Hana al-Shalabi, ten days on hunger strike, also being held without charge

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Take action today for Hana al-Shalabi – administrative detainee and hunger striker!
Hana al-Shalabi, an imprisoned Palestinian held under administrative detention without charge or trial, has been engaged in an open-ended hunger strike since her re-arrest on February 16, 2012. Now that Khader Adnan’s heroism has opened the eyes of the world to the struggles of Palestinian prisoners, it is imperative to keep the pressure on for Hana al-Shalabi. TWEET NOW to share this action alert by clicking here. Hana al-Shalabi – like Khader Adnan – needs international solidarity and support for her case to amplify her voice and that of her nearly 5,000 fellow Palestinian prisoners, and to make it clear that the people of the world will not accept the abuse and arbitrary detention of Palestinians by the Israeli occupation. Send a letter now to Israeli officials demanding her freedom. Hana al-Shalabi was released from an Israeli prison in October 2011 in a prisoner exchange agreement; prior to her release, she had been held for more than 30 months. During that time, she was never charged with any crime nor tried; she spent nearly three years in arbitrary administrative detention.
http://samidoun.ca/2012/02/take-action-today-for-hana-al-shalabi-administrative-detainee-and-hunger-striker/

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition calls on all people of conscience to take immediate action to help save the life of Palestinian female political prisoner Hana Yahya Al-Shalabi who has been illegally detained by Israeli authorities under the guise of “administrative detention” without any charge or trial whatsoever.  Hana was an “administrative detainee” with NO charge for over 2 years before she was released in October last year as a part of the Shalit prisoner swap. She has been refusing food since her recapture and is on day 9 of her hunger strike against her renewed “administrative detention” again with NO charge. 
 

Khader Adnan, the Palestinian who ended a 66 day hunger strike against his detention by Israel without charge or trial is recovering well, but remains in a precarious medical condition, according to a joint statement from Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI), which respectively sent a lawyer and doctor to visit him today (full text below).

 
Palestinian female detainee on tenth day of hunger strike
Detained young woman Hana’a Shalabi has entered her tenth day of hunger strike protesting her administrative detention despite being released late last year in the prisoners’ exchange deal.

 
Land Theft / Ethnic Cleansing / Apartheid

Israel To Grab 21 Dunums In Salfit
Aziz Aasi, mayor of Qarawat Bani Hassan stated, Saturday, that the Israeli army issued a new order to takeover privately-owned Palestinian lands in Khallet Hadida of Sarta town in Salfit district. 
http://www.imemc.org/article/63056

Israeli bulldozers level 12 dunums of Palestinian land
Israeli occupation bulldozers leveled 12 dunums of cultivated land in Sourif village to the north of Al-Khalil on Thursday, local sources said.
 

IOF maneuvers damage Palestinian cultivated land
Palestinian inhabitants have appealed to human rights groups to visit the northern Jordan Valley and see for themselves the damages inflicted by Israeli army maneuvers.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s73mvPF5h4eGomCqCHs1RN%2bh32tp16P35BUlMkRZdtD92R3daJN47vajBlcN5tk8faVDP%2bzUHy%2bd%2fdkWz1gy1OmDLMZC7CshBPyW%2fr%2bxmm3q4%3d

Jewish settlers launch fundraising campaign to raze Aqsa Mosque
Leaders of Jewish settlers declared the launch of a wide campaign to raise funds for the demolition of the Aqsa Mosque and the building of the alleged temple mount in its place.
 
The “Youth Against Settlements” movement marked the 18 year anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre with a peaceful march, as part of Apartheid Week in Palestine, demonstrating through the streets of Hebron, violently broken up by Israeli forces. Eight thousand of Palestinians from across the West Bank, joined by solidarity activists, participated in the demonstration in Hebron on Friday, February 24th, calling for the reopening of Shuhada Street.  Occupation forces arrested Badia Dweik (39), member of Youth Against Settlements, along with Fadi Quran (24) and four other Palestinians.  Issa Amro, Coordinator of Youth Against Settlements and dozens of others suffered asphyxiation due to overwhelming amounts of tear gas.
 
The Israeli military is pushing legislation allowing settlers to bypass the state’s convoluted building permit system in the occupied West Bank. The new law would allow settlers to create unpaved roads without a permit. If the law passes, these settlers would be the only Israeli citizens able to build roads in this manner. Currently, only the military is able to build roads without a permit.
 

