UN Renews Call on ‘Israel’ to End Administrative Detention of Palestinian Activists

 October 22, 2022

Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric (photo from archive).

The United Nations renewed its call on the Israeli regime to end the illegal practice of administrative detention of Palestinian activists.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, said in a press briefing on Friday that the United Nations has repeatedly called on the Zionist entity to end the practice of administrative detention of Palestinians, either by releasing or charging them.

Asked by a reporter about the continuous Israeli administrative detention of French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hammouri, who was on hunger strike along with 29 other Palestinian administrative detainees demanding an end to their illegal incarceration, Dujarric said that the Secretary-General is closely following the case of Hammouri and other Palestinian administrative detainees.

“We are closely following the situation of Mr. Hammouri and other Palestinian administrative detainees held by Israel. We’re aware that there is about 30 detainees, including him, who’ve recently ended their hunger strike, which had been going on since September. And obviously, we have… as you know, we have repeatedly called for Israel to end the practice of administration detainees by either releasing people or charging them when there are grounds to do so,” he said.

This call comes in the wake of a statement issued by human rights experts last week on the situation of Palestinian detainees, expressing their deep concern about the widespread misuse of administrative and criminal law procedures by the Israeli occupation, and its use of confidential information against Palestinians, including human rights defenders such as Hammouri.

They stressed that the occupation authorities targeted Hammouri during the past 20 years with harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention and other forms of violations, noting that retaliatory measures against him intensified after he became a human rights defender and lawyer defending the rights of prisoners through Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, one of six Palestinian civil society organizations that the Israeli authorities have been harassing for exposing their illegal practices and eventually deemed them illegal and forced them shut.

The 30 administrative detainees suspended on October 13 their hunger strike, which lasted for 19 days, to give a chance to the prisoners’ representatives to address their issue with the Israeli authorities.

More than 780 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention without charge or trial; including at least six minors and two women.

Source: Agencies

Israel Takes Punitive Measures against French-Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike

October 4, 2022

French Palestinian prisoners Salah Hammouri. (Photo: via Amnesty International website)

The Israeli Prison Service has subjected French-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Al-Hamouri to a series of punitive measures after he started a hunger strike on September 25, according to the lawyer representing him.

Quds Press reported that Hamouri’s lawyer visited him on Sunday in the northern West Bank prison of Hadarim, where he is held in solitary confinement under an administrative detention order.

Hamouri is on an open-ended hunger strike in protest at his detention with neither charge nor trial, along with 29 other administrative detainees. He only drinks water and refuses any medical examination.

His lawyer pointed out that three days after he started his hunger strike the prison authorities transferred Hamouri to solitary confinement. He is now isolated in a 2 x 2 square metre cell that lacks ventilation. The cell has one iron bed fixed to the wall with a thin 2cm mattress.

Other punitive measures imposed on Hamouri by the authorities reportedly include depriving him of outdoor time or activity and family visits and the right to purchase supplies; sending him to the bathroom in double hand and foot cuffs; and other humiliating conditions. Hamouri is suffering from back, joint and head pains.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested Hamouri on March 7 based on a three-month administrative detention order that has been renewed twice. He has been detained on a renewable basis ever since, based on “secret evidence”.


Captive Movement cancels hunger strike as occupation agreed to demands

1 Sep 2022

Source: Agencies & Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Palestinians achieve a new victory as Israeli occupation prisons fulfill their demands and cancel the penalties imposed on them for years.

“The enemy’s retreat from its measures indicates that it does not retreat from its aggression except when it sees our steadfastness and unity”

The Captive Movement in Palestine

The Captive Movement in Palestine issued a statement announcing they canceled the open hunger strike, which had started earlier today after the Israeli occupation prison administration retracted its arbitrary decisions against the prisoners and fulfilled their demands.

The Captive Movement said in its statement, “We decided to stop the open hunger strike after the prison administration retracted its decision to arbitrarily transfer life-sentenced prisoners.”

The statement added, “The Zionist enemy and its tools represented in prison management have realized that the prisoners are ready to pay every price for their dignity and rights,” pointing out that “the enemy realized that behind the prisoners there is a people and a resistance that is ready to pay all the costs in order to support its fighters in the prisons of the Zionist occupation.”

The Captive Movement affirmed that “the enemy’s retreat from its measures indicates that it does not retreat from its aggression except when it sees our steadfastness and unity,” and hoped that “the unity of the prisoners would extend to be achieved in all the squares of the homeland to confront the occupation.”

For its part, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said that what happened was “a victory for the Captive Movement in the occupation’s prisons by achieving its demands and canceling the penalties imposed on it for years.”

The commission confirmed that this agreement “shall take effect immediately,” noting a “temporary suspension of the strike,” and warning that “in the event of a breach, the Captive Movement will resume its escalatory steps immediately.”

Ministry of Detainees Affairs: The prisoners have forced the occupation authorities to achieve their demands

Commenting on the matter, the Ministry of Detainees Affair in Gaza said that “the prisoners scored a new victory over the occupation prison administration and were able to force it to respond to their demands and retract its decision to arbitrarily transfer life-sentenced prisoners on a regular basis.” 

It continued, “Victory could not have been achieved were it not for the stability and unity of the Captive Movement, under the leadership of the Supreme Emergency Committee of the Captive Movement, which was able to lead the battle.”

