imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Palestinian Prisoners Day

by Stephen Lendman Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 at 4:11 AM


Palestinian Prisoners Day

by Stephen Lendman

On April 17, Palestinians commemorate Prisoners Day. They do so annually. They've done it since 1979. It marks Mahmoud Hijazi's release. Israel freed him in its first ever prisoner swap.

Addameer honored thousands in Israel's gulag. They're held lawlessly. Now's "the time to hold the Occupation accountable for crimes against the prisoners and detainees," it said.

Freeing them remains a top priority. "Their struggle is central to the liberation of Palestinian land and the return of its people. It represents the frontline of peace and justice."

Al Mezan's Samir Zaquot expressed "concern for the detainees’ health and lives and our solidarity with Palestinian and Arab detainees in Israeli prisons, and hold the Israeli authorities responsible for their well-being."

"We strongly condemn Israel’s gross abuses of Palestinian detainees, starting with the Unlawful Combatant Law, the policy of administrative detention, and other procedures that violate detainees' rights, including solitary confinement, medical negligence, barring of family visitation, and other practices."

Al Mezan "demands that the international community - especially the signatory parties to the Geneva Conventions - put pressure on the occupying state and force it to respect its obligations under international law, and to treat detainees humanely in keeping with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners issued in 1955, and other relevant international standards."

"There must also be steps taken towards guarantees of the release of all Palestinian prisoners, especially those thrown in prison without charge or fair trial, including appeal to all means of defense."

Since Israel's 1967 occupation, over 750,000 Palestinians were imprisoned. Israel did so lawlessly. Around 40% of Palestinian males were affected. Children aged 10 or younger are treated like adults. Around 10,000 women were abused horrifically like men.

Since the September 2000 second Intifada, around 78,000 Palestinians were incarcerated. They include over 9,000 children, about 950 women, and over 50 Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members.

Since 1967, over 50,000 Palestinians were held administratively. Israel did so uncharged and untried. Many are held longterm. Nearly half were imprisoned since September 2000.

Currently about 4,900 Palestinians are incarcerated. They include 235 children, 14 women, 168 administrative detainees, two former ministers, and 14 legislators.

About 530 have life sentences. Another 77 have been held for over 20 years. Twenty-five lost freedom for over 25 years.

Over 200 were martyred in prison. Death resulted either from torture, murder, willful medical neglect, or multiple forms of abuse.

Since January 1, 2011, five prisoners were martyred. Israel doesn't care if they all live or die. Horrific ill-treatment reflects official policy.

Over 1,000 prisoners currently suffer from various diseases. Many are serious. One hundred and seventy need urgent surgery. Treatment when given is deplorable. Often it's denied. Fundamental human rights are violated.

Israel spurns international law with impunity. Palestinians suffer and die. Imprisonment is hellish.

Horrific conditions include severe overcrowding, poor ventilation and sanitation, no change of clothes, adequate clothing, wooden planks with thin mattresses and filthy blankets, inadequate food in terms of quality, quantity or conformance with dietary requirements, poor medical care, and restricted or no access to family members and counsel.

Isolation is worse. Alone or with one other prisoner, lockdown runs 23 hours daily. Most cells are 1.5 by 2 meters to 3 by 3.5. Little light or air gets in. Conditions resemble entombment. International law is violated.

Longterm isolation causes severe anxiety, panic attacks, lethargy, insomnia, nightmares, dizziness, irrational anger, confusion, social withdrawal, memory and appetite loss, delusions and hallucinations, mutilations, despair and hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, and inability to live normally outside prison.

Israel willfully inflicts pain and suffering. Torture is official policy. So is medical neglect. Long delays are commonplace. Prisoners get substandard treatment or none at all. Transfers to prison hospitals take weeks or months.

Deplorable detention conditions are bad enough. Chronic health problems result. Easily treated illnesses go unaddressed.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners suffer needlessly. Many are disabled. Some are paralyzed. Prison authorities don't help.

Medical providers don't care. They're part of the problem, not the solution. They do more harm than good. They're complicit with prison authorities. They're involved in torture, other physical and emotional abuse.

On April 11, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) exposed numerous Israeli Prison Service (IPS) human rights and medical ethics violations. Medical providers are involved.

PHR-I receives dozens of medical neglect complaints annually. Its report focused on Palestinian hunger strikers. PHR-I witnessed numerous human rights violations firsthand.

They include "violations of the right to health of hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, and violations of medical ethics and of professional health standards."

"Measures which amounted to medical, ethical and human rights violations endangered the lives of hunger striking prisoners almost to the point of death, and prevented prisoners' access to independent medical advice and consultation."

"The failure of various institutions to appropriately address violations gives authorities a green light to continue crushing the rights of one of the most vulnerable populations."

Israeli prison medical professionals operate by political and security rules. Doing so spurns their responsibility to provide proper treatment. Palestinian prisoners suffer needlessly.

IPS authorities won't let independent physicians monitor and examine hunger strikers. Other prisoners face similar ill-treatment.

Doing so violates Israel's Patient's Rights Law. It was enacted in May 1996. It defines the relationship people needing healthcare and medical professionals responsible for providing it.

It codified patients' rights. Doctors and other medical staff are required to observe them. Providing proper care is fundamental. The law's first paragraph states:

"This law's purpose is to define the rights of a person requesting medical treatment or receiving medical treatment and to protect his (or her) dignity and privacy."

It applies equally to prisoners. Israel spurns it. Legal, moral and ethical standards are violated. Palestinian prisoners suffer horrifically.

Reports surface often. Israel's a serial abuser. Justice is systematically denied. Palestinian Prisoners Day commemorates their longstanding suffering.

On April 17, activists and families rallied in Ramallah, other West Bank locations and Gaza. Around 3,000 Palestinian prisoners observed the day by refusing food.

Children in Gaza City released thousands of balloons. Each bore a prisoner's name. Rafah solidarity gatherings were held. A sit-in was held at East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate.

Hundreds of prisoner families held their own in central Ramallah's Arafat Square. Afterwards they marched toward nearby Ofer Prison.

Other events marked the day. Demonstrators gathered in Hebron. They lit a "freedom torch" in front of Arafat Jaradat's home. Israel tortured him to death.

Amjad al-Najjar heads the Prisoners Club Hebron branch. On Voice of Palestine radio he said:

"It was a symbolic event to deliver a clear message, firstly to the Israeli side and secondly to the international community, that it is intolerable for us to continue receiving our prisoners as corpses."

During evening hours, candle-lighting events commemorated the day. It marked the fourth anniversary of Bassam Abu Rahma's death. It was also Samer Issawi's 270th hunger striking day.

Both men are victims of Israeli brutality. Bassam was murdered at close range. A high-velocity tear canister targeted him. It's designed to penetrate concrete walls.

He was shot walking peacefully toward Israeli soldiers. He did so with his arms in the air. He posed no threat. He was commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day.

Samer's imprisoned lawlessly. He's Palestine's longest ever hunger striker. He's doing so for liberation, justice and dignity. He prefers martyrdom to longterm persecution.

Palestinian Prisoners Day reflects decades of collective punishment. We're all Palestinians this day. Millions stand in solidarity with them every day. Their struggle is ours.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

Visit his blog site at

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy