Palestinian Prisoners into an Open Hunger Strike, ’’Israel’’ Afraid
Under the title, "Loyalty and Pledge", all Palestinian prisoners, held by the Zionist entity, declared Saturday that they will be starting an open-ended hunger strike on April 17th in protest to their illegal detention, and demanding basic rights.
In response to the prisoners' move, "Israel" recruited all its efforts to calm down the wrath within the bars.
According to media reports, a committee formed by the so-called "Israeli" Prison Authority, headed by Yitzhak Gabai, visited a number of detention facilities, listened to the demands of the detainees, and promised respond to these demands this coming week."
Some of the demands presented by the detainees are:
1. Ending Administrative Detention.
2. Ending Solitary Confinement.
3. Reinstating the right to education.
4. Halting all invasions targeting detainees' rooms and sections.
5. Allowing family visitations, especially to detainees from the Gaza Strip.
6. Improving medical care to ailing detainees.
7. Halting the humiliation, and body-search of the families of the detainees.
8. Allowing the entry of books and newspapers.
9. Halting all sorts of penalties against the detainees.
For his part, Palestinian Minister of Detainees in the West Bank, Issa Qaraqe, stated that the situation of the detainees in "Israeli" prisons is very difficult, and dangerous, especially amidst the ongoing "Israeli" violations and attacks against them.
"The detainees are fighting a battle to defend their dignity and to improve their living conditions," he added calling for "massive solidarity campaigns with the Palestinian Prisoners."
He further called "for declaring April 17, the Palestinian Prisoners Day, as a day for solidarity and massive nonviolent protests in all parts of the occupied territories."
It is worth mentioning that "the Palestinian detainees in "Israeli" prisons are subject to harsh and illegal treatment that violates International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention."
202 Palestinian prisoners died after being kidnapped by the "Israeli" forces since 1967 while hundreds died after they were released suffering from serious illnesses and medical conditions resulting from extreme torture and abuse in "Israeli" prisons.
In this context, former political prisoner, head of the census department at the Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Farawna reported "that 70 detainees died in "Israeli" prison due to extreme torture, 74 were executed by the soldiers after being arrested, 51 died due to the lack of medical treatment, 7 detainees died due to excessive force by the soldiers, and after being shot while in prison."
Source: News Agencies, Edited by moqawama.org