Palestinians prisoners launch mass hunger strike

  • Palestinians prisoners launch mass hunger strike

Palestinians prisoners launch mass hunger strike

In the piece, Barghouti, a leader in Fatah, a Palestinian political party, decries what he says is Israel's unjust judicial system and inhumane conditions in Hadaram Prison, where he now resides. Though most Palestinian political prisoners hail from the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, they are placed in prisons inside Israel, in direct contravention of worldwide law.

Palestinian leaders, including Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi, have backed the strike.

Some 700 Palestinian prisoners launched the indefinite strike on Sunday, a campaign spearheaded by Barghouti.

"Any delay in answering their just demands will explode the situation inside all prisons", the statement read. "All prisoners will unite in the face of all those who might harm prisoners and their dignity".

Prisoners' Rights activist Qadoura Fares told AP that more than 1,500 of the 6,500 Palestinians held in Israel were part of the protest.

The strike coincides with Palestinian Prisoners Day, which is annually marked on the 17th of April, a month dedicated to Palestinian prisoners. Prisoners are also demanding better medical care and extended visits with family.

The visitation rights are a case of particular concern.

Turning to the conditions in Israeli prisons, Barghouti writes that "Palestinian prisoners and detainees have suffered from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, and medical negligence". Their plight raised tensions between the Palestinian public and Israeli authorities. The global community, it insisted, should bear its "legal and ethical responsibilities" to oblige Israel to respect worldwide law by dealing with the Palestinians it is holding as prisoners of war.

In a statement issued by Erdan, the minister accused Barghouti of using it for internal Palestinian political aims.

Prisoners in Ashkelon, Nafha, Rimon, Hadarim, Gilboa and Beer-Sheva put all the food out of their cells and declared their hunger strike. Opinion polls suggest Barghouti, who is serving multiple life terms for his role in a violent Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation, is the top contender to succeed Abbas. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2004.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

The Palestinian prisoners are subjected to countless violations amid an Israeli disregard for the global conventions related to prisoners.

He said he had been arrested seven times in total. He said: "I have had one family visit while in jail".