Thursday, February 11, 2016
Administrative Detention

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Friday, 12 February
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST (8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/523700587807403/
Organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Call the White House on Mohammed al-Qeeq’s 80th day of hunger strike to demand his immediate release: 001-202-456-1111

After calling, post here about the White House operator’s response.

Israeli forces captured al-Qeeq, a 33-year-old Palestinian journalist and father of two, in a 21 November nighttime raid on his Ramallah home.

On 25 November, al-Qeeq launched a hunger strike to protest torture by his Israeli interrogators. He continued after being placed in administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – on 17 December.

Al-Qeeq has rejected an Israeli Supreme Court decision to “suspend” his administrative detention – until he recovers enough to leave the hospital – and a conditional offer for his release on 1 May, instead demanding immediate freedom and treatment in a Palestinian hospital.

His family, attorneys and an independent physician who visited al-Qeeq in HaEmek hospital have said he appears close to death.

Al-Qeeq is one of 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including 660 administrative detainees and 18 journalists. Nearly all are tortured during interrogations by Israeli forces.

As Israel’s biggest economic and political supporter, the Obama administration shares responsibility for its crimes against Palestinians, including its administrative detention and torture of al-Qeeq.

Tell the White House:

  • Mohammed al-Qeeq, a Palestinian journalist, is on his 80th day of a hunger strike protesting his torture and administrative detention without charge or trial by Israel.
  • The United States must demand al-Qeeq’s immediate release and end all support for Israel’s political imprisonment and other crimes against Palestinians.
  • Israel’s use of administrative detention and torture, and its attacks on Palestinian journalists and other civilians, are universally-recognized violations of human rights and international law.
  • US aid to Israel breaks the Leahy Law, which bars assistance to military units known to violate human rights with impunity.
  • The billions of dollars sent to Israel by the US could be better spent on pressing needs within the country. (Mention any domestic priorities, like health care, job creation or schools, that are particularly important to you.)

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Monday, 8 February
11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST (10:00 am – 2:00 pm CST)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1055960941127415/
Organized by American Muslims for Palestine

The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, today is calling for a national call-in day on behalf of Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, 33. Mr. al-Qeeq is in a “struggle against death,” after more than 75 days on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions under which Israeli occupation authorities have detained him since his arrest on Nov. 21, 2015. He is protesting Israel’s use of administrative detention, or being held without charge or trial and has refused all nourishment, including salts and minerals since Nov. 24.

On Sunday, an Israeli doctor in the hospital where al-Qeeq is being detained told media that al-Qeeq is in critical condition and “each minute marks serious threat to his life.”  The father of two has lost his ability to speak, is nearly blind and lapses in and out of consciousness, according to a source close to the family.

Mr. al-Qeeq recently rejected an Israeli offer to release him on May 1, and instead demanded the immediate end of his administrative detention and the ability to be treated in a Palestinian hospital once he is freed, according to media reports.

Israeli occupation forces arrested Mr. al-Qeeq from his home at 2 a.m. on Nov. 21 and subjected him to 25 days of brutal interrogation. He began his hunger strike on Nov. 24 and spent several weeks in solitary confinement before he was transferred to a military hospital on Dec. 30, 2015 due to his deteriorating health.

TAKE ACTION

We must take action now! Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international and American laws.

Call Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and ask the US State Department to pressure Israel to end Mohammed Al-Qiq’s administrative detention immediately.

TALKING POINTS

  • Please pressure Israel to release Mohammed al-Qeeq from administrative detention immediately and allow him to seek medical treatment in a Palestinian hospital.
  • Mr. al-Qeeq is a journalist and as such should enjoy special protections.
  • A free press is vital to democracy and detaining journalists is not the sign of a democratic society.
  • Israel currently is holding 6,800 Palestinians, mostly as political prisoners, and 660 of them are being held in administrative detention.
  • Israel’s use of administrative detention violates the Fourth Geneva Conventions and the US Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
  • The United States has a moral obligation to ensure recipients of our aid uphold human rights, and to turn a blind eye to Israel’s imprisonment of nearly 7,000 Palestinians and its use of administrative detention weakens our moral stance throughout the world.
  • The US must demand Israel release all Palestinian political prisoners immediately and end its use of administrative detention.

CONTACT INFO

Please call Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson at 202. 647.3930.

TWEET

Please Tweet at US Secretary of State John Kerry, the State Department, President Barack Obama and the White House with the hashtag #FreeAlQiq.

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Once you call, please post a comment on this Facebook page.

(Photo by Erik McGregor)
(Photo by Erik McGregor)
(Photo by Erik McGregor)

Friday, 12 February
4:00 pm
G4S Offices, NYC – 17 W 44th St, NYC
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/569809956528041/
Organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

This Friday, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, one of 660 administrative detainees held by Israel, will enter the 80th day of an open hunger strike against his indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial.

