Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Vigil in Wgtn for Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails

May 5, 2014

Vigil in Wellington for Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails

The Muslim Community of Wellington, New Zealand is holding a vigil at 5.15pm on Friday May 9, 2014 at Civic Square, Wellington to draw attention to the critical situation of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, and to express their solidarity with them. We invite all Wellingtonians with a commitment to universal human rights to join us.

Since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned, many without charge or trial. That is one in four Palestinians in the occupied territories. 40% of male Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have spent time in Israeli jails.

There are currently 175 Palestinians in administrative detention, including 11 MPs, elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

‘Administrative detention’ usually targets Palestinian politicians, activists and academics, who can be held for up to six months without charge or trial, based on secret evidence which neither they nor their lawyers have access to. Frequently, the order under which they are held is renewed on or just before their detention is due to end. This process can be continued indefinitely. At least half of ‘administrative detainees’ never have a trial.

Children are also targeted – as at January 2014, there were 230 Palestinian child prisoners (under 18) being held without charge. Children are usually held in the same cells as adults, breaching international law. More than 6,000 Palestinian children have been imprisoned since 2000. Some 700 Palestinians between 12 and 17 years old are arrested and interrogated every year.

Nor are women exempt – there are 19 Palestinian women currently imprisoned, of an estimated 10,000 Palestinian women who have been arrested and detained by the Israeli military since 1967. They are subjected to severe abuse during interrogation, including various forms of torture, and pregnant women give birth while shackled to the bed.

Palestinian prisoners and administrative detainees are denied access to basic health services, usually receiving mild pain relief only. Cancer is left untreated, and amputation of infected limbs is all too common. Some 200 Palestinians in Israeli jails suffer from schizophrenia, 20 are otherwise mentally impaired, 120 have epilepsy, 25 have been diagnosed with cancer – and few are adequately medically-managed.

Palestinians are subjected to both physical and psychological torture during interrogation. In February 2013, Palestinian detainee Arafat Jaradat, 30, died of a heart attack two days after his detention following severe beatings by agents of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.

Since 1967, more than 205 Palestinian detainees have died in Israeli jails due to torture, denial of health treatment, or deliberate killing, 82 of them since 2000.

In addition to showing our solidarity with these victims of Israel’s breaches of international law, we call for the High Contracting Parties of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfil their obligations as signatories to this international agreement, to bring an end to the arbitrary detention of Palestinians, and ensure their humane treatment in accordance with international law.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news