Palestine News & Info Agency – WAFA – Newspaper Review: Weekly Protests in Solidarity with Hunger-striking Prisoners Focus of Dailies

Palestine News & Info Agency – WAFA – Newspaper Review: Weekly Protests in Solidarity with Hunger-striking Prisoners Focus of Dailies.

RAMALLAH, May 31, 2014 – (WAFA) – Weekly protests organized in West Bank areas in solidarity with Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners and tight Israeli restrictions imposed on the entry of worshipers into Al-Aqsa Mosque hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.

 

 

Here are the front page headlines of the dailies.

 

 

Al-Quds

 

·         Anti-wall and settlement Weekly protests organized in solidarity with prisoners. . . dozens injured by bullets and tear gas during clashes with Israeli forces.

 

·         [Israeli forces hands] Demolition notices for three houses in Al-Walaja to the west of Beit Jala.

 

·         Israeli forces deny thousands of worshipers access into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

·         Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth at Zaʻtara checkpoint, claiming he wore an explosive belt.

 

·         1,500 prisoners will join the open-ended hunger strike on Sunday in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners held in administrative detention.

 

·         [Hamas official Mousa] Abu Marzouq calls [Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad] al-Malki to resign in support of reconciliation.

 

·         [Hamas official Ismaʻil] Haniyeh confirms that unity government disputes are under control.

 

·         President [Mahmoud Abbas] congratulate Palestine’s Soccer Team and the Palestinian people on the big win against the Philippines.

 

·         Newsweek publishes a report revealing that Israel wiretapped [former US President Bill] Clinton during peace talks.

 

·         A new landing runway for planes at Ben Gurion airport passes over ‘Palestinian Authority’s territories.’

 

·         Hundreds of Jordanians hold peaceful demonstrations in ‘Amman and Tafila supporting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and demanding reforms.

 

 

Al-Ayyam

 

·         Prisoners held in administrative detention have been on hunger strike for 37 days, several injuries reported during protests organized in solidarity with prisoners in different West Bank areas.

 

·         Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addamer): “Health of hunger-striking prisoners has seriously deteriorated.”

 

·         Hundreds of [Palestinian] citizens perform Friday prayer in the streets of [Jerusalem Old City] after being denied access into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

·         Following Europe, The US would deal with the [Palestinian] national consensus government.

 

·         The Israeli army alleges foiling a suicide attack.

 

·         The United Nations: “Over 100 people have been displaced from the Jordan Valley by demolitions and military training.”

 

·         [Hamas official Mousa] Abu Mazouq: “The government formation is hindered by two obstacles, and efforts are underway to announce it during the middle of next week.”

 

·         Italy’s Foreign Minister [ Federica Mogherini]: “Settlement is a main obstacle to peace.”

 

·         A report reveals that Israel eavesdropped on Clinton during peace talks.

 

·         [Israeli newspaper] Maʻariv: “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu responded to a US demand to silently freeze constriction in West Bank settlements.”

 

 

 

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

 

·         Palestine wins the challenge and qualifies for the Asian Cup to be held in Australia.

 

·         President [Mahmoud Abbas] congratulates Palestine’s soccer team and the Palestinian people on this win and receives congratulations from his Maldivian counterpart [Abdulla Yameen] on winning the AFC challenge cup.

 

·         President of Palestinian Football Federation [Jibril] Rajoub: “This is a historical day for Palestinian soccer”, an official and popular ceremony will be held Sunday evening at the Presidential headquarters.

 

·         Rallies of anger are organized in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners, Israeli occupation forces injure dozens.

 

·         Fernand Tuil is the first Jew to be buried in Ad-Dheisheh camp.

·         Citizens perform Friday prayers under the spears of occupation.

Claudius Lucassen (@PPSNetherlands) op Twitter

Claudius Lucassen (@PPSNetherlands) op Twitter.

