Israel bans 15 Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners from seeing lawyers

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel Prison Service (IPS) in Israel’s Megiddo prison banned 15 hunger-striking prisoners from receiving visits from their lawyers, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) on Wednesday.IPS claimed that the ban was imposed on the prisoners due to their health conditions, according to PPS, as they continued their solidarity hunger strike in support of Bilal Kayid, now entering his 56th day without food, and in protest of being held in administrative detention — Israel’s policy of imprisonment without charge or trial.IPS also reportedly banned 35 other hunger-striking prisoners from receiving lawyer visits at Israel’s Gilboa prison for the same reasons, while an order was also issued to ban lawyers from visiting hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners at Israel’s Jalbou prison.

 
Shireen Eraqi, a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that all the hunger strikers in Jalbou prison were transferred to solitary confinement and all their personal belongings confiscated by IPS officials, including electronic devices and bed covers.
 
IPS also reportedly only served hot drinking water to the hunger strikers, banned family visitations for two months, and imposed a 600 shekel ($157) fine on the prisoners, according to Eraqi. She added that the actions taken by IPS were part of the prison authorities’ attempts to pressure the hunger strikers to stop their strikes.
Five Palestinian prisoners are currently on open hunger strikes against their administrative detention:brothers Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul, Ayyad al-Hreimi, Malik al-Qadi, and journalist Omar Nazzal, while Walid Masalmeh is on hunger strike in protest of being held in solitary confinement.PPS confirmed that 80 prisoners, including Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Secretary-General Ahmad Saadat, have remained on hunger strike in solidarity with Kayid, who declared a hunger strike on June 14 after being transferred to administrative detention on the day he was expected to be released from a 14-and-a-half-years sentence in Israeli prison.
Meanwhile, Israel has recently prevented the families of scores of Palestinian prisoners from entering Israel to visit their incarcerated relatives, as widespread protest have also been launched over theInternational Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) recent cuts to family visitations, reducing arranged visits for male Palestinian prisoners from two days a month to just one.
Israel’s policy of deporting Palestinians outside of the occupied territory into prisons inside the occupying state is illegal under international law. According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, “This systematic and illegal transfer of Palestinians from the occupied territory also carries with it a human impact — the consequence is that Palestinian relatives of prisoners and detainees who then require a permit to enter Israel are regularly denied family visitation permits, based on ‘security grounds’.”
“From observations by Addameer based on accounts of family members, these permits are systematically denied for male family members aged between 16 and 35. Overall, the ongoing deportation of Palestinians detainees presents not just significant human implications, but also operates as part of a wider Israeli impunity for international crimes which threatens to erode the relevance of international law generally.”
 
(Source / 10.08.2016)

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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