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Palestine hunger strikers now 1 350

2012-04-22 22:12

Jerusalem - At least 1 350 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails are observing an open-ended hunger strike, the Israeli Prisons Service said on Sunday, after another 150 inmates began refusing food.

"There are now 1 350 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike," said Sivan Weizman, spokesperson for the Israel Prisons Service (IPS).

"An additional 150 prisoners joined the hunger strike over the weekend, bringing the total number of prisoners on hunger strike to 1 350," she told AFP.

On Tuesday, 1 200 prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike to protest the conditions in which they are being held as Palestinians across the territories marked Prisoners' Day, the IPS said.

Another 2 300 prisoners also joined a day-long fast.

Before Tuesday's mass protest, 10 Palestinian inmates of Israeli prisons were already on hunger strike, four of whom had been transferred to prison hospitals because of fragile health, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said.

Two of them, Bilal Diab, 27, and Thaer Halahla, 34, have now been refusing food for 54 days, with prisoner rights group Adameer describing their condition as "rapidly deteriorating".

All 10 are being held without charge under administrative detention orders, which means they can be held for renewable periods of up to six months.

There are 4 699 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, of whom 319 are in administrative detention, according to Prisoners Club figures.

Comments
  • Ant - 2012-04-23 17:19

    I share everyone’s desire to see a comprehensive peace in the Middle East but Israel's current Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu continues to build settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Last November, there were a further 6 UN Resolutions on Palestine and the Middle East. There are over 150 UN Resolutions (including 181, 191 and 194). Furthermore the ruling of the International Court of Justice in the Hague pertaining to the 'security barrier', which is 3 times the length of the Berlin Wall, has been ignored by Mr Netanyahu. At present I cannot envisage a two-state solution, if settlements and the 'security barrier' are finally completed. Palestinian communities will be separated into pockets of territory that lack contiguity, surrounded by settlements only accessible by settler only roads. 'Natural growth' settlements too were not acceptable as part of Phase I of the internationally agreed Road Map (2003) either. There are 130 nations in the world that recognise Palestine including India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil. Day by day, the 'security barrier' and settlements erode the possibility of a two-state solution, the viability a comprehensive peace, the contiguity of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (including Arab East Jerusalem) and the relevance of the Palestinian National Authority.

  • Ant - 2012-04-23 17:20

    UNESCO's recognition last year of Palestine (supported by France, Spain, Ireland and Norway amongst many European nations) was a step forward and a counter balance to those who deny Israel or Palestine's right to exist. Dignity and peace is paramount for both peoples and recognition of both states ensures that the rejectionist camp is marginalised even further. Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August 1980 The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible; deeply concerned over the enactment of a "basic law" in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the "basic law" on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions; http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/DDE590C6FF232007852560DF0065FDDB

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