The Reality of Palestinian Prisoners in Occupation Jails
The matter of prisons, torture and lack of freedoms is an element of the discourse of the Palestinian narrative, precisely those written by the Palestinian prisoners in jails, making prison characterizations and therefore the colors of grilling and humiliation disturbing. There’s an accurate description of the force and cruelty of torturers within the cells of prisons and the humiliation and interrogation centers.
Some stories of Palestinian Prisoners in occupation jails
Palestinian prisoner Maher Abu Rayan :
A Palestinian prisoner has initiated a fast to protest the occupation’s nonchalance in getting him with needful medicine and care for over two years. 43-year-old Maher Abu Rayan, from the city of Hebron, within the occupied West Bank. Maher is serving a 25-year prison term and has suffered from many health problems within the past as an instant result of the highly violent fashion through which Israeli soldiers administered his arrest in 2003, containing breaking his nose.
Israeli prison authorities have delayed in getting Abu Rayan with the needed medical care, by which era he had progressed many other associated respiratory conditions. Three years later, in 2018, he was diagnosed with too much fluid in his lungs.
Even after going through many surgeries within the past few years, Abu Rayan still requires particular medical treatment due to the attack on him by the Israeli soldiers. He has been demanding that the Israeli prison service (IPS) provide him with the needed operation, which has now been late for over two years.
Palestinian prisoner Barghouti :
Prisoner Marwan Barghouti, generally seen as a competitor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, knows running within the scheduled Palestinian presidential elections, a near associate of his confirmed.
Barghouti is spending five life sentences in an occupation prison for his role in planning deadly terror attacks against occupation within the Second Intifada. He is popular among Palestinians and broadly seen as a possible successor to Abbas.
In a 2014 letter from prison, Barghouti said that Palestinians should “support whole resistance and therefore the rifle.” Barghouti himself was convicted and punished by an Israeli court in 2004 It has been said for guiding two shootings and a bombing that killed five Israelis.
Pregnant women in occupation prison :
A pregnant woman from Gaza in her first forties was arrested in May 2007 at Beit Hanoun Crossing. Then transported to the Hasharon prison. Insight of her age. Needed a higher level of care and medical care. Instead, she suffered from severe weight loss and weakness thanks to bad-quality food and inadequate conditions inside the prison. In January 2008, feeling labor pain, the detainee was transported to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. Where the occupation Prison Administration (IPA) saved her arms and legs chained.
The cuffs were extracted only inside the delivery room, and replace quickly after childbirth. Also, she went through the dehumanizing experience absolutely alone. Since her family and husband, all Gaza citizens didn’t have permission to visit her even after the delivery of the baby. She describes her painful experiment:
“After delivery, I used to be a fetter by having one arm and one leg bound to the bed. Through this situation, I used to be left for many hours before being taken again to my room. My baby was carried to me for breastfeeding only twice a day”.
She is detained in Telmond prison, accused of holding explosives on her body so as to execute a group action. She remains not indicted, she is under detention. Nearly six months later, the baby has still not met his father or siblings.
Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Alhaaj :
Now 87 years old, was arrested in 1967 by the occupation and jailed for almost three years. While in jail, he was subjected to torture and hanging that made him miss his consciousness. Facetiously, his jailers used to offer him a pair of left socks to use because he was a left hand. Today, Alhaaj is as determined as to when he first left to turn to his village of Al-Sawafir in what is today Israel – prison has not changed his thought.
How are children treated when arrested?
Many kids are arrested in the middle of the nighttime, waked at their houses by massively armed soldiers. They wake up to the sound of soldiers banging loudly on their front door. Using stun grenades, and shouting directions for the family to leave home. Children report that they are threatened by the soldiers storming into their houses. In which furniture is at times broken, accusations and oral warnings are shouted. Family members are obliged to stand outdoor in their nightclothes. As the accused child is forcibly removed from the home and taken away with vague explanations. Such as “he is coming with us and we will return him later”, or simply that the child is “needed”. Few kids or parents are informed as to where the child is being taken, why, or for how long.
Zionist hate march in Arab East-Jerusalem Reminiscent of the Skokie Nazi march- 1978
I am not particularly infatuated with holding comparisons between religious Zionism and Nazi ideology. However, When I see with my eyes and hear with my ears thousands of religious Zionists who claim to be followers of Moses (peace upon him) shout in a hate march “death to Arabs” in the streets of an Arab-Muslim town, then I must call the spade a spade.
What is more outrageous is that the Israeli political establishment tolerates and tacitly encourages this hatred which reminds us of Kristallnacht.
I know such comparisons are annoying for many Jews. But is this my fault? Should I compare this repulsive racism and hateful incitement to Mother Teresa’s charitable work in India?
In July 1978, the American Social Nationalist party (the Nazi party) announced it would organize a march of several hundred members to the small predominantly Jewish town of Skokie in the suburbs of Chicago.
The planned march was widely seen as a brazen provocation. Not the least by Skokie’s Jewish inhabitants, many of them are Holocaust survivors.
Many non-Jewish people from all over the United States voiced their solidarity with the town. Their solidarity came as vociferous demonstrations were held in Chicago and other places in protest against the despicable Nazi feat.
Despite the negative publicity and widespread opposition to the planned march, a Federal District judge allowed the march to proceed if certain conditions and restrictions were met. Moreover, the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) voiced its strong support for the march on the basis of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US constitution.
Eventually, the US Supreme Court declined to stay the order of Federal District Judge George N. Leighton, allowing the Nazis to demonstrate at Skokie. This, coupled with other factors. The factors including imposing a hefty fee on the organizers led to the cancellation of the march in Skokie.
This really brought a sigh of relief to anti-fascism forces, not only in the US but all over the world.
Hate March in Jerusalem: “death to Arabs“
I was still a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma when the Skokie story dominated Prime-time newscasts on the three major American TV networks namely ABC, CBS and NBC.
In class discussion, I remember I expressed my complete solidarity with the people of Skokie, especially its estimated 700 Holocaust survivors. After all, the Nazis were behaving beyond Chutzpah and adding insult to injury towards these people, who had survived despite history.
“Death to Arabs” means “death to Arabs,” not “death to Martians.”
Today, we are once again being affronted by another Skokie-style hate march. Last week, an Israeli court allowed extremist Jewish fanatics to hold a provocative rally in Arab-East Jerusalem, still under the Israel military occupation since 1967.
Last year, participants in the annual so-called “Jerusalem Day,”/a hate march marking the annual anniversary of the occupation of the Arab-Islamic holy city, cursed the Prophet of Islam (may peace be upon him), shouted “mavet le Arabim” or death to the Arabs, and called for the expulsion of Muslims and Christians from Palestine.
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God knows that using epithets like fanatics and extremists to describe these haters is a serious understatement and a scandalous trivialization of reality.
However, we all must understand that there are limits to the use of euphemisms to communicate an otherwise ugly reality.
The world didn’t lecture Jews on how to relate to their tormenters and grave-diggers. Likewise, we will not allow anyone to dictate to us how we should relate to our own tormentors and grave-diggers. After all, death to the Arabs means death to the Arabs, not death to Martians.
Government of settlers, for settlers, and by settlers
The Israeli government thinks twice before upsetting these fanatics/religious Zionists who adopt a decidedly toxic ideology, based on a venomous combination of racism, bigotry, hatred, violence, vindictiveness, and ethno-religious superiority against Arabs.
Many of them are graduates of Talmudic schools known as “Yeshivot” which indoctrinates them in the genocidal, racist ideology of religious Zionism.
Interestingly, these extremists/ religious-Zionist constitute the main electoral base for right-wing Israeli parties, including Yamina, the party of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet.
Hence, Bennet is very careful not to alienate them.
