“. . . ‘Administrative Detention’ by the Israeli security forces is . . . yet another testimony to Israel’s ossification in a mythic past . . .” (Jean Fisher)

Hasan Safadi, 24, at his administrative detention order hearing, Jul. 4, 2016. (Photo: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)

❶ . Administrative Detention of Addameer Media Coordinator Hasan Safadi Renewed

  • Background:”Negotiating Representation In Israel And Palestine.” Visual Studies

❷ . Palestinian committee: Israel ‘deliberately’ tries to kill Palestinian hunger strikers

  • Background: “Voices In The Singular Plural: ‘Palestine C/O Venice’ And The Intellectual Under Siege.” Third Text

❸ . European legal scholars defend BDS right for freedom of expression
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Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Dec. 8, 2016
The Administrative detention of Palestinian journalist and human rights defender Hasan Safadi, the Media Coordinator for Addameer, has been renewed for an additional 6 months, from 7 December 2016 to 8 June 2017. Administrative detention orders may be renewed indefinitely.
___Safadi’s administrative detention order is scheduled to be confirmed by a judge at a time set in the next 48 hours, making him one of approximately 720 Palestinians held without charge or trial under administrative detention.     More . . .  
Related . . .   Police raid media center in East Jerusalem, detain staff       

  • Wahl, Huw. “Negotiating Representation In Israel And Palestine.” Visual Studies 29.1 (2014): 1-12.  ARTICLE.

In the summer of 2012, I travelled to Israel and Palestine To explore the notion of photographic representation in this heavily documented region and to understand how local visual practitioners negotiated the work of photography in relation to their own identities and opinions on the conflict. ___FIGURE 1.  Ofer Prison, West Bank, June 2012. People demonstrate in support of prisoners participating in one of the longest hunger strikes in Palestinian history. Ofer prison is located near Ramallah in the West Bank and run by the Israeli Prison Services. Israel holds more than 4500 Palestinians in jail on charges that range from stone throwing to deadly attacks on Israeli targets. Hunger strikes in protest at inhumane and abusive conditions, as well as detentions without charge or trial, have been growing over the past years.
__FIGURE 3. Ofer Prison, West Bank, June 2012. Palestinian photojournalists talk with local children during a quiet moment at a demonstration outside Ofer prison in support of prisoners on hunger strike.

Ma’an News Agency   
Dec. 9, 2016
Head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqe accused Israeli authorities of “deliberately” attempting to kill Palestinian hunger strikers, while Israeli authorities have employed several tactics to convince a Palestinian hunger striker to break his strike, according to statements released on Thursday.
___The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Palestinian hunger striker Ammar Ibrahim Hamour, 28, who has been on hunger strike for 18 days in protest of being held in administrative detention — internment without charge or trial, told a PPS lawyer, Khalid Mahajna that Israel Prison Service (IPS) has been attempting to pressure him to end his strike.       More . . . 
Related . . .    Israeli Forces Issue 1586 Administrative Detention Orders Since January 2016   

Fisher, Jean. “Voices In The Singular Plural: ‘Palestine C/O Venice’ And The Intellectual Under Siege.” Third Text 23.6 (2009): 789-801.   ARTICLE.

There is something frankly ugly and undignified, not to say immoral, about these efforts on the part of a nuclear-armed, self-styled liberal democracy and its supporters to justify what must be the most blatant example of systematic cultural genocide since the attempts by colonial America and Australia to eradicate indigenous peoples. . .  What remains to be fought for is basic human rights to homeland, security, freedom of self-expression and self-determination, increasingly translated not in terms of nineteenth-century nationalism but as the biopolitical struggle for diverse ‘forms of life’. . . .  a shift seems to be taking place within the Occupied Palestinian Territories . . . a popular non-violent and non-politically aligned movement of community activism [which] represents the potential to undermine imaginatively the ‘insecurity and endemic uncertainty’ of Israel’s spatiotemporal ruptures. . .  that the organisers of this pacific movement have become the targets of ‘Administrative Detention’ by the Israeli security forces is, by contrast, yet another testimony to Israel’s ossification in a mythic past and failure to imagine a more humane and equitable future.

Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Dec. 8, 2016
Around 200 European legal scholars and practicing lawyers from 15 countries Thursday issued a statement that stands for Palestinian rights and considers the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression,” according to a BDS statement.     ___Marking the 10-December UN Human Rights Day, which this year raises the slogan, “Stand up for someone’s rights today,” the legal scholars warned in the statement issued in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Dutch that outlawing BDS undermines basic human rights.       More . . .  

Jun. 02, 2015, Britain’s National Student Union Joins BDS Movement (Photo: Ha’aretz)