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Issue No : 95

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Report: 200 Palestinians tortured to death in Syria P8

Administrative detainees continue their hunger strike for 48th day FEATURED STORY

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Hamas official: The future of the reconciliation depends on Abbas

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Solidarity stand in KL to support Palestinian prisoners ARTICLE P13

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Issue No : 95

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CONTENTS News of Palestine

Administrative detainees continue their hunger strike for 48th day Talks between Israeli officials and prisoners fail Detainee Ayman Atabish on hunger striker for 103 uninterrupted days Hamas says government violated reconciliation terms Hamas official: The future of the reconciliation depends on Abbas Report: 200 Palestinians tortured to death in Syria Israel to build security fence along Jordanian border

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Israel Insider

Conflicting political agendas at Israel›s Herzliya conference

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Malaysia & Palestinian Cause

Thousands of Malaysians gather to support Palestine at MyGMJ

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PCOM›s News

Solidarity stand in KL to support Palestinian prisoners

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News of Palestine

Administrative detainees continue their hunger strike for 48th day

10/6/2014 The administrative detainees on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, entered the 48th day of their open-ended hunger strike as many of them were admitted to hospitals after a serious decline in their health conditions. The Israeli administrations of prisons have taken punitive measures against several hunger strikers to force them to end their strike and isolated many of them in special cells and hospital rooms. In a related incident, thousands of citizens, including families of prisoners, human rights activists and lawmakers, participated on Sunday evening in a march held in Al-Khalil city in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Israeli jails. The march was held at the invitation of Al-Ja’bari family, the Palestinian information center (PIC) reporter said. The participants marched from Al-Haras Mosque to Ibn Rushd roundabout carrying pictures of hunger strikers and chanting slogans urging the Palestinian resistance to kidnap Israeli soldiers to swap them for Palestinian prisoners. Some speeches delivered at the rally called on the Palestinian Authority to move to support the hunger strikers in Israeli jails and work on having them released. Source: PIC 4 |

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Talks between Israeli officials and prisoners fail

10/6/20 The three rounds of talks held between the leaders of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike and the Israeli Prison Service have all failed, the Palestinian AlResalah quoted the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club saying yesterday. The leadership of the hunger strike told the club’s lawyer Jawad Bolus that the three rounds of talks failed because the Israeli Prison Service refused to meet the demands of the hunger strikers; which are to end the internationally-banned administrative detentions. Bolus reported the hunger strikers said that the Israeli Prison Service informed them about the anger of the Israeli government over their hunger strike. He said that the Israeli government is ready to open a special hospital for the prisoners with grave health conditions if the strike did not stop. In a press statement released yesterday the prisoners said: “The Israeli government does not care about our death.” They called for more official and popular support for their cause. According to the statement, the Israeli Prison Service held disciplinary trials in absentia for prisoners to put pressure on them. More than 250 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike since April 24 in protest against administrative detention, which see them being held in custody without charges or trials for an unlimited time.

Source: MEMO

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Detainee Ayman Atabish on hunger striker for 103 uninterrupted days

8/6/2014 The Palestinian detainee Ayman Atabish, sentenced administratively to 6 months with neither charge nor trial, has been without food for 103 days and vowed to keep going until all of his fair demands are met. Atabish’s family has revealed serious concerns over their son’s health status due to the critical cardiovascular disorders the latter suffers. Prisoner Atabish, an al-Khalil native, was arrested by the Israeli Occupation authorities (IOA) 5 times, during which Atabish initiated three hunger strikes. Atabish is hospitalized at Assaf HaRofeh medical center and currently suffers critical health problems including stomachaches, renal diseases, and breathing difďŹ culties, media sources reported. Atabish had already been on hunger strike for 105 days a year ago that ended with the IOA agreeing on ending his detention. However, he renewed his strike as the IOA reneged on its release promises and extended his administrative detention period. Source: PIC

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Hamas says government violated reconciliation terms