The Ministry of Detainees salutes the prisoners for their patience and steadfastness, and to all institutions, factions, and media who played an important role in supporting the prisoners and achieving victory.

The Prisoners Information Office reported on Wednesday that the number of prisoners of the first regiment, which will go on a mass hunger strike on Thursday, has risen to nearly 1,200. The strike is part of the escalatory steps approved by the Prisoner Movement Emergency Committee against the measures taken by the Israeli Prison Service against the prisoners.

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 Palestinian Detainee Ends Hunger Strike After Securing His ’Release Deal’

Sept 1, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh has ended his 172-day hunger strike after the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime reportedly agreed to release him in October.

Awawdeh ended the protest action with a cup of tea on Wednesday, Palestinian news outlets reported.

Speaking from his hospital bed, the 40-year-old said he would remain hospitalized until he could walk again.

The father of four girls launched the hunger strike shortly after his arrest in December last year in protest at his so-called “administrative detention.”

Under the policy, which has been practiced by the occupying regime for decades, Palestinian prisoners are held for lengthy renewable periods of time without being charged, tried, or convicted.

Awawdeh initially staged a 111-day hunger strike, which he suspended in light of an ‘Israeli’ promise to release him. He resumed the protest action when the regime’s prison officials reneged on their promise to let him go free.

Speaking last month, his lawyer Ahlam Haddad warned that the prisoner could die any moment due to his deteriorating condition, which saw him losing about 45 kilograms.

“I feel that my body is consuming itself internally,” the inmate said at the time, his eyes widening and his voice fluctuating as he spoke. “God’s support, steadfastness, and patience are what enable me to continue.”

Earlier, Awawdeh’s wife asked the international community to put pressure on Tel Aviv for the immediate release of her husband. In an interview with Al-Aqsa Radio, she said that her husband’s physical condition is very critical.

She pointed out that “the images of my husband are before the eyes of the whole world today, as he only weighs 38 kilo grams and has little flesh on his bones.”

The European Union said it is “shocked” to see pictures of Awawdeh’s frail body, calling for his release.

“Unless charged immediately, he has to be released,” the EU delegation to Palestine said in a post published on its Twitter page.

Calls were growing internationally for the release of the 40-year-old Awawdeh, after his wife shared images of his extremely emaciated body on Sunday, a day after she visited his hospital room.

Awawdeh said in a video message that “his body, on which only bone and skin remain, does not reflect the weakness and nakedness of Palestinian people, but rather reflects and mirrors the face of real occupation.”

He has been arrested five times since 2005 for political activism, and has been placed in administrative detention three times ever since.

In another video shared earlier by his lawyer, Awawdeh thanked those who stood by him before ending his hunger strike.

“Thank you for your support,” he said. “You are a great nation. You are a great nation.”

When pictures speak volumes: Awawdeh facing death any moment

 August 28, 2022 

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English 

Pictures of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh speak volumes of the Israeli intransigence and brutality.

And the international community still maintains silence…

The Prisoners Authority published horrific pictures of prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who has been on hunger strike for 6 months now.

His wife and father took pictures of him today, exposing the truth of an ongoing “immoral and inhuman crime against him by the occupation prisons administration, and the Israeli intelligence service that insist on killing him,” even if slowly, according to a statement by the Prisoners Authority.

The Authority’s statement added, “These images are more than enough to awaken the conscience of the world that should hold the [Israeli] occupation accountable.”

Today, the Prisoners Information Office announced that Awawdeh is continuing his open hunger strike for the 166th day, amid critical health conditions.

Awawdeh’s lawyer, Ahlam Haddad, said 3 days ago that he could die at any moment. 

In March, Awawdeh began an open-ended hunger strike to demand his release, knowing that he was arbitrarily arrested as per the Israeli occupation’s arbitrary administrative detention policy, and his lawyer said he has only been only drinking water since.

For their part, Egyptian mediators recently called for the release of Awawdeh under a ceasefire agreement that ended the recent 3-day Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The freedom of Awawdeh was one of the clauses of the agreement between Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Israeli occupation after several days of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinian civilians and wounding hundreds of others.

The head of the political department in the Islamic Jihad Movement, Muhammad Al-Hindi, said on August 7 that “a formula for the Egyptian declaration of the truce agreement has been reached, and it includes Egypt’s commitment to work for the release of the two prisoners, Khalil Awawdeh and Bassam Al-Saadi.”

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Commission of the Detainees Spox: Open Hunger Strike Is Response to “Israeli” Mistreatment of Palestinian Detainees

 August 28, 2022 

By Fatima Haydar

Beirut – In the past few days, the “Israel” Prison Service [IPS] announced its intention to take measures against Palestinian life imprisoned detainees – some 560 prisoners – which included the arbitrary transfer of detainees from their sections and rooms to new sections and rooms and different prisons.

This measure not only puts the families of the detainees in great suffering during family visits, but it also strips them from their social environment and affects their national and organizational role.

Lately, a growing standoff between IPS personnel and Palestinian detainees has caused extreme tension in “Israeli” prisons. And this week, Palestinian prisoners kicked off a series of protests against persistent mistreatment by the personnel.

Accordingly, the Supreme National Emergency Committee, which groups the detainees from several Palestinian factions, was founded to address the situation at this stage.

