Human rights in Israel http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28184/all en Israel using deadly force on unarmed protesters, watchdog says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/israel-using-deadly-force-unarmed-protesters-watchdog-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Rights groups says killings by Israeli forces unlawful</p> <p>* 56 unarmed protesters killed since 2005, it says</p> <p>* IDF says report is "biased"</p> <p>By Noah Browning</p> <p>RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Israel is breaking its own rules of engagement by using deadly force to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli rights group B'Tselem reported on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/israel-using-deadly-force-unarmed-protesters-watchdog-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian territories War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 04:15:04 +0000 5740336 at http://www.globalpost.com UN 'concerned' about Palestinian detainees, hunger-strikers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/un-concerned-about-palestinian-detainees-hunger-strikers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A United Nations official on Wednesday expressed concern about the wellbeing of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons and in particular about the condition of hunger striker Samer Issawi.</p> <p>A UN statement said that Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley met in the West bank city of Ramallah with Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqe, where Rawley "expressed the United Nations' continued concern about Palestinian detainees in Israeli custody." </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/un-concerned-about-palestinian-detainees-hunger-strikers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:46:11 +0000 5755068 at http://www.globalpost.com EU calls on Israel to respect rights of hunger strikers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/eu-calls-israel-respect-rights-hunger-strikers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The EU on Saturday called on Israel to respect its human rights obligations toward Palestinian prisoners, saying it was concerned about the deteriorating condition of four detainees who have been on a long-term hunger strike.</p> <p>The European Union is "following with concern" the worsening health conditions of Samer Assawi, Jaafar Ezzedine, Ayman Sharawneh and Tareq Qaadan, who are all staging long-term hunger strikes, the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/eu-calls-israel-respect-rights-hunger-strikers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian prisoners in Israel War AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:00:49 +0000 5757454 at http://www.globalpost.com EU calls on Israel to respect rights of hunger strikers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/eu-calls-israel-respect-rights-hunger-strikers-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to respect its human rights obligations towards Palestinian prisoners, saying it was concerned about the condition of four detainees on a long-term hunger strike.</p> <p>The European Union is "following with concern" the worsening health conditions of Samer Assawi, Jaafar Ezzedine, Ayman Sharawneh and Tareq Qaadan, who are all staging long-term hunger strikes, the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/eu-calls-israel-respect-rights-hunger-strikers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian territories War AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:00:38 +0000 5757549 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel handling of hunger strikers 'ethical failure' : NGO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/israel-handling-hunger-strikers-ethical-failure-ngo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Israel's treatment of four hunger-striking Palestinians is an "ethical failure" an Israeli NGO said on Sunday, adding that their rights were being violated.</p> <p>A statement from Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said that the fasting prisoners were denied visits from independent doctors and manacled during hospital checkups.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/israel-handling-hunger-strikers-ethical-failure-ngo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian territories War AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:45:46 +0000 5758496 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinians push EU to act for prisoners' release http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/palestinians-push-eu-act-prisoners-release <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Palestinians on Monday demanded that the European Union go beyond calls for Israel to improve its treatment of Palestinian prisoners and work to secure their immediate release.</p> <p>The demand was made in a letter from negotiator Saeb Erakat that was sent to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton just two days after she called on Israel to respect its human rights obligations towards Palestinian prisoners and expressed concern over the fate of four long-term hunger strikers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/palestinians-push-eu-act-prisoners-release" target="_blank">read more</a></p> European Union Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict War AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:15:47 +0000 5759110 at http://www.globalpost.com Mass demos as Palestinians challenge EU on prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/mass-demos-palestinians-challenge-eu-prisoners <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands rallied in the West Bank's two largest cities on Monday in support of four long-term hunger strikers, as the Palestinians demanded tougher EU action to help their prisoners.</p> <p>The deteriorating health of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has sparked several mass protests across the Palestinian territories, some of which have sparked clashes with the army.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/mass-demos-palestinians-challenge-eu-prisoners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict War AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:45:44 +0000 5759128 at http://www.globalpost.com Mass demos as Palestinians challenge EU on prisoners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/mass-demos-palestinians-challenge-eu-prisoners-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands rallied in the West Bank's two largest cities on Monday in support of four long-term hunger strikers, as the Palestinians demanded tougher EU action to help their prisoners.</p> <p>The deteriorating health of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has sparked several mass protests across the Palestinian territories, some of which resulted in clashes with the army.