'We Will Live in Dignity!' - 1200 Palestinian Prisoners Begin Mass Hunger Strike

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'We Will Live in Dignity!' - 1200 Palestinian Prisoners Begin Mass Hunger Strike

'We Will Live in Dignity' : Palestinian Prisoners Begin Mass Hunger Strike (and vid)



"...The continuing ill-treatment of some 4,600 political prisoners, which includes internment, the denial of family and lawyer visits, prolonged periods of isolation, and the lack of fair trials, has largely been overlooked by a wider international community that has grown more and more desensitised to such violations of international law.

To mark the occasion of Prisoners' Day, Al Haq has produced a video that elaborates on the experiences of Palestinian prisoners and their families.

Today, some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners are beginning a mass hunger strike to protest their ill treatment, poor conditions and Israel's illegal practise of internment. They do so under the banner 'WE SHALL LIVE IN DIGNITY!'

There are already 10 Palestinians on hunger strike, including Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, both of whom have refused food for 38 days to protest their indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Regrettably, their hunger strike has been completely ignored by the international community.

Help give voice to those who are isolated behind bars and calling out for justice through a wide distribution of this material."

Since 1967 there have been 750,000 arrests..



On Palestinian Prisoner Day, the Suffering of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Doubles


"PCHR expresses its utmost concern for the continuing deprivation of family visitations of at least 475 Palestinian prisoners from the Gaza Strip, lasting more than five years now and causing deterioration to these prisoners' psychological and health conditions in violation of international human rights law.

At least 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in a number of Israeli jails are expected to start an open ended hunger strike to pressurize the Israeli Prison Service to heed to their demands, including abolishing the policy of solitary confinement; ending the application of the Shalit law; stopping the attacks against prisoners; providing prisoners with adequate health care; and allowing family visitations to Gazan prisoners.

It is worth noting that at least 10 prisoners have been on hunger strike in protest against the policy of administrative detention."


PCHR Relases New Film For Palestinian Prisoners Day (and vid)


'Palestinians Behind Bars: Prisoners Without Human Rights'


Injured Inmate in Israeli Jail Claims He Was Raped, Denied Treatment


"Othman Ebrahim Assad Younus, a Palestinian prisoner serving four life sentences in Jalboue Prison in Israel, says he was raped by two of his jailers while in solitary confinment. Younus has yet to receive any treatment for injuries he sustained after being arrested by Israeli Special Forces. His family said he needs braces for his legs and arms and he needs psychological therapy following his brutal experience.

In 1993, Younus became involved in the armed resistance against Israel after his father was killed when an Israeli colonist ran over him with his car, along with his sister and pregnant niece. The motorist was never charged for the crime. Younus' mother said that her son didn't even get to see his father before he died and he was buried right away. 'This was a turning point in Othman's life,' Sobhiya Hamad told Gulf News..."


Interview: 'Counterrevolution' Threatens Mass Hunger Strike by Palestinian Prisoners


The rot of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority is more widespread than previously thought, according to Mourad Jadallah legal researcher with the Palestinian human rights and prisoner advocacy group ADDAMEER. The PA, Jadallah points out, even goes as far as cooperating with the Israeli Prison Service and ordering some Fatah affiliated prisoners to subvert Palestinian hunger strikers..."


Mass Palestinian Hunger Strike  -  by Stephen Lendman


"The whole world's watching. Human rights activists and others who care won't be silent. Israeli crimes against humanity can't be tolerated.."


Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families - by Stephen Lendman


"On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners Day, hundreds of Palestinians begon open ended hunger strikes. Others join them daily. Hundreds may become thousands. At issue are unjust incarcerations, detentions without charge, torture and ill treatment, deplorable prison conditions, punitive isolation, and denial of all basic rights.

Hunger strikes brought recrimination. On April 19, Maan News reported the Palestinian Authority (PA) saying Israel 'tightened procedures'. Prisoners were punished in isolation without electricity. Threats were made. Family visits were prohibited.

PA officials said 1,000 prisoners began open-ended hunger strikes. In response to Israel's crackdown, Amnesty International's Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director, Ann Harrison, said:

'We remain very concerned about reports that detainees have been denied access to independent doctors, and that some have been punished because of their decision to go on hunger strike -- including being placed in isolation, fined, or otherwise ill-treated by Israel Prison Services officers.."


Opinion: Prisoners Have Rights to See Family, Read Books


"Palestinian prisoners have declared a prison-wide hunger strike. It began with 1,200 prisoners demanding basic rights, such as family visits (Those with family in Gaza have not seen relations since 2007), the ability to touch and hug children and family members and to apply for high school and college degrees, as well as have regular books brought in.