“The detainees had announced an initial step the protest that meals are to be returned on Mondays and Wednesdays of every week; in addition to rebellion against a set of IPS rules, regulations and instructions, among them is the issue of daily security checks in all rooms and sections,” Spokesman for the Commission of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Hassan Abed-Rabbo told al-Ahed News.

Abed-Rabbo says that additional IPS personnel have been called in at different prisons.

“Suppression units and police dogs had also been called in with the aim of controlling any case of rebellion inside the prisons, as the IPS closed sections in Ofer, Nafha, Megiddo, Negev [al-Naqab] Prison, and Raymon,” the Commission of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs spokesman added.

He went on to say, “The IPS has responded with even harsher steps, including doubled isolation and removal of electrical devices from jail cells.”

“Definitely, these measures by the IPS would raise the level of risks that threaten the lives and safety of the detainees, in light of the provocative inspections carried out by the IPS personnel,” Abed-Rabbo noted.

The spokesman of the Commission of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs warned of the possibility that the IPS might commit crimes against the detainees by “beating them with batons, gassing them inside their rooms or physically assaulting them by police dogs or firing them with rubber and metal bullets in cases of confrontation and clash inside prisons.”

Regarding future measures, Abed-Rabbo said that detainees from all Palestinian factions will begin an open hunger strike in early September if the IPS does not reverse its measures.

“In order for the open hunger strike – as a strategic countermeasure – to achieve the desired objectives, it must be supported by diplomatic, political, legal, media and popular efforts from the entire Palestinian homeland by providing the political incubator and national protection at all levels,” he explained.

“This matter must be raised by the various Palestinian and international bodies, committees and humanitarian organizations in order to confirm the legality of the struggle of these prisoners against the occupation”, Abed-Rabbo concluded.

According to Palestinian figures, there are nearly 4,550 Palestinian detainees in “Israeli” jails, including 175 minors and 27 female detainees, along with 670 detainees held under so-called “administrative detention” without charge or trial.

For years, Palestinians jailed by the apartheid “Israeli” regime have used hunger strikes to demand better living conditions and an end to indefinite detentions.

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Six Months without Food: Palestinian Detainee Awawdeh Rejects “Israeli” Play of Freezing Detention

August 20, 2022

By Staff, Agencies 

An “Israeli” military court on Friday temporarily suspended the detention of the hunger-striking Palestinian detainee, Khalil Awawdeh.

The court claimed that its decision came to allow Awawdeh to receive medical care as his health rapidly deteriorates after nearly six months without food.

However, Awawdeh’s lawyers, said he would keep his 168-day fast going until he is granted a full release.
Ahlam Haddad, Awawdeh’s lawyer, has said her client’s health has been deteriorating and he is seeking to be released.

An “Israeli” military court earlier this week rejected an appeal to free Awawdeh. Awawdeh has appealed to the Zionist entity’s top court, which is expected to deliberate on the matter on Sunday.

But on Friday, a military court said Awadeh’s detention would be frozen as he receives treatment at the Asaf “Harofeh” Hospital in central Occupied Palestine, citing his failing health.

In response to freezing the detention on Friday, Awadeh’s lawyer was quoted by Palestinian media as saying that his “hunger strike will not be suspended because he is asking for his release and not for a freeze of his detention.”

Awawdeh, a father of four, is one of several Palestinian prisoners who have gone on prolonged hunger strikes over the years to protest so-called administrative detention, which allows the apartheid “Israeli” entity to hold prisoners without charge practically indefinitely.

Freezing his detention effectively means he is no longer guarded at the hospital by the so-called “Israel” Prison Service guards, and his family will be able to visit him more freely.

Haddad said her client has not eaten since March 4, except for a 10-day period in which he received vitamin injections. The Shin Bet security service has not commented on his case.

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Inside MBS’ Torture Cells: Untold Stories of Sexual Assault, Sheer Brutality and Murder

June 26, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A study, carried out by Grant Liberty, a human rights charity Prisoners revealed that prisoners held for opposing the government in Saudi Arabia are being murdered, “sexually” assaulted and inflicted with “sheer” brutality.

The study identified 311 known prisoners of conscience in the era of Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud [MBS]–the kingdom’s leader who is the current crown prince, deputy prime minister, and minister of defense.

Researchers, who shared the report exclusively with The Independent, claimed that 53 prisoners have been tortured, while six were sexually assaulted, and 14 were pushed into undergoing hunger strikes.

The report looked at the plight of 23 women’s rights activists, 11 of whom were still behind bars, as well as also identifying 54 journalists.

Some 22 of the prisoners were arrested for crimes that they carried out when they were still children – five of them were put to death. An additional 13 were facing the death penalty, while four had died in custody.

Lucy Rae, of Grant Liberty, told The Independent: “Sadly the abuse of the prisoners of conscience continues as the world watches on, women are subjected to sustained and brutal violations with no basic human rights.

“We call upon the kingdom to back up its statement of being a ‘modern and progressive country’ with actions and release innocent individuals who were disappeared, were arrested and subjected to sham trials.

“Imprisoning, torturing and abusing an elderly mother such as Aida Al Ghamdi because her son has sought asylum surely is abhorrent and wrong in any nation.”

Abdullah al-Ghamdi, a political and human rights activist who is the son of Al-Ghamdi, said he escaped Saudi Arabia after being threatened for campaigning against authoritarian policies in the middle eastern country.

