More Than 1000 Palestinians In Israeli Prisons Go On Hunger Strike

Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum fiercely condemned The New York Times on Monday for publishing an op-ed by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti that neglected to mention that he is in prison for murder, not his political views. Opinion polls suggest that 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.

"As part of Israel's effort to undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, an Israeli court sentenced me to five life sentences and 40 years in prison in a political show trial that was denounced by global observers", he asserts. In 2014, dozens of detainees held without trial went on hunger strike for two months. As part of Israel's effort to undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, an Israeli court sentenced me to five life sentences and 40 years in prison in a political show trial that was denounced by global observers.

"Decades of experience have proved that Israel's inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong". When he was barely 18, he in turn was arrested and spent four years in Israeli prisons. The Israel Prison Service still practices the solitary confinement policy against the prisoners and carries out arbitrary searches late at night which are usually accompanied by beatings, insults, and confiscation of personal objects.

Qaraqe called upon the Palestinian people and the official and popular national institutions to participate in the activities supporting the prisoners. A 2016 report by Israeli human rights organisations HaMoked and B'Tselem described the typical treatment of Palestinian prisoners as "degrading", "inhuman" and "tantamount to torture". However, Palestinians from the West Bank need an entry permit to enter Israel and the Israeli authorities often deny such permits.

The 57-year-old Barghouti says that he has been in and out of prison since the age of 15.

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. Barghouti is considered to be Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' successor.

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Yousef Jabareen, a member of the Israeli parliament, has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to deal with the demands and accused the Israeli authorities of violating the Fourth Geneva Convention.

He added that hundreds of detainees intend to join the strike in the coming few days.

Of the some 6,500 Palestinian detainees held by Israel, 62 are women and 300 are minors.

Israeli public radio reported that Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has ordered intervention units to be put on standby and that a field hospital be set up outside one prison to avoid having to take sick prisoners to civilian hospitals.

Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts have been at a standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed three years ago.

  • Megan Austin