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Palestine: Harsh prison sentences against 2 children, demonstration outside US embassy, occupation accused of selling organs & arrests

“Israel” issues harsh prison sentences against 2 Palestinian children

NABLUS, (PIC)– Ahrar center for prisoner studies and human rights strongly denounced the Israeli military court for issuing harsh prison sentences against Palestinian children under the age of 18.

An Israeli military court has sentenced two Palestinian children from Al-Zawya town in Salfit in the West Bank to two years imprisonment after charging them with throwing stones at Israeli occupation forces, the two prisoners’ relatives told Ahrar center.

For his part, the director of the center Fuad Al-Khuffash said that the children are: Waleed Nasr Shaqir, 16 years old, and Khalil Ibrahim Shaqir, 17 years old.

They both are school boys under the age of 18 and were arrested on June 2012 after the Israeli forces stormed and searched their houses. Their trail was postponed many times.

Al-Khuffash said that these sentences did not take into account that the detainees are under the age of 18, and violated the international law which forbids the detention of children under this age.

He has also noted that the occupation has continued its policy of detaining dozens of children under the age of 16 in its jails, depriving them from continuing their education.

The human rights activist called for saving these detained children, who have been subjected to severe torture and pressure in the prisons of the Israeli occupation which violates all the norms and international conventions and laws.

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48-Palestinians demonstrate outside U.S. Embassy

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Islamic movement in the Palestinian 1948 occupied territories organized on Monday a demonstration outside the US Embassy in the occupied city of Tel Rabi protesting against the U.S. President Barack Obama’s intended visit to al-Aqsa mosque during his upcoming visit to the region the next few days.

The demonstrators raised the green flags and pictures of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and chanted slogans calling for supporting al-Aqsa and demanding the U.S. administration to stop its biased policy towards the Israeli entity.

The head of the Islamic Movement inside the Green Line, Sheikh Raed Salah, said that this demonstration is a response to the leaked news concerning the U.S. President Barack Obama’s intended visit to Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque.

The intended visit provides a false legitimacy to the occupation in al-Aqsa mosque and declares war against the Palestinian people and against the Arab and Islamic nation because Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque’s issue is not only a Palestinian issue but it is an Arab and Islamic issue, Sheikh Salah explained.

Meanwhile, UFree network to defend Palestinian prisoners’ rights stated that the number prisoners from 1948-occupied territories ranges between 90 to 100, 14 of them spent more than 20 years in Israeli jails.

Palestinian political prisoner, Maher Younis, a resident of the 1948 occupied territories who has been in Israeli jails for more than 30 years, has started a hunger strike in quest of his basic human rights, UFree pointed out in a press statement.

“He spent and continues most of his sentence in cells which lack basics of living conditions in addition to being subjected to solitary confinement. All this period, he was deprived of meeting his mother face to face but through a glass barrier. Meanwhile, since his arrest in 1983, he was not granted any of the basic rights of prisoners granted to other Israeli prisoners,” the network added.

UFree Network has also pointed out to Maher Younis’s cousin, Karim Younis, who spent 31 years in Israeli jails, in addition to Lina Jarbouni who is the longest serving Palestinian woman political prisoner, where she was arrested since 11 years ago.

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Occupation accused of selling organs of a Palestinian who died in jail

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian human rights center concerned in prisoners’ issues accused the occupation authorities of trading with organs of a Palestinian martyr who passed away in Ashkelon prison in 1980.

Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said in a press statement on Tuesday that Israel, after 30 years, still denies the existence of the body of Palestinian martyr Anas Dawla.

It asserted that Dawla had been killed in the jails and that the Israeli authorities have been hiding his body and did not even allow burying him.

PPS has also revealed its belief that the Israeli side has been selling the organs of the martyr.

The occupation Supreme Court has issued a decision providing for rejecting the request to hand over Dawla’s body to his family, under the pretext that it does not exist. The PPS considers this procedure as a crime.

The Palestinian human rights society demanded the formation of an international commission to investigate the series of crimes committed by the Israeli authorities against Palestinian prisoners, and to prosecute the Israeli leaders responsible for those crimes.

For its part, Palestinian Foundation of Health Work Committees urged for an international inquiry to uncover the circumstances of the death of captive Dawla in Ashkelon detention center, in light of recently raised investigations and media reports stating that the occupation soldiers and other Israeli bodies have been conducting experiments on the Palestinian martyrs’ bodies and selling their organs.

The Foundation called for intensifying Palestinian and international efforts to free all the prisoners from Israeli jails, and to release the 240 bodies of Palestinian and Arab martyrs that are still held by the occupation authorities.

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IOF kidnap 19 Palestinians in different W. Bank areas

WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Wednesday kidnapped 19 Palestinians during raids on homes in different West Bank areas.

Local sources reported that the IOF kidnapped from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem city two citizens, including an ex-detainee named Ghassan Fuad, who was released as part of the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel.

In Beit Fajar south of Bethlehem, the IOF kidnapped five Palestinian young men, including two minors, during raids on their homes.

The IOF also kidnapped a 20-year old young man named Rami Humeidat from his house in Surif town west of Al-Khalil city and took him in chain to an unknown place.

The IOF also stormed Nablus city and kidnapped a number of citizens after violent raids on their homes.

In Al-Makhfiya neighborhood west of Nablus, the IOF kidnapped several citizens, including journalist Baker Atili.

Many homes were also raided in Balata refugee camp east of Nablus. Local sources there reported the IOF took some citizens prisoners during its campaign and consequently clashed with citizens in Al-Ma’ajin neighborhood.

In a special incident, the IOF at dawn kidnapped Thamer Saba’na, the activist in prisoners’ affairs, from his house in Qabatiya south of Jenin.

An informed source from his family told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that a force of Israeli troops encircled the house of Saba’na and raided it at two o’clock after midnight.

Following two-hour thorough search in the house, the IOF confiscated a desktop computer and the cellphones of Saba’na and his wife, and took him handcuffed and blindfolded to an unknown place, according to the source

Thamer Saba’na is one of the prominent activists who defend the rights of the Palestinian prisoners and had spent three years in an Israeli prison. He was also detained and summoned several times by the Palestinian authority security agencies.

His brother is the Palestinian caricaturist Mohamed Saba’na who was kidnapped about two weeks ago by the IOF at Al-Karama bridge after his return from Jordan.

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