The stories in this book are not meant to serve as an account of Israeli torture methods. Instead, each story highlights a distinct experience each so personal, so profound in order to underline the humanity of those who are constantly dehumanized by Israeli hasbara and the mainstream corporate media’s biased accounts.. While highlighting Israel’s brutality, readers come to grips with the resilience and grit of Palestinians and their ability to rise above Israel’s cruelty and be emblems of power for their people.
Palestinian prisoners are an essential element in the collective resistance against Israeli colonialism, apartheid and military occupation. Rather than being viewed as unfortunate victims, their steadfastness exemplifies the ongoing fight of the Palestinian people as a whole. Despite Palestinian factionalism and lack of a unified political movement, Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons serve as one of the remaining platforms for unity. Regardless of affiliation, they are treated by their captors in the same debasing manner, often in total disregard for human rights conventions. These heroes of resistance, as viewed by Palestinians, often transcend factional divides. Despite numerous obstacles, they resist their jailers as a collective, enduring their pain and fostering their will together.
In reality, all Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and siege are also prisoners. The Gaza Strip is often referred to as the “world’s largest open-air prison.” It is in this context that this book becomes an essential read.
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About the Author
Foreword by Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She is also the Palestinian representative on the Council of Europe and is currently head of the Prisoners Committee of the PLC.
Afterword by Richard Falk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories" and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
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From the Foreword:
The stories in this book are not written to shock you, but, rather, to illustrate even a small part of the daily reality endured by thousands of men and women, who are still confined within high walls, barbed wire and metal doors. When you read this book, you will have a frame of reference that will enable you to imagine, now and always, what life in an Israeli prison is like.
And every story, whether included in this book or not, is not a fleeting experience that only concerns the person who has lived it, but an event that shakes to the very core the prisoner, her comrades, her family and her entire community. Each story represents a creative interpretation of a life lived, despite all the hardship, by a person whose heart beats with the love of her homeland and the longing for her precious freedom. Each individual narrative is also a defining moment, a conflict between the will of the prison guard and all that he represents, and the will of the prisoners and what they represent as a collective, capable, when united, of overcoming incredible odds.
In actuality, these are not just prison stories. For Palestinians, the prison is a microcosm of the much larger struggle of a people who refuse to be enslaved on their own land, and who are determined to regain their freedom, with the same will and vigor carried by all triumphant, once-colonized nations.
The suffering and the human rights violations experienced by Palestinian prisoners, which run contrary to international and humanitarian law, are only one side of the prison story. The other side can only be truly understood and conveyed by those who have lived these harrowing experiences. This book will allow you to live part of that experience by briefly touching the inspiring human trajectory of Palestinian men and women who have subsisted through defining moments, with all of their painful details and challenges.
Here, you can imagine what it feels like to lose a loving mother while being confined to a small cell, how to deal with a broken leg, to be left without family visitation for years at a time, to be denied your right to education and to cope with the death of a comrade. While you will learn of the numerous acts of physical torture, psychological torment and prolonged isolation, you will also discover the power of the human will, when men and women decide to fight back, to reclaim their natural rights and to embrace their humanity.
Table of Contents
Table of Illustrations xiii
Foreword Khalida Jarrar, Member, Palestinian Legislative Council xvii
Introduction: Palestine's Organic Intellectuals Ramzy Baroud 1
Hanan is "Tenderness" Wafa Ibrahim Samir al-Bis 11
Ghadeer Mohammad al-Deirawi 19
My Broken Leg: My Soaring Spirit Dareen Tatour 27
For My Little Brother Jalal Lutfi Saqr 37
Avenging Sabra and Shatila Kifah Sobhi 'Afifi 45
Me and Islam Mohammad Mohammad Abu Hasira 55
The Girl Who Did Nothing Dima Ismail al-Wawi 63
Decoding the World Outside Hilal Mohammad Jaradat 71
Love Behind Bars Nael al-Barghouti Iman Nafi' 79
Humanitarian Hero Mohammed Khalil al-Halabi 87
The Cohort of Defiance Khalida Jarrar 95
"I Cannot Lose My Husband" Mohammad Adeeb al-Qiq 105
"They Held a Funeral for Me" Azmi Ahmad Mansour 115
The Boy from Haris Ali Yasin Shamlawi 121
The "Bosta" Is An Iron Cage Khadija Ahmad Ibrahim Khweis 127
Last Words Fouad Qasim al-Razim 133
Miraculous Birth Rafat Salah Mi 'rif 139
Mohammad's Watch Bilal Khaled al-Tammam 145
"No Pain Like Mine" Israa 'Riyad Ja 'abis 155
"I See You in My Heart" Faris Baroud 163
Afterword: Why International Law Matters to Palestinian Prisoners, but Not to Israel Richard Folk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories 169
Appendix: Israeli Prisons 177