and the level of solidarity from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the civil society organizations is still below acceptable. We follow up the solidarity actions; in France, in Gaza, there are always solidarity sit-ins in Gaza. We see the pictures, and we hear they will have solidarity tents in all Palestinian cities, tents in solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners. We have organized to go to Ramallah and deliver letters to the foreign consuls and a letter to Abu Mazen. I ask everyone to take action to help the hunger strikers.

Ghassan sent us a letter about the demands of the hunger strikers; the demands of our brave children have a high ceiling, there are 4 demands:

1. To break the administrative detention.

2. To boycott Israeli courts; already 70 administrative detainees have joined the boycott.

3. Material and psychological compensation for administrative detainees because they were detained without charge or trial.

4. In case of an agreement with the Israeli Prison Service, the hunger strikers should be brought together to discuss the agreement, and sign a joint agreement and not separate ones, and that the decision to break the hunger strike should be unanimous.

But to be honest with you, we are afraid from the forced feeding… they can bring any doctor who can force feed the hunger strikers. Issa Qaraqe’ frightened us the other day; he told yes he was afraid, and that the IPS is isolating every hunger striker in a separate cell. They are singling them out to try and trick them, but the men are stubborn and have a strong will. You know, the decision to start a hunger strike is very hard; before a prisoner decides to go on hunger strike, he thinks a million times because he know he is walking to death… either death or life… They can’t back down. Sometimes I cry alone, but I tell myself to remain strong for Ghassan, I tell myself to remain strong in front of the occupation soldiers, I want them to see that we are steadfast, and that we don’t surrender.

We encourage the hunger strikers because their demands are just and they have the right to be free and be released from jail. There are no charges against them, their demands are just and God willing they will be free. I call their battle the “Battle of Steel Stomachs”. You know, they are not asking for freedom for themselves only, when they went on hunger strike the first week, the Israeli intelligence personnel sat with them and told them: “give us a week to study your files and decide whether or not to renew your administrative detention”. The hunger strikers replied that this was not their demand; “Our demand is to end administrative detention for ALL”. You see, we support them and clasp their hands, and encourage them… and God willing, they will be victorious… I ask the administrative detainees to join the hunger strike and not to leave our children alone, I ask them to join the hunger strike in waves. When their numbers increase, the Israelis will be confused and will not know what to do. I ask everyone to support the hunger strikers, everyone should support them; every Palestinian, the PA, the organizations, the Red Cross, everyone, because the hunger strikers continue through our support… they receive the news about our solidarity and they continue with their struggle through our support. Although our hearts are breaking for them, although we can’t eat or drink while they are on hunger strike, isolated, held captive, but we stand with them… even if I have to step on my heart, I have to encourage Ghassan till the last minute.

Bilal As-Seifi © google images

Bilal As-Seifi: 26 years old from Al-Walaje, temporarily resident of Dheisheh refugee camp, on day 25 of an open hunger strike. Bilal has been held captive in administrative detention since 01.03.2015, which was renewed twice for six months. On 27.08.2015, Bilal started an open hunger strike to protest his administrative detention and his captivity on the basis on so-called secret files. As punishment, the IPS transferred him to isolation cells in Naqab prison to pressure him to end his strike. He suspended his hunger strike for two days, following promises from the Israeli intelligence to reconsider his administrative detention order, but resumed the hunger strike after turning down an “offer” to be deported for two years. According to latest reports, Bilal stopped drinking water since 18.09.2015, to protest against his continued detention without charge or trial. He refrains from taking supplements and medicine, despite the seriousness of his health condition, as he suffers from epilepsy and has to take a total of 13 pills a day.

He described his situation in isolation as extremely bad, and that the jailers were deliberately humiliating and insulting him, he remains shackled throughout the day and that his weight dropped from 94 to 72 kg.

Nawal As-Seifi, mother of hunger striker Bilal As-Seifi © Reham Alhelsi

Nawal As-Seifi (Im Bilal): This is not Bilal’s first detention, it is his fourth: the first time he spent three years in Israeli jails, he was 15 years old at the time. The second detention was when the Israeli occupation soldiers came to arrest his brother Hamza, and they detained both, he spent one and a half years in administrative detention. The third detention was when Bilal was working in Ramallah, there were problems at Qalandia checkpoint and the Israeli occupation forces stopped the car he was travelling in and detained him. He didn’t stay long in detention, only a couple of days, but they beat him on his head and caused him fractures in the skull. The fourth detention, the current one, started when the Israeli soldiers came to detain his brother Mohammad who was wanted at the time. They took Bilal instead, and sent him to 6 months in administrative detention, which was renewed for another 6 months. Bilal is 26 years old now, he has been on hunger strike since 26.08.2015 and he is currently held in an isolation cell. He suspended the hunger strike for two days following promises from the IPS to reconsider his detention, only to resume it when his demands were not met. The latest information we got is that he sends his greetings and that he is still on hunger strike and in isolation. He received only two visits from the lawyers, and they are the only ones who inform us about his situation. His situation is getting difficult, he refuses medicine, and this is all the information we have. Bilal was beaten several times on the head while in Israeli detention, but during his third arrest, he was beaten so badly that he had to go and see a doctor. The doctors said that he has a “problem” in the head as a result of the beating. The last time, when the Israeli soldiers took his brother, they beat Bilal violently, everyone saw how they were beating him. They wanted to arrest Mohammd, they shot at Mohammad but he ran away, this made them angry and they beat Bilal violently on the head.

I find that the popular interaction with the cause of the hunger striker is not good, but I would say acceptable. Those who are active, those who come to the protest and the sit-ins are those who have a detainee in the family, or those who passed through the experience of detention, or the relatives of detainees, or human rights institutions, that is all… simple people…. But it is not the needed level of interaction… I can only say it’s acceptable, no more. Today everyone is busy with one’s issues… I remember during the First Intifada, the women would surround the occupation soldiers to free the young men and prevent their detention… today, no one…. no one at all cares…. no one. I send my thanks and appreciation to all those standing in solidarity with us, when I hear that people stand in solidarity with us in Italy or elsewhere, I can’t say thank you enough, they are far away and they care, and here some who are in the country and who are close and don’t care about the prisoners. I hope that the other administrative detainees will stand with the hunger strikers. I hope that everyone will stand with them. I ask everyone to stand with us in the struggle against administrative detention.

Yamma ya Bilal, to you and your comrades I say: God willing you will come out victorious, may God give you strength. Yamma ya Bilal, I send you messages of love and appreciation, and may God give you strength… Yamma, listen, I say this because you are sick, as a mother I speak, I say this because you are sick… if you can yamma, if you can break the hunger strike, then break it… I say this because my son is in jail and one day, no matter how long it will take, the doors of the jails will open and he will be free, but, God forbid, the grave doesn’t open its door once it’s closed… I am talking as a mother, not talking slogans, die or don’t die… no… no mother tells her son to die… Yes, I stand with him, I support him, but I tell him at the moment when you feel it’s enough, then it’s enough… you did what you can, every person and their abilities. I tell him: you will be free from jail one day, it will never close its doors on you forever, but the grave closes its doors forever and I don’t want you to reach the grave.

I would like to send a message to all Israeli mothers, I just want to ask them: if someone comes and places your son in a jail without charge or trial, what we call administrative detention, how would you feel? What would your reaction be? We are no terrorists… to detain someone without charge or trial, to imprison someone according to your whim, to renew the detention two, three, six months… why? I tell you my son is held unjustly, they held him for 6 months in administrative detention and renewed it for another 6 months, and before that, he spent one and a half years in administrative detention, without any charges, without any trial… I ask Israeli mothers that they put themselves in my place… I am a mother and they are mothers: Would they accept that someone should detain their sons and imprison them without any charge? Without being tried in a court? My son is held unjustly… would they accept that their sons be held unjustly? Without a charge? Injustice has a name: Administrative Detention, being locked up behind bars without charge, without court trial, without a court case.

Freedom for ALL Palestinian and Arab political prisoners and detainees held captive in Zionist dungeons.

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From the Children of Palestine to the Secretary General of the United Nations

My name is Mohammad Abu Khdeir

Martyr Mohammad Abu Khdeir. Source: google images

I lived with my family in Shufat in occupied Jerusalem, and had 5 siblings. I loved playing, participating in social occasions, be it weddings or feasts. I loved dancing the dabke, which is a Palestinian traditional dance, and was member in a local dabke troupe. I loved birds, loved watching them sing, but could never own one because it meant caging them. I hoped one day to be free like a bird, and go places and travel. I was a pupil at a technical school, and studied to be an electrician, just like my father, to help him in supporting our family one day. I loved Ramadan; loved to go to the nearby mosque and pray there, to have Iftar (breaking the fast) with my family and friends, and to spend the evening with my friends laughing and joking. I loved to go to the mosque at dawn for morning prayer, to have that last drink of water before the fasting starts, and to help my father at his workshop. Because of my training as electrician, in the summer of 2014, I helped decorate the neighbourhood with lights in preparation for Ramadan.

Martyr Mohammad Abu Khdeir. Source: google images

On the early morning of 02.07.2014, at 4 am, I had something to eat for the suhur, drank some water before sunrise and the beginning of the fasting time. I told my mom that I was heading to the neighbouring mosque for the morning prayer. It was Ramadan, the month of forgiveness and compassion, the month of mercy for all living creatures. I sat on the steps of the nearby supermarket, drank some water before the fasting starts. As I made my way to the mosque, a car stopped near me, Zionist colonists were sitting inside, two came out and asked me about directions, I answered them, then suddenly they grabbed me and pushed me into the car, I started shouting, but the car speeded leaving the place. Three young Palestinian men nearby heard me shouting, they tried to follow the car, but the car just speeded away. As the car moved, the Zionists sitting in the car beat me, kicked me, humiliated me and threatened me with death. I fainted. When we finally stopped moving, they kicked me out of the car. I was bruised and hurting, I was afraid, I wanted to scream: Mother! Father! And while they continued beating me and kicking me everywhere on my body, I could see bushes and trees, it was the forest near Deir Yaisn. I shouted, I screamed, I called for help, but no one came. I thought of my parents, I saw the face of my mother, that of my father, my five siblings, my friends. They pushed me around, kicked me, beat me with some iron rod, they tortured me, the three of them, while they were laughing. They humiliated me, and stabbed me several times. Then they brought gasoline and poured it all over me while they were laughing and kicking me. They kept saying that they will kill me, that they will kill the Arab. One of them told the other Zionists to make sure that I was dead because “these Arabs have 7 souls”! I was scared, tears fell down my face, I called for my mother… I called and called. And then, they set me on fire… and they watched, laughing, as I suffered, as I screamed for my mother, as I screamed for my father, as I screamed to God, as I fell to the ground, as I said goodbye to this unjust world… they watched and they laughed…..

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Mohammad Abu Khdeir, I was 16 years old when Zionist colonists, who are fully-armed and live in illegal colonies built on Palestinian land, kidnapped me from my neighbourhood.
My name is Mohammad Abu Khdeir I was 16 years old, when Zionist colonists, who are given a green light by the Zionist entity to kill us and have impunity for all their crimes against Palestinians, tortured me.
My name is Mohammad Abu Khdeir I was 16 years old, when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, burned me alive.

My name is Zakariya Bakir
My name is Ahid Bakir
My name is Ismail Bakir
My name is Mohammad Bakir

Martyrs of the Bakir Family. Source: google images

We were children, sons of fishermen; kind and simple people. We grew up near the sea, making our livelihood from the sea. We used to wake up early in the morning, watch our fathers and older brothers go to their boats before the sun shines, watch our mothers repair the nets while watching the sea and waiting for the boats to return. We loved school, we loved to play, but loved the sea more, and waited for the time when we too would take our boats into the deep blue waters of the Palestine. We went everyday to the beach, we loved to run there, to jump into the water, to sit in the evening and watch the sun sink into the sea. We loved to watch the white waves dancing over the blue sea, and imagine that there was no siege, that there was no occupation, that Palestine was free. We loved to watch the birds flying over the water, disappearing into the distance, and would would we could fly with them, fly over Akka and Haifa, over Nazareth and Safad, to reach Jerusalem and land in Al-Aqsa. The sea was our companion and our friend. Sometimes, our mothers would prepare tea and coffee in thermoses, and after school, we would go to the beach and sell people something to drink. During the summer of 2014, the Zionist entity launched a brutal military aggression on besieged Gaza. It was the third large-scale aggression that we witnessed in our young age… Imagine, 10 years old and to have lived three brutal attacks by a terrorist entity that has the most sophisticated weapons. They used all the weapons they had against us; they used their warplanes, their tanks, their gunboats. They bombed our homes, our schools, our hospitals. It was Ramadan, and we were fasting, but it didn’t feel like Ramadan. Instead of playing all day, we were hiding from F16 and drones and bombs. Instead of sitting laughing with the family at Iftar time, we would sit and watch the news, and see the gruesome pictures of Palestinian children killed by Israeli bombs. They were not from another country or another continent; they were here, close by. As we watched these pictures, our parents angry, sad, bewildered and afraid for us, we too were afraid and wondered if our time will come, if we will survive the night, if we will live to see the Eid.

Martyrs of the Bakir Family. Source: google images

On 17.07.2014, we were fasting and had nothing to do. It was a hot day, so we decided to go and play football, to run on the beach, like we usually did, to run under the sun, our feet touch the golden hot sand as we kick the ball from one place to another. We were laughing, happy and for a moment forgot all the bombs, the tanks, the warplanes and the gunboats…..But the killers were watching; with their hi-tech binoculars they saw our laughter, they saw us running, happy, playing football, they saw our childish innocence…. one missile was fired; a loud explosion, one of us fell, we started screaming and running away in fear and horror…. We had no time to look behind us, to look for each other…. We were running, screaming, we didn’t feel the sun burning under our small feet, we didn’t heard the birds shouting at us to run, run…. We didn’t see the waves struggling to reach us and protect us from the killers…. We were running, screaming, we were afraid…. They saw us running, little children, scared…. The second and third and the fourth missiles fell….. the sand under our feet became cold, the birds in the sky started crying, the waves turned into tears…

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Ahid Bakir, I was 10 years old when Israeli gunboats killed me while playing football on the beach.
My name is Mohammad Bakir, I was 11 years old when Israeli gunboats fired first one missile, then another then a third and a fourth at a group of children playing and laughing.
My name is Ismail Bakir, I was 9 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers killed me in cold blood on the beach of Gaza.
My name is Zakariya Bakir, I was 10 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me and my cousins.

My name is Mohammad Al-Durra

Martyr Mohammad Al-Dura. Source: google images

I was born in Bureij refugee camp in the besieged Gaza Strip. My family comes originally from a beautiful Palestinian city called Al-Lyd, but the Zionist terrorist gangs expelled us from our homes in 1948. I lived in an over-crowded refugee camp in a 50 m2 house with my parents and 6 siblings. I loved football, and loved my fluffy teddy bear; it is brown and small and I used to hug it before going to sleep. My teddy bear protected me from the Israeli occupation soldiers whenever they entered the refugee camp to arrest our neighbours, it calmed me down and sang to me. I felt safe with my teddy bear hugging me. I went to the fifth grade, but, I have to say, I was a little bit naughty; I loved to play with the children in my neighbourhood, and I loved the sea, I would sneak out of class and go play football at the beach. Oh, how much I loved the sea of Gaza! I also loved to cycle, and every day, I fought with my older brother over who gets to ride the only bicycle we had. My dad used to get mad at me; he was afraid something might happen to me because I used to take the bicycle and go cycling in the main street of the refugee camp. He was afraid the occupation soldiers might do something to me, might hurt me or arrest me. So, whenever he prevented me from cycling in the street, I used to sneak the bicycle from the window and go to play in the street. But alas! When at the end of the year I didn’t do well at school, my mother was sad, so I promised her to study hard the next year. I loved to help my dad, and wanted to support my family. During the summer, I used to work with my uncles in a metal workshop to gains some money and help my parents.

Martyr Mohammad Al-Dura. Source: google images

On 30.09.2000, I asked my mother to help me with my homework, I had promised her to study hard and I wanted her to be happy. My father wanted to go and buy a car instead of the old one we sold. He wanted to buy a small car, not a fancy one, we couldn’t afford a fancy one, but we were all happy and excited. I asked my mother if I could go with dad and ride with him in the new car. She said yes and I wore my nice clothes, the ones I kept for special occasions, it was after all a special occasion. My dad and I took a taxi to Gaza car market, but when we reached the Martyrs circle, we saw unarmed protesters confronting the fully-armed Israeli occupation soldiers. The taxi driver was not able to pass the road, so we got out of the taxi, and decided to turn back home. Dad held my hand and we tried to pass to the other side of the road, when all of a sudden, the Israeli army observation tower started shooting at us. Immediately, dad dragged me to a barrel on the side of the road, we hid behind it…. he hugged me, but the shooting from the Israeli army tower increased. I was scared and started crying and shouting, I could hear dad shouting at the Israeli occupation soldiers to stop, but they didn’t, he raised his hands and waived to them, but an Israeli soldier shot his hand. Dad called someone from his mobile, and asked them to send a car to take us away because we couldn’t leave our place because of the shooting. We could hear the sirens of an ambulance, but the occupation soldiers started shooting at it. The unarmed protesters were shouting at us, they wanted to help us but no one could do anything because the occupation soldiers were shooting at us all the time. My dad was shot in the other hand and was bleeding. I started comforting him, but I was very scared and I was crying. I told dad: “Don’t worry dad, I am fine, don’t worry dad”. I stuck closer to him, and then I felt a hot stinging pain in my leg. My dad started shouting and crying when he saw the blood on my trousers, I told him: “Don’t worry papa, the blood hit my leg, it’s not that bad, just hide yourself and be safe”… he was shouting and waiving and I felt another sharp pain, I told him: “Don’t worry, I am strong, I can take the pain until the ambulance comes”…. The ambulance never came… the Israeli soldiers prevented it from coming to help us…

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Mohammad Al-Durra, I was 12 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers killed me, and made my mother cry…. my mother still keeps my photos, my books, my clothes…. at night she hugs them and cries, every night she cries.
My name is Mohammad Al-Durra, I was 12 years old when Israeli occupation snipers deliberately shot at me and my father, killing me while he hugged me, trying to protect me.
My name is Mohammad Al-Durra, I was 12 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers fired at me, not once, not twice, but several times, killing me and took me away from my siblings… my 7 year-old brother Ahmad tells everyone that I am in heaven playing with the birds and that he wants to join me…. My 4 year-old sister Basma says that she loved me more than she loved the sea and that when she is older she wants to come to me.
My name is Mohammad Al-Durra, I was 12 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Faris Odeh

Martyr Faris Odeh. Source: google images

I was born in Shuja’iya in Gaza and have 8 siblings. I was very energetic and loved so many things; I loved playing and loved sports, I loved singing, for I was a good singer. I memorized all songs of the Intifada, and my favourite song was: “If they break my bones, I am not afraid… if they demolish the house, I am not afraid”. I used to sing it often with my younger brother Issa. I loved to dance, loved the Palestinian dabke. I loved to eat a lot, my favourite dish was spinach, yes, I loved spinach. I wanted to be strong. I was always happy and laughing, naughty, but always happy, jumping and running….. We lived in Salah Idin street. When protests would take place in the street, the Israeli occupation soldiers used to come to our house and beat my farther and mothers and siblings and throw the burning tyres into our house, so we moved to another area. One time, in our street, an Israeli occupation soldier shouted at me to go home, I picked up a stone and told him:”You go home, this is my land!” I was very courageous, loved to jump from high places, and never was afraid to go out in the dark to buy needs for my parents. I used to sit at the window and listen to the Israeli occupation soldiers shooting and would start naming the type of bullet they were shooting. I could recognise them all. I was very clever at school, and always had very high grades, although I didn’t study much, I was clever. But when the Intifada started, I stopped going to school, I would attend the first 3 classes and then leave to join the protests at Al-Muntar, and I used to join the shabab and protest against the occupation, our weapon was small stones against the huge tanks… One time, the school principal told my mother about me. She was very angry. But I used to see Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children and men and women on TV, and it made me angry, no one helped us. And when my mother would come and drag me from Al-Muntar, she would beg me not to go there again, I would tell her that the Zionists want to take Al-Alqsa. She would say: “Leave the defence of Al-Aqsa to the older ones, you are small”. But I am not small, the older ones are doing nothing! She would tell my dad and he would beat me. One evening, my mother saw me on TV standing in front of an Israeli tank, she was very angry, afraid, and started crying; she begged me not to go, and told me that if I ever repeated this she would tell my father and he would beat me and deprive me of my pocket money. They were afraid for me, they were afraid the Israeli soldiers might kill me, because the Israeli army did not care whether you are a child or a grown up, they just shot you, even if you had a small stone, they would also shoot you for no reason. Sometimes, dad would beat me and lock me in a room to prevent me from going, but I would escape from the window. I used to go every day, this is our land and the Israeli soldiers should leave! I used to sneak to Al-Muntar every day, I used to stand in front of the Israeli tank and sing my favourite song: ““If they break my bones, I am not afraid… if they demolish the house, I am not afraid”, and I used to dance dakbe while singing. Despite everything, I was always happy, jumping, singing…. until the day my cousin Shadi was killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers…. I was sad and angry.