His mother, Aida, and two of his brothers were arrested after he left, he added.

“They were arrested not because they had committed a crime, but because of my activism,” Al-Ghamdi, whose situation is explored in the report, said.

Al-Ghamdi, who lives in the UK, added: “For over three years, my dear ageing 65-year-old mother and my younger brother have been held by the Saudi royal family. They have been held in solitary confinement and subjected to physical torture by cigarette burning, beating and lashing.

“It’s very hard to contact my family as this will put them in danger as the Saudi government told them not to contact me and give me any updates on my mother and brother’s case, so as of yet I am unsure of my mother’s charges.”

He said his mother was held for over a year in Dhahban Central Prison in Jeddha before being moved to Dammam Mabahith Prison. He wishes she was “safe, free and be able to rejoice with her loved ones”.

“There is not a time where she is not on my mind and it pains me that all my hard work hasn’t led to a definite answer for her freedom,” he added.

Al-Ghamdi said he had been “fighting to bring justice and freedom to the Saudi nation” since 2004 and secure a “democracy where there is an independent justice system”.

He said his mother had been tortured in front of her son Adil, who was also beaten and tortured.

“Due to her old age she has diabetes, high blood pressure and she suffers from regular abdomen pains; due to the unjust treatment and torture within prison her mental health has worsened,” he said of his mother.

“MBS and the Saudi royal family are holding her hostage demanding that I return to Saudi Arabia to face torture and imminent death so that people like me who stand for justice, equality and a fair society are silenced like those before me.”

He urged the “world, the UN and every single person with a voice” to speak out against “this outrageous behavior”.

Rae also cited the case of Loujain Al Hathloul, who was subjected to a travel ban and jailed for campaigning for women’s rights.

Human rights organizations say Al Hathloul has been forced to endure abuse including electric shocks, flogging and sexual harassment while in jail. Loujain, who successfully campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, was arrested alongside 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia in May 2018 – weeks before the country reversed the driving ban.

Rae warned it was imperative to “make people aware of the sheer brutality, murders and sexual assault happening to prisoners of conscience” in the country, adding it is “our duty as a human race” to protect the innocent.

“And we can start by demanding the release of these prisoners. Grant Liberty will not stop until every prisoner of conscience is freed and that Saudi Arabia is recognized for what it really is – a pariah to democracy and human rights,” she said.

Palestinian factions in Gaza hold emergency meeting over Prisoners

13 Jun 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Palestinian factions held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the lives of the prisoners on hunger strike and condemned the law prohibiting the treatment of prisoners, to be passed in the Knesset of the occupation soon.

The emergency meeting of the Palestinian factions in Gaza

Palestinian factions held an emergency meeting in Gaza, on Monday, to address the escalating Israeli violence and the worsening health of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons. 

This is happening as Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, 40, from the town of Idna in Al-Khalil, continues his 103rd day of open hunger strike and prisoner Raed Rayan, 27, from the village of Beit Duqu north of Al-Quds, continues his 67th day of protest in rejection of administrative detention.

During the meeting, the factions affirmed “the Palestinian people’s right to self-defense,” calling for popular action and open confrontation day against the Israeli occupation next Friday.

The factions decided to declare next Friday a day of popular action and open public confrontation with the Israeli occupation.

The Palestinian factions announced that they will continue their meetings to follow up on the conditions of the striking prisoners, stressing that they will “perform their full duties to achieve the prisoners’ freedom.”

They also called on all parties to expand activities of popular support of hunger-striking prisoners, especially Khalil Awawdeh and Raed Rayan.

After the emergency meeting in Gaza, the Palestinian factions declared that they held the occupation “fully responsible for the lives of the prisoners on hunger strike,” expressing their “rejection and condemnation of the law preventing the treatment of prisoners which is expected to be passed in the Knesset of the occupation soon.”

Palestinian prisoners Khalil Awawdeh, 40, and Raed Rayan, 27

Palestinian prisoners Khalil Awawdeh, 40, from the town of Idna in Al-Khalil, and Raed Rayan, 27, from the village of Beit Duqu north of Al-Quds, continue their open hunger strike for the 103rd and 68th consecutive days in protest against their administrative detention.

More than a week ago, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs warned of a “sudden health setback” that could lead to the death of prisoner Khalil Awawdeh.

Awawdeh, a father of four girls, was arrested on December 27, 2021, and an administrative detention order was issued against him for a six-month period. He had previously been arrested several times since 2002.

As for prisoner Raed Rayan, he was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on November 3, 2021, and was transferred to administrative detention for a period of six months. As his detention period was about to end, the Israeli occupation renewed his detention for an additional four months, which led Rayan to announce his open hunger strike.

Rayan is suffering from headaches and joint, flank, and knee pain, as well as difficulty in walking. He has not been examined by a doctor and has not undergone any medical examinations since the beginning of his hunger strike.

He is a former administrative prison who spent nearly 21 months in administrative detention before he was released. Seven months later, Rayan was rearrested by the occupation.

Freedom Tunnel prisoner Yaqoub Qadri on hunger strike for 11th day

11 Jun 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Muhjat Al-Quds foundation announces receiving a letter from Yaqoub Qadri who is on hunger strike for the 11th day, whereby he confirmed he was transferred to a dumpster-like cell infested with insects.