On 4 February, al-Qeeq rejected the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to “suspend” his administrative detention due to his health, for later reimposition. He announced that he was continuing his hunger strike and rejection of medical treatment until he is freed from administrative detention without charge or trial without conditions.

Al-Qeeq’s wife, Fayhaa Shalash, told reporters on 5 February that his health had continued to decline and he was no longer responsive to visitors.

G4S, the world’s largest firm company and second-biggest private employer, equips Israeli prisons and detention centers where 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners are held and tortured, as well as the occupation forces and infrastructure that routinely massacre Palestinians while holding millions under military rule.

Join us to answer a united appeal by Palestinian prisoners for escalated boycotts of G4S.

Demand G4S immediately end its contracts with Israeli prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces and checkpoints, and that Israel release al-Qeeq, other administrative detainees and all Palestinian political prisoners.

Support the Palestinian people, the Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian Resistance, and the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.

eteraf2The administrative detention of Palestinian civil society leader Eteraf Bajes Hajjaj Rimawi was extended by occupation forces for an additional four months on 1 February 2016, with a new Israeli military order. Rimawi, Executive Director of Bisan Center for Research and Development, has been imprisoned since 15 September 2014; his administrative detention has been extended five times, all without charge or trial.

Eteraf stated in his hearing that, “the intelligence did not interrogate me. They only asked me one question that I couldn’t really understand. A short while later, a six-month administrative detention order was issued against me. This detention affects me, my family and work heavily.”

He was arrested five times previously – held for two months in 1995, for over a year in 1996, and in 2000 and 2003 he spent 6 months and 4 months, respectively, in administrative detention without charge or trial. In 2008, once again he was held in administrative detention for over a year before his release on October 7, 2009. Rimawi was born on April 30, 1976, is the father of three children, and lives in Ramallah. He has boycotted the military courts since 27 October 2014 and refuses to appear before them in protest of the policy of administrative detention.

Rimawi’s case was highlighted in a recent European Union statement of “concern” over administrative detention, in which over 670 Palestinians are currently held, alongside those of Palestinian circus school teacher Mohammed Abu Sakha and hunger-striking journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq.

Solidarité Socialiste, a Belgian organization that partners with Bisan on projects in Palestine, also issued a statement condemning the detention of Eteraf Rimawi, noting that this arrest is an attack on Palestinian civil society and its support for the Palestinian people, and calling for international action.

In addition to Rimawi, former Palestinian Minister of Local Government Issa al-Jabari was also ordered to four months administrative detention without charge or trial; al-Jabari was last released after 14 months of administrative detention in April 2015. Hani Shalash of al-Khalil was also ordered to four months administrative detention without charge or trial, the sixth time his detention has been renewed; while Hashem Mahmoud Azzam from Bethlehem’s detention was renewed for the third time for six months.

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Friday, 5 February
4:00 pm
G4S Offices, NYC – 17 W 44th St, NYC
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/178990359130265/
Organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, held by Israel under administrative detention without charge or trial, had been on hunger strike for 73 days on Friday. He is shackled to a hospital bed in HaEmek hospital in Afula, in critical condition. He is demanding his immediate release, and his medical situation is urgent.
 
Additionally, Kayed Abu Rish, 45, from Al-Ein refugee camp in Nablus, had been on hunger strike for 14 days Friday. He is protesting the renewal of his administrative detention order. He has been held without charge or trial since January 2015. In August 2015, he engaged in a hunger strike, which he ended after a commitment to not renew his detention. Instead, a new order for six months administrative detention was issued and confirmed on 1 February.

G4S, the world’s largest firm company and second-biggest private employer, equips Israeli prisons and detention centers where 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners, including 660 administrative detainees, are held and tortured, as well as the occupation forces and infrastructure that routinely massacre Palestinians while holding millions under military rule.

Join us to answer a united appeal by Palestinian prisoners for escalated boycotts of G4S.

Demand G4S immediately end its contracts with Israeli prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces and checkpoints, and that Israel release al-Qeeq and Abu Rish, other administrative detainees and all Palestinian political prisoners.

Support the Palestinian people, the Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian Resistance, and the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.

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Friday, 29 January
4:00 pm
G4S Offices, NYC – 17 W 44th St, NYC
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674707266103010/
Organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

On Saturday, Mohammed al-Qeeq, a 33-year-old journalist from Dura, reached the 60th day of an open hunger strike against his indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial by Israel.

Held in administrative detention, al-Qeeq launched his strike on 25 November 2015. He is being held in Afula hospital and demanding his release. His lawyer reported that he is refusing medicines and at times water.

His struggle for freedom has sparked protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as New York, and global demands that Israel free him immediately and end all attempts to force medical treatment against his will.