Martyr Faris Odeh. Source: google images

On 08.11.2000, I woke up early. I had dreamt of Shadi. When I told mom, she begged me not to go to Al-Muntar, and said that a stone does nothing in the face of a tank. I replied that a stone rocks them… But, I promised her to go to school, which I did. But later, I sneaked out of class and I went to Al-Muntar carrying my sling. Young unarmed protesters were throwing stones at the Israeli tanks. I threw a stone, another…. my shoe slipped, I bent down to wear my shoe and felt something sting me in my neck…. blood was streaming…. my friends ran to me as I fell to the ground, but the Israeli soldiers started shooting at them, they ran away. I was left there on the ground, looking at the sky, the blue sky of Palestine, singing my favourite song….

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Faris Odeh, I was 14 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers shot me, prevented anyone from saving me, and kept shooting at anyone coming close to me for one hour… they let me bleed to death.
My name is Faris Odeh, I was 14 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers killed me, and I was brought back home to my mother on the shoulders, a bullet type 500 cut most of the veins of my neck.
My name is Faris Odeh, I was 14 years old when Israeli terrorists killed me and snatched me from my family… When my family gathers for dinner, they leave an empty place for me…. Every morning, my mother watches the children go to school, she waits every day when they come home, hoping that I will come home with them, my brother sings my favourite song alone, but he can’t finish it because he starts crying.
My name is Faris Odeh, I was 14 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Inas Shawkat Dar Khalil

Martyr Inas Shawkat. Source: google images

I was a beautiful little girl from a beautiful villages called Sinjil near Ramallah, I loved to play with my dolls, but had one favourite doll that escorted me everywhere I went. I loved to visit my friend Toleen, who lives nearby. We were best friends and always together. I love to draw a lot, and I could spell the alphabet and count till 50. The teacher said that I was clever and often gave me a star on my copybook, and sometimes she gave me a piece of chocolate when my drawing copybook was neat and tidy. Every morning, mom would wake me up, wash my face and comb my hair, and I would sing to her: “Continue missing me while I am away”. When school started, I asked mom for a new bag, new colouring books and new dresses. She loved me so much, she got me 20 dresses! She got me 20 new dresses, new colouring books and colouring pencils. I wanted to go to university when I grow up, so every day, when I come back home from kindergarten, I do my homework. Mom would tell me: “Dear, get a rest first”, but I would refuse, I wanted to do my homework, I wanted to be clever and go to university when I grow up.

Martyr Inas Shawkat. Source: google images

On 19.10.2014, mom woke me up to go to kindergarten; I was sleepy and didn’t want to go, I had a beautiful dream. I took my doll with me, I always took her with me to school, she would sit on my desk and repeat the alphabet with me, sing with me or hold my colouring pencils while I drew. My friend Toleen came, and like every day, our mothers walked with us to the street until the school bus came and took us. I waved goodbye to my mother. At the kindergarten, we played, sang and I volunteered to tidy the classroom. The teacher was very pleased with me. We went back home with the school bus. It stopped at the entrance to our village, and I could see my mom and Toleen’s mother waiting for us like every day on the other side of the road. They came every day at 12: 40 to the village entrance and waited for the kindergarten bus. Before crossing the road, we looked right and left, as mom used to tell us. She would say over and over: “Be careful before you cross the road and watch out for the cars”. My mother was standing on the other side of the road waiting to hug me. We started crossing the road, a car was coming, mom shouted at us to stop. She then waved to the Zionist colonist to stop. He slowed down, he could see clearly, the road was empty and as we crossed, all of a sudden he speeded up, swerved and drove speedily in our direction. Suddenly, I was thrown up in the air and fell hard on the ground. I tried to stand up, but was feeling sleepy, so I fell on the ground… My doll and my colouring pencils in my bag scattered everywhere. I heard mom shout, I wanted to reach out to her, but I couldn’t. I was sleepy. I felt her hug me. I wanted to comfort her, to tell her not to cry. I wanted to hug her, but I was sleepy… She hugged me and I slept.

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Inas Shawkat Dar Khalil, I was 5 years old when Israel killed me and left my mom sad… she thinks of me all day long and dreams of me all night long… she regrets sending me to school that fateful day….. Please tell her not to be sad.
My name is Inas Shawkat Dar Khalil, I was 5 years old when a Zionist colonist deliberately ran me over and broke my mother’s heart….. I used to fall asleep in my mother’s lap, now she is alone, now she is sad…. now she sleeps hugging my dress.
My name is Inas Shawkat Dar Khalil, I was 5 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Mohammad Ismail Nassar

Martyr Mohammad Nassar. Source: google images

I lived in Dahiyet Al-Barid in occupied Jerusalem with my family. I loved going to school, and was a clever pupil, I among the best in my class. I also loved to draw, and my parents and my art teacher said that I was talented. Friday 06.03.2001, was a holiday, so in the afternoon, and after I did my homework, I went to play football with my friends in the nearby playground. When it got dark, my friends and I parted to go to our homes. On that Friday, my parents waited and waited for me, but I never made it back home alive; On that Friday, as the sun was setting, as some were sitting around the dinner table, or gathered around the TV, or on their way back home from visiting friends, I made my way back to my home. Then suddenly, zionist colonists from the nearby colony of Neve Yaakov appeared out of nowhere… they kidnapped me, dragged me to the colony… they tried to cut my wrist, they wanted me to bleed to death… but that was too quite a death for their enjoyment… so they beat me with rocks on my head, my chest and my back… they tortured me… I screamed and screamed, I screamed for my parents, I begged the zionists to stop, I screamed as they crushed my skull with stones…. they killed me…. my family and friends and neighbours spent the whole night looking for me… they even asked for support from the occupation police, which refused to help in the search…. My family continued the search for me the next day. In the afternoon of 17.03.2001 they found me…. they found me dead…. they found me in the bushes among the rocks about 20 meters away from the Jewish religious school in Neve Yaakov… my body bore marks of brutal torture and beating with rocks on my head which was shattered, and the presence of bruises on my back and chest and feet and cuts with a sharp object in the right wrist…. two of the kippas and four white gloves worn by my killers were found near my body, but the Israeli occupation police refused to investigate what had happened to me…

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Mohammad Ismail Nassar, I was 10 years old when Zionist colonists kidnapped me, tortured me and killed me.
My name is Mohammad Ismail Nassar, I was 10 years old when Israel refused to investigate my death and let my killers escape justice.
My name is Mohammad Ismail Nassar, I was 10 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Iman Al-Humus

Martyr Iman Al-Humus. Source: google images

I was a little school girl, clever and energetic. I used to watch on TV the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation army, and it always made me cry. On the early morning of 05.10.2004, I was on my way to school with two of my friends and classmates. Suddenly, Israeli occupation soldiers started shooting at us from the observation tower. We were very scared, and ran in different directions to escape the bullets; I ran in the direction of Israeli military site where two bulldozers stood. The Israeli soldiers started shooting in my direction, I fell to the ground, was very scared and crying, I did not know what to do. One Israeli tank came out of the site and Israeli soldiers demanded in loud speakers that I take off my bag and put it on the ground… the minute I did that, there was intensive shooting in my direction, I fell back… one occupation soldier came out of the tank, stood 10 meters away from me…. He saw that I was a school girl, he saw that my bag had nothing but my books and copybooks, he saw that I was hit and bleeding, he saw that I was scared and crying… he shot 2 bullets at me, went back a little bit, and emptied his M-16 in my body. 20 bullets hit me all over my body, especially the head and chest areas. I was dead on the spot… then the soldiers surrounded me, and prevented anyone from reaching me.

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Iman Al-Humus, I was 13 years old when an Israeli occupation officer from Giv’ati unit killed me and afterwards mutilated my body.
My name is Iman Al-Humus, I was 13 years old when Israel cleared my killer despite the evidence and the testimonies. My killer was “tried” on charges of “killing a child” in front of a Zionist military court, but was cleared, released and ordered to return to the military service. He was only accused of “the use of weapon in a manner contrary to the orders of firing”.
My name is Iman Al-Humus, I was 13 years old when Israel tried to cover up the crime committed against me by its terrorist army. The crime was exposed only after some Israeli soldiers told Israeli newspapers about the incident, because “their conscience did not take what had happened”. In their testimonies, the Israeli occupation soldiers said they saw that I was but a school girl, and that while some refused to shoot at me, others did.
My name is Iman Al-Humus, I was 13 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Mohammad Salaymeh

Martyr Mohammad Salaymeh. Source: google images

On 12.12.2012, it was my birthday. My classmates and I celebrated during classes, we bought a cake and biscuits and chocolate. Everyone was happy, and wished me success and happiness. I was looking forward to return home and celebrate my birthday with my family. That evening, my family gathered, they all wanted to celebrate my birthday with me, everyone was present except my eldest brother Awad who was freed from Israeli captivity through the prisoners exchange swap and is now residing in besieged Gaza. Being the youngest in the family, I told them I will get the cake. While on my way to the shop to buy my birthday cake, I passed an Israeli checkpoint in the old city of Hebron, and all of a sudden, without reason or warning, an Israeli occupation soldier shot me from distance zero in the chest and stomach… 6 times they shot at me, for no reason. I fell to the ground, bleeding. Some people came after they heard the shots, they tried to come close and help me, but the soldiers prevented them. I was left there, bleeding…. When my father came and tried to reach me, shouting and calling my name, they beat him, and prevented him from coming to coming close to me, from hugging me one last time. A doctor living nearby came and tried to save my life, but the soldiers refused to let him, women came, journalists came… they were all prevented from reaching me with threats of fire … and all this time, I was left on the ground to bleed to death, thinking that a birthday was meant to be a celebration of life, thinking of my mother, thinking of my siblings, hearing the screams of my father, hearing him beg the soldiers to allow him to hug me, hearing the screams of the people, begging the soldiers to allow the doctor to help me…. and when finally, after the residents fought with the occupation soldiers, the doctor was allowed to come to me, but I was already dead….

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Mohammad Salaymeh, I was 16 years old when Israel killed me on my 16th birthday when I went to buy a birthday cake.
My name is Mohammad Salaymeh, I was 16 years old when the Israeli occupation army killed me and rewarded my killer with a distinction because she “dealt successfully with the situation”.
My name is Mohammad Salaymeh, I was 16 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Fahmi Al-Darduk

Martyr Fahmi Al-Darduk. Source: google images

I was living in Nablus with my parents and my three sisters. I was a pupil in the ninth grade, and on the weekend I used to help my father in a bakery to support our family. I was full of life, loved to play sports and to listen to music. On 19.05.2008, I was on my way to visit friends in Ramallah. I waited in line for the check at the Huwara military checkpoint. I had earphones on and was listening to music from my mobile phone. One minute I was listening to music, thinking of the good time I was going to spend with my friends…. The next, I fell to the ground…. They shot me… they shot me several times at the same time… at least six bullets hit me in the head and the chest. They riddled my body with bullets. Despite people’s pleading that I be treated, the Israeli soldiers refused to let the medics reach me, left me lying on the ground for two and a half hours and watched as I bled to death. And while they left me to die a slow death, the Israeli army closed the checkpoint and forced all Palestinians there to leave by throwing tear gas and concussion grenades at them. Afterwards, they started washing away the blood with water jets. They wanted to clean the scene of the crime, and wash away all traces of the murder they committed, and keep away any possible witnesses. They allowed the ambulance to reach me, only after they made sure I was dead.

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Fahmi Al-Darduk, I was 15 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers killed me, and because of my young age, as I didn’t have an ID yet, my parents didn’t know I was killed until the next day.
My name is Fahmi Al-Darduk, I was 15 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers killed me, and the killers claimed I had a pipe bomb and an explosive belt on my body. Nonetheless, despite the many bullets that hit my young body, no “explosives” blew up.
My name is Fahmi Al-Darduk, I was 15 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Aya Najjar

Martyr Aya Najjar. Source: google images

I am from Khuza’a in besieged Gaza. I loved school, and was very clever. I loved to play with my friends. During the summer of 2008, school was over and I had finished second grade. I was very happy; I was the best in my class, and the teacher gave me a reward and a certificate to show my parents. Mom and dad were very happy for me. I was looking forward to the summer vacation. On the early afternoon of 05.06.2008, I was playing outside my home, in wait for my school friends to come for a visit. I was playing between the trees, and I could hear Israeli drones and war planes in the sky. I hated the Israeli soldiers, they occupy our land, they bombed our homes and schools, and they killed my brother Zaki. My mom was sitting inside, looking out the window every now and then, looking at the warplanes with worry on her face. No one was outside in the streets except me. Everything was quiet, except for the sound of the warplanes. I continued playing, and watching out for my friends. I was looking forward to their visit. Then, a loud explosion… It was all over…..

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Aya Najjar, I was 8 years old when Israeli apache fired a direct rocket at me… followed by another rocket …… I was playing, but they turned me to pieces.
My name is Aya Najjar, I was 8 years old when Israel killed me with a rocket while I played outside my home …. My mother cries herself to sleep every night…. Tell her not to cry, tell her that now I am with my martyred brother Zaki.
My name is Aya Najjar, I was 8 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Khalil Al-Mughrabi

Martyr Khalil Mughrabi. Source: google images

I was born in Yabna refugee camp in Rafah. Sometimes, I was a quiet boy, and sometimes I was noisy and naughty. I was member in the Little Parliament, a sort of mock parliament for pupils. I loved participating in public activities, and loved volunteering. I loved playing sports with my friends. My favourite game was football. On the evening of 07.07.2001, I was playing football with my friends in Yabna playground; we were about 20 to 30 boys, aged 10 to 13 years old. We were happy, running and screaming… At about 5 pm, we saw an Israeli tank move opposite us on the other side of the fence in the direction of the Israeli army observation tower. They were watching us, they saw us playing football, heard our laughter. After playing football for some time, we all sat on the sandy hill talking and laughing….. We were happy; children playing football, trying to forget the occupation soldiers that were watching us… trying to forget the occupation that is strangling and killing us… trying to live, even if for a few minutes, like other children…. Then a bullet pierced my head coming from the observation tower…. I fell back bleeding profusely… part of my skull splattered on my friends and before they could scream and run away more bullets starting flying in our direction, hitting another 2 boys aged 10 and 12 years in the stomach.

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Khalil Al-Mughrabi, I was 11 years old when Israeli occupation soldiers killed me in cold-blood while playing and laughing with my friends.
My name is Khalil Al-Mughrabi, I was 11 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

My name is Raghda ‘Assar

Martyr Raghda ‘Assar. Source: google images

I lived in Khan Younis with my family. We are refugees, and the Zionists expelled us from our original village in 1948. I was a pupil at the UNRWA school. On 07.09.2004, I was sitting in class listening to the English teacher. It was still early in the morning, when all of a sudden we heard sounds of explosions. The Israeli occupation army was bombarding the area. We started screaming and crying… we didn’t know what to do, some hid under the tables, others ran towards the door, while others froze in their chairs. We heard bullets… They shot at us from the observation tower of the Neve Dekalim Zionist colony which is close to the school…. I felt a sting, I screamed and put my hand on the right side of my head…. I felt nothing anymore….. I was hit in the head, I was in coma from which I never woke up. On 15.09.2004 my parents and siblings said their final farewell to me.

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General;
My name is Raghda ‘Assar, I was 10 years old when Israeli occupation snipers shot me while sitting among my classmates in an UNRWA school.
My name is Raghda ‘Assar, I was 10 years old when the Zionist entity, which you removed from the list of child abusers, killed me.

 

Dear Mr. Secretary General,
We, the martyred children of Palestine, address you from a place where Zionist terrorism can’t touch us anymore, we address you from a place where your complicity with Zionist crimes can’t hurt us anymore, we address you from a place where world inaction towards Israeli war crimes can disappoint us anymore. We address you, not for our sake, for you have failed us, you let us down, you ignored our pain and suffering, you chose the side of the oppressor over that of the oppressed… we address you for the sake of those who are still alive, for the sake of Palestinian children who still suffer under Israeli military occupation, for the sake of Palestinian children who daily face Israeli terror and war crimes… we address you for their sake. You did nothing to protect us from Zionist terror, and to add salt to our bleeding wounds, you removed the Zionist entity and its occupation army from the list of child-rights offenders, thus giving them impunity to continue killing Palestinian children. Our blood, and that of every Palestinian victim, is on your hands and on the hands of every individual, every country, every government, and every organization that witnessed our suffering and turned a blind eye. Our stolen lives, and those of every Palestinian victim, will forever haunt you, and haunt every individual, every nation, every government and every organization that heard our calls for help and turned a deaf ear. You, and this unjust world, turned you back on our daily suffering, stood in solidarity with our killers, cried for our killers, protected our killers, and rewarded our killers. You, and this unjust world, ignored the suffering of the victims, demanded concession after concession from the victims, accused the victims. But, in the name of every Palestinian child, those martyred and those alive, we say to you;
Palestine, all of Palestine, was and will always be our one and only home, from the River to the Sea.
Palestinians, women and men, young and old, living in occupied Palestine or in the Diaspora, will continue the struggle until all of Palestine is free, until all Palestinians return to their homes.
The Palestinian people, and all free citizens of this unjust world, will bring to justice all Zionist war criminals and all perpetrators of crimes against the Palestinian people and against humanity in general, their supporters, their defenders, and all those who granted them impunity for their crimes.
Justice will prevail and Palestine, all of Palestine, will be free.

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Sheikh Khader Adnan: Starving for a Free Palestine, Struggling against Administrative Detention

Sheikh Khader Adnan's daughters © google images

To my people, my family, and to the world’s free souls. . . I send my greetings, love, gratitude, and honour, which I draw from God, from your prayers for me, and from your sincere love… From my beloved al-Ramla city and its majestic minarets . . . I salute you again… I am not engaged in a personal fight for freedom. My battle is that of all Palestinian detainees who have been yearning for freedom and dignity…. Administrative detention is just one of the most despicable castigatory policies our people has ever witnessed. It shall forever stand as a scar on Britain’s and Israel’s face. From the bottom of my heart, I express my gratitude for your support and solidarity. May Allah restore our freedom so that we can rejoin our families soon. They [Israeli jailers] took it upon themselves to dash my hopes; I take it upon myself to win the fight by all means possible, God willing.”

Your brother and little son, Khader Adnan – Ramle clinic isolation.

With these words, Sheikh Khader Adnan addressed us, the Palestinian people, his people, from his isolation in Ramle prison. Our little son, as he preferred to sign his letter, is no stranger to Palestinian households nor is he a stranger to the entire free world; the 37 year old baker, father of 6 from Arraba, Jenin, has long become a living symbol of steadfastness, resistance and patience, for he is the face of Palestinian dignity and the igniter of the “battle of empty stomachs” against Israel’s administrative detention.

On hunger strike for the 35th day today, Sheikh Adnan’s health condition is deteriorating and he is in serious danger according to his family, which confirmed that lawyers and human rights activists were able to visit and talk to him lately in Sarafand hospital “Asaf HaRofe”, where he is held hand and leg cuffed to the hospital bed, surrounded by three guards from the Israeli prison forces. They confirmed that he is completely aware of those around him, although it was clear his health was deteriorating and he suffered from a sharp loss in weight, decrease in heartbeat, vision difficulties, and could only move in a wheelchair. Sheikh Adnan told them that he was forcibly moved from Ramleh prison “clinic” to Sarfand hospital on Thursday 04.06.2015, as the Israel Prison Service claimed that according to their rules, a prisoner on hunger strike for over 28 days, not taking salt or vitamins or medical tests, will be treated as someone in critical condition requiring transfer for immediate medical care. Sheikh Adnan added that he only drinks water without salt, sugar or any vitamins and still refuses to undergo any medical tests.

