[Ppnews] Palestinian political prisoners call for unity

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Oct 4 13:23:10 EDT 2006

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Palestinian political prisoners maintaining unity in Israeli jails

(Nablus) Amin Abu Wardeh
Wednesday, 04 October 2006

Palestinian political prisoners assured supporters on Wednesday that 
the current strife between parties is not affecting those inside 
Israeli prisons. A leader among political prisoners, Mohammad Sabha, 
was able to get word to the outside that there are some among the 
prisoner population who have attempted to promote party conflict in 
the prison. He said that the attempts have been unsuccessful.

Sabha said, "We are promoting the idea of national unity and are 
continuing to engage in debate."

The Palestinian political prisoner population in Israeli jails 
prepared a joint-statement issued via the Palestinian Ministry of 
Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs. It calls to "stop spilling 
Palestinian blood, and instead search for common points and use 
reason instead of force to reach a solution."

They asked the Palestinian people to "respect the sanctity of the 
holy month of Ramadan."

The statement continued, "How pained we are to watch the news of what 
is happening on sacred Palestinian land that so many have sacrificed 
their lives to preserve."

Another personal statement to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs 
read, "I feel bitterness and embarrassment watching what is only 
serving Israeli interests."

Palestinians hold nonviolent hunger strike in Israeli prisons

(Bethlehem) Najib Farag
Wednesday, 04 October 2006

Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli Telmond Prison are 
conducting a hunger strike in protest of deteriorating conditions. 
Several human rights sources said that the repression is up since the 
12 September escape attempt.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society reported that Israeli prison guards 
destroyed three large cells, digging up tile floors under the pretext 
of searching for tunnels dug underneath.

Many Palestinians were transferred for separate interrogations, and 
many are being held in solitary confinement.

Female political prisoners began open hunger strikes in September 
after being transferred to Ramle and Jalameh prisons in protest of 
what are described as "less than human conditions."

The women are also calling to be returned to the general female 
population of Telmond, instead of being alone in Ramle and Jalameh.

Medical exams of the hunger-striking women indicate weak blood and 
weights dropping to below 46 kilograms.

The Prisoner Society issued a call to the International Red Cross to 

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