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Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners detained in Israel launch hunger strike

At least 250 prisoners detained in Israel have launched hunger strikes to protest their migration to isolated cells, officials said.

Palestinian Gadanfar Abu Atwan rested at a hospital in Ramallah on July 13, 2021. He was detained without being charged by Israel and released after more than two months of hunger strikes. (Nasser Nasser / AP)

At least 250 Palestinian prisoners detained in Israel have launched hunger strikes to protest their migration to isolated cells, officials said.

A hunger strike, led by an extremist Islamic Holy War (PIJ) group, took place last month amid heightened tensions in Israeli detention facilities after six prisoners escaped from safe prisons.

All six were retaken within a few weeks, but the escape embarrassed Israeli authorities and was welcomed as a stroke of rebellion by the Palestinians.

Israel is currently being held Over 4,600 Palestinians In connection with the Middle East conflict.

Prisoners range from senior combatants convicted of deadly attacks on Israelis to teenagers detained for throwing stones at political activists and Israeli soldiers who participated in the demonstration.

Prisoners have been organized by political factions and have secured concessions for many years through hunger strikes and other collective actions.

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Isolation of prisoners

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which represents former and current prisoners, said a recent strike was to protest the separation of Islamic Jihad prisoners into designated cells and isolation from most other members of the group. rice field.

At least 250 prisoners from multiple facilities participated in the strike, 100 of whom began refusing water a week later, said Kadura Farres, head of the organization.

He called for protests in favor of prisoners and said other Palestinian factions, including President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, would also participate in the hunger strike.

Israel is unaware of a large number of hunger strikes

Israeli prisons said they were unaware of the massive hunger strikes.

It did not quarantine the prisoners, but instead said they mixed them with the general public. The group was not happy with the move and admitted that there was “tension.”

Five of the six fugitives were members of the Islamic Jihad War and were the driving force behind the riots that occurred in some prisons as Israel relocated prisoners to strengthen security and prevent other riots. became.

It has been 60 years since hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have passed a military judicial system designed for what Israel describes as a temporary occupation.

Almost every Palestinian family has relatives who have spent time in Israeli prisons. Palestinians consider all prisoners to be heroes of the cause of their country.

Israel has detained only those who threaten security and states that Palestinians are due process in military courts. Palestinians and many rights groups have stated that trials are inherently unfair.

Most Palestinian prisoners are from the occupied West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and the Palestinians want to form a major part of the nation of the future. Israeli illegal settlers on the west bank of the Jordan River have full citizenship and are subject to civil court.

Source: AP



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