 

(MaanImages/file)

 

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison forces stormed a ward in Ashkelon prison and subjected Palestinian prisoners to “humiliating” searches and treatment early on Friday morning, a lawyer said.

Karim Ajweh, who works for the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs, was quoted in a statement by the ministry as saying that the prisoners being held in room 13 of ward three in Ashkelon were hand-cuffed and locked-up in the bathrooms.

Some prisoners were strip searched during the raid, he added, which took place at 5:00 a.m.

Prisoner Othman Ziadah told the lawyer that the prisoners were then taken to a yard outside and held there for eight hours while officers inspected the room “savagely” for eight hours.

The prisoners’ clothes and other belongings were damaged during the raid, Ziadeh added.

More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israeli prisons, and hundreds are on hunger strike against the detention without charge or trial of nearly 200 of those.

Israeli forces raid Palestinian prisoner ward in Ashkelon prison | Maan News Agency

Israeli forces raid Palestinian prisoner ward in Ashkelon prison | Maan News Agency.

 

(MaanImages/file

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison forces stormed a ward in Ashkelon prison and subjected Palestinian prisoners to “humiliating” searches and treatment early on Friday morning, a lawyer said.

Karim Ajweh, who works for the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs, was quoted in a statement by the ministry as saying that the prisoners being held in room 13 of ward three in Ashkelon were hand-cuffed and locked-up in the bathrooms.

Some prisoners were strip searched during the raid, he added, which took place at 5:00 a.m.

Prisoner Othman Ziadah told the lawyer that the prisoners were then taken to a yard outside and held there for eight hours while officers inspected the room “savagely” for eight hours.

The prisoners’ clothes and other belongings were damaged during the raid, Ziadeh added.

More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israeli prisons, and hundreds are on hunger strike against the detention without charge or trial of nearly 200 of those

Official: 1,500 prisoners to join hunger strike | Maan News Agency

Official: 1,500 prisoners to join hunger strike | Maan News Agency.

 

(MaanImages/File)

 

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs said on Saturday that 1,500 Palestinian prisoners would join a mass hunger strike on Sunday, as he warned of the deteriorating health conditions of more than 100 who have been on strike for over a month.

Issa Qaraqe feared that “there might be martyrs” if the strike continues, as more than 100 Palestinian prisoners who began their 38th day of hunger strike on Saturday have been hospitalized.

Most of the prisoners who began refusing meals on April 24 are administrative detainees who are protesting against Israel’s policy of holding them without charge or trial.

Qaraqe said many of the prisoners are suffering from internal bleeding and loss of memory and consciousness, and some are in need of surgery.

He also said that the Israeli Prison Service is still “assaulting” the prisoners, moving them to solitary confinement under “cruel conditions” in order to “exhaust them and break their strike.”

Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weissman confirmed that some of the hunger strikers were being held in solitary confinement, without providing any more details.

Qaraqe called upon Arab leaders to “urgently intervene and prevent the tragedy that is about to be made by Israel” during his remarks, which were made during a lecture at al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said in a statement Saturday that another prisoner had been moved to solitary confinement.

Abd al-Adheem Abd al-Haq, 38, from Qusra village near Nablus, was moved from Ashkelon prison to solitary confinement in Ohalei Kedar prison.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Prison Service was not familiar with Abd al-Haq’s transfer.

Approximately 100 striking prisoners launched their campaign on April 24 in protest against Israel’s continued use of detention without trial against Palestinians despite a 2012 promise to limit the use of administrative detention to exceptional cases. That promise came as a result of a hunger strike involving more than 2,000 Palestinians that brought many to the brink of death.

Since the beginning of this year’s strike, more than 100 other prisoners have joined the original 100, while thousands have held one-day solidarity strikes.

Palestinians held in administrative detention are often held without charge or trial for months and without access to the evidence leading to their detention, even though international law stipulates this tactic only be used in exceptional circumstances.

Palestinian prisoner human rights organization Addameer estimates that around 183 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention.

