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Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

Edited by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar

Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

Edited by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar

Distributed for Pluto Press

282 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457 | © 2011
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745330204 Published July 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745330211 Published July 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel's security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners' actions and their desire for liberty.

By highlighting the various images of Palestinian prisoners in the Israel-Palestine conflict, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar chart their changing fortunes. Essays written by prisoners, ex-prisoners, Human rights defenders, lawyers and academic researchers analyse the political nature of imprisonment and Israeli attitudes towards Palestinian prisoners. These contributions deal with the prisoners' status within Palestinian society, the conditions of their imprisonment and various legal procedures used by the Israeli military courts in order to criminalise and de-politicise them. Also addressed are Israel's breaches of international treaties in its treatment of the Palestinian prisoners, practices of torture and solitary confinement, exchange deals and prospects for release.

This is a unique intervention within Middle East studies that will inspire those working in human rights, international law and the peace process.

Contents

Preface: The Palestinian Prisoners: Politicization and De-Politicization, by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar
Notes on Contributors
Part I – Analyses
1 The Centrality of the Prisoners' Movement to the Palestinian Struggle against the Israeli Occupation: A Historical Perspective, by Maya Rosenfeld
2 Towards a Materialist Reading of Political Imprisonment in Palestine, by Esmail Nashef
3 Who Is a Security Prisoner and Why? An Examination of the Legality of Prison Regulations Governing Security Prisoners, by Alon Harel
4 The Security Risk as a Security Risk: Notes on the Classification Practices of the Israeli Security Services, by Yael Berda
5 Palestinian Women Political Prisoners and the Israeli State, by Nahla Abdo
6 Prison Policy and Political Imprisonment in Northern Ireland and Israel, by Alina Korn
Part II – Arrest, Interrogation, Trial, Release
7 The Arrest and Persecution of Elected Political Leaders Interview with Sheikh Muhammad Abu-Teir, Interviewed by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar
8 My Arrests, My Interrogations, by Osama Barham
9 Colonel and Major (poem), by Avigdor Feldman
10 Welcome to Shin Bet Country, by Avigdor Feldman
11 A Decade after the High Court of Justice “Torture” Ruling, What’s Changed?, by Bana Shoughry-Badarne
12 The Mysteries of Administrative Detention, by Tamar Pelleg-Sryck
13 Reframing the Legality of the Israeli Military Courts in the West Bank: Military Occupation or Apartheid?, by Sharon Weill
14 Are There Prisoners in this War?, by Smadar Ben-Natan
15 Institutional Schizophrenia: The Release of "Security Prisoners" in Israel, by Leslie Sebba
16 Prisoner Exchange Deals: Between Figures and Emotions, by Mounir Mansour
Part III – Inside Prison
17 Females Prisoners and the Struggle: A Personal Testimony, by Ittaf Alian (Hodaly)
18 Devil's Island: Transfer of Palestinian Detainees into Prisons within Israel, by Michael Sfard
19 Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners Held inside Israel, by Sigi Ben-Ari and Anat Barsella
20 Isolation and Solitary Confinement of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Facilities, by Sahar Francis and Kathleen Gibson
21 The Impact of Isolation on Mental Health, by Ruchama Marton
Consciousness Molded or the Re-Identification of Torture, by Walid Daka

Index

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