June 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in a ...[read more]
June 7, 2014
by G. Redd
United Nations Secretary General Ban Kim Moon on Friday urged Israel to release Palestinian administrative detainees over fears of failing health in a hunger strike. Some sources estimate that over 290 Palestinians detained in Israel are on hunger strike, with about 70 requiring medical treatment ...[read more]
February 21, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Violence broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers on Thursday during a rally in the West Bank near the town of Beitunia. At least 1,000 protesters were marching to Ofer Prison in support of four Palestinian inmates on a hunger strike. As Israeli forces obstructed the march ...[read more]
February 13, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over reports that three Palestinians being held in Israeli custody are in poor health. Tarek Qa'adan and Jafar Azzidine have been on hunger strike for 78 days and Samer Al-Issawi has been on partial hunger strike for 200 ...[read more]
August 9, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday stated that Israel should investigate the alleged mistreatment of two Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike. The lawyer for Hassan Safadi and Samer al-Barq, who have been on hunger strike since June 21 and May 22 respectively, argued that they ...[read more]
July 16, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Twenty-four Palestinians detainees were permitted family visits at their Israeli jails on Monday as the result of a deal between Israeli authorities and hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners. Forty Gazans visited their relatives at Ramon prison for the first time since Israel banned family visits ...[read more]
June 8, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Friday called on Israel to release two Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for several weeks. Falk reported that Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi, who have been on hunger strikes for 82 and 58 days ...[read more]
May 10, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to try or release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners without delay to avoid any further risk on their health condition. The prisoners, who have been in Israeli custody, began their open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago ...[read more]
May 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday ruled against two Palestinian prisoners in their appeal seeking release from detention. Thaer Halahla and Bilal Diab have been placed in administrative detention, a legal method of incarcerating potentially dangerous individuals indefinitely without a trial. The ...[read more]
May 2, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur of the occupied Palestinian territory, said Wednesday that he is "appalled" by "continuing human rights violations in Israeli prisons." Israeli prison authorities have taken punitive measures against the more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who began a ...[read more]

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