9/6/2014 the occupied West Bank, signed a and not just West Bank resireconciliation deal in late April in dents. hopes of ending years of division. “All Palestinians are now unThe deal called for the formation der the mandate of the govof unity government of techno- ernment,” al-Hayeh asserted, crats to run Palestinian affairs in going on to point out that civil Gaza and the West Bank until leg- servants in Gaza had not reislative polls are held within six ceived their salaries for the last eight months. “The government acted wrong- months. ly towards those who fall un- Unveiled last week, the new Since 2006, the Gaza Strip has der its mandate,” said Hamas’ government faced its first chal- groaned under an Israeli blockKhalil al-Hayeh. lenge when paying public-sector ade that has deprived the coast“We never expected ordinary salaries in both territories late last al enclave’s roughly 1.8 million people’s livelihoods to be month, as the government’s emp- inhabitants of their most basic the first stumbling block on ty coffers kept it from dispersing needs and forced thousands of the road towards Palestinian the salaries of civil servants that workers – especially those in the construction sector – into national reconciliation,” al- had been employed by Hamas. Hayeh said at a Monday press Al-Hayeh said Monday that the unemployment. conference in Gaza City. reconciliation agreement had A member of the politburo of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has accused the recently-formed Palestinian unity government of violating the terms of an April reconciliation agreement between his group and rival faction Fatah.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which rules

called for a national unity government to represent all Palestinians

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Hamas official: The future of the reconciliation depends on Abbas

9/6/2014 The stances taken by the head of Fatah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will determine the prospects for the national reconciliation government’s success, a Hamas spokesperson said. Osama Hamdan told Al-Resalah yesterday that Fatah’s behaviour reveals a lack of genuineness regarding the implementation of the reconciliation agreement. For reconciliation to be achieved, Fatah and Abbas need to build bridges of trust, Hamdan said. “Reconciliation cannot take root through rosy promises, it needs practical steps from all sides,” he added. Hamdan stressed that his movement has given a lot for the sake of ending the reconciliation, starting with the formation of the consensus government. “Hamas did and will continue to do all what it can do. All sides must show national responsibility.” Abbas had said that he will not offer Gaza’s government employees salaries from the Palestinian Authority, and that the Rafah border crossing will continue to be closed until the presidential border guards return to the Gaza-Egypt borders. The reconciliation is facing major challenges in light of the pressures that Gaza’s employees have been subjected to. Some of them have had their salaries delayed and are threatened with losing their jobs.

Source: Al-Ressalah 8 |

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Report: 200 Palestinians tortured to death in Syria

8/6/2014 Some 200 Palestinian prisoners have died as a result of torture while being held in the Syrian regime’s jails since the start of the uprising, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said. The group said that in June four Palestinian refugees were tortured in Syrian prisons. They are: Mohammad Ali Farhood, Ashrab Abdel Nasser, Ghassan Salamah and Osama Hafawi. Most of the bodies have not been handed over to relatives; relatives were however called to inform them to head to the security headquarters in order to collect the detainee’s belongings without allowing them to ask about the body. In an earlier statement the group had demanded the Syrian regime disclose the fate of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who are unaccounted for, saying what is happening to Palestinians held in Syrian prisons is a “war crime by all standards” . Source: PIC

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Israel to build security fence along Jordanian border

9/6/2014 The Israeli army is preparing to build a 500 kilometre long security fence along the eastern border with Jordan similar to the security barrier it had built along the Egyptian border to counter “infiltration dangers”, Commander of the Eilat Territorial Brigade General Roi Alkabetz said. Alkabetz said during a lecture at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv that the project needs a huge budget but refused any justification for a delay in allocating the funds. Alkabetz said the military battalion operating in the southern area of Eilat considers the eastern border with Jordan a cause for concern during the coming period. “The Kingdom of Jordan is friendly to Israel and cooperates with us better than Egypt, but the common border with Jordan is completely unsecure. Millions of refugees who arrived in Jordan from Syria and Iraq could pose a clear security threat to Israel and it is likely that they include hostile elements which carry weapons and threaten the security of Israel.” General Alkabets said “I know that it sounds like a slogan, but the truth is that calm here is misleading and things could change in a single moment. In this area 10 |

there are enough of those with bad intentions, and this will not change soon.” Israel built a huge 240 kilometre security fence along the border with Egypt. The Israeli army expressed its satisfaction with the wall saying it has proven effective over the years. According to General Alkabetz the main reason for the calm prevailing on the Egyptian front is completing the construction of the wall along the border with Egypt, and preserving military activity in the region. “Practically we have built the wall as an emergency plan to cope with tens of thousands of job seekers who have arrived in Israel from Africa, but a major turnover was in the area of security, as infiltrators and smuggling jobs constituted a permanent base for terrorism,” he added. The General pointed out that “over the last three years there have been 14 operations, including 10 gunfire operations against Eilat. The data means that the wall formed a real barrier on the border with Egypt. Besides repelling terrorism, or at least preventing the entry into the Israeli territories, the wall contributed to permanently stop the infiltrators.” According to the Israeli army data in 2011; nearly 10,455 infiltrators entered Israel from Sinai, while since the beginning of this year, only seven infiltrators tried to enter but were caught.

