Samer Issawi, whose 266-day hunger strike last year caught the world’s attention to the Israeli practice of holding Palestinians under “administrative detention.” These prisoners are held without any charges. Since the prisoners do not know why they are being held, their lawyers cannot make a case for their innocence. Administrative detention allows for imprisonment for up to six months and the sentence may be renewed an unlimited number of times.
Samidoun: Samer Issawi arrested June 23
Although Israel claims that these prisoners are being held because of they pose a terrorist threat, hundreds of these prisoners are held for political reasons (which are not spelled out, since no charges are filed).
After serving 17 months in administrative detention, Samer Issawi was released in December, 2013, as part of the prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Now, in the roundup of 330 Palestinians following the kidnapping of the three teenage boys last week near Hebron, Samer Issawi has been taken into custody again.
Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, provides more information on his case and a way to take action to support his release. Take action now.
Read more about his case and his recent arrest on the Electric Intifada.
Stone Cold Justice —
- 700 Palestinian children are jailed every year
- at the end of April, 196 Palestinian children were being held in Israeli prisons—some as young as 12 years old [http://www.btselem.org/statistics/minors_in_custody]
- in July, a five-year-old boy who lives in Hebron was taken into custody and held by Israeli soldiers for 2 hours…”I was playing and then a car came.”
- in Hebron, settlers attack Palestinian children on their way to school
- “the Israeli military courts have a conviction rate of 99.74%”
WATCH the Report – Stone Cold Justice
- Israeli military targets children in order to use them to gather military intelligence. The children are easily intimidated by the interrogation.
- Israeli military regularly engages in “mapping”—raiding Palestinian homes at night to gather information on the residents, then returning to arrest children, sometimes as young as nine years old.
Every day, Palestinian children’s lives are in danger and Israeli soldiers are ordered not to intervene. Watch this Australian news report on the arrest and detention of children in the West Bank and the Israelis who are working to end this horrendous practice.
One of the Palestinians featured, Basem Tamimi, a community leader in Nabi Saleh, is one of the non-violent activists we met in November. We also met with Nader Abu Amsha, from the YMCA Rehabili
Nader Abu Amsha (YMCA) and Ayed (Defense for Children International – DCI)
tation Project in Beit Sahour, which works to support Palestinian boys who have been arrested and detained. Watch the report, Stone Cold Justice.
Welcome to my blog about what I am learning about peacemakers in Israel and Palestine. I began writing in 2008 after I met several Palestinians who told me, “If only Americans knew what is happening here, surely things would change for us.”
I decided to write what I have seen and heard.
Since 2005, I have visited Israel and Palestine six times and have shared many stories of Palestinians and Israelis who are working for a just peace. You can read them here:
Looking forward to posting on this new site–come back soon!