This is not Sheikh Adnan’s first hunger strike. In 2012, his 66-day hunger strike in an Israeli prison against his administrative detention, which at the time forced the occupation to determine the ceiling for his administrative detention and eventually release him, inspired hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strikes and join other prisoner protest actions against administrative detention and holding detainees without charge. His elderly mother recalled: “Khader is stubborn and derives his stubbornness from his belief in his cause, and we are with him and will not fail him.” Sheikh Adnan, who holds a degree in Economic Mathematics from Birzeit University, but decided to open a bakery to earn his livelihood in order to be free and independent, was detained countless times by both the Israeli occupation forces, and mostly held in administrative detention, and by the PA “security forces”. His six children; Ma’ali (6 years old), Bisan (5 years old), Abdel Rahman (3 years old) and the three twins Hamza, Ali and Muhammad, were all born while Sheikh Adnan was in Zionist captivity. During his captivity, Sheikh Adnan went on countless hunger strikes to protest his detention and demand his freedom. Sheikh Adnan’s experience with hunger strikes goes back to 2000, when he went on hunger strike in PA prisons, after he was detained for eight days on charges of inciting throwing stones at the French then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin when he visited Birzeit University. His current detention started on 08.07.2014 (this being his tenth arrest), when Sheikh Adnan was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces at a military checkpoint at the entrance to his village. He received an administrative detention order of 6 months, which was renewed more than once. He was supposed to be released several months ago, whereby on 12.11.2014, Israeli Salem court ordered his immediate release, but the Israeli public prosecutor objected to the order under the pretext of non-completion of administrative detention. Consequently, the court order was amended, and Sheikh Adnan’s administrative detention was renewed. On 07.01.2015, and following the renewal of his detention for the second time, Sheikh Adnan went on a one-week hunger strike in a warning message to the prison authority, which, in turn confirmed his the detention for four months, held him in solitary confinement in Hadarim prison and prevented him from meeting with his lawyer as a punitive measure. Again, on 05.05.2015, his administrative detention was renewed for the third time, so Sheikh Adnan started his on-going open-ended hunger strike under the motto: “My soul will redeem you, oh mother” to protest the renewal of his administrative detention. The Israeli prison authority responded by transferring him to solitary confinement. It is noteworthy to mention that Sheikh Adnan announced his boycott of Israeli courts because of the renewal of his administrative detention order and the so-called secret files, and refused to be represented either by his lawyer or any lawyers from the Prisoners Committee or human rights organizations. This time is not the first in which Sheikh Adnan boycotts occupation courts, as he had already done at the beginning of his current detention, whereby the court confirmed the renewal of his administrative detention order for six months without his presence or that of his lawyer. The campaign by administrative detainees to boycott the Ofer occupation court is not an individual decision; Sheikh Adnan’s decision was preceded by decisions of at least eight other administrative detainees; Mujahid Shweiki, Ayman Tbeish, Khalil Awawdeh, Ra’ed ‘Amleh, Munther Abu ‘Atwan, Akram Fseisi, Ahmad ‘Amayreh and Ghassan Abu ‘Adi.

Hunger Strike poster © google images

Within the dark dungeons of the Zionist entity, Palestinian prisoners and detainees continue the struggle; a daily struggle against their inhumane treatment, torture, humiliation, harassment, a daily struggle against over-crowded, damped and strangled cells, medical negligence and isolation. They fight for their legitimate rights; they fight daily for their right to food, drink, family visitations, legal representation, and medical treatment. One form of resisting the captivity and struggling for their freedom from within the dungeons is hunger strikes. Through hunger strikes, Palestinian prisoners defy the jailors, show they refuse to submit, refuse to surrender. While some hunger strikes are open-ended and last until the prisoners’ demands are met, others are one-day hunger strikes to protest a certain policy or show solidarity with other political prisoners. Also, there are general hunger strikes, in which all prisoners in all Israeli jails take part, and partial hunger strikes in which Palestinian prisoners in a particular Israeli prison declare a hunger strike to protest ill-treatment at that particular prison. Through his hunger-strike, Sheikh Khader Adnan is protesting against the renewal of his detention order and to demand an end to the policy of administrative detention. He is starving not only for his freedom, but for the freedom of around 500 Palestinians held captive by the Zionist entity without trial or charge. He is starving for the freedom of all Palestinians held captive in Zionist dungeons, and for the freedom of every one of us, held captive by the Zionist military occupation and colonialism. The Israeli occupation resorts to administrative detention and so-called secret files, prepared by the Israeli intelligence, when the prosecution is unable to prove the charge on the detainee. Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret evidence without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Israeli prison authorities use administrative detention as prolonged detention, and in some cases Palestinian detainees are held captive without charge or trial for 5 or even 10 years.

Stop Administrative Detention poster © google images

Since 1967, the Zionist entity held more than 850,000 Palestinian captive, including thousands of Palestinians held in administrative detention, for periods ranging from months to years, including 2000 administrative detainees during the First Intifada, and around 23,000 administrative detention orders were issued since 2000. According to a report of the Prisoners Affairs Committee, currently there are over 6000 Palestinians still held captive in 22 Israeli jails and detention centers, including 200 children, 25 women, and more than 1600 prisoners suffering from various diseases, and 30 prisoners detained since before the Oslo agreement. Additionally, at least 500 Palestinians are held in administrative detention in several Israeli prisons, including Ofer, Megiddo and Al-Naqab. These detainees are held without charge or trial, and often their detention is extended in the final minutes of their captivity, which increases their suffering and that of their families. Among the 500 administrative detainees, there are 12 MPs including the Speaker of the Palestinian Parliament. During the first four months of 2015, 401 administrative detention orders were issued, mostly as renewals; distributed as follows: 109 orders in January, 89 orders in February, 121 orders in March, and 82 orders in April 2015. This constitute an increase of more than 600% compared to the same period last year, in which administrative detention orders amounted to 65 decision only, clearly indicating a increase in the number of Palestinians held captive by the Zionist entity. Of the 401 orders, 92 administrative decision orders were new orders, 309 were renewals for different periods, constituting up to the 6th renewal for some prisoners, and ranging from two to six months. Hebron has the largest share of these orders, amounting to 175. Additionally, in May 2015, 92 administrative detention orders were issued by the Israeli occupation authorities in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. Consequently, the number of administrative decision orders issued since the beginning of 2015 is 493 orders.

Some of the administrative detention orders are new orders, others are renewals, whereby the administrative detention is renewed for some prisoners for different periods, ranging from two to six months. This is done in order to keep the detainees in Israeli captivity as long as possible, especially political and community activists and MPs, such as Sheikh Khader Adnan, whose administrative detention was renewed for the third time for four months, MP Mohammed Al-Natsheh, renewed for the fourth time for 4 months, and MP Nayef Rjoub, renewed for the fifth time for 4 months. Mahmoud Shalatweh, 32 years old from ‘Aboud in Ramallah, who was the longest serving administrative detainee until his release in mid May 2015, was detained on 01.05.2012 and spent three years in a row in administrative detention, as it was renewed over ten times. In an interview with “Ahrar Wulidna” published on 18.05.2015, Shalatweh stressed that the on-going escalation in the administrative detention file is tantamount to a psychological, moral, and political on-going war on the prisoners’, who are victims of Zionist intelligence reports. He also demanded popular, official and legal support for individual strikers and for administrative detainees in general. He added that administrative detainees live a state of wait, anxiety and the fear of the possibility of renewal of their detention. Shalatweh, who spent more than nine and a half years in Zionist captivity, including as administrative detainee, added: “What is happening is arbitrary arrest that is not based on any law in the world… Four release orders were issued for me by the occupation courts but the occupation prison denied them and refused to comply with them…. since the date of my detention on 01.05.2012 until the date of my release a few days ago, I lived through the probability of being released at any moment and this affected me.” On 06.06.2015, administrative detainee Ibrahim Abdullah Al-‘Ruj, 30 years old from Al-’Ruj village in Bethlehem, was finally released after being administratively detained since 12.08.2012, whereby his administrative detention order was renewed 9 times. He is a former prisoner who spent eight years in Israeli jails, and his family was often threatened by the Israeli occupation forces because of its participation in the solidarity actions with administrative detainees on hunger strike. Al-‘Ruj is student at the Palestine Polytechnic University, but his repeated arrests prevented him from finishing his university education.

During the last month, a number of administrative detention orders were renewed for up to the sixth time in a row:

– On 05.05.2015, it was reported that the occupation military courts renewed the administrative detention of Zaid Ismail Abu Fannar, 28 years old from Yatta – Hebron, for a period of 4 months for the fifth time in a row. Abu Fannar was detained on 12.15.2013, and received an administrative detention order for four months, to be renewed another 4 consecutive times. Abu Fannar participated in the open-ended hunger strike waged by administrative detainees in 2014, which lasted for 62 consecutive days. He was taken to Ramle prison “clinic” at the time because of the decline in his health as a result of the strike. It is worth noting that Abu Fannar was detained 4 times, 3 of which were administrative detentions, and is now held captive in Al-Naqab prison. Abu Fannar was detained by both; the Israeli occupation forces and the PA “security forces” in the West Bank.

– On 10.05.2015, Palestinian administrative detainee Ayman Ali Tbeish, 34 years old from Dura – Hebron, entered his second year of consecutive administrative detention, which was renewed six times in a row. Tbeish was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces on 09.05.2013, and held in administrative detention in Ofer prison. When his detention was renewed a second time, Tbeish started an open-ended hunger strike that lasted 105 days. He suspended the hunger strike after an agreement between his lawyer Jawad Boulos and the Israeli public prosecutors, stating that he is to be released on 09.01.2014. The Israeli occupation authority did not comply with the agreement, and renewed his administrative detention yet another time. In response, Tbeish went again on hunger strike, this time lasting 123 days, and again the occupation authority promised to end his detention and to release him on 05.01.2015, but for a second time, Israel did not respect the agreement and renewed his detention for the fifth time for a period of 3 months, and with the promise to release him after its completion, but instead renewed his administrative for a sixth time in a row several days before the date of his release. Tbeish suffers from health problems, due to the long periods of the hunger strikes he waged. A university student, he was not able to continue his education because of his repeated detention, reaching up to four times, and totaling more than 10 years in Israeli captivity, most of which in administrative detention. Recently, Tbeish refused to attend the court session which confirmed the administrative detention, after he decided to boycott Israeli courts, and he refuses to recognize them and to appear before them, in protest against the lack of the occupation’s commitment to the agreements signed between his lawyer and the prison administration following two lengthy hunger strikes that lasted a total of 228 days.

– On 23.05.2015, the occupation authorities renewed the administrative detention of Hashim Ali Abu Turki, 30 years old from Hebron for four months for the fifth time in a row. He was detained on 01.06.2014, and spent 17 months in Israeli captivity without charge. Abu Turki, who spent seven years in Israeli jails at intervals, all of which were in administrative detention, participated in April 2014 in the hunger strike, that lasted 62 days, against the renewal of administrative detention orders, which led to deterioration in his health.

– On 02.06.2015, Israeli occupation courts renewed the administrative detention of Ja’far Ibrahim Izz al-Din, 43 year old from Arraba in Jenin, for four months for the fourth time in a row. He was arrested in mid-June 2014, and held in administrative detention without charge. A month earlier, Izz al-Din was transferred from Al-Naqab prison to the hospital for surgery because of urinary problems and intestinal bleeding. Also, in January 2015, Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Izz al-Din in a brutal manner, and questioned his wife and sons. It is noteworthy that Izz al-Din went on hunger strike for over 3 consecutive months in 2013, in protest against the renewal of his administrative detention order more than once.

– On 04.06.2015, Israeli occupation courts renewed the administrative detention of detainee Ismail ‘Okal, 20 years old from Nablus for the fourth time in a row. ‘Okal, kidnapped on 11.02.2014, is the youngest administrative detainee, and suffers from weak eye-sight. He was previously kidnapped twice by the Israeli occupation forces, and sent 20 months and 18 months respectively.

On 07.06.2015, it was reported that Israeli occupation authorities renewed the administrative detention of detainee Azzam Abdel Rahim Al-Shobaki, 53 years old from Hebron, for a period of 3 months for the sixth time in a row. Al-Shobaki was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces on 15.01.2014 together with his brother Usama, and both were issued administrative detention orders. Al-Shobaki, who suffers from various health problems, such as heart problems and high blood, is subjected to medical negligence in Israeli jails and does not receive proper treatment for his condition. He spent over 18 years in Zionist captivity and was one of the Palestinians Israel deported to South Lebanon. Because of his continuously renewed administrative detention, Al-Shobaki was not able to attend the wedding of his daughter last March. From Ofer prison, he sent his daughter the following letter:

“Congratulations carried by the sun rays, which break the laws of space and time and reach you Ala

My daughter Ala’

The distance between you and me, a sea of tears, mountains and restrictions, shackles and bars and barbed wires, walls, prisons, interrogation cells and deportation … and the witness to the flames of these lines I am writing is your birth, and your nearing wedding… holding you and congratulating you on this day of joy … these ravens that caw in the sky of my homeland, that have usurped my land and all that is holy to me, that have brought a toxic wind that is gathered from all corners of the earth to settle in my homeland … and to be with you, to present to you a flower, a rose, a kiss, is in their conventions terror and weapons of mass destruction….

But killing children, women and elderly, demolishing houses on their inhabitants, destruction of land, uprooting of trees, keep the seedling away from her mother and keeping the flower away from her sister is civilization and humanity…

From the orchards of these lines, I send you the most beautiful and fresh flower bouquets, flying over their machine guns that are anti-love, nature and beauty…

My precious one, my love and the apple of my eye…

Wear your beautiful white dress, remove your sad dress, and if longing makes you feel the urge to cry, let them be tears of joy, and how beautiful and precious these drops are… and your tears as they, as they wet these words, will overflow and water all the roots, until beautiful carnations grow… for our days will never wither, but will break through the rocks and create a green spring.

And I swear… that our house will be filled with joy despite the wounds… and this sad season will not continue in my country… and the black crows will leave, but not as they came, but with broken wings and plucked feathers….

From my captivity, and the walls of my prison, I send you and your mother a thousand greetings… for she has raised you well and despite all the suffering and the pain she is the driving force pushing for good and instill her revolution in you, so the blood of pride and dignity may run in your veins…. For she is our home and our nation, and her wounds and pains are a living soul that runs in every letter I write here…. without her, all words would have been lost, and would have been missing and powerless…

A loving letter from the caves of darkness that tamed the moon to brighten the place…

Azzam Al-Shobaki – Hebron

Ofer”

Hunger strike is a protest action used not only by administrative detainees. On 17.05.2015, prisoner Hamzeh Salameh Abu Sawaween, 22 years old from Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip started an open-ended hunger strike to demand improved detention conditions, to be allowed to make a phone call to his family and to be allowed family visits. Three days later, Abu Sawaween suspended the strike following a promise he received from the Israeli Prison Service and the Israeli Intelligence Service agreeing to his demands; however and as usual, the occupation authority did not comply with the made agreement. On 27.05.2015, Abu Sawaween resumed his hunger strike, and as a result was held in solitary isolation cells in Eshel prison for more than three months in poor conditions and inhumane treatment. On 07.06.2015, it was reported that the Israeli prison authorities transferred Abu Sawaween from Eshel to Hedarim prison, and informed him of reviewing the possibility of allowing him a phone call with his family. Abu Sawaween was arrested on 16.06.2013 and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Prisoner Saddam Awad from Beit Ummar is also on hunger strike since 25.05.2015, in solidarity with Sheikh Khader Adnan. Additionally, on 31.05.2015, it was reported that prisoner Abdullah Barghouthi, 42 years old from Beit Rima – Ramallah, started an open-ended hunger strike to protest his isolation. The Ramon prison management transferred Barghouthi to solitary confinement cells as a punitive measure against him after he gave a phone interview with a radio station in Gaza a day earlier. Barghouthi is serving 66 life sentences. Also, it is important to note that Palestinian political prisoner Islam Hamid, held captive in PA prisons, has been on hunger strike since 24.03.2015 to protest the decision of Palestinian “intelligence” to transfer him from Jericho central prison to Junaid prison in Nablus as a punitive measure, in addition to denying him all the privileges he achieved during his previous hunger strikes. According to Hamid’s family, he suffers from bad health conditions after more than 60 days of hunger strike. Hamid’s wife said that her husband has been in PA prison since 2009, and obtained a decision from the Supreme Court to be released, but the military court rejected the court decision and sentenced him in 2010 to three years imprisonment on charges of “disturbing the relations with Israel”. After he completed his sentence, the PA refused to release him.

Here it is worth mentioning that, according to the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies, the recent declaration by Israeli terrorist Yaakov Teitel to go on a hunger strike exposes the racist face of the occupation in dealing discriminately between Palestinian and Israeli prisoners, although there is no comparison between a Palestinian freedom fighting and a Zionist terrorist committing terror crimes. Teitel is imprisoned for killing two Palestinians, attempted murder of two others, several attempts to blow up Israeli occupation police cars in occupied Jerusalem. He was sentenced to life sentences and 30 years. Teitel announced his intention to start a hunger strike to protest the reduction in the duration of his visit from 60 to 30 minutes, making it once every two weeks instead of once every week. Thus, despite being convicted of murder, attempted murder, and terror attacks, he was receiving a 60-minute visit every week, during which he sat freely with his family, face to face and not through a barrier. At the same time, Palestinian political prisoners and detainees are only allowed 30-minute family visit once every two months, and through glass barrier denying the prisoners to hear the voice of their loved ones. Other Palestinian prisoners are deprived of family visits for months or even years, or visits are cancelled in the last minute. Additionally, family members are subjected to all sorts of humiliation and insults during visitation

In his last letter to his family, Sheikh Khader Adnan says: “There is no room for defeatists who want to cripple every national action and silence the people under the pretext that the political stage is not suitable.” Sheikh Khader Adnan is on his 35th day of hunger strike to protest administrative detention. He is on hunger strike to demand the freedom of all Palestinian administrative detainees; he is on hunger strike for our freedom and our dignity. Sheikh Khader Adnan was active in all prisoners’ solidarity actions, he was present wherever they was an action, he visited families of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, participated in marches and stands for their support… he was there for everyone; from Arraba he marched to Nablus, he marched to Ramallah, he marched to Hebron, he marched to every solidarity tent and to every protest. In February 2013, when Sheikh Khader Adnan went on a 12-day hunger strike in front of the International Red Cross headquarters in Al-Bireh, in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, he received public support from Palestinians everywhere, including former prisoners, students, activists, and was even joined in hunger strike by a number of activists. Sheikh Khader Adnan is on his 35th day of hunger strike, he defies jails and jailors, he defies hunger and thirst, he defies pain and bodily torture because he believes in his people, he believes in us, and he puts his life in our hands. He knows that we will not betray him, like he never betrayed us… he knows that we will not betray Palestinian prisoners, those fighting for us, those sacrificing their freedom so we may be free.

Sheikh Khader Adnan © google images

Today, on his 35th day of open-ended hunger strike, Sheikh Khader Adnan did not forget us. While we go on with our daily lives; our work, our studies, our family visits, he remembers us, and talks to us whenever he can. Today, and from his hospital bed, Sheikh Khader Adnan sent a letter of solidarity and encouragement to Palestinian tawjihi students: “From my cell in Sarafand Hospital, and from the bed of torment where I lie hand and leg cuffed since nearly a week, and where three IPS criminals alternate in guarding me… and in spite of all these ordeals and sufferings, I sincerely pray to God asking Him for success in your studies and your future…. For our hope in you is great, oh future generation, that through your knowledge, you will be the servants of your homeland and its holy places, and the nucleus of the next generation of liberation, God willing…. And don’t forget your little brother Khader from your prayers for near victory, God willing.” Today, on his 35th day of open-ended hunger strike, public support for Sheikh Adnan remains minimal and shy, to our shame and disgrace. Sheikh Adnan’s family members, who live his hunger and thirst every minute of the day, who live his pain and suffering every minute of the day, need our support, need our solidarity every minute of the day, they need to know that Sheikh Adnan is our brother, our son, our father, our comrade, they need to know that they are not alone. Sheikh Khader Adnan, starving for our freedom, needs to know that he is not alone, that his pain is ours, that his hunger is ours, that his thirst is ours, that his suffering is ours, that his captivity is ours, and that his freedom is ours. Sheikh Adnan’s wife Randa told reporters: “He told me on my last visit to him about his intention to start an open hunger strike, from which he will either emerge victorious carried on the shoulders or a martyr carried on the shoulders too”.

