Randomly-chosen quotation:
"Israel boasts of being the only democracy in the Middle East, and it does have many important components of democracy, on account of which it is considered part of the democratic world. But the occupation and the apartheid, antidemocratic regime that it creates have long since gone from being a constraint that was imposed on Israel to being a goal in itself."
(Haaretz Editorial, 04 May 2014)
ayman nasser Ayman Nasser, a researcher with Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner advocacy group, was arrested by Israeli soldiers yet again. In the middle of the night on 18 September 2014, 15 soldiers smashed into Nasser's home in Saffa, ransacked the house, brutalized the family, and arrested Ayman. Ayman has been arbitrarily arrested numerous times, tortured, and violently harassed.
About Nasser: he is a community organizer and leader involved in educational project in the village of Saffa -- he is very well regarded in the village. He is married and has four children.

Ayman Nasser 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: 7 years

Percentage of Ayman Nasser's life arbitrarily imprisoned: 16.5%

 
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Recent events
22 Jan 2015
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships menace fishingboats with gunfire. West Bank: Israeli military invade several villages, storm houses, provoke confrontations; demolish tents and farm infrastructure; kidnap at least 13 Palestinians. Settlers stage provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque; vandalize houses in two villages.
21 Jan 2015
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships fire on fishing boats, injuring two fishermen. West Bank: Israeli military invade villages, demolish house; storm houses; destroy trees; threaten homeowners with confiscation; seriously injure 2, kidnap at least 29 Palestinians. Settlers stage provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque.
20 Jan 2015
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships menace fishing boats with gunfire. West Bank: Israeli military invade several villages, storm dozens of houses; demolish 2 houses and farm infrastructure; kidnap at least 15 Palestinians. Settlers stage provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque; raze farmland.
19 Jan 2015
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli soldiers menace farmers with gunfire. West Bank: Israeli military invade several villages, storm houses; destroy farm infrastructure and park; assault and injure 1, kidnap at least 9 (inc mother with child). Settlers with military escort take over house; conduct provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque
18 Jan 2015
Israeli attack in Syria kills several Hezbollah commanders and Iranian general
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships fire on fishing boats. West Bank: Israeli military invade and block off several towns/villages, provoke confrontations, storm houses; seriously injure 3, kidnap at least 15 Palestinians (inc. 10 year-old). Settlers stage provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque courtyard.
17 Jan 2015
General chronic harassment: Israeli military invade several villages, storm houses; stage provocative action in Bethlehem; raze farmland; block off two towns; kidnap at least 3 Palestinians. Settlers assault resident of Susiya; destroy dozens of olive trees.
16 Jan 2015
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli soldiers fire on farmers in border area, one seriously injured. West Bank: Israeli military violently suppress demonstrations; storm houses; seriously injure 6 (inc. 12 year-old), kidnap at least 5 Palestinians. Settler spray hateful graffiti in Jerusalem; take over house in Silwan.