Isolated prisoner Yaqoub Qadri

The media department of Muhjat Al-Quds Foundation for Martyrs, Prisoners, and Wounded confirmed in a statement that the isolated prisoner Yaqoub Mahmoud Ahmed Qadri is on an open hunger strike for the 11th consecutive day to demand the restoration of all his rights he was coerced out of by the “Ohalei Keidar” prison administration.

Muhjat Al-Quds stated that the prisoner confirmed in a letter that he has been on an open-ended hunger strike since the beginning of June, in refusal of the prison administration’s decision to close his cantina account, claiming that he owed 7,500 shekels, which he has no clue where it came from.

The Foundation added that he was denied family visits for a period of two months and going out to the square for a period of two weeks, and he recieved a fine of 250 shekels. He stressed that he decided to go on an open hunger strike “in order to recover all the rights stolen from him by the prison administration.”

In his letter, Qadri indicated that his situation is very difficult as he faces daily inspections by the prison administration, adding that the prison administration has moved him to a new dumpster-like cell infested with cockroaches, mosquitoes, ants, and bedbugs that feed on his body day and night, all for the sake of breaking his will and forcing him to end his hunger strike without retrieving any of his stolen rights.

Muhjat Al-Quds called on international, human rights institutions, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, to “carry out their legal and moral responsibilities of exposing the arbitrary practices and crimes of the Zionist occupation prisons against the isolated prisoners, specifically the prisoners of the Freedom Tunnel, and bringing the Zionist officials to justice by forcing them to stand before the International Criminal Court.”

It is worth noting that the prisoner Yaqoub Qadri from the village of Bir Al-Basha, in the Jenin governorate in the northern West Bank, was born in 1972 and is single. He was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on October 18, 2003, and the Israeli court sentenced him to life imprisonment twice, plus 35 years. His charges were “belonging to and being a member of Saraya Al-Quds (Al-Quds Brigades) – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, and participating in operations against the occupation forces.”

On September 6, 2021, six prisoners broke out of Gilboa prison in Palestine.

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According to Israeli sources, the prisoners who managed to escape through a tunnel were Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, Munadel Yaqoub Nafi’at, Mohammad Qassem Al-Arida, Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, Ayham Fouad Kamamji, Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Arida, knowing that the last five are members of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

Mahmoud Al-Aridah and Yaqoub Qadri were re-arrested four days later, on September 10, 2021 in Al-Nasra. Zakaria Al-Zubaidi and Mohammad Al-Aridah were re-arrested the next day, and Ayham Kamamji and Mundadel Nafi’at on Sunday the 19th, after the house they had barricaded themselves in, east of Jenin, was surrounded.

The so-called “Nazareth Court” issued a sentence on May 22 against the Palestinian prisoners who broke out of Gilboa Prison on September 6, in what was later known as the Freedom Tunnel operation.

Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent said the occupation court sentenced five of the prisoners to five years and eight months in prison, adding that Zakaria Al-Zubaidi was not sentenced today because of his different circumstances.

The court also issued a four-year prison sentence and a fine of 2,000 shekels against the five prisoners who provided assistance to the Freedom Tunnel prisoners as per Israeli claims: Iyad Jaradat, Ali Abu Bakr, Muhammad Abu Bakr, Qusai Merhi and Mahmoud Abu Ashrin.


Palestinian Prisoners Threaten Mass Hunger Strike to Achieve Basic Rights

March 12, 2022

Palestinian activists hold a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinian prisoners have announced on Friday that they are preparing for a strike across all Israeli prisons, reiterating that action will continue until all prisoners’ rights are regaining, a prisoners’ statement has revealed.

The statement, which was sent to mass media, confirmed that Palestinian political groups inside prisons would together declare the start of a hunger strike, which is expected to start soon. They pledged to continue their action until they achieved all their basic rights.

According to the statement, the Israeli occupation introduced many new orders restricting their rights as political prisoners.

The statement hailed the persistence and resilience of the prisoners, who have had restrictions and sanctions imposed on them following the escape of six prisoners from the highly secured Nafha Prison in September 2021.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Circles Expect More Hunger-Strike Challenges after Abu Hawash Victory

January 8, 2022

The Zionist circles expected that the Palestinian prisoners may resort to the hunger-strike policy in order to follow the victorious path of the released prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash.

The Zionist media reflected the enemy’s frustration about the success of Abu Hawash and the Palestinian resistance in imposing the release decision on the occupation court.

The Zionist occupation court decided  on Tuesday the release of Abu Hawash, who concluded a 141-day hunger strike. It is worth noting that the Israeli court had suspended his administrative detention on December 26, 2021, without releasing him, which was rejected by Abu Hawash.

The Israeli circles considered that Abu Hawash has become a symbol of steadfastness for the Palestinians, adding that the Palestinian resistance, which threatened to fire missiles at the occupied territories if he dies, managed to impose its conditions on Tel Aviv.

The Zionist media considered that the ongoing tensions pertaining the prisoners may enhance a prisoner swap deal between ‘Israel’ and the Palestinian resistance.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Israeli Media: Agreement Reached to End Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike after 141 Days

January 4, 2022

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash. (Photo: via Social Media)

An agreement was reportedly reached Tuesday afternoon to end Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash’s hunger strike after 141 days, after negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials with Egyptian mediation, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Abu Hawwash has completed his 141 days of hunger strike in an Israeli prison in protest of imprisonment without trial, known as ‘administrative detention’. 

