Activist Janan Abdu describes how Israeli prison authorities tried to break the spirits of political prisoners who recently went on hunger strike, including her husband Ameer Makhoul. Read more about Interview: Hunger strikes created "new sense of solidarity"
Arrest and detention
The prisoner exchange deal was a major achievement for Hamas and a great step forward for the Palestinian people, particularly the prisoners’ movement. Read more about Political prisoner: Hamas deal a "great step forward"
Eid Misleh spent 19 years in Israel’s prisons until he was released as part of a prisoner exchange agreed between Hamas and Israel. Back home among family in Gaza, Misleh told The Electronic Intifada about life in prisoner and the hardship of being denied family visits for eleven years. Read more about Israel stopped mother visiting prisoner son for 11 years
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
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