1,600 Palestinian prisoners to launch hunger strike Tuesday (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 04.16.12, 20:44)
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Talks between Prison Service and prisoners protesting against
incarceration conditions deadlocked; hunger-striker Khader Adnan to
Some 1,600 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel have vowed to stage a
hunger strike on Tuesday, to protest against the conditions of their
incarceration and the isolation of some prisoners.
Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who fasted for 66 days to protest
being detained without charges, is expected to be released on
Tuesday, which marks Palestinian Prisoners´ Day.
The Palestinian prisoners, who are also demanding that Israel end its
administrative detention policy and allow visits from relatives who
reside in Gaza, said the Israel Prison Service has been negotiating
with them in an attempt to prevent the strike. However, they said,
the talks have reached a dead-end.
The strike is set to be staged by prisoners from Hamas, Islamic
Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and Fatah. Qadura Fares, the
president of the Palestinian Prisoners Society in Ramallah, told Ynet
that only some Fatah prisoners are expected to join the protest due
to internal disputes over the negotiations with the Prison Service.
The Fatah representatives are in favor of giving the Prison Service
an opportunity to improve their conditions by May 1, while prisoners
belonging to Hamas and other Palestinian factions have decided not to
Issa Qaraqi, minister of prisoner affairs in the Palestinian
Authority, said the prisoners are looking to send a message to the
international community so that it would press Israel to "stop
violating the prisoners´ basic rights."
The Prison Service said, "On Palestinian Prisoners´ Day some inmates
send back their meals, and this will likely be the case this year as
well. Some of them may continue with the hunger strike."
The prisoners drew inspiration from Adnan and Hana Shalabi, also of
Islamic Jihad, who ended her 43-day hunger strike as part of a deal
which saw her expelled to the Gaza Strip. Raanan Ben-Zur contributed
to the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/16/12)
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