G4S, the world’s largest firm company and second-biggest private employer, equips Israeli prisons and detention centers where 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners, including 660 administrative detainees, are held and tortured, as well as the occupation forces and infrastructure that routinely massacre Palestinians while holding millions under military rule.

Join us to answer a united appeal by Palestinian prisoners for escalated boycotts of G4S.

Demand G4S immediately end its contracts with Israeli prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces and checkpoints, and that Israel release al-Qeeq, other administrative detainees and all Palestinian prisoners.

Support the Palestinian people, the Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian Resistance, and the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.

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The Israeli Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it would consider the appeal of Mohammed al-Qeeq, the imprisoned Palestinian journalist who has been on hunger strike for 58 days in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial, on February 25 – earning outrage from lawyers and advocates, noting he could die of his hunger strike before that date.

Al-Qeeq, 33, is a correspondent for Al-Majd Channel; he is held with 660 other Palestinians under administrative detention, without charge or trial. He is married and a father of two.

On 10 January, he was forcibly treated in Afula hospital, when an intravenous glucose/vitamin solution was inserted into his vein while his hands and legs were restrained. The IV remained in place until 14 January. This forced treatment was condemned as a violation of medical ethics by Addameer, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and other groups, who have noted that his condition is life-threatening.

Palestinian journalists went on a one-day hunger strike on Wednesday, and public employees conducted a one-day strike, in solidarity with Al-Qeeq, as the Arab League called for the release of the imprisoned journalist. Protests have continued inside and outside Palestine, demanding Al-Qeeq’s release.  Reporters Without Borders has issued a statement about Al-Qeeq, “call[ing] on the Israeli authorities to free him and to ensure that their investigation is transparent and impartial.”

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network will protest to free Al-Qeeq and for the boycott of G4S, the multinational security corporation that provides security systems to Israeli prisons and checkpoints, on Friday, 22 January, at 4:00 pm in New York City.

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Two Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention without charge or trial are continuing their hunger strikes despite serious threats to their health: Mohammed al-Qeeq, 33, is now on his 53rd day of hunger strike and Hassan Shokah, 27, is now on his 35th day of strike.

Journalist Al-Qeeq, a correspondent for Al-Majd channel, has entered in and out of consciousness in the past several days.

On 16 January, the Ofer military court rejected an appeal by Al-Qeeq against his imprisonment without charge. Issa Qaraqe, chair of the Palestinian Detainees’ Affairs Committee, said that this underlines the military courts’ responsibility for Al-Qeeq’s dangerous health situation and that the court was acting out of “revenge” against Al-Qeeq for his hunger strike, noting that the military courts serve only to present a legal facade for Israeli intelligence and military repression.

He is held in Afula hospital, where he is shackled to his hospital bed and is facing increasing physical danger after 53 days of strike. On Friday, Palestinian citizens of Israel organized a protest outside Afula hospital calling for Al-Qeeq’s release.

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Doctors at Afula hospital delivered intravenous nutrients against Al-Qeeq’s objection; when he regained consciousness he removed the intravenous tube, rejecting any form of nutrients or forced treatment. He has previously been arrested three times and served over two years in Israeli occupation prisons.

Shokah, 27, has also been held multiple times in administrative detention without charge or trial. He is being held in isolation in Jalameh prison, imprisoned arbitrarily via military order since 16 September 2015. He was denied winter clothing when transferred in a cold metal van to Jalameh and then was denied winter blankets within the prison.

Information contributed by Reham Alhelsi of A Voice from Palestine.

Take Action to support the Hunger Strikers:

1. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us atsamidoun@samidoun.net to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners. Join our protest in New York City on January 22.

2. Contact political officials in your country – members of Parliament or Congress, or the Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State – and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to free the hunger strikers and end administrative detention.

2. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS at bdsmovement.net.

strikerssIsraeli occupation forces today invaded Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where they arrested Hanadi Mousa al-Moghrabi, 37, the wife of imprisoned Palestinian Ahmad al-Moghrabi, who has been held in Israeli jails since 2002.

Moghrabi joins over 50 Palestinian women held in Israeli jails, including Palestinian leftist parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, long-time prisoner Lena Jarbouni, lawyer Shireen Issawi and activist Ihsan Dababseh, who was just sentenced to 20 months imprisonment for membership in a prohibited organization.

The invading occupation soldiers also handed over summons for interrogation to former prisoners Nidal Abu Aker, Ghassan Zawahreh and Adnan al-Afandi, demanding their appearance at the Etzion military base. Abu Aker and Zawahreh were just freed last month – on 10 December and 30 November, respectively – after a 40-day hunger strike against their administrative detention without charge or trial. Zawahreh is also the brother of Moataz, who was killed by Israeli occupation soldiers on 13 October, shot dead as he participated in a demonstration in Bethlehem.