Sheikh Khader Adnan represents our dignity, he believes in us, in every single one of us, and he counts on us, on every single one of… as he revolts against his jailors behind bars, let’s stand up as one for him, so he may emerge victorious carried on the shoulders.

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Freedom for Palestine; Freedom for Palestinian Political Prisoners held captive in Zionist Dungeons

 

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

They meet behind Zionist bars; fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and students, friends, neighbours, townspeople, relatives, comrades. They unite in their defiance of injustice; men, women, children, elderly…. none of them a stranger to the other, none of them a stranger to us, none of them a stranger to Palestine. They are held captive in dungeons, denied the air of Palestine, denied the sunrise and the sunset, denied the laughter of a family member, denied the tear over a martyred comrade. They sacrificed their freedom willingly, so the children of Palestine may enjoy a life free of occupation and oppression. They are buried alive in grave-like cells, so the future generations of Palestine may enjoy the sunrise over the mountains of Jerusalem and Safad, the fresh breeze over the meadows of Jenin and Bisan, the wind playing with the waters of Gaza and Acca. But, it is not they who are captive, for they have chosen to fight for freedom… it is us, who walk this land shackled by a brutal occupation. It is not they who are the living dead, for they live in dignity that defies the jailor… it is us, who walk in life content with less than full liberation and justice. It is not they who lost years in vain behind bars, for they teach generation to come the meaning of sacrifice and steadfastness… it is us, who waste our lives in pursuit of a false freedom and a false statehood. It is not they who are deprived of Palestine, for they have chosen to be one with Palestine… it is us, who betray Palestine when we go on with our lives while 6500 Palestinians are held captive. It is not they who are unknown, for Palestine knows her devoted children, every town, village and refugee camp in Palestine knows them, every house in Palestine knows them, every child in Palestine knows them…. It is us, who have yet to earn the honour to have our names recorded with those of the heroes of Palestine. They are the lovers of freedom, the defeaters of oppression, the heroes of Palestine. They struggle every minute, every hour, every day. They are steadfast in the face of Zionist inhumanity and world betrayal. They fight for our freedom every day, and in return we remember them only on the 17th of April. Palestinians Prisoners’ Day should be every day. They should be remembered every minute of the day, for they fight for us every minute of the day… their families suffer every minute of the day… they suffer for us every minute of the day. We will only be free when ALL Palestinian political prisoners are free… for they have chosen Palestine and they have chosen to sacrifice their freedom for the freedom of all of us.

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

According to various statistics and report, since 1967, the Zionist entity held 850,000 Palestinians captive, including 15,000 women and tens of thousands of children. Since 2000, more than 85,000 Palestinians were held captive by the Zionist entity, including more than 10,000 children and 1200 women, 65 MPs and former PA ministers and 24,000 administrative detainees. Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial, issued by Israeli occupation commanders, and is usually between one and six months, often renewed for several times, in many cases for more than 10 times. The Palestinian Detainees Committee reports that there are currently 6500 Palestinians held captive in 22 Israeli jails, detention and interrogation centres, including 25 women (among them 4 minors), 205 children, 480 administrative detainees, 20 journalists, 13 MPs and 1 former minister. Imprisoned MPs are: Ahmad Saadat, Khaleda Jarrar, Marwan Barghouthi, Abdel Jabar Fuqha, Hasan Yousif, Mohammad Natsheh, Mohammad Bader, Aziz Dweik, Azzam Salhab, Nayef Rjoub, Husni Bourini, Mohammad Abu Ter, Riyad Haddad. Among the prisoners, 480 are sentenced to at least one life term, the highest being that of Abdallah Barghouthi with 67 life sentences and 5200 years. The Committee reported a noted increase in the abduction of Palestinian children in the last four years, whereby 3755 children were kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces (IOF), including 1266 kidnapped in 2014. During the first quarter of 2015, 1059 Palestinians were kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces: 397 from Jerusalem, 304 from Hebron, 195 from Ramallah, 130 from Nablus, 91 from Jenin, 81 from Bethlehem, 43 from Qalqilya, 38 from Tulkarim, 12 from Salfit, 6 from Jericho, 3 from Tubas and 54 from the Gaza Strip. Additionally, more than 200 children were kidnapped by the IOF. It is worth mentioning that 85 Palestinians freed in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity in 2011, were kidnapped again, 63 of whom are still detained, and Israeli occupation military courts returned the sentences for 38 of them:
– Jerusalem: Ala’ Bazian, Naser Abed Rabbo, Rajab Tahhan, Ibrahim Mish’al, Jamal Abu Saleh, Adnan Maraghah, Ismail Hijazi, Salman Abu Eid from Biddo.
– Ramallah: Nidal Zalloum, Bushra Tawel, Ibrahim Shalash, Rabee’ Barghouthi from Kobar, Khalid Gethan, Ibrahim Masri from Shuqba.
– Nablus: Hamzah Abu Arqoub, Taha Shakhsher, Ahmad Hamad from tel, Zahir Khatatbah, Nidal Abdel Haq.
– Hebron: Mahmoud Sweiti, Ismail Masalmeh, Abbas Shabaneh, Ma’ath Rmouz, Hamid Awawdeh.
– Jenin: Waheeb Abu Ar-Rub and Mohammad Haj Salah from Qabatya, Imad Musa, Samir Mahroum, Mu’ammar Ghawadrah, Abdel Rahman Salah.
– Tulkarim: Ashraf Wawi, Mo’ayyad Jallad, Abdel Min’im Tu’mah, Majdi Ajouli, Ayed Khalil from Qiffen, Mohammad Barakat from Anabta, Amer Miqbil.
– Imad Abdel Rahim from Salfit.

Palestinian prisoners are subjected to torture, abuse and medical negligence in Israeli jails. Statistics show that 100% of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees were subjected to at least one form of torture, mainly physical, abuse, humiliation and denial of their basic rights. 95% of Palestinian children held captive by the Zionist entity said they were subjected to torture, abuse and mistreatment. Since 1967, 206 Palestinian political prisoners were killed by the IOF, including 71 due to torture, 54 due to medical negligence, 74 executed by IOF after arrest, 7 shot dead by IOF and Israeli prison guards. Additionally, tens of Palestinians died shortly after their release of severe ailments they suffered during their captivity, including 22 year-old martyr Ja’far ‘Awad, who died on 10.04.2015. Palestinian prisoner rights organizations and sites report that more than 1500 Palestinian prisoners suffer from various ailments and diseases, mostly due to torture, abuse, bad conditions within the over-crowded and damp cells, and are subjected to a systematic medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Authority. 160 of these prisoners suffer from chronic diseases, with 80 of them suffering from chronic diseases and currently being in a critical condition, 25 suffer from cancer, and tens are physically and psychological disabilities. Also, 17 Palestinian prisoners are semi-permanently held captive in the so-called “Ramleh Prison Clinic”: 1) Shadi Daraghmeh, 2) Iyad Ridwan, 3) Mansour Muqadeh, 46 years old, 4) Riyad Imour, 5) Mutaz Ibeido 34 years old, 6) Salah Titi, 23 years old, 7) Yousif Nawaj’ah, 48 years old, 8) Nahidh Alaqra’, 43 years old, 9) Daoud Abu Hayyeh, 10) Kifah Hattab, 11) Ashraf Abu Alhuda, 35 years old, 12) Amir Ash-Shammas, 13) Fouad Shobaki, 14) Tha’er Halahleh, 15) Ami As’ad, 16) Mo’tasim Raddad 32 years old, 17) Khalid Shawish, 40 years old.

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

Among the over 6500 Palestinian prisoners/detainees, there is a group, which grows with every passing month, of very courageous and patient prisoners. These prisoners, called the “Deans of Prisoners”, have been locked up inside Zionist dungeons for over 20 years! These prisoners continue to be held captive despite signed agreements with the Zionist entity to release them. According to “Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum” signed on 04.09.1999, all Palestinian prisoners/detainees arrested by Israel prior to 04.05.1994 should be released. Nevertheless, again confirming the futility of negotiations with the Zionist entity, Israel refused to abide with the agreement, and postponed their release time after time, then released a number in three groups, to gain more concessions from the PA. 30 prisoners detained prior to 1994 still remain captive in Zionist jails, including 14 from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, 9 from West Bank, 5 from Jerusalem (4 carry West Bank IDs), 2 from the Gaza Strip.

Among the 30 prisoners, 16 have spent over 25 years in Israeli captivity. These are truly the “Generals of Patience” and they endure this long and harsh captivity because the love of Palestine is strong in their heart and because the belief in the justice of their cause is as strong as the first day of imprisonment. The Zionist torture couldn’t break them and the Zionist dungeons couldn’t break them. I collected as much information as I could find on every prisoner. It is disappointing that there is very little information on some of the prisoners. Note: According to Palestinian prisoner sites, and unless otherwise indicated, a life sentence = 99 years.

1. Karim Yousif Fadel Younis, 56 years old, from ‘Ara/’Ar’ara. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 06.01.1983 (32 years, 3 months, 11 days – total days: 11,789)

Palestinian political prisoner Karim Younis © google images

Karim was born on 24.12.1958 in ‘Ara/’Ar’ara and has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He finished high school, and enrolled in Bir As-Sabi’ university at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. During his 3rd year at the university, Karim was kidnapped to an interrogation cell, and was accused of resisting the Israeli occupation. After 27 court sessions, he was charged with membership in Fateh, possession of weapons and killing a Zionist occupation soldier, and sentenced by the Lyd occupation military court to be hanged. This verdict was later reduced to one life sentence. During his imprisonment, Karim enrolled in the Open University at the Dept. of Political Science and International Relations. He also wrote an article in the 1990s on the Oslo Accords, refusing this agreement and stating that it will lead to nothing. At the time, some of his comrades in jail disagreed with him and he decided not to publish the article. Additionally, he published a book titled “The Other Reality of Israeli Parties” in which he exposed all Israeli political parties. Currently, Karim is considered the longest serving political prisoner in the world. He is also considered amongst the prominent leaders of the prisoner movement and its symbols, as he fought a battle with the Israeli prison administration against separating Palestinian political prisoners from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948 from those from areas occupied in 1967. Karim represented the prisoners many times and participated in all prisoner protest actions and hunger strikes, and was several times punished with solitary confinement.

Karim lost his father two years ago, and the Israeli prison administration denied him the chance to say farewell to him. His mother Subhiyeh Younis participated in all prisoner-related activity until she became too ill and too weak to participate. In an interview she talked about her relationship with her son: “…A relationship of never ending longing and nostalgia for a meeting I hope will happen soon.” On his detention she recalls: “On the night of 05.01.1983, after 2 am, we heard violent knocking on the door. My husband opened the door and I was standing behind it; soldiers pushed me inside and asked for Karim. We said he is at the university in Bir As-Sabi’. After searching the house, they didn’t find him and left. That very same night they kidnapped Sami, and the next day they kidnapped Karim from the university, and kidnapped Maher and accused the three of killing an Israeli soldier …. We found a lawyer who asked for very high expenses, and after 27 court sessions over a year, Karim and Maher were sentenced to be hanged. This verdict was meant to destroy us emotionally and psychologically, and when they brought them for us to see them, they were dressed in red clothes and their hands and legs cuffed. We hired another layer and the ruling was changed to life sentence. Subhiyeh considers herself imprisoned like her son, and says that the worst thing for parents is seeing their children behind glass and not being able to touch them. She used to visit him every two weeks, and had to travel from 4 am to see him, and endured the suffering and degradation from the Israeli occupation soldiers and jailors as long as she gets to him. She remembers how during these visits, when her eyes would tear, he would get annoyed and threaten to cut the visit, and would ask: “Did I annoy you? Don’t you consider me a hero? Aren’t you supposed to be proud of me instead of crying for me? Aren’t you the one who believes that prison is for men, did you change your mind now?” She recalls how much he loves Maqloubeh and Mlukhiyyeh dishes and that whenever the family is gathered, they are always sad because he is missing. She adds that the conditions of Palestinian prisoners get worse by the day, for example, family members aren’t allowed anymore to bring their children certain food items during visits such as olive oil, olives, rice, clothes of all types, tea, coffee and stuffed vine leaves. So the prisoners are forced to buy their own food and water and other necessities, such as soap and cigarettes, for extremely high prices from the prison canteen (a sort of prison shop) which means a canteen allowance for every prisoner of at least 1300 Shekels every month.
Subhiyeh says that even the chair she sits in is bored with waiting for Karim; “I miss my son in a way I cannot describe, I long to hold him and hug him, and I fear most to collapse the minute I meet him, and that my legs will not hold me and I lose my balance and faint.” She never stops hoping that he will return home: “I imagine that he will be released, and I am sitting in this very chair, and the door opens without anyone knocking, Karim enters opening the door widely to hurry and hug me, I scream out of happiness until I almost faint.” She recalls: “Often I asked him: do you remember the way to our house? He would laugh and say: how could I miss the house, and it is very easy? It’s on the main road, opposite the bus station.”

2. Maher Abdel Latif Abdel Qadir Younis, 57 years old, from ‘Ara/’Ar’ara. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 18.01.1983 (32 years, 2 months, 30 days – total days: 11,777)

Palestinian political prisoner Maher Younis © google images

Maher was born on 09.01.1958 in ‘Ara/’Ar’ara, and has 1 brother and 6 sisters. After finishing primary school, Maher attended the agricultural school in Khadera. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation soldiers and was accused of membership in Fateh, possession of weapons and killing an Israeli occupation soldier. After 27 court sessions, the Lyd occupation military court sentenced him to be hanged, but the verdict was reduced to a life sentence. During his captivity, he enrolled in the Open University to study linguistics, but was unable to get a degree, as he missed the last four courses because the Israeli prison administration refused to let him continue his education. Maher’s mother is active in activities in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, and she represents the parents of political prisoners from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and is their spokesperson. Maher wasn’t allowed to see his father for 6 months, and when his father was on his deathbed, Maher applied to the Israeli prison authority for a special permit to visit him, but it was refused and his father died without Maher having the chance to say goodbye. This had great effect on Maher, and during the following Ramadan he asked his mother for money so he can make dinner for the prisoners in his father’s memory.

3. Mohammad Ahmad Abdel Hamid Al-Tous, 60 years old (1955), from Hebron. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 06.10.1985 (29 years, 6 months, 11 days – total days: 10,785)

Palestinian political prisoner Ahmad At-Tous © google images

Mohammad was born in 1955 in Hebron, and is father to 3 children. Israeli occupation forces kidnapped him on 06.10.1985 and he was tortured and isolated several times. He was member of a Palestinian resistance group that worked in occupied Palestine. In 1985, Israeli warplanes bombed several group members while on their way to Syria. Only Mohammad survived and another two members, Ziad and Mustafa Ighnemat, who stayed behind in Sourif, were detained. The three received life sentences. When Mohammad was kidnapped, his son Shadi was 3 years old, his daughter Fida’ was two years, and his wife was pregnant with his son Thaer. Mohammad’s wife Amnah, who used to participate in all solidarity activities with Palestinian political prisoners, died on 02.01.2015, after being in a coma for one and half years. She had suffered a stroke and fell in come after being told that Israel refused to include her husband in the list of those to be released within the prisoner exchange deal. His son Shadi says: “We await and prepare ourselves to welcome father who has been away from us for so long, and left us young to come back now and see us and see our children.” Mohammad’s children grew up and got married while he was locked up in a zionist dungeon. He now has 6 grandchildren whom he only saw in pictures.

4. Ibrahim Nayef Hamdan Abu Mukh, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 24.03.1986 (29 years, 24 days – total days: 10,616)

Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Abu Mukh © google images

Ibrahim was born on 26.02.1960 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, has one sister and lost both his parents when he and his sister were children. They lived a life of poverty and deprivation, but Ibrahim had a strong character and will to face life. He concluded the primary school, but poverty prevented him from finishing his school education, and was forced to join the labor market in order to try and make money to finish his secondary and university education. Ibrahim loved reading and was known to always carry a book. He was well educated politically and believed in armed resistance as the road to defeat occupation. On 24.03.1986, he was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces, and after interrogation, he was charged with membership in the PFLP, the possession of weapons and explosives and carrying out resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced him to life imprisonment, and since then he has been transferred from one Israeli occupation jail to another. During his captivity, Ibrahim enrolled in the Open University at the Dept. of Political and Social Science. It is worth mentioning that before his captivity, Ibrahim was engaged, but after he was sentenced, he broke the engagement in order not to be unfair to his fiancée who will have otherwise to wait long for him. Despite being in jail, Ibrahim dreams of the day he is free, and with the help of his friends, his sister and her family, he is building a house for himself near his parents’ house.

5. Rushdi Hamdan Mohammad Abu Mukh, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Ghabriyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 24.03.1986 (29 years, 24 days – total days: 10,616)

Palestinian political prisoner Rushdi Abu Mukh © google images

Rushdi was born on 20.04.1960 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, and has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. He concluded his school education, after which he worked in a workshop owned by his brothers in manufacturing iron doors and windows. He was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 24.03.1986 and charged with membership in the PFLP, possession of weapons and explosives and conducting resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced him to life imprisonment. Before his captivity, Rushdi was engaged, but after he was sentenced, he broke the engagement in order not to be unfair to his fiancée who will have otherwise to wait long for him. He has been since transferred to several occupation jails, and he suffers from diabetes.

6. Walid Nimer As’ad Duqqa, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Ghabriyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 25.03.1986 (29 years, 23 days – total days: 10,615)

Palestinian political prisoner Walid Duqqa © google images

Walid was born on 01.01.1961 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, and has 6 brothers and 3 sisters. He concluded his school education, and worked in a petrol station until he was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces. The Lyd occupation military court charged Walid with membership in the PFLP, possession of weapons and explosives and conducting actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and sentenced him to life imprisonment. During his captivity, Walid enrolled in Open University at the Dept. of Political Science and received his first and second university degrees. His mother hangs his degrees on wall in her sitting room. Walid lost his father while in captivity, and the Israeli prison authority refused to let him say farewell to him. Before his captivity, Walid was engaged, but after he was sentenced, he broke the engagement in order not to be unfair to his fiancée who will have otherwise to wait long for him. During imprisonment, Sana’ Salameh, an activist for prisoner rights from At-Tireh, proposed to Walid and he accepted. He is considered as one the first to initiate the concept of resistance within prisons to gain prisoner rights. This is to be achieved through continuous protests and struggle within the prisons, combined with the support of people outside the prisons, raising awareness on prisoner issues to international public, and keeping it a case of struggle so as to win rights for prisoners, such as being treated as prisoners of war, with all the rights connected to it, including a determined sentence. Walid, a courageous and tireless fighter for the rights of political prisoners, wrote to his mother on the day he entered his 20th year in captivity: “I admit now, and in my 20th year in jail, that I still don’t feel the hate or roughness or crudeness that life in jail imposes… I admit that I still get happy like a child for the simplest things, and I am filled with happiness when I hear a word of encouragement or a word of flattery or a kind word… I admit that my heart beats for a flower I see on the TV screen or a natural scene or the scene of the sea… I admit that I am happy despite everything and miss nothing of life’s pleasures except two scenes: children and work.”

