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Issue No: 34

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Issue No: 34

10th Mar, 2013

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Issawi still on hunger strike despite serious condition (P.4)

Israel cracks down on Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (P.5)

Hamdan: Talks about reviving peace process are futile (P.7)

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Clashes across the West Bank, dozens injured (P.5)

“Israel� accused of abusing detained children (P.6)

Malaysia gives $6milliom grant to Gaza (P.9)

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Issue No: 34

Contents NEWS OF PALESTINE Issawi still on hunger strike despite serious condition............................................................... 4 Clashes across the West Bank, dozens injured .......................................................................... 5 Israel cracks down on Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque ..................................... 5 17 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria last week ....................................................................... 6 “Israel” accused of abusing detained children ........................................................................... 6 Hamdan: Talks about reviving peace process are futile ............................................................ 7

ISRAEL INSIDER The paved side of the street is for Jews only ............................................................................. 8

MALAYSIA & PALESTINIAN CAUSE Malaysia gives $6milliom grant to Gaza ................................................................................... 9

ARTICLES & ANALYSES We are fighting for all Palestinians .......................................................................................... 10

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NEWS OF PALESTINE

Palestinian prisoners to globalise their issue

Issawi still on hunger strike despite serious condition

09/03/2013 Samer Al-Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than six months, was transferred from Ramle prison hospital to Kaplan hospital after his health worsened. Lawyer Jawad Bulous, the head of the legal section in the Palestinian prisoner’s society, quoted Issawi as saying that he was pondering boycotting the Israeli military court after it refused all defense requests during the trial of his colleague Ayman Al-Sharawne, who is also on hunger strike. In a related context, the director of the Prisoners' Study Center (PST) announced that the Palestinian prisoners are to globalise their issue as a result of increased Israeli violations of their rights.

Speaking during a discussion panel held in the Gaza Strip, Riyad Al-Ashqar said that the prisoners are looking at strategic steps which can be taken to support and defend their case. They are to demand the formation of an international fact-finding mission to investigate the death of Arafat Jaradat, the prisoner who died while in Israeli custody recently. According to Mr. Al-Ashqar, the prisoners are also working to bring about an end to solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Ahrar Center revealed that Israeli prisons guards savagely stormed prisons 15 times in February 2013, especially Meggido and Negev prisons.

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Source: Agencies

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Clashes across the West Bank, dozens injured

08/03/2013 Dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes across the West Bank on Friday, as tensions rose due to the Israeli escalations against the Palestinian prisoners. Eleven people were injured in the Ramallah village of Beit Liqya during clashes with Israeli forces following an arrest raid, locals said. Fifteen people suffered light injuries after inhaling tear gas during clashes in Nablus following a protest against environmental damage caused by waste from settlements.

Israeli forces also clashed with protesters in the Ramallah village of Abud after the funeral of Mohammad Asfour, who died a day earlier after being wounded by Israeli forces two weeks ago. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past two weeks to support the hunger strikers in Israeli jails and to protest the death of a Palestinian prisoner who died as a result of torture. Source: Ma’an Agency

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Israel cracks down on Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque 08/3/2013 More than 75 casualties have been recorded among Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque following the Friday Prayers today with one seriously wounded. Mohamed al-Gharableh, the head of the Palestinian Association of Paramedics, said that the Israeli soldiers kept the wounded under siege inside the Mosque for a long time. He also said that the soldiers began shooting tear gas canisters before the Friday Prayers ended. The Palestinian worshipers were prepared to begin demonstrations after the Prayer in protest at Israeli attacks on students of the Sharia schools inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque last week, where an Israeli soldier kicked a copy of the Holy Quran with his foot, and attacked a number of Palestinian girls who had been reciting the Quran in the Mosque's yards.

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Issue No: 34 In a related context, the Islamic movement in the Palestinian 1948 occupied territories organized on Monday a demonstration outside the US Embassy in the occupied city of Tel Rabi (Tel Aviv) protesting against the U.S. President Barack Obama's intended visit to AlAqsa mosque during his upcoming visit to the region the next few days.

intended visit provides a false legitimacy to the occupation in Al-Aqsa mosque and declares war against the Palestinian people and against the Arab and Islamic nation because Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque's issue is not only a Palestinian issue but it is an Arab and Islamic issue.

