Wednesday 18 April 2012

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 ©

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:

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian  
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