7. Ibrahim Abdel Raziq Ahmad Bayadsa, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 26.03.1986 (29 years, 22 days – total days: 10,614)

Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Bayadsa © google images

Ibrahim was born on 07.03.1960 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, and has 6 siblings. Due to financial difficulties, he was not able to finish his university education, so he worked in a factory in an effort to save money to go back to university. He was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 26.03.1986 and was charged with membership in the PFLP, possession of weapons and explosives and carrying out resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. During his captivity, Ibrahim was transferred to several jails, as he actively participates in protest actions. He taught a number of detainees Arabic and Hebrew, and enrolled in the Open University at the Law Dept. His mother Hajja Aisha, who is over 80 years old, is active in the solidarity movement for political prisoners and participates in most activities in support of Palestinian political prisoners. She is considered a mother for all Palestinian political prisoners and they all know her and wait for her visit. Additionally, his brother Abu Walid is member of the support group for political prisoners and their families. On the day he entered his 25th year in captivity, his mother said. “I cannot describe how I feel on this day after I saw all this gathering that still bears on its shoulders the issue of the prisoners from the Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and make it a global issue to be remembered and passed on by generations… There is no place for sadness and sorrow in me now, because I know that Ibrahim is not alone in his cell, and I am well aware that he traveled all over the world with his and his brothers’ just cause.” She continued: “When I last visited him, he was in good health and had high spirits, was proud and standing tall because his cause is a just cause and a national cause that everyone is proud of… What pains me most is that I can never shake his hand or kiss him… the Israel prison authority tightened the noose on the Palestinian political prisoners and prevents them from meeting their families except from behind a glass window and to talk with them through a speakerphone.” She also recalled how Ibrahim always told her to bring Palestinian dishes on her visits, such as Khubezeh and spinach, as these remind him of the taste of freedom, but the Israeli jailors killed his joy the day they prohibited the delivery of any home-made food to the prisoners.

8. Ahmad Ali Hussein Abu Jaber, 56 years old, from Kufr Qasem. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 08.07.1986 (28 years, 9 months, 9 days – total days: 10,510)

Palestinian political prisoner Ahmad Abu Jaber © google images

Ahmad was born on 01.01.1059 in Bir As-Sabi’. His father died before his birth, and when he was young, he moved with his family to Kufr Qasem. Ahmad finished the primary school and worked in manufacturing aluminum doors and windows. He was kidnapped on 08.07.1986, and on 22.07.1096 charged by the Nablus Israeli military court with membership in Fateh, and killing an Israeli occupation soldier and a collaborator. He received a life sentenced and 10 years. During his captivity, Ahmad enrolled in the Open University to study Social Science, and he writes poems and articles on political topics. In 1978, and before his captivity, Ahmad was married and had 2 sons and 1 daughter. Now the three are grown up and his eldest son and daughter got married and have children. His wife says that upon his detention, she had to become the father and mother for the children, and that his absence was difficult for the children, especially the eldest daughter. She also mentions that before his arrest, he was often away from home, but after his sentence he wrote to her saying he knew her feelings, and explaining that his resistance activity kept him from home. His daughter says: “He is the kind father we are proud of… he loved the people and loved Palestine and he and his prisoner comrades sacrificed their lives for the cause….. I never forgot him once… he is on my mind all the time, my only dream is when he is released and to see him amongst us… this is the hope that gives me the ability to continue in life…. nonetheless I feel his absence during happy family occasions and it makes me cry…”

9. Samir Ibrahim Mahmoud Abu Ne’meh, 54 years old, from Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem (holds West Bank ID). Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 20.10.1986 (28 years, 5 months, 28 days – total days: 10,406)

Palestinian political prisoner Samir Abu Ne'meh © google images

Samir was born on 04.11.1960. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces on 20.10.1986 and brutally beaten. In interrogation cells in the Russian compound, known by Palestinian prisoners as the “Maslakh” – the slaughterhouse, he was subjected to harsh interrogation and physical torture for 45 days to force him to admit to stabbing a Zionist colonist in Jerusalem. The torture included breaking his nose, severely beating him on the neck, the spine, and ear. He did not admit to anything, was nonetheless charged with membership in Fateh, and sentenced based on the “confession of others” to life imprisonment. He is constantly punished for his activism within the prison; he was often tortured, placed in solitary confinement or transferred from one prison to another. One time, Samir was isolated in Bir Asabi’ jail for 7 days for asking for clothes, after he was transferred from one jail to other, as he had nothing with him except a towel, and when he complained to the Israeli prison authority, he was subjected to abuse and isolation. Although all the members of his resistance cell were released in the prisoner exchange deal in 2011, the Zionist entity refused to release him. Due to the physical torture he was subjected due during interrogation, Samir suffers from rheumatism and chronic pains in the neck, back and hand. He was transferred to the prison “hospital” several times and underwent 6 surgeries during his captivity, which however did not relieve him of his pain, and the only medicine he receives is pain killers. His brother Walid says that Samir’s captivity only makes him more proud of his brother, because he was imprisoned for defending his country. He also mentions how tiresome the visits are, but nonetheless he will endure anything to see his brother. He remembers how once his tears fell when he was granted a special visit after various requests, and was allowed to see his brother without any barriers and to hug him.

In a message he sent to the Palestinian people when he entered his 27th year in captivity, Samir said: “The only thing we can do is to recharge our spirit and our will with new energy, in order to overcome years of torment… so patience is our weapon in the face of the darkness of the prison and the absence of hope, and practice all that we can in order to stay strong and overcome the time of slow death and the borders of cemeteries called prisons. We are the soldiers of Jerusalem and the land, all we want is that you preserve the high price paid by thousands of prisoners in the prisons, and the souls of the martyrs who died for our rights, justice and freedom.”

10. Mohammad Adel Hassan Daoud, 49 years old, from Qalqilya. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 08.12.1987 (27 years, 4 months, 9 days – total days: 9,992)

Palestinian political prisoner Mohammad Daoud © google images

Mohammad was kidnapped on 08.12.1987, and accused of military activism in Fateh, and killing the head of the colonial council in the West Bank. Her received a life sentence, and his house was demolished. He lost his parents while in captivity and the Israeli prison authority did not allow him to say farewell to them. Mohammad is active with the prison movement and participated in various hunger strikes, and was once punished with solitary confinement for 3 months. He suffers from toothache and his teeth are falling, chronic stomachache and disorder, sever pain in the joints, especially around the knee, which hinders his natural movement, in addition to the exacerbation of psoriasis, as well as suffering from an allergic skin, which causes it to crack and bleed.

11. Basher Abdallah Kamel Al-Khatib, 53 years old, from Ar-Ramleh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 01.07.1988 (26 years, 9 months, 16 days – total days: 9,786)

Palestinian political prisoner Basher Al-Khatib © google images

Basher was born 20.04.1961 in Ar-Ramleh, and has 2 brothers. He finished his primary and secondary school education and worked in repairing bicycles. He got married in 1980 and has 2 sons and 3 daughters. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces on 01.07.1988, and accused of the membership in a prohibited organization, the possession of weapons and explosives, conducting resistance activities in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948 and the killing of zionists. The Central Israeli occupation court in Tel Aviv sentenced Basher to life in prison. Four of his children married while he was in Israeli captivity.

12. Mahmoud Salim Suleiman Abu Kharbish, 49 years old, from Jericho. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 03.11.1988 (26 years, 5 months, 14 days – total days: 9,661)

Palestinian political prisoner Mahmoud Abu Kharbish © google images

Mahmoud was born in 02.06.1965 in Jericho and worked as a farmer. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation soldiers on 03.11.1988, was accused of committing a resistance operation in Jericho in 1988, in which several Israel occupation soldiers were killed, and was sentenced to life in prison. Mahmoud finished high school while in captivity, educated himself, and learned several languages, such as English, Hebrew, Spanish and German. Mahmoud suffers from various diseases, such as a heart disease and is in need of surgery, stomach ulcer, and due to dampness of the prison cell, he suffers from friction in the bones of the leg and can’t walk from the pain. He needs urgent and on-going health care, but the Israeli prison authority neglects his treatment, putting his life in danger. Mahmoud was transferred more than once to Ramla occupation prison “hospital”, nonetheless he did not receive medical treatment fit for his condition. Despite his illnesses, he participated in several hunger strikes, and was punished with solitary confinement a number of times. His daughter Asma’ was 7 months old when Mahmoud was kidnapped, now she is married and a mother of two. His wife says: “We went through all sorts of suffering during his arrest, now we live in a similar state but a different kind of suffering, waiting and worrying.”

13. Mahmoud Othman Ibrahim Jabbareen, 50 years old, from Um Il-Fahim. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 08.10.1988 (26 years, 6 months, 9 days – total days: 9,687)

Palestinian political prisoner Mahmoud Jabbareen © google images

Mahmoud was born on 01.01.1965 in Um Al-Fahim, and has 5 brothers and 5 sisters. He finished his primary and secondary school education and worked until he was kidnapped on 08.10.1988. He was accused membership in Fateh, and conducting resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948. The Lyd Israeli occupation military court sentenced him to life in prison, which were reduced to 30 years. During his captivity, he enrolled in the Open University.

14. Jum’a Ibrahim Jum’a Adam, 46 years old, from Ramallah. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 31.10.1988 (26 years, 5 months, 17 days – total days: 9,664)

Palestinian political prisoner Jum'a Adam © google images

Jum’a was born in 1969 in Jericho. He was active in resisting the Israeli occupation and was imprisoned several times between 1986 and 1988. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces on 31.12.1988, tortured in the Russian compound (known by the prisoners as the Maslakh – the slaughter) for 70 days to force him to confess to throwing a Molotov cocktail on an Israeli occupation military jeep. Jum’a was threatened with execution on the hands of his interrogators, his home and that of the group arrested with him were demolished and their families made homeless. He was charged with conducing resistance operations against the Zionist entity, and was sentenced to life in prison. Jum’a did his high school exam while in captivity, and participates in various actions of the prisoner movement, including all open hunger strikes. He suffers from various ailments due to the torture he was subjected to during interrogation. In a letter, Jum’a says that the most difficult and painful situation for him, was when his mother died while he was in jail. She had never missed a visit, but in the end she left without a goodbye. He says: “The most painful thing for a prisoner is the loss of the mother, nothing affects the prisoner more than the absence of the mother, for she is the magic link and the umbilical cord that strengthens in the prisoner all reasons for power, hope and life.”

15. Samir Saleh Taha Sirsawi, 47 years old, from Ibtin. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 24.11.1988 (26 years, 4 months, 24 days – total days: 9,640)

Palestinian political prisoner Samir Sirsawi © google images

Samir was born on 09.05.1967 in Ibtin, and has 3 brothers and 7 sisters. He finished primary school, after which he started working in a factory. The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped him on 24.11.1988 and accused him of membership in Fateh, possession of weapons and explosives, and throwing a bomb in Haifa. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced Samir to life imprisonment. Samir suffers from various diseases, such as problems with the thyroid gland, and when his father passed away, Samir was prevented from participating in his father’s funeral. He received his high school degree while in captivity, enrolled in the Open University and received both a BA and MA in Social Sciences.

16. Ra’id Mohammad Sharif As-Sa’di, 49 years old, from As-Sileh Al-Harthiyyeh, Jenin. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 28.08.1989 (25 years, 7 months, 20 days – total days: 9,363)

Palestinian political prisoner Ra'id As-Sa'di © google images

Ra’id was born in As-Sileh Al-Harthiyyeh in Jenin in 1966, and has 6 brothers and 5 sisters. He was first arrested in 1984, and was held captive for 6 months for raising the Palestinian flag on a power mast in his village. Ra’id was active in resisting the occupation, and was wanted for several years. During this time, the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped his mother, father and some of his brothers, detained them up to 4 months to pressure Ra’id to hand himself in. On 28.08.1989, he was kidnapped by Israeli military special forces while undercover visiting his family. He was tortured during interrogation, and was accused of resisting the Israeli occupation and conducting military operations that led to the death of Zionist colonists and occupation soldiers, and received two life sentences and 20 years. Ra’id suffers from various ailments, such as heart problems, stomach ulcer and back pain due to being tortured by Israeli interrogators. He underwent surgery while in captivity after his health deteriorated, but still doesn’t receive enough treatment. Nonetheless, he participated in several hunger strikes despite his condition. Additionally, Ra’id was deprived of visits from his siblings for 8 years, after his parents stopped visiting him due to old age and illness. Currently, only one brother is allowed to visit him every 6 months.
In an interview, Ra’id’s father says: “His release is a the greatest joy, but it is missing, it is an unfulfilled joy as his eldest brother died and his mother suffered a stroke that paralyzed her and made her lose some of her memory, his mother and I haven’t seen him since 10 years due to illness, but we are waiting for him.” Also, in an interview early 2014 , his 70 years old mother Siham, who was bedridden since years due to illness, expressed fears of dying before seeing her son again. She suffered from hemiplegia and lived on pain killers and medications hoping to live another day to see her son. She said: “25 years I did not kiss Ra’id… what burns my heart over him is that I do not have any news about him and don’t receive messages from him, even his voice, it is rare that I hear him or to visit him since four years, as a result of the deterioration of my health.” In the interview, she recalled her last visit to him in late 2009: “I was deprived of seeing him for more than a year after they arrested him in 1989, after which came a permission for me to visit him, and I went and got very tired from the long journey, that I did not believe I will see him, but I reached him, and it was the most beautiful and the most difficult moment in my life.” But her body was too weak, and Siham died in 2014 before she could see her son again. Ra’id’s father says : “I hope to hug my son before I die… I hope to live to see my son free and celebrate with him his wedding as this was his late mother’s dream.” He wished for his son to be released in 2014, but the Israeli occupation did not release him, then his wife died, he adds: “She fought the illness and the pain all these years, and before she could hug him she died in June 204, sad and pained and crying over our son whom she didn’t visit in 14 years due to illness… she repeated his name with her final breaths”. He hugs his son’s picture and wipes his tears and says: “When will I be able to hug him, my heart is sad and cries from pain due to this injustice and punishment…. My wish is to stay alive until I see him free of these damned jails, and to see him married and to live a normal dignified life like the rest of the people.”

17. Faris Ahmad Mohammad Baroud, 46 years old, from Shati’ refugee camp, Gaza. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 23.03.1991 (24 years, 25 days – total days: 8,791)

Palestinian political prisoner Faris Baroud © google images

Faris was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 23.03.1991. He was accused of membership in Fateh and killing a zionist colonist, and received a life sentence. Faris’s mother was not allowed to see him, her only and orphaned son for over 24 years. The sadness and the worry which caused her to lose her sight, as she was informed the Israeli occupation authority that her son will be among those to be released in the coming prisoner exchange, and afterwards retracted, which caused her to faint and be taken to hospital. She still has hope that she will live to hug her son, see him free, and give him the clothes she had kept for him, the house keys and to ululate for him at his wedding before she dies. She keeps tiding her son’s room in wait for him. Also, she participates in the weekly sit-in in front of the Red Cross office every Monday, and holds the picture of her son; “If they demolish my house…. I will remain waiting for my son at the road side, I will sleep in the street, and maybe I will regain my eye sight if he comes back.”

18. Ibrahim Sa’id Hasan Ighbariyyeh, 49 years old, from Msherfeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 26.02.1992 (23 years, 1 months, 22 days – total days: 8,451)
19. Mohammad Sa’id Hasan Ighbariyyeh, 46 years old, from Msherfeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 26.02.1992 (23 years, 1 months, 22 days – total days: 8,451)

Palestinian political prisoners Ibrahim & Mohammad Ighbariyyeh © google images

Ibrahim and Mohammad are two brother from Msherfehs. Ibrahim was born on 19.02.1965, while Mohammad was born on 31.01.1968. They have 3 sisters and 2 brothers. After Ibrahim finished his school education, Ibrahim wanted to study at a university, but his financial situation prevented him, so he joined the labor market and worked in manufacturing aluminum doors and windows. Mohammad on the other hand, finished high school and enrolled in Tel Aviv University to study Electronic Engineering, and after receiving his degree, Mohammad worked as a teacher in Um Il-Fahem. Both brothers were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 26.02.1992 and after interrogation were charged with membership in Fateh, possession of weapons and explosives and carrying out resistance actions in an Israeli military camp and killing Israeli occupation soldiers. Both received each 3 life sentences and 16 years. During their captivity, the brothers enrolled in the Open University, and Mohammad received his Masters in Political Science, and published a number of books, including poems about life in jail. He also wrote essays on Palestinian political prisoners and how their cause is an important part of the Palestinian cause, and about Israeli occupation measures against political prisoners. Mohammad was married to Ruqayyah just before his detention, and after his sentence, he asked her for divorce because he will stay indefinitely behind Zionist bars. Ruqayyah refused, and said that he is a political prisoner and she is proud of him. Ibrahim was engaged when he was arrested, but broke his engagement after the verdict, and during his captivity, Palestinian political prisoner Muna Aa’dan, from ‘Aqaba in Jenin, proposed to Ibrahim, and he accepted. Their elder brother Mahmoud died and they didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to him, as Israeli prison authorities did not allow them to attend his funeral. Ibrahim and Mohammad’s mother is proud of them, and says in an interview with the Hadith il Nas newspaper on 23.3.2012 that she never missed a visit to her two sons over the last 2 decades, whatever the reasons or condition. One time, their visit was on the day of her daughter’s pre-wedding ceremony, Ibrahim and Mohammad told their mother not to come to visit them, but to celebrate with her daughter, but she couldn’t, and went to visit them. In another interview in Bukra she says: “I don’t see any logic or credibility in the imprisonment of my sons, they have killed and we have killed, but they kill and enjoy their lives, and we have to live in jails and suffer the jail and jailors, nonetheless our spirits are high and this all thanks to God.”

20. Yahya Mustapha Mohammad Ighbariyyeh, 47 years old, from Msherfeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 03.03.1992 (23 years, 1 months, 14 days – total days: 8,445)

Palestinian political prisoner Yahya Ighbariyyeh © google images

Yahya Ighbariyyeh was born on 01.01.1968 in Msherfeh village, near Um Il-Fahim. He has 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Yahya left school in his teens due to financial difficulties to work in the construction business. Yahya was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 03.03.1992 and he was accused of membership in the prohibited organization Fateh, the possession of weapons and explosives, conducting resistance activities in an Israeli occupation military camp and the killing of Israeli occupation soldiers. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced Yahya to 3 life imprisonments and 15 years.

21. Mohammad Tawfiq Mohammad Suleiman Jabbareen, 63 years old, from Um il-Fahim. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 03.03.1992 (23 years,1 months, 14 days – total days: 8,445)

Palestinian political prisoner Mohammad Jabbareen © google images

Mohammad was born on 01.01.1952 in Um il-Fahim, and has 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He finished primary school, then worked as an employee in a medical centre. Mohammad was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces on 03.03.1991 and accused of membership in Hamas, possession of weapons and explosives, and assisting in resistance actions. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced him 3 life imprisonments and 15 years. Mohammad is married and has 4 boys and 5 girls, one of his sons died while he was in captivity, but the Israeli prison authority refused to let him say goodbye to his son.

22. Diya’ Zakariya Shakir Al-Agha Alfaluji, 39 years old, from Khan Younis, Gaza. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 10.10.1992 (22 years, 6 months, 7 days – total days: 8,224)

Palestinian political prisoner Diya' Al-Agha © google images

Diya’ was born in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip on 19.04.1975. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces and was accused of killing an Israeli occupation security officer at the Ghush Qatif Zionist colony. The killed Israeli occupation officer had participated in the assassination of the Palestinian leaders Kamal Naser, Kamal Idwan and Abu Yousef Al-Najjar in Lebanon. Diya’ was tortured by Israeli interrogators during the interrogation and was threatened with collective punishment against his entire family. He received a life sentence and was prohibited from seeing his parents for long years. In 2012, his elderly mother was allowed to visit him for the first time. When Diya’s father died in 2005, he was not allowed to say farewell to him. Diya’s brother, Mohammad, has also been held captive in Israeli jails since 2003.

23. Mohammad Fawzi Salameh Falneh, 52 years, from Safa, Ramallah. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 29.11.1992 (22 years, 4 months, 19 days – total days: 8174)

Palestinian political prisoner Mohammad Falneh © google images

Mohammad was born in Safa in 1963 to a family of 12. He left school at an early age to work with his father in supporting the large family. He was active in resisting the occupation and was detained in 1998 and sentenced to 14 months in captivity. Mohammad was kidnapped in 1992, and accused of bombing a Zionist bus together with martyrs Issam Barahmeh and Yahya Ayyash and former prisoner Ata Falneh who was later “deported” to Gaza. He received a life sentence. During the long interrogation, he was denied family visits, and was isolated in an underground section in Ramleh jail for a year. Mohammad was often punished by the Israeli prison administration, and was transferred from one jail to the other, and was isolated several times. Most of his family members are prohibited from visiting him with security excuses, and those who are allowed to visit him, are only allowed a visit every 6 months. His brother says that his father was the most affected, for he will go and bare the tiresome journey to visit his son, but he paid the price with his body as her became ill and was denied his son’s visit for 5 years until he died in 2011. Mohammad’s sister also died in 2009 due to illness after being denied from seeing him for 15 years.

