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  • Stop Choosing To Live Life in Prison

    By Ilana Angel

    January 16, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    I am a very blessed human being. Some would say I am lucky rather than blessed, but I believe God has a hand in my luck, which makes me blessed. I have a lot of things happening in my life and they have been consuming my time and thoughts. Professionally there are things I cannot...

  • New Israeli detention center falls flat

    December 17, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    After three days of walking in the cold and snow, many of them on hunger strike, 150 African asylum seekers were forced onto buses and taken back to the new detention center in the Negev desert. The detainees say they want...

  • Protesting African migrants sent back to Israeli detention center

    December 17, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli police on Tuesday sent back to custody about 150 African migrants who had abandoned a desert detention center in protest against a new law allowing them to be kept there indefinitely.

    Aided by rights groups, the migrants had travelled to Jerusalem to demonstrate outside...

  • Egyptian court orders Mubarak’s release

    August 21, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    Mubarak will then be put under house arrest, the prime minister's...

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  • Life plus 1,000 years: Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro sentenced

    August 1, 2013 | 11:07 am

    An Ohio judge on Thursday sentenced Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life in prison for abducting, raping and holding captive three women for as long as 11 years, and murder for forcing one of the women to abort her pregnancy.

    Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo imposed the...

  • Where are the demonstrations for Marissa Alexander?

    By David Suissa

    July 14, 2013 | 10:37 pm

    While the nation's eyes are on the growing demonstrations around the country over the George Zimmerman verdict—a case that had an abundance of reasonable doubt-- an enormous injustice has slipped through the national radar.

    This is the impossible story of an African-American...

  • Once imprisoned, now free

    Pavel Pustelnik

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    The poetry of Naftali Herz Kon was finally released from the imprisonment of the Polish Archives.

    In January this year I was exploring complicated happenings around the poetry of Naftali Herz Kon. The poet was accused of espionage and all his archives were confiscated in the...

  • Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian who died in Israeli prison

    February 25, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Thousands of Palestinians attended the West Bank funeral of a Palestinian prisoner who died in an Israeli prison days after being arrested for participating in attacks on Israelis.

    Arafat Jaradat, 30, was buried with military honors Monday in a village near Hebron, according to...

  • Spy suicide scandal focuses attention on Israel’s foreign Jews

    February 14, 2013 | 6:07 am

    The jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant who may have betrayed Israel's Mossad has focused attention on the agency's recruitment of foreign-born Jews who could spy under cover of their native passports.

    After a three-year blackout was broken by an Australian TV expose,...

  • Life of an IDF ‘Refusenik’

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    Life in Israeli military prison, it turns out, is a lot like life in the Israeli military.

    “We get up at 5 every morning and we have a morning roll call,” says 19-year-old Natan Blanc, a chronic prisoner at Prison Six, along the northern coast of Israel. He has spent almost two...

  • Israeli Supreme Court shortens whistleblower’s prison term

    December 31, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Israel's Supreme Court on Monday shortened by a year the 4-1/2-year prison term of a soldier who gave a journalist classified military documents, some relating to operations against Palestinian militants.

    Ruling on Anat Kamm's appeal against the length of her sentence, the court...

  • Cuba says Gross in ‘normal’ health, willing to negotiate his release

    September 13, 2012 | 9:38 am

    A Cuban Foreign Ministry official rejected claims by the wife of Alan Gross that the jailed American contractor was in ill health and said Cuba was willing to negotiate his release with U.S. officials.

    “The state of health of Mr. Gross continues being normal and he regularly does...

  • Pollard supporters call Clinton’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’

    July 17, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Supporters of Jonathan Pollard called Hillary Clinton’s remarks rejecting his possible clemency “a resounding slap in the face” to Israel’s leaders and its people.

    “With respect to Mr. Pollard, he was convicted of spying in 1987, he was sentenced to life in prison, he is serving...

  • Israeli officers get 30 months for dumping Palestinian prisoner

    July 9, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    Two Israeli police officers convicted of leaving a Palestinian car thief to die were sentenced to 30 months in prison.

    Assaf Yekutieli and Baruch Peretz were convicted in May by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court of being responsible for the death of Abu Jariban when they dumped him...

  • Most prisoners who get a kosher meal are not Jewish

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 2, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    The Forward has an interesting story about the majority of prison inmates who demand a kosher meal—and they are overwhelmingly not Jewish:

    A number of secular Jews, messianic Jews, Black Hebrew Israelites and, in many cases, people with no Jewish background at all eat a traditional...

