MIM: The prisoners strike and demands for computers and group photographs might have to do with the fact that the Abu Jihad museum of prisoner affairs is moving into new premises. In addition to an archive of documents the Abu Jihad center plans to showcase the handiwork of the prisoners.
One can only surmise that this could include novelty bomb belts and in the tradition of detonated Hamas leader Rantisi, a cigarette box , toothbrush,and milk carton model of the Al Aqsa mosque.
The Abu Jihad museum on the Al Quds University campus could incorporate the suicide bombing exhibition in Nablus university, consisting of a full scale model of the Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem after a savage attack which killed 15 people,including 5 members of the Schijveschuurder family , and wounding scores of others.
The Palestinian Museum - at Al-Najah University in Shechem
"So - what do "regular" Palestinians think?" - this is a usual question asked Israelis who try to explain the terror in our country. The question is already expecting a certain answer: something like, 'Well, not all Palestinains support suicide bombers' or 'The simple people want peace', or 'Religious leaders don't agree'...
We here at GAMLA, like the rest of Israel, saw these pictures in our newspapers this morning. We feel that they answer for themselves.
In order to give you the story "straight from the horses mouth" - we are publishing these pictures along with the original captions from AP - written by their Palestinian journalist, of course:
[To veiw pictures from the terrible Sbarro terror attack last month in Jerusalem, click here]
|Palestinian students visit a re-enactment of the Aug. 19 Sbarro pizza restaurant suicide bombing in Jerusalem, replete with body parts and pizza slices strewn around the room, during the opening of an exhibition at Al Najah University in the West Bank town of Nablus, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001. The exhibit on the suicide bombing, which killed 15 Israelis and the bomber, is part of an exhibition to mark the passing of a year since renewed violence broke out between Israelis and the Palestinians.
(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
|Palestinian students walk under a replica of a Sbarro pizza restaurant sign, which reads "Kosher" in Hebrew, during the opening of an exhibition at Al Najah University in the West Bank town of Nablus, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, to commemorate one year since renewed violence broke out between Israelis and the Palestinians. The Sbarro section of the exhibition, replete with body parts and pizza slices strewn across the room, is a replica of the Aug. 9 Sbarro suicide bombing which killed 15 Israelis and thebomber in Jerusalem. |
(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh) -
Another aquisition of the Abu Jihad Museum could be the Al Aqsa mosque model made by detonated Hamas leader Rantisi which used to sit on his living room table and often described by journalists who visited him at his home.
After the founding of Hamas, Rantisi was the first of the group's leaders to be arrested by Israel. In and out of Israeli custody several times, he spent more than seven years behind bars altogether.
During one confinement, he shared a cell with Hamas' spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin and memorized the Quran -- 600 pages in most standard editions.
In prison, he used empty milk, toothbrush and cigarette cartons -- though he's a nonsmoker -- to construct a model of Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, which still sits, colorfully painted, on a table in his Gaza City living room.
MIM: The Abu Jihad Center for Political Affairs has updated their Al Quds University webpage with the following 'public service announcement:of a permanent premises within the university. No doubt the European Union will give generously to this Jihadi cultural endeavor. Note that the purpose is : "To commemorate .... the development of a Palestinian prisoner movement.. to study...their interaction with their colleagues outside jail "..(!)
This unique Center was established in 1999 to commemorate and document the development of the Palestinian prisoner movement. A major effort to collect data and information about all Paletinian prisoners has begun and the Center has already aquired a large collection of original documents (letters, literary works, political papers) as well as hand crafts. The Center was named after the code name for Mr. Khalil Al-Wazir, one of the founders of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fateh), whose specific charge was the political structure of Fateh in the Occupied Territories, and who maintained close contacts with the prisoners from his headquarters abroad. The Center, now located in rented offices in Ramallaha will soon be relocated to a special museum style building now under construction in the University's Abu Dis campus. This museum will host an archive of documents as well as exhibit the hand crafts of the prisoners. It is hoped that it will also be a center for researchers and students who wish to study the evolution of political thought amoung prisoners, thier interaction with their colleagues outside jail, as well as their personal histories.
The Director of the Center, who was himself taken prisoner at the age of 16, and who managed to learn to read, write and to finish his schooling while in jail, and who later studied for a higher diploma at Al-Quds University, embodies the spirit which it is hoped that the museum will present to its visitors.