24. Naser Hasan Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, 45 years old, from Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 04.01.1993 (22 years, 3 months, 13 days – total days: 8,138)
25. Mahmoud Jamil Hasan Abu Srour, 44 years old, from Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 05.01.1993 (22 years, 3 months, 12 days – total days: 8,137)

Palestinian political prisoners Naser & Mahmoud Abu Srour © google images

Naser and Mahmoud are cousins, and were students at Bethlehem University, together with their cousin martyr Maher Abu Srour who killed a shabak officer in 1993 in Jerusalem. Maher was extra-judicially executed 6 months later in Bethlehem by the Israeli occupation forces. Naser’s father died while he was in captivity, and his mother Mazyuna recalls the day he was sentenced to life in jail: “I felt I will never see him come back home, and a feeling of pain and bitterness.” The Israeli occupation authorities prohibited her from visiting Naser for 7 years after his detention, and following protest actions within the prison and outside it, she was allowed to visit him. Naser’s mother recalled when she visited him in Ramleh prison: ”When I visited him in Ramleh prison, they placed him in a cell and I in another cell in complete darkness, and when they took him out of the cell, I rushed behind him to touch him with my hands, but the soldiers prevented me and took him through the elevator instead of the staircase to deprive me from touching him, seeing him and asking him about his health.” She kisses her son’s photo and says: “I am a mother who dreams of hugging her son and to live happily with him like all mothers.” She wishes to see her son before she dies. Naser’s brother Abdel Fattah says: “My mother counts the hours, no the minutes, but she is afraid at the same time, and she says that when Naser is released she will keep him by her side and he will sleep in her lap, and she will never leave him”.

During captivity, Mahmoud enrolled in the Open University and received a BA and MA in Political Science. He lost his father while in captivity and was not allowed to say farewell to him. His mother Sabha died on 16.08.2014 aged 80 years old, before she could see her son free. In an interview before her death, she said: “The most important thing is that he comes home, to reach us and I see him and hug him and kiss him …. Most important thing is that Mahmoud is free while I am still alive, and everything else is easy, I will see him married and will celebrate with him, for that is the moment I have been waiting for since so long.”

26. Mahmoud Musa Issa Issa, 46 years old, ‘Anata, lives in Jerusalem (holds West Bank ID). Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 03.06.1993 (21 years, 10 months, 14 days – total days: 7,988)

Palestinian political prisoner Mahmoud Issa © google images

Mahmoud was born on 21.05.1968 in ‘Anata, and has 5 sisters and 3 brothers. After graduating from school, he worked as an office director for Sawt al-Haq wa al-Hurriyah newspaper that was published in Um il-Fahim. He enrolled at al-Quds University in Abu Dees, and formed with a group of Jerusalemites the first Hamas military cell in occupied Jerusalem. Mahmoud was kidnapped by Israeli occupation soldiers from his home in ‘Anata in occupied Jerusalem, and accused of participating in one of the most famous Palestinian resistance operations, during which Al-Qassam fighters kidnapped an Israeli occupation soldier near the occupied city of Lyd on13.12.1992, and demanded the release of Sheikh Ahmed Yasin in exchange for the release of the occupation soldier. The Zionist entity did not respond to their demand, causing the death of its occupation soldier. A wide-scale arrest campaign was launched, with the subsequent expelling of 415 Palestinians to South Lebanon. During this campaign, thousands of Hamas members in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were detained, including 25-year-old Mahmoud, who was kidnapped from his house in ‘Anata, whereby Israeli occupation soldiers surrounded his house and kidnapped 3 of his brothers. Mahmoud was charged with kidnapping and killing an Israeli occupation soldiers, and was sentenced to 3 life imprisonments and 40 years. The Israeli prison authority began its revenge against Mahmoud by preventing his mother from visiting him during his first trial, and ordered the closure of his family’s house. Immediately after the sentence, Mahmoud was placed in solitary confinement in Ramleh prison. He was held captive in a small cell below the ground, until it was closed in 1995. Moreover, he was once isolated for a month in Bir as-Sabi; prison for no reason. Mahmoud’s father was allowed to visit him only two years after his imprisonment, and he died shortly after this one visit, due to the deterioration of his health. The Israeli prison administration did not allow Mahmoud leave to bid his father farewell.

Mahmoud was subject to frequent isolation, and spent three and a half years on multiple periods in isolation and was taken for interrogation in the Russian Compound several times. To pressure Mahmoud into confessing, Israeli occupation soldiers broke into his family’s house and forcibly brought his mother to the Russian compound. During interrogation, they threatened to keep her captive, unless Mahmoud submits the information they claimed he had. Moreover, various methods of torture were used against Mahmoud. In 1996, while he was held captive in Ahkelon prison – known for the brutality of its interrogators -, Mahmoud, together with a number of his comrades tried to escape from the prison, through digging a tunnel. But they were caught, and the Israeli prison authority punished them, whereby it separated them from each other, extended their prison sentence, and transferred them to solitary confinement. Mahmoud was isolated for 1 year and 2 months. In 1998, Mahmoud was taken back to the interrogation cells for 3 months in the Russian compound and tortured. He was accused of forming a military cell in occupied Jerusalem that was responsible for killing a Zionist colonist. After the interrogation, he was sent to isolation in Bir as-Sabi’ for 2 years, from where he was transferred after fellow prisoners carried out a 1-month hunger strike in solidarity with Mahmoud. In 2002 he was sent again to the interrogation cells in the Russian compound for two months and tortured. This time, his mother was brought for interrogation as well, in order to pressure Mahmoud into confessing, but he did not. He was accused of carrying the title of “Emir of Hamas” in ‘Asqalan prison, forming military cells in occupied Jerusalem and Ramallah, funding them and planning resistance actions. Consequently, 6 years were added to his sentence and placed in solitary confinement for over than 10 years. In this period, Mahmoud was held in solitary confinement with Jamal Abu al-Hija. The area of their cell does not exceed 3 x 3.5 meters, it lacks proper ventilation and has only one small window above the door sized 30 x 80 cm, overlooking the corridor. The iron door has a slot, which is only open to allow the meals in. Mahmoud remains held in these circumstances over 23 hours a day, and only one hour daily hr id allowed to go into the “yard” to walk. This “yard” has an area of 3.30 × 4.30, and a high of 4m, half covered with a fence and 4 layers of barbed wire and rods of iron. When Mahmoud and Jamal are allowed into the “yard”, their hands are tied to the back, and are untied upon their return to their cell. Mahmoud’s punishment by the Israeli prison authority continued, such as preventing family visits, preventing food from outside the prison, preventing him from buying food from prison canteen like other prisoners, and preventing his family from bringing any clothes or covers for him.

Additionally, he is transferred from one prison to another in average every 6 months, in order to prevent him from “settling in”, and as a punitive measure to undermine his determination and will. One semester after enrolling in the Open University to study Political Science, the prison administration prevented Mahmoud from continuing his studies. Also, he is banned from receiving books by a decision of an occupation court. Many times, the clothes his parent sent to him were kept aside, and Mahmoud would receive the summer clothes in winter so he would find no use for them. Subscription is only allowed to one Hebrew newspaper, there are no English newspapers, and Arab newspapers are irregular and sometimes interrupted for a period of 4 months. Also, all magazines are banned. Communication between the cells is forbidden, and what increased the suffering of Mahmoud is that he was held in the same section as Israeli criminal prisoners, who frequent caused hassle and noise, with continuous quarrel, their radios and televisions always on and loud. Following his isolation in 2002, Mahmoud was prevented from family visits, and his family managed to visit him only a couple of times through his mother. One visit was only for half an hour, and his 75 years old mother recalled: “They brought him and his hands and legs were cuffed, and it was only in the visiting room that they untied his hands and kept his feed tied. I spoke to him from behind glass through a phone.” His family communicates with him through lawyers, who visited periodically – however he was prevented from meeting lawyers more than once – and sometimes through messages sent via the Red Cross, which he receives after 5 months, and sometimes by radio. Mohamad’s father died a year after his detention, and Mahmoud was unable to attend his funeral, and was denied a condolence phone call with his family. Additionally, while in captivity, many family occasions, such as marriages, deaths and new births took place. Now, his nephews and nieces know him only through the photographs. It is worth mentions that Mahmoud likes paining, writing, and handicrafts.

27. Na’il Rafiq Ibrahim Salhab, 40 years old, from Jerusalem. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 27.09.1993 (21 years, 6 months, 21 days – total days: 7,872)

Palestinian political prisoner Na'il Salhab © google images

Na’il was born on 21.09.1974. He was kidnapped on 27.09.1993 and accused of participating in the killing of an Israeli occupation soldier in Betunia. After 4 months in interrogation, Na’il was sentenced to 30 years and 9 months. During his captivity, he did his high school examination. Na’il’s mother says in an interview: “My son only wants freedom, because it is the most expensive thing in the world… only one who tasted the cruelty and suffering of detention knows its value… If a bird is placed in a narrow cage, it is annoyed and longs for freedom and to fly, let alone a man who does not have his freedom…. detention is very difficult, and more difficult is that it is associated with the cruelty of Israeli occupation and jailors… despite the rigors and bitterness of prison, but the imprisonment of Na’il only increased my pride in him.” She also recalled the suffering endured during the visits, which is experienced by both the prisoner and his/her family. The Israeli prison authority only allows visits from his first-degree relatives, thus depriving other family members from visiting him. His mother awaits the day of his visit impatiently, and feels nervous with the approaching deadline. During the night before the visit, she inspects her ID several times out of fear that she might forget it and not be allowed to see her son. Then she has to endure the long wait, often for hours, in the small filthy waiting rooms, only to be allowed to see her son from behind glass. Na’il’s mother says: “My heart breaks because I cannot touch Na’il. During his captivity, I was allowed a private visit only twice in the prisons of Ashkelon and Ramon, where I was able to touch his hands and kiss him….. Despite the suffering, my spirit is strong, and I hope that Na’il will return to his home which misses him no matter how long it takes.”

28. Mohammad Yousef Abdel Jawad Shamasneh, 45 years old, from Qatanna, Jerusalem (holds West Bank ID). Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 12.11.1993 (21 years, 5 months, 5 days – total days: 7826)

Palestinian political prisoner Mohammad Shamasneh © google images

Mohammad was born on 25.09.1969. Israeli occupation forces kidnapped him on 12.11.1993 from his home in Qattanah village. During the process, Israeli occupation soldiers forced him out of his house, beat him with the butts of their weapons, searched his house and scattered its contents. They also dragged his wife and 3 daughters out of the house at three o’clock in the morning, the eldest of whom was then four years old and the youngest two months old. This night is still clear in his eldest daughter’s memory fourteen years later; Safa’ says: “That day was difficult; I was little when the soldiers came to our house and started knocking on the door of the house strongly, then father opened the door, and they pointed a gun at him, then threw him to the ground and beat him and then arrested him.” Mohammad was held for interrogation for 45 days, without his family knowing why he was detained. His brother Abdel-Jawad and his cousin Ibrahim Shamasneh were also kidnapped. Mohammed was accused of participating in the killing of three Zionist colonists and membership in Fateh. But despite the torture, Mahmoud did not confess to anything. Twenty days after his arrest, Israeli occupation soldiers brought his brother Abdel-Jawad to his house, and dug out the buried weapons in Mohammad’s land. Mohammad received 3 life sentences and 20 years. While he was in Ashkelon prison, he beat a prison officer, and was sentenced to five additional years. Currently, Mohammed suffers from medical neglect, where he did not receive any treatment although he suffers from back pain, infections of the joints and in the mouth, and sores in the eyes that lost him 70% of its vision. Mohammad’s wife and his daughters and his 65 years old mother visit him once each month after obtaining a permit allowing them to visit him, but his father Yousef (68 years old) is prevented from visiting since over five years. Also, his five brothers are unable to visit him, because they cannot get a permit. His wife describes his visit as bitter, where she leaves the house at about four in the morning and comes back after sunset, and sometimes after midnight, because of Israeli procedures at the checkpoints and inside the prison, and in particular at the Qalandia military checkpoint, where the families of political prisoners are kept held for several hours before they are allowed to pass through. This is in addition to the provocation suffered by the families of political prisoners during the visit by the prison guards.

29. Abdel Jawad Yousif Abdel Jawad Shamasneh, 51 years old, from Qatanna, Jerusalem (holds West Bank ID). Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 12.12.1993 (21 years, 4 months, 5 days – total days: 7.796)

Palestinian political prisoner Abdel Jawad Shamasneh © google images

Abdel Jawad was born on 23.02.1963, is married and has three sons and four daughters. Israeli occupation forces raided his house on the night of 12.12.1993, kicked his family out of the house into the dark and under the rain, while the occupation soldiers ransacked the house, destroyed and scattered its belongings. Abdel Jawad was brutally beaten by the occupation soldiers before being kidnapped, together with his pregnant wife, his mother-in-law and her daughter. His wife recalls that night: “Even after a hundred years, I will never forget those faces that have interrogated me, for I will never forget throughout my life these days that I spent in the prison, where I was 7 months pregnant with my son Yousef. I suffered a lot, and my children suffered as well, because I away not with them, and because their grandmother was also imprisoned, and there was no one left to care of them. I became afraid and panicked that the (settler) extremists will at any moment go to the house to take revenge on my children. In the darkness of the cell, I did not know day from night, nor the prayer times. I was imprisoned with my mother-in-law and sister in one cell that had an area of 2 * 3 meter, and inside it there was a small exposed bathroom. The 12 days of detention I have lived in Russian compound felt like forever, and I did not expect to get out of the cell.… The interrogators did not care that I was pregnant, and exercised psychological pressure on me. They recorded a sound similar to that of my husband, where he admits to my participation in the killings of Jews, then they threatened me with the kidnapping and killing of my son Ahmad if I did not confess.” Abdel Jawad was held 48 days in interrogation cells, during which he was tortured. His wife saw him as he came out of the interrogation, and his body was full of wounds. During his trial, the guards attacked Abdel Jawad savagely and beat him in front of his wife. Abdel Jawad was accused of killing 4 zionist colonists in occupied Jerusalem in collaboration with his brother Mohammad and his brother-in-law Ibrahim. He received 3 life sentences and 20 years. During his captivity, Abdel Jawad registered to do his high school exam and sat for the exam, but his result did not appear in the lists, and when his family inquired about it, they were told there is no file with his name. He was deprived of family visits for a long time, where his wife was denied permission to visit him on “security grounds”. Also his sons children have been deprived of visiting their father. Abdel Jawad suffers from a chronic disease, where he has sores on his body, which in turn affected the retina of his eyes. He underwent surgery to plant a lens, and is currently suffering from weak vision.

30. Ala’ Iddin Fahmi Fahd Alkaraki, 44 years old, from Hebron. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 17.12.1993 (21 years, 4 months – total days: 7791)

Palestinian political prisoner Ala' Alkaraki © google images

Ala’ AlKaraki is 44 years old. He was born in Hebron and was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 17.12.1993. Diya’ was tried by Zionist occupation courts, and was accused  of the responsibility for killing a Zionist colonist. He received a life sentence. While in Israeli captivity, Ala’s father died, and he was not allowed to say farewell to him. Diya’s elderly mother still prays and wishes to see her son before she dies.

Freedom for ALL Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons

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My Name is Palestine: 64 Years Later, Time for Justice!

My name is Falasteen,
Source: google images



I am the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. I am the home and only home to my children the Palestinians.
Poets celebrate my beauty, my culture and the courage of my children. Painters sing to me their love, devotion and yearning. Al-Quds is my beating heart. Haifa is my pearl on the Mediterranean. Yafa is my heaven of oranges and Jasmines. Acca is my haven of white domes. Beer Is-Sabe’ is my princess of A-Naqab. Nablus is my mountain of revolution.
Gaza is my dignity, my courage and my steadfastness. Jenin is my resistance, my home of legends. Safad is my daughter reaching out and embracing the sun. Al-Khalil is my guardian of glory. Beesan is my home of history, my roots reaching deep in time. Beit Lahim is my oasis of tranquillity. Ar-Ramlah is my endless love of the olive tree.
Tabaria is my home of revolution against oppression. Tulkarim is my sea of green and golden meadows.
I am the mother of thousands of villages and towns and Bedouin localities.
I am the mother of 531 villages and towns that were erased off the world map, but not erased from my heart.
I am the mother of 531 villages and towns forgotten by the world, but engraved in the collective memory of my children.
I am the mother of 531 villages and towns demolished and turned into ruins, but every stone is waiting to be rebuilt, every home waiting to be brought back to life.
I am the mother of tens of thousands, of millions of Palestinians.
I am the mother of the martyrs, the prisoners and the revolutionaries.
I am the mother of the farmers, the fishermen and the workers.
I am the mother of the writers, the poets and the painters.
I am the mother of heroes, the mother of legends, the mother of a mighty people.
I am the mother of those steadfast in my land, caring for the land, protecting the land.
I am the mother of those holding on to the gun, to the stone, to the slingshot.
I am the mother of those raising my four colours high in the sky, celebrating my red, my green, my white and my black.
I am the mother of a people who refuse to surrender, refuse to forget and refuse to forgive the injustices done to me and to them. I am Palestine.
Then one day, the sun stopped laughing for me, hid behind the clouds in shame. The birds stopped flirting with me, their voices a whisper of fear. The waves stopped playing with me, roared in rage at the injustice that was to come. One day, one dark day, the laughter of my children disappeared from the alleys, the ahazeej in the villages spoke of buying a gun instead of a necklace, a bullet instead of a ring, the singing of my fishermen was silenced. One day, the land cried tears of blood while the world watched. Haifa bled, Yafa bled, Acca bled, Nablus bled, Safad bled, Gaza bled, Ar-Ramlah bled, Jenin bled, Beer Is-Sabe’ bled, Safad bled, Al-Khalil bled, Beesan bled, Beit Lahim bled, Tabaria bled. One day, my heart, Al-Quds, bled, and I cried tears of blood, and 64 years later I still bleed while the world continues to watch. The skies revolted and the earth revolted and the birds revolted and the flowers revolted.
One dark day, aliens came, aliens from far away came to claim my home theirs, to usurp me, to destroy me, to reshape me, to distort my features, to destroy my Palestinian roots, to claim my heritage theirs. One dark day, the Zionists came to kill my children, came to expel them and separate me from my children, came to demolish my homes, my fields and my landscape, came to kill me. They changed my name, changed my tongue, changed my features. 



One dark day, the Zionists came to claim me theirs: They blew up car bombs near cafes and markets, near schools and residential areas. They blew up whole neighbourhoods and committed countless massacres. They raided my streets, leaving destruction behind them, threatening everyone with murder, with rape, terrorizing everyone, expelling them. They looted the homes, possessions, industries, fields and the farms of my children. They destroyed my villages, erased them, built illegal colonies of death over the bodies of the living, over the homes that were filled with life. They stole my Haifa, my Yafa, my Beesan and my Safad. They wiped out my Jrash, my Zakariya and my Deir Aban. One dark day, the Zionists came and killed me, and they kill me every day since 64 years. But I defy them and live, I defy them and continue to exist.
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One day, one dark day, the Zionists came and expelled my children. They pushed them into the Mediterranean, pushed them into the sea. They forced them under the scorching sun out of their homes into the unknown, left them to walk days without water or food, barefoot and under sniper fire.
Time stopped, justice was held captive and consciences died, for my children’s songs have been replaced with their cries, with their moans, with their tears.
The tears of my children turned into stones, turned into their weapons against injustice, became their symbol of resistance against oppression.
 



