Palestinian inmates plan mass hunger strike Tuesday (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 04/15/12)
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Some 1,600 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails are due to
begin a mass hunger strike on Tuesday to protest their conditions, a
Palestinian minister said.
"There are 1,600 Palestinian
prisoners who will start a hunger strike
on Tuesday in order to improve their conditions inside the occupation
prisons and we have set up a national programme to demonstrate
solidarity with them," prisoners minister Issa Qaraqaa told AFP on
The expected hunger strike will coincide with Prisoners´
annual event during which people hold demonstrations and rallies of
solidarity with the estimated 4,700 Palestinian inmates being held by
There are currently 10 Palestinians on hunger strike in
prisons, four of whom have been transferred to prison hospitals due
to the fragile state of their heath, the Palestinian Prisoners Club
All 10 are being held under administrative detention
allow a court to order an individual to be detained without charge
for periods of up to six months at a time, which can then be extended.
Israel Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman put the figure of
detainees on hunger strike at six.
Two of them, 27-year-old
Bilal Diab and 34-year-old Thaer Halahla,
have both been refusing food for 48 days, with medics expressing
concern for their deteriorating health.
Although prisoners have
been known to stage hunger strikes in the
past, the practice of refusing food has becoming an increasingly
popular form of protest since a landmark protest by another prisoner
who went more than nine weeks without eating to protest his being
held without charge.
Khader Adnan refused food for 66 days,
agreeing only to end his
hunger strike after a deal was struck ensuring he would be released
at the end of his four-month term -- which ends on
Shortly before he ended his fast, a woman prisoner
Shalabi also began refusing food to protest being held under
She refused food for 43 days before
agreeing a deal with Israel under
which she would be deported to Gaza for three years in exchange for
ending her hunger strike.
There are 4,700 Palestinians being
held in Israeli jails, of which
120 have been held since before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords,
according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club. Most of them are serving
life sentences. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/15/12)
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