Source: Agencies The head of the Islamic Movement inside the Green Line, Sheikh Raed Salah, said that the _______________________________________________________________

17 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria last week The workgroup for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement that ten Palestinians were killed and 17 others were wounded when shells slammed into the southeastern areas of Sabbina refugee camp. It said that the shells fell on houses and a main market in the refugee camp on Wednesday. They said that two others were killed in separate incidents. 07/03/2013 Activists in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria said on Thursday that 12 Palestinians were killed in those camps as a result of shelling and attack over the past 24 hours.

The workgroup recalled that five refugees were killed in Sabbina camp on Tuesday bringing the number of those killed to 17 within a couple of days in that camp. Source: PIC

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“Israel� accused of abusing detained children UNICEF estimated that 700 Palestinian children aged between 12 and 17 were arrested by Israeli security forces every year in the occupied West Bank. The world organisation said it had identified some examples of practices that "amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture". 06/03/2013 Palestinian children detained by Israeli authorities face systematic abuse that violates international law, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said in a report.

Ill-treatment of Palestinian minors typically begins with the arrest itself, often carried out in the middle of the night by heavily armed soldiers, and continues all the way through prosecution and sentencing, according to the report.

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Issue No: 34 "The pattern of ill-treatment includes ... the practice of blindfolding children and tying their hands with plastic ties, physical and verbal abuse during transfer to an interrogation site, including the use of painful restraints," the report said. Such practice "appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised", it added.

UNICEF based its findings on more than 400 cases documented since 2009 as well as legal papers, reports by governmental and nongovernmental groups and interviews with Palestinian minors and with Israeli and Palestinian officials and lawyers. Source: Aljazeera

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Hamdan: Talks about reviving peace process are futile Palestinian people and its interests, and from a strategic evaluation of the results of the peace process during the last stage." He emphasized that the negotiations have reached the stage of the futility, and called for considering the rights of the Palestinian people and the best ways to achieve them.

06/03/2013 Osama Hamdan, foreign relations official in Hamas movement, said that the talks about reviving peace process, at the meetings of Arab foreign ministers that took place on Wednesday in Cairo, are futile.

"The negotiations have done nothing to the Palestinian people over the past two decades, and Hamas will never be a part of such failure and nonsense," Hamdan expressed. When asked whether the attitude regarding negotiations represents new obstacle to reconciliation, he said: "the main obstacle to reconciliation is the U.S. and Israeli pressure."

Hamdan said in remarks to Quds Press Agency: "Talking about the peace process must take a new direction, in light of the Arab Spring, which will stem from the will of the

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Source: PIC

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ISRAEL INSIDER

The paved side of the street is for Jews only

It added that the neighborhood of AlSalaimeh, which is connected to the Ibrahimi Mosque, represents one of the roads prohibited to Palestinian vehicles. In order to transport supplies through the street, Palestinians were forced to use a horse-drawn wagon or a handcart, while settlers and Israeli civilians are permitted to walk and drive cars on the street. B'Tselem's report noted that on 23 September 2012 Israeli security forces laid out a chainlink fence, dividing the road lengthwise. On one side of the fence is a paved road for settlers and on the other, a narrow pedestrian passageway for Palestinian residents.

08/03/2013 B'Tselem organization stated that the separation between Israelis and Palestinians adopted by Israeli authorities in the West Bank does not involve public transport only, but it also involves the use of facilities. The Israeli human rights NGO said in a report released on Friday that it has published a new video entitled "How to Build a Fence in Hebron" that features footage of Border Police officers stating that one side of a newly erected fence is for Jews, the other for Arabs. The organization reported that "The separation principle is an official policy of the Israeli military separating Jews and Muslims in the city of Hebron. The policy is implemented primarily through severe restrictions on Palestinian travel and movement in downtown Hebron, where most Israeli settlement outposts are located".

"Since the fence was erected, Israeli security forces have not allowed Palestinians to walk on the road. Instead they direct Palestinians to the narrow passageway, which is unpaved, rough and ends in a small staircase. The passage is completely impassible by wheelchair and is very difficult to navigate with a baby carriage, pushcart or bicycle," B’Tselem added. It has videoed the construction of the fence and of Border Police keeping Palestinians from going on the road. Musa Abu Hashhash and Manal al-Ja’bri, B’Tselem field researchers, also tried to reach the wide, paved side of the street. However, because they are Palestinian, Border Policemen prevented them from doing so. The policemen told them explicitly that the paved side of the street is for Jews only.

