More Than 1000 Palestinians In Israeli Prisons Go On Hunger Strike

Cheryl Sanders
April 22, 2017

Barghouti, a leader of the 2000 Palestinian uprising, is serving five life terms after being convicted by an Israeli court of directing two shooting attacks and a bombing that killed five people, including three Israelis.

The issue of Palestinian prisoners and detainees held in Israeli prisons and detention centers transcends one of individual human rights; it is also one of collective rights of an entire people - the Palestinian people, who continue to be deprived of the right to self-determination and sovereignty - basic fundamentals of global law.

He is popular among Palestinians, with polls suggesting he could win the Palestinian presidency. They are convicted terrorists and murderers. Israeli side will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its occupation in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in June 2017.

"It is to be emphasised that the IPS does not negotiate with prisoners".

Mr Fares said hundreds of prisoners launched a 28-day strike in 2012.

The strike was launched to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day as inmates demand improved medical care and better treatment of female prisoners. "Palestinian prisoners have been demanding these basic rights for years", said Amina al-Taweel, spokesperson for the Hebron-based Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies.

Erdan vowed that Israeli authorities would not negotiate with the prisoners and said Barghouti had been moved to another prison and placed in solitary confinement.

The latest is the mass hunger strike now taking place by more than 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails.

"The unity of prisoners in occupation prisons will leave the Palestinian street unified behind them", said the head of the Palestinian Prisoners society in Hebron, Amjad Najjar.

Marwan Barghouti, a high-profile prisoner who enjoys broad support among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, called for the "Freedom and Dignity" strike.

The Israeli Prison Authority has isolated all hunger striking Palestinian detainees, canceled all family visits in addition to illegally confiscating all their belongings, including clothes except for what they are wearing.

In an interview on Monday with the Times's editorial board, Mansour also said he had spoken by telephone with Barghouti's wife and quoted her as saying that "we hope this hunger strike will be short" and that the Israelis would grant the strikers' demands.

Israel says it must be vigilant to prevent fresh violence, particularly following a wave of knife, gun and car-ramming attacks that erupted in October 2015.

According to Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer, there are 6,300 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons.

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