It would be great if Jewish religious and secular leaders (diaspora too!) whose history and culture highlights the importance of books and being a light unto nations, would protest the denial of books to Palestinian prisoners.

The big question however for Ismael and all other prisoners, is what will happen once they end their prison terms and what will they think of how the world acted when they were being punished...?"


Palestinians Call For Action Against Israeli Prison Contractors


'Emphasizing imprisonment as a critical component of Israel's system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid practices against the Palestinian people, we call for intensifying the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to target corporations profiting directly from the Israeli prison system.

In particular, we call for action to be taken to hold to account G4S, the world's largest international security corporation, which helps to maintain and profit from Israel's prison system, for its complicity with Israeli violations of international law..."

G4S also operates in Canada


Ex-Palestinian Prisoner: 'Captivity in Israel, Living in Graves' (and vid)


"Israel deprives the Palestinian prisoners of the most basic himan rights, keeping them in total isolation from the outside world as if thy 'live in graves', a former Palestinian prisoner tells Press TV."

Interview with Prisoner - DON'T MISS!


Israel Punishes Hunger Strikers


"The measures taken by Israel are aimed at the 1,200 Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike to protest against extended detention without trial and to demand better prison conditions. Last Tuesday, 3,500 Palestinian prisoners out of a total of 4,699 currently detained in Israel went on a collective hunger strike. Over a thousand have been on strike ever since..


Palestinians Show Solidarity with Hunger Strikers (and vid)


"Dozens of Palestinians rallied in front of the Ofer military prison in Beitounya, Ramallah in an act of support to Palestinian prisoners that are currently on hunger strike throughout various Israeli jails. 7 of the 8 Palestinian prisoners who started their hunger strike prior to April 17 have been moved to the Ramleh prison hospital due to deteriorating health conditions.."

Update on the Palestinian Prisoners' Hunger Strike


"As during hunger strikes in the past, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has escalated its punishment of hunger-striking prisoners in an effort to undermine the campaign. Addameer lawyers have been denied access to all hunger striking prisoners..>

In light of these developments, an upsurge of action at the international level is necessary to bring action to the legitimate demand of Palestinian prisoners. Addameer therefore renews its call to all political parties, institutions, organizations and solidarity grops working in the field of himan rights in the occupied Palestinian territory and abroad to support the prisoners in their campaign of hunger strikes.."

No More Arrests and Detention without charges or trial. No more denial of family visits. Education and books must not be denied.

[email protected]

Ph (416) 640-8500 (Consulate of Israel, Toronto)

So much for 'the only democracy in the Middle East'!


'Jailed Palestinians' Mass Hunger Strike Case to go to UN'


"Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal says the case of the ongoing mass hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli jails will be referred to the UN. Around 2000 Palestinian prisoners have gone on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, with more detainees pledging to join the protest movement next week...

The strike was organized by inmates loyal to the Palestinian resistance movement, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the second largest organization in the umbrella group of the Palestine Liberation Organization..."


Act Now: More Palestinian Hunger Strikers in Hospital with Serious Health Problems (and vid)


"Yesterday, Palestinian lawmaker and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmat Saadat was moved to Ramleh prison hospital by the Israeli Prison Service, according to Maan News Agency. Saadat joined the mens hunger strike which started on 17 April. One day earlier, Muhammed Halas was moved to an Israeli hospital after 12 days without food, according to Maan.."


2,000 Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike AND ZERO NEWS COVERAGE


"There are currently 2000 Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, though judging from the lack of coverage in the mainstream media you'd never know it. Considering that the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians who've been detained forms approximately 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population of the Occupied Territories.

Draw your own conclusions."


For Israel, Punishing Palestinians Is Not Enough  -  by Amira Hass


"In faraway, frozen Finland, otherwise known as the infirmary of Ramle Prison - the lives of four detainees who have been on a hunger strike for at least 60 days hang in the balance. Nearly 2000 inmates in the Nafha, Ashkelon, Gilboa and other prisons around Israel have been on hunger strike for two weeks. The very fact of their decision to refuse food and their willingness to risk being punished by the authorities stands as a reminder of their humanity.

The Israeli Prison Service does not have to make much of an effort to conceal this mass action from Israeli eyes. The great majority of Israelis label all incarcerated Palestinians as conscienceless murderers or common terrorists, at the least. They have little interest in acts of personal or collective courage on the part of Palestinian detainees that serve as reminders that they are human beings.."

In other words not so very different from Canadians..


Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat (PFLP)


 Sign a letter demanding the Israeli state implement all the demands of the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners!