Source: google images



They forced my children out of their homes, and the homes still weep for them. They forced my children out of their fields and groves, and the fields and groves refuse to forget the hands that planted them and cared for them. They forced my children out of their land, away from their mother, away from me. And I remember every one my children. I remember their names, their faces, their dreams, their hopes and their songs. I remember every one of them, for every one of them is part of me, every one of them is a Palestinian. I call out their names every sunrise, every sunset, every hour and every minute. And when my children were expelled from their homes, were taken away from me. I remember how they clung to me, stronger and stronger they clung to me, for their roots were connected to me, they were my veins of life. And as they disappeared in the distance, I could feel them clinging more to me, holding on to life despite the death that surrounded them, I could hear the sky and the sea echoing their cry, echoing their promise: We Shall Return!
My name is Falasteen. I was the home, the haven, the paradise on earth to all my children: Muslims, Christians, Jews and atheists. My children lived together, side by side, were brothers and sisters, were neighbours, were friends, were members of one big Palestinian family.
They worked in the fields together, they built warm homes, beautiful mansions, artistic arches, green parks and lively markets. They changed words into heavenly music, and letters into traditional tales and wisdom into achievements. My alleys and streets echoed the laughter of my children. My homes carry the marks and the names on my children. My fields and groves were watered by the love, sweat, and blood of my children. They were all my children and I, Falasteen, was their mother, their home and only home. Then one dark day, the Zionists came from far away and claimed, and still claim, that I was empty. They claimed I was a deserted land, a land ‘without a people for a people without a land’. They claimed that my children were ‘non-existent’, an ‘invented people’. They brought aliens from far away countries, brought them to usurp me, to colonize me, to take my children’s place. They came and pushed my children into the sea, they came and massacred my children. They looted the homes, fields and properties of my children. They came and destroyed my paradise, they came and established an entity that is fake, that was dying before it was born, an entity that is fake and built on lies and myths, an entity that is racist built only for one race, for one chosen group. They came and established an entity on the bodies of my children, on the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of this land. They stole my culture, my books and my songs. They stole my architecture, my homes and my dances. They stole everything that is mine, but I have courage, dignity and pride planted in the hearts of my children. They stole everything that is mine but my children hold on to me, at home and in the forced exile, and repeat one word: We Shall Return!
  • 1878: Palestine population distribution: Total: 462,465 (Muslims and Christians: 96.8%, Jews: 3.2%)
  • 1882-1914: 65,000 European Jewish colonists came to colonize Palestine.
  • 1922: Palestine population distribution: Total: 757,182 (Muslims and Christians: 87.6%, Jews: 11%)
  • 1920-1931: 108,825 Jewish colonists came to colonize Palestine.
  • 1931: Palestine population distribution: Total: 1,035,154 (Muslims and Christians: 83.1%, Jews: 16.9%)
  • 1932-1936: 174,000 Jewish colonists came to colonize Palestine.
  • 1937-1945: 119,800 Jewish colonists came to colonize Palestine.
  • 1948: Palestine population distribution: Total: 2,156,700 (Muslims and Christians: 66.8%, Jews: 33.2%)
  • Of the 2,156,700: 1,440,000 were Muslim and Christian indigenous Palestinians. And of the 716,700 Jews, only 253,700 were indigenous Palestinian Jews, the rest were colonists. (source)  



Jabal Abu Ghneim. Source: arij.org



 My name is Falasteen. I was a paradise on earth, I was a piece of heaven. I was a sea of white blossoms and red poppies and green meadows. My green olive fields were limitless, my golden wheat fields reached to the horizon. My orange groves teased the blue sky. I was known as the ‘ocean of wheat’ and the land of the oranges. My water was pureness, my valleys fertile, my forests majestic. My children worked the land, watered the olive fields, the orange groves, and cared for the vineyards and carobs and fig trees. Then one day, one dark day, the Zionists came from far away and claimed, and still claim, that I was a desert. They claimed ‘they made the desert bloom’. They claimed they created ‘rivers of honey and milk’ where ‘drought and aridness’ reigned. They came and destroyed my fields and my forests, uprooted my olive trees, and stole my orange groves and claimed them theirs.
They came and changed my paradise into a barren land, changed my heaven on earth into a desert. They built illegal misshapen colonies and parks were my beloved villages once stood. They established one-race-roads and highways where my olive, apple and almond fields once blossomed. They built walls and barriers were once my forests reached to the sky. They dried up my rivers and my lakes and creeks to water their European gardens and fill their swimming pools. They polluted my earth, my water and my air. They distorted me, disfigured me and want to kill me. But my children keep me alive, for my soul is their soul, my body is their body, my blood is their blood, and as long as my children are steadfast in this land, I will forever remain alive, I will forever exist.
1945-1946: Palestinians owned 87.5% of the total area of Palestine. Jews owned only 6.6% of the total area of Palestine. The remaining 5.9% was classified as “state land” by the British Mandate government.
  • 1942: Palestinians were responsible for 90% of the grains and legumes produced in Palestine.
  • 1943: Palestinians were responsible for 73% of the fruits produced in Palestine.
  • 1944/45: Palestinians were responsible for 77% of the vegetables produced in Palestine.
  • 1945: Palestinians owned 99% of the olive fields in Palestine and had a prosperous fishing, milk and poultry industries. (source)



Source: Palestine remembered.com

  My name is Falasteen. One day, the Zionists came and usurped me. They colonized me, carried out an organized and a pre-meditated ethnic cleansing in my tons and villages, forced my children out of their homes, destroyed 531 of my villages and towns, and then claimed that my children ‘did not exist’. They terrorized my children, blew up schools, homes, cafes, hotels, markets and neighbourhoods, massacred and imprisoned my children, raped my daughters and then claimed that my children were the ‘terrorists’.

They forced my children into exile, pushed them into the Mediterranean, forced them under gun point towards the Jordan before bombing the bridge and then claimed that my children wanted to ‘throw the Jews into the sea’.
They celebrate the crimes and the massacres they commit against me and against my children every year. They forbid my children to mention me, to shout out the names of the victims, to write down the list of massacres committed. They deny my people the right to mourn their massacred brothers and sisters, the right to return to their homes and villages. They allow every Zionist to come and colonize me, and allow every Zionist to steal my children’s home. They fly in aliens from all over the world and claim me their ‘birthright’, when their birthright is in Germany, Russia, the US, Ethiopia, the UK and Ukraine. They claim my children are ’intruders’ and deny them their legitimate right to return to their homes, to return to their birthright, to return to me.
  • – In 1937, Ben-Gurion wrote: “With compulsory transfer we [would] have a vast area [for settlement] …. I support compulsory transfer. I don’t see anything immoral in it.” (source)
  • – In 1937, Menachem Ussishkin wrote: “We cannot start the Jewish state with …. half the population being Arab . . . Such a state cannot survive even half an hour. And about transferring sixty thousand Arab families he said: “It is most moral ….. I am ready to come an defend … it before the Almighty.” (source)
  • – In 1948, Ben-Gurion wrote: We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinian refugees) never do return…. The old will die and the young will forget.” (source)
  • – In 1991, a former Israeli soldier described the transfer operation in 1967: “My job was to take their (each Palestinian’s) thumb and immerse its edge in ink and fingerprint them on the departure statement … Every day tens of buses arrived. There were days on which it seemed to me that thousands were departing … although there were days those departees who were leaving voluntarily, but there were also not a few people who were simply expelled … We forced them to sign … When someone refused to give me his hand (for fingerprinting) they came and beat him badly. Then I was forcibly taking his thumb, immersing it in ink and finger printing him. This way the refuseniks were removed… I have no doubt that that tens of thousands of men were removed against their will” (source)
  • – In 1967, one Israeli soldier described the situation at the Allenby bridge: “We fired such shots every night on men, women and children. Even during moonlit nights when we could identify the people, that is… distinguish between men, women and children. In the mornings we searched the area and, by explicit order from the officer on the spot, shot the living including those who hid, or were wounded (again: including women and children).” (source)
For more Zionist quotes on ethnic cleansing, apartheid and racist attitudes, looting and plunder and destruction, etc see Zionist Quotes. 
Returned on Nakba Day, Martyred on Naksa Day, Millions will follow
 
My name is Falasteen. One day, one dark day, the Zionists came to usurp me, to colonize me, to kill me, to claim me theirs. But my children held on to me, resisted the invaders, resisted the colonizers, and fought for me, fought for their homes, their land, for their heritage, their groves and fields, their birds and flowers. My children refused to leave me alone with the usurpers, refused to let them kill me. They fought bravely, men and women, young and elderly. They faced the Zionists who were fully armed with modern weaponry, racism and hate, while my children were only armed with their love for me, their honour, dignity and their belief in justice. They fought till the last bullet and many fought till the last breath.

And while my children were snatched away from me, were thrown out in the dark, in the cold and into the roaring sea, I cried out for my Arab brethren to save me, I cried out for the world to keep its promise of ‘never again’. And I cried out in vain, for they all became blind, they all became deaf, they all lost their ability to talk or to act. And while Zionist aliens massacred my children, expelled them, destroyed and looted their homes and properties, the world ignored me, ignored my suffering and ignored my people’s Nakba. And while my villages and my fields were being erased, my name deleted off the map, those who call themselves my brethren betrayed me.

Openly they announced in the loudest voice that my honour is their honour, that my loss is their loss, that my safety is their safety, that they won’t allow the invaders to touch me, and they openly promised to send their armies to rescue me. And secretly, they sold me to the invaders, divided my body into a million parts and sold me a million times. Secretly, they gave orders to their armies not to protect me, not to intervene while my children were being butchered, expelled, their homes demolished over their heads. And while my children were dragged away from me, were pushed into the sea, I cried out for them and they promised to return, they swore to return. 64 years later, I still wait for them. Al-Quds awaits my children to bring down the walls that have kept her captive. Acca eagerly watches the sea all day long and awaits the return of the boats filled with my children. Jericho counts the hours and the minutes and awaits the return of those forced east. And I tell Al-Karmel and Marj Ibin “Amer that the return journey started the day my children were expelled.

I tell Beesan and Safad and Beer Is-Sabi’ that the return march is growing and the marchers are getting closer and closer.

I tell the world that all your might, all your weapons and all your injustice will not be able to stop the march of my returning children.

I tell the world that the day when my children return is the day when I am free, is the day when justice will finally prevail in this world.

I tell the Zionist usurper entity that your terrorism, your massacres, your bullets, your bulldozers, your walls and your bombs will not break the will of my children, will not kill me, for I will continue to resist, I will continue to exist, I am here to stay because this land is me. I am Palestine from the River to the Sea, from Ras In-Naqourah to Im-Ir-Rishrash. Ana Falsteen min il bahar lal nahr, min Ras In-Naqourah la Im-Ir-Rishrash.

My name is Falasteen. I am the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. I am the home and only home to my children the Palestinians. One dark day, the Zionists came and usurped me, killed and expelled my children and demolished my homes and villages. 64 years later, it’s time for justice, it is time to break the chains of occupation and oppression, it is time for my children to return, it is time for my villages and towns to breathe freedom. 64 years later, it’s time for Palestine to be free.

Palestine Before the Nakba 1948

Palestinian Villages Destroyed during the Nakba

The On-Going Nakba of Palestine … 63 Years Later

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Palestinian Political Prisoners: Breaking the Chains of Oppression, Marching towards Freedom

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand their freedom.

inside Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoners Movement Affairs
The indigenous people of occupied Palestine have been held hostage by a brutal military occupation, and confined to ghettos build in their own land. The Palestinians are held captives in their own homes, towns and villages, with military checkpoints locking them up, controlling and limiting their movement, and surrounded by Zionist colonies built on the ruins of Palestinian villages and on the bones of the Palestinians. They are held captives in their in their own homeland, in their homes and in Israeli dungeons. Every week, tens of Palestinians are kidnapped from their homes, workplace, schools and at checkpoints. Sometimes the detained are released after a few days, after a few weeks or remain in captivity indefinitely.
Currently, over 4700 Palestinians are locked up behind Israeli bars, and the Zionist entity violates their rights on a daily basis. In addition to torture, physical and verbal abuse, repeated attacks and humiliation, Palestinian political prisoners suffer from medical negligence and are denied proper nourishment. Cells are daily raided and searched, often at night, and the private property of prisoners is destroyed or confiscated. They are tied up for hours under the hot sun or under the rain, are deprived of sleep, isolated. They are forced to buy their own food and water for extremely high prices from the prison canteen and to pay for the water and electricity they consume. Israeli raids are carried out on a daily bases in occupied Palestine. Since 1967, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped and detained more than 800,000 Palestinians, including 15,000 women and thousands of children. During the First Intifada, at least 116,000 Palestinians were kidnapped and detained, including at least 3000 women. During Al-Aqsa Intifada more than 70,000 Palestinians were detained, including 900 women and 8000 children. On average, 9000 Palestinians are detained yearly, including 700 children. Currently, the Zionist entity holds 4700 Palestinians captive in Israeli dungeons, including:
  • 8 Palestinian women.
  • 190 Palestinian children.
  • 320 Palestinian administrative detainees.
  • 19 Palestinian held in isolation cells.
  • 27 members of the Palestinian Parliament
  • 1000 Palestinian prisoners in need of medical care.
  • 120 Palestinian “Veteran Prisoners” who have been locked up in Israelis jails since before 1994, including:
  • 59 Palestinian “Deans of Prisoners” who have spent 20+ years inside Israeli jails.
  • 23 Palestinian “Generals of Patience” who have spent 25+ years inside Israeli jails.

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand an end to the policy of deliberate medical negligence.

One form of punishing Palestinian prisoners is medical negligence. Many prisoners suffer from cancer, heart diseases, high blood pressure, respiratory and kidney diseases, diabetes, severe inflammation, bone and skin diseases, paralysis, vision loss, dental problems and other malignant or chronic diseases. Some suffer from past injuries inflicted upon them by the Israeli occupation army during their arrest, or by the Israeli prison authority and the Israeli intelligence (Shabak) during interrogation and after it. Many await an inevitable death because of medical negligence, lack of appropriate medical treatment, medications and specialists to treat their cases. In addition to physical suffering, more than 40 Palestinian prisoners suffer from psychological ailments due to the interrogation methods used by the Israeli Shabak and the Israeli prison authorities, which include torture. Palestinian prisoners in need of medical treatment are denied appropriate and urgent medical care. Instead, they are punished with isolation, withholding or delaying the provision of medicine and treatment, thus contributing to the deterioration in their situation and leaving them to die a slow and painful death. Palestinian patients are treated either in the so-called prison clinics or are sent to the Ramleh prison “hospital”, both of which lack basic medical equipment and supplies and are run by military personnel with little to no medical training. They also get interrogated in the so-called prison clinics and are blackmailed into giving information. Patients are transferred in vans to the Ramlah prison “hospital” instead of in ambulances and they are hand and leg bound. They are also hand and leg bound during the operations which are often conducted without anesthetic. Those urgently in need of medical help have often to wait long before receiving any treatment, i.e. if they are lucky enough to get any treatment at all, and are treated with mere painkiller and other unknown medicines, no matter how severe the case is, while those who suffer from minor ailments end up with severe problems after they get “treated” at the so-called prison clinics. Raid Darabieh, 36 years old, from Jabalya RC, was diagnosed with kidney stones and was operated by the Israeli prison authority 4 times in the back and spine after the discovery of a tumor in the spinal cord. All operations failed, leaving Darabieh with open back-wounds and the loss of feeling in his feet, making him a cripple. Anas Shihadeh had an Appendectomy without any anesthetic being used, and during the operation his heart stopped beating 3 times. Nur Alasa, 23, suffered from kidney failure and cirrhosis of the liver after being given pills by the Israeli prison authority as treatment for his cold. Amna Muna, who was isolated and in need of an operation, was told to sign a document in which she refuses medical treatment in return for not being isolated. Amal Jum’a suffered from internal bleeding for 6 months, after which it was discovered she has uterine cancer. Israeli prison authority “refused to give her the necessary medical treatment, nor was a stretcher made available. This meant that other female detainees had to carry her on their shoulders in order to move her from one place to another, because her condition had deteriorated so dramatically that she was no longer able to move alone. During 66 days of interrogation, Samar Sbeih who was pregnant, was threatened with abortion, and when she was transferred to hospital to deliver her baby, she was hand and leg cuffed. Since 1967, at least 51 Palestinians held captive in Israeli dungeons were killed due to the deliberate medical negligence widespread in Israeli dungeons. Moreover, hundreds of detainees suffering from chronic diseases died shortly after being released from Israeli jails such as Walid Al-Ghoul, Abed Wahab Al-Masri, Talal At-Tahhan, Saleh Dardonah, Ahmad Khadra, Mahmoud Abu Mathkour. A number of Palestinian prisoners suffering from cancer were only released when their condition became hopeless and the Zionist entity wanted to avoid having the prisoner die in its jails and exposing the policy of deliberate medical negligence. Latest martyr is Zakariya Issa who was diagnosed with cancer, received no treatment inside Israeli dungeons and was only release when his conditional became hopeless. Issa died in January 2012, only a few months after his release. According to several Palestinian prisoner organizations, there are over 1000 Palestinian prisoners with medical problems, hundreds of them are in need of surgery.

inside Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoners Movement Affairs

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand an end to the policy of isolation.
Isolation is used by the Israeli prison authority to punish Palestinian political prisoners for protesting the inhumane treatment they receive on the hands of Israeli jailors, for demanding their rights, for being political leaders or for no reason other than persecuting and harassing these prisoners. Justifications provided range from “causing a threat”, “being dangerous” to having “influence” on other prisoners. Usually isolation orders are extended without reason and prisoners who are placed in isolation remain so for many years and have no access to other prisoners and no contact with the outside world. Isolation cells have an area of only 1.8m x 2.7m, including the WC. These cells are damp, badly ventilated. They have an iron door that is fitted with an opening for passing food to the prisoner and one small window close to the ceiling causing high humidity. Neither fresh air nor natural light enter the isolation cells. Prisoners are expected to live, cook, sleep, shower and excrete in these cells. There is almost no room for movement and little space for personal items. Palestinian political prisoner Abbas As-Sayid said that if Israeli jails are the graves for the living, then isolation is like abusing the bodies of the martyrs, adding that isolation is considered one of the harshest policies of punishment against political prisoners, leaving them to live in complete isolation in a cell to which no sun enters and that lacks ventilation and the minimum requirements. On 11.3.02003 six Palestinian female prisoners were punished by the Israeli prison authority with solitary confinement because they demanded the prison authority provide them with hot water for bathing during the cold season. Mousa Dudeen went on a hunger strike for 25 days to protest his isolation. His health deteriorated and he was promised an end to isolation if he ends his strike. Although he stopped his strike, he was sent to isolation again after some time. Ahlam At-Tamimi was isolated as a punishment for writing the names of all Palestinian female prisoners on a piece of paper for her lawyer during a visit. Currently, there are at least 19 Palestinian prisoners held captive in isolation cells by the Zionist entity.

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand an end to torture.

The Zionist entity uses torture systematically against Palestinian prisoners, including women and children. Confessions extracted under torture are admissible in Israeli courts, and Israeli interrogators use over 80 methods of physical and psychological torture, including severe beating, shackling, depriving the detainees of sleep, burning detainees with cigarettes, removing their nails, shabih, freezing or boiling baths, standing for long hours and sexual harassment. Palestinian female detainee Nili As-Safadi was locked up in an isolation cell for more than 45 days in Israeli detention center Bet Hatikva. The cell was dark, she didn’t get any proper food and wasn’t allowed to change her clothes for the length of her isolation. During the interrogation she was subjected to all forms of physical and psychological torture to force her into confessing. When she didn’t confess, her entire family and the family of her husband were detained. Later she was transferred to HaSharon prison in a journey that lasted 12 hours with her hands and legs bound and she wasn’t given any food or water. Iman Ikhlayyil was kidnapped at an Israeli military checkpoint on 20.06.2010, tortured by the Israeli soldiers during interrogations and had to be transferred to hospital twice. Maha Awwad described her time in the detention centre: she was kicked by one of the soldiers until she bled from her mouth, another soldier threatened her with rape, and when she asked for water to drink, a soldier urinated in a bottle and gave it to her. In addition, the Zionist entity imprisons Palestinian mothers, sisters and daughters, tortures them to force their relatives to surrender themselves to the Israeli occupation army or to force confessions out of their imprisoned relatives. Fathiya Swees, 57 year old mother, was detained on19.07.2010. Her sister Ikhlas, the wife of a prisoner, was also summoned for interrogation. Upon her release on 01.08.2010, Swees talked about being tortured, prevented from sleeping and forced to stand for long hours despite her bad health. She was threatened with the detention of all her sisters if she didn’t provide information. Since 1967, at least 70 Palestinians held captive in Israeli dungeons were killed due to torture used during interrogation.

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and their visitation right.