Source: MEMO

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Israel Insider

Conflicting political agendas at Israel›s Herzliya conference The annual Herzliya conference on the future of Israeli security which convened on Sunday highlighted the conflicting political agendas of senior Israeli officials. While Israeli Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett proposed a plan for a unilateral annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, the Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni called for continuing the peaceful path. Bennett called for annexing settlements in the West Bank unilaterally while improving economic conditions for Palestinians to protect Israeli security. Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Yair Lapid slammed Bennett’s plan and vowed to bring down the government if it is adopted. He called instead for a “divorce” from Palestinians and withdrawing from the West Bank via an agreement. Livni, on the other hand, seemed more decisive in her proposition, stating that “the settlement project threatens the Zionist project and constitutes an economic and security burden on Israel.” She added that Israel is using settlers as “human shields” to protect it from Palestinians, warning that every new construction in settlements undermines Israeli legitimacy in the

international community. Concerning the latest Palestinian reconciliation, Livni said there should be differentiation between the government and Hamas. The government should not be considered illegitimate, whereas Hamas should be exposed before the international community. Livni held the new Palestinian government responsible for any “hostile act” from Gaza. Chairman of the Likud party and opposition leader Buji Herzog said in his speech at the conference that Bennett’s annexation plan is “extremely dangerous for Israeli security.” Herzog proposed his political plan, which calls for reaching a peace agreement within 5 years, while maintaining military presence in Jordan Valley, and a demilitarized Palestinian state. Herzog called on Abas to disarm Hamas in Gaza as part of his responsibilities in accordance with the latest reconciliation agreement.

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Malaysia & Palestinian Cause

Thousands of Malaysians gather to support Palestine at MyGMJ

7/6/2014 The Malaysian Global March to Jerusalem (MyGMJ) movement today joined other countries in condemning the actions of Israel on the anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem 47 years ago. The organisers of the event, in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people, urged the Israeli regime to free Palestine from the chains of oppression. Its Project Director, Khalid Jurait said this was the third year the program was being held in Malaysia. “Every June 6 and 7, similar events are held by Muslims around the world to remember the fall of the rest of Palestine state to Israel in the 6-Day War of 1967.”, he said. MyGMJ Chairman, Dr. Mohd Tahir Abdul Rahman said such events should be continued to remind the younger generation on the plight of the Palestinian people. “There’s a lack of awareness and concern on the struggle of the Palestinian people (by the youths) so we want to educate them on what is happening to our brothers and sisters there (Jerusalem),” he said. The MyGMJ event was culminated at the Shah Alam Independence Square where a variety of performances were held with the presence of thousands of Malaysians who came from various states. This year’s MyGMJ highlighted also the plight of the Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails who are on an open-ended hunger strike since April 24th. The crowds revealed their unyielding concern over the administrative hunger strikers. “Mai and Malh” (“Water and Salt”) was among the slogans chanted by the crowds in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers. The Global March to Jerusalem is an annual event held in the first week of June to mark the anniversary of the start of the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem following the Six Day War in 1967. This year, at least 23 countries around the world are marking the 47th year of the event, according to organisers.

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PCOM›s News

Organized by PCOM

Solidarity stand in KL to support Palestinian prisoners

9/6/2014 Tens of activists and Palestinian families participated on Sunday evening in a solidarity stand held in Bukit Bintang – Kuala Lumpur to support the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails who refrain from having their meals since April 24th to protest their unlawful detention with neither charge nor trial. The solidarity stand was organized by the Palestinian Cultural Organization Malaysia (PCOM). The participants carried pictures of hunger strikers and (#water_and_salt) slogan and distributed brochures on the prisoners’ cause to the passers.

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The activity included also a flash-mob that reflected the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners from the moment of arrest throughout his detention period. Administrative prisoners, among many other Palestinian detainees, have been on an openended hunger strike for 48 uninterrupted days, in what came to be known as the Battle of the Empty Stomachs, to protest Israeli arbitrary detention policy carried out against Palestinians with neither charge nor trial.

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