"Sa'adat is General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and has been in isolation for over three years in Ramon Prison. He has been on hunger strike since April 17 with now over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners. PFLP prisoners were previously offered that Sa'adat's isolation would be ended in exchange for them ending their hunger strikes, which the prisoners refused, saying they are committed to achieving the full demands of the strike in unity with all prisoners, including ending all isolation, ending administrative detention, and supporting rights to family visits, education and media for prisoners.."

Call on Foreign Minister John Baird to raise the issue with his 'best friend' Israel

[email protected]

Ph: (613)-996-0984

Fax: (613) 996-9880


Call on 'an ardent supporter of Israel in all circumstances and in all situations', NDP Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair:

[email protected]

Ph: (613) 995-7224

Fax (613) 995-4565

Help the Palestinian Prisoners - Support Their Just Demands - Free Palestine!



Two birds of a feather.  Appeal by all means, if only to highlight the fact that Israel would be quite content to see thousands of prisoners starve to death, as would these two bought and paid for lapdogs.


Israeli Police Use New Force on Palestinians as Protests Mount in Support of Hunger Strikers


"Today, Israeli police confronted protesters outside of prisons in both the West Bank and Israel with rubber bullets, tear gas and electric shock, arresting 15. Protesters gathered in support of approximately 2,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike since April 17, 2012.."


Palestine: Time For A Change  -  by Mazin Qumsiyeh


"Palestinian political prisoners illegally held in Israeli jails, are on hunger strike and some are near death. The population of strikers includes 200 child prisoners, 27 Palestinian Legislative Council Members, and 456 prisoners from Gaza who have not been allowed family visits since 2007. Meanwhile colonization continues at a relentless pace. Zionist colonization is not driven by emotion or haphazard actions.."

In Solitary Confinement For Ten Years, Palestinian Prisoner Sees Family Only Once  - by Amira Hass


"..In February, Judge Yonatan Avraham denied Mahmoud Issa's request for a visit from his 75 - year-old mother, deeming such a visit a 'great potential risk to state security'..."


Tunisians Rally To Support Palestinian Prisoners (and vid)


"Tunisian Hunger Strikers are demonstrating in the streets of the Capital to support Palestinian prisoners..."


The Missing Palestinian Hunger Strike: Traveling Below the Western Radar  - by Richard Falk


"Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1300 hunger strikers in any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story?

Despite this dramatic state of affairs there is scant attention in Europe and literally NONE in North America. In contrast, consider the attention that the Western media has devoted to a lone, blind Chinese human rights lawyer..

There is another comparison to be made. Recall the outpouring of concern and sympathy throughout the West for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier..."

ah but to compare a true Zionist serving son of Israel 'the only democracy in the Middle East' to these "dirty Arabs"...?


Excellent article by Falk, which I read just before seeing it posted here.


Yes, and I hope you would have posted it too if I hadn't. Shouldn't one expect Thomas Mulcair to raise the issue when he meets with Shame On Peres? Or do these outrageous prison conditions receive impunity and a free pass from the NDP as well as Harper? What do you think?


NDP Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair will meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres. Given the dire and barbaric conditions of Palestinian imprisonment and the prisoners' dangerous physical starvation as a result of their hunger strike, it is clearly incumbent upon Mulcair to protest these outrageous and unacceptable conditions. Please demand that he do so:

thomas. [email protected]


Arab League Condemns Brutality of Israeli Forces Against Palestinian Prisoners (and vid)


"The Arab League officials urged the necessity of legal and political actions against Israel in order to bring an end to the plight of Palestinian prisoners and to shed more light on the Israeli violations..."


ICRC Urges Hospitalization of Six Palestinian Hunger Strikers


"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for hospitalization of six Palestinian hunger strikers who are being held in Israeli prisons..."


Palestinian Prisoners' Battle of the Empty Stomachs Continues


"Thaer Halahleh and Bilal Diab surpass 70 days on hunger strike. Addameer urges the United Nations and all States to hold Israel accountable , as per their duty in guaranteeing the protection of international human rights and humanitarian law."

This has not yet occurred in Canada where there has been no official complaint lodged, concern expressed nor any mention made by any Canadian official, politician, agency or NGO, on the Palestinian prisoners behalf, directed toward the President of Israel currently visiting.


Statement No 4 Of The Hunger Strikers' Leadership


"We vow to live with dignity or die

We are in a dangerous and sensitive situation, and run the risk of losing our lives for our dignity. Nevertheless, we will not end our strike without achieving our demands, the most important being to end the policy of isolation and to permit the family visits from Gaza that have been banned.."


Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike (and vid)


Real News segment on over 1600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails holding mass hunger strikes, two of the these have passed 70 days without food.