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The ideology of Religious Zionism (RZ), the official ideology of Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, has been dominant in Israel ever since the Likud reached power for the first time in 1977. It is much more than just racist against non-Jews. It is actually more or less genocidal. I wouldn’t go that far if I didn’t know what I was talking about.
In May 2007, Mordechai Elyahu, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel, issued an edict that would permit the Israeli army to murder hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Arabs.
“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they don’t stop after 1,000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000. Even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”
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Humane Jewish traditions
I don’t believe that this repulsive extremism represents true Judaism, the Judaism that is based on the Ten Commandments.
Jewish traditions relate the story of a heathen who came to Shammai with the request to be accepted as a convert on the condition that he was taught the whole Torah while he stood on one foot. Shammai drove him away with the yard-stick he was holding. Then the man went to Hillel with the same request. Hillel told the man “what is hateful to yourself don’t do to your fellow human being. That is the whole of the Torah and the rest is commentary.”
Unfortunately, the rabbis of religious Zionism, including the so-called Chabadim who have effectively replaced the Torah with a notoriously racist manual called “Hatanya,” pay no attention to such traditions. And when they are reminded of them, they arrogantly claim that words such as “man” or “human being” refer solely and exclusively to the “Jew.”
Earlier this week, the Bennet government refused an American request to reconsider the route of the planned March. One Palestinian official commented on this matter, saying “If Israel could say “No” to its guardian-ally, on such a small and trivial matter, and with the utmost contempt, it should be absolutely futile to expect the US to pressure Israel to end the occupation and allow for the establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state.
Israel is and will always be a crime against humanity
Israel, the misbegotten Zionist entity, on Wednesday, May 5 celebrated the 74th anniversary of its birthday, an allusion to the usurpation by brutal military force of the Arab-Muslim land of Palestine.
In the process, Zionist gangs, armed and funded by wealthy Jews and colonialist Western powers, such as the UK, carried out a well-devised terrorist campaign of indiscriminate murder and violence against the virtually-unarmed and defenseless Palestinian community, during which dozens of hideous massacres, like Dir Yasin, were perpetrated by Zionist gangs, like the Hagana, Irgun, Stern, and others.
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The grisly atrocities forced the vast majority of Palestine’s population at that time, in 1948, to flee their villages lest they face the same fate that the people of Dir Yasin, Tantura, Dawaymeh, and many other hamlets and villages had just faced.
The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when 130 Jewish terrorists from the paramilitary terror groups of Irgun and Lehi stormed Dir Yasin near Jerusalem and murdered 107 Palestinian civilians. Other sources, like New York Times, put the number of victims at 200.
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In his Memoirs, the Rvolt, Menachem Begin, the head of the Irgun terror group, who eventually became Israel’s Prime minister, described the Dir Yasin massacre as a real miracle because it cast terror in the hearts of the Palestinian populace, prompting them to leave. Even before Dir Yasin, Begin was branded by the British government as “leader of the notorious terrorist organization and banned from entering the UK.”
Since Dir Yasin 74 years ago, Zionist massacres of Palestinians have never really stopped as successive Zionist governments retained and maintained the original Zionist strategy toward the people of Palestine. This genocidal strategy was aimed at achieving three main goals: Expulsion of the bulk of Palestinians. (There are 7 million Palestinian refugees today), enslaving Palestinians as as “water carriers and wood hewers,” (apartheid), or outright physical extermination. This is not propaganda or media hypes. This is the un-official but authentic ideology of the ruling Zionist establishment, even today.
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In 1967, Israel launched the 6-days war, during which it seized the rest of mandatory Palestine, namely the West Bank which was under the Jordanian rule, and the Gaza Strip, under the Egyptian rule. Thus, Islam’s first Qibla and third holiest religious place, al-Aqsqa, fell under the Zionist occupation.
