Hundreds of Palestinians jailed in Israel go on hunger strike

Trevor Jackson
Апреля 18, 2017

Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, said that more than 1,300 prisoners in various prisons in the Israeli occupation are participating in the mass hunger strike in protest against the policy of medical negligence, violations, detention without charge or trial, unfair trials and prevention of family visits by the Israeli prison authorities.

On Thursday, the London-based prominent rights group Amnesty International called on the Tel Aviv regime to end "unlawful and cruel" policies towards Palestinian prisoners.

Barghouti, now serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for his role in deadly terror attacks during the second intifada (uprising), accused Israel of "inhumane" treatment of prisoners and "judicial apartheid" in a New York Times opinion piece published Sunday outlining the reasoning for the strike.

The hunger strike was called by one of the leaders of the nationalist Fatah party, Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for attacks during the Second Intifada.

Qadoura Fares, an advocate for prisoners' rights, said 6,500 Palestinians are now held by Israel.

Palestinian families seeking to visit their imprisoned relatives require permits to enter into Israel, which are usually given selectively and declined during Israeli army border closings.

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In the West Bank town of Ramallah, Barghouti's wife, Fadwa, joined about 1,500 marchers. The BBC spoke to the mother of a Palestinian inmate. According to Al-Resalah newspaper, though, an informed source at the PA said that Marwan Al-Barghouti aims to regain his influence within Fatah through the protest action.

About 6,500 Palestinians are now detained by Israel on a wide range of offenses and alleged crimes.

Opinion polls indicate that Barghouti enjoys widespread support in his quest to replace Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

The strike comes in the wake of reports of increases in torture and other human rights abuses against Palestinians at the hands of Israeli authorities. Palestinian officials including Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip have voiced their support for the strike.

To his part, Dr. Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, today saluted the Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli jails for their acts of heroism and steadfastness in resisting Israel's oppressive practices.

Erdan said a field hospital would be erected next to one prison - an apparent move to pre-empt transfers to civilian medical facilities, which could draw wider media attention.

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