Empty Stomachs, Palestinian Spring  -  by Patrick Strickland


"It is not Israel alone that stands between Palestinians and their basic human rights: neither the media nor the Western governments have bothered to comment much on the plight of Palestinian prisoners conducting a mass campaign of peaceful resistance.."

not one word for their plight from the 'loyal' NDP opposition despite the presence of the President of Israel. Silence is complicity.


Israeli Police Brutally Arrest Hunger Strike Demonstrators, Threaten Them with Rape


"Adalah emphasized that 'this event is yet another example of the Israeli police's systematic brutality against Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel'..."

the only democracy in the middle east eh?


Palestinians in East al-Quds Hold Demo in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers


"The protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners who have been on an open-ended hunger strike since mid April.."


Palestinian Prisoners Agree to End Hunger Strike


"Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have agreed to end a mass hunger strike after Tel Aviv bowed to their deman for better prison conditions.. The agreement was signed after several hours of negotiating between prison officials and the senior detainees at Ashkelan jail on Monday with the assistance of Egypt.."


Two Palestinian Inmates Refuse to End Hunger Strike


"Prisoners Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi are still on hunger strike, the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram cited an official from the Palestinian Prisoners' Club as saing on Thursday. According to Israeli sources, Sarsak embarked on a hunger strike on April 4 and is demanding to be recognized as a prisoner of war. Rikhawi is protesting against his detention without charge, under an  administrative imprisonment order issued by a military court, which allows detention without trial for renewable periods of six months..."

Fair Treatment for Palestian Prisoners of War!

End the Occupation!


Murder For Fun and 'Morale': Shocking Video of Lethal Israeli Attack on Sleeping Palestinian Prisoners (and vid)


'THis shocking video and the events around it provide a rare glimpse into the lives of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel's jails, more than 200 of whom recently completed a 28-day hunger strike against the cruel and inhumane treatment they receive..."

Palestinian Prisoners Are Still On Hunger Strike


"...Israeli authorities had made a deal with Mahmoud Sarsak, a Palestinian detainee who is on his 61 day of hunger strike, that he would be released on 1 July, yet Israel subsequently broke the deal, so he never broke the hunger strike. The two other prisoners, Akran al Rikhawi and Mohammad Abdul Aziz's demands were that they would be allowed to be presented again before the Military Court. "

'I am an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and instances' - Thomas Mulcair. There have been no official protests from Canada on behalf of the Palestinian prisoners, their conditions or abuses by Israel.


Outrage Over Detention Without Trial of Palestinians by Israel (and vid)


"Bruce Kent a veteran anti-war activist has made an appeal for Palestinians under represssion and imprisonment, as more than 4,000 hunger strikers resistance continues.."


Akram Rikhawi and the Saga of Palestinian Hunger Strikes  - by Richard Falk


"I post below a joint press release by respected NGO's of Palestine and Israel that summarize the desperate medical condition of Akram Rikhawi, who has continued his hunger strike for more than 85 days, an extraordinary display of discipline and resolve, the exemplary Palestinian virtue of samud (steadfastness).."

'Canada is Israel's best friend' Stephen Harper, PM

'I am an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and instances'. Thomas Mulcair NDP


'Save Samer, He is Dying'


"Who can hear this story and remain silent?"


Israeli Detention of Palestinians Violates International Law: Adie Mormech (and vid)


"Samer Issawi has been on a hunger-strike for over 205 days. Again he is another victim of the administrative detention..."


Consul General of Israel, Toronto

[email protected]


Letter From Palestinian Prisoner Samer al Issawi: 'There Is No Going Back Because I'm the Owner of Right.'


"...Our goal is to be free and sovereign in our liberated state and in our blessed Al Quds..." (Jerusalem)


Palestinian Prisoner Dies in Israeli Jail


"A Palestinian prisoner died in an Israeli jail on Saturday, officials said, as the number of inmates on hunger strike climbed to 11, according to the Palestinian Prisners Club. Arafat Jaradat was 'arrested a few days ago. He was killed during the investigation,' the Palestinian minister in charge of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqaa told AFP.

'We demand the creation of an international commission of inquiry to probe the circumstances of his death,' Qaraqaa said."

zio-monsters love to kill


Minister: Autopsy Shows Torture Killed Jaradat


"An autopsy has revealed that Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody. At a news conference in Ramallah, Issa Qaraqe said an autopsy of conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that 30-year old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine and legs. A spokeswoman for Israel's Prison Authority said Saturday that Jaradat had apparently died of cardiac arrest in Megiddo prison..."

zio monsters love to torture indigenous


Jaradat's Horrifying Death May Spark a Revolution


"...If a third Intifada - one of Israel's biggest fears - does break out on the back of Jaradat's death and the overall disregard Israel pays to the plight of Palestinian prisoners, perhaps this will open the world's sleepy eyes. Killing prisoners is no small thing."