When East Jerusalem was seized from Jordan, the Israeli army’s rabbi Moshe Goren, strongly advised army generals to blow up the gold-gilded Dome of the Rock, which is part of the Aqsa Mosque. However, a prominent general refused to heed Goren’s exhortations.
Ever since that time, Israel transferred hundreds of thousands of its citizens into the West Bank to live on land that belongs to another people. The purpose of this criminal act is to re-enact the White settlements of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa and former Rhodesia as well as the Russian demographic presence in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, pending the annexation of the territory and possible expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.
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Numerous UN resolutions were issued, ruling that the settlements were illegal and in a brazen violation of international law. Furthermore, Israel consistently refused to consider the West Bank as an occupied territory, insisting that the region was a “disputed” rather than “occupied” land. The Israeli defiance of the UN and its Security Council’s resolutions is attributed to the almost total American submission to the Zionist entity.
A few years ago during a televised debate with an Israeli official, I confronted him with the settlements problem as he claimed that it was Israel that really wanted peace and that the Palestinians were the party that displayed intransigence. I asked him rather tersely if he thought that a peace-loving country would build 300 colonies on occupied territories and transfer hundreds of thousands of its citizens to live on land that didn’t belong to them. He was dumbfounded.
Clearly, the brazen Israeli insolence and arrogance of power stem from the absolute, unlimited, and total backing the Jewish state receives from the United States due to the overwhelming influence of American Jewry on the US government, congress, and political life in America.
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I remember one American writer saying half-jokingly that the Palestinians will not be liberated from the Israeli occupation until America is freed from Zionist domination. The Zionist stranglehold on the American government was described amply and analyzed elaborately by the late Jewish intellectual Alfred Lilienthal in his monumental book “The Zionist Connection: What price peace.”
The Palestinians remain the ultimate reversioner
Despite its military might, economic prosperity, and international connections, Israel still lacks the legal and moral legitimacy.
In ancient times and the Middle Ages, military conquests gave conquerors sovereignty over occupied territories. However, in the modern era, sovereignty, especially de jure sovereignty, can not be acquired or gained through war. Otherwise, the occupation by Nazi Germany of 8 European states would have been perfectly legal and compatible with international law. The same thing applies to the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait nearly 30 years ago. The same thing can be said about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
So what makes the Israeli occupation of Palestine, both in 1948 and 1967, different from the Nazi occupation of Europe, the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, and the Russian occupation of Ukraine. In truth, Israel and the Zionist movement have no convincing answer for this crucial question. Instead, they indulge in legalistic sophistry, historical prevarication, and verbal juggling
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Some Zionist apologists try to outsmart themselves by arguing that Israel came under attack and that the occupied territory were won in a war of self-defense.
However, international law experts make it very clear that coming under attack gives a country the right to repel the attack, but not occupy territories. Thus, the acquisition of territory by military force is absolutely illegal under the international law. This is the reason most countries don’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over both East and West Jerusalem as the city, indeed the entirety of Palestine was conquered by military force, which gave Israel only a de facto sovereignty, but no de Jure sovereign whatsoever.
Needless to say, authentic de jure sovereignty would require all the normal qualifications of sovereignty, which Israel obviously lacks.
Hence, Israel should be viewed as a belligerent occupying power, irrespective of how many countries recognize it and have diplomatic and economic relations with it.
According to Hal Draper ” At the present time Israel is a belligerent occupant of the city (Jerusalem) and is bound by the laws governing such occupation.”
Headly Cook, an international law expert believes that Israel among all countries of the world possesses not a single inch of territory which she could assuredly proclaim to be her own in perpetuity.(2)
This is why, Palestinians, and Muslims in general, are strongly advised not to ascribe any legal or moral legitimacy to Israel, an entity that has been and continues to be a crime against humanity. (end)
(1) Draper, Hal. the Status of Jerusalem, p. 163
(2)” (Cook, Headly, Israel: A blessing and Curse, London 1960, p. 168)
Israel murders more Palestinians as an indifferent world is looking on.