Violence and Aggression

Palestinian ‘shot dead’ in W Bank
A Palestinian man has died after being injured in clashes at an Israeli army checkpoint in the West Bank, Palestinian medical sources say.

 
Nine Palestinians were injured on Saturday following clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of a man killed on Friday by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank. Talat Ramiya, 23, died in surgery late Friday after Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest with live fire at a protest. Israel’s army said he had targeted the soldiers with fireworks. Around 2,000 mourners, many carrying Palestinian flags, marched with Ramiya’s body to a cemetery in al-Ram, a few hundred meters north of the Jerusalem city limits.
 
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday evening, an area east of the Al-Boreij Refugee Camp, in central Gaza, firing dozens of rounds of live ammunition, while military choppers flew overhead firing flares.

 
HEBRON (Ma’an)– A 25-year-old man from Beit Ummar was lightly injured when he was hit by a car driven by an Israeli in the southern West Bank. Hebron Red Crescent medic Nasser Qabaja said ambulances transferred Ali Ahmad Ikhlayel to Hebron hospital after the Israeli drove off from the scene. 
 
Beaten and tazed youth sentenced to house arrest on 1,000 NIS bail
Local youth Faris Abu Nab was sentenced to house arrest in the Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 22 February, after he was arrested two days prior under accusation of participating in clashes with Israeli troops. Nab was beaten and shocked with a tazer gun by Israeli forces on the evening of 20 February when he was arrested in Ras al-Amoud. The youngster was also forced to pay a 1,000 NIS bail to secure his “release” to house arrest. 

 
New Video Showing Israeli Soldiers Abusing A Cuffed, Blindfolded Palestinian
A new video showing Israeli soldiers abusing a cuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee was released after being shot by a hidden camera in Ni’lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
http://www.imemc.org/article/63055
 
Political Detainees
 
According to Israeli police, 1200 Palestinian children have been arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in the occupied city of Jerusalem alone this year. The youngest of these children was seven-years old. Children and teen-agers were often dragged out of their beds in the middle of the night, taken in handcuffs for questioning, threatened, humiliated and many were subjected to physical violence while under arrest as part of an ongoing campaign against the children of Palestine. Since the year 2000, more than 8000 have been arrested by Israel, and reports of mistreatment are commonplace. 
 

Israeli Government: Release non-violent Palestinian activist, Fadi Quran, from prison
Fadi Quran, a non-violent Palestinian activist, was arrested by Israeli soldiers during a peaceful protest. Fadi is being charged with pushing an Israeli soldier, but video footage (watch for yourself here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUeJEUX5Vtc) shows that he was speaking, then pepper sprayed, pushed down violently to the ground by soldiers and arrested. Fadi, a Stanford graduate, is studying law and working for an alternative energy company in Ramallah. According to Time magazine he is the face of the new NON VIOLENT Palestinian movement (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2062474,00.html) You can also read more about Fadi’s non violent efforts here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/02/the-arab-spring-comes-to-israel/253600/ Fadi should not be detained for an indefinite period of time on false charges. It is imperative that the Israeli government release Fadi so that he may continue to speak for his people and PEACEFULLY push for basic human rights.

 
Israeli Soldiers Arrest Three Beit Ommar Youth
On Tuesday February 21, 2012, Israeli Forces raided the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar and raided several homes, arresting three youth between the ages of 14 and 17. According to the Popular Committee in Beit Ommar, the occupation forces arrested three people; Mohammad Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (14 years old) Mohab Samir Mehanna (16 years old), and Mohammed Jamil Saadi (17 years old). The boys were taken to the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur which is built on land belonging to Beit Ommar residents. When one of the detainees was being taken from his home, his father Ahmad Abu Hashem, was beaten by soldiers as he tried to convince them to let his son Mohammad put on more clothes to protect him from the cold.

 

IOF soldiers storm homes of detainee’s sisters
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the homes of two Palestinian women, the sisters of a prisoner, in Al-Khalil in a pre-dawn raid on Saturday, relatives said.

 
Several senior Islamic Jihad officials approached senior Egyptian intelligence officials on Adnan’s behalf, warning that if he died in administrative detention, it could spark widespread unrest in the territories.
 
Gaza
 
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip has not received enough fuel to resume normal electricity levels, a Gaza energy official told Ma’an on Saturday. Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said on Thursday that the Gaza government had reached a deal with Egyptian authorities to end the electricity crisis that closed Gaza’s sole power plant last week, plunging Gaza into up to 18 hour blackouts per day.
 