According to the terms of the agreement, Abu Hawwash “is expected to remain in the Israeli hospital he is currently kept in for medical follow-up until February 26, after which he will be released to his home,” Haaretz reported, adding that the administrative detention order against him will not be renewed.

Abu Hawwash, a 40-year-old resident of the town of Dura, near Hebron, in the Southern-occupied West Bank, is a father of five children. He was arrested by Israel on October 27, 2020, and has been held under administrative detention ever since.

Several human rights groups, along with the European Union, had expressed concern about Abu Hawwash’s deteriorating health conditions. 

On Monday, US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said in a tweet that she held the Israeli government responsible for the safety and health of the Palestinian hunger striker, also calling on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to demand an end to Israel’s administrative detention policies against Palestinians.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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Palestinian prisoner Abu Hawash seizes his freedom

4 Jan 2022

The prisoner Abu Hawash defeats the occupation in the battle of the empty intestines

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Al Mayadeen correspondent reports that hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash has seized his freedom from the Israeli occupation.

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Abu Hawash wins his freedom
Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is finally free

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is expected to end his hunger strike in the coming hours, Al Mayadeen correspondent reported.

“Abu Hawash’s decision to end his hunger strike comes after reaching an agreement that stipulates that he would be freed on February 26,” our correspondent added.

Al-Khalil, West Bank, is seeing several celebrations over Abu Hawash’s victory in the battle of empty stomachs.

Abu Hawash’s freedom marks another milestone in the battle of empty stomachs, which saw six Palestinian prisoners gaining their freedom from the Israeli occupation after the latter administratively detained them.

This comes after the Palestinian resistance factions warned the Israeli occupation of repercussions if anything happens to Abu Hawash.

“Any harm done to the life of prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash would constitute an offensive action and aggression against our people, and the resistance will remain the shield and sword defending our prisoners,” the factions said Tuesday.

Senior leaders from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad held talks to discuss the latest developments on the case of hunger-striking prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash on Monday.

The sources said an escalation would take place if Hisham Abu Hawash loses his life.

The 141st day

The Palestinian Prisoners Media Office announced on Tuesday that Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash would continue his hunger strike for the 141st consecutive day, despite his dangerously critical health condition.

On Monday, the European Union expressed its concern regarding Abu Hawash’s critical health condition, calling on “Israel” to end the policy of administrative detention.

Hisham’s brother, Imad, had said he stopped taking saline, which poses a serious threat to his intestines and could cause them to rot.

His family voiced grave concern over his life, saying the battle for his freedom became one of breaking his will to stop individual hunger-strikes, “Even if it is at the expense of Hisham’s life.”

Imad Hawash said his brother’s lawyer, Jawad Boulos, conveyed a very worrying image about Hisham, saying he was not moving, could barely hear those talking to him, and was barely able to say a few words.

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Prisoner Abu Hawash is struggling for life: Waed association

2 Jan 2022

Net Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen

Waed Association for Palestinian Prisoners says that “the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is facing great difficulty in discharging urine, while his water body percentage has decreased to a third due to the continuation of his coma.

Waed Association: The percentage of water in the body of the prisoner Abu Hawash has decreased to a third

Waed Association for Palestinian Prisoners says that “the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is facing great difficulty in discharging urine, while his water body percentage has decreased to a third due to the continuation of his coma.

The association added that these dangerous indications implicate that the prisoner Abu Hawash is closer to losing his life than ever before.

Waed Association explained that “doctors affiliated with the Prisons Authority beat the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, while he was being transferred from the Ramleh prison clinic to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital.”

For his part, Imad Abu Hawash, the brother of the prisoner Hisham, said to Al Mayadeen, said that “Hisham is in a full coma since 4 hours.”

He added that “Hisham could be martyred at any moment,” and added that “‘Israel’ is trying to gain time to harm Hisham.”

The prisoner’s brother demanded that “a medical committee be sent to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, to look into Hisham’s health condition,” and demanded international protection for him inside the Israeli hospital.

Dozens of Palestinians staged a protest in downtown Ramallah to demand the release of Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash who fell into an intermittent coma as his health condition deteriorates.

Abu Hawash, from Dura, occupied Al-Khalil, has been on hunger strike for 139 days in protest of his administrative detention which allows the indefinite imprisonment of Palestinians without trial or charge.

Yesterday, the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced that the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is facing death in the Israeli “Asaf Harofeh” hospital, after his health deteriorated, noting that “since the dawn of this Saturday, he has been awakened with great difficulty.”
Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash faces the threat of sudden death, Palestinian Prisoners Club lawyer Jawad Boulos said Saturday.

Exclusive: Instructions to respond in case of Abu Hawash’s martyrdom مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

Jan 1 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Private sources divulged to Al Mayadeen that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.”

Al Mayadeen: Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert.

Private sources told Al Mayadeen that instructions to increase the readiness to respond in the event of the martyrdom of Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash who fell into a coma.

The same sources added that “Al-Quds Brigades raised the state of alert and announced general mobilization among its fighters in Gaza and the occupied West Bank”, emphasizing that “‘Israel’ bears full responsibility.” 