Director Mr. Fahed Abu Al-Haj Tel: +970-59205-897.
MIM:Let's hope that the jailed Sheik Abdel Rahman, who is currently trying to eat himself to death by OD' ing on black and white M&M's to trigger his diabetes, doesn't decide to show solidarity with his hungerstriking terrorist brothers in Israel .
A recent news report said that Abdel Rahman, a diabetic, was deliberately OD'ing on black and white M&M's in order to trigger his diabetes and become a martyr to his followers . Rahman was upset that he couldnt get his favorite brand of tea in jail.
Maybe they can get him to switch to Kool - Aid ....
MIM:' Diabolical Diabetic' aka Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman
Posts in response to "M&M Jihad" on the Jihad Watch website:
"What's his address? I'll send him a case of Frosted Flakes".
"Since that blind inmate Abdel-Rahman has a real penchant for M&M's, why doesn't the warden at the prison order up a plate of rocky-mountain oysters (from piglets), get'em candy coated and give them to him after telling him he's getting a big treat for good behaviour? He's blind so just tell him that these extra large M&M's were special ordered just for him..
After he's done wolfing them down whole, let it slip what they really were."
For more comments click on the 'Jihad Watch' URL
MIM: The real meaning of political correctness in ' The War on Terror'.
Israeli security minister Tzachi Hanegbi explains that Israelis refuse to be 'better but deader'.
:"The battle with the prisoners is not over humanitarian needs," Hanegbi said. "But rather the focus is their demand to continue planning attacks and killing Jews from within the jail walls."
"From my perspective, the Palestinians can strike for one day, a month, or even until death."
Terrorists On Strike
Meals are not being served today to hundreds of Arab terrorists imprisoned in Israel - because they have embarked on a hunger strike. The terrorists demand better humanitarian conditions, though no fewer than 70% of them are estimated to have Jewish blood on their hands in one way or another. The strike is expected to spread from the 3-4 prisons in which it began today to many others across the country.
"For inhumane people to demand humanitarian improvements is an absurdity bordering on contempt," said Yehudit Dasberg today. Mrs. Dasberg, who has been in the forefront in the struggle against releasing terrorists from prison, adopted her two young grandchildren after their parents - Yaron and Effie Ungar - were murdered in a Hamas terror attack in June 1996.
"As far as I'm concerned," said Public Security Minister Tzachi HaNegbi on Friday, "they can starve until they die." Prison Service officials said that they did not take this literally, and would in fact have medical staff on hand to ensure that this did not happen. Government officials have said, however, that they do not plan to give in to the terrorists' demands.
The imprisoned terrorists demand the removal of the glass walls separating them from their visitors, as well as other improvements in their visiting arrangements. They also want telephones in their cells or wings, as well as the right to have cell phones, a computer in each cell, no Value Added Tax on their canteen purchases, air conditioners in their cells, no more body checks, and more.
The Prison Service responded to their refusal to take meals by taking away the televisions from their cells, canceling all visitations and sports activities, and more.
Prison and police officials say that they will not give in on any demands that have to do with security. "The jails have become, over the past few years, top headquarters for the Palestinian terror organizations," they say. Dozens of terror attacks have been planned during this period by imprisoned terrorists, with the aid of cell phones smuggled to them by visiting relatives. Some 850 such phones were found and confiscated over the past year.
"We would rather see terrorists die of hunger than to see Israeli citizens murdered in terror attacks," unnamed prison officials said. The strike is not expected to be a short one. Jerusalem police have stepped up their preparedness to meet the threat of possible Arab violence in solidarity with the striking terrorists.
PA prime minister Ahmed Qurei took advantage of the situation to demand the release of all 8,000 PA prisoners being held in Israeli jails. "The release of all the prisoners is an essential condition for any solution or progress in the peace porcess," he said today. "The government regards the prisoners issue as being at the top of its list of priorities."
Palestinian prisoners launch open-ended hunger strike
|Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST
||Aug. 15, 2004|
Palestinian prisoners can strike to death but they will be force fed if necessary, Internal Security Minister Tzachi Hanegbi warned Sunday following the opening of an open-end hunger strike by some 1,400 Palestinian security prisoners in protest of jail conditions.