Popular Protests / BDS / Activism
 

Mass protest: “Open Shuhada Street and lift the siege from the heart of Hebron”
In the mass protest in Hebron this Friday, Palestinian member of Knesset Mohammed Baraka was injured in his right leg and dozens of other Palestinians suffered further injuries as the occupation forces were shooting tear gas and sound bombs into the crowd to disperse the demonstration. The protest was called by the political forces in the governorate of Hebron, the Stop the Wall Campaign and the Committee for the defense of Hebron in the eighteenth anniversary of the massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque. The main demands of the mass rally were the opening of Shuhada Street and freedom of movement of Palestinians in Hebron.

 

Dozens treated for breathing difficulty in IOF violent quelling of marches
Dozens of Palestinian citizens and foreign activists were treated for breathing problems on Friday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired gas bombs at peaceful protests in West Bank areas.

 

Friday Protests Erupt Across the West Bank
JERUSALEM- Shortly after Friday prayers, Israeli soldiers raided the Al-Aqsa compound and fired a volley of tear gas canisters and sound bomb grenades at the large crowd of worshippers.

 

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi – Israeli Apartheid Week
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is a PhD candidate and the Chairperson of the Post Graduate Association at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ndlozi is a member of the South African Students Congress (SASCO) and a board member of BDS South Africa. Mbuyiseni is active in campaigning on both domestic and international issues, including worker rights, student issues and Palestine solidarity. He recently attended the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a people’s tribunal that found Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid under international law.

 

VIDEO: MSU students stage mass walkout of StandWithUs sponsored Israel army event, Ali Abunimah
Students at Michigan State University (MSU) protested a presentation by two Israeli soldiers visiting their campus by staging a mass walk out on 21 February, a video posted on YouTube shows.

 

Several weeks ago, TEDxUC Irvine organizers asked Irvine 11 protester Osama Shabaik to speak at a March 3rd event. TheTEDx speaker series is an offshoot of the popular TED talks, whose mission is to create a “community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.”

 
Other News
 
Israel plans to start work on a concrete wall along the border between Lebanon and northern Galilee in occupied Palestine in coming months, the UN’s force in south Lebanon confirmed.  The United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) informed the Lebanese army on Thursday that the Zionist state aims to build the 1km wall for security reasons. The wall will extend from the plains of Khiam to the town of al-Addaiseh, passing through Fatima Gate, a former border crossing near the southern village of Kfar Kila.
 
AL-THALA, West Bank — Electricity from solar panels and wind turbines has revolutionized life in rural Palestinian herding communities: Machines, instead of hands, churn goat milk into butter, refrigerators store food that used to spoil and children no longer have to hurry to get their homework done before dark. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/24/4289803/israel-nixes-solar-energy-for.html?#storylink=omni_popular#storylink=cpy
 
As long as Palestinians remain subservient to U.S. & Israeli desires: US ‘committed’ to relationship with Palestinians
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special advisor for global youth issues met Friday with local students, telling them that America is “committed” to its relationship with the Palestinians.  Ronan Farrow told students at Bethlehem University the US is “committed to the relationship between the American people and Palestinian people, where our commitment to youth is particularly important.”
 
Bahrain
 

The king must go: Bahraini mourners
Bahraini mourners attending the funeral of a woman who died due to tear gas inhalation fired by Saudi-backed security forces have called for the ouster of the king and the Al Khalifa regime.

 

Bahraini forces attack, arrest protesters
Bahraini regime forces attack protesters in several villages of the Persian Gulf kingdom and make arrests, Press TV reports.

 

Bahrain’s medics ‘driven underground’
Bahraini medic says doctors are forced to treat protesters in secret.

 
A leading Bahraini activist has been banned from traveling to receive a prestigious pro-democracy award, he said on Saturday. Former opposition MP Mattar Ebrahim was prevented from leaving the country to receive an award recognizing his role in the continued struggle for reform in the Gulf state. Ebrahim is due to travel to Washington DC next week to receive a Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) award, but was prevented from crossing the border to Saudi Arabia on Friday.
 

Full speed ahead for Bahrain Grand Prix
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone gives the Bahrain GP the thumbs up despite continuing unrest in the Gulf state.

 
Iraq
 

Iraq Slaughter: 97 Killed, 348 Wounded
Just a day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned of efforts to stoke sectarian strife, coordinated attacks against mostly Shi’ite targets took place across the country. At least 97 Iraqis were killed in the attacks, and another 348 were wounded.