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/mass-demos-palestinians-challenge-eu-prisoners-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict War AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:15:51 +0000 5759315 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners join 1-day hunger strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/hundreds-palestinian-prisoners-join-1-day-hunger-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Some 800 Palestinians serving time in Israeli jails were on Tuesday refusing food in solidarity with four fellow inmates who have been on long-term hunger strike, officials said.</p> <p>According to the Ramallah-based Prisoners' Club, 800 prisoners in three prisons were taking part in the one-day strike, among them members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/hundreds-palestinian-prisoners-join-1-day-hunger-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict War AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:16:35 +0000 5759814 at http://www.globalpost.com UN chief concerned about Palestinian hunger strikers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/un-chief-concerned-about-palestinian-hunger-strikers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon raised deep concern on Tuesday over Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, saying they must be charged and tried or be released.</p> <p>Ban highlighted the case of Samer Issawi, who has been refusing food since August 1 and is in a "critical health condition."</p> <p>"The secretary general is deeply concerned over the rapidly deteriorating condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody who are on hunger strike," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, singling out Issawi's case.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/un-chief-concerned-about-palestinian-hunger-strikers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:46:32 +0000 5760383 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinian may extend hunger strike, despite release date http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/palestinian-may-extend-hunger-strike-despite-release-date <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Samer al-Issawi was released in prisoner swap deal</p> <p>* Palestinians clash with Israeli forces over detainees</p> <p>By Ali Sawafta</p> <p>OFER PRISON, West Bank, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A hunger-striking Palestinian jailed by Israel will likely continue his protest because he does not know when he will be freed, despite a court's annoucement that his sentence will end in two weeks time, a Palestinian official said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/palestinian-may-extend-hunger-strike-despite-release-date" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict Samer al-Issawi War Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:15:32 +0000 5762449 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/palestinian-prisoner-dies-israeli-jail-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Palestinian prisoner died Saturday in an Israeli jail, a prison spokeswoman said, with a Palestinian official charging he was killed during questioning and demanding an international probe.</p> <p>Arafat Jaradat was "arrested a few days ago. He was killed during the investigation," the Palestinian minister in charge of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqaa told AFP.</p> <p>"We demand the creation of an international commission of inquiry to probe the circumstances of his death," Qaraqaa added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/palestinian-prisoner-dies-israeli-jail-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arafat Jaradat Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict Politics AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:16:01 +0000 5764428 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel demands Palestinian leaders reduce tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/israel-demands-palestinian-leaders-reduce-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Israel said on Sunday it sent "an unequivocal demand" to Palestinian leaders to quell unrest, as thousands of detainees staged hunger strikes in Israeli prisons and their supporters clashed with security forces in the occupied West Bank.</p> <p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the same time ordered the transfer of January arrears of tax revenues that Israel collects on the behalf of the Palestinians but has been withholding, the government said in a statement.</p> <p>"Israel passed an unequivocal demand to the Palestinian Authority to calm down the territory," the statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/israel-demands-palestinian-leaders-reduce-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian territories Politics War AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:01:48 +0000 5764922 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel demands Palestinian leaders reduce tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/israel-demands-palestinian-leaders-reduce-tensions-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Israel said on Sunday it sent "an unequivocal demand" to Palestinian leaders to quell unrest, as thousands of detainees staged hunger strikes in Israeli prisons and their supporters clashed with security forces in the occupied West Bank.</p> <p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the same time ordered the transfer of January arrears of tax revenues that Israel collects on the behalf of the Palestinians but has been withholding, the government said in a statement.</p> <p>"Israel passed an unequivocal demand to the Palestinian Authority to calm down the territory," the statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/israel-demands-palestinian-leaders-reduce-tensions-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian territories Politics War AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:30:52 +0000 5764951 at http://www.globalpost.com UN calls for independent inquiry into Palestinian death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/un-calls-independent-inquiry-palestinian-death-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations called Monday for an independent inquiry into the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody, warning that mounting tensions risk an eruption of violence in the occupied territories.</p> <p>The Palestinians also demanded an independent investigation in a letter to the UN Security Council, which said that Arafat Jaradat, who died at the weekend, could have been tortured.</p> <p>UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry made the call for an investigation in a statement after talks with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad on the Jaradat's death.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/un-calls-independent-inquiry-palestinian-death-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human rights in Israel Human rights in the Palestinian territories Israeli–Palestinian conflict Politics Social Issues United Nations War AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:16:05 +0000 5766516 at http://www.globalpost.com