Palestinian prisoners walk at the yard of Megiddo prison, 2005
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer released a statement on Monday, International Day to Support Victims of Torture, highlighting Israel’s use of “torture and ill-treatment” on Palestinian detainees, which has led to the death of 73 Palestinians since 1967.
According to Addameer, Israeli authorities’ practice of torture, which it said has been carried out in a “systematic manner,” contravenes numerous international laws and conventions prohibiting the use of torture, and that Israeli prison officials are rarely held accountable for the abuse of Palestinian prisoners.
Since 1967, when Israel occupied the Palestinian territory, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, 73 Palestinian detainees have died in Israeli custody as a result of torture during interrogations, the group reported, the latest of whom was 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat
who is believed to have been tortured to death in Israel’s Megiddo prison in 2013.
The Israeli Ministry of Health had concluded in its autopsy that no contusions were found
on Jaradat’s body except for a fractured rib that occurred close to his death, owing to resuscitation attempts performed by the Israel Prison Service (IPS).
However, Addameer pointed out that a commissioned forensic pathology expert had found that Arafat was “severely beaten” while in custody, and that he had developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which had caused his death.
“Despite this, up to date, no Israeli official has been charged for Jaradat’s death,” Addameer stated.
Photo of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and discharged Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Amid an escalating conflict between Hamas and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA), a leaked and unconfirmed document obtained by Ma’an has noted that discharged Fatah leader and President Mahmoud Abbas’ political rival Muhammad Dahlan could be appointed head of Gaza’s government as a result of talks between Hamas officials and Dahlan in Cairo.
The document, titled “A National Consensus Document for Trust-Building” details an agreement allegedly made between the Hamas movement, led by Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, and Dahlan during Egyptian-sponsored talks
when Palestinian officials established a political front to challenge the PA in coordination with Dahlan.
Dahlan, being a fierce former opponent of Hamas’ rule in Gaza following its success in the 2006 elections that threw Fatah and Hamas in a protracted internal conflict, seemed like an unlikely political ally for Hamas. Nevertheless, analysts have pointed out that the new relationship
between the former enemies represents Dahlan and Hamas’ mutual rejection of the PA, led by Abbas in the occupied West Bank.
The document contains 15 articles focused on ending the issues of Palestinian reconciliation, including articles aiming to resolve issues of revenge or compensation that have arisen during Hamas and Fatah’s more than a decade-long feud.
Israeli fighter jets have carried out multiple airstrikes overnight on a number of resistance sites throughout the Gaza Strip.
According to the PIC field reporter, several of the early Tuesday raids targeted Bader site belonging to the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, located to the west of the Strip.
No injuries were reported during the air raid; however, material damage was caused to the neighboring houses.
Israeli fighter planes also engaged in strikes against Mohamed Abu Harb resistance site in Rafah, located to the south of the Strip.
Palestinian farming lands to the east of Gaza were also targeted by Israeli mortar fire in Juhr al-Dik area, south of Gaza City, without causing any injuries.
Israel claims that the attacks were launched is response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip which landed near Sha’ar Hanegev settlement.
Israel has launched several wars on Gaza Strip, the last of which began in early July 2014. The military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured 11,100 others.
(Source / 27.06.2017)
Israeli authorities break ground in Amichai settlement on June 21, 2017
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After reports emerged Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the United States government to stop marketing new settlement units for the rest of 2017, a representative from settlement watchdog Peace Now called the alleged promise “another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.”
Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post
had reported that the alleged freeze was discovered when settlers from the illegal Beit El settlement in the central occupied West Bank discovered that plans for 300 new settler homes — promised to the settlers by Netanyahu in exchange for a peaceful evacuation of the illegal Ulpana outpost — were halted.
Netanyahu then reportedly met with the settlement’s regional council head Shai Alon and ensured him that the homes promised to the settlers would be excluded from the temporary settlement freeze, adding that the 300 settler homes would be advanced in September.
In response to the reports, Hagit Ofran, the spokesperson for the settlement watch team of the Israeli NGO Peace Now, told Ma’an that “The alleged promise by Netanyahu, if it truly happened, is another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.”
Pointing to information gathered by Peace Now
from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS), Ofran highlighted that this year, the Israeli government had already issued tenders for the construction of 2,858 settlement units in the West Bank.
Screen shot of video allegedly showing firework attack on Israeli police
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have filed charges against five Palestinian youths from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya for allegedly attacking Israeli police officers with rocks and fireworks two weeks ago.Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that the five suspects were each between 15 and 19 years old, and had thrown fireworks at Israeli forces, “endangering them.”His statement said that several days after an investigation was launched into the incident, police forces searched Issawiya and detained the five teenagers, touting that the raid was “based on a search warrant.”
“All five suspects are under arrest and will be charged with attacking police officers,” he said, and attached a video purporting to show footage of the detainees caught in the act.
Rosenfeld had also reported Sunday evening that two Israeli policemen were “lightly injured” in Issawiya when stones and bottles were thrown at them. One suspect was detained for alleged involvement in the incident.
Israeli police run towards Palestinian protesters during clashes in Issawiya on September 13, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians between Sunday evening and before dawn Monday, according to the Israeli army and police.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, four Palestinians were detained — one in the town of Anata in the central Jerusalem district, one in the Jerusalem-area town of al-Eizariya, and two in the town of Beita in the northern Nablus district.
Meanwhile, one Palestinian was detained Sunday night in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Issawiya
after he allegedly threw rocks at police, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement at the time.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri also reported Sunday evening that police detained two Palestinians from the northern occupied West Bank town of Tulkarem while they were in Karmiel in northern Israel.
The two, which included one 27-year-old and one 17-year-old minor with a fake Israeli ID, were detained for being in Israel without Israeli permission.