 

Shi’ite Cleric Sadr Calls Iraqi PM a “Dictator”
In a curious reversal of support, Shi’ite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is now referring to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as the “dictator of the government.” Whether this spells an end to the Maliki administration is unclear. Meanwhile, at least four Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded in new attacks.

http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2012/02/25/shiite-cleric-sadr-calls-iraqi-pm-a-dictator/
 
Saudi Arabia
 

Saudi forces open fire on Qatif protest
Saudi security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Qatif, injuring at least three demonstrators.

 

Saudi regime forces arrest protesters

Saudi police have arrested a number of demonstrators after anti-regime protesters took to the streets in Eastern Province, despite threats of crackdown on pro-reform protests in the kingdom.

 

Saudi journalist faces trial over tweets 
Is religion too taboo for social media? We’ll discuss a case of so-called “Twitter blasphemy” in Saudi Arabia.

 
Saudi government arrested Saudi poet and photographer, Habib Al-Ma`atiq.  No reason was given.  I received the information from Saudi opposition sources inside the kingdom.  Please spread the news. Here is a clip of the poet.
 
Saudi Arabia’s King has been unusually outspoken against Syria’s regime. But what about the rebellion in his own Kingdom? And what kind of ruler will his heir apparent be?
http://www.theglobalmail.org/feature/the-growing-rebellion-in-saudi-arabia/84/
 
Syria
 

Syria: Humanitarian access urged in Homs
Humanitarian aid agencies must be allowed immediate and unhindered access to Homs and other affected areas, Amnesty International said today. The Bab ‘Amr district of the city has come under intensive shelling for more than 17 days, during which time Amnesty International has received the names of 465 people reported to have been killed in Homs.  “The accounts we are hearing from Homs are increasingly dire, with people lacking the most basic amenities,” said Ann Harrison, interim Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

 
Syrian Free Army blocks Syrian Red Crescent ambulances from entering area, in climate of “deep mistrust”.
 
Saudi Arabia backs arming Syrian opposition
Foreign minister tells conference on Syria that supplying weapons to rebels fighting Assad regime is ‘an excellent idea’ as Obama vows to use ‘every tool available’ to stop the slaughter Saudi Arabia has backed the arming of Syria’s opposition guerrilla army in remarks that could signal an intervention by the Sunni Muslim superpower in the Assad regime’s crackdown against the uprising. The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, described the arming of the Free Syria Army as an “excellent idea” at an inaugural meeting in Tunisia of an anti-Assad group – the Friends of Syria. But the Saudi delegation later walked out of the summit citing “inactivity” among the member states gathered. Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, called for the creation of an Arab force to “open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people”.
 

Qatar threatens to create invading force in Syria
An Arab force should be created to interfere in Syria, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said on Friday. ”There is a need to create an Arab force and open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people,” he said in a speech at the “Friends of Syria” international meeting in Tunisia. Arab League governments have withdrawn their envoys to Syria and promised to give material and logistical support to the anti-government armed opposition.

 

Diplomats seek ways to end Syria bloodshed
Officials from more than 70 countries gather for “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunisia to explore options for peace.

 
The United Nations’ top human rights body condemned the ongoing violence in Syria on Thursday, and called on the Syrian government and opposition rebels to open a dialogue to stop the bloodshed. The report said the government had abused human rights since anti-government protests began last year.
 

Syria holds vote on new constitution
Activists doubt charter proposed by Assad will end five decades of one-party rule which sparked ongoing unrest.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/02/201222645055510841.html
 
Emails said to reveal dismay among Al-Jazeera staff over its “biased and unprofessional” coverage of Syria have been leaked by pro-Assad hackers. Damascus – On Wednesday, the entire staff of the Al Jazeera network allegedly received an email instructing them to change their computer and email passwords. Earlier in the week, the network’s server had been hacked by the self-styled Syrian Electronic Army, and some of its secrets were released to the media. The major find to be made public was an email exchange between anchorwoman Rula Ibrahim and Beirut-based reporter Ali Hashem. The emails seemed to indicate widespread disaffection within the channel, especially over its coverage of the crisis in Syria.
 
Hezbollah chief Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah on Friday accused Western powers and Gulf Arab states of seeking a war in Syria. The party’s Secretary-General also suggested that the United States and Gulf monarchies such as Qatar had been sending weapons to the opposition in Syria. Nasrallah urged all parties in Syria to enter unconditional negotiations. “Some Arab and Western states do not want a political solution for Syria as they want a war,” he said. “Lets go ahead, lets talk. They [the opposition] say it is forbidden, isn’t this the reality now?”
 