"The battle with the prisoners is not over humanitarian needs," Hanegbi said. "But rather the focus is their demand to continue planning attacks and killing Jews from within the jail walls." The Prisons Service will not negotiate with the Palestinian security prisoners and will not give in to any of their demands, Hanegbi said Friday. To communicate to the prisoners that the hunger strike will fail to produce the results they demand, the Prisons Service has removed all electronic devices - including televisions and radios - from their cells, and have stopped the distribution of cigarettes, newspapers and sweets. The striking prisoners are also being refused visitors until further notice. Furthermore, searches of inmates' cells have produced important evidence relating to the planning and execution of the strike.
Prison officials said that only 1,400 Palestinian prisoners out of the 3,800 locked up in Israeli prisons joined the strike Sunday and that the rest are scheduled to gradually join in "with the peak being [Prime Minister] Abu Ala's scheduled speech on Wednesday at which he is expected to call out in support of the prisoners."
The Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades threatened Sunday to kidnap Israeli soldiers in a bid to secure the release of prisoners. "We reiterate our call for our fighters everywhere to conduct more special operations and focus on the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers," the group said in a statement faxed to AFP's offices in Gaza.
The Palestinians say they are striking in protest of the Prisons Service refusal to supply them with public phones, to remove glass partitions which separate the inmates from visitors and to halt strip searches. Prison officials said that the prisoners are drinking but did not accept breakfast or lunch.
Hanegbi said that the common denominator between the three requests is the prisoner's real demand – to continue directing murderous attacks against Israelis. He said that since the beginning of the year, prison officials have confiscated 850 cellular phones, which are frequently used to plan and direct the attacks.
"They want us to stop doing the searches which are necessary since we find hundreds of phones hidden in their bodies," Hanegbi said. "But we have caught the phones and have prevented them from planning attacks."
"There is no other country in the world that provides as much humanitarian conditions as Israel provides to these prisoners. They have everything they need, and more. They even have televisions and Al-Jazeera. But we cannot allow them to continue killing Jews from prison," Hanegbi said on Channel 1 TV Sunday.
Hanegbi said that the General Security Service asked for a meeting with him as soon as he took office and told the internal security minister that there was a "huge security hole" at the prisons. Dozens of Israelis have been killed by attacks organized in prisons, Hanegbi said,
"They have a feeling that Israeli governments will fold when faced with hunger strikes. But I went to [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon and asked him for support, and I also presented him with all the consequences of our position - including international pressure. And his answer was absolutely clear: there will be no caving in on security measures," Hanegbi added.
In response to the hunger strike, prison officials took away a number of privileges from the inmates, including their televisions and visitation rights. Issa Karakeh, who leads the Palestinian Prisoners' Association, said those considered leaders among the prisoners were placed in solitary confinement.
"The prisoners are not asking to be released from prison but are just asking to improve their conditions," Leah Zemil, an attorney who represents several Palestinian security prisoners said.
Zemil said that the prisoners are asking for improved health care, hygiene conditions and a change in visitation rights.
Hanegbi said that there is no chance that Israel will give in to the prisoner's demands and will succumb to the pressure from the hunger strike.
"They can strike till death," he said. "Every time in the past when the prisoners launched a hunger strike, the government caved in but this time I went directly to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and received his support to take a strong and stiff stand against the prisoners."
Hisham Abdel-Razek, Palestinian Authority minister of prisoner affairs said the hunger strike was meant to "draw the Israeli public's attention and the world's conscience to the plight of their fellow men locked away in prisons in Israel."
"We in the Palestinian Authority are obliged to stand behind these prisoners, who are only asking for an improvement in their living conditions," Abdel-Razek told Israel Radio.
Nafesh Magbel, commander of the Hadarim Prison, said prisoners would be weighed every day and given infusions if necessary.
"They are spoiled, just spoiled," Magbel said. "They are continuing to operate terror attacks while in prison."
Meanwhile Sunday, special Prisons Service units, Nahshon and Mazada, mobilized together with other reinforcements in different security prisons, including Nafha, Eshel and Hadarim, in preparation for potential disturbances and riots.
The Prisons Service maintains that the enforced policies are crucial to the security of Israel. Before glass partitions were installed in visiting halls, prison security guards caught family members smuggling parts of cellular phones to prisoners in numerous separate incidents. Cell phone components were even found in the hairpin of a young girl visiting a detained relative. The phones were later assembled in the prisons and used by inmates to manage terrorist activity from within the prisons.