One method of punishing Palestinian prisoners that is favoured by the Israeli prison authority is reducing family visitation for Palestinian prisoners from 45 minutes to 15 minutes, or cancelling all visitations despite the hardships the families endure to reach the prisons. When a Palestinian child reaches the age of 16, he/she is prevented from visiting their detained parent anymore without special permits which aren’t easy to get. In addition, Gaza, Arab and many West Bank prisoners have been denied their visitation rights completely since over 6 years. Families of prisoners on their way to visit their imprisoned child are often abused and humiliated at Israeli checkpoints and parents are asked to undergo naked body searches. This forces many families to return without visiting their children. Sometimes, after this long and tiresome journey, parents reach the Israeli jail where their child is held, only to be told by the Israeli prison authority that the visit had been cancelled and to be turned back without giving a reason or any justification. Lawyers are also often prevented from meeting with Palestinian prisoners as a means of punishment to Palestinian prisoners. One other form of denying Palestinian prisoners their right to family visitation is through separating them from other family members also held captive by the Zionist entity. There are many cases of Palestinian prisoners who were imprisoned as well as other family members, such as their partners, children or their siblings, but were not allowed to visit them.

in front of home of Hasan As-Safadi, Nablus



As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand an end to administrative detention.
The Zionist entity often kidnaps Palestinians from their homes and holds them in administrative detention. Administrative detention allows the Israeli military to hold Palestinians captive for up to 6 months which can be extended indefinitely without being brought before a judge or informed of the reason for their detention. Israeli prison authorities use administrative detention as prolonged detention, and over the years, thousands of Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for periods ranging from 6 months to over 8 years, without being tried or charged. In some cases, Palestinian detainees were held captive without charge or trial for 10 years and more. Ahmad Nabhan Saqer is being held in administrative detention since four years. He was detained 3 consecutive times and held each time in administrative detention, thus spending a total of 12 years in Israeli captivity without charge or trial. According to the orders governing administrative detention, Palestinians are tried by Israeli military courts consisting of a panel of 3 judges appointed by the Israeli occupation forces. These judges, who are authorized to approve or cancel the time of the administrative detention order, often have no legal background and thus don’t fulfill international standards for a fair trial. Since the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000 some 20,000 Palestinians were held in administrative detention by the Zionist entity. Currently, 320 Palestinians as held captive as administrative detainees in Israeli dungeons.

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and demand an end to child detention.
Since 1967, the Zionist entity kidnapped and detained more than 800,000 Palestinians, including thousands of children. During Al-Aqsa Intifada more than 70,000 Palestinians were kidnapped and detained, including 8000 children. Palestinian children are kidnapped from their homes, from schools, while playing in the streets or at military checkpoints. They are blindfolded, shackled and taken into detention centers where they are separated from others. They are beaten, threatened, abused and subjected to all sorts of physical and psychological torture to extract confessions from them by the Israeli occupation soldiers and interrogators. During interrogation, they are not allowed to have any family member or a lawyer attending, and are forced into signing papers in Hebrew which they don’t know. Contrary to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which defines a child as being under 18, Israeli military orders consider a Palestinian child over 16 an adult, to be treated, tried and sentenced as such. In practice, Palestinian children as young as 12 or less may be detained, prosecuted as prosecuted as adults in Israeli military courts and by military officers who act both the prosecutor and the judge. Many of the children detained are subjected to administrative detention without charges or trial. Children who are charged often get harsh sentences for throwing stones such as 12 or 14 years, often without evidence or on false testimonies from the soldiers. These children are denied their basic rights and, like adults, are subjected to torture, threats, sleep deprivation, are blindfolded and have their hands and feet handcuffed, isolated, tortured with cigarette stings and razor blade cuts, shackled, receive freezing and boiling baths, have bags placed on their heads and tiny plastic bullets shot at them. They are locked up in over-crowded rooms, are deprived of edible food, drinkable water and many are deprived of their visitation rights and phone calls. They also suffer from medical negligence and bad nutrition. According to the Defence for Children International/Palestine Section (DCI/PS):

  • 90 Day: the period of time a Palestinian detainee, including a child, can be denied access to a lawyer and held in incommunicado detention (Military Order 378)
  • 20 Years: the maximum sentence that can be imposed on a Palestinian, including a child, for throwing stones (Military Order 378)
  • 188 Day: the length of time a Palestinian detainee, including a child, can be held in detention without charge (Military Order 378)
  • 2 Years: the period of time a Palestinian detainee, including a child, can be held between indictment and trial.

In recent years, mass arrests of Palestinian children have been on the rise. On 10.02.2010, and during a nightly military raid on Al-Jalazoun refugee camp in Ramallah, 19 children were kidnapped from their homes. They were beaten and harassed and the families report that the IOF used excessive force during the arrests. The children were then taken to a detention centre and interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or any family member. During another similar midnight raid, this time in Silwan in Jerusalem, several Palestinian children aged 12 to 15 were kidnapped from their homes. These were taken from their beds, handcuffed and transported to interrogation cells in the Maskubiyyeh and their parents were not allowed to accompany them. The children later testified that they were threatened and beaten during the interrogation. On average, 700 Palestinian children are detained yearly. Currently, there are at least 190 Palestinian children held captive in Israeli dungeons.

cemeteries of numbers © google images
As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle and protest Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers”.
The Zionist entity, with its “most moral army in the world”, is the only entity in the world that not only punishes the living for seeking freedom and justice, but punishes the dead as well. This entity of terror tries and imprisons Palestinian martyrs, withholds their bodies and uses them as a bargaining chip. Some Martyrs are held captive in the morgues while others are buried in what is known as the “Cemeteries of Numbers”, which are secret cemeteries in closed military areas with bare graves surrounded by stones, and each grave has only a number for identification on a metal plate. The graves are not deep enough and the bodies are buried in shallow sandy areas making them an easy prey to land erosions and stray animals. There are no tomb stones, no names, only numbers given to the humans who have names, homes and families. Of the many cemeteries, 4 have been identified:
  1. A cemetery located near the Banat Yacoub Bridge in a military area bordering Lebanon and Syria. Allegedly it contains approximately 500 graves of Palestinians and Lebanese killed in 1982 and onward.
  2. A cemetery located in a closed military area between Jericho and Adam Bridge on the Jordan River. It is surrounded by a wall with an iron gate and a billboard inscribed “A Cemetery for the Dead of the Enemy”. It contains more than 100 graves bearing numbers from 5003 to 5007. It is unknown whether these are serial numbers assigned to individuals or, as Israel claims, administrative codes unrelated to the real number of buried bodies.
  3. The Cemetery of Refedeem in the Jordan Valley. No details unavailable.
  4. The Cemetery of Shuheitar, located near Wadi Al Hamam, a village north of Galilee. Most of the bodies in this cemetery belong to victims killed in the Jordan Valley in the years 1965 to 1975. In the north side of this cemetery, 30 graves are divided between two rows, while the remaining 20 are situated in the central area. Shamefully, all these graves are sandy and shallow, which when exposed to rain, allows bodies to be vulnerable and dragged by stray animals.

These martyrs were kidnapped after their death and their bodies held captive ever since. Many have been in captivity since decades, such as martyr Ali al-Ja’fari from Dheisheh refugee camp, who was killed while in Israeli detention during the Nafhah hunger strike in 1980. Some of the martyrs were “tried” after their death and “are serving their sentences”, such as martyr Mohammad Al-Mansi whose family was told that their dead son was sentenced to 14 years in jail. Other martyrs are imprisoned for no reason, families speculate because the bodies of their children show signs of execution and are withheld to conceal that or to hide the organ theft operations the Israeli army has been conducting for decades on Palestinian martyrs. Family members are either asked to identify the martyr but not allowed to take the body back home or are informed by the IOF that their child is dead and is kept in “detention”. This immoral violation is meant as a punishment, not only for the dead, but as a collective punishment for families who are not given the chance to say goodbye or cry at the tomb of their beloved one. These “Cemeteries of Numbers” represent the disrespect the Zionist entity has to all known humane values and principles. But it is not only the Zionist entity that is the criminal here, but the so-called free world that talks continuously of human rights and of human dignity but is blind and deaf to the immoral actions of the immoral Zionist entity. The martyrs must be respected and laid to rest in a dignified manner, not be held captive in their own homeland, and the families must be able to mourn their children and give them a decent burial.

At least 300 Palestinian martyrs are held captive in these cemeteries and morgues (list).

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle demand their freedom.

hunger strike martyrs © google images
A hunger strike is a legitimate form of resistance and protest used by Palestinian prisoners in the fight for their rights and to protest illegal detention, the inhumane conditions in Israeli dungeons, the baseless punishments, the policy of isolation, ill treatment and harassments. Through hunger strikes, Palestinian prisoners defy the jailors and the jails. Through their willpower and their unwavering determination, they tell the whole world: Yes to the pain of hunger… No and a thousand NO to the pain of submission. While some hunger strikes are open-ended and last until the prisoners’ demands are met, others are one-day hunger strikes to protest a certain policy or show solidarity with other political prisoners. There are general hunger strikes, where all prisoners in all Israeli jails take part, and partial hunger strikes where Palestinian prisoners in a particular Israeli prison declare a hunger strike to protest ill-treatment at that particular prison. Abbas As-Sayyid went several times on hunger strikes to protest his isolation and the inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners on the hands of Israeli jailors.

In May, 2011, he went on hunger strike for 23 days, during which no lawyer was allowed to visit him. He was transferred to hospital after his health deteriorated, nonetheless he went on with the hunger strike. On 20.06.2011, Atef Wreidat, 45 years from Ad-Dahriyyeh, was isolated, despite suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes, and despite being desperately in need of an operation. He went on a hunger strike and refused to take his medication to protest the continuous delay of the heart surgery he desperately needs, the inhumane treatment and arbitrary measures against him by the Israeli prison authority and the policy of medical neglect. Wreidat was transferred to Ramleh prison “hospital” after his health deteriorated as a result of the hunger strike. On 27.06.2011, he ended his hunger strike when the Israeli prison administration promised to end his isolation and to transfer him to another prison, only to resume it 2 days later after being tricked by the Israeli prison administration. Instead of the promised transfer to another prison, Wreidat was punished with isolation and sanctions were imposed on him, including a 4-month ban on family visits and a fined more than $500.

Raja’ Al-Ghoul was kidnapped in the middle of the night from her home, was handcuffed and taken to Jalameh prison. Al-Ghoul was made to sit on a chair for a whole day with her hands tied behind her and was threatened with torture and the arrest of her husband to force confessions out of her. During the 25 days of interrogation she refused food and only drank water, and on the last day of interrogation she was placed in a very cold room, with one stone bed and a very stinky mattress. Al-Ghoul was told by the interrogators that she is to spend her detention time in that cold cell as punishment for not talking. When she still refused to talk, Al-Ghoul was transferred to a cell of Israeli criminal prisoners where she continued her hunger strike and refused to take her heart medicine. Upon the deterioration of her health, the Israeli prison authority was forced to transfer her to section 11 of the Tal Mond prison (for political prisoners). Palestinian prisoners went on general hunger strikes countless times to protest the inhumane conditions in Israeli prisons (more on hunger strikes).

Tzahi Hanegbi, former Israeli ministry for internal security, said in 2004 after Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails declared a hunger strike against the inhumane prison conditions: “They can strike for a day, a month, until death. We will ward off this strike and it will be as if it never happened. He has ordered large, open grills to be set up to barbecue meat and for bread to be baked just outside the prison doors, to torture prisoners with the smells. Prison guards are encouraged to eat all this in front of the fasting prisoners.” He later said: “for all I care, they can starve to death!” The Israeli prison authority often tries to break up these strikes by force, which has lead to the death of 6 prisoners. Hunger strike martyrs include:

  1. Abdel Qader Jabir Abu Al-Fahim, from Jabalia RC, Gaza, killed on 11.05.1970 during the Asqalan hunger strike.
  2.  Rasim Mohammad Halaweh, from Jabalia RC, Gaza, killed on 20.07.1980 during the Nafha hunger strike.
  3.  Ali Shehadeh Al-Ja’fari, from Dheisheh RC, Bethlehem, killed on 24.07.1980 during the Nafha hunger strike.
  4. Anis Mahmoud Douleh, from Qalqilia, killed on 31.08.1980 in Asqalan
  5. Ishaq Mousa Al-Maraghah, from Silwan, Jerusalem, killed on 16.11.1983 in Beir As-Sabi’.
  6. Hussein As’ad I’beidat, from Jerusalem, killed on 04.10.1992 during the Asqalan hunger strike.

prison martyrs © palestineposterproject.org

As Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons start a general open hunger strike, stand in solidarity with them, support their just struggle, demand their freedom and remember all Palestinian political prisoners killed by the Zionist entity.

Since 1967, at least 202 Palestinian prisoners have been killed by the Zionist entity while in captivity;

70 Palestinian political prisoners killed as a result of torture at the hands of Israeli military interrogators:


Yousef Al-Jabali, Mustapha Harb, Fathi Al-Natsheh, Younis Abu Sbeitan, Qasem Abu Aker, Ahmad Abu Amerah, Qasem Abu Khdeirah, Awn Al-‘Ar’er, Othman AlBahsh, Deeb Shtayeh, Hashim Karim, Salim Safi, Mustapha Al-Drabee’, MuhyiIldeen Al’Uri, Mohammad Wishah, Hassan Al-Sawarkah, Issa Abdel Hamid, Mustapha Al-Awawdah, Naser Aldeen Al-Shakhsheer, Fareez Tashtoush, Omar Shalabi, Salem Abu Sitta, Jamil Barakat, Fouad Hmed, Ahmad Dahdoul, Youssef Karim, Nasser Alheb, Said Abu Sitta, Faiz Al-Tarayrah, Salameh Hassouni, Husam Qar’an, Yacoub Dababish, Hamzah Abu Sh’eb, Khalil Abu Khadijah, Mahmoud Freitekh, Ghassan Lahham, Tariq Al-Hindi, Tariq Hammouri, Awwad Hamdan, Khadir Tarazi, Ibrahim AlRa’i, Iyad Aqil, Nabil Ibdah, Hani AlShami, Ibrahim Mutawwar, Mahmoud AlMasri, Jamal Abu Sharkh, Khalid Alsheikh Ali, Abdallah Alawneh, Atiyah Za’aneen, Ali AlShahid, Sami Zu’rub, Mustapha Akkawi, Ahmad Barakat, Samir Omar, Mohmmad Barbas, Haazim Eid, Mustapha Barakat, Ayman Barhum, Samir Salameh, Ayman Nassar, Mohammad AlJundi, Abdel Samad Hreizat, Ma’zuz Dalal, Majid Daghlas, Khalid Abu Dayyeh, Nidal Abu Srour, Ibrahim Abu Hawwash, Ali Abu Alrub, Wael AlQarawi.

74 Palestinian political prisoners killed in cold blood by the Israeli occupation forces after their detention:


Ahmad Al-Nuweiri, Kahlil Syam, Zaki Syam, Ahmad Abu Dayyeh, Yopusef ‘Asaliyeh, Ahmad Afaneh, Haris Abu Alhayyeh, Ali Abu Sultan, Samih Abu Hasaballah, Mohammad Khreizat, Hassan Abu Rukba, Khader Hilani, Bilal Burini, Jamal Qiblan, Mohammad Abu Jami’, Bader Karadah, Ibrahim Barad’ah, Yousef Al-Mughrabi, Hassan Abu Sh’era, Mahmoud Khalil, Jamal Thalji, Mustapha Yassin, Ali Julani, Issa Dabadbeh, Midhat Abu Dalal, Mohammad Hussein, Yousef AlSukarji, Jassir Samaro, Nasim Abu-Alrus, Karim Mafarjeh, Anwar Abdel Ghani, Abdel-Ghani Abu Daggah, Mahmoud Salah, Basim Abu Shihadeh, Khalid Awad-Allah, Ismael Zaid, Said Mahdi, Abdel Rahman Abdallah, Omar Musa, Ahmad ‘Ajaj, Azmi ‘Ajaj, Baha’ Sharqawi, Hazim Qabaha, Ala’ Khadriyeh, Yassin Al-Agha, Jadallah Shokah, Omran Gheith, Faiz Jabir, Mohammad Al’s’is, Jasir Hasaneen, Ahmad Atiyah, Abdel Afu AlQassas, Falah Masharqah, Qasem Al-Ja’bari, Mohammad Al-Khawaja, Walid Srouji, Hisham Abu Jamous, Sufian Al-‘Ardah, Tha’er Al-Mahdawi, Jamal Abu Mallouj, Iyad Al-Khatib, Ali Abu Hijleh, Nassar Abu Slim, Tariq Al-Hindawi, Mahmoud Kmel, Salah Sheikh Eid, Mazin Shabat, Salim AbulHija, Mahmoud Abu Hassan, Fawwaz Freihat, Obeidah Dweik, Izz Iddin Kawazbeh, Amjad Shilbayeh, Ziad Al-Julani.

51 Palestinian political prisoners killed as a result of the deliberate medical negligence widespread in Israeli prisons:


Khalil Rashaydeh, Abdelqader Abu Al-Fahim, Ramadan Al-Banna, Omar Awad-Allah, Omran Abu Khalaf, ‘Ajaj Alawneh, Nasser Hweitat, Farid Ghannam, Idrees Nofal, Rasim Halawah, Ali Al-Ja’farai, Anis Dawlah, Salah Abbas, Ali Al-Shatreet, Salim Abu Sbeih, Michael Lazaro, Isaac Maraghah, Mahmoud Najajrah, Qandil Abdel Rahman, Ata Ayyad, Mohammad Hammad, Abdel Min’im Kolek, Omar AlQasem, Muhammad Al-Rifi, Raeq Suleiman, Jasir Abu Rmeileh, Hussein ‘Abeidat, Yahya Natour, Ahmad Ismael, Riyad Udwan, Yousif Al’ar’ar, Mohammad Dahameen, Ahmad Jawabreh, Walid Amr, Bashir ‘Eweis, Fawwaz Al-Balbal, Mohammad Abu Wahdan, Bashar Bani Odeh, Jawad Abu Maghseeb, Suleiman Darabjeh, Rasim Ghneimat, Abdel Fattah Raddad, Jamal Saraheen, Mahir Dandan, Shadi Sa’aydeh, Omar Masalmeh, Fadi AbuRub, Fadil Shaheen, Jum’a Musa, Ra’id Abu Hammad, Mohammad Abdeen.

7 Palestinian political prisoners shot dead inside Israeli prisons by the Israeli prison guards:

  • – Assad Al-Showa from Gaza was killed on 16.8.1988 in Al-Naqab detention camp.
  • – Bassam Al-Somoody from Al-Yamon was killed on 16.8.1988 in Al-Naqab detention camp.
  • – Nidal Deeb from Ramallah was killed on 8.2.1989 in Majido prison.
  • – Abdallah Abu Mahruqa from Deir Al-Balaha was killed on 12.9.1989 in Ansar 2.
  • – Sabry Mansoor from Al-Jeep was killed on 7.7.1990 in Ofer.
  • – Musa Abdul Rahman from Nuba was killed on 18.1.1992.
  • – Mohammed Al-Ashqar from Sida was killed on 22.10.2007 in Al-Naqab detention camp.

And as we stand in stand in solidarity with All Palestinians held captive in Zionist dungeons, as we support their just struggle, and as we support their call for an open general strike and support their just demands, remember the 10 Palestinian political prisoners on an open hunger strike since over 7 days:

  • Bilal Thiab: on day 51 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Tha’ir Halahleh: on day 51 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Hasan As-Safadi: on day 44 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Omar Abu Shallah: on day 44 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Mohammad At-Taj: on day 33 of open hunger strike to demand recognition as POW.
  • Faris An-Natour: on day 30 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Ja’far Izz Iddin: on day 29 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Mahmoud As-Sirsik: on day 28 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Oday Daraghmah: on day 27 of open hunger strike against administrative detention.
  • Abdallah Barghouthi: on day 7 of open hunger strike against the policy of isolation.
  • Freedom for ALL Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons.
  • Freedom for ALL political prisoners held captive in Israeli dungeons.
  • Freedom for ALL political prisoners held captive in the dungeons of occupation, oppression and dictatorship.

Freedom for Palestine from the River to the Sea.

To read more on Palestinian political prisoners:

Sources:
http://www.ppsmo.ps/
http://www.palestinebehindbars.org/
http://www.alasra.ps/
http://www.waed.ps/
http://www.freedom.ps/


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