“Mediators have expressed their dissatisfaction with ‘Israel’s’ intransigence,” sources reported.

Al Mayadeen sources confirmed that “Islamic Jihad leadership exhausted all the legal means of political persuasion available to save the life of Abu Hawash.”

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission warned today that the health condition of the hunger-striking prisoner is deteriorating rapidly and has reached a very critical and dangerous stage.

مصادر للميادين: تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش

المصدر: الميادين نت

مصادر خاصة للميادين تؤكد أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة وأخلت جميع مواقعها، للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير هشام أبو هواش”.

مصادر للميادين: الوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي

قالت مصادر خاصة للميادين، إنّ “تعليمات برفع الجهوزية للرد في حال استشهاد الأسير أبو هواش الذي دخل في غيبوبة”.

وذكرت المصادر أنّ “سرايا القدس رفعت حالة التأهب وأعلنت التعبئة العامة في صفوف مقاتليها في غزة والضفة، وأنّها أخلت جميع مواقعها وتستعد للساعات المقبلة”، مؤكدةً  أنّ “إسرائيل تتحمل المسؤولية والوسطاء أبلغوا استياءهم من التعنّت الإسرائيلي”.

وأكدت مصادر الميادين، أن “قيادة الجهاد الإسلامي استنفدت كل الوسائل السياسية بهدف حماية وإنقاذ الأسير أبو هواش”.

وفي وقت سابق اليوم، أعلن نادي الأسير الفلسطيني أنّ “الأسير هشام أبو هواش يواجه الموت في مستشفى  “أساف هروفيه” الإسرائيلي بعد تدهور حالته الصحية”، مشيراً إلى أنه “منذ فجر هذا اليوم يتم إيقاظه بصعوبة كبيرة”.

وقال النادي إنّ “الاحتلال يواصل جريمته، مع استمراره في تعنته ورفضه الاستجابة لمطلبه والمتمثل بإنهاء اعتقاله الإداري التعسفيّ. 

بدوره، وجّه الناطق الإعلامي باسم حركة الجهاد الإسلامي، داوود شهاب، نداءً للأحرار للنزول إلى نقاط الاشتباك مع العدو، وذلك “حمايةً لكرامة الفلسطينيين وكرامة الأسير أبو هواش”. 

Al-Nakhala: If Abu Hawash loses life, PIJ to deem it assassination

December 30 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net

Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine warns that if prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is martyred, the movement will deal with the matter in accordance with its commitment to respond to any assassination.

Al-Nakhala stressed that if Abu Hawash is martyred, the PIJ will consider the matter an assassination by “Israel”.

The Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement (PIJ), Ziyad Al-Nakhala, warned that the movement will consider prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash‘s possible martyrdom an assassination carried out by the Israeli occupation with premeditation.

In a statement, Al-Nakhala stressed that if Abu Hawash is martyred, the PIJ will deal with the matter in accordance with its commitment to respond to any assassination.

Al Mayadeen sources revealed Thursday that there are Egyptian and international efforts pressuring “Israel” to end the arrest of Abu Hawash, noting that the Resistance notified Egyptians about a possible escalation in case Abu Hawash loses his life.

For his part, Moaz Abu Sharkh, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners Information Office, told Al Mayadeen that Abu Hawash’s life is in grave danger, noting that the prisoner has lost the ability to hear and speak.

Very critical stage

Earlier, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission warned that the health condition of the hunger-striking prisoner, Hisham Abu Hawash, is deteriorating rapidly and has reached a very critical and dangerous stage.

The media spokesperson for the Commission, Hassan Abd Rabbo, announced that Abu Hawash is still being held at the Ramla Prison Clinic and that his life is in danger due to a shortage in fluid and salt in his body, knowing that his weight went down to 40 kilograms and his internal organs are shutting down.

Who is Abu Hawash

Abu Hawash, 39, from Dura, Al-Khalil, has been detained since October 2020. He is also a former prisoner who spent a total of 8 years in occupation prisons.

The prisoner has previously received two administrative detention orders for a period of 6 months and is currently in an extremely critical health condition. 

Israeli court confirms prisoner Abu-Hawash’s administrative detention order

December 13, 2021

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net

The Palestinian freedom fighter and hunger striker is facing a new inhumane Israeli decision.

Israeli court confirms prisoner Abu-Hawash’s administrative detention order

The head of the Palestinian Prisoners Media Office, Riyad al-Ashkar, announced that the occupation court rejected Sunday evening the appeal regarding the case of the prisoner Hisham Abu-Hawash, who has been on hunger strike for 118 days.

Al-Ashqar said, “The Israeli court this evening confirmed the administrative detention order for the prisoner Abu-Hawash, for a period of four months, despite the seriousness of his health condition due to the hunger strike for 118 consecutive days.”

He added that “the rejection of the appeal is a punitive decision against the prisoner Abu-Hawash because of his four months-long hunger strike.”

Prisoner Abu-Hawash, 40, was arrested on the 27th of October last year, and three administrative detention orders were issued against him, each for a period of six months, with the last order reduced from six months to four, subject to extension.

Abu-Hawash declared a hunger strike against administrative detention after the latest administrative detention order was renewed despite suffering severe aches all over his body, physical weakness, constant vomiting, weight loss, in addition to moving on a wheelchair.

