Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Gaza: Protest in Support of Hunger Striking Prisoners Moves

Protest Tent in Support of Hunger Striking Prisoners Relocates in Gaza City

by Julie Webb-Pullman
May 2, 2012

Click for big version.

Prisoners' Protest Tent at Al Jundy

On 29 April, the twelfth day of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike against illegal conditions and treatment in Israeli detention, all Gazan factions gathered in Al Jundy, the Square of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City, to continue their protest.

The Prisoners’ Solidarity Tent had moved to Al Jundy from outside the Centre of the International Red Cross (ICRC) the day before, to accommodate the growing crowds joining the protest by the day. The Solidarity Tent will remain in Al Jundy until the end of the strike.

The prisoners’ demands include an end to administrative detention, an unpalatable left-over from British colonial rule, whereby civilians are detained and held under military, rather than civilian, jurisdiction, are not formally charged, and are not given access to the evidence against them - if any actually exists.

There are also several demands for the observance by Israel of the minimal international rules and human rights for prisoners, such as the use of solitary confinement, strip-searches (including of visiting family members such as children), cell searches in the middle of the night, and the denial of family visits, especially for Gaza prisoners, some of whom have not seen their families for over ten years.

Increasing number of the almost 5,000 Palestinians behind bars in Israeli jails are joining the hunger strike every day. The 1,400 who began on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ day, have now been joined by hundreds more, including at least six women prisoners.

Israeli authorities are responding with increasing repression - three of the women have been put into solitary confinement for joining the strike, and at Ishell prison, Israeli authorities attacked hunger striking prisoners, according to a note smuggled out. Lawyers, families, and the ICRC have been banned from visiting hunger-striking prisoners.

An ex-prisoner released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in October 2011, Mazen Abu Jarad, describes the conditions in Israeli jails thus why he supports the hunger-strikers, and what the international community can do to help.


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Moving On: Tributes To Scoop's Editor And Co-Founder Alastair Thompson

Jeremy Rose: I've been trying to recall when I first met Al: Was it before or after Bob Jones punched him? I remember bumping into a senior Dominion journalist, just after the pugnacious millionaire had added Alastair to the list of journalists he had lashed out at, and asking: What happened? "I don't know," he replied, "but he probably deserved it the cheeky little bastard." More>>

Werewolf: In A New York Groove

Right now, there’s a thing about downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and ‘80s, a lot of talk about an era that still resonates powerfully. Plenty of people in this city, still walking around and breathing in and out, were very involved in the world below 14th Street. More>>


Keith Ng On Public Address: Why The Police And The PM Are Wrong About Rawshark

On 2 October 2014, the Police raided Nicky Hager’s home... During the search, they found a piece of paper... “We considered [the document] was of interest to the investigation because of information we had already obtained”. That piece of paper was seized and designated NH025... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Islam And The Paris Attacks

Presidential contender Ben Carson for instance, wants it to be made illegal for a Muslim to be elected as President of the USA. For the Republican Party at least, freedom of religion in America extends only to tolerating many ways of accepting Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. In reality of course, treating Islamic State as the essence of Islam makes about as much sense as treating the Ku Klux Klan as the essence of Christianity... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news