Randomly-chosen quotation:
"even within the boundaries of 1967, Israel is on the way to becoming a binational state. In another decade, when the Arabs constitute 25 percent of the population, it will be a binational state. The attempt to drag more and more new immigrants from every remote corner on earth is becoming inane. These new immigrants are liable to cause the implosion of the Israeli society."
(Meron Benvenisti, 8 August 2003)
Mahmoud Shabaneh
Mahmoud Shabaneh is a 41 year-old political prisoner from Al Khalil who has been subjected to repeated terms of arbitrary imprisonment and torture. He was arrested without charges and with so-called secret evidence held against him. His first imprisonment was during the first intifada when Mahmoud was 16 years of age. Since then he's spent more than 18 years in prison. Soldiers have invaded Mahmoud's house several times, trashed contents, and brutalized his wife and children. Mahmoud's latest ordeal started on 2 February 2014, when he was arbitrarily imprisoned yet again.
Mahmoud Shabaneh has been subjected to very long terms of the so-called 'administrative detention' -- which really means arbitrary imprisonment, with no charges brought against the defendant, no access to evidence, and for an arbitrary length of imprisonment which can be renewed at any time. The family of the prisoner is also affected sometimes losing permits needed to work in Israel. Most of the victims of arbitrary imprisonment are politically active or are active in organizing their communities. Effective Palestinian leaders who oppose Israeli rule are invariably imprisoned in this manner. It is a means to fragment Palestinian society.

Number of days arbitrarily imprisoned during his latest ordeal:

Previous number of years arbitrarily imprisoned: 17.7 years

Percentage of Mahmoud Shabaneh's life arbitrarily imprisoned: 44.0%

Prior number of days on hunger strike: 63

 
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Recent events
2 Sep 2014
Israeli warships fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza’s coast in violation of ceasefire agreement
31 Aug 2014
Israeli settlement expands by 400 hectares in West Bank; largest land theft in 30 years
26 Aug 2014
Ceasefire agreement between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Israel
end of • Summer 2014 Massacre in Gaza (Operation Protective Edge)
Israeli warplanes destroy tallest Gaza City tower block and severely damage another
25-26 Aug 2014
Israeli forces raid several towns across the West Bank, and kidnap 12 PFLP leaders
25 Aug 2014
Israeli warplanes bomb and destroy the "Italian compound" a 13-storey building; surrounding structures also damaged
23 Aug 2014
Israeli warplanes bomb and destroy 12-storey apartment building rendering 32 families homeless; dozens injured
21 Aug 2014
Israeli warplanes bomb and assassinate Hamas military commanders