Five other Palestinian detainees ended their hunger strike after an agreement with the Israeli Prisons Administration not to extend the administrative detention order against them and to release them as soon as the detention order expired.

Hisham Abu-Hawash’s quest for freedom began in 2003 as the Israeli occupation repeatedly arrested him, with the total amount of years he spent in prison amounting to eight, including 52 months under administrative detention.

The Palestinian freedom fighter, from Dura, al-Khalil, has been in Ramla Prison clinic and has been detained since October 2020.


Palestinian Prisoner Released after Months of Hunger Strike

December 6, 2021

By Staff, Agencies

“Israeli” authorities have freed a prominent Palestinian prisoner, two weeks after reaching a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike, a prisoner rights group has said.

Kayed Fasfous, 32, had remained in an “Israeli” hospital since ending his strike on November 23.

He was the symbolic figurehead of six hunger strikers protesting the “Israeli” entity’s controversial policy of “administrative detention”, which allows suspects to be held indefinitely without charge.

The entity has said the policy is necessary to keep dangerous suspects locked away without disclosing sensitive information that could expose valuable sources.

Palestinians and rights groups said the practice denies the right of due process, allowing the entity to hold prisoners for months or even years without seeing the evidence against them. The law is rarely applied to “Israelis”.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a group representing former and current prisoners, confirmed Fasfous had returned home to the occupied West Bank through a military checkpoint near the southern city of al-Khalil on Sunday afternoon.

Later, online footage showed the former prisoner in a wheelchair celebrating his return to his southern hometown of Dura.

Fasfous served five years in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, and lost about 45kg [99 pounds] of weight during his hunger strike, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported.

The plight of the six hunger strikers ignited solidarity demonstrations across the “Israeli”-occupied West Bank and Gaza in November mounting pressure on the “Israeli” entity to release the detainees.

At least four of the five other hunger strikers have since ended their protests after reaching similar deals with “Israeli” authorities. They are expected to be released in the coming months.

Hunger strikes have been common among Palestinian prisoners and have helped secure numerous concessions from “Israeli” authorities.

The nature of these strikes have varied from individuals protesting detention without charge to groups calling for improved cell conditions. Around 500 of the 4,600 Palestinians detained by the “Israeli” entity are held in “administrative detention” according to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner rights group.

Palestinian Prisoner Kayed Fasfous Released after 131 Days of Hunger Strike (VIDEO)

December 5, 2021

Palestinian prisoner Kayed Fasfous was released from Israeli prisons. (Photo: via WAFA)

Palestinian political prisoner Kayed Fasfous was released on Sunday after he concluded 131 days of hunger strike last month, in protest of his detention without charge or trial, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

On November 23, Fasfous ended his hunger strike after an agreement was reached to end his administrative detention in Israel and release him this month.

Fasfous was freed at an Israeli checkpoint to the south of Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the occupied West Bank and was welcomed by Palestinian political and security officials as well as representatives of factions, according to WAFA.

He has served a total of five years in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, and reportedly lost about 45 kg of weight during his hunger strike.

There are over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, about 500 of whom are serving administrative detention orders, without charge or trial.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Prisoner Al-Qawasmi Seizes Freedom and Ends Hunger Strike

Nov 12, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Palestinian Prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmi ends his hunger strike after a reached agreement to release him next February according to the Prisoners Information Office.

Israel: Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike after 113 days | Middle  East Eye
Al-Qawasmi won a decisive victory and ended his hunger strike that lasted 113 days

The Palestinian Prisoners Information Office announced that prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmi won a decisive victory on Thursday and ended his hunger strike that lasted 113 days.

After long and difficult rounds of negotiations waged by the supreme leadership body of Hamas prisoners, an agreement was reached to release al-Qawasmi next February, the Office stated.

For his part, Nahed al-Fakhoury, director of the Prisoners’ Information Office stated that the head of the higher leadership committee for Hamas prisoners and the body’s foreign affairs official met al-Qawasmi and followed up on his health condition.

This comes at a time where 5 prisoners are continuing their open hunger strike in the Israeli occupation prisons, in protest of their administrative detention.

Palestinian factions celebrate the victory

On Twitter, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem expressed that al-Qawasmi “scored a victory against the zionist jailer in the battle of determination and defiance.”

He added that, once again, the prisoner proves the ability of the Palestinian to confront the occupier by all means, and reveals the inability of the occupation to stop the Palestinians’ struggle to gain their freedom.

يسجل الأسير مقداد القواسمي نصرا على السجان الصهيوني في معركة الإرادة والتحدي بعد الوصول لاتفاق بتحديد اطلاق سراحه في فبراير المقبل.

يثبت الأسير مقداد القواسمي من جديد قدرة الفلسطيني على مصارعة المحتل بكل الأدوات ، ويكشف مجددًا عجز الاحتلال عن إيقاف مسيرة نضال شعبنا لانتزاع حريته— حازم قاسم (@hazemaq) November 11, 2021

For its part, the Palestinian Mujahideen Movement blessed al-Qawasmi’s victory in the 113-day battle, which he fought with his empty stomach against the occupation.

The movement affirmed that al-Qawasmi’s victory proves the Palestinian prisoner’s will and determination against the occupier’s weakness.

It also stressed that the resistance will work hard to fulfill its promise of liberating other brave prisoners who are still on hunger strike.

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