Palestinian prisoners to continue hunger strike (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Jack Khoury 05/13/12)
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Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners will continue their strike in
the coming days, though a decision to expand the strike has not been
reached. Kadura Fars, the head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club,
told Haaretz that the committee appointed by the prisoners is still
waiting for answers from the Israel Prison Service concerning certain
points of negotiation.
According to Kadura, some progress has been made, but no final
answers have been reached. “The prisoners are expecting developments
and we hope that the committee appointed by the Israeli Prison
Service will sit face to face with prisoner representatives and
decide on all of the issues,” said Kadura.
Over the weekend, Haaretz reported progress regarding talks between
prisoners and the Israel Prison service, including the lifting of
sanctions, in place since before the Gilad Shalit deal, that
prohibited academic studies in prison, as well as books and other
writing materials. The main points of discussion that remain are
visits for prisoners from family members residing in Gaza, and
extended solitary confinement.
Representatives of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club reported that
hunger-striking prisoners are receiving an outpouring of support from
among the Palestinian public in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel, as
well as from human rights organizations and left-wing activists.
On Friday and Saturday, processions were held in Umm al-Fahm, Kfar
Kana, and Haifa, during which some youths declared the start of a
three day hunger strike of their own, a display of solidarity with
the prisoners. Political organizations from both sides of the Green
Line issued a public statement of support for the prisoners,
especially for prisoners held in administrative detention.
The public manifesto was signed by political parties Hadash, Balad,
National Union, The Palestinian People’s party, Democratic Front for
the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, among others. “The immediate demand to the Israeli
government is the release of all administrative detainees, and all
prisoners, those on hunger-strikes and those who aren’t,” read the
“Also, we are calling for the end of the policy of administrative
detention, as a method for arrest without trial, based on secret
information not shared with prisoners or layers. This policy is not
in line with basic standards of justice,” continued the statement.
The statement also accused the Israel Prison Service of ignoring the
demands of long-time prisoners to end extended solitary confinement,
and permit visits from family members residing in Gaza. The statement
also noted that the hunger strike is not being carried out only as a
struggle for prisoners, but as part of the national struggle to end
the occupation of Palestine as well. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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