Members of Activestills posted a public street exhibition on the streets of West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv of photos that bring attention to Palestinian Prisoners Day.
Photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz, Shiraz Grinbaum, Keren Manor, Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv
A relative hangs a photo of Haled Muheisen prior to his release from an Israeli jail on October 17, 2011, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.
The following text, in Hebrew, accompanied street exhibitions of the photos from this essay which were posted in public places in West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv the night before Palestinian Prisoners Day, April 17, 2013. Images of the street exhibitions, some of them later defaced, follow below:
April 17 commemorates Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. As of February 2013, there are 4,713 Palestinian men and women held in Israeli prisons. Of these, 169 are administrative detainees, held without an indictment; 235 are minors. Since the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, more than 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel. To this day, dozens of Palestinians are taken away from their homes, workplaces, schools, and from different checkpoints on a weekly basis. Some are detained for days, some for weeks, and some imprisoned for unlimited periods of time.
The hunger strike is a protest tactic that started as an unorganized form of resistance to Israel’s use of administrative detention, torture, humiliation, and other forms of abuse that Palestinian prisoners experience in Israeli prisons.
In 2012 and 2013, nearly 2,000 Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike, some of whom reached the military medical center after dozens of days without food. Thousands of Palestinians have joined protests outside the prisons’ walls. Protest tents, strikes, and other solidarity demonstrations with the hunger strikers in the West Bank and Israel have been brutally suppressed by Israeli forces, resulting in scores of casualties.
Samer Issawi has been on hunger strike for more than eight months, and other prisoners are joining him. They only ask for a fair trial. Their medical condition is deteriorating by the minute.
Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi is taken to his court hearing in the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, February 19, 2013. Some 800 Palestinian political prisoners...