Numerous terror attacks have been linked back to prisoners who organized them from within their cells. Since the beginning of the intifada hundreds of illegal cellular phones were confiscated from prisoners.
"The Prisons Service won't budge in conceding to these demands because the security of Israel is at risk," assistant spokesperson for the Prisons Service Sharon Gutman said. "We do not impede visits, but we insist that interactions with visitors be under regulation and supervision, as in any prison in the world," she added.
Prison officials say that the strike is not in protest of poor conditions in the jails but rather, according to intelligence reports, has overtly political motives: it is an attempt by the security prisoners to reestablish their position and raise their popularity on the Palestinian street.
A second reason for the strike raised by prison authorities is that the Palestinian Authority has for months withheld the $8 million it provides annually to inmate's families.
Officials explained that the Prisons Service is concerned by the strike.
"They may begin to pass out and it is our job to preserve the sanctity of life and protect inmates from any physical harm," one officer said.
The inmates are refusing solid foods but do plan to intake fluids.
Altogether there are 3,800 security prisoners in Israeli prisons, with most of them held in the Nafha, Shikma, and Eshel prisons in the south.
Prior to the outbreak of Palestinian violence in 2000, 802 Palestinian security prisoners were held by Israel.
|The Amazing List of Arab Terrorists´ Demands The Arab terrorist prisoners' hunger strike entered its second week today, and they have not yet reduced their astonishing list of demands. Public Security Minister Tzachi HaNegbi, who said at the beginning of the strike that as far as he's concerned, "they can starve until they die," said that he had not changed his stance. The Israel Prison Service and police sources explained that the imprisoned terrorists have arranged many terror attacks in the past, thus necessitating the many restrictions on the prisoners and their visitors.|
The terrorists, most of whom are imprisoned in Israel for murder and other terror crimes, disseminated their list of demands on the ADDAMEER Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association website. The list includes no fewer than 144 demands, divided into 15 sections. Excerpts:
* To remove the glass/plastic barrier between prisoners and visitors
* To allow all family members and relatives to visit
* To bring in families to visit as soon as they arrive to the prison. No delays either at the prison or at checkpoints.
* To allow prisoners to be in plain clothes during the visit and not restricted to uniforms of certain colors or design
* To install pay phones or allow mobile phones in every cell or for every prisoner
* To end all practices and policies accompanying counting the prisoners
* To allow all those prisoners in isolation back to regular sections
* To end all collective punishments
* To allow prisoners to study at Palestinian, Arab, and International Universities
* To allow all cells to have access to a computer and not only students
* To restore recreation time to four hours a day
* To allow university students to choose recreation time suitable for them
* To allow having events, debates, celebrations in the recreation areas and yards as in the past
* To install air conditioning in the cells and section
* To provide an electric toaster, refrigerator and fruit knife for each cell
* A small photocopier and cameras for group photos in each section
* To end the practice of body search by hand and to restrict it to electronic scanning
* To stop searching children 14 years old and under during visits
* Not to handcuff prisoners during the search
* To limit the overall general search to once every 6 months
* To raise payment for workers
* To allow prisoners in the upper beds not to step down at the morning count and to limit to them just raising themselves up in their beds
* To change seats in the buses to more comfortable ones
* To allow prisoners representatives to meet newly transferred prisoners at the bus as they arrive
* To remove the darkened windows of the buses
* To increase the number of allowed TV channels
* To remove one bed in each cell
* To end the use of the special classification of certain prisoners "prisoners sentenced for serious offences" and end all unjustified punishments against them and to allow them to be able to work at various facilities in the prisons
MIM: Update : Martyrs 0- Ex Hunger Strikers 840 and counting
|800 Terrorists Give Up Hunger Strike |
01:30 Aug 29, '04 / 12 Elul 5764
(IsraelNN.com) Kol Yisrael Radio reported on Saturday that 800 terrorists in Israeli prisons have abandoned their hunger strike, adding about 2,000 are still taking part in the protest strike demanding improved conditions.
|20:39 Aug-29-04 / 12 Elul 5764|
Another 40 Terrorists Drop the Hunger Strike (IsraelNN.com) Prison authority officials reported earlier that an additional forty terrorists have abandoned the hunger strike protest. Over the weekend, hundreds decided to give up the protest now in its second week.
Arab terrorists imprisoned in Israel last week began the hunger strike demanding improved conditions.