Over 800,000 Palestinians have been detained since 1967, with 5,224 currently being held in Israeli prisons, according to the PLO.

Three injured in Israeli attacks on Palestinian non-violent anti-Wall protests – International Middle East Media Center

Three injured in Israeli attacks on Palestinian non-violent anti-Wall protests – International Middle East Media Center.

Protesters at Kfar Qaddoum march (image by activestills.org)
Protesters at Kfar Qaddoum march (image by activestills.org)
Protests were organized on Friday in the village of al Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, Nil’in, central West Bank, and Al Ma’ssara village in southern west Bank.

In Bil’in and Ni’lin, Israeli soldiers attacked the protesters as soon as they reached the gate of the wall that separates local farmers from their lands.

Troops stationed at the wall fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters in Bil’in and Nil’in.

Three civilians were lightly wounded in Bil’in village by the army attack. Two 20-year olds, Ahmad Ratib Abu Rahma and Mohammad Adeeb Abu Rahma, were hit by tear gas canisters – in the foot and hand respectively.

In addition, a Danish peace activist required stitches for a leg wound sustained when she was struck by an Israeli tear gas canister.

At the nearby village of al Nabi Saleh soldiers stop the protest before leaving the village Later soldiers stormed the village and fired tear gas into residents’ homes causing damage.

Meanwhile Israeli troops attacked the villagers of al Ma’ssara and their supporters at village entrance then forced them back using rifle butts and batons, no injuries were reported.

Finally, in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, in the northern West Bank near Qalqilia, one protester was struck in the back by a rubber-coated steel bullet, and a dozen others suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Weekly non-violent protests have taken place in a number of West Bank villages every Friday, beginning in 2003. Most of the protests have been along the construction route of the Israeli Annexation Wall, and have focused on the illegal confiscation of Palestinian land by Israeli troops to annex it into Israel and separate the people from their land with the Annexation Wall.

Security services arrest Palestinians in solidarity with hunger strikers

Security services arrest Palestinians in solidarity with hunger strikers.

File photo from this year's Palestinian Prisoners DayFile photo from this year’s Palestinian Prisoners Day

On Friday Palestinian security services cracked down on protestors who took to the streets in the West Bank city of Jenin in solidarity with hunger strikers inside Israeli jails, Arab 48 website reported.Witnesses said that security forces, armed with batons, closed the road in front of the two rallies and prevented them from reaching Abu-Ali Mustafa roundabout, where activists planned to make speeches.

According to the witnesses, the security services arrested a number of youths who participated in the rallies. The reason for the arrest, the witnesses said, was that they were carrying Hamas and Islamic Jihad flags.

Former minister of prisoners and freed prisoners Wasfi Qabha condemned the crackdown on the youths. He said: “What the Palestinian Authority security services did is unfortunate and painful. They should have secured the rallies and united with them.”

He continued: “It has become clear that there are some [PA officials] who do not want the Palestinians to show solidarity with the prisoners. The person who does not bear seeing these [factional] flags does not feel comfortable with reconciliation.

Hamas refuses the dissolution of the ministry of prisoners

Hamas refuses the dissolution of the ministry of prisoners.

Mahmoud AbbasPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded thedissolution of the ministry of prisoners

Hamas senior leader in the occupied West Bank, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, said on Thursday that his movement rejects the idea of dissolving the ministry of prisoners.Speaking to Al-Quds TV, Sheikh Yousef said that there are still some disputes regarding the national unity government.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded the dissolution of the ministry of prisoners, that Riyad Al-Maliki take the position of foreign minister and that the Pilgrimage Committee be detached from the Awqaf ministry.

On Friday, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said that the disputes have meant the announcement of the unity government has been delayed.

Sheikh Yousef said that all other issues have been agreed upon, including the government’s agenda and who will be the ministers.

Several Palestinian sources said that discussions over the unity government, which should have finished on Thursday, are ongoing.

Hamas senior leader Musa Abu-Marzouq expected the government to be announced on Monday.