  • ‘Fly-in’ activists draw swastika in holding cell

    April 17, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Two activists who arrived in Israel as part of the pro-Palestinian “fly-in” protest drew a large swastika on the wall of their holding cell.

    The activists, who were deported Monday, were from France and Spain.

    The swastika was drawn two days before the country marks Yom Hashoah, or...

  • Nevada inmates to receive kosher meals after lawsuit is settled

    March 29, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The Nevada Department of Corrections, responding to an inmate’s lawsuit, agreed to provide Orthodox Jewish inmates with kosher-certified meals.

    Corrections department officials said this week that the department would obtain rabbinic kosher certification of food prepared for those...

  • Alan Gross’ wife hoping Cubans reciprocate humanitarian gesture

    March 20, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    The wife of Alan Gross welcomed a judge’s decision to temporarily release a convicted Cuban spy to visit his ailing brother and said she hoped the Cuban government would grant a similar request to her husband.

    “I empathize with Rene Gonzalez’s need to visit a dying family...

  • Is Marriage Like Prison?

    By Ilana Angel

    March 1, 2012 | 11:33 am

    I had an interesting discussion about marriage today.  I was talking to a man in his 50’s who is divorced and dating.  He is Jewish, educated, successful, funny, handsome, and a failure at marriage.  We’ll call him Moshe. Moshe can clearly remember the moment that his wife, his soul...

  • Palestinian woman on hunger strike in prison

    February 27, 2012 | 10:11 am

    A Palestinian woman, released by Israel in a prisoner swap last year but re-arrested earlier this month and held without charge, is on a hunger strike to protest at her treatment, officials said on Monday.

    Hana Shalabi started refusing to eat 12 days ago, her lawyer and a...

  • Palestinian prisoner ends 66-day hunger strike

    February 21, 2012 | 8:06 am

    A Palestinian held in an Israeli jail without charge agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike.

    Khader Adnan, 33, ended the hunger strike Tuesday after the State Prosecutor’s Office agreed that it would not renew his administrative detention, which is set to end on April 17.

    Adnan has...

  • Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli prison denied release

    February 14, 2012 | 10:46 am

    A Palestinian man in the 59th day of a hunger strike was denied release from an Israeli prison, where he is being held without charge.

    Khader Adnan has been held in an Israeli prison since his arrest by Israeli soldiers on Dec. 17. He can be held in administrative detention, without...

  • Israeli tourist released from Chile jail

    February 9, 2012 | 10:35 am

    An Israeli tourist charged by Chile with accidentally starting a massive forest fire in a popular national park was fined and released.

    Rotem Singer, 23, was ordered by a court in Puerto Natales to pay a $10,000 fine to the government of Chile and perform two years of community...

  • Turkey’s jails filling up with journalists

    February 1, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Aziz Tekin, a correspondent for the Kurdish-language newspaper Azadiya Welat, had the misfortune of becoming a news item himself over the weekend when he became the 105th journalist in Turkey to be put behind bars.

    That places Turkey – a country usually hailed as an exemplar of...

  • Pollard’s wife: Jonathan may not last another year in prison

    November 21, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    The wife of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard said her husband may not survive another year in prison.

    Pollard, who entered his 27th year in prison on Monday, is suffering from several medical complications, according to his wife, Esther. Polllard married his wife while he...

  • Madoff says he is happier in prison than free

    October 28, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    Financial swindler Bernard Madoff said that he is happier in prison than he was on the outside because he no longer lives in fear of being arrested and knows he will die in prison, TV journalist Barbara Walters said on Thursday.

    Walters, who spent two hours at the prison with Madoff...

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a Pig & a Pervert, Not a Rapist

    By Ilana Angel

    August 24, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Mr. Strauss-Kahn became a free man yesterday when all sexual assault charges against him were dropped.  We will never know what really happened, but as I said from the beginning, I don’t think he raped anyone. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a pig and a pervert to be sure, but he is not...

  • Judge rules U.S. inmate has no right to matzah

    August 11, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that an inmate in a New York jail does not have a constitutionally protected right to matzah and grape juice.

    Christopher Henry, who was charged with first-degree sodomy, claimed permanent trauma and malnourishment and requested nearly $10 billion in...

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