The Palestine Brief (6) Palestinian prisoners: the ongoing struggle, Gazans mark 5th anniversary of siege

The Palestine Brief (6)

Palestinian prisoners: the ongoing struggle

Gazans mark 5th anniversary of siege

Study: 78% of Palestinians in Jerusalem live below poverty line 

A weekly report published by the Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS), Gaza on the latest developments in Palestine.

By Yousef M. Aljamal

June 17, 2012

Palestinian prisoners: the ongoing struggle

  • Justice upside down: a new study on Israel’s military courts

In a new booklet, Palestinian rights organization Addameer presents information about Palestinian political prisoners and the chaotic course of Israeli military court hearings. Volunteers and researchers working for Addameer witnessed hearings of Palestinians accused of “offenses” such as throwing stones, participation in demonstrations and other political activities. In their contributions they describe how prisoners, family members and lawyers were treated by the Israeli military during the hearings. A haunting picture of the shocking reality of the Israeli military courts arises from their impressions.

  • Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Sarsak is in a deteriorating health situation

UFree Network holds the Israeli occupation responsible for the critical health situation of Palestinian detainee Mahmoud Sarsak, who launched a hunger strike 94 days ago   .

On Sunday the 6th of June, Israeli Prisons Service (IPS) transferred Sarsak to Assaf Harofeh hospital because of his deteriorating health situation. Such transfer is due the inability of both Al Ramla prison hospital and Mair civil hospital to treat Sarsak’s crucial health condition.

  • 20 Palestinian detained children started a hunger strike in Hasharon prison

Twenty Palestinian children, detained in Hasharon prison, launched on Tuesday June 12, an open hunger strike protesting the harsh prison conditions and the prison administration’s neglect of their demands.

City of peace suffocated

·         Study: 78% of Palestinians inJerusalemlive below poverty line

The gravity of the situation in East Jerusalemis the product, first and foremost, of Israeli policy making. For decades Israelhas pursued a policy that has led to the debilitation of East Jerusalem in every respect,” wrote the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) in a report released last month (“Policies of neglect in East Jerusalem,” [PDF]).

ACRI estimates that of the more than 360,800 Palestinians living inEast Jerusalem, 78 percent live below the poverty line. Currently, 84 percent of the children inJerusalemalso live in poverty.

Hamas calls onVaticannot to acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem churches

The Islamic Resistance Movement has expressed its concerns over the proposed deal between the Vatican State and Israel, which implies the acknowledgement of Israeli sovereignty over Christian churches and other properties in occupiedJerusalem. Hamas said that such a deal would be a dangerous concession inIsrael’s favour and a flagrant violation of international law.

In a press release, a Hamas spokesman said: “Monuments and sacred symbols, both Muslim and Christian, will remain Palestinian, and the Israeli Occupation will not be allowed to control them or manage them, because our people, Muslims and Christians alike, will stand united in the face of all of the Occupation’s schemes.”

  • Al-Samouni Family: the journey to justice

“On behalf of the surviving members of the Sammoni family and the hundreds of other families in Gaza who have been killed by war crimes committed by the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Army, we are shocked and disappointed by the decision of De Beers to present the Queen of England with a diamond manufactured by the Steinmetz Diamond company — a company which supported the Givati Brigade during the Israeli war on Gaza late 2008 as they murdered 29 members of our family in cold blood.”[1]

Only in Israel: you get paid if you leave home!

  • Israel offers Arabs money to leave!

Ben White, a British writer mentioned that “The chair of Yisrael Beiteinu, the party headed by Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, inUpper Nazarethhas called for a campaign to pay Palestinian citizens to leave the city!”

  • UN Agencies And 50 NGO’s Ask Israel To Immediately Lift Gaza Blockade.

Several UN agencies have lent their unequivocal support to a group of 50 international aid and human rights organizations  Thursday,  who have been  demanding immediate   lifting of a six-year Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip stating that Israel’s blockade violates international law and indiscriminately harms Gaza’s 1.6 million people.[2]

  • Gazans mark 5th anniversary of siege.

Palestinian and pro Palestinian activists marked the 5th anniversary ofGaza’s siege on twitter. They used #EndGazaBlockade to shed light on the plight of Palestinians living inGaza after five years of the Israeli siege which claimed the life of hundreds of civilians.

  • The Save Palestine Forum Held in Gaza

The Save Palestine Forum, convened byGaza’s Ministry of Planning, looked at the future design of international support forPalestine. Involved in the forum were convoyers from 18 countries currently inGazaunder the Miles of Smiles umbrella.

International support forPalestine“makes victory closer,” said deputy prime minister Mohammed Awadh. “Friends ofPalestineare growing in number, while friends ofIsraelare diminishing.”

Western Media coverage of Palestine

  • When will The New York Times address the ongoing ethical problem at its Jerusalem bureau?

The departure of the ethically-challenged Ethan Bronner as New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief earlier this year, and the arrival of his replacement Jodi Rudoren, gave rise to hope of a fresh start for the “newspaper of record’s” troubled coverage of Palestinians and Israelis.[3]

Settlers attack Palestinian kids!

  • Report: settlers attack West Bank kids

The United Nations’ report on Children and Armed Conflict was released on Tuesday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report stated that In theWest Bank, there were serious concerns regarding incidents in which Palestinian children were killed or injured by Israeli settlers. In 2011, two boys were killed as a result of shooting attacks perpetrated by settlers, and another 35 boys and six girls were injured in incidents involving Israeli settlers, such as throwing stones at vehicles and attacks against Palestinian houses or farm land.

·         Israeli school exam warns Jewish girls not to ‘hang around with’ Arabs

The Alternative Information Center (AIC) published an excerpt of an Israel civics exam in which a sample piece of writing instructs “the daughters of Israel” to steer clear of Arab men so as to avoid “violence for nationalistic reasons” and “harm [to] the Jewish majority of the state.”


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