The sense of joy was palpable in the streets of Gaza on Tuesday as released prisoners were greeted by celebratory crowds. The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari was there when the first prisoners arrived. Read more about A day of joy in Gaza
Arrest and detention
Salama Mesleh was sentenced to 99 years in prison by Israel; he is not being released as part of the “swap” deal. Read more about "My husband was kidnapped by Israel"
Israel is deporting more than 140 released Palestinian prisoners to Gaza permanently, despite many being from Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank. Their families, therefore, remain unable to see their loved ones. Read more about Mother still restricted from visiting son after his release from prison
A daughter of a former prisoner who spent 33 days on hunger strike writes from the Gaza Strip, urging international solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails. Read more about "The prisoners are the living martyrs"
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue to hunger strike and commit other acts of civil disobedience to demand basic human rights. Meanwhile, activists in Palestine and around the world hold hunger strikes in solidarity. Read more about Hunger strikes will continue until prisoners' demands respected
Israel’s use of administrative detention, expulsion and widespread closure of Palestinian cultural institutions will be fortified and backed by a bill that threatens to turn law-abiding citizens and organizations into “terrorists.” Read more about Knesset moves forward on bill granting Israel unchecked, draconian powers
Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul writes about a recent “watermelon party” amongst fellow prisoners, and the struggle for liberation that continues. Read more about The story of the watermelon and the forty prisoners
The gross display of collective punishment following the murder of a settler family in Itamar caused the investigation to lose legitimacy in the eyes of Palestinians and legal and human rights organizations. And Israel’s military court system guarantees that the victims and the accused will not see justice. Read more about Kangaroo court won't deliver justice over Itamar killings
Israeli soldiers and security forces have conducted a string of arrests and violent raids at Jenin’s renowned Freedom Theater over recent weeks, in their investigation into the murder of actor and director Juliano Mer-Khamis. Read more about Israeli harassment campaign masquerades as murder probe in Jenin theater
Judicial sentencing procedures differ between courts in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, especially in death penalty cases. Read more about Gaza, West Bank governments urged to abolish death penalty