Zawahreh has been held under administrative detention without charge or trial on multiple occasions, as has Abu Aker, who has spent over 10 years in Israeli prisons over multiple arrests. He is a Palestinian journalist who hosts a program on political prisoners for Sawt al-Wihda radio, broadcasting from Dheisheh refugee camp.

Their release had been negotiated as part of the end of the hunger strike, which took place in August-September 2015. One of their fellow hunger strikers, also from Dheisheh refugee camp, Shadi Ma’ali, was just subject to an additional four months renewal of administrative detention without charge or trial. Ma’ali’s detention has been renewed four additional times since his arrest on 28 June 2014; he has been imprisoned this entire time with no charge or trial. He has spent over 12 years in Israeli prisons over various arrests and is very active in organizing in the Dheisheh camp.

The administrative detention without charge or trial of Kayed Abu Rish, from Al-Ain refugee camp in Nablue, was also renewed on 12 January; he has been imprisoned arbitrarily since 13 January 2015 and participated in the collective hunger strike against administrative detention in August-September of last year. Abu Rish, 44, has spent over 16 years in Israeli jails over multiple arrests.

Over 660 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention without charge or trial in Israeli prisons.

Thursday, 21 January
6:00 pm
Universität Potsdam – Campus Griebnitzsee, Lichthof, Haus 1
Potsdam, Germany
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1071244019575404/

Full German-language information: http://www.palaestina-solidaritaet.de/2016/01/potsdam-do-21-01-2016-haft-ohne-anklage-ausstellung-zur-administrativhaft-in-israel/

As part of Israeli policy, thousands of Palestinians have been held in administrative detention since the beginning of the Israeli occupation. In this form of detention, Palestinians are held without charge, without trial and without international law, for up to six months, renewable indefinitely. The official reason for their arrest and evidence against them is shared with neither the detainees nor their lawyers. The detention order can be renewed after expiring, also without charge, so that many administrative detainees are imprisoned for years in Israeli prisons without trial and without ever even being informed about the length of their detention.

The exhibition “Haft ohne Anklage” (Detention without Charge) was organized by Handala e.V., a student organization for Palestine in Germany and designed in collaboration with two students of political science at the University of Marburg. The exhibition looks at Israel’s practice of administrative detention, how it violates international law, and how it affects Palestinians living under occupation.

From 21 January to 10 February 2016, the exhibit will be hosted at the University of Potsdam, University of Potsdam, Griebnitzsee campus (August-Bebel-Straße 89, 14482 Potsdam, atrium, building 1) by the Israel and Palestine Working Group of Amnesty International Berlin.

The exhibition opening will be held on 21 January 2016 at 18h. Two members of Handala will speak about the origin and objectives of the exhibition.

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Im Rahmen der von Israel angewandten Praxis der Administrativhaft wurden seit Beginn der israelischen Besatzung der palästinensischen Gebiete tausende Palästinenser*innen in Haft genommen. Bei dieser Form der Haft werden Palästinenser*innen ohne Anklage, also ohne völkerrechtskonformen Prozess und ohne transparenten Urteilsspruch, für bis zu sechs Monate inhaftiert. Den offiziellen Grund für die Verhaftung und Beweise für den Tatvorwurf teilt man weder den Inhaftierten noch ihren Anwält*innen mit. Die Haftanordnung kann nach Ablauf der sechs Monate ohne Anklageerhebung verlängert werden, sodass sich viele der Administrativhäftlinge über Jahre hinweg – ohne Prozess und ohne über die Länge ihrer Haft informiert zu werden – in israelischen Gefängnissen befinden.

Die Ausstellung „Haft ohne Anklage“ wurde von Handala e.V., der Studentischen Initiative Palästinas in Deutschland (www.handalamarburg.wordpress.com), in Kooperation mit zwei Studentinnen der Politikwissenschaft von der Philipps-Universität Marburg konzipiert. Die Ausstellung beschreibt, wie Israel Administrativhaft praktiziert, inwiefern ihre Anwendung internationales Recht bricht und wie sich diese Form der Haft auf die palästinensische Bevölkerung in den besetzten palästinensischen Gebieten auswirkt.

Vom 21. Januar bis zum 10. Februar 2016 zeigt die zu Israel und Palästina arbeitende Berliner Amnesty-International-Gruppe (http://www.amnesty-1180.de/) die Ausstellung an der Universität Potsdam, Standort Griebnitzsee (August-Bebel-Straße 89, 14482 Potsdam, Lichthof, Haus 1).

Wir laden ein zur Ausstellungseröffnung am 21. Januar 2016 ab 18 Uhr. Neben Mitgliedern der Gruppe werden zwei Vertreterinnen von Handala anwesend sein, um über die Entstehung und Ziele der Ausstellung zu berichten.