8 foreign activists join Palestinians´ hunger strike (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Raanan Ben-Zur Published: 04.17.12, 11:03)
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Female fly-in activists held in Givon Prison declare they will refuse
food in solidarity with security prisoners
Palestinian security prisoners held in Israel have launched a hunger
strike on Tuesday as 2,300 inmates returned their meals to the
guards. Some 1,200 prisoners declared a hunger strike and the Prison
Service (IPS) is taking steps to deny them of various privileges.
They were joined by eight foreign activists who arrived in Israel as
part of the pro-Palestinian fly-in earlier this week. The women, who
are held at the Givon Prison, said they will refuse food as an act of
solidarity with the Palestinians.
Some 2,300 out of 4,500 Palestinian security prisoners said they will
return all meals served on Tuesday. Half of them said they were on
hunger strike until further notice.
The strike began on Palestinian Prisoner Day, after the IPS rejected
the inmates´ requests for various benefits. The inmates are demanding
that their leaders be taken out of isolation, access to more TV
channels, higher education and more.
The IPS addresses hunger strikes only after inmates have refused food
for the second day in a row and in response clean their cells of
various food items, TV screens, radios and hot plates.
The IPS is estimating that many of the prisoners will stop their
hunger strike on Wednesday. A special team will be on contact with
the protest leaders but the IPS stressed there will be no
negotiations. The protest leaders declared this will be the most
determined hunger strike in decades. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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