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Israel sentences 7 Palestinians to detention without charge or trial

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s Ofer military court Thursday sentenced seven Palestinians to detention without charge or trial for periods between three to six months, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).The statement said that Palestinian prisoners Bassam Mteir Asmar and Imad Omar Abu al-Heija were sentenced to six months of administrative detention, while prisoners Muhammad Abed al-Raouf Hamel, Muhammad Youssef Khlouf, and Muhammad Fouad Eweis were sentenced to four months.Palestinian prisoners Amer Ashraf Jadallah and Mutaz Muhammad al-Muhtaseb were also sentenced to three months of administrative detention.

Israel’s policy of administrative detention — internment without charge or trial for three to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence — has been widely condemned by the international community.Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have claimed that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.Since Israel considers the majority of Palestinian political factions illegal, designating them as “terrorist organizations,” Palestinian communities are highly vulnerable to arbitrary detentions by Israeli forces, as most Palestinian families are affiliated with one of several Palestinian parties.Rights groups have also charged Israel of using its policy of administrative detention, which is almost exclusively used against Palestinians, as a way of eroding Palestinian democracy and family life, while enabling Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian activists and journalists for extended periods of time without evidence of any wrongdoing.Bilal Kayid, a Palestinian prisoner affiliated with the leftist PFLP faction, launched a hunger strikeon June 14 in protest of being placed under administrative detention on the day he was scheduled to be released after completing a 14-and-a-half-year prison sentence.Since then, a mass hunger strike has been ongoing, with the al-Balboul brothers declaring a hunger strike earlier in July after being placed in administrative detention while other Palestinian prisoners have undertaken short-term solidarity hunger strikes through a rolling system, as 100 prisoners went on hunger strike on Wednesday to demand an end to Israel’s arbitrary detention of Palestinians.According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held by Israel as of May, 715 of whom were held in administrative detention.
(Source / 28.07.2016)

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Video of the Week Israel votes to cut off power to Gaza.

Video: Allegations have come forth that Mahmoud Abbas (self proclaimed Palestinian "president") will - on top of asking israel to cut Gaza's power to one hour per day (just approved)now declare Gaza a rebel zone! This (if true) will mean the cutting of all aid to Gaza, the shut down of all bank accounts, stopping of all entry/exit and the international arrest warrants of Hamas officials... Calls for war have already been shouted from the rooftops with cuts to Gaza salaries by the PA, restrictions on diesel fuel (due to the PA refusing to pay), the electricity being cut down again and again (causing various problems for life in Gaza) but now it seems like the final nails are being ever so violently hammered into the coffin. If this rumour is true then conflict with Hamas is inevitable and "israel" will have the perfect excuse to massacre innocents in Gaza due to having a legal means to arrest Hamas members (who will not just hand themselves in obviously). Mahmoud Abbas is ready and willing to collectively punish the entire population of 2 million (mostly children) in the Gaza Strip in order to gain more power and to please his own oppressors. If the aid is stopped, the 80+ percent of Gazans reliant on international food aid will starve, 97% of the water in Gaza is also undrinkable, so with none coming in what's the alternative? The current conditions in Gaza would make any sane person cry and feel sick to the pit of their stomach and the so called president of Palestine is dancing around in his expensive suits licking the feet of his people's oppressors!!! Mahmoud Abbas has to go! This is disgusting! #SAVEGAZA

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