Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike leader sent to solitary
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
Israel said the move by the prisoners, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel, was politically motivated.
Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have launched a mass hunger strike starting 17 April 2017. It accused Israel of "the worst physical and psychological torture" against Palestinian prisoners.
The reports about the conversation between Zomlot and Ratney stated that the Palestinian envoy, who is considered one of the closest people to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, emphasized the "dire situation" of the prisoners.
The challenge to the Israeli authorities comes at a time of reduced violence.
"Through our hunger strike, we seek an end to these abuses". The Palestinian Prisoners' Club had put the number at 1,500. "Some have been killed while in detention", he wrote.
"It is to be emphasised that the IPS does not negotiate with prisoners".
Earlier on Monday, around 1,300 prisoners went on ahunger strike on the Palestinian Prisoners Day.
The publication of the article marked the beginning of a hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinians jailed in Israel seeking more favorable conditions.
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PNA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah declared his support for the hunger strike that demands prisoners have their basic needs and rights met.
The Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement: "The Palestinian prisoners are not political prisoners". They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Building new settlements in the occupied territories is considered a violation of global law.
The Israel Prisons Service spokesman Assaf Librati said Barghouti had been transferred from Hadarim Prison to the Kishon Prison, near Haifa.
Activists said more than 1,500 of about 6,500 Palestinian security prisoners joined the open-ended protest.
The hunger-striking prisoners were calling for better conditions including access to phones, better medical services and extended visiting rights for their families.
Under Israeli regulation, prisoners are entitled to family visits once every two weeks.
"Prisoners who decide to strike will face serious consequences", the Prison Service said in a statement, adding that "strikes and protests are illegal activities and will face unwavering penalisation". "They were brought to justice and are treated properly under worldwide law", ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.
"I hope the IMA will not repeat their objection this time, seeing as the death of a prisoner could seriously endanger the security of the State of Israel", Erdan argued.