Palestinians celebrate end of prisoners´ hunger strike (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 05.15.12, 08:06)
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Hundreds rally in West Bank and Gaza Strip to mark ´Palestinian
prisoners´ victory over Israel´
Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip held celebratory
rallies Monday, as news of the deal struck between the security
prisoners and Israel became public.
The deal spelled the end of some 1,600 prisoners´ hunger strike. It
was brokered by Egyptian mediators.
According to the Palestinians, Israel agreed to allow prisoners from
both the West Bank and Gaza to receive family visits. The visits from
Gaza were halted in 2006, following Gilad Shalit´s abduction.
The Shin Bet said that in return the prisoners pledged "to absolutely
stop terror activity from inside Israeli jails."
Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the deal
and "the Palestinian prisoners´ victory over Israel."
Hebron Palestinian Prisoner Club manager Amjad Najjar lauded the
prisoners´ "unwavering stand" vis-ŗ-vis Israel; and local Palestinian
leaders praised the "newfound unity of Palestinian prisoners from
different faction, which promoted their victory."
In the Strip, hundreds gathered in the Unknown Soldier Square, one of
Gaza City´s main squares, where a protest tent was erected as the
hunger strike began.
The masses chanted "Allah Hu Akbar" (God is great) and held a prayer
service. City officials urged "Palestinian of all factions to join in
a march celebrating national unity"
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas also welcomed the agreement,
saying he was "proud of the popular campaign that gave the issue the
importance it deserved."
He also thanked Egypt for its efforts in brokering the deal, noting
that "This is the first step towards freeing all Palestinian
Hamas Politburo Chief Khalid Marshal said that the deal was "just one
more step towards resolving the issue of the Palestinian prisoners.
Our biggest responsibility is guaranteeing your freedom.
"We have options, despite out difficult circumstances and our spirit
is stronger that that of the Israeli enemy. We will defeat the
occupation," he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/15/12)
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