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On the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Prisoners’ Suffering in Israeli Jails Continues

Ref: 30/2017 Today, 17 April 2017, marks the Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Over 6,500 Palestinian and Arab prisoners have been detained in the Israeli jails and detention centers under cruel and inhumane conditions. The Palestinians commemorate this day since 1979, supporting the cause of prisoners detained in the Israeli jails, as it marks the anniversary of the first prisoner released in the first prisoners' exchange deal between the Palestinians and the Israeli occupation on 17 April 1974. This occasion comes in a time whilst the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons has exacerbated due to the Israeli violations and punitive measures...

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On the Palestinian Prisoners Day, PCHR Calls Upon the International Community to End the Suffering of Thousands of Palestinian Prisoners

Ref: 23/2016  17 April 2016 marks the Palestinian Prisoner's Day, which has been devoted by the Palestinian people to locally and internationally support the cause of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. Since 1979, Palestinians have commemorated this day, which marks the anniversary of the release of Palestinian prisoners in the first prisoner swap deal on 17 April 1974. This year, the Palestinian Prisoners Day comes at a time in which the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is aggravating due to the Israeli escalating violations and punitive measures imposed on over 7000 prisoners detained in the Israeli prisons and detention facilities. Those...

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PCHR Condemns Israeli Forces Arrest of Former Palestinian Minister of Local Government Issa Al-Ja’bari and PLC Member Hatem Qafisha

Ref: 05/2016 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli forces arrest of Issa Al-Ja'bari, the Former Palestinian Minister of Local Government, and Hatem Qafisha, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) representing the Change and Reform Bloc of Hamas Movement, after raiding their houses in Hebron yesterday. PCHR calls upon the international community and organizations to pressurize Israel to guarantee the immediate release of al-Ja'bari and Qafisha, in addition to other PLC members detained in the Israeli jails in order to allow them to perform their parliamentary roles.   According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 01:00 on...

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PCHR Condemns Application of Force-Feeding against Administrative Detainee, Journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq

Ref: 03/2016 In an unprecedented step on Tuesday, 12 January 2016, Israeli forces applied the force-feeding law against the administrative detainee, journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, who has been on a hunger strike for about 50 days. Al-Qeeq was handcuffed and then forcibly administrated intravenous fluids. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned over the risks that may result from force-feeding al-Qeeq. Moreover, PCHR calls upon the international community to promptly intervene to save his life and stop force-feeding. It should be noted that the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) approved on 30 July 2015 in the second and third reading of the...

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PCHR Denounces Israeli Sentence against PLC Member Khalidah Jarrar

Ref: 76/2015 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli trial of Khalidah Jarrar, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and one of the most prominent defenders of human rights and political prisoners. PCHR calls upon the international community and organizations to pressurize the Israeli authorities to immediately release Khalidah Jarrar and allow her to practice her parliamentary and political duties.   Jarrar is a PLC Member representing Abu Ali Mostafa Bloc, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), head of the PLC Prisoners Committee, former director of al-Dameer...

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PCHR Holds Consultative Meeting with the Prisoners’ Committee

Ref: 43/2015 In cooperation with the Prisoners' Committee of Islamic and national Factions, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) held on Tuesday morning, 11 August 2015, a consultative meeting in presence of human rights organizations: al-Dhameer, al-Mezan and NGOs Network, and representatives of prisoners' families. This meeting was held in view of the latest developments, especially those relevant to the Israeli Knesset's decision on force-feeding and the Israeli authorities' attempts to apply it by feeding Mohammed Allan, ane administrative detainee on hunger strike. It also addressed the imminent danger over Allan's life in light of the outrage witnessed in the...

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