Israel, the genocidal and racist apartheid state, has once again carried out another devastating assault against the Gaza Strip, killing and murdering and maiming many Palestinian civilians.
The murderous onslaught, apparently totally unprovoked, began shortly before dawn on 8 May, when Israeli warplanes attacked several Palestinian homes the Israeli army claimed belonged to Islamic Jihad activists.
As many as 15 people were killed, including four children and two women so far, More than 60 civilians were injured, some sustaining life-threatening wounds.
Israel called the murdered Palestinian civilians in Gaza a mere “collateral damage,” expressing no feeling of guilt or regret.
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Since the beginning of this year, Israel has murdered as many as 120 Palestinians mainly in the occupied West Bank .
According to human rights organizations, Israel has murdered more than 1700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 since 2008 in both the West Bank and Gaza.
The habitual unmitigated murder of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza by Israel is widely considered an established policy of successive Israeli governments.
The effective banality of spilling Palestinian blood by the manifestly barbaric Israeli army seems to have created a callous and cruel society, whose main concern is focused on Justifying the virtually daily atrocities rather than voicing any compunctions about the systematic destruction of civilian lives.
Israel: Mendacious claims
However, the large and disproportionate number of innocent civilians killed in unceasing and unrelenting Israeli raids in the West Bank and Gaza Strip shows that Israel murders civilians knowingly and deliberately.
Israel routinely claims it doesn’t deliberately target innocent civilians.
It underscores that the claim of the absence of malice is just a propaganda lie aimed at whitewashing crimes and justifying a murderous policy.
One Palestinian commentator, Mustafa Barghouthi, described Israel as ” continually inebriated by Palestinian blood.”
There are mounting indications that the current Israeli government, universally viewed as the most fascist and racist since the establishment of the Zionist entity, is harbouring serious genocidal tendencies against the vulnerable Palestinian people.
About two months ago, the Israeli army allowed Nazi-like Jewish settlers to carry out a hair-raising pogrom at the Palestinian town of Huwwara, south of Nablus in the West Bank.
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The settlers vandalized property and set homes on fire, with residents inside, as Israeli soldiers were looking on, passively or gleefully.
Israeli officials sought to downplay the outrageous crime, describing it as an “isolated incident.”
It was amply clear that the Huwwara pogrom was intended to test the international reactions, especially American, to any “qualitative” escalation of the rampage of murder and terror against the increasingly abandoned and helpless Palestinians.
Israel: Sigh of relief
More to the point, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, a veteran criminal par excellance, and his two Nazi-like ministers, Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, breathed a sigh of relief when the Biden administration treated the pogrom with the usual hypocritical ambivalence and indifference characterizing the long-standing American policy toward the Palestinian issue.
The unethical American stance was viewed as an effective green light for the Netanyahu government to murder more Palestinian children and other civilians.
Hence, there is mounting anxiety among political observers that the occupied territories are already witnessing a real “Nazification and genocidalization” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, thanks to unbridled Israeli barbarianism against the Palestinian populace.
Israel: Vicious goals
The latest murderous onslaught in Gaza is ostensibly designed to achieve several goals: First, to reunify the divided Israeli public following the massive demonstrations against the proposed judiciary overhaul.
The second aim, which is an existential variable in the overall Israeli discourse toward the Palestinians, is simply to satiate the insatiable Israeli public’s thirst for Palestinian blood, which increases the popularity of the government in power.
The third goal is undoubtedly to completely crush any expression of Palestinian resistance to Israel’s increasingly insolent policies.
This conspicuous arrogance takes many forms, including the nearly daily provocations at the Aqsa Mosque as well as the rabid settlement expansion of Jewish settlement activities as well as the daily confiscation of Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Israel is hoping that the bullying and “pacification” of the Palestinians will eventually enable the Zionist entity to liquidate the Palestinian cause through organized violence and terror, coupled with de facto inaction on the part of the international community. (end)
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