Commission publishes articles of the agreement to end hunger strike

Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission published on Monday the most important humanitarian demands agreed upon during the negotiations between the leadership of the Palestinian prisoners movement and the Israel Prison Service (IPS). Under the agreement, which was called “Ashkelon Agreement”, the prisoners announced the suspension of their 41-day hunger strike. The agreement includes allowing regular family visits, improving the conditions of these visits, lifting the security ban imposed on thousands of prisoners’ relatives and the unjustified ban on more than 140 children who have never been allowed by the IPS to visit their parents. As for female prisoners, it was … Continue reading Commission publishes articles of the agreement to end hunger strike

Seif Meets Dutch Envoy to Syrian Opposition, Urges Support for Basic Services Projects

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif met with Netherlands Special Envoy for Syria Gerard Steeghs and political advisor Renko Verheij to discuss the latest political and field developments in Syria in Istanbul on Monday. Seif said that despite the scarcity of resources, the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) succeeded to achieve several successes with regards to the provision of essential service to the population in the liberated areas. He called upon the Netherlands to support SIG projects in view of the systematic destruction of vital civilian infrastructure by the Assad regime. “We look forward to the support of the Dutch … Continue reading Seif Meets Dutch Envoy to Syrian Opposition, Urges Support for Basic Services Projects

Egypt blocks financial newspaper website, widening media blackout

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt on April 20, 2017 Egypt has blocked the website of one of its most prominent financial newspapers, the paper’s owner said on Sunday, expanding a media blackout initiated last week to curb what authorities called support for terrorism and fake news. Egypt blocked access to a number of news websites including Al-Jazeera and Huffington Post Arabic on Wednesday after similar actions by its Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The censorship of Al-Borsa, a widely read financial newspaper that generally steers clear of politics and reflects the views of … Continue reading Egypt blocks financial newspaper website, widening media blackout

Chairman of regional council: Gaza siege threatens our security

Ashkelon Regional Council Chairman Yair Farjun warned of the consequences of the deterioration of the living conditions in the besieged Gaza Strip. The siege affects the security of settlements in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, he opined. In a press article in Yedioth Ahronoth Hebrew newspaper, Farjun opined that preventing a humanitarian disaster in Gaza is an Israeli interest in the first place. He called on the Israeli government to work on putting an end to the aggravating suffering in the besieged coastal enclave. “Even though the siege prevents Hamas of entering weapons and rockets into Gaza, Israel has … Continue reading Chairman of regional council: Gaza siege threatens our security

Trump’s visit to Israel: How Palestine disappeared from US media coverage

By: Ramzy Baroud As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. Quoting former Israeli political adviser Mitchell Barack The New York Times referred to Trump as the “Liberace of world leaders,” in reference to flamboyant piano player Wladziu Valantino Liberace. The latter, known as “Mr. Showmanship,” was, at times, the highest paid entertainer in the world and his successful career lasted over four decades. New York Magazine Online quoted former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro too, trying to decipher the supposedly complicated persona of Trump. … Continue reading Trump’s visit to Israel: How Palestine disappeared from US media coverage

Prisoner continues hunger strike in PA jail as release order is refused

Hamza Zablah, on hunger strike in PA jail since May 23, 2017 By: Lily Leach BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian authorities have continued to detain six men in a Hebron jail as of Monday, despite an order being issued mandating their release, as one of the detainees has been on hunger strike for six consecutive days in protest of his arrest. Hamza Zablah, a former prisoner from Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, declared his hunger strike an hour after he was detained by the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s preventive security service last Tuesday, Palestinian outlet Shehab news agency reported at … Continue reading Prisoner continues hunger strike in PA jail as release order is refused

Fadwa Barghouthi confirms halt of mass hunger strike after misleading reports

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After reports emerged early Monday morning that leader of a mass hunger strike Marwan Barghouthi was still refusing meals in Israeli prison two days after the strike ended, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs and Barghouthi’s wife Fadwa denied the reports and confirmed that the hunger strike had indeed been fully suspended. Al Jazeera news network reported in Arabic early Monday morning, quoting a joint statement purportedly issued by the same Palestinian Authority (PA)-run committee and local NGO the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), that Marwan Barghouthi refused to suspend his hunger strike until he was returned to … Continue reading Fadwa Barghouthi confirms halt of mass hunger strike after misleading reports