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What it’s like to use Facebook from inside a Gaza prison

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A number of Palestinian inmates at Gaza Central Prison in western Gaza City were allowed to connect March 21, via Facebook video calls, with family members residing outside the Gaza Strip and with whom they had not been in touch for years. In cooperation with the Gaza …

How Palestinian female inmates are getting a second chance

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The General Directorate for Correction and Rehabilitation Centers, affiliated with the Ministry of Interior and National Security, which is responsible for managing civil prisons, inaugurated the “Glimmer of Hope” exhibition on March 26. For two consecutive days, handmade products made by about 40 female inmates …

Israeli police calls for Palestinian defendants to hire private security to attend hearings

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police have reportedly demanded that Palestinians from the occupied West Bank who are caught working illegally in Israel be made to pay for private Israeli security companies to escort them to court hearings in Israel, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli …

Why these Gazan inmates are picking up a pen behind bars

A Palestinian inmate handwrites the Quran as part of a course aimed at altering the behavior of inmates at the correctional and rehabilitation center in western Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Nov. 9, 2016. (photo by Ahmad Abu Amer) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In mid-October, a number of Palestinian inmates in the …

Gaza inmates get second chance

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Rehabilitation and re-entry support centers in the Gaza Strip house hundreds of prisoners who are incarcerated for crimes and violations of the law. Based on the idea that imprisonment is aimed to reform and rehabilitate and not punish, these centers seek to implement educational and …

Government-run project in Gaza pays off prisoners’ debts, 350 set to be released

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — More than 350 Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza Strip over unpaid debts will be released in coming days after the Hamas-run Ministry of Endowment, in coordination with charities and the Gaza police, raised the money to pay off the debts, the ministry’s undersecretary announced Saturday.“Redemption for …

Al Mezan Calls for Immediate Stop to the Execution of the Death Penalty in Gaza and Full Respect of Palestinian Law

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Al Mezan) views with grave concern the announcement of impending execution of death sentences by the authorities in the Gaza Strip. If carried out, these executions will be done without the approval of the president of the Palestinian Authority as stipulated in Palestinian law. According …

Israeli court convicts Palestinian boy of 2 counts of attempted murder

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli district court in Jerusalem convicted a 14-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack in an Israeli settlement in October.Ahmad Salih Manasra was found guilty by the court of carrying out a stabbing attack on …

A Failed Justice System: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Palestinian Prisons

On 30 August 2015, Muhammad Ahmad Salah, 30, was released after 65 days of detention by Palestinian Intelligence. While in custody, Muhammad was subjected to ill-treatment, torture and psychological pressure at the hands of Palestinian Intelligence officers and detectives. Timeline of Events 21 June 2015: Muhammad was detained on Sunday, …

Palestinian sentenced to death in Gaza for providing info to Israel

GAZA CITY (AFP) — A Hamas military court in the Gaza Strip on Monday sentenced a Palestinian to death for allegedly providing information to Israel that led to Palestinians being killed, judicial sources said.The 28-year-old man was identified only by the initials N.A. and no other details on the accusations …