Books will be written about the US’s handling of the Arab uprisings. They will stress the hypocrisy and deception that characterized US President Barack Obama’s administration attitude toward Arab uprising. The US was taken aback by the uprising in Tunisia (is the US foreign policy establishment ever not taken aback with developments in the Middle East?) and it stuck with former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Once Ben Ali abandoned the country and set off to Saudi Arabia, Obama found the courage to call on him to step down. In Egypt, the Obama administration attitude was even more brazen and shameful. The spokesperson of the US State Department – it will be remembered – called on protesters to desist from using violence.
 

Beyond the Fall of the Syrian Regime
Syrians are approaching the one-year anniversary of what has become the most tragic, far-reaching and uncertain episode of the Arab uprisings. Since protesters first took to the streets in towns and villages across the country in March 2011, they have paid an exorbitant price in a domestic crisis that has become intertwined with a strategic struggle over the future of Syria.

 
Analysis / Op-ed
 
Michael Mansfield, a juror for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, talks about the tribunal’s shadow report documenting Israel’s apartheid policies that tears apart Israel’s report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
 
When I heard that Israeli Sergeant Benjamin Anthony would be speaking at DePaul University in Chicago yesterday, I had one question for him: why did its army torture my friend?
 
This gets at the reason that Europeans are enraged over the demolition of their solar project in Area C– and it isn’t just the obvious one. Hang in with me for a minute  because the long and winding road in this convoluted story demonstrates how Israel is making plans to annex Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the West Bank. 
 

The Myth of Israel’s Liberal Supreme Court Exposed, Jonathan Cook
Little more than a decade ago, in a brief interlude of heady optimism about the prospects of regional peace, the Israeli Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings that, it was widely assumed, heralded the advent of a new, post-Zionist era for Israel. But with two more watershed judgments handed down over the winter of 2011-2012 the same court has decisively reversed the tide.

 

Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation, Charlotte Kates
‘As for your judicial apparatus…: it is one of the instruments of the occupation whose function is to give the cover of legal legitimacy to the crimes of the occupation, in addition to consecrating its systems and allowing the imposition of these systems on our people through force. This judicial apparatus also supports the administration of this occupation – which is the worst form of state-organized terrorism – as if you were in a permanent state of self-defense. The legitimate resistance of our people is seen as if it were terrorism that must be combated and liquidated and judgment is placed upon those that practice or support it. And in the face of this contradiction between two logics, there would have to be a conviction.’ – Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian leader and political prisoner, addressing Israeli military court.

 
Not to be outdone by Ariel Sharon, who provoked an entire Intifada by forcing his way onto the Temple Mount, nor by Moshe Feiglin, who provoked wholesale Muslim riots in the past two weeks with provocative flyers calling for destruction of the Muslim sacred mosques there, Congressmembers Jerrod Nadler and Elliot Engel, and Conference of Presidents head Malcolm Hoenlein toured the Mount of Olives (here’s the news story).  They did so under the direction of the Kahanist NY Jewish Press managing editor, Yishay Fleisher, who lives as a settler in the disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood.
 

Radio station aims to empower Palestinian women
Nisaa FM is an almost entirely female-run Palestinian radio station based in Ramallah and the only radio station in the Middle East devoted solely to women’s issues.

 
Few congressional candidates have excited the progressive base of the Democratic party as much as consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren has. With her tenacious advocacy for a consumer protection agency to fight unfair lending practices and her consistent framing of economic issues in terms of structural inequality has earned her enthusiastic promotion from major progressive figures from Markos Moulitsas to Rachel Maddow to Michael Moore.
 
Transformation of Palestinian landscape focus of Designing Civic Encounter project, Emily Lawrence
A new multidisciplinary project examines how Israeli settlements, a burgeoning neoliberal economy and loss of traditional heritage is quickly transforming Palestine’s landscapes and public spaces.
 
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2 Responses

  1. Refaat
    February 26, 2012, 2:43 pm

    if hunger strike is the way to freedom, Palestinians, all of them, are ready to starve #HanaHungerStrike

  2. piotr
    February 26, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Rabbi Ovadia Josef spoke against attack on Iran.

    Supreme Leader of Iran mantains fatwa against nuclear weapons.

    Perhaps simple theocracy would be a positive step in Middle East?

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