Daughter of Abdullah Barghoutti, sentenced to several life sentences, reads a letter to his father
By Marwan Barghouthi.
[More than 1600 Palestinian prisoners began on Monday 17 April an indefinite hunger strike to demand respect for the basic rights of prisoners and an end to "the application of administrative detention, torture, unfair trials, Degrading and inhuman treatment, medical negligence, detention of children and deprivation of basic rights such as family visits or the right to education. "
Currently, there are 6,500 Palestinian prisoners, including 57 women, 300 minors, 13 parliamentarians and 18 journalists. In addition, 800 are in need of medical care and about 500 remain in prison under the so-called "administrative detention", which allows the arrest of a person without charges against him for a period of six months, which can be extended for a further six months.
Why the US and their allies want to destroy Syria?
Syrian people maintain their fight against aggression of the United States and its allies | Photo: EFE
More than 450,000 people have been killed, while 11 million are now refugees or displaced. At least 652 children were killed in 2016, 255 of them near a school. Another 850 were recruited to fight in the conflict. These are the unfortunate figures that have left six years of war in Syria.
What are the real reasons that have prolonged this war?
The Spanish professor Jose Antonio Egido explained that among the reasons for the war is the destruction of the pan-Arabism, the movement that seeks the integration of the Arab town nd of which Syria is cradle.
The right of every person not to be subjected to ill-treatment or torture (physical or psychological) is one of the few human rights that are considered absolute. As an absolute right, it may never be "balanced out" against other rights and values, nor suspended or limited, even in difficult circumstances such as war or fighting terrorism. This right now holds the highest and most binding status in international law. Nevertheless, until the late 1990s, the Israel Security Agency (ISA, formerly the General Security Service) routinely used methods that constituted ill-treatment and even torture in interrogating Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories, relying on the recommendations of a state commission headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Moshe Landau. The Commission had held that, in order to prevent terrorism, ISA agents were permitted to use "psychological pressure" and a "moderate degree of physical pressure". This permission was grounded, in the Commission's opinion, in the "necessity defense" in the Penal Law.
Fishermen at Gaza's fishing port. Photo by Suhaib Salem, Reuters, 4 April 2016
In 2000, Gaza had about 10,000 fishermen. Today, the Gaza Fishermen’s Association has only some 4,000 fishermen registered, who are the breadwinners for approximately 50,000 persons. This figure, however, is misleading as half the registered fishermen are actually out of work, since their boats are out of commission and cannot be repaired due to the shortage in necessary raw materials. Ninety-five percent of Gaza’s fishermen live under the poverty line, defined as a monthly income of less than 2,293 ILS (roughly 600 USD) for a family of five. These families rely on humanitarian aid, and belong to the 80% of Gaza’s overall population who rely on humanitarian aid.
The decline of Gaza’s fishing sector is a direct result of Israel’s policy, which includes severe restrictions on marine access, fishing exports, and the entry of raw materials into Gaza, as well as harassment of fishermen:
Nazareth - Some 200,000 documents concerning the mysterious disappearance of thousands of babies in Israel's early years were made public last week for the first time.
The Israeli government declassified the files, publishing them in an online archive, after decades of accusations that officials have been concealing evidence that many of the babies were stolen from their parents.