Randomly-chosen quotation:
"We are met on the most momentous occasion in the history of Judaism for the last eighteen hundred years. We are here to return thanks to His Majesty's Government for a declaration which marked an epoch - for the first time since the dispersion, the Jewish people have received their proper status by the declaration of one of the great powers."
(Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2 December 1917)
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
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
Israeli warplanes destroy tallest Gaza City tower block and severely damage another
end of • Summer 2014 Massacre in Gaza (Operation Protective Edge)
25-26 Aug 2014
Israeli forces raid several towns across the West Bank, and kidnap 12 PFLP leaders
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
mid Aug 2014
Zim Piraeus is blocked, for several days, by demonstrators from docking in the port of Oakland, California
8 Aug 2014
Israeli warplanes bomb several areas in Gaza; naval units fire on port; Israel breaks 72-hour ceasefire