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Source: PIC

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MALAYSIA & PALESTINIAN CAUSE

Malaysia gives $6milliom grant to Gaza

05/03/2013 The General Secretary of the Palestinian Ministerial Council in Gaza, Abdul-Salam Syam, said on Tuesday that Malaysia had agreed a $6 million grant for re-construction projects in Gaza. According to Seyam, the grant included reconstruction of the ministerial council’s HQ in the Gaza Strip which was targeted and destroyed in the most recent Israeli war on Gaza last November. A mosque which was destroyed during the war was included. Seyam has been to Malaysia to finalise discussions on terms of the grant which was signed when the Malaysian prime minister visited Gaza last month.

The Palestinian official, who carried a message of gratitude from the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyya, to his Malaysian counterpart, said that a new highly technical Malaysian school in Gaza is going to be built. The work on the projects supported by the Malaysian grant is due to start as soon as the plans and bids are completed. An official invitation was also handed to the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamed, to visit the Gaza Strip. "Dr. Mahathir promised to make it as soon as possible," Seyam said.

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Source: MEMO

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ARTICLES & ANALYSIS

We are fighting for all Palestinians

harassed and attacked, but they continue to defend Palestinian rights and prisoners.

By: Samer Issawi * My story is no different from that of many other Palestinian young people who were born and have lived their whole lives under Israeli occupation. At 17, I was arrested for the first time, and jailed for two years. I was arrested again in my early 20s, at the height of the second intifada in Ramallah, during an Israeli invasion of numerous cities in the West Bank what Israel called Operation Defensive Shield. I was sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges relating to my resistance to the occupation. I am not the first member of my family to be jailed on my people's long march towards freedom. My grandfather, a founding member of the PLO, was sentenced to death by the British Mandate authorities, whose laws are used by Israel to this day to oppress my people; he escaped hours before he was due to be executed. My brother, Fadi, was killed in 1994, aged just 16, by Israeli forces during a demonstration in the West Bank following the Ibrahimi mosque massacre in Hebron. Medhat, another brother, has served 19 years in prison. My other brothers, Firas, Ra'afat and Shadi were each imprisoned for five to 11 years. My sister, Shireen, has been arrested numerous times and has served a year in prison. My brother's home has been destroyed. My mother's water and electricity have been cut off. My family, along with the people of my beloved city Jerusalem, are continuously

After almost 10 years in prison, I was released in the Egypt-sponsored deal between Israel and Hamas to release the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. However, on 7 July 2012, I was arrested again near Hizma, an area within the municipality of Jerusalem, on charges of violating the terms of my release (that I should not leave Jerusalem). Others who were released as part of that deal were also arrested, some with no declared reason. Accordingly, I began a hunger strike on 1 August to protest against my illegal imprisonment and Israel's violation of the agreement. My health has deteriorated greatly, but I will continue my hunger strike until victory or martyrdom. This is my last remaining stone to throw at the tyrants and jailers in the face of the racist occupation that humiliates our people. I draw my strength from all the free people in the world who want an end to the Israeli occupation. My weak heartbeat endures thanks to this solidarity and support; my weak voice gains its strength from voices that are louder, and can penetrate the prison walls. My battle is not just for my own freedom. My fellow hunger strikers, Ayman, Tarik and Ja'afar, and I are fighting a battle for all Palestinians against the Israeli occupation and its prisons. What I endure is little compared to the sacrifice of Palestinians in Gaza, where thousands have died or been injured as a result of brutal Israeli attacks and an unprecedented and inhuman siege. However, more support is needed. Israel could not continue its oppression without the support of western governments. These governments, particularly the British, which has a historic

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Issue No: 34 responsibility for the tragedy of my people, should impose sanctions on the Israeli regime until it ends the occupation, recognises Palestinian rights, and frees all Palestinian political prisoners.

runs through my veins. If I die, it is a victory; if we are liberated, it is a victory, because either way I have refused to surrender to the Israeli occupation, its tyranny and arrogance. Source: The Guardian

Do not worry if my heart stops. I am still alive now and even after death, because Jerusalem ___________________________________ * Samer Issawi is a Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli jails. He’s currently on an open-ended hunger strike since August 1st 2012. It was recorded as the longest hunger strike ever in history.

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