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September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
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Justice Ministry: No Problem Force-Feeding Inmates

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Officials in the Justice Ministry have rejected claims that the proposal to force-feed hunger striking Palestinians is “cruel”, and they said Monday that the bill currently under consideration is “measured and balanced.”

According to a report on Israel Radio, the director general of the Ministry said that past experience has shown that hunger strikers don’t really want to die, and that doctors were stressed by the possibility that striking prisoners could die if they do not eat.

The report cited Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri, who said two European courts have ruled that force-feeding can cause irreversible injury. However, Nisri believes the State would defend doctors who force-feed prisoners in accordance with court rulings.

MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) told Israel Radio that most of his colleagues oppose the law, and added that Israel “doesn’t care” whether the prisoners die of hunger. However, the current bill could harm the country and international hasbara efforts.

Seventy-six Palestinians are currently on a joint hunger strike.

Palestinian Authority Families Shut Down UNRWA Office

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The families of Palestinian Authority terrorists shut down an UNRWA office in Shechem on Wednesday to protest the organization’s silence about a Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails, the Palestinian news website Ma’an said.

Imad Ishtewy, a local spokesman, said the UN should intervene in the hunger strike immediately, and added that activists on the outside would escalate their plans in  support of the killers in the coming days. More than 100 PA Arabs declared a hunger strike a month ago to their detention without charge or trial in Israeli jails. Most of them started their hunger strike over three weeks ago.

The current strike is not the first time PA prisoners have attacked UNRWA installations and complained that the aid organization fails to meet their needs. Residents of UNRWA camps in Judea and Samaria and Jordan say the services they receive from UNRWA are often substandard – when they exist at all. In many camps, health clinics are often open for just three to five hours a day, and even then residents say they provide little more than basic over-the-counter painkillers.

Even worse, camp residents in Gaza, Judea and Samaria and Jordan have told this reporter that UNRWA has failed to protect their interests vis-à-vis local authorities. In Gaza, this means that the Hamas government has taken control of UNRWA facilities to fire rockets at civilian targets in Israel (most notably during the 2008 Operation Cast Lead), and has refused to use international aid funds to purchase medicine for UNRWA camp facilities.

In Jordan, UNRWA failures are even more dramatic.  “Roads” in UNRWA camps are often little more than unpaved dirt paths, with bare-footed children begging on every corner. Worse, residents of some Jordanian camps have no civil rights in the country because they do not possess Jordanian social security numbers. This bars them from legally working (they are allowed to perform day labor), owning property or businesses and from moving out of the camp.

But those issues do not seem to be in UNRWA’s agenda. Camp officials in all the camps mentioned here say that UNRWA officials care more about receiving their salaries and receiving international visitors than they do about serving the needs of refugees.

“What have they done here? We have nothing, we have no rights, and they think they’re saving the world because the health clinic is open from 11-2 every day. I don’t know if we’d be better off without them, but we certainly aren’t any better off with them,” one camp resident said.

Hunger strike, or not eating?

The current hunger strike is not the first time PA prisoners have declared a hunger strike to protest Israeli policies. But if the reports are correct that 15 people have been hospitalized since the strike began on April 24, it might be the first time that incarcerated prisoners have actually stopped eating: During a similar “strike” in 2004, PA leaders in jail were humiliated after prison guards filmed them eating during the strike. The stars of that Pallywood production included Marwan Barghouti, the arch Palestinian terror mastermind who is considered by Israeli and international human rights workers as the jewel in the crown of Palestinians in Israeli jails.

The last prisoner hunger strike, in May 2012, supposedly included 2,000 prisoners and ended after 27 days after Israel agreed to release administrative detainees and to allow 400 prisoners from the Gaza Strip to receive family visits.

Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at Mother’s Urging

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Alan Gross suspended his hunger strike Friday after a week at the behest of his elderly mother.

“Alan’s mother asked him to stop the fast,” Jill Zuckman, the spokeswoman of the family of the State Department subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba, told JTA. “He agreed to do that.”

Gross, who launched his fast April 3, told his lawyer in a weekly call on Friday that he planned further protest actions, Zuckman said, although he did not elaborate.

Gross’ mother, who is suffering from cancer, turns 92 on Tuesday, which is also the first day of Passover.

Gross, 64, a subcontractor for the State Department on a mission to hook up Cuba’s small Jewish community to the Internet, was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving Cuba. The Maryland resident is serving a 15-year sentence for “crimes against the state.”

Gross says he has lost more than 100 pounds since his imprisonment and suffers from painful arthritis. He reportedly leaves his shared cell once a day for one hour.

When Gross launched his hunger strike, he said it was to protest inaction by both the Cuban and U.S. governments. “Once again, I am calling on President Obama to get personally involved in ending this stand-off so that I can return home to my wife and daughters,” he said in a statement at the time.

Alan Gross Goes on Hunger Strike in Cuba

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross has gone on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment in a Cuban jail and the lack of American assistance.

“I began a fast on April 3rd in protest of the treatment to which I am subjected by the governments of Cuba and the United States,” Gross said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions, and inaction by both governments, not only regarding their shared responsibility for my arbitrary detention, but also because of the lack of any reasonable or valid effort to resolve this shameful ordeal. Once again, I am calling on President Obama to get personally involved in ending this stand-off so that I can return home to my wife and daughters,” Gross said.

Gross, 64, a subcontractor for the State Department on a mission to hook up Cuba’s small Jewish community to the Internet, was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving Cuba. The Maryland resident is serving a 15-year sentence for “crimes against the state.”

Gross says he has lost 100 pounds since his imprisonment and suffers from painful arthritis. He reportedly leaves his shared cell once a day for one hour.

In a letter sent in December 2013, Gross asked President Obama to personally help secure his release.

The Cuban government has indicated that it wants the United States to allow the return to Cuba of five spies in prison or on probation in the U.S. in return for negotiations on Gross.

Gross’s wife, Judy, said in a statement that she fears her husband will not be able to endure his confinement much longer. “I’ve been begging our government for more than four years to bring Alan home,” said Judy Gross. “I’m worried sick about Alan’s health, and I don’t think he can survive much more of this.”

Kerry said Tuesday that he had spoken to the Gross family a month ago to discuss the status of efforts to free Gross. ”We are very, very focused on trying to get Alan Gross out of there, his treatment is inhumane,” Kerry said while testifying in the Senate.

Suspected Israel Bedouin Spy on Hunger Strike in Egyptian Prison

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

An Israeli Bedouin serving a life prison sentence in Egypt on charges of being a spy has begun a hunger strike to draw attention to his plight, the Egyptian Ahram website reported.

Ouda Trabin was sentenced in 2000 on charges of espionage. Voice of Israel public radio aired on Wednesday a letter he sent to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Ambassador in Cairo.

Israel negotiated with Egypt last year for his release in exchange for 65 Egyptians in jail in Israel, but Trabin was not included in the final agreement, which won the release of American-Israeli Ilan Grapel. He has been arrested for allegedly spying on Egypt on Israel’s behalf but was not brought to trial.

Terrorist’s Death by Cancer Gives PA New Excuse for Terror

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Hundreds of Palestinian Authority security prisoners rioted while terrorists out of jail attacks Israelis with rocks and firebombs Tuesday following the death of a cancer-stricken terrorist serving a life sentence for helping to plan a suicide bombing.

The Palestinian Authority officially blamed Israel for the “brutal” death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, 64, who died after being transferred from his Negev prison cell to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center late last month for medical care.

Six prison guards and three prisoners were injured during riots, and Arabs in Abu Hamdiyeh’s home city of Hevron went on a rampage, throwing rocks and hurling firebombs at police and soldiers.

Abu Hamdiyeh was sentenced to life in 2002 for organizing a Fatah suicide attack at the Kafit coffee shop in Jerusalem, where approximately 50 people were spared death or injury when the bomber’s explosive charge failed to detonate.

“The Palestinian presidency holds the government of Netanyahu responsible for the martyrdom of prisoner Abu Hamdiyeh today in the prisons of the Israeli occupation,” according to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina.

Just to make certain there is no doubt concerning the gravity of Israel’s supposed guilt, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called it a “premeditated crime against humanity.”

Palestinian Authority Minister for Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe charged Israel with causing his death, which he said “is a brutal crime…especially that the prison administration knew that he was suffering from cancer and they didn’t release him and medically neglected him.”

An Israeli prisoner spokeswoman said that Abu Hamdiyeh was diagnosed in February with esophagus cancer, which was not diagnosed as terminal until last week. She added that the Prisons Service “appealed to the release committee to secure his early release, a process which had been started but not yet concluded.”

The cancer-stricken terrorist recently complained to lawyers that he was only receiving pain killers and was not treated for his condition while in jail.

Hamas called for a new intifada against Israel, but the call was unnecessary considering the violent reaction to Abu Hamdiyeh’s death. The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency noted that he was the 207th Palestinian Authority prisoner to die in jail, an implication that Israel is to be blamed for deaths of terrorists, even those who suffer from cancer.

Other jailed Palestinian Authority terrorists are risking their lives through hunger strikes, and one of them, Samer al-Issawi, is being cared for in an Israeli hospital, where he reportedly is in critical condition. He had been freed from jail in the swap of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in return for 1,000 terrorists but was re-arrested for violating terms of the agreement.

If he dies, Israel also will be blamed for his starving himself to death.

 

Seven-Month PA Hunger Striker Hospitalized

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Samer Issawi, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 210 days, was taken to an Israeli hospital on Wednesday from the Ofer Prison, near Jerusalem, while two other hunger strikers reached a deal with Israel and ended their hunger strikes.

Issawi was sentenced to eight months in prison and is eligible for release March 6. He was jailed for violating the terms of his release under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap in 201. Issawi illegally entering the Judea and Samaria after having been held under administrative detention without charges.

Jaafar Izzedine and Tarek Qaadan on Wednesday agreed to halt their